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Thought Leaders Archive

August 18, 2014

Dick and Emily Axelrod’s Method for Holding Better Meetings

The couple share their secret for how to actually get work done the next time you gather your team together.
August 13, 2014

Remembering Warren Bennis

A consummate humanist and pioneer of management thought leadership has passed away.
August 8, 2014

Katherine Milkman on Why Fresh Starts Matter

The Wharton professor says moments when you wipe the slate clean can help you meet your goals.
July 22, 2014

Robert Sutton’s Guide to Excellence

The Stanford professor’s latest research explores the practices that enable companies to scale what they do best.
June 30, 2014

David Zweig on the Invisible Leader

Author David Zweig discusses the true power of modesty in management.
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 2, 2014

Derek Lidow on Mastering the Four Phases of a Successful Startup

The former entrepreneur analyzes the leadership skills that new companies need for long-term success.
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 19, 2014

Christine Bader’s Tales of a Corporate Idealist

The former BP policy development manager and U.N. business and human rights advisor on the nuances of promoting social responsibility and sustainability within companies.
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

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.
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

A Guide to the Next Million Innovators

Tech entrepreneur Christopher Schroeder explains why you need to pay attention to the mobile-powered masses.
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.