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  • 1st June 2015

    Simon Robinson

    Value Propositions Where People and Planet Matter

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    The business of business isnt just about creating profits for shareholders its also about improving the state of the world and driving stakeholder value. !The declaration above comes from Marc Benioff, Chairman and CEO of Salesforce, writing in a recent article in The Huffington Post (source). And as Steve Denning notes, a commentator who has been writing about this theme for a long while now, while the concept of stakeholder value remains the conventional wisdom throughout much of big business, Whats different now is that a consensus is forming around a better idea

    Salesforce CEO Marc Benioff

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    Wishing to open up a dialogue about stakeholder value, The Aspen Institute in their study Reopening the Question of Corporate Purpose offered these four questions: ! How do we define long term and value creation? How can we describe the real world complexity of business while capturing our aspirations for

    corporations? When it comes to purpose, does one size fit all? If not, how do we define the roles and

    responsibilities of business leaders? How and what do we teach business students? How do we achieve accountability? !These are excellent questions, and a real indication that we are moving from a primarily financial and shareholder-focused view of business to a values-based business. However, this shift is by no means simple for people make, since it requires an entirely new mindset, a shift from economics to holonomics where people and planet matter. This shift is central to our book Holonomics: Business Where People and Planet Matter, in which we introduce the Holonomics platform.

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    The Dynamics of Seeing

    The Dynamics of Nature

    The Dynamics of Business

    Human Values

    The Holonomics Platform

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    In executing any profound transformational strategies or implementing change programmes, before we can introduce new business models we require a systems view of the organisation. However, this systems view can not be mechanistic or Cartesian, since any attempt to introduce the new business model (and value proposition) will still be articulated and understood using the old logic, and therefore are likely to fail. !Holonomic Thinking inspires new strategies by helping executives to upgrade their mental operating systems and developing a dynamic new way of seeing the whole organisation: !Systemic Understanding the organisation as an organic and dynamic system of interrelated organs. !Experiential Understanding the lived experience of each person employees, management, leadership, stakeholders and the community. !Meaning Understanding how shared meaning emerges in the organisation over time, allowing the organisation to be able to become agile, efficient and transparent an authentic whole. !Ethical Understanding how human values are the foundation of authenticity, agility and change !These four components systemic, experiential, meaning and values are exactly what is required to develop future sustainable business propositions.

    Como transformar estratgias e resultados por meio de um novo

    sistema operacional mental.Maria Moraes Robinson e

    Simon Robinson




    82 Harvard Business ReviewAbril 2014

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    So now having made this central point that future value will only be authentically developed in organisations who are able to both transform and develop a higher level of consciousness, I thought I would take a look at two books which focus on Value Propositions, what they are and how they are created; the recently published Value Proposition Design: How to Create Products and Services Customers Want by Alexander Osterwalder, Yves Pigneur, Gregory Bernarda, Alan Smith and Trish Papadakos, and Creating and Delivering Your Value Proposition: Managing Customer Experience for Profit by Cindy Barnes, Helen Blake and David Pinder. !In order to understand the strengths of these two books, I thought I would start with a brief history lesson, in order to take a look at the manner in which organisations described their value propositions prior to the development of a more visual approach and the utilisation of business canvasses.

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    The picture above shows the front page for the Gate 0 template used at Genie and BT Cellnet (I will assume that readers are familiar with phase gate innovation processes). The document was written as part of the larger project to develop Genie into a global entertainment portal. I thought it had historical interest due to showing how mobile networks and portals were developing their music propositions prior to the watershed moment when Apple entered the fray.

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    As you can see from the template, all the major elements of the value proposition, the customer experience and the nascent business case financials have to be in place, even at Gate 0. !In 2004 Alex Osterwalder, in his thesis The Business Model Ontology: A Proposition in a Design Science Approach proposed that a business model consisted of nine key pillars. Following this work, in 2008 Osterwalder proposed a business model canvas (source), which is a visual chart for describing a business model. !There can be no doubting the incredible impact that the concept of the visual business model canvas had across the world, introducing in one simple chart a visualisation of a proposition which could facilitate more holistic understanding across organisational bunkers. Although of course the Business Model Canvas does feature the concept of value proposition, if an organisational or group-wide mental model is one focused on stakeholder value, no matter what the tool, the thinking will be focused on this and not customer value generation.

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    It has therefore been excellent to see the launch of Osterwalder and gangs new book Value Proposition Design, in which the Value Proposition Canvas is introduced. The Value Proposition Canvas has two sides; the Customer Profile which articulates the manner in which the customer is understood and the Value Map which describes value is created for that customer. The idea is that the organisation achieves a fit between the two. !Many criticisms of the work of Osterwalder and the team behind this work is that it is obvious, and only really suited to people who have not worked in the area of business model development of value proposition development. I am slightly schizophrenic in that while I do have one foot in this camp, it is quite obvious from the success of the many thousands of workshops and lectures given by Osterwalder himself to senior executives that despite reaching their positions in their businesses they have clearly benefited from this as a tool.

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    Despite being the very people who should live and breath customer value, their elevated positions have taken them far from their customers and the daily lived experience of their customers, meaning they have lost sight of what makes a company great. What Value Proposition Design has done is to provide a new level of granularity, allowing people to now zoom in and out of their conceptualisations of value, in a way in which is now truly powerful and beneficial. !If I was introducing students to the concept of business models and value propositions for the very first time, there is no question that the best place to start than Business Model Design and Value Proposition Design. However, one quite major element still missing, and this is an element I think they should address in future work, is the creation of the business case. !Business cases are technical, hard, they require the participation of the organisations management accountants, and in an uncertain world, have to provide revenue, costing, and return on investment predictions across time scales which are measured in years and not months. I have seen people create business models with no business case, and this is where the rubber hits the road so to speak, and separates well-conceived and fully comprehensive models from the incomplete.

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    Creating and Delivering Your Value Proposition was published in 2009, and starts by looking at three different approaches to value creation. The first is the inside-out approach, where the attitude of the business is heres our offering. Take it or leave it. The second is outside-in, where the attitude of the customer is I want what I want. If it bankrupts you, its your problem. !Neither of these approaches are sustainable in the long term. The third approach taken by the authors is the value-focused approach. !In this simple diagram the authors capture the essence of a sustainable business model. The proposition has to work both in terms of customer needs, and the financial needs of the business. From a holonomic perspective, and the perspective of social or conscious business models, when the definition of us expands beyond shareholders to stakeholders, both people and planet, then we have an authentic value proposition that has an authentic level of value, including what I have termed holonomic brand value.

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    There are two excellent elements to Creating and Delivering Your Value Propo