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Strategy & Leadership Archive

November 23, 2011

The Top 10 M&A Fallacies and Self-Deceptions

With merger and acquisition activity heating up, here’s a due diligence checklist for regaining clarity.
November 22, 2011

Best Business Books 2011: Strategy

Asking the Right Questions
November 22, 2011

Resetting the Cost Structure at Shell

A senior finance executive explains how a zero-based cost management effort is leading to significant performance improvements.
November 22, 2011

Best Business Books 2011: Management

The Battle for Management’s Future
November 22, 2011

Best Business Books 2011: Leadership

Learning to Lead the Old-Fashioned Way
August 23, 2011

10 Clues to Opportunity

Market anomalies and incongruities may point the way to your next breakthrough strategy.
August 23, 2011

How to Prepare for a Black Swan

Disrupter analysis can help assess the risks of future catastrophic events.
August 23, 2011

How to Be a Truly Global Company

Many multinational business models are no longer relevant. Skillful companies can integrate three strategies — customization, competencies, and arbitrage — into a better form of organization.
August 15, 2011

How to Prevent Self-Inflicted Disasters

All too often, companies unintentionally create their own worst crises. With a little awareness of your organizational DNA, you can avoid that fate — and the headlines that go with it.
June 6, 2011

M&A in the New CPG Strategy

For consumer products companies seeking acquisition targets, the game-changing deals are those that bring more coherence.
June 6, 2011

Focus vs. Hocus-Pocus at Alberto-Culver

The CEO of this nimble cosmetics company explains the advantages of a small size and a coherent strategy.
June 6, 2011

Consumer Packaged Goods: Escaping the Consolidation Mentality

Holding fast to the two myths that have long dominated strategy in consumer-oriented industries — that bigger companies win, and that one or two players control every product category — can get a firm into trouble. A capabilities-driven strategy can provide a better path to profit.
May 24, 2011

Data Points: Corporate Incoherence

More than half of surveyed executives don’t buy their company’s strategy.
May 24, 2011

Strategic Bets

Sooner or later, most global business leaders will have to put their entire enterprise at risk. Here’s how to do it successfully.
May 24, 2011

Crafting Best-in-Class Business Intelligence

Start by choosing the metrics that matter most for your company, and then ensure the support of your employees and partners.
May 24, 2011

CEO Succession 2010: The Four Types of CEOs

Booz & Company’s annual study of turnover among chief executives — now increasingly diverse, as the world’s largest companies migrate to emerging economies — suggests that the nature of the job varies with the role of the corporate core.
May 24, 2011

The Art of the Business Narrative

Hollywood producer, executive, and entrepreneur Peter Guber makes the case that telling purposeful stories is an essential skill for leaders.
The Essentials from Booz & Company
March 21, 2011

Total Shareholder Returns

This measure of business performance is the best indicator of corporate success.
March 7, 2011

Saving a Crisis-Ridden Company

After massive fraud was discovered there, Satyam Computer Services survived by helping its employees focus on their emotional trauma.
February 22, 2011

Using Influence to Get Things Done

Convincing senior management colleagues to follow your lead requires a blend of skills that add up to influential competence.
February 22, 2011

“That’s the Way We (Used to) Do Things Around Here”

With a little knowledge of neuroscience, reframing behavior can be the essence of organizational change.
February 22, 2011

The “Drive Theory” of Leadership

A review of Driven to Lead, by Paul R. Lawrence.
February 22, 2011

Management Basics

A review of The Wall Street Journal Essential Guide to Management, by Alan Murray.
January 24, 2011

Hotbeds of Innovation

U.S. multinationals are looking to small companies and startups for the next big ideas.
January 19, 2011

Stop Blaming Your Culture

Start using it instead — to reinforce and build the new behaviors that will give you the high-performance company you want.
January 14, 2011

Five Industries Hit the Reset Button

As a prerequisite for growth in the post-crisis environment, leading companies in the consumer products, telecommunications, industrial goods, automotive, and financial-services industries are shifting their business models and operating practices.