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Keep the Smartphone, Ditch the Bad Management Practices
The Center for Creative Leadership's Jennifer Deal on how organizations can respect their people's time. For more insights, read the related article.
Posted: February 27, 2015, 11:00 am
Diversify or Focus? The Best Strategies Do Both
It's time to break your company's cycle of expand-contract-repeat.
Posted: February 26, 2015, 11:00 am
The Buzzkill Boss
The joys and struggles that leaders experience at home have a major impact on their attitudes at work, as well as on their subordinates' moods and performance.
Posted: February 25, 2015, 11:00 am
Five Keys to Strategy in the Age of the Hack
When it comes to data thieves, no company is immune. Leaders, here's how to prepare.
Posted: February 24, 2015, 11:00 am
Why You Didn't Meet Your Innovation Goals in 2014
Answer these 10 questions to focus your energy and resources this year.
Posted: February 23, 2015, 11:00 am
Mindfulness for Senior Executives
Harvard University social psychology professor Ellen Langer says organizations can make better decisions by setting the right context. For more insights, read the related article.
Posted: February 17, 2015, 11:00 am
Shake Shack's Secret Sauce? It Cares.
The burger chain's boffo business model thrives--despite paying low-wage workers more than it has to.
Posted: February 11, 2015, 11:00 am
Creating Resilient Organizations
In The Resilience Dividend, president of the Rockefeller Foundation Judith Rodin describes how to build the capacity to survive disastrous events.
Posted: February 9, 2015, 6:00 am
How to Seize the Opportunities When Megatrends Collide
Global megatrends--demographics, technological change, economic shifts in Asia, climate change and resource scarcity, and rapid urbanization--are known to be changing our world. But the collisions between these forces, although less obvious, are just as inevitable, and they can reveal hidden challenges and opportunities. Coming soon are the global Sahara, the supercompetitive city, the pop-up enterprise, global women rising, and dozens of other megatrend cross-currents, including some in your industry.
Posted: February 9, 2015, 6:00 am
What's Your Relational Intelligence?
HEC-Paris professor Valérie Gauthier explains how leaders can be more effective by becoming genuine, generous, and generative--even poetic.
Posted: February 9, 2015, 6:00 am
Stop Wasting Your Employees' Time
Employees don't mind their smartphones--in fact, a survey of executives, managers, and professionals by the Center for Creative Leadership found that they appreciate the flexibility their devices provide. What people do resent is staying connected to their jobs after hours because their work time was wasted by bad management practices.
Posted: February 9, 2015, 6:00 am
Five Ways to Reverse the Downward Spiral of Distrust
How to shift negative momentum in working relationships.
Posted: February 3, 2015, 11:00 am
The Mission Statement Is Dead! Long Live the Mission Narrative!
Your company's guiding principles should be built to focus your employees' thinking, decisions, and actions.
Posted: February 2, 2015, 11:00 am
The Redefined No of the CFO
To be a truly effective chief financial officer, you have to learn to be the champion of strategic discipline. Interviews with leading CFOs at Caterpillar, Philips, Sainsbury's, Verizon, and Wells Fargo bring five traits of the strategic CFO to light: value chain insight, business driver leverage, attention to talent, cultural engagement, and integrity and interpersonal skills.
Posted: February 2, 2015, 6:00 am
How to Lead in Ambiguous Times
The kind of decision making that works when you know what's likely to happen won't suffice in a world of geopolitical crises. Sustaining a business in uncertain times requires executives to prioritize stability, resilience, and relationship management. Underneath all three is a shift in strategic direction--from a focus on growth above all else to a focus on having enough.
Posted: February 2, 2015, 6:00 am
Best of Multimedia: How You Give Criticism Depends on Where You Live
This infographic explores how people in 12 countries deliver negative feedback at work.
Posted: January 28, 2015, 11:00 am
Leading, the Rickover Way
In Against the Tide, retired rear admiral Dave Oliver examines the management techniques of Hyman G. Rickover, the father of the nuclear navy.
Posted: January 27, 2015, 11:00 am
The Quantified Self Goes Corporate
Data can be your key strategic asset for long-term growth. Just as the "quantified self" builds awareness of progress toward health, your comprehensive data strategy can help you lead your industry.
Posted: January 26, 2015, 6:00 am
The Internet of Things Wins s+b's 2014 Strategy of the Year
The linking of billions of devices through the Web has scaled the heights of strategy fashion.
Posted: January 20, 2015, 11:00 am
The Value of the CEO Variety Pack
A chief executive with a diverse background usually brings innovation and new ideas to a company, but the shake-up doesn't necessarily pay off.
Posted: January 15, 2015, 11:00 am
7 Surprising Disruptions
Are you ready for what's coming in your industry this year? For more insights, read the full collection of perspectives from Strategy&.
Posted: January 14, 2015, 11:00 am
Give-to-Get Corporate Partnering
In The Reciprocity Advantage, Bob Johansen and Karl Ronn argue that the most successful partnerships start with sharing, not protecting, your intellectual capital.
Posted: January 14, 2015, 11:00 am
Defensive Behavior and the Bosses That Provoke It
Managing self-protective responses in the workplace is up to employees and their supervisors alike.
Posted: January 12, 2015, 11:00 am
Hiring for Cultural Fit at the Top
C-level transitions can be difficult, especially when preserving a company's character is critical.
Posted: January 2, 2015, 11:00 am
What You Read: The 10 Most Popular s+b Articles of 2014
Among all the articles we've published over the last year, here are the ones that garnered the most attention.
Posted: December 23, 2014, 11:00 am
Best of the s+b Blog: A Feast of Management Ideas for the New Year
A look at some of the best blog posts that we published in 2014.
Posted: December 19, 2014, 11:00 am
Integrity Is Free
For businesses that keep their promises, there are often invaluable hidden benefits.
Posted: December 16, 2014, 11:00 am
The Truth About Breakthrough Strategies
You won't find them through typical strategic planning, executive retreats, or brainstorming sessions.
Posted: December 15, 2014, 11:00 am
What Self-Made Billionaires Do Best
Five habits of mind distinguish those who create great fortunes--for themselves, or potentially for your company. Lynda and Stewart Resnick, T. Boone Pickens, Steve Case, Michael Bloomberg, Kirk Kerkorian, and other self-made billionaires are producers--creators of new enterprise--rather than mere business performers.
Posted: December 15, 2014, 6:00 am
What Is This Thing Called Resilience?
It is a hot buzzword, but often clouded in mystery. Here's what executives need to know.
Posted: December 10, 2014, 11:00 am