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July 30, 2014

A New Hat for Negotiators

If you want to become a better deal-maker, start by examining who you are at the table.
July 29, 2014

Should Leaders Be Heroes or Relationship Builders?

Executives better serve their companies when they act as co-creators, rather than solo artists.
July 28, 2014

Tomorrow’s Leaders Need Diverse Challenges Today

Cynthia D. McCauley, coeditor of Experience-Driven Leader Development: Models, Tools, Best Practices, and Advice for On-the-Job Development, introduces a career development lesson from It’s Not the How or the What but the Who: Succeed by Surrounding Yourself with the Best, by Claudio Fernández-Aráoz.
July 25, 2014

Lead by Doing, Not by Delegating

Leaders who pass hard problems to their subordinates create cynicism, not success.
July 25, 2014

How Old Industries Become Young Again

Five indicators reveal when your sector is about to be transformed by dematurity.
July 23, 2014

Beach Reading… Boardroom Style

Your summer vacation is the perfect time to relax, lie back, take in some sun, and learn something new about leadership.
July 18, 2014

Does Your Company Keep Its Promises?

Despite best intentions, many businesses struggle with “commitment drift.”
July 16, 2014

Don’t Let Insecurity Infect Your Business

Confidence is critical to individual and organizational performance.
July 14, 2014

Stop Hiring and Start Attracting Talent

Building a great team starts with being a great leader.
June 30, 2014

What’s the Secret to Leadership Presence?

Be present. Although your mannerisms and dress matter, so does your focus on the person or task at hand.
June 26, 2014

Do Winners Give—or Take—All?

Generosity in the workplace doesn’t cost as much as being selfish.
June 24, 2014

Don’t Let the Short-Term–Long-Term Tension Drag Your Strategy Down

How to navigate the twin demands of current performance and future investment.
June 17, 2014

How to Scale Up Excellence in an Organization

Stanford’s Robert Sutton discusses the mind-set and strategies of companies that are most adept at building and spreading high standards.
June 16, 2014

Cynthia McCauley’s Manual for Leadership Development

The leadership scholar explains why measurable, experience-based programs are key to helping executives develop their potential.
June 11, 2014

Getting Fired for the Right Reasons

Effective leaders focus on powerful possibilities, not problems.
June 10, 2014

What’s the Future of the Workplace?

MIT professor Thomas Malone predicts that new technologies will enable more decentralized decision making and ultimately more freedom in business. For more related insights,  read “Thomas Malone on Building Smarter Teams.”
June 9, 2014

How to Lead Change Management

DeAnne Aguirre, senior partner with Strategy&, discusses techniques that can help companies transform quickly and effectively. For more insight,  read “10 Principles of Leading Change Management.”
June 6, 2014

10 Principles of Leading Change Management

These time-honored tools and techniques can help companies transform quickly.
May 30, 2014

The CEO Time Machine Where Do You Belong?

In this interactive experience, answer a handful of questions about your leadership style, habits, and opinions.Then we’ll match your profile to the era in which you may be the best fit as CEO.
May 30, 2014

The Lives and Times of the CEO

From 100 years back to a quarter century ahead, the evolution of the chief executive officer.
May 27, 2014

The Business Case against Business Cases

Companies that rely on traditional project management methods could be getting an incomplete picture of their own vulnerabilities and opportunities.
May 26, 2014

Deals That Transform Companies

How to shift your business model with M&A integration.
May 22, 2014

Strategy or Culture: Which Is More Important?

