Archive: October 5, 2008 - October 11, 2008

Global Turmoil

How did we get here? Here are some of the words on the washingtonpost.com home page right now: fear, foreboding, meltdown, trampled, pain, ugly. One other word on the home page: End. As in "Is this the end of American...

By HarvardBusiness.org Editors | October 10, 2008; 2:40 PM ET | Comments (1)

Don't Let Your Product Become Obsolete

How to ensure continued growth in demand for your products or services? Avoid falling victim to common myths that can cause you to become complacent. Here's one especially dangerous myth: "There's no competitive substitute for my industry's major product." Believing...

By washingtonpost.com Editor | October 10, 2008; 8:00 AM ET | Comments (0)

Selling to the Moneyed Masses

What's the hottest growth opportunity the world has seen in ages? The expanding affluent class. In the United States alone, this new mass market represents 49% of the country's income--but only 37% of its consumption. How to persuade newly moneyed...

By washingtonpost.com Editor | October 9, 2008; 6:59 AM ET | Comments (0)

Across the Pond: More Toads

The news on the economy isn't any better in Europe and Asia. And neither is the leadership, says Gill Corkindale, writing from London. Corkindale focuses on British PM Gordon Brown, who gave a speech on the economy in December that...

By HarvardBusiness.org Editors | October 8, 2008; 3:26 PM ET | Comments (1)

Are You Using the Right Supply Chain for Your Product?

Do you have persistent supply chain headaches--excess inventory, stockouts? If so, you may be using the wrong supply chain for your product. Is your offering functional--it satisfies basic needs and has a long life cycle, low margins, and stable demand?...

By washingtonpost.com Editor | October 8, 2008; 7:58 AM ET | Comments (1)

Which Capabilities Should You Outsource--and Which Should You Keep In-House?

How to maximize outsourcing's value? Make strategic decisions about which capabilities to outsource and which you'll handle in-house. Use this three-step process: 1) List all your capabilities--including HR, finance, IT management, logistics distribution, product development, and packaging. 2) Identify capabilities...

By washingtonpost.com Editor | October 7, 2008; 6:57 AM ET | Comments (1)

Why Shoot Straight in a Crooked World?

Leadership coach Marshall Goldsmith tackles a question many people have probably started asking themselves. "With the crazy economy, the up-and-down stock market, the layoffs, buyouts, and takeovers, I'd like to know: What's the good in being good?" I like this...

By Scott Berinato | October 6, 2008; 3:00 PM ET | Comments (0)

Are You Taking Full Advantage of Offshoring's Value?

The expanding global economy offers your company a major advantage: translating cost savings from offshoring into explosive new revenue growth. How to seize this advantage? First slash costs by using offshoring to streamline production processes and supply chains globally. For...

By washingtonpost.com Editor | October 6, 2008; 7:56 AM ET | Comments (0)

 
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