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Creating a Culture of Innovation

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Posted by Eamonn Percy - The Percy Group

on Thursday, 22 September 2016 19:13

bulb“An investment in knowledge pays the best interest.” - Benjamin Franklin

You want your company to thrive because it innovates, not innovate to survive.  Major changes in the global economy, technology, and demographics, are significantly disrupting many industry sectors, putting a squeeze on profit margins of companies in status quo mode while rewarding the innovators with new opportunity and stronger market positions. 

By building a culture of innovation into the DNA of both your leadership and company, you become more competitively positioned and create greater long-term shareholder value.  Business leadership must be persistent, aggressive and focused in transforming the company, so innovation becomes the way you are, not something you do.

The 6 keys to building a culture of innovation are:

Make innovation a strategic priority. Ensure you develop and implement a strategic plan to grow your organization, and make innovation a key priority within that plan.  Review and update the strategic plan regularly (no less than annually), ensure the organization is aligned with the achievement of the plan, and consistently measure your progress against its goals.

Communicate why innovation is a priority.  Communicate to all levels of your organization, so employees are aware of your plans, understand their roles, are committed to taking action and can define success.  Provide regular and meaningful updates on progress.  Be clear and transparent. Create a common language in order to achieve greater organizational cohesion. 

Implement a system that enables innovation. For a business initiative to become successful, it will need a system to nurture, support and measure it. For instance, you could select a system like Lean, which started in manufacturing and now is being adopted in Health Care and Technology, as the backbone of driving transformative thinking.  Or give people time to innovate (i.e. Google gives its employees 20% of their time to innovate)

Lead by example. Take the time to focus on becoming a better business leader, so you can model the behaviors you expect of others, particularly during difficult or critical periods.  Nothing will make the cultural change more successful than this one act. Be persistent, be authentic and be open minded to opportunity.

Hire, train and build innovative talent. Make the recruitment and retention of key staff that support your innovation strategy a key priority.  Help your current staff to develop new skills and find the right way to contribute in a more innovative environment, while hiring new staff that can fill the gaps and have the skills and abilities to drive innovation. Be consistently focused on market problems and customer needs.

Fail faster: Encourage more risk-taking and make failing for taking measured risks both acceptable and an opportunity.  Find ways to decrease the failure cycle time, which will drive new opportunities from the failures, and move the company ahead faster.

Don’t innovate for the sake of it. Rather use innovation as a core strategy to build a dominate market position, enabling your company to adapt and transform, creating long-term shareholder value well into the future. 

- Eamonn Percy 

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Marc Faber: Small investors have a huge opportunity to make money

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Posted by Marc Faber - Gloom Boom & Doom Report

on Tuesday, 20 September 2016 08:39

1473337614-8614How long do you see the global central banks continue with their easy money policies?

Marc Faber : Major central banks started with their easy money policies long ago. The first indication of money printing was essentially in 1998 with a bailout via the long-term capital management (LTCM). At that time, I don't think anything would have happened to the system. The central banks printed money massively and deliberately created the NASDAQ bubble. When this bubble burst, they deliberately created the housing bubble that was built on excessive credit growth. And when this bubble burst in 2007 - 08, they started in a co-ordinated fashion to print money by purchasing assets around the world.

The asset purchases by these major global central banks - the US Federal Reserve (US Fed), Bank of Japan (BoJ), European Central Bank (ECB) and the Bank of England (BoE) - have been increasing overtime, though the US Fed has stopped now.

My view is that the asset purchases by BoJ and the ECB will not stop. The balance sheet of the major central banks increased 16 times between 1998 and 2015. So why can't it go up another 20 or 100 times? Money printing is an unlimited action, until the system breaks down.

By when do you see this system breaking down then? Will this bubble created by central bank liquidity across asset classes burst anytime soon?

Marc Faber : The bubble can last a long time, one just needs to increase the size of money printing continuously. As a result, asset prices - stocks and real estate - go up phenomenally. So in essence, we have a bull market across asset classes. However, the value of paper money depreciates, as it has done for the last 30 years. Whatever the central banks do now, asset prices will depreciate against precious metals - gold, silver and platinum.

....read more HERE


Marc Faber: Dow Could Reach 100,000



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Posted by Eamonn Percy - The Percy Group

on Tuesday, 23 August 2016 12:04

summary1In 2010, my eldest daughter was preparing to leave for university and I wanted to do something special for her. So trying to be a good Dad, I decided to write her a brief letter on what I had learned over the course of my own career that I thought would be helpful to her. My successes, failures and a few principles that guided my actions. She graciously agreed that it was a good idea and that I should write the letter.

In the letter, I wrote down a handful of principles of what had worked for me, as I had literally gone from the stock room to the board room, and felt that I had some good ideas to offer her. However, when the letter was complete, I read through it and realized that something was missing. While the suggestions were good, it was missing my overarching philosophy or approach to my career, not just the steps that I took along the way. It wasn’t the things that I did in my career, it was my mindset that was important. My approach had been one of a growth mindset and that I believed in developing good habits and constant progress towards worthy goals. So I added to the letter that whatever she does, she should strive to develop good disciplines and habits to help her along the road.



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What Was Your First Real Lesson In Leadership?  Here's Mine.

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Posted by Eamonn Percy - The Percy Group

on Tuesday, 09 August 2016 08:58

summary2Table of Contents:

  1. Weekly Blog Post: What Was Your First Real Lesson in Leadership?  Here's Mine.
  2. Business Tip of the Week:  A specific action you can implement immediately.
  3. Ask Eamonn: Each week I answer subscriber questions.
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A Conservative Strategy To Make 6.65% Annually

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Posted by Robert Zurrer for Money Talks

on Saturday, 06 August 2016 15:49

....or what to do with $15K Inheritance from Grandma

Screen Shot 2016-08-06 at 7.26.15 AMThe specific idea:

1. A a creative conservative investment for those frustrated with low interest rates of 1-2%. An investment in the the BMO Covered Call Utilities ETF.


1. As of as of July 29th/2016 it has generated an annualized yield of 6.65%  

2. It delivers a tax-efficient monthly income from dividend paying telecommunications and pipeline dividend stocks.

3. The covered call strategy provides a partial hedge against market declines as well as while increasing income.

 4. Its simple. Covered call ETFs make the relatively sophisticated strategy available to individual investors. (the average person usually doesn’t have  the experience or know-how to execute option strategies on their own, and most advisers aren’t licensed to sell options).

How do they play it?

Contact your broker or bank and invest in BMO Covered Call Utilities ETF symbol ZWU (Zebra Whiskey Uniform)
Who is this appropriate for? 

This is a conservative investment that ideally should be held for an entire market cycle, which generally lasts 4 years. 

"covered call ETFs should, over a period of five years or longer, deliver returns that are 1.5 percentage points higher on average than comparable stock market ETFs. Call products will underperform in fast-rising market and outperform in sideways and down markets. Sometimes, the outperformance will come in the form of losing less money.” - Eden Rahim of Horizon Exchange Traded Funds

….related: Also using option strategies the following BMO ETF below is a more aggressive and unconventional alternative that sells puts against money in T-Bills aiming to gain an annualized  return of 8%. By selling out of the money puts the fund is intended to protect investors from a 10-`5% decline. That said a 20% decline in the stock market would affect the strategy negatively. 

….read more: BMO ETF aims to profit from writing puts in a more aggressive strategy designed to yield 8% annually. 

Also, Horizons Enhanced Income Gold Producers ETF uses the covered call strategy gain exposure to North American base gold mining and exploration companies while generating monthly distributions of dividend and call option income. An investment to consider given Gold is very likely in a developing bull market. 




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