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How to Use Neuroscience to Frame Your Company's Response to the Election
The political votes of 2016, and the associated public displays of nationalism, ethnic isolationism, and suspicion of others, have reinforced deeply ingrained neurological biases. No matter how inclusive your organization may be, and no matter what your employees' political perspectives, you will probably see an increase in antagonism among your staff, with a corresponding reduction in trust, collaboration, and creativity. Just when companies need to innovate faster than ever to compete globally, they face the daunting prospect that millions of employees will work alongside colleagues whose presence subconsciously agitates them.
Posted: December 8, 2016, 6:00 am
Four Business Models for the Digital Age
As digital becomes the new normal, a few generic strategies that can help you determine where and how to create value. Which one is best for your enterprise?
Posted: December 8, 2016, 6:00 am
What You Read: The 10 Most Popular s+b Articles of 2016
Among all the articles we've published over the last year, here are the ones that drew the most attention. (THIS ARTICLE CONTAINS LICENSED IMAGES)
Posted: December 7, 2016, 6:00 am
The Neuroscience of Strategic Leadership
By focusing your attention on the "high road" of the mind, you can become the kind of leader who helps improve the world. Most leadership is transactional, formed through the habits of conventional success. High road-style leadership cultivates different types of mental patterns, developing your ability to see yourself as others see you. See also "How Strategic Leaders Use Their Brain."
Posted: December 5, 2016, 6:00 am
Helping Women Leaders Plot Their Next Career Move
An innovative program helps seasoned women executives -- including former military officers -- plan what to do next.
Posted: December 5, 2016, 6:00 am
A Simple Concept: Lead with a Vision
Stretch yourself creatively as a leader by collecting "nuggets": Short, accessible reminders of what you probably already know, but may have forgotten to put into practice.
Posted: December 1, 2016, 6:00 am
Inclusion Is More Strategic Than Ever
By setting your company up for growth, you have already made a strong, implicit commitment to diversity. The political events of 2016 could help you deliver on that promise.
Posted: November 30, 2016, 6:00 am
Five Overlooked Principles Shaping the Destiny of Your Business
Until you grasp Turing's theory of computability, the Coase theorem of transaction costs, Bell's law of computer classes, Baldwin and Clarke's concept of modularity, and Nakamoto's law of the distributed ledger, you're not prepared to lead a digital company. Although it's impossible to predict the full impact these principles will have, it's clear they will change the structure and source of profit in a variety of industries around the world.
Posted: November 23, 2016, 6:00 am
In the Age of Autonomous Cars, Can Your Organization Also Be Driverless?
Technologies often spawn metaphors, which change over time and shape how we think about work.
Posted: November 21, 2016, 6:00 am
How to Create a Brexit Business Strategy
A handy guide for enterprise leaders on managing the U.K.'s split from the European Union. For more insight, read "Business Beyond Brexit."
Posted: November 21, 2016, 6:00 am
The Line between Confidence and Hubris
You can identify early signals of pending failure, or sustained success, from a prospective CEO's behavior. Narcissism and dismissiveness are warning signs of hubris; humility and inquisitiveness are indicators of prospective success.
Posted: November 21, 2016, 6:00 am
Business Beyond Brexit
Negotiating the Brexit aftermath, and the resulting trade deals, could take years. While waiting, business leaders should develop a proactive strategy.
Posted: November 16, 2016, 6:00 am
Why Your Employees Are Always Putting Out Fires
Moving from crisis to crisis has become all-too-common in today's workplace.
Posted: November 16, 2016, 6:00 am
Where Will Japanese Companies Go in a Post-Brexit World?
The Brexit vote and the resulting separation between the U.K. and European Union have forced Japanese companies out of their comfort zone. As they seek new ways to establish a presence in the European market, they and other global enterprises will change the footprints of their global activity.
Posted: November 16, 2016, 6:00 am
A Trend in CEO Hiring: Slow (But Noticeable) Progress for Women
In 2016, the number of women appointed to CEO posts at large U.S. companies is up sharply from 2015.
Posted: November 14, 2016, 6:00 am
The New Game of Global Tech
As the boundaries blur among hardware, software, services, and telecom, tech sectors become less relevant. Tech companies now distinguish themselves through their strategic identity. This analysis of leading enterprise-oriented information and communications technology (ICT) companies shows them competing for customers -- but setting themselves apart in new ways.
Posted: November 14, 2016, 6:00 am
Poll Positions
The failure of prognosticators to call the U.S. presidential election correctly should make us take another look at our own preconceived notions about big data and analytics. It takes human contact to predict an election.
