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The Financial Times Guide to Leadership by Ms. Marianne Abib Pech

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part 4

Building and executing your vision – from ideas to results

‘Excellent firms don’t believe in excellence – only in constant improvement and constant change.’

Tom Peters, author of In search of excellence

When times are tough, disrupt

By Glen Manchester

Received business wisdom talks about how innovation plays a pivotal role in leading economies out of recession. But, all too often, untargeted R&D spend is instead only promoting further stagnation. Business owners, large or small, should instead consider the possibilities for disrupting their markets when facing a tough economy.

A wake-up call came in July with the announcement of a 2012 Innovation Index Nesta, the innovation foundation. According to Nesta, investment in innovation by ...

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