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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
Do You Know Your Wrecking Crew?
It's time to celebrate those butt-kicking, get-it-done teams who work out of the spotlight.
Posted: May 5, 2015, 10:00 am
CEO Succession: Why It Pays to Have a Plan
Large companies can lose billions of dollars when they don't plan for changes in leadership. See also "The $112 Billion CEO Succession Problem."
Posted: May 4, 2015, 10:00 am
The Decline of the COO
The chief operating officer has traditionally been the number two person in many companies -- the senior executive charged with overseeing all of the company's business operations. But COOs are becoming an endangered species, made obsolete by a more efficient CEO.
Posted: May 4, 2015, 5:00 am
The $112 Billion CEO Succession Problem
Because unexpected CEO successions can paralyze even the best-functioning companies, they can wreak a harsh toll on revenues, earnings, and stock prices. All of which means there is a far greater payoff to getting succession right than current practices imply. The key is consistent planning.
Posted: May 4, 2015, 5:00 am
How Digital Leaders Outperform Their Peers
Even after all these years, many companies have not yet figured out the transformational power of new technology.
Posted: April 29, 2015, 10:00 am
The Haier Road to Growth
Customers always come first for this Chinese appliance maker -- even as it continually reinvents itself and expands around the world.
Posted: April 27, 2015, 5:00 am
Welcome to the Marijuana Economy
The CEO of a leading recreational marijuana company argues that the industry is green in more ways than one.
Posted: April 22, 2015, 10:00 am
Forget the Vision, Make the Connections
Executives in transition often spend too little time on what matters most: building relationships.
Posted: April 20, 2015, 10:00 am
The Imagination Gap
To profit -- indeed, to survive -- in 2015 and beyond, companies must adopt new, unanticipated, and more decentralized forms of digitization and technological innovation.
Posted: April 20, 2015, 5:00 am
The Foundation of CEMEX's Success -- In Pictures
How the Mexican company developed the global capabilities needed to support its international business strategy. For more insights, read the related article.
Posted: April 13, 2015, 10:00 am
Mark Bertolini's Preventive Disruption
The chairman and chief executive officer of Aetna -- one of the largest health insurance companies in the U.S. -- talks about the disruption affecting his industry, the resulting impact on cultural evolution, and why he just raised the wages and improved the medical benefits of Aetna's lowest-earning employees.
Posted: April 13, 2015, 5:00 am
CEMEX's Strategic Mix
One of the most profitable materials enterprises in the world has redefined itself as a solutions provider, particularly in emerging economies and focusing on environmental sustainability. This roundtable with CEMEX senior executives tells the story of how the Mexican cement company developed its remarkable global capabilities and its international business strategy.
Posted: April 13, 2015, 5:00 am