Posted: November 9, 2016, 6:00 am
Making the Leap to Parallel Computing
The world is shifting its dominant technological model away from serial programming, and for many incumbents the transition will be challenging.
Posted: November 8, 2016, 6:00 am
The Serious Fun of Shared Experiences at Work
By planning activities that encourage bonding and meaning, companies can help employees feel like they are a part of a team.
Posted: November 7, 2016, 6:00 am
Succeeding at Your Job-Within-the-Job
How individuals can dig deeper and uncover hidden demands and challenges.
Posted: November 1, 2016, 5:00 am
Leaders Need to Slow Down to Speed Up
Discovering how to learn fast, including taking time out for creative thinking and implementation, is necessary for effective self-disruption.
Posted: October 31, 2016, 5:00 am
Best Business Books 2016 -- In Pictures
The "top shelf" picks in our Best Business Books 2016 roundup.
Posted: October 31, 2016, 5:00 am
Best Business Books 2016: Talent & Leadership
The rising quantity of data and scientific studies on leadership doesn't seem to have improved the quality of leadership in the real world. So it's no surprise that this year's best business books on talent and leadership merge art with science to offer distinctive insights that are useful in everyday life and that resonate with human experience. Two of the books -- new offerings by the famously skeptical Jeffrey Pfeffer and the influential team of James M. Kouzes and Barry Z. Posner -- document and lament the shortage of outstanding leaders and propose wildly contrasting remedies. The third, a noteworthy debut by Amy Cuddy, takes a novel approach to helping individuals project the confidence that research shows is a chief characteristic of leadership.The rising quantity of data and scientific studies on leadership doesn't seem to have improved the quality of leadership in the real world. So it's no surprise that this year's best business books on talent and leadership merge art with science to offer distinctive insights that are useful in everyday life and that resonate with human experience. Two of the books -- new offerings by the famously skeptical Jeffrey Pfeffer and the influential team of James M. Kouzes and Barry Z. Posner -- document and lament the shortage of outstanding leaders and propose wildly contrasting remedies. The third, a noteworthy debut by Amy Cuddy, takes a novel approach to helping individuals project the confidence that research shows is a chief characteristic of leadership.
Posted: October 31, 2016, 5:00 am
Best Business Books 2016: Strategy
Business, like life, is inherently uncertain. So it's no surprise that this year's three most compelling books on the topic of strategy touch on how to plan for, quantify, and cope with unpredictability -- in life, business, nature, and geopolitics. The first two -- Yossi Sheffi's The Power of Resilience and Robert Salomon's Global Vision -- are explicitly about managing the risks faced by managers of large global enterprises. The third, Friend & Foe, by Adam Galinsky and Maurice Schweitzer, is about relationships, both personal and business, and how to navigate the opposing forces of cooperation and competition that underlie them all.
Posted: October 31, 2016, 5:00 am
The Marketer's Dilemma
Today's marketer has more options to reach her target audience than ever before. And yet, it has never been more difficult to earn the attention and engagement of that user. This is the essence of the "marketer's dilemma." Strategy& conducted in-depth interviews with CMOs and senior marketing executives from a range of sectors. These conversations have made it clear that solving the marketer's dilemma will require marketers, media publishers and marketing service providers to reshape their capabilities. Marketers must develop the capacity to cope with the growing complexity of the task at hand. Media companies need to create new advertising products, rethink their distribution strategies, and use data in new ways. And marketing service players must shift to focus more on content and intellectual property development, evolve from a services supplier to a strategic business advisor, and accelerate marketers' ability to move from experimentation to scale.
Posted: October 24, 2016, 5:00 am
The Strategy Lessons of a Long Hike
A punishing trek is a painful reminder to get your strategic fundamentals right.
Posted: October 24, 2016, 5:00 am
Four Tracks to Market Leadership
Market leadership is the ability of a company to dominate and shape its business ecosystem. Different industries have different patterns (and definitions) of market leadership; only if you understand the particular pattern in your industry can you position your company effectively.
Posted: October 24, 2016, 5:00 am
Small Box Retailers
Target is the latest retailer to double down on mini versions of its stores -- and hopes to avoid others' pitfalls.
Posted: October 18, 2016, 5:00 am
When It Comes to Trust, It's the Little Things
Lasting confidence in a company is built one customer interaction at a time.
Posted: October 17, 2016, 5:00 am
Starting with a Pause
To repair your company's reputation, reflect on what it means to build trust.
Posted: October 17, 2016, 5:00 am

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