Are you the one in control? A few years ago I use to listen to Tom Bilyeu on my way to the gym every second morning at 5:30 A.M I thought I was motivating myself for my 5k run on the treadmill but without knowing it, I was doing more than that. It helped me to build a resilience for discomfort and to embrace it as the only way to grow. My every second morning routine turned into a 6 days a week morning routine. I met a bunch of like minded people that constantly push me to find new limits I was not aware of! I've no doubts my sport discipline also got my business mind 10x sharper. Can't wait to meet the crew tomorrow morning and kick off another week of discomfort and growth :muscle: I still get a kick every time I listen to it! Thanks for the Impact Tom! #inittowinit #growth #discomfort #motivating

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@Povilas Godliauskas good point!
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Very inspiring, Vilius!
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🧡 Time to get sober. Let’s build a healthy internet 📲 Our digital limit and the less is more approach 👋 The need for new digital interfaces https://www.yannickoswald.com/post/time-to-get-sober-let-s-build-a-healthy-internet

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Gabija GrušaitėAuthor of Stasys Šaltoka, Co-Founder of Qoorio & Vieta
Tiesa! Mums kaip jaunai kompanijai labai padėjo komunikuoti problemas, kurias spręs ir tai, jog tokioje ankstyvoje stadijoje kiekvienas programuotojas daro didelę įtaką augimui. Aišku ir kompanijos vertybės, kurios nėra tiesiog fainas vibe, o erdvė augti.
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Agne Nainyte on Strategy deployment with Hoshin KanriDigital Transformation | Process Excellence | Women Empowerment3 months ago
What a great example of another successful transformation journey from Best Buy which was heavily struggling with increased pressure from online retailers such as Amazon. These are my key takeaways what the new CEO Hubert Joly and his team did very well: - Went to gemba right away and listened to the shop floor problems. - Focus on people to increase employee engagement. Much research confirms that more engaged employees translate into happier customers and higher financial performance. - Smartly turned weaknesses into strengths. Best Buy was aware that many are coming to their store to check the product physically and later buy it online. So they took a risky move and matched the prices with Amazon. - Built strong relationships with clients instead of focus on one-off sale deal. https://www.inc.com/justin-bariso/amazon-almost-killed-best-buy-then-best-buy-did-something-completely-brilliant.html
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Justas JanauskasCEO @ Qoorio
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Agne Nainyte on Strategy deployment with Hoshin KanriDigital Transformation | Process Excellence | Women Empowerment3 months ago
Transformation and change! These days we hear these words used a lot, and for good reason. According to the Harvard Business Review (HBR) 86% of organizations are in the midst of business transformation or have recently completed one. While there is quite some studies done already on how to drive successful programmes, I thought it would be good to share my knowledge from another angle. Most of us are hit by transformation programmes, but rarely get involved in shaping the strategies. So what to do when you are confronted with that sometimes scary sounding TRANSFORMATION? Interested to read more? Check out my blog post. https://nainyte.com/2019/business/what-to-do-when-you-are-confronted-with-transformation/
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Miglė Andrulionytė on Kick-off with Consumer TrendsHead of Research @Tele2 // Consumers, Trends & Innovations3 months ago
I love Waze App. It beats my ‘I know better’ belief every single time. So supermarket Lidl decided to apply the idea of ‘checking the traffic’ to their stores. Launching WhatsApp chatbot to help consumers find the best time to do their grocery shopping using transaction numbers & real-time data. The timing for this couldn’t have been better. https://bit.ly/3g5rMHx
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Miglė Andrulionytė on Kick-off with Consumer TrendsHead of Research @Tele2 // Consumers, Trends & Innovationsabout 2 months ago
3 stiprios prognozės ateičiai per vos aštuonias minutes. tiek truko Cannes Lions Live pranešimas apie digital storytelling renesansą, kurio klausydama linksėjau galva ir sakiau taip, taip, taip. abu galime būti neteisūs, bet žiūrėdama iš savo kampo (žmonės & trend’ai), negaliu nesutikti su AR/VR reklamų inovacijų galva ir virtualios realybės pionieriumi Tony Parisi. prognozė #1. papildytos ir virtualios realybės naudojimas per ateinančius 5 metus patupdys brand’ą tarp TOP25%. dėl tų procentų aš susilaikysiu, bet dar sausį esu dalinusis įžvalgomis, jog brand’ai, kurie lįs į skaitmenines erdves ir kurs savo istorijas naudodami CGI (computer-generated imagery) turės labai didelį klientų įsitraukimą. prognozė #2. fizinės parduotuvės neišnyks. iki 2030 jos taps show-rooms'ais, upsell’o bei produktų pristatymo vietomis. parduotuvė taps reklamos erdve su neribota pasiūla 3D formatu. taip, žinau. mūsų klientai irgi sako, kad jiems reikia pačiupinėti & pasitarti, pažiūrėti kokia ten ta tikroji 11 iPhone’o spalva. AR/VR gali tai pakeisti. prognozė #3. 50% dalyvių dalyvaus renginiuose virtualiai. koncertuose, sporto varžybose, konferencijose; o skaitmeninės salės bus dar viena marketingo platforma. pastarųjų mėnesių patirtys rodo, kad taip tikrai gali nutikti. ir tam reikia ruoštis. nuotrauka: fortnite x travis scott koncertas, kurį stebėjo ‘tik’ 12mln žiūrovų =)

