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Hybrid-Electric Vehicle Opportunity Identification

Posted by on Aug 25, 2015 in Blog | 0 comments

Hybrid-Electric Vehicle Opportunity Identification

Prepared for: Dr Andrew Cardow, Massey University paper 152.334- Innovation Creativity and Entrepreneurship, August 2012 Introduction This essay discusses the affect creativity, innovation and entrepreneurship has had on the history of the Hybrid-Electric Vehicle (HEV) sector. The dialogue continues with how HEV’s future might play out, especially with regard to possible rising fossil-fuel costs. A Hybrid-Electric Vehicle (HEV) appears to be a somewhat ambiguous term which different organizations all define slightly differently. Although put...

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Value Proposition Design book review.

Posted by on Apr 3, 2015 in Book-reviews | 0 comments

Value Proposition Design book review.

As I flew home from Seattle recently it was quite exciting to discover Value Proposition Design – the sequel to Business Model Generation (read my book review for Business Model Generation here to find out why). I’m eager to find out what Alex Osterwalder, Yves Pigneur, Greg Bernarda and Alan Smith have created 2nd time round. The last book was so good, I expect this to be of equal quality. Update: so far I’m 50 pages in – and loving it, especially the Value Proposition Design companion site. Access to this site is...

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Business Model Generation book review

Posted by on Apr 3, 2015 in Book-reviews | 0 comments

Business Model Generation book review

This book was one of the ‘recommended reading’ books for a Enterprise Development paper I did in 2012 at Massey University and in 2013 when I was in the Ecentre (Massey University’s business incubator). As I first read it in 2012 I was already working as a Business Development Consultant and was able to use the ‘Business Model Canvas’ method immediately – to great effect. Since then I have repeatedly used the same method to increase success in several roles for different organisations. I found it to be...

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Lean In; Women, Work, And The Will To Lead book review

Posted by on Sep 7, 2014 in Book-reviews | 0 comments

Right now I’m reading Lean In; Women, Work, And The Will To Lead by Sheryl Sandberg with Nell Scovell. Review coming soon 🙂 For the time being, you may like to check out the associated Lean In website or Facebook page, or check out one of Sandberg’s Ted talk’s; Why we have too few women leaders (which prompted Lean In to be written) or So we leaned in now...

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Think Like A Rock Star Book Review

Posted by on Sep 7, 2014 in Book-reviews | 0 comments

Think Like A Rock Star Book Review

Think Like a Rock Star; How To Create Social Media and Marketing Strategies That Turn Customers Into Fans by Mack Collier (he’s the guy that founded Blogchat – which has shifted to #Blogchat on Twitter). Collier’s book is 187 pages, not including a decent section of QR codes (and url’s) at the back, leading you to the examples discussed in the book online. Check out my 12 minute video review here: Collier’s book Think Like a Rock Star looks at what rock star’s are doing with their fans and...

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Review of Start-Up Nation by Senior and Singer

Posted by on Jul 21, 2014 in Book-reviews | 0 comments

Review of Start-Up Nation by Senior and Singer

Start-Up Nation; The Story of Israel’s Economic Miracle by Dan Senor and Saul Singer is about how Israel’s success has become a reality.  Against many odds too – no natural resources and often un-neighborly neighbors, if anyone had an excuse for failure perhaps they warrant it?   Instead, the 244 pages (followed by 47 pages of notes/references) reveal evidence of entrepreneurial resilience from consistent innovation and a desire to ultimately fulfil their role in the world we live. Although the book Start-Up...

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Book review of The Thank You Economy by Gary Vaynerchuck

Posted by on Mar 3, 2014 in Book-reviews | 0 comments

Book review of The Thank You Economy by Gary Vaynerchuck

When I signed up to Shopify they sent two books as part of the deal. One of them, The Thank You Economy by Gary Vaynerchuck (pronounced Vay-ner-chuck).  I admit to wondering at the value…  But after reading reviews locating his own bio (previous bestselling author and successful entrepreneur from WineLibrary), instilled enough confidence in me to invest some of my rare ‘spare’ time to its 230 pages.  I wasn’t sorry. It was interesting to hear how he applied his ‘thank you economy’ methodology to his own business as well...

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Creating Magic; Common Sense Strategies Book Review

Posted by on Oct 24, 2013 in Book-reviews | 0 comments

Creating Magic; Common Sense Strategies Book Review

I came across Lee Cockerell’s book Creating Magic while meandering through the boutique stores in Devonport one Saturday in December 2012. I finished highlighting the phrases in Easter and yet it’s taken until October to get this post up. Originally it was the subtitle ’10 Common Sense Leadership Strategies from a Life at Disney’ that intrigued me.  Especially when I realized the author, Cockerell, had in fact been Walt Disney World® Resorts Former Executive Vice President of Operations. Surely such a large organization would...

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The ‘Need for Speed’ in Business

Posted by on May 5, 2013 in Blog | 0 comments

A great product or service and exceptional team players need to be supported by robust processes, procedures and innovation.  This is especially important because today’s customers incessantly seek sparkly, newer and faster solutions. Whether they are consumers of FMCG or corporate purchases, customers are interested in ‘new’ things.  Admittedly it may be out of curiosity or entertainment at times, as much as for specific need.  In business, ‘new purchases’ are usually sort to retain or achieve competitive advantage. Like in...

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Boosting strategies for services

Posted by on May 2, 2013 in Blog | 0 comments

Boosting strategies for services

Any manager needs to continuously deliver and maximize physical and virtual networks to ensure flows of information, products/supplies and people.  Electronic commerce (e-commerce), is giving (internal and external) customers more control and forcing many organizations to become transparent, removing intermediaries and challenging traditional structures.  Despite the investment associated with adjusting existing more traditional practices, E-commerce is often having a positive impact on profit. Service based business with only an Internet...

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