Nathan Sawicki

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A CEO’s Guide to Navigating Brexit

The Leave campaign’s victory, with a margin of 3.8 percentage points, has likely ushered in a protracted phase of uncertainty for the UK, EU, and global economies. A systemic shock cutting across industries and borders, Brexit poses significant strategic challenges for business leaders as they …


Cognitive Technology: What It Is And Why Marketers Should Care

At IBM’s recent Amplify conference, there was a heavy focus around cognitive technologies, an emerging area that integrates data mining, pattern recognition and natural language processing to mimic the way the human brain works. To better understand what it is and why CMOs should care, I consulted …


Why Platform Disruption Is So Much Bigger than Product Disruption

How does disruptive innovation differ when it’s applied to a product versus a platform?<p>For the sake of clarity, let’s call a product “a platform that is used for one or very few products” and a platform “a structure upon which many variations of products are built.” These definitions recognize that …


AlphaGo and the Declining Advantage of Big Companies

Last week, machine learning took a big leap forward when Google’s AlphaGo, a machine algorithm, beat the world champion, Lee Sedol, in the game Go. An ancient Chinese board game that dates back nearly 3,000 years, Go is played on a 19-by-19 square grid, with each player trying capture the …

Machine Learning

Find Growth Opportunities at the Edge of Your Strategy

The Edge

What It Takes to Be a Superboss

<b>Sydney Finkelstein</b>, professor at Dartmouth’s Tuck School of Business, outlines the characteristics of exceptional leaders.

Business School

The Strategy Trap Successful Companies Fall Into


To Connect Across Cultures, Find Out What You Have in Common

jennifer Maravillas FOR HBR<p>The first thing most of us do when working with people from a new culture is to learn about differences. And there are very sensible reasons to do so. It helps you avoid cultural faux pas. For example, if your Korean employee will likely be embarrassed if you praise him …


Edge Strategy: A New Mindset for Profitable Growth

Publication Date: <b>January 19, 2016</b><p>Are you missing opportunities for growth that are right in front of you? In today's volatile economic environment, filled with uncertainty and sudden change, the forces pushing you to stay focused on the core business are extremely powerful. Profiting from the core …


How to Make Learning More Automatic

The new year is here, and for many of us, that means resolutions. At work, it often translates into a vague desire to broaden our horizons or learn new things. But to really make consistent progress, we need to make learning a habit. Habits are freeing because they save us from the difficult, …

Faceted Classification

4 Ways to Become a Better Learner

The CEO sitting across from me is explaining how he and the other executives of a telecommunications firm were caught off guard by a new technology that disrupted the firm’s business. “We did not see WhatsApp coming,” he says, shaking his head. He wants to increase his capacity to learn, to spot …


Leadership Lessons from 10 Wildly Successful People

<i>HBR STAFF</i><p>Each year, HBR asks 10 stars in fields outside business — whether it’s politics, sports, the arts, or competitive chess —to offer wisdom on topics of interest to our readers. Here are the highlights from the class of 2015:<p><b>The novelist Salman Rushdie on productivity:</b> “I’ve always told …


Identify Your Thinking Style


Are Successful CEOs Just Lucky?

“Ask chief executives why their companies are performing so well, and they’ll typically credit a brilliant strategy coupled with hard-nosed, diligent execution. When you ask Lars Sørensen of Novo Nordisk what forces propelled him to the top of HBR’s 2015 ranking of the best-performing CEOs in the …


What to Do with All the Business Cards from Your Last Conference

Business travel should be about relationship building, but so often the stress of dealing with logistics and the anxiety of meeting a whole whack of new people keep it from being an effective way to connect, especially at conferences. Using social tools can focus your on-the-road time on the people …

Social Media

Content Is Crap, and Other Rules for Marketers

Until fairly recently, the options for marketers were relatively limited. Mass media — TV especially — offered the opportunity to reach millions, but only in the form of short ads sandwiched between lots of other stuff. Other tactics, such as trade shows, offered high engagement, but low …


Fixing Our Unhealthy Obsession with Work Email

<i>HBR STAFF</i><p>Our dysfunctional relationship with work email has become so normal, I’m not sure most of us can even see it anymore.<p>Typical is this quote from the recent article, “How Successful People Spend Their Weekends”:<p>“I never go into the office on weekends,” Spencer says, “<b>but I do check e-mail at</b> …

Hillary Clinton

Three reasons why work has to change

by Rhonda Brighton-Hall<p>I often think about the future of work – mainly because I'm eager to get to a better place than we are today. Work, as we know …

Comparing the ROI of Content Marketing and Native Advertising

Many companies today rely on content marketing and native advertising to gain visibility for their brand — after all, 70% of people say they’d rather learn about products through content rather than through traditional advertising. But is either content marketing or native advertising a surefire …


Digital Tools to Make Your Next Meeting More Productive

This spring, I wrote about how the right digital tools can help you work more efficiently before, during, and after a meeting. Let’s look more closely at how to use the tools <i>during</i> your meeting to better lead the conversation.<p>For an example, I’ll use the Second Continental Congress, one of the …