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Are You a Producer or a Performer?
Every successful business needs both high-potential producers and high-potential performers. Which one are you?
Posted: October 7, 2015, 5:00 am
Who Are Your High-Potential Employees?
By identifying your top talent and putting them in the right position, you're increasing your odds of creating new businesses.
Posted: October 6, 2015, 10:00 am
Help, I Need Somebody (at the Office)
There's power in asking for help in a world full of people longing for connection.
Posted: October 6, 2015, 10:00 am
Millennials Play the Long Game
Loyalty isn't driving millennials to stay with their current organization, nor is lack of loyalty driving them to go. Their motivations, instead, are deeply rooted in the economic and social conditions that have shaped their youth and early adulthood. Company leaders need to understand these drivers and focus their talent strategies accordingly. If they do, they just may find that their millennial employees are their most enduring.
Posted: October 5, 2015, 5:00 am
Stop Driving Away Your Producers
Many companies undervalue their highest-potential talent: the leaders who create new businesses.
Posted: September 29, 2015, 10:00 am
The Key to Greece's Recovery? Strategic Management
Institutional and macroeconomic reforms alone won't solve the Greek crisis.
Posted: September 28, 2015, 5:00 am
Meritocracy without the Numbers
The quantitative systems that determine pay for performance rest on a host of unquestioned assumptions.
Posted: September 22, 2015, 5:00 am
Go North, Lost Leader
Former CEO Bill George has encapsulated his knowledge about leadership development into one short book. In sum, it says that leadership is a journey that requires a special compass if it is to be authentic.
Posted: September 9, 2015, 5:00 am
Teaching the World to Do More Than Sing
Coca-Cola's Derk Hendriksen says his company wants to lead the way in positively affecting communities. The company has initiated the Ekocenter program -- producing a series of off-the-grid, modular "community markets in a box" -- in Asia and Africa to improve the well-being of communities in which it operates, achieve water-neutrality in its products and production, and empower women entrepreneurs.
Posted: September 8, 2015, 5:00 am
The Search for an Oracle
Where do you look for leadership wisdom?
Posted: August 31, 2015, 10:00 am
Consistency Drives Success at Telus
In many organizations the bias is to change often -- simply to appear to be doing something different. But the bias at Telus, the Canadian telecom giant, was always not to change. This unusual consistency of focus, in terms of both its business strategy and its culture, helped transform Telus into an industry leader.
Posted: August 31, 2015, 5:00 am
A New Perspective on Chief Information Officers
CIOs are staying longer in their jobs, another sign that supply chain management is becoming more vital to large companies.
Posted: August 26, 2015, 5:00 pm
How Adidas Found Its Second Wind
When leaders rediscover their company's heritage and learn what works and what doesn't, the core assumptions and values of the past are reabsorbed into the organizational culture, and start to define the company's strategic choices. As Adidas found, the key is not only reconnecting with the past -- but knowing how to use it effectively to meet the future needs of consumers.
Posted: August 24, 2015, 5:00 am
20 Questions for Business Leaders
The history of business is the story of entrepreneurs, executives, leaders, and employees, all of whom along the way add to the theory of management. For the 20th anniversary of strategy+business, we, the editors, decided to track the milestones of management history. This interactive catalog is the result.
Posted: August 24, 2015, 5:00 am
s+b Trend Watch: 20 Years of strategy+business
To see what 20 years of management coverage looks like, we charted keywords representing the range of categories we've written about since 1995. Mainstays such as "strategy" and "leadership" have consistently topped the chart, while new favorites including "innovation" and "diversity" have displaced old stalwarts such as "reengineering."
Posted: August 18, 2015, 5:00 am
Grow from Your Strengths
The only sustainable way to capture new opportunities is to remain true to what your company does best -- and use those distinctive capabilities as a platform for expansion. You do this by combining in-market growth (seeking out new growth opportunities among your existing customers) with near-market growth (pursuing adjacencies that leverage your current prowess) and capabilities development. Most companies exhibiting consistent long-term growth have followed this path, generating a cycle of continuous renewal.
Posted: August 18, 2015, 5:00 am
Put the Humanity Back in Human Resources
Blowing up HR is the wrong answer to the wrong question.
Posted: August 17, 2015, 10:00 am
The Business Beat
What corporate leaders can learn from the "broken windows" approach to policing.
Posted: August 12, 2015, 5:00 am
The True Lesson of an Airbag Disaster
Honda's practice of learning from errors had to change when failure became deadly.
Posted: August 10, 2015, 10:00 am
SoundBite: Why Does Big Data Matter?
Companies are using advanced data analytics to focus on a range of new business problems, and have found there are several keys to success in using big data. For more related insights, read "Overcoming Big Data's Challenges."
Posted: August 5, 2015, 10:00 am
Conflict Is a Matter of the Heart
Learn to develop a mind-set of curiosity, rather than one of conviction.
Posted: August 5, 2015, 10:00 am
The Capable Deal Maker
How private equity firms can unlock the M&A capabilities premium to win in a cutthroat market.
Posted: August 4, 2015, 10:00 am
Overcoming Big Data's Challenges
Companies that have the most success leveraging big data are getting three things right: talent, technology, and culture.
Posted: August 3, 2015, 10:00 am
20/20 Foresight
Many business leaders need to improve their perceptual acuity. Here's how you can develop the ability to look around corners -- and become a catalyst for change.
Posted: August 3, 2015, 5:00 am
Why Leaders Need to Ask, "Is That a Promise?"
Requesting clearer commitments can mobilize teams and lead to better execution.
Posted: July 29, 2015, 10:00 am
A Strategist's Guide to Power Industry Transformation
Several coincident, significant transformations are causing a revolution in the way electricity -- the vital fuel of global commerce and human comfort -- is produced, distributed, stored, and marketed. As a result, a top-down, centralized system is devolving into one that is much more distributed and interactive, and more competitive. But the implications of this revolution go far beyond the utility sector.
Posted: July 29, 2015, 5:00 am
Thinking Like a Leader: Three Big Shifts
Adopt a leadership mind-set before you try to lead.
Posted: July 28, 2015, 10:00 am
What Makes Self-Made Billionaires Different
The unusual perspective of high-performing entrepreneurs allows them to turn good ideas into great businesses.
Posted: July 22, 2015, 12:00 pm
The Two Types of High-Potential Talent
The best leadership team contains both innovative producers and recognized performers. Unfortunately, many companies expect a single individual to fulfill both roles.
Posted: July 22, 2015, 10:00 am
Your Leadership Summer
Use time away from the office to stimulate your development, and have fun doing it.
Posted: July 20, 2015, 10:00 am

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