The Skyscraper Index: Is It Time To Flee The Building?

Posted by Michael Lindberg on Sep 9, 2018 12:21:49 PM

It’s Time To Flee The Skyscraper!

Did you ever hear about the “Skyscraper Index”? It was developed by Andrew Lawrence, a property analyst at Dresdner Kleinwort Wasserstein, in 1999 and it showed that the world's tallest buildings have risen just before the world experiences an economic downturn. That’s why the coming “Kingdom Tower” in Saudi-Arabia and “The Tower” in Dubai – which will both be taller than the current record holder, the 828 meter high Burj Khalifa, also in Dubai - scares me a bit because if Andrew Lawrence is right, they are a sign that the world will soon face a recession.

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Topics: Change, Business Model Innovation, Disruptive Innovation

The Magic Triangle: When To Innovate Your Business Model

Posted by Michael Lindberg on Jul 2, 2018 10:50:54 AM

Two Magic Triangles From Switzerland

For chocolate lovers, Toblerone truly is a magic triangle. But there is another magic triangle, also “Made in Switzerland”: The business model innovation tool developed by Oliver Gassmann and Karolin Frankenberger, professors at the University of St. Gallen.

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Topics: Change, Business Model Innovation

'Something Had To Happen': Join Us For Our Conference On June 7th

Posted by Michael Lindberg on May 23, 2018 11:13:27 AM

“… And Action!”

The 71st annual Cannes Film Festival has just ended. And without the film directors’ calls for action there would have been no films and no film festival. The same can be said for corporate life. You need action to stay in business.


When things change around your business you need to act. If you don’t your business will become obsolete and be left behind facing a slow death. And things do change fast and for some companies the constant flux of changes paralyzes them. Result: No action.

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Topics: Marketing, Sales, Change, Strategic Agility, Detecting Opportunities

How To Set Measurable Goals For Your Organization

Posted by Michael Lindberg on Jan 19, 2018 10:35:57 AM

Setting Measurable Goals

Did you read my latest blog post about the importance of not just formulating goals, but actually making them SMART:

  • Specific: Your resolution must be totally clear as it’s very important to have a concrete goal.
  • Measurable: It may be an old cliché, but many buy into the saying that “What gets measured gets done.”
  • Achievable: Sure you can have stretch goals, but trying to take too big a step too fast may leave you frustrated.
  • Relevant: The goal must matter to you - and for the right reasons. Otherwise, most likely it doesn’t last long.
  • Time-bound: You need a deadline, but you should also give yourself enough time to focus on small wins so you can make gradual progress. 
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Topics: Change

Why You Should Be Making SMART New Year's Resolutions

Posted by Michael Lindberg on Jan 8, 2018 8:50:04 AM

SMART New Year's Resolutions

Let’s face it: it’s that time of the year – the time for new year resolutions. Of course these are a private matter, but I’m certain you also have some resolutions for your job and/or company. Unfortunately, most resolutions, private as well as corporate, fail. But why is it like that? Well, bright people have found out that many resolutions fail because they are too vague like losing weight or being promoted or growing the business.

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Topics: Change

The 8 Leadership Qualities Required For Growth

Posted by Michael Lindberg on Dec 18, 2017 9:56:02 AM

8 Leadership Qualities Required For Growth

McKinsey – together with the equally esteemed executive search firm Egon Zehnder International – have published a study showing which leadership competencies are most valuable when it comes to growing a business. Not surprisingly they found that “leadership quality is critical to growth, that most companies don’t have enough high-quality executives, and that certain competencies are more important to some growth strategies than to others”.

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Topics: Insider, Change

Konference: Kejserens Nye Klæder

Posted by Michael Lindberg on Dec 1, 2017 8:44:21 AM

Kejserens Nye Klæder

Har du nogensinde siddet og lyttet til såvel kloge som mindre kloge hoveder, der fyrede en masse fine ord af? Men det er ikke alt, der lyder smart, der er lige klogt, for især i disse ”fake news”-tider er der ofte lidt for meget ”Kejserens nye Klæder” over det.


Deltag i vores julekonference i Odense Congress Center den 14. december, hvor en række gode folk med fødderne solidt plantet på jorden giver deres bud på, hvordan man kan gribe salg, marketing, strategi og ledelse an. De er kendte for at skrælle fernissen af og i stedet finde ind til essensen, og det kan vi nok alle sammen have glæde af.

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Topics: Change

Fast Prototyping - The Key To Innovation

Posted by Michael Lindberg on Nov 16, 2017 8:20:16 AM


The Key To Innovation


'Failure is not an option'


These words have been attributed to Gene Kranz, the Apollo 13 Flight Director, when confronted with the situation onboard Apollo 13 after an explosion occurred that ended any hope of a lunar landing and threatened the lives of the crew. In fact, he didn’t utter these words, but they summarize very well the sentiment when a few good men at Mission Control were thinking very hard to find a way to bring the three astronauts safely back to earth.

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Topics: Marketing, Change

'Kill Your Darlings' - Rethink Your Business Model

Posted by Michael Lindberg on Oct 30, 2017 8:12:12 AM

Rethink Your Business Model

Many years ago I had a boss who told me to “kill your darlings”. He felt that I stubbornly held on to my personal favorites in the marketing material I created – and he was right. Just because it had worked well once didn’t mean it would still be the best thing to do.

The same is true for business models.

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Topics: Change, Business Model Innovation

Copy To Be Original: The Business Model Navigator

Posted by Michael Lindberg on Oct 18, 2017 11:00:01 AM

The Business Model Navigator

Of course you know the phrase ´There’s no reason to reinvent the wheel´. It describes the fact that when you take a close look at things only very little is actually new. In most cases what we consider innovations are just minor variations (not always improvements) of something that already exists, and that’s not necessarily a bad thing.

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Topics: Change