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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

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 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 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

Zachary Shore on How to Predict the Future

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

Are You Doing Enough to Retain Your Top Talent?

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

How to Achieve Growth in a Lean Europe

Lessons on winning in a slow market.
February 11, 2014

Cut Your Company’s Fat but Keep Some Slack

Why excess capacity leads to greater efficiency.
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 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.