Although culture is much more than an “enabler” of strategy, it’s no substitute for it.
May 22, 2014

How Apple and GE Create Smarter Teams

Successful companies, MIT professor Thomas Malone says, take advantage of collective intelligence theory to improve their performance, read “Thomas Malone on Building Smarter Teams.”
May 20, 2014

Why “Leadership” Isn’t Just for Leaders Anymore

Skills that were once limited to the C-suite now take place at all levels within companies.
May 19, 2014

The Waves and Streams of Crisis Communication

Navigating the media in a crisis is complex, but it starts with knowing when to surf and when to swim.
May 15, 2014

The Collective’s Crystal Ball

Crowdsourcing offers companies the opportunity to analyze large amounts of data in innovative ways.
May 12, 2014

Why Women Make Teams Smarter

MIT professor Thomas Malone discusses why women can increase a group's collective intelligence, read “Thomas Malone on Building Smarter Teams.”
May 12, 2014

Female Directors and Their Impact on Strategic Change

The effectiveness of women in the boardroom can depend on whether the company is having a period of good performance or bad.
May 12, 2014

40 Chances to Realize Your Goals

If you find yourself thinking you could be doing more with your life, take a chance and make a change.
May 12, 2014

Turnover Alchemy: Converting Employee Losses into Gains

Departing staffers can become a source of new networks and competitive intelligence.
May 12, 2014

Management in the Second Machine Age

Future leaders will succeed by being entrepreneurial and by rethinking the balance between financial and social goals.
May 12, 2014

Thomas Malone on Building Smarter Teams

The head of MIT’s Center for Collective Intelligence explains how the social intelligence factor is critical for business success.
May 12, 2014

A Triple Scoop of Social Responsibility

Journalist Brad Edmondson’s recounting of the Ben & Jerry’s story, Ice Cream Social, focuses on the difficulties of living up to high-minded corporate mission statements after new owners take control.
May 5, 2014

Stephen Wolfram’s World-Changing Plans

The physicist, author, and software entrepreneur has high expectations of pretty much everything and everyone.
May 5, 2014

The Trust Agenda

CEOs are increasingly seeking “good growth,” aligned with business ethics and sustainability.
April 29, 2014

Becoming a Capable Company

Advantage is transient, but corporate identity is slow to change. Figure out that paradox, and your company will be primed for success.
April 28, 2014

Strategy Is Not about the Competition

Customers and capabilities—not the competition—should take center stage when developing strategies.
April 28, 2014

Growing When Your Industry Doesn’t

Success and profits flow to companies with uniquely valuable market propositions—regardless of their sector.
April 24, 2014

The Hidden Business Benefits of Regulation

How embracing sensible legislation can unlock opportunity.
April 18, 2014

Are You Ready to Lose Control?

It may be the best way to improve your organization’s performance.
April 16, 2014

Best of Multimedia: Benjamin Zander on Choosing Possibility Thinking

It takes discipline to empower others to awaken their creativity, energy, and spontaneity.
April 11, 2014

A Reality Check on Women’s Progress in the Workplace

Is it time to add some civil disobedience to the civil discourse?
April 7, 2014

My Love-Hate Relationship with Quarterly Results

The Best s+b Blog Posts of Q1.
April 3, 2014

A New Life for strategy+business

Our firm, now called Strategy&, joins the PwC network.
March 28, 2014

Best of Multimedia: When Disaster Strikes, We Tune In

Catastrophes bring out the true nature of a leader’s innate capacity to do the right thing.
March 25, 2014

The Long Road to U.S. Healthcare Reform

In Reinventing American Health Care, professor Ezekiel Emanuel predicts that the benefits of reform are still years away.
March 25, 2014

Fourteen Interview Questions to Help You Hire Your Next Innovator

Find out before it’s too late if you’re recruiting a trailblazer or an imposter.
March 25, 2014

How Digitization Is Impacting Strategy

Rita Gunther McGrath says digitization is affecting strategy in new ways—for instance, by removing entry barriers and requiring greater flexibility. For more related insights, read “The Thought Leader Interview: Rita Gunther McGrath.”
March 24, 2014

Why Underemployment Is a Bigger Challenge than Unemployment

Hiring employees with greater qualifications than you need may seem like a bargain, but it carries real risks.
March 21, 2014

Do the “Side Hustle” for Your Next Job

What used to be considered pastimes or hobbies might eventually provide your next paycheck.
March 21, 2014

Mind Your Feedback

Douglas Stone, coauthor of Thanks for the Feedback: The Science and Art of Receiving Feedback Well (Even When It Is Off-Base, Unfair, Poorly Delivered, and Frankly, You’re Not in the Mood), introduces a cautionary lesson in assessing others from Embodied Leadership: A Somatic Approach to Developing Your Leadership, by Pete Hamill.
March 20, 2014

Unleashing Creativity

To take advantage of employees’ innovative efforts, managers must first learn how to encourage and nurture them.
March 19, 2014

Alternative Systems for Corporate Survival

John Kotter and Rita Gunther McGrath both argue that change will inevitably overwhelm hierarchical management systems, but their solutions differ.
March 18, 2014

Is Your Strategy Stuck?

