Nitin Gautam

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The Public Corporation Is Finally in Eclipse

In his classic 1989 HBR article “Eclipse of the Public Corporation,” Michael Jensen analyzed early leveraged buyouts and identified a new form of corporate organization, the LBO association. He believed it would outperform the traditional public company thanks to “pay-for-performance compensation …

Help! I’m an Underperformer.

No one likes to be an underperformer. It can be embarrassing, discouraging, and bewildering. Yet, many of us have at times failed to meet expectations. The good news is that poor performance isn’t incurable. It’s possible to turn it around and save your reputation with awareness, a sincere …

Senior Managers Won’t Always Get Along

It’s virtually impossible to like everyone you meet. It’s even more unlikely that you will get along with everyone at work. People have different personalities, biases, values, ambitions, and interests, all of which affect the chemistry of their relationships. And if you throw in the pressures of …

Tell Your Whole Story in an Interview

I start job interviews with the same question every time: “Tell me about your path leading up to today. Why is this role the right fit for you now?”<p>What happens next is predictable:<p>“My first job out of college was at an international aid organization…”<p>“I worked for a number of years in publishing …

Six Simple Rules: How to Manage Complexity without Getting Complicated

Publication Date: <b>April 01, 2014</b><p>New tools for managing complexity. Does your organization manage complexity by making things more complicated? If so, you are not alone. According to The Boston Consulting Group's fascinating Complexity Index, business complexity has increased sixfold during the past …

If the Board Monitors the Company, Who Monitors the Board?

With equity holdings of major firms now in the hands of a relatively small set of mega-holders, big investors have helped rejuvenate the boardroom. The board’s independent monitoring function had always been there in name, but now it has become more widespread in fact:<p>The boards of more than nine …

Operating In A Complex World Does Not Have To Be Complicated

Business is more complex today than it has ever been. According to the Boston Consulting Group’s Complexity Index, companies in the United States and Europe in 1955 – the year the Fortune 500 was created – typically committed to between four and seven performance requirements. Today, that figure is …