Miglė AndrulionytėHead of Research @Tele2 // Consumers, Trends & Innovations
ne visai visas, rašo kelios “will be turned into experience centers”. tuo tarpu kampanija "Today at Apple" Brings New Experiences to Every Apple Store, vis dar 500+ parduotuvių. brand’ai kaip Rei, Vans, Chanel keičia fizinių parduotuvių koncepcijas, o pvz TOMS’ 100e pardavimo taškų sustatė VR headsets, kad galėtų “virtually transport customers to Peru to see the impact of their One for One giving campaign on local people.” Tad aišku, dalis užsidarys, dalis persiformuos.
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Agne Nainyte on Strategy deployment with Hoshin KanriDigital Transformation | Process Excellence | Women Empowermentabout 19 hours ago
The covid-19 global pandemic is turning us upside down like a roller coaster in an amusement park. But this time the experience is far from exciting, especially if you are a business owner or employee without the feeling of having job security. While crises are never fun and always end up in lots of sleepless nights, they also teach us new things. 👉 my blog post to take a look at some examples of companies who are showing great creativity and flexibility in their operations to continue their business to either attract more attention to their brand or help societies to cope with the challenges. https://nainyte.com/2020/leadership/5-examples-of-companies-who-creatively-and-purposely-adjust-during-the-covid-19-pandemic/
5 examples of companies who creatively and purposely adjust during the covid-19 pandemic - Nainyte.com
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Elena Hill-Artamonova on Dyslexia and educationPersonality psychologist 🧏‍♀️, dog mum 🐾 and food enthusiast 🌯3 months ago
Being in education for some time now, I have came across range of helpful tools that can make your journey through academia a lot more pleasant. Below are the links for the tools I use for my PhD: https://www.researchgate.net this is a well know platform for researchers, here you can find loads of papers and articles for your subjects. https://www.grammarly.com/m this tool I use for writing, I have dyslexia so writing isn’t the easiest tasks for me, this helps to keep my writing tidy and understandable. https://www.citethisforme.com/uk/referencing-generator this is a reference generator website, I used this throughout my whole academic career so far, I create perfect referencing lists and bibliographies with this tool. https://scholar.google.com cannot stress how important google scholar is for finding articles and texts for your research. It is by far on the easiest tools to use. https://www.elsevier.com/en-gb this is my favorite tools to find articles that I need for my research. It is easy to navigate and easy to search. If you have any questions on how to use these or you want to ask about getting into a PhD/research degree, drop me a message and I will happily answer any of your questions.
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Agne Nainyte on Strategy deployment with Hoshin KanriDigital Transformation | Process Excellence | Women Empowermentabout 2 months ago
When it comes to digital transformation, these days the question is not whether you should transform, but more on HOW! Digital Transformation is not about building a new app or website, but rather completely rethinking the way you currently conduct business. This is not an easy task! It often requires substantial financial investments into building new products, services and, most importantly, new digital capabilities within your organization. It is common to see that the return on your investments will come way later, thus for some it is challenging to justify it in the short-term. Nevertheless, I believe that organizations should not be afraid of the uncertainty of digital transformations, because the sooner you start, the faster you learn. This is like a 30-step journey in a foggy forest, where you can only see the next 5 steps. But after you have finished your 5 steps, the next 5 become clear. What are your thoughts and experiences with digital transformation?

Justas JanauskasCEO @ Qoorio
Got it, thanks!
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Agne Nainyte on Strategy deployment with Hoshin KanriDigital Transformation | Process Excellence | Women Empowermentabout 1 month ago
Digital transformation is the "new normal" in business organizations, yet not easy to implement successfully. BCG study found that most successful companies focus on three parts to drive their digital transformations: Head🧐: create a compelling future vision and set priorities for "big rocks". Heart ❤️: inspire and empower people to do their best by articulating organizational purpose. Hands👋: execute and innovate at the same time in an agile way. All three elements cannot be viewed as sequential or separate elements. They need to be executed in parallel. What are your learnings from driving digital transformations? https://www.bcg.com/publications/2018/head-heart-hands-transformation.aspx
The Head, Heart, and Hands of Transformation
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Agne Nainyte on Strategy deployment with Hoshin KanriDigital Transformation | Process Excellence | Women Empowerment3 months ago
Who doesn't dream about working in a market place where competition is irrelevant? Blue Ocean strategy model developed by W. Chan Kim & Renee Mauborgne focus exactly on this topic. Creating "blue oceans" which are uncontested markets where new customer demands are satisfied instead of focusing to beat the competition, called "red ocean". So how can business leaders create those attractive "blue oceans"? In the book you can find the four actions framework which tells you what to do: 1. REDUCE. Which factors should be reduced well below the industry's standard? 2. CREATE. Which factors should be created that the industry has never offered? 3. RAISE. Which factors should be raised well above the industry's standard? 4. ELIMINATE. Which of the factors that the industry takes for granted should be eliminated?
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Agne Nainyte on Strategy deployment with Hoshin KanriDigital Transformation | Process Excellence | Women Empowermentabout 1 month ago
A great book 📖 for leaders who are driving digital transformation in their organization! The authors George Westerman Didier Bonnet and Andrew McAfee of “Leading Digital” note that excelling at two capabilities is essential to execute on a successful digital transformation. 📌 Digital capabilities refer to rethinking and improving business processes, customer engagements and business models. 📌 Leadership capabilities is about envisioning and driving transformation to engage staff. The research indicates that successful digital transformations start at the top of the company. Only the most senior executives can create a compelling vision whereas people in middle can make the vision a reality. What has been your recommended read over the last months?
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