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Creating a Strategy That Works
Companies with a record of sustained success may seem very different from one another, but they all have a common focus: using their distinctive capabilities to close the gap between strategy and execution. Our study of 14 such enterprises -- including Apple, Danaher, Frito-Lay, Haier, IKEA, Lego, Natura, Qualcomm, and Starbucks -- found that they all rely on five acts, which are contrary to conventional business practice. These acts: Stay true to your identity, translate the strategic into the everyday, put your culture to work, cut costs to grow stronger, and shape your future.
Posted: February 3, 2016, 6:00 am
Enterprise Architecture Planning 2.0
Businesses are finally ready to help close the gap between digital strategy and execution. Capabilities architecture planning is a vehicle for doing so. It takes digital technology out of the IT function and aligns it to a company's strategy.
Posted: February 3, 2016, 6:00 am
Not So Great Expectations for Japan
An appreciation of Japan's demographic trends suggests analysts are overestimating the country's capacity for generating growth and inflation.
Posted: February 2, 2016, 11:00 am
The Thought Leader Interview: Jonathan Haidt
Just like political views, people's perception of business morality is tied to deep cognitive sources. To Jonathan Haidt, the founder of Ethical Systems, the solution to business misdeeds is to rely not on business or government, but on ingrained habits driven by the design of everyday practices.
Posted: February 1, 2016, 6:00 am
The Mindful Board
To deal with the complexity of today's corporate governance challenge, boards must evolve to become truly mindful -- capable of appreciating the broad impacts of their decisions.
Posted: January 25, 2016, 6:00 am
Why We Love Tough-Love Managers
Bosses who hold themselves and workers to high standards can spur careers.
Posted: January 25, 2016, 6:00 am
Corporate HQ and the Magnetic Pull of Cities
Why General Electric's shocking move to leave the Connecticut suburbs wasn't all that surprising.
Posted: January 20, 2016, 11:00 am
We Don't Need Another Hero CEO
Quiet managers who foster teamwork produce better results than blustery leaders.
Posted: January 19, 2016, 11:00 am
Sovereign Wealth Funds Can Be Management Leaders
An Australian sovereign wealth investment fund discovered that it could gain dramatically better returns by working more closely with the companies it invested in. But first, the fund leaders had to reframe some of their own thinking about their capabilities.
Posted: January 13, 2016, 6:00 am
Self-Improvement Lessons
How to become the best version of yourself.
Posted: January 12, 2016, 11:00 am
The Three Measures of Your Leadership Success
Assessing your effectiveness requires looking simultaneously at the past, the present, and the future.
Posted: January 11, 2016, 11:00 am
A Strategist's Guide to Blockchain
The distributed ledger technology that started with the bitcoin digital currency is rapidly evolving into a crowdsourced system for streamlining verification. If blockchain technology lives up to its potential, it could become a game-changing force in any venue where trading occurs, where trust is at a premium, and where people need protection from identity theft. Though no one yet knows how effective or disruptive it will be, now is the time to prepare for its impact.
Posted: January 11, 2016, 6:00 am
Chipotle's Indigestion
The burrito chain's health-related travails highlight how hard it is for companies to accurately assess and guard against the risks they face.
Posted: January 7, 2016, 2:00 pm
Five Steps to Formalizing Forward Thinking in Your Organization
Forward thinking is more than a generic phrase. Here are specific tactics to help companies capitalize on future trends.
Posted: January 4, 2016, 11:00 am
What You Read: The 10 Most Popular s+b Articles of 2015
Among all the articles we've published over the last year, here are the ones that drew the most attention.
Posted: December 23, 2015, 6:00 am
Let's Argue About It
We must revive the (almost) lost arts of argument and criticism.
Posted: December 22, 2015, 6:00 pm
Save Your Strategy from the Global-Local Divide
How companies with multiple businesses operating in far-flung markets can avoid common strategy-implementation pitfalls.
Posted: December 21, 2015, 6:00 pm
How Emerging Markets Companies Can Avoid Growth Traps
Rapidly growing companies in the developing world can prepare themselves to do battle on a global stage by gaining access to vital capabilities through acquisitions or partnerships.
Posted: December 19, 2015, 6:00 am
Secrets of the Activist Manager
Outside investors have their megaphones. But insiders have a more powerful tool for creating value: deep knowledge of their business and customers.
Posted: December 16, 2015, 6:00 am
The Next Big Questions in Management
Analysts have been studying business organizations for more than a century. But our inquisitions are just beginning.
Posted: December 15, 2015, 6:00 am
Turbocharging Your Organization for 2016
Your company must meet the dual challenges of focus and agility.
Posted: December 14, 2015, 11:00 am
Two Decades of Original Thinking -- In Pictures
This photo gallery is part of the article "Best Business Books 2015."
Posted: December 14, 2015, 6:00 am
How the Next Big Management Ideas Will Arise
The most thoughtful theorists aren't content to promulgate a brilliant insight and preserve it in amber.
Posted: December 8, 2015, 11:00 am
Why Acting as One Company Isn't Easy
Firms that want to unite far-flung units often struggle to get employees to collaborate.
Posted: December 2, 2015, 11:00 am
When You Get Caught Up in the Wrong Trend
Learning from the rare instances in which s+b made a mistake about a big story.
Posted: December 1, 2015, 11:00 am
Uncomfortable Truths Don't Just Go Away
Four ways to better speak truth to power, and for the powerful to hear it.
Posted: November 30, 2015, 11:00 am
Role Model Behavior
Women executives often get taken to task unfairly for making personal and career choices.
Posted: November 23, 2015, 6:00 pm
Paychecks with a Purpose
A career is fine, but it's not as important as a calling.
Posted: November 18, 2015, 11:00 am
Why Business Books Still Speak Volumes
Why we read business books, and why we write them.
Posted: November 17, 2015, 6:00 am
The Search for Hidden Talent Treasures
Look for the overlooked skill sets and expertise pools in your organization.
Posted: November 16, 2015, 11:00 am

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