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

Is Donald Trump a Model for Communicators?
His simple story line helped carry him to the presidency. Is there a lesson there for business leaders?
Posted: January 18, 2017, 6:00 am
Banking’s Biggest Hurdle: Its Own Strategy
Analysis of the 2007 crisis aftermath shows that financial-services institutions with a clear “way to play” and capabilities to match were better at weathering the storm. Between 2008 and 2014, higher revenue growth correlated with a more focused strategy correlated with higher revenue growth for banks. Banks seeking to thrive in the future should act accordingly.
Posted: January 16, 2017, 6:00 am
How Howard Schultz’s Angel Poised Starbucks for Success
Few have resolved the tension between identity and growth as masterfully as the coffee chain’s CEO.
Posted: January 10, 2017, 6:00 am
Building Trust while Cutting Costs
In a Fit for Growth transformation — one that starts with the premise that all spending is investment and every cost is a choice — the three phases of change are managed in such a way that people understand the strategic rationale for the decisions handed down, even when they are tough, and their role in shaping the new organization is clear. They are able to forge ahead, confident that choices were made for the good of the company’s future. When trust prevails, so does the company’s vision, helping to ensure that the effects of the transformation can be sustained.
Posted: January 10, 2017, 6:00 am
Samuel Bacharach’s Required Reading
A veteran management professor at Cornell University’s ILR School recommends four books that can help leaders hone the ability to achieve their agendas.
Posted: January 4, 2017, 6:00 am
The End of Conventional Industry Sectors
Technology and the Internet of Things are eroding the boundaries that have long classified businesses. Here’s how to change your company’s approach.
Posted: January 3, 2017, 6:00 am
Strategy and the Board
Your strategic planning process and annual off-sites may be holding your directors back.
Posted: December 22, 2016, 6:00 am
Forget the Resolutions — Write Your Personal Manifesto
A series of honest conversations with yourself, delving deeper than the annual list of dos and don’ts, can spark lasting and meaningful change.
Posted: December 21, 2016, 6:00 am
How to Define Your Corporate Identity
Having a clear sense of who you are will help you grow coherently, and outpace the competition. For further insights, read “Creating a Strategy That Works.”
Posted: December 14, 2016, 6:00 am
Pulling the Triggers That Pull Companies
Four types of triggers – each with its own form of awareness — can set you on the road to coherence. They are confidence (“We can do that!”), aspiration (“We have a dream,”), apprehension (“We’re going to be in trouble”), and outright panic (“We’re already in trouble”). Which will be the spur to your company’s change?
Posted: December 14, 2016, 6:00 am
Your People’s Brains Need Face Time
Dispersed teams trust more and function better when exposed to their colleagues’ non-verbal cues, best communicated in-person.
Posted: December 12, 2016, 6:00 am
Four Business Models for the Digital Age
As digital becomes the new normal, a few generic strategies that can help you determine where and how to create value. Which one is best for your enterprise?
Posted: December 8, 2016, 6:00 am
How to Use Neuroscience to Frame Your Company’s Response to the Election
The political votes of 2016, and the associated public displays of nationalism, ethnic isolationism, and suspicion of others, have reinforced deeply ingrained neurological biases. No matter how inclusive your organization may be, and no matter what your employees’ political perspectives, you will probably see an increase in antagonism among your staff, with a corresponding reduction in trust, collaboration, and creativity. Just when companies need to innovate faster than ever to compete globally, they face the daunting prospect that millions of employees will work alongside colleagues whose presence subconsciously agitates them.
Posted: December 8, 2016, 6:00 am
What You Read: The 10 Most Popular s+b Articles of 2016
Among all the articles we’ve published over the last year, here are the ones that drew the most attention. (THIS ARTICLE CONTAINS LICENSED IMAGES)
Posted: December 7, 2016, 6:00 am
The Neuroscience of Strategic Leadership
By focusing your attention on the “high road” of the mind, you can become the kind of leader who helps improve the world. Most leadership is transactional, formed through the habits of conventional success. High road-style leadership cultivates different types of mental patterns, developing your ability to see yourself as others see you. See also “How Strategic Leaders Use Their Brain.”
