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Top ten: The most read s+b articles of 2021

Shaping better meetings, the ESG revolution, and a guide to value creation are among our most popular articles this year.

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How governments can push towards a better tomorrow

by Kevin Burrowes and Jessica Shannon

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World leaders face six interconnected challenges, and although approaches and solutions will differ by country, taking key actions will benefit all.

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Are you ready for the ESG revolution?

by Peter Gassmann, Casey Herman, and Colm Kelly

An illustration of three overlapping circle-shaped sign posts with stars on them against a red background. Each post is held by a person.

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Societal need and business opportunity are coming together to transform the way companies craft strategy, drive performance, and report results.

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Why the first five minutes of a meeting shape its outcome

by Elizabeth Doty

An overhead view of a group of businesspeople gathered around a table for a lively, engaging meeting.

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You’ve planned a great gathering for your team. Now it’s time to start it off right.

4
Building a culture of learning at work

by Adam Grant

A stylized cartoon shows businesspeople assembling a pyramid with multicolored blocks.

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How leaders can create the psychological safety for people to constantly rethink what’s possible.

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How ESG will drive the next wave of transformation

by Peter Gassmann and Colm Kelly

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And what it will look like on the ground.

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Practicing strategy in an uncertain world

by David Lancefield

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A modern strategy that works will require leaders to learn new skills and apply new tools. Here’s a primer for a refreshed approach.

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What is your personal leadership brand?

by Adam Bryant

An introspective businessperson gazes through a window.

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To help build authenticity, be clear on the specific values that have guided your career and that you expect others to embrace.

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A CEO guide to today’s value creation ecosystem

by Helen Mallovy HicksAaron GilcreastHein Marais, and Chris Manning

An illustration of a sailboat with yellow and white sails against a yellow sky, with rays from the sun mimicking the shape and color of the yellow sail.

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The drivers of enterprise value extend beyond financial productivity—and as disruption intensifies, businesses must adapt to avoid value destruction.

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How the best soccer team in the world lost its luster

by Simon Kuper

Barcelona players in a tight huddle as they celebrate a win during the 2012 UEFA Champions League

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FC Barcelona produced the greatest homegrown talent of any club but failed to keep the production line rolling. Business leaders can heed its warnings.

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A remarkable thing could happen as we return to work

by Bhushan Sethi and Deniz Caglar

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Why 2021 will be a pivotal moment for leaders as they connect in new ways with their employees and society.

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