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For and about today's managers and leaders: How to make smart strategic choices and put those ideas into action

Why a CEO's Digital IQ Matters
Leaders who understand and pay attention to technology can make the difference between success and failure.
Posted: June 27, 2016, 5:00 am
The Courage to Change Before You Have To
Self-made billionaires offer powerful examples for established companies eager to reclaim industry leadership.
Posted: June 22, 2016, 5:00 am
The Financial Insecurity Bias
If people haven't lived up to their own financial expectations or think their peers are better off, it can affect the way they spend and save, and can make them more likely to behave unethically. Eesha Sharma, an assistant professor of business administration at the Tuck School of Business at Dartmouth, discusses how "feeling poor" affects our behavior and the decisions we make.
Posted: June 20, 2016, 5:00 am
Pharma's Identity Crisis
The competitive landscape for pharma companies around the world is changing rapidly, and those shifts are likely to accelerate. To confront these forces, pharma companies need to be clear about how they create value and adopt a focused strategy that allows them to dominate in one specific aspect of the industry -- along with developing a set of strong capabilities to support that strategy.
Posted: June 15, 2016, 5:00 am
Younger and Wiser
Why you should seek out mentors who have less life and career experience than you.
Posted: June 13, 2016, 5:00 am
Repeat Partnering Leads to Lower Profits
Working with the same firms over and over again may boost a company's revenue, but it can be costly.
Posted: June 9, 2016, 5:00 am
How Superbosses Can Transform Your Talent Strategy
Some people seem to have a knack for developing talent, but the credit should go to their habitual leadership practices. By interviewing hundreds of people over a 10-year period about the bosses and mentors who changed their lives, Dartmouth professor Syd Finkelstein uncovered a template for bringing out the best in the organization around you. His examples of "superbosses" include Chez Panisse chef Alice Waters, San Francisco 49ers head coach Bill Walsh, Saturday Night Live producer Lorne Michaels, Kraft Foods CEO Michael Miles, hedge fund titan Julian Robertson, and former Daily Show host Jon Stewart.
Posted: June 7, 2016, 5:00 am
Follow the Contradictions
Tuning into those nagging thoughts instead of pushing them away can help leaders ferret out possible trouble ahead.
Posted: June 6, 2016, 5:00 am
Knock, Knock. Who's There? Your Boss
In most cases, when managers joke with their employees, it's no laughing matter.
Posted: June 2, 2016, 5:00 am
The Chrysalis Effect
Successful startups reach a point when they must discard their old ways and emerge mature and ready to scale. To get through this transition successfully, leaders have to radically change their organization and the way they manage, while still growing. If they have anticipated the transition -- for example, by creating new roles for the founders, attracting people who have experience with similar transitions, designing collaborative conversations, and borrowing established practices in their own deliberate way -- they can restructure and soar.
Posted: June 1, 2016, 5:00 am
Five Moments When Saying No Is Your Best Strategy
Leaders need to recognize the situations when staying the course could undermine a company's values and long-term success.
Posted: June 1, 2016, 5:00 am
America's Got Talent
Maybe it needs more training.
Posted: May 31, 2016, 5:00 am
Cracking the Search Engine Code
E-tailers create sponsored ads in a bid to attract online consumers, but lower-cost improvements to search placement can be more profitable.
Posted: May 26, 2016, 5:00 am
Why Popular Strategies Always Fade
The business of strategy will continue to churn out the next big thing because strategy concepts provide a modicum of comfort in an uncertain, complex world. But the most capable strategists are never swept up in the hype. They understand the limitations of such concepts and resist the allure generated by their popularity. Perhaps most important, they know that new concepts never produce the essential characteristics of a great strategy.
Posted: May 25, 2016, 5:00 am
Putting Credibility First
Before embarking on transformations, executives must establish trust with employees. Following this three-step process will help.
Posted: May 24, 2016, 5:00 am
Why Employers Have Lost the Upper Hand
Gradually, and then suddenly, the environment has changed.
Posted: May 24, 2016, 5:00 am
Lessons from a Wildfire
The Fort McMurray blazes test the limits of fundamental ideas in organizational crisis management.
Posted: May 23, 2016, 5:00 am
Are Good Corporate Citizens Rewarded?
Large U.S. firms with a sustainability program see an uptick in financial performance and have a positive impact on the environment around them.
Posted: May 19, 2016, 5:00 am
Find Your Strategic Leaders
Most companies lack people in positions of power with the experience and confidence required to challenge the status quo.
Posted: May 18, 2016, 10:00 am
How to Design a Team to Deliver Powerful Capabilities
Inside every exceptional company are teams of people working across functions, year after year, doing things together they couldn't do alone.
Posted: May 18, 2016, 5:00 am
10 Principles of Strategic Leadership
A 2015 PwC study of 6,000 senior executives reveals that "strategic leaders" -- those equipped to manage large-scale transformation -- are in short supply. Fortunately, companies can build the capacity for this type of leadership by implementing 10 fundamental principles. These principles represent a combination of organizational systems and individual capabilities; taken together, they can unlock the potential strategic leadership in your enterprise.
Posted: May 18, 2016, 5:00 am
Listen, Do You Want to Know a Secret?
Creating a company-wide culture that prizes sensitive brand, process, innovation, and database information is the key to extracting value from proprietary jewels without giving them away.
Posted: May 12, 2016, 5:00 am
What Companies Gain from Providing Free Lunch to Employees
Far from an unnecessary perk, company-provided food and drink is an investment in productivity.
Posted: May 11, 2016, 5:00 am
A Strategist's Guide to Industry 4.0
Major innovations in digital technology, all coming to maturity right now, are transforming the energy and manufacturing industries. Robotics, 3D printing, data analytics, the Internet of Things, and digital fabrication are often thought of separately. But when they are joined together in a single value chain, they integrate the physical and virtual worlds. Companies that embrace Industry 4.0 will be able to track everything they produce from cradle to grave, tailor products in real time to the specifications of the purchaser, and develop new ways of tackling problems such as climate change and aging populations.
Posted: May 9, 2016, 5:00 am
s+b Trend Watch: What Keeps CEOs Up at Night?
A PwC survey of 1,409 chief executives around the world identifies the top policy and business threats that companies will confront in 2016.
Posted: May 9, 2016, 5:00 am
What I Learned about Leadership in the Bush
My safari guides provided invaluable insights regarding teams, collaboration, and mission narrative.
Posted: May 9, 2016, 5:00 am
Are You a Likely CEO?
Track your chances of becoming a chief executive at one of the world's largest companies, based on a study of incoming leaders.
Posted: May 9, 2016, 4:00 am
Who's the Boss?
When companies are run by co-CEOs, sharing power equally doesn't necessarily translate into better results.
Posted: May 5, 2016, 5:00 am
Room for Improvement at the Top
Every day, millions of people go to work at companies, organizations, and institutions run by women. Over time, this may lead to a higher proportion of women CEOs.
Posted: May 5, 2016, 5:00 am
Why the Banking Industry Needs $600 Billion Worth of M&A
With regulatory and competitive pressures rising, and profits falling, the U.S. banking industry must consolidate to gain scale and lower its cost structure.
Posted: May 4, 2016, 5:00 am

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