Rita Gunther McGrath uncovers how companies can tap into more dynamic tools to develop better strategies for how and where they’re competing.. For more related insights, read “The Thought Leader Interview: Rita Gunther McGrath.”
March 17, 2014

Organize Like a Startup

Legacy companies looking to increase agility and collaboration can take a few lessons from new firms.
March 12, 2014

The Freaky Friday Management Technique

In The Hard Thing about Hard Things, VC Ben Horowitz offers a creative solution for resolving conflict among organizational silos.
March 11, 2014

How IKEA, Disney, and Berkshire Hathaway Succeed with Adjacencies

Many adjacency moves fail because they’re driven by the wrong motives. But a lot can be learned from those that succeed.
March 11, 2014

The Importance of Being Mindful

It’s not just a trend; companies can be more effective by fostering contemplative awareness in every aspect of their processes and practices.
March 10, 2014

Making the Talent Leap of Faith

Rita Gunther McGrath explains why organizations need to shed their old-fashioned mentality about how they recruit people in order to fill the talent gap. For more related insights, read “The Thought Leader Interview: Rita Gunther McGrath.”
March 6, 2014

Encouraging the Next Generation

Take a moment, change a life.
March 3, 2014

No More Business as Usual

Syria. Ukraine. The Tea Party. Companies should start preparing for the new global reality.
March 3, 2014

Are Companies Responsible for the Off-Hours Behavior of Their Employees?

A growing rift in San Francisco between techies and long-term residents raises questions about whether employers can—or should—encourage workers to be better neighbors.
February 27, 2014

Four Tips for Walking Your Innovation Talk

To produce a climate of innovation that trickles down from the top, start by following this effective formula for leadership role modeling.
February 26, 2014

Why Coach Mike Rice Boiled Over (and How You Can Avoid the Same Fate)

Leaders must learn to tell the difference between strong emotions that can lead to constructive change, and those that can tear an organization apart.
February 26, 2014

Seeing Innovation in Strategic Terms

Rita Gunther McGrath reveals why innovation and strategy have converged—and what that means for how companies do business. For more related insights, read “The Thought Leader Interview: Rita Gunther McGrath.”
February 25, 2014

How to Talk to Your Board about Risk

New research reveals a better way to engage with board members on this critical business issue.
February 24, 2014

Are You Doing Enough to Retain Your Top Talent?

To assess how well you’re retaining your top talent, take our interactive quiz.
February 24, 2014

Align with Your Star Employees

When you connect the development of your top talent with the needs of your organization, everyone wins—and your best people stay. To assess how well you’re retaining your top talent, take our interactive quiz.
February 24, 2014

Zachary Shore on How to Predict the Future

A historian’s approach to strategic empathy can help you anticipate your rivals’ next moves.
February 21, 2014

Would Your Employees Work for Free?

Leaders who manage volunteer workforces have much to teach leaders who manage employees.
February 18, 2014

Three Leadership Lessons from Sochi: Practice, Practice, Practice

What do great leaders and great athletes have in common? They both work really hard to be the best.
February 18, 2014

This Year’s Top Three Strategic Challenges

Rita Gunther McGrath outlines the hot-button issues that companies are facing in 2014. For more related insights, read “The Thought Leader Interview: Rita Gunther McGrath.”
February 17, 2014

Rita Gunther McGrath on the End of Competitive Advantage

The Columbia Business School professor says the era of sustainable competitive advantage is being replaced by an age of flexibility. Are you ready?
February 14, 2014

How to Prepare Your Company for Growth

Take Booz & Company’s Fit for Growth* Index profiler and find out what you need to be successful in the long term.
February 14, 2014

How Do You Compete?

