Does your Company Innovate or Follow and Copy Innovative Companies?
Innovate and communicate or go down with your Silo and personal pride. Sieze the Window of Opportunity.
Sony is really hurting. They operate in Silos, keep secrets from other divisions, and seem to have lost their way according to an article on CNBC, compare that to the article on Instagram’s success on CNBC.
This post is my own opinion and based on personal experience. I love Sony and HP products. Here’s the story: I love Sony TV’s the best. I even thought Sony was so smart to buy movie studios I wanted to invest in them. I love HP laptops, calculators, and printers. Hewlett Packard has some of the same problems as Sony. Stubborn division managers, proprietary operating systems on the first PCs, Some silo thinking. I worked at HP and my wife’s bank wanted to buy a new computer system and software. I knew HP was in that business and wanted to grow it. I worked there and contacted marketing and totally could not really get through to anyone interested in a million dollar sale. I should have sold my HPQ stock right then and there. I sold it later at a lower price. HP did finally contact the bank and failed miserably with their offer as the hardware and software guys did not operate as a team. Unisys came in as a coordinated team with hardware and software as a solution, worked to understand the customers needs and provides a solution that met the business needs and got the business.
Then there is a couple engineers that wanted to come up with a mini computer. HP managers turned them down so they left and formed Apple.
I really wish Meg Whitman the best in dealing the the “Good Old Boy” network at HP and breaking down the Silo’s because there are still a lot of really smart innovative people there. Not sure why they licensed the iPod from Apple or are building cameras. How about sticking with building the best most innovative Servers, Computers, and Printers and be the supplier of choice for all the Cloud infrastructure being build around the world. HP should not copy IBM, HP needs to figure out where the puck is going and be there when it arrives. Any time a company tries to copy a competitor they are a follower and loose market share as they are always behind the curve. HP in my opinion is disjointed, difficult to contact the responsible party within the company and operates in Silo’s, at least when I worked there. They totally want to build the best products and if you take apart a HP product and a competitor you will find some tighter specification parts in the HP product.
It’s just that if you want to have a successful company, you need to innovate, plan strategize and implement plans in a timely manner. There is no magic bullet to success, it takes hard work. If your company is growing fast, do not let Ego’s build teams that compete with each other unless its for a what design wins. Do what you can to encourage communication and cooperation and remember that the metrics you set will determine the behavior. If you face the customer and are going on a visit, take enough team members to answer the customers questions and let them know you are a coordinated well oiled team that works together and provides a solution that is backed by humans and a caring management team that supports what it takes to keep the customer happy.
So do you think Sony or HP can turn around the company and become an innovator and grow shareholder value?
What do you do in your business to ensure growth and happy customers?
Are you a Serial Entrepreneur? or a Parallel Entrepreneur?
Listening to Leslie Rohdes and Dan Thies yesterday over at the SEOBrainTrust Leslie mentioned that (paraphrase) if you have 200 websites you are a parallel entrepreneur and not really focused on your business in a way that will make a difference. Leslie and Dan suggested that you have one website that you spend time on, creating great unique content and work to monetize. Many people work on too many things at once and with 5 projects all being worked on at once the final date for each project is delayed. If you work on one project at a time then it will be making you money while you are working on the next project. Rich Schefren will teach you this in his coaching program or Business Growth System which I highly recommend and have taken myself.
If you spend time thinking strategically every day and for at least an hour, chances are that you will make more progress than if you do tasks all day long. You know the saying, work on your business or work in your business.
If you want to make it big, you need to think big. Look at what Google just came up with. This is the revolutionary product that will have a huge impact on how people interact. You can come up with revolutionary products too if you think strategically.
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Microsoft Windows 8 Free Download Now Available For Everyone!
Take advantage of Microsoft’s Windows 8 Consumer Preview Free Download. It is a release candidate and not the full retail version without a single bug, yet from what I hear, it Rocks compared to Windows 7. Microsoft says “Windows 8 Consumer Preview is prerelease software that may be substantially modified before it’s commercially released.” You can watch a video about the new features here or get a Windows 8 product guide about the new features. Windows 8 is expected to be released in October of 2012 according to Bloomberg. Windows 8 RC or Release candidate is expected this summer according to Wikipedia Windows 8 page. You will have access to the software until the Consumer Preview is set to expire on the 15 January 2013, when a fresh install is expected to be required and reload your software. The free Microsoft Windows 8 Consumer Preview free download for everyone will end abruptly possibly around July 2012 when the RC version is released for free download. The retail launch of Windows 8 is expected in October 2012 when it will sell for full price expected to be $90. Windows 8 runs faster than Windows 7 and is cloud enabled with SkyDrive, runs on Tablets and Portable devices, supports Intel processors and ARM processors for the first time ever. This is the first time Windows has released a Windows version without a Start button since Windows 95. Now is your chance to get a free copy of the newest PC operating system for free. Let us know what you think after you try it for a while. Microsoft’s Windows 8 free download page Check it out! Windows 8 Consumer Preview also comes with Windows Internet Explorer 10 Consumer Preview WOW!
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If you are not the risk taking type and still running Windows Vista or Windows XP, you should get Windows 7 full version here and enjoy a faster better operating laptop or desktop computer.
Jason Fladlien just released “Plugin Hotshot” today. This is a “How to make Money with WordPress plugins” product. As you know Jason Fladlien’s products are highly desirable and not always available for purchase.
Can you describe your excitement when you learn something so cool that you jump for joy? That’s how I feel whenever I get one of Jason’s products. This new product just released today shows you “How To Create Simple WordPress Plugins On A Shoe String Budget” without knowing any programming at all!
Jason has ramped up his business by creating wordpress products and will make over $1,000,000 this year because of this shift in his business model.
Some of the Benefits Of Creating PREMIUM WordPress Plugins.
Huge demand – while there are a lot of free WordPress plugins out there, many people would rather pay for a better, premium version of a plugin.
Fast to create – because the programmer doesn’t have to start from scratch… But instead can “hook into” WordPress… Saving tons of time.
Easy to sell – almost everyone uses WordPress for website creation – do you realize how big of a market you’re in?
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