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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
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
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
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
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
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
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
Staking Your Claim in the Healthcare Gold Rush
Revolutionary changes in the delivery, financing, and management of healthcare present a choice: Do you want to be a gold miner or a bartender?
Posted: July 20, 2015, 5:00 am
Deals That Win
Focusing on targets that leverage one's capabilities provides the greatest chance of M&A success. That's the conclusion of Strategy&'s recent study of 540 major global deals in nine industries announced between 2001 and 2012. In fact, the overall premium for capabilities-driven deals above other types of deals -- identified as "limited fit" deals -- was a 14.2 percent compound annual growth rate. The companies that were the most successful acquirers over the period of our study, such as Walt Disney Company and Abbott Laboratories, seem to implicitly understand the importance of building scale around their capabilities systems -- that is, the three to six things they do uniquely well to create value for customers.
Posted: July 14, 2015, 5:00 am
How Corporations Can Slim Down with a Bottom-Up Approach
The streamlining of corporate operations is usually executive-led, but engaging frontline employees is crucial to genuine reform.
Posted: July 9, 2015, 10:00 am
Six Questions to Increase Employee Engagement
Leadership author and executive coach Marshall Goldsmith -- who is always skeptical of catchphrases like employee engagement -- talks about the qualities necessary to galvanize individuals' commitment at work.
Posted: July 8, 2015, 10:00 am
Marshall Goldsmith on Finding Meaning at Work
To become a better leader, you need to start by asking yourself tough questions, and follow through.
Posted: July 8, 2015, 4:00 am
The Future of Management Is Teal
Organizations are ready for their next evolutionary step: a step toward self-management, wholeness, and a new sense of purpose. Companies are developing a new form of organization -- a soulful workplace where talents are nurtured and the deepest aspirations are honored.
Posted: July 6, 2015, 5:00 am
When CEO Star Power Backfires
Companies can significantly influence the media visibility of their CEO with certain kinds of press releases -- but having a prominent CEO can also work to shareholders' detriment.
Posted: June 25, 2015, 10:00 am
Papal Pull
Pope Francis's efforts to transform the Catholic Church show how those at the top can grapple with a bureaucracy while exemplifying spiritual leadership.
Posted: June 24, 2015, 5:00 am
Strengthening Your Cultural Fortress
Building a strong company culture is about more than the perks you offer employees.
Posted: June 23, 2015, 10:00 am

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