Roger Martin, coauthor of Playing to Win: How Strategy Really Works, introduces a lesson on the proper foundation for core competencies from Compete Smarter, Not Harder: A Process for Developing the Right Priorities through Strategic Thinking, by William Putsis.
February 11, 2014

A Step-by-Step Guide to Winning the Customer

Companies that understand the stages of consumer purchasing decisions have an outsized influence in their outcome.
February 11, 2014

The Critical Few: Components of a Truly Effective Culture

Forget the monolithic change management programs and focus on the elements of your culture that drive performance.
February 11, 2014

Scale Your Innovation Initiatives

Five ways to boost the impact of new endeavors without adding bureaucracy or cost.
February 11, 2014

The Lion versus the Fox

David Hurst reviews Professor Lawrence Freedman’s magisterial new history of strategy, which underscores the discipline’s central elements and limits.
February 11, 2014

Cut Your Company’s Fat but Keep Some Slack

Why excess capacity leads to greater efficiency.
February 11, 2014

How to Achieve Growth in a Lean Europe

Lessons on winning in a slow market.
February 10, 2014

Do We Really Want Public Pension Funds to Become Activist Investors?

Some funds are making bolder demands of the companies they hold shares in, and that’s not necessarily a good thing.
February 7, 2014

Ugly-Sweater Leadership Moments

Wise leaders actively seek the truth they don't want to find.
February 3, 2014

Why Is Wrong with Your Business Model?

It doesn’t matter what you do with your business if you don’t know why you do it.
January 30, 2014

The Dangers of Adjacencies Strategy

Why a popular approach to growth may put your company’s health at risk.
January 30, 2014

Taking Advantage of the Kinder, Gentler Takeover

Hostile acquisitions may be largely a thing of the past, as they’ve been replaced with gentler—and more effective—M&A strategies.
January 28, 2014

The Other Reasons Janet Yellen’s Fed Chairmanship Is a Big Deal

The new Fed chief’s appointment is a sweet victory for Fed insiders and fans of the dismal science—at least for now.
January 27, 2014

After 500 Years, Why Does Machiavelli Still Hold Such Sway?

Relative morality is usually considered a bad thing—except if it gets results.
January 23, 2014

Make Room for a Successful IPO

New high-tech companies are more attractive to investors when they show room for growth.
January 20, 2014

Beyond Davos: Leading through Complex Global Challenges

In order to solve large-scale problems, world leaders must concentrate on what they have in common, rather than the differences between them.
January 20, 2014

Efraim Benmelech on Financial Contagion

The economist explains how financial crises spread like a disease and what companies can do to immunize themselves.
January 17, 2014

Leadership Gone Viral

Pope Francis has clearly matched his talk to his walk—how about you?
January 16, 2014

Maximizing the Impact of Outsider CEOs

External leaders who take over in good times make a greater strategic impact than those recruited during unstable periods.
January 16, 2014

UPS's Christmas Failure Delivers a Powerful Lesson about Alliances

How networks of small shippers could have played a big role this holiday season.
January 15, 2014

Beware the “CEO Bubble”

Former Tyco CEO Dennis Kozlowski paid an unjustly high price for the crime of losing perspective, according to a new book by Catherine S. Neal.
January 13, 2014

Why New CEOs Sometimes Bring New Problems

Leadership transitions are ripe with opportunity—and fraught with peril.
January 10, 2014

Best of Multimedia: A Winning Model for Women in Executive Roles

How Gilt’s Michelle Peluso designed a career to be both the CEO—and the mom—she wanted to be.
January 9, 2014

How an Alliance of Regional Shippers Is Threatening UPS and FedEx

When properly networked, small players wield greater power.
January 8, 2014

Big Data Strategy: s+b’s Strategy of the Year

From the headlines to the C-suite, big data embodied the height of strategy-as-fashion in 2013.
January 8, 2014

New Year’s Resolution: Become a Thought Leader

A study guide for aspiring gurus.
January 6, 2014

The Keys to Leadership: Your Brain and My Grandmother

A new year should herald new ways of thinking about business.
January 6, 2014

Making Better Decisions over Time

The technique of deliberate practice can dramatically improve performance, but knowing its limits is as important as understanding its value.
January 3, 2014

Can Business Find Value in Joy?

