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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 mindset 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
Better Lucky than Smart
An age-old bit of wisdom can help you overcome outcome bias to improve your decision making as a leader.
Posted: June 22, 2015, 10:00 am
The Advantages of a Diverse Board
When it comes to corporate multiculturalism, it's the relationship between an ethnically diverse board and its CEO that makes the biggest difference for leading firms.
Posted: June 18, 2015, 10:00 am
The Trouble with Putting Goals Ahead of Strategy
Winning strategies start with a big idea.
Posted: June 15, 2015, 10:00 am
Why Higher Minimum Wages Might Be the New Normal
As companies such as Walmart, Aetna, and Facebook start paying their workers more, others sense a change in the air.
Posted: June 9, 2015, 10:00 am
The Data-Driven Optimist
Economist Max Roser is compiling an archive of global improvement.
Posted: June 8, 2015, 10:00 am
Jessica Kennedy Takes On Ethics, Power, and Gender
Jessica Kennedy, an assistant professor at Vanderbilt University's Owen Graduate School of Management, talks to strategy+business about the connection between unethical behavior and high rank, and between moral outrage and gender.
Posted: June 2, 2015, 5:00 am
The 1 Percent Innovation Solution
The best R&D is kept separate from strategic planning, but is closely linked to strategy.
Posted: June 2, 2015, 5:00 am
The Selfie Strategy
Should you make your company in your own image?
Posted: June 1, 2015, 10:00 am
Reconsidering the Charismatic CEO
Is magnetism at the top all it's cracked up to be?
Posted: May 20, 2015, 10:00 am
The Other "F" Word: An Interview with John Danner
The Berkeley professor and his coauthor say companies can no longer afford to treat failure like a dirty secret they have to hide.
Posted: May 18, 2015, 10:00 am
The Double-Edged Sword of Success
If firms become mired in the successful practices that got them to where they are, they may stop looking for new ways to exploit resources and opportunities.
Posted: May 14, 2015, 10:00 am
What's Love Got to Do with Business?
How to fall in love with your colleagues.
Posted: May 12, 2015, 10:00 am
Leading Teams through Change at the Speed of Business
How to guide your team amid uncertainty, without losing momentum.
Posted: May 11, 2015, 10:00 am
How Emerging Markets Can Finally Arrive
Emerging markets need a fundamental reversal in approach. The conventional wisdom advocates implementing large-scale economic and institutional reforms that shape the overall business and political environment. It would be more effective to selectively use reform initiatives tailored to each country's unique mix of business dynamics and industries, to improve domestic firms' resources and capabilities at each stage of a country's economic development.
Posted: May 11, 2015, 5:00 am
Vertical Integration 2.0: An Old Strategy Makes a Comeback
More companies are seeking greater control of their value chain -- but they should do so with caution.
Posted: May 6, 2015, 10:00 am

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