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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
Lessons from a Wildfire
The Fort McMurray blazes test the limits of fundamental ideas in organizational crisis management.
Posted: May 23, 2016, 5:00 am
Are Good Corporate Citizens Rewarded?
Large U.S. firms with a sustainability program see an uptick in financial performance and have a positive impact on the environment around them.
Posted: May 19, 2016, 5:00 am
Find Your Strategic Leaders
Most companies lack people in positions of power with the experience and confidence required to challenge the status quo.
Posted: May 18, 2016, 10:00 am
How to Design a Team to Deliver Powerful Capabilities
Inside every exceptional company are teams of people working across functions, year after year, doing things together they couldn't do alone.
Posted: May 18, 2016, 5:00 am
10 Principles of Strategic Leadership
A 2015 PwC study of 6,000 senior executives reveals that "strategic leaders" -- those equipped to manage large-scale transformation -- are in short supply. Fortunately, companies can build the capacity for this type of leadership by implementing 10 fundamental principles. These principles represent a combination of organizational systems and individual capabilities; taken together, they can unlock the potential strategic leadership in your enterprise.
Posted: May 18, 2016, 5:00 am
Listen, Do You Want to Know a Secret?
Creating a company-wide culture that prizes sensitive brand, process, innovation, and database information is the key to extracting value from proprietary jewels without giving them away.
Posted: May 12, 2016, 5:00 am
What Companies Gain from Providing Free Lunch to Employees
Far from an unnecessary perk, company-provided food and drink is an investment in productivity.
Posted: May 11, 2016, 5:00 am
A Strategist's Guide to Industry 4.0
Major innovations in digital technology, all coming to maturity right now, are transforming the energy and manufacturing industries. Robotics, 3D printing, data analytics, the Internet of Things, and digital fabrication are often thought of separately. But when they are joined together in a single value chain, they integrate the physical and virtual worlds. Companies that embrace Industry 4.0 will be able to track everything they produce from cradle to grave, tailor products in real time to the specifications of the purchaser, and develop new ways of tackling problems such as climate change and aging populations.
Posted: May 9, 2016, 5:00 am
s+b Trend Watch: What Keeps CEOs Up at Night?
A PwC survey of 1,409 chief executives around the world identifies the top policy and business threats that companies will confront in 2016.
Posted: May 9, 2016, 5:00 am
What I Learned about Leadership in the Bush
My safari guides provided invaluable insights regarding teams, collaboration, and mission narrative.
Posted: May 9, 2016, 5:00 am
Are You a Likely CEO?
Track your chances of becoming a chief executive at one of the world's largest companies, based on a study of incoming leaders.
Posted: May 9, 2016, 4:00 am
Room for Improvement at the Top
Every day, millions of people go to work at companies, organizations, and institutions run by women. Over time, this may lead to a higher proportion of women CEOs.
Posted: May 5, 2016, 5:00 am
Who's the Boss?
When companies are run by co-CEOs, sharing power equally doesn't necessarily translate into better results.
Posted: May 5, 2016, 5:00 am
Why the Banking Industry Needs $600 Billion Worth of M&A
With regulatory and competitive pressures rising, and profits falling, the U.S. banking industry must consolidate to gain scale and lower its cost structure.
Posted: May 4, 2016, 5:00 am
How to Use Cybersecurity to Gain a Competitive Advantage
The security of barriers is based not just on keeping people out, but on watching people who come in.
Posted: May 3, 2016, 10:00 am
Say It Loud
Are women hindered in advancing up the career ladder because they don't articulate their desire and expectations for promotion?
Posted: May 3, 2016, 5:00 am
"Yes" vs. "Yes, If…": Using Your Distinctive Contribution to Manage Priorities
To pick the right priorities for your time, hone in on the things that allow you to deliver your best.
Posted: May 2, 2016, 5:00 am
From the Outside In
Strategy&'s annual CEO Success study highlights a growing trend of companies deliberately choosing an outsider CEO, often as part of a planned succession process. In the most recent four-year period, boards chose outsiders in 22 percent of planned turnovers, up from 14 percent in 2004-07.
Posted: May 2, 2016, 5:00 am
Bringing Tech Insight to Corporate Boards
Today's rapidly changing technology environment often has boards scrambling to keep up. The best way to do so lies in recruiting more digital expertise while improving the quality of conversations.
Posted: April 27, 2016, 5:00 am
Judith Rodin's Required Reading
The president of the Rockefeller Foundation discusses the best books for understanding and nurturing organizational resilience.
Posted: April 27, 2016, 5:00 am
A New Map for Business in Africa
Too many multinationals take their businesses into Africa without a deep understanding of local market dynamics, skills, and conditions. Such understanding is critical, but equally important is knowing where your own strengths lie and matching these capabilities to the circumstances of each local market, or determining what capabilities you need to succeed and finding partners that possess them. Many companies headquartered in Africa have found success by taking these steps; multinationals should learn from their experience.
Posted: April 25, 2016, 5:00 am
Is It the Cortisol or the Cubicle?
Adjusting your hormones on the job may soon be a common way to enhance productivity.
Posted: April 25, 2016, 5:00 am
2015: Not the Year of the Woman CEO
Last year, less than 3 percent of the CEOs hired by the world's largest companies were female, the lowest share since 2011.
Posted: April 22, 2016, 5:00 am
Go Disrupt Yourself
There's a reason there are so few examples of large companies fundamentally altering their strategies on the fly -- it's extremely hard.
Posted: April 13, 2016, 5:00 am

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