An IT services firm has developed a business model that it believes delivers joy to both employees and customers.
December 23, 2013

The Best s+b Blog Posts of 2013

Among all the terrific posts we’ve published, make sure not to miss these gems.
December 23, 2013

The Price and Prize of Strategic Partnering

Successful collaborations create transformational value, according to BP executive Luc Bardin.
December 20, 2013

Best of Multimedia: Social Media’s Impact on the Arab Spring, Wall Street, and Outer Space

This visual snapshot shows social media’s central role in communication from 2008‒13.
December 19, 2013

How the NRA Sets the Standard for Customer Engagement: A Q&A with Peter Murray

Here’s what distinguishes organizations that achieve impact and scale.
December 17, 2013

Why Strategy Matters in Emerging Markets After All

The argument that companies in developing regions can succeed through execution alone simply isn’t true.
December 13, 2013

Learning the Leadership Lessons of Retail

While shopping for gifts this holiday season, consider these valuable insights on how to be an effective executive.
December 12, 2013

Breaking through the (Second) Glass Ceiling

As GM’s new CEO, Mary Barra, may discover, many women who get to their company’s top spot find themselves facing yet more obstacles to achieving full power.
December 11, 2013

How Creepy Is Your Company?

In The Circle, novelist Dave Eggers creates a techno-dystopia that does a better job of  driving home the dangers of digitization than any nonfiction polemic to date.
December 11, 2013

Should I Stay or Should I Go?

If you’re considering leaving your job, you should first try doing everything you can to stay.
December 10, 2013

Why We Should Deregulate the Government

To be effective, a government needs the same thing as a business: good management.
December 6, 2013

Best of Multimedia: Why Leaders Should Think Like Psychiatrists

Hear how an adaptive style of leadership—like Nelson Mandela’s—can inspire people to work together in solving their thorniest problems.
December 5, 2013

Culture’s Critical Role in Change Management

A new survey shows that when executives fail to focus on culture, their change initiatives founder.
December 4, 2013

Make Big Bets

Harvard Business School professor Anita Elberse argues that making a few big gambles may be a safer long-term strategy than sticking to small investments.
December 3, 2013

The Real Benefit of Socially Conscious Companies

How unconventional ownership structures strengthen America’s crazy-quilt economy.
December 2, 2013

Introducing s+b’s “Strategy of the Year”

What is 2013’s most in-vogue strategy? Make your nominations.
Best Business Books 2013
December 2, 2013

Best Business Books 2013: Managerial Self-Help

Influence, Inquiry, Action
Best Business Books 2013
December 2, 2013

Best Business Books 2013: Company Stories

Lessons in Failure
Best Business Books 2013
December 2, 2013

Best Business Books 2013: Leadership

Running the Detroit Three
Best Business Books 2013
December 2, 2013

Best Business Books 2013: Strategy

Rebuilding the Temple Mount
November 25, 2013

In Praise of Long-Tenure Cultures

Employees with a personal stake in a company are more likely to help it succeed.
November 22, 2013

The Three Habits of Highly Effective Demotivators

Surefire tips for stamping out morale and making sure you get the least out of your employees.
November 20, 2013

A Call for True Machiavellian Leadership

According to scholar Maurizio Viroli, leaders cited The Prince as a rationale for unethical behavior for far too long. Accomplish something great instead.
November 19, 2013

Five Steps to Becoming the Ultimate Boss: Your Own

Some advice for professionals who want to start calling their own shots.
November 13, 2013

A Generic View of “Business” Has No Place in Public Policy

The gulf between the interests of small entrepreneurs and global corporations is enormous.
November 12, 2013

Are You Your Employees’ Worst Enemy?

