Flat, Fluid, and Fast

Flat, Fluid, and Fast

RECOMMENDATION Today’s workers demand mobility across borders and divisions and in how they use their time. Brynne Kennedy, founder of Topia, a business-trend consulting firm, says that any business can become flatter, more fluid and faster with...

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Leading Up

Leading Up

When leaders lack solutions to challenging problems, they need brave subordinates, clients or vendors who will challenge them and help them think in a fresh way. Wharton Business School professor Michael Useem calls this process “leading up.” He...

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Growth Gamble

Growth Gamble

Some senior executives are so eager for growth that they gamble their company’s riches on new business initiatives that will probably fail. Researchers estimate that the failure rate for company-spawned business initiatives is as high as 99%...

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Everybody Matters

Everybody Matters

In this corporate biography, Bob Chapman, CEO of Barry-Wehmiller (BW), a worldwide capital equipment supplier and consultancy, offers a surprising message for a contentious world: Be caring and treat others with respect. Writing with Babson...

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Do Nothing!

Do Nothing!

Does managing or leading others have to be a chore? Not if you don’t do it, says Northwestern University management professor J. Keith Murnighan. Imagine coming back from vacation or a day of meetings to find no office crises, no emergencies and...

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Rhythm

Rhythm

If you listen to most CEOs, you might think that strategic planning is a company’s most critical business activity. Considering that, it’s ironic that most strategic plans end up gathering dust. Serial entrepreneur Patrick Thean’s approach to...

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Unlocking Acquisitive Growth

Unlocking Acquisitive Growth

In their search for corporate growth, executives often struggle with finding, completing and incorporating appropriate acquisitions. Gerry Hansell, Decker Walker and Jens Kengelbach of the Boston Consulting Group say these leaders should take a...

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The First-Time Manager

The First-Time Manager

Many rookie managers feel like imposters until they grow into their jobs, but if you are scaling that learning curve, help has arrived. Authors Loren B. Belker and Gary S. Topchik provide managerial coaching for new occupants of corner offices...

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Bedtime Stories for Managers

Bedtime Stories for Managers

Compiling his most pithy and vehement blog posts, Henry Mintzberg – professor of management studies at the Desautels Faculty of Management at Montreal’s McGill University – warns you “not to be outraged by anything you read because some of my...

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How to Build a Business That Lasts 100 Years

How to Build a Business That Lasts 100 Years

Business rarely looks to nature for answers, but corporate strategist Martin Reeves has found that the secret to corporate longevity lies within biology. He deems that the traits that make the human immune system so resilient are the same...

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Move

Move

Most people – and most companies – find it difficult to maintain inspiration and focus when an undertaking becomes challenging. This often happens with corporate change efforts, breaking into fresh markets, introducing new products or any new...

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Your Strategy Needs a Strategy

Your Strategy Needs a Strategy

Strategy isn’t exactly titillating subject matter, which might be one of the reasons some leaders balk at the idea. Yet according to management consultant Martin Reeves, in the current rapidly changing business environment, strategy is more...

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