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THE AMBIDEXTERITY PRINCIPLE: How Every Great Leader, Strategist, and Team Creates Win-Win Solutions

***“Human progress greatly depends on our ability to create and adopt win-win solutions.” Rod King *** Harry S. Truman, the 33rd President of the United States, once said: “Give me a one-handed economist! All my economists say, ''On the one hand, on the other [hand].''”If I may literally interpret Truman’s quote, Truman was saying that economists tend to offer two unipolar solutions that apparently contradict each other. What Truman really wanted was a one-handed economist who would provide a…See More
Aug 7
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4Q-Business Model Strip: The DNA of a Faster, Simpler, and Scalable Business Modeling Tool

***"Simplicity is the ultimate sophistication." Leonardo da Vinci***Of all strategies for business growth, the approach of creating game-changing business model innovation is widely acclaimed as the most profitable and defensible way of growing a business. Extraordinarily successful companies such as Google, Apple, Groupon, Uber, and Airbnb introduced game-changing business models in their industries. From my perspective, there is a Business Model Revolution underway in the global economy.…See More
Jun 7
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Business Plan vs. Business Model vs. Strategy. Eliminate the Blah-Blah-Blah in Startups & Companies!

***"Strategically executing and pivoting while tactically experimenting with your business model is most likely to translate an explicit vision and business plan into reality." Rod King---In the world of business today, there are 3 “Musketeer”-questions for which there seem to be a virtually infinite amount of answers or “Blah-Blah-Blah!” Entrepreneurs, strategists, investors, and educators alike are struggling to properly answer the 3 Musketeer-questions. There are currently many misleading,…See More
Jun 2
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Management by Business Models (MBM): A Better Way to Design, Analyze, and Manage Businesses

***"A business model describes the way a business sustainably makes profit." Rod King---Throughout the decades, there have been myriad approaches for designing, analyzing, and managing businesses. One of the most popular and enduring approaches is "Management By Objectives (MBO)." Popularized by Peter Drucker in his 1954 book, "The Practice of Management," Management By Objectives refers to a system of business, project, and performance management that uses a hierarchy of objectives.Although…See More
May 29
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Are All Ideas, Plans, and Visions Useless?

***"If you don't know where you are going, any road will get you there." Lewis Carroll---A small but vocal group of consultants are spreading the idea that "ideas and plans are worthless." At best, these people are misguided.To paraphrase, George Orwell in his classic book, "Animal Farm," I'd say: "All ideas are created equal but some are more equal than others." In short, all ideas do not have the same intrinsic value. Some ideas may be brilliant (little or no trade-off) while other ideas may…See More
May 20
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Business Model Strips for Customer Growth Hackers: A New Business Model Notation System

***“Customer Growth Hacking is at the heart of the Entrepreneurial Revolution (ER), the epicenter of which is in Silicon Valley.” Rod King***First, let’s take a short quiz:Who is a CUSTOMER GROWTH HACKER? 1. Is (s)he someone making TRADITIONAL BUSINESS PLANNERS obsolete? 2. Is (s)he someone making TRADITIONAL MARKETERS obsolete? 3. Is (s)he someone making TRADITIONAL BUSINESS STRATEGISTS obsolete?Actually, all of the above answers are correct. Do allow me to explain.For me, the best way to…See More
May 3
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Customer Growth Hacking for Lean Startups: How Silicon Valley is Creating Billion Dollar $tartups

***Traditional Business Planning theories and tools are becoming obsolete. Traditional Business Planning theories and tools are not keeping pace with the high rate of change and innovation in the startup world. Many startups are no longer using traditional business plans. Many startups do not formally start with applying Porter's Competitive Strategy or Value Chain. For the many billion dollar startups that have recently been created, none has been reported to use traditional business tools…See More
Apr 27
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Customer Growth Hacking (CGH): The First Thing You Need to Know

***The late Peter Drucker once said, "The purpose of business is to create and keep a customer." How wise!And what a customer-centric presentation of a business's main goal especially for startups: create and keep customers. But, how can entrepreneurs as well as startups rapidly and inexpensively acquire, retain, and grow customers?To answer the above question, this article introduces the concept of "Customer Growth Hacking" while visually defining it. Phases of the three-stage cycle of…See More
Apr 23
BEATRIZ ALMUDENA GONZALEZ TORRE liked Rod's blog post 5 Principles for Radically Improving Your Creativity: The O.T.H.E.R. Loop
Apr 21
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To Burn a Business Plan or NOT to Burn a Business Plan? Can You Help Me, Now?