Posted: December 5, 2016, 6:00 am
Helping Women Leaders Plot Their Next Career Move
An innovative program helps seasoned women executives — including former military officers — plan what to do next.
Posted: December 5, 2016, 6:00 am
A Simple Concept: Lead with a Vision
Stretch yourself creatively as a leader by collecting “nuggets”: Short, accessible reminders of what you probably already know, but may have forgotten to put into practice.
Posted: December 1, 2016, 6:00 am
Inclusion Is More Strategic Than Ever
By setting your company up for growth, you have already made a strong, implicit commitment to diversity. The political events of 2016 could help you deliver on that promise.
Posted: November 30, 2016, 6:00 am
Five Overlooked Principles Shaping the Destiny of Your Business
Until you grasp Turing’s theory of computability, the Coase theorem of transaction costs, Bell’s law of computer classes, Baldwin and Clarke’s concept of modularity, and Nakamoto’s law of the distributed ledger, you’re not prepared to lead a digital company. Although it’s impossible to predict the full impact these principles will have, it’s clear they will change the structure and source of profit in a variety of industries around the world.
Posted: November 23, 2016, 6:00 am
The Line between Confidence and Hubris
You can identify early signals of pending failure, or sustained success, from a prospective CEO’s behavior. Narcissism and dismissiveness are warning signs of hubris; humility and inquisitiveness are indicators of prospective success.
Posted: November 21, 2016, 6:00 am
In the Age of Autonomous Cars, Can Your Organization Also Be Driverless?
Technologies often spawn metaphors, which change over time and shape how we think about work.
Posted: November 21, 2016, 6:00 am
How to Create a Brexit Business Strategy
A handy guide for enterprise leaders on managing the U.K.’s split from the European Union. For more insight, read “Business Beyond Brexit.”
Posted: November 21, 2016, 6:00 am
Business Beyond Brexit
Negotiating the Brexit aftermath, and the resulting trade deals, could take years. While waiting, business leaders should develop a proactive strategy.
Posted: November 16, 2016, 6:00 am
Why Your Employees Are Always Putting Out Fires
Moving from crisis to crisis has become all-too-common in today’s workplace.
Posted: November 16, 2016, 6:00 am
Where Will Japanese Companies Go in a Post-Brexit World?
The Brexit vote and the resulting separation between the U.K. and European Union have forced Japanese companies out of their comfort zone. As they seek new ways to establish a presence in the European market, they and other global enterprises will change the footprints of their global activity.
Posted: November 16, 2016, 6:00 am
The New Game of Global Tech
As the boundaries blur among hardware, software, services, and telecom, tech sectors become less relevant. Tech companies now distinguish themselves through their strategic identity. This analysis of leading enterprise-oriented information and communications technology (ICT) companies shows them competing for customers — but setting themselves apart in new ways.
Posted: November 14, 2016, 6:00 am
A Trend in CEO Hiring: Slow (But Noticeable) Progress for Women
In 2016, the number of women appointed to CEO posts at large U.S. companies is up sharply from 2015.
Posted: November 14, 2016, 6:00 am
Poll Positions
The failure of prognosticators to call the U.S. presidential election correctly should make us take another look at our own preconceived notions about big data and analytics. It takes human contact to predict an election.
Posted: November 9, 2016, 6:00 am
Making the Leap to Parallel Computing
The world is shifting its dominant technological model away from serial programming, and for many incumbents the transition will be challenging.
Posted: November 8, 2016, 6:00 am
The Serious Fun of Shared Experiences at Work
By planning activities that encourage bonding and meaning, companies can help employees feel like they are a part of a team.
Posted: November 7, 2016, 6:00 am

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