Many leaders inadvertently stand in the way of superior performance. Here’s how to avoid the hindrance trap. And to check your own performance, take our interactive survey.
November 12, 2013

From Netscape to eHarmony: The High Risks and Big Rewards of Platform Markets

Companies that link complementary partners, like dating sites or online auctions, can dominate for years or be swept away in an instant.
November 11, 2013

The Dynamic Capabilities of David Teece

To U.C. Berkeley's long-standing strategy thinker, companies gain an edge only when they evolve in ways no one else can match.
November 6, 2013

Advice for Facebook That May Just Help Twitter

For Twitter’s next chapter, some words of wisdom about leadership planning.
October 30, 2013

Two Books That Will Make You a Better Leader

Edgar Schein can teach you to be a better helper and more effective questioner—skills that are essential to your leadership success.
October 29, 2013

Dear Verizon: Here’s How to Make the Megadeal with Vodafone Pay Off

Avoid the usual temptations and your big bet on Verizon Wireless might be a big win.
October 28, 2013

Exceed Customer Expectations—and Get Home for Family Dinner

Sheryl Sandberg is wrong: Women (and men) who want to “have it all” should create companies that reflect their values.
October 28, 2013

Will Volkswagen Bring Mitbestimmung to Chattanooga?

Worker participation in management decisions has long been controversial, but the benefits far outweigh the risks.
October 25, 2013

Where Does Leadership Live?

As we develop new ways of doing business, we must also develop new ways of looking at, and assigning, leadership.
October 18, 2013

Wall Street and the Pursuit of More

Only in finance is money an end in itself—resulting in behavior that’s less than virtuous.
October 16, 2013

How to Find Creative Solutions? Struggle a Little Longer

Kellogg’s Loran Nordgren says the key to unlocking unconscious thought is being motivated to find answers.
October 14, 2013

Are You Disabling Your Organization with Advice?

Quiet leaders don’t give advice to solve problems—they help their employees think of solutions for themselves.
October 11, 2013

Why ‟Keeping It Simple” Can Be a Complicated Mistake

When you apply simplistic solutions to complex challenges, you miss out on bigger opportunities.
October 8, 2013

An Entrepreneur’s Journey to Business Nirvana

How G Adventures’s founder Bruce Poon Tip built a successful business by following his bliss.
October 7, 2013

The Source of Organizational Dysfunction, Revealed!

Organizations are much more complex than how they’re designed. Executives should take that complexity into account when measuring performance.
October 7, 2013

The Capable Strategist: How Leaders Mistake Execution for Strategy

Booz & Company senior partner Ken Favaro explains to s+b executive editor Paul Michelman that when leaders substitute visions, missions, purposes, plans, or goals for the real work of strategy, they send their firms adrift.
October 7, 2013

The Capable Strategist: We're from Corporate and We're Here to Help

 Booz & Company senior partner Ken Favaro speaks with s+b executive editor Paul Michelman about understanding the real value of corporate strategy and the head office.
October 4, 2013

How Boards Can Rein In CEO Pay

The SEC’s push for greater transparency is a smart move, but it’s not enough to fix executive compensation.
October 3, 2013

Night of the Living Board of Directors

As board members become more entrenched and partisan, their institutional knowledge loses value.
October 2, 2013

The Management Stylings of Harvard Business School

How the “vocal silence” used to communicate professorial mores at HBS can make a difference at your company.
October 1, 2013

What Executives Really Mean When They Talk About Change

When business leaders talk about organizational change, they’re really pursuing an ideal.
September 27, 2013

In Conversation: How to Use Conscious and Unconscious Thought to Make Better Choices

In the third part of our In Conversation video series, Kellogg's Loran Nordgren argues that while conscious thought helps you identify available options, unconscious thought helps you figure out which choice is best.
September 26, 2013

How Interactive Media Can Scramble Your Brain

New research documents the negative consequences of media multitasking.
September 26, 2013

In Conversation: Loran Nordgren on How to Encourage Innovation

In the second part of this "In Conversation" video series, Kellogg's Loran Nordgren talks about how tapping into the unconscious can spark creativity and innovation in the corporate world.
September 25, 2013

