strategy+business: STRATEGY & LEADERSHIP
For and about today's managers and leaders: How to make smart strategic choices and put those ideas into action
Requesting clearer commitments can mobilize teams and lead to better execution.
Posted: July 29, 2015, 10:00 am
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
Adopt a leadership mindset before you try to lead.
Posted: July 28, 2015, 10:00 am
The unusual perspective of high-performing entrepreneurs allows them to turn good ideas into great businesses.
Posted: July 22, 2015, 12:00 pm
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
Use time away from the office to stimulate your development, and have fun doing it.
Posted: July 20, 2015, 10:00 am
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
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
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
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
To become a better leader, you need to start by asking yourself tough questions, and follow through.
Posted: July 8, 2015, 4:00 am
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
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
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
Building a strong company culture is about more than the perks you offer employees.
Posted: June 23, 2015, 10:00 am
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
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
Winning strategies start with a big idea.
Posted: June 15, 2015, 10:00 am
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
Economist Max Roser is compiling an archive of global improvement.
Posted: June 8, 2015, 10:00 am
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 best R&D is kept separate from strategic planning, but is closely linked to strategy.
Posted: June 2, 2015, 5:00 am
Should you make your company in your own image?
Posted: June 1, 2015, 10:00 am
Is magnetism at the top all it's cracked up to be?
Posted: May 20, 2015, 10:00 am
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
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
How to fall in love with your colleagues.
Posted: May 12, 2015, 10:00 am
How to guide your team amid uncertainty, without losing momentum.
Posted: May 11, 2015, 10:00 am
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
More companies are seeking greater control of their value chain -- but they should do so with caution.
Posted: May 6, 2015, 10:00 am