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The Question Every CEO Should Ask The Company's HR Leader

What do CEOs and their HR chiefs talk about? With luck, they talk about everything — about hiring, and the state of the organization, and upcoming events. I hope they talk about who’s getting promoted and who’s leaving and what’s new and how the team is holding up.<p>There’s one question every CEO …

The Workplace

What Is Strategy, Again?

If you read what Peter Drucker had to say about competition back in the late ’50s and early ‘60s, he really only talked about one thing: competition on price. He was hardly alone — that was evidently how most economists thought about competition, too.<p>It was this received opinion Michael Porter was …

“Competitive Intelligence” Shouldn’t Just Be About Your Competitors

In April 2010, Mars, one of the world’s largest privately owned businesses, embarked on a breakthrough initiative. For the next year, Jessica Eliasi, then the director of Competitive Intelligence at Mars Chocolate, travelled the world running “competitive simulation” games with local market teams …

How an Accounting Firm Convinced Its Employees They Could Change the World

It’s a fabled story about a janitor’s exchange with President Kennedy during the early days of NASA: “What do you do?” the president supposedly asked the man with a broom during a visit to Cape Canaveral. “Well, Mr. President, I’m helping to put a man on the moon.”<p>This meeting may not have actually …

How is blue ocean strategy distinct from differentiation strategy?

Blue ocean strategy is about pursuing both differentiation and low cost. Under traditional competitive strategy differentiation is achieved by …

Reid Hoffman’s Two Rules for Strategy Decisions

Reid Hoffman — the co-founder and chairman of LinkedIn and partner at the venture capital firm Greylock — is a preeminent Silicon Valley strategist. I recently ended my tour of duty as Reid’s chief of staff and wrote a long essay about that experience <i>—</i> “10,000 Hours with Reid Hoffman: Lessons …

Your Business Has Two Options: Adapt or Die

This story appears in the June 2015 issue of <i>Startups</i>. Subscribe »<p>In business, you change with the times or flame out.<p>Case in point: More than a century ago, CCM was a Canadian bicycle and automotive manufacturer until it started making hockey skates with leftover steel. The brand has been …

The Top 10 Business Rivalries In History

From the Cola Wars to the battle between long-distance carriers, we take a look at some of the biggest business rivalries in recent history.<p>You’re paused in the soda aisle at the grocery store or on your way into work, in search of your morning latte. Coke versus Pepsi, Dunkin