Leadership Lessons from the World of Walt Disney

Disney legend Marty Sklar’s new memoir-cum-business book offers great backstage stories—and insights for leaders.
September 24, 2013

How Microsoft Can Once Again Punch Above Its Weight

A respected head office and strong corporate affinity will drive the company’s fortunes.
September 18, 2013

Thought Leader Interview: Loran Nordgren

In the first part of this four-part video series, Loran Nordgren, an associate professor at Northwestern University Kellogg School of Management, tells Amy D'Onofrio, enterprise practice coordinator at Booz & Company, that taking a break and distracting the mind can lead to higher-quality decision making.
September 16, 2013

Seven Ways to Make Your Strategic Planning Relevant

Planning and performance management systems can be designed to reinforce your most distinctive capabilities—not undermine them.
September 13, 2013

The Lesson of J.C. Penney: There Is No King

Fights in the boardroom between shareholders and management highlight one important question—who gets to call the shots?
September 6, 2013

Audits, Auditors, and Those of Us Who Love Them

The most underappreciated of corporate functions deserves its day of praise.
September 5, 2013

Let’s Just Stop Calling Them Leaders

Executives, officials, and managers should have to earn the title of “leader,” not just expect to receive it.
September 4, 2013

Keeping the Stupid Out of Your Life

The trick is to remain focused on your purpose and surround yourself with good people.
August 30, 2013

Deploying the M&A Counterattack

Sometimes it pays for a company to respond to a deal in its own backyard, and sometimes it doesn’t.
August 27, 2013

Looking Inside the Latest Reorganization of Microsoft

As he prepares to step down, will Ballmer’s organizational shake-up make any difference?
August 27, 2013

The Thought Leader Interview: Loran Nordgren

The cofounder of unconscious thought theory explains how taking a break and distracting the mind can lead to higher-quality decision making.
August 27, 2013

Changing Structures and Behaviors at Walgreens

When your strategy shifts, you may need to redesign your organization as well.
August 27, 2013

An Uncommonly Cohesive Conglomerate

How United Technologies Corporation—owner of Pratt & Whitney, Otis Elevator, and a wide range of other businesses—became one of the major corporate success stories of the past two decades. See also “The Story of UTCʼs Success—In Pictures.”
August 27, 2013

The Secret to a Successful Divestiture

When you are selling part of your company, don’t just offer buyers a potential asset; give them the capabilities to gain value from it.
August 27, 2013

How to Let 999 Flowers Die

For innovation to flourish, variation must go hand in hand with selection.
August 27, 2013

How to Design a Winning Company

The eight components of your organizational genome hold the secret to unleashing superior performance.
August 27, 2013

How Ready Are You for Growth?

A Booz & Company study reveals that only 17 percent of companies are poised for a profitable future.
August 27, 2013

The Business Case for Nature

By demonstrating the value of investing in the environment, conservationists can forge unexpected partnerships and reap large-scale benefits.
August 26, 2013

The Enduring Management Wisdom of Lincoln

Lessons for managers from a manufacturing success story.
August 22, 2013

Greed Is Good for Some, but Not for Everyone

Leaders who project their negative attitudes onto their subordinates can hamper the way their companies do business.
August 21, 2013

Can Your Career Survive Transient Competitive Advantage?

Rita Gunther McGrath helps you determine how ready you are for an accelerated business lifecycle.
August 19, 2013

Retaining Top Talent: Yes, It Really Is All about Them

If you want to retain your high-potential employees, you have to get involved in helping them plan their careers.
August 19, 2013

Do You Have a Stay Strategy?

Starting a business is one thing—sticking with it is quite another.
August 16, 2013

Is Your Organization Passive-Aggressive?

Here are the symptoms to watch out for and what to do if you find them.
August 9, 2013

Learning What Not to Do from an Experienced Executive

Jon Corzine’s legal troubles point to a toxic mix of bad ethics, bad management, and bad leadership.
August 5, 2013

Has National Scale Worn Out Its Advantages for Health Systems?

Recent deals suggest that geographic concentration is trumping the benefits of pure size.