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Singapore: The First-Mover Nation for Driverless Cars
Startup nuTonomy thinks that the island nation is the place to make autonomous vehicles -- in the form of driverless taxis -- a reality.
Posted: July 26, 2016, 5:00 am
What Hiring Committees Can Learn from the NFL Draft
Beyond individual talent, prospects should be evaluated on their ability to be good teammates.
Posted: July 25, 2016, 5:00 am
Steve Blank's Required Reading
A Silicon Valley serial entrepreneur whose ideas inspired the lean startup movement shares some of his favorite books.
Posted: July 20, 2016, 5:00 am
Silicon Valley's Farsighted Banker
Silicon Valley Bank CEO and president Greg Becker is optimistic about growth in technology via innovations in FinTech, cybersecurity, drones, and more emerging industries.
Posted: July 19, 2016, 5:00 am
How Companies Can Avoid Getting Left Behind in the Talent Wars
Organizations that don't invest in their employees may not be able to field a full-strength team.
Posted: July 19, 2016, 5:00 am
Diagnosing Dislocation
When deciding how to respond to a threatening new entrant, companies often assume that they are facing a disruption, that is, an innovation that allows upstarts to build a new market from the bottom up. But new products and services can enter your market from other directions, each distinct in terms of how, where, and when it affects your business. They are all market dislocations -- radical breakaways that create new markets and make old markets obsolete. Instead of acting rashly, incumbents should take a step back, diagnose the type of dislocation they are facing, and respond with the appropriate tools and strategies.
Posted: July 18, 2016, 5:00 am
Unlocking Your Organizational DNA
Ten principles for empowering people and building high-performance companies.
Posted: July 18, 2016, 5:00 am
"Bad" Innovation Is Just What Your Company Needs
Blockbusters aren't the only path to success. Other types of innovation hold value and keep companies humming.
Posted: July 18, 2016, 5:00 am
How to Find and Engage Authentic Informal Leaders
The most important influencers of corporate behavior may not have a lofty title or an elevated slot in the organizational chart.
Posted: July 6, 2016, 5:00 am
How to Mobilize Your Organizational Culture
Ten tips in one graphic.
Posted: June 29, 2016, 5:00 am
A Leader Is the Capacity Keeper
Be the shepherd of your team's time and resources to head off burnout.
Posted: June 29, 2016, 5:00 am
Why Nestlé Was So Quick to Hire an Outsider CEO
It shouldn't be surprising that the storied food company brought in a healthcare executive as its next leader.
Posted: June 29, 2016, 5:00 am
Michele Wucker Explains How We Can Avoid The Gray Rhino
Can we train ourselves to stop ignoring the obvious dangers we face?
Posted: June 28, 2016, 10:00 am
A Guide to Strategic Leadership
Ten principles that can enable you to unlock your company's potential.
Posted: June 28, 2016, 4:00 am
Why a CEO's Digital IQ Matters
Leaders who understand and pay attention to technology can make the difference between success and failure.
Posted: June 27, 2016, 5:00 am
The Courage to Change Before You Have To
Self-made billionaires offer powerful examples for established companies eager to reclaim industry leadership.
Posted: June 22, 2016, 5:00 am
The Financial Insecurity Bias
If people haven't lived up to their own financial expectations or think their peers are better off, it can affect the way they spend and save, and can make them more likely to behave unethically. Eesha Sharma, an assistant professor of business administration at the Tuck School of Business at Dartmouth, discusses how "feeling poor" affects our behavior and the decisions we make.
Posted: June 20, 2016, 5:00 am
Pharma's Identity Crisis
The competitive landscape for pharma companies around the world is changing rapidly, and those shifts are likely to accelerate. To confront these forces, pharma companies need to be clear about how they create value and adopt a focused strategy that allows them to dominate in one specific aspect of the industry -- along with developing a set of strong capabilities to support that strategy.
Posted: June 15, 2016, 5:00 am
Younger and Wiser
Why you should seek out mentors who have less life and career experience than you.
Posted: June 13, 2016, 5:00 am
Repeat Partnering Leads to Lower Profits
Working with the same firms over and over again may boost a company's revenue, but it can be costly.
Posted: June 9, 2016, 5:00 am
How Superbosses Can Transform Your Talent Strategy
Some people seem to have a knack for developing talent, but the credit should go to their habitual leadership practices. By interviewing hundreds of people over a 10-year period about the bosses and mentors who changed their lives, Dartmouth professor Syd Finkelstein uncovered a template for bringing out the best in the organization around you. His examples of "superbosses" include Chez Panisse chef Alice Waters, San Francisco 49ers head coach Bill Walsh, Saturday Night Live producer Lorne Michaels, Kraft Foods CEO Michael Miles, hedge fund titan Julian Robertson, and former Daily Show host Jon Stewart.
Posted: June 7, 2016, 5:00 am
Follow the Contradictions
Tuning into those nagging thoughts instead of pushing them away can help leaders ferret out possible trouble ahead.
Posted: June 6, 2016, 5:00 am
Knock, Knock. Who's There? Your Boss
In most cases, when managers joke with their employees, it's no laughing matter.
Posted: June 2, 2016, 5:00 am
The Chrysalis Effect
Successful startups reach a point when they must discard their old ways and emerge mature and ready to scale. To get through this transition successfully, leaders have to radically change their organization and the way they manage, while still growing. If they have anticipated the transition -- for example, by creating new roles for the founders, attracting people who have experience with similar transitions, designing collaborative conversations, and borrowing established practices in their own deliberate way -- they can restructure and soar.
Posted: June 1, 2016, 5:00 am
Five Moments When Saying No Is Your Best Strategy
Leaders need to recognize the situations when staying the course could undermine a company's values and long-term success.
Posted: June 1, 2016, 5:00 am
America's Got Talent
Maybe it needs more training.
Posted: May 31, 2016, 5:00 am
Cracking the Search Engine Code
E-tailers create sponsored ads in a bid to attract online consumers, but lower-cost improvements to search placement can be more profitable.
Posted: May 26, 2016, 5:00 am
Why Popular Strategies Always Fade
The business of strategy will continue to churn out the next big thing because strategy concepts provide a modicum of comfort in an uncertain, complex world. But the most capable strategists are never swept up in the hype. They understand the limitations of such concepts and resist the allure generated by their popularity. Perhaps most important, they know that new concepts never produce the essential characteristics of a great strategy.
Posted: May 25, 2016, 5:00 am
Putting Credibility First
Before embarking on transformations, executives must establish trust with employees. Following this three-step process will help.
Posted: May 24, 2016, 5:00 am
Why Employers Have Lost the Upper Hand
Gradually, and then suddenly, the environment has changed.
Posted: May 24, 2016, 5:00 am

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