***Dear Colleague,It would not come as news to many that use of the traditional business plan is steadily declining especially in the world of Lean Startups.  Some advocates in the Lean Startup world have even issued a war cry: “Burn the Business Plan!” But, should the business plan be burned?Right now, we simply do not know whether the business plan should be burned. We simply do not have the evidence that justifies burning of a business plan. The evidence to date is mainly anecdotal about use…See More
Apr 14
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5 Principles for Radically Improving Your Creativity: The O.T.H.E.R. Loop

***"The art and science of invention can be effectively learned as well as taught." Rod King***Almost twenty years ago, there was a polarizing argument in the magic (conjuring) community. Some magicians were arguing that invention of magic tricks could be learned but cannot be taught. In other words, learning to invent takes place mainly through tacit knowledge and experiential learning. Other magicians thought that the invention of magic tricks could systematically be learned and taught just…See More
Apr 11
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How the Market of Business Model Engines Evolves in the Computing Industry: The 5 Stages

***The computing industry has transformed and continues to transform our lives beyond our wild imaginations. In spite of its transformative power and accelerated rate of change, the computing industry evolves just like other industries as well as living organizations. Products, services, industries, and business models continuously emerge and compete to ideally solve B.U.M.P.S.: Big Urgent Market Problems.The fractal model of the computer industry follows the theory of the 5 Stages of Market…See More
Apr 4
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Lean Business Modeling: Rapidly Visualize, Analyze, and Design Business Models

***"Every system undergoes continuous iteration from the complex through the simple to nothingness while getting its job done. Otherwise, the system dies." Rod King.***There are two distinct approaches on the spectrum of business modeling: "Fat" Business Modeling and "Lean" Business Modeling. "Fat" Business Modeling includes the first generation of business modeling tools such as Porter's Value Chain and Five Forces; Kaplan & Norton's Balanced Scorecard and Strategy Map. Tools of Fat…See More
Mar 31
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A New Way to Look at Eric Ries's Vision-Strategy-Product (VSP) Pyramid: The Lean Plan

***“A Lean Plan is the modern vehicle for rapidly translating a vision into reality”Rod King***Tucked away in Eric Ries's seminal book, "The Lean Startup," is probably the most important tool in the Lean Startup Methodology. It's on page 23 of “The Lean Startup” and it does not even have a formal name in the book. I and other people have called it, the "Vision-Strategy-Product (VSP) Pyramid." I'm now calling it the Vision-Strategy-Pyramid (VSP) 1.0.In my view, the above VSP Pyramid 1.0…See More
Mar 25
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LEAN STORYBOARDING: Successfully Facilitate Lean Improvement and Innovation Projects

(WARNING: This is a concept paper on the emerging paradigm of Lean Storyboarding. Some readers may find this article unusually long. But …)***“The Lean Startup isn’t just about how to create a more successful entrepreneurial business; it’s about what we can learn from those businesses to improve virtually everything we do. I imagine Lean Startup principles applied to government programs, to health care, and to solving the world’s greatest problems. It’s ultimately an answer to the question How…See More
Mar 16
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Lean Startup Snowman for Lean Change & HR Management: Minimize Project Risk and Failure

Living systems including organizations must change or adapt in order to survive as well as grow. However, as we know all too well, change is not easy. In fact, the greater, radical, or more structural the proposed change, the greater the risk of failure. Perhaps, no area demonstrates more failure than the domain of Change Management in business. Large-scale Change Management projects in organizations are notoriously time-consuming and costly. Yet, it is estimated that over 70% of all change…See More
Mar 4

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Why are you passionate about business models and business model innovation?
I'm passionate about business models and business model innovation because I've independently developed a Zoomable Business Model (ZBM) that could be used to simply and visually describe, improve, design, innovate, and manage the whole as well as any element of a business. I'm interested in applying the ZBM to other situations as well as collaborating with other people working on business model design.
How would you best describe your level of expertise when it comes to business models?
expert
What's your URL?
http://businessmodels.ning.com
Who do you work for? What do you do?
Ideal Solutions Management (ISM)

International Technological University (ITU) in San Jose, Silicon Valley
What industry do you mainly work in (e.g. financial services, telco, utilities, public sector, academia, pharma...)?
computing
What is the size of the organization you work for?
freelance/independant
Do you want to add anything? Feel free. Any topic.
Alex,
I'd like to introduce you and other members of the community to a very simple but fascinating tool for visual modeling, analysis, brainstorming, and innovation. The tool, which I call the Infinitely Zoomable Page (IZP)" facilitates every aspect of business model analysis, design, innovation, and performance management. A specific application of IZP is the Zoomable Business Model (ZBM), which is a dashboard which integrates ideas from concepts and tools of business system modeling, value/supply chain, Six Sigma, and balanced scorecard. In short, the ZBM is a one-in-all tool for improving innovation, efficiency, and effectiveness of businesses.

I look forward to discussing and sharing ideas with as well as learning from the community.

Best,
Rod King, Ph.D.

Rod's Blog

THE AMBIDEXTERITY PRINCIPLE: How Every Great Leader, Strategist, and Team Creates Win-Win Solutions

Posted on August 7, 2015 at 7:00pm 0 Comments

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“Human progress greatly depends on our ability to create and adopt win-win solutions.” Rod King

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Harry S. Truman, the 33rd President of the United States, once said:

 Give me a one-handed economist! All my economists say, ''On the one hand, on the other [hand].''”

If I may literally interpret Truman’s quote, Truman was saying that economists tend to offer two unipolar solutions that…

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A Simple Business Model Classification System for Every Industry on the Planet

Posted on July 4, 2015 at 6:00pm 0 Comments

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"There are three business model shapes in every industry on the planet." Rod King

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Millions of businesses and myriad business models exist in the world. However, every business or business model has one of three business model shapespipe, valley, or diamond. The graphic below presents a simple business model classification…

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4Q-Business Model Strip: The DNA of a Faster, Simpler, and Scalable Business Modeling Tool

Posted on June 7, 2015 at 4:30pm 0 Comments

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"Simplicity is the ultimate sophistication." Leonardo da Vinci

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Of all strategies for business growth, the approach of creating game-changing business model innovation is widely acclaimed as the most profitable and defensible way of growing a business. Extraordinarily successful companies such as Google, Apple, Groupon, Uber, and Airbnb introduced game-changing business models in their industries. From my perspective,…

Continue

Business Plan vs. Business Model vs. Strategy. Eliminate the Blah-Blah-Blah in Startups & Companies!

Posted on June 2, 2015 at 7:39pm 0 Comments

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"Strategically executing and pivoting while tactically experimenting with your business model is most likely to translate an explicit vision and business plan into reality." Rod King

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In the world of business today, there are 3 “Musketeer”-questions for which there seem to be a virtually infinite amount of answers or “Blah-Blah-Blah!” Entrepreneurs, strategists, investors, and educators alike are struggling to properly…

Continue

Management by Business Models (MBM): A Better Way to Design, Analyze, and Manage Businesses

Posted on May 29, 2015 at 7:30pm 0 Comments

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"A business model describes the way a business sustainably makes profit." Rod King

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Throughout the decades, there have been myriad approaches for designing, analyzing, and managing businesses. One of the most popular and enduring approaches is "Management By Objectives (MBO)." Popularized by Peter Drucker in his 1954 book, "The Practice of Management," Management By Objectives refers to…

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At 4:05am on November 22, 2012, Leticia Mendonca said…

Hi Rod,

Thanks for connecting. Have a great day ahead!

Regards,

Leticia

At 3:35pm on September 30, 2009, Lukas Feuerstein said…
Hi Rid !I'm currently writing my Master thesis on "data centric business models" and conducting a short 5-10 minutes online survey http://bit.ly/b27gF . I would be thrilled if you are able to participate
Thanks a lot
At 12:20pm on March 6, 2009, Jonas Lindelöf said…
Thanks for your message. Looking forward to hear about your model.

/Jonas
At 7:59am on February 20, 2009, Alex Osterwalder said…
Rod, good to have you on the Hub. Looking forward to hearing more about your ideas!
 
 
 

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