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Thought Leaders Archive

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 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 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.”
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 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 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 11, 2014

Angela Duckworth’s Gritty View of Success

A psychologist and new MacArthur Fellow says you need employees with stamina and tenacity above all else.
February 3, 2014

Christopher Schroeder’s Guide to the Next Million Innovators

The author and technology entrepreneur explains why you should pay attention to the mobile-powered masses—now.
January 27, 2014

In Conversation: Eric Ries on How to Gain Competitive Advantage

Eric Ries talks about how the “build, measure, learn” principle can help companies innovate and get ahead. For more related insights, read "Why Eric Ries Likes Management."
January 22, 2014

How to Better Prepare for a Global Meltdown

The associate professor of finance at the Kellogg School of Management discusses the life cycle of a financial crisis. For more related insights, read “Efraim Benmelech on Financial Contagion."
January 15, 2014

In Conversation: Eric Ries on the Finance of Innovation

In the fourth video interview of this five-part series, Eric Ries, author of The Lean Startup, describes his system of innovation accounting—and how it can convert learning into dollars. For more related insights, read “Why Eric Ries Likes Management."
December 16, 2013

In Conversation: Eric Ries on the Value of Learning

In the third video interview of this five-part series, Eric Ries, author of The Lean Startup, discusses why it's important to attach metrics to the process of learning, using an idea he calls "validated learning."
December 11, 2013

In Conversation: Eric Ries Thinks Management Isn’t a Bad Word

The Lean Startup author says that entrepreneurship is management—and describes how that concept can help achieve better results at any company.
November 18, 2013

In Conversation: Eric Ries on How to be Entrepreneurial inside a Big Company

In the first video interview of this five-part series, Eric Ries, author of The Lean Startup, tells Paul Michelman, executive editor at strategy+business, that entrepreneurs exist everywhere—and discusses what that means for innovation at big companies.
November 12, 2013

Why Eric Ries Likes Management

The author of The Lean Startup is thinking big about the challenges facing companies in an economy driven by innovation.
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.
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.
September 30, 2013

Jonah Berger Is Over Twitter

How the science of social transmission will help your brand catch on—and why tweeting alone is not enough.
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

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 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 9, 2013

The Upsides and Dark Sides of Rivalry: A Q&A with Gavin Kilduff

Left unchecked, competitive situations may be as likely to bring out our worst as our best.
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

Daniel Pink’s New Pitch

In today’s markets, we are all salespeople.
August 14, 2013

In “Drone Corporations,” Self-Interest Prevails

In his new book, Robert A.G. Monks indicts more than half of the Fortune 500, a handful of giant institutional shareholders, and the U.S. Supreme Court for hijacking the American Dream.
August 12, 2013

What’s My Motivation? A Q&A with E. Tory Higgins

The secret to successful influence is the same as acting: Know where your character is coming from.
July 16, 2013

Douglas Rushkoff Makes the Digital Economy Work for You

The social theorist on why new technologies are ushering in a paradigm shift, and how the transition will redefine how business is done.
May 28, 2013

Innovating for Energy’s Future

The key to clean, reliable, and affordable energy, says Southern Company CEO Tom Fanning, is a bold and balanced approach to R&D.
May 28, 2013

The Thought Leader Interview: David Kantor

An eminent systems therapist says that learning to recognize the hidden patterns in conversation is the first step toward more effective executive leadership.
May 21, 2013

Structural Dynamics: Using Conversational Cues to Lead More Effectively

Systems therapist David Kantor speaks with Booz & Company partner Rutger von Post about how leaders can tap into "structural dynamics" to create better-performing teams.
May 21, 2013

Want to Change Your Culture? Run!

Douglas Conant, former CEO of Campbell Soup, speaks with Booz & Company senior partner Jon Katzenbach about connecting with people more effectively by putting on a pair of running shoes.
May 21, 2013

Can Great Leaders be Tender and Tough?

Douglas Conant, former CEO of Campbell Soup, describes why it's crucial for executives to be tough-minded on standards and tender-hearted on people.
May 21, 2013

Rebranding Strategy: Why Traditional Strategy Planning Needs a Makeover

Harvard Business School professor Cynthia Montgomery speaks with Booz & Company partner Ken Favaro about why strategy needs to be reimagined, and how a leader can help define what a business is and why it matters.
May 6, 2013

The Gorilla of Agile Business Innovation

Corning Glass Chief Technology Officer David Morse explains how the company—through speed and customer focus in research, development, and engineering—has built a multibillion-dollar enterprise.
April 22, 2013

Algae at a Pump Near You?

Physicist William Cooke discusses the potential for algal biofuels to become the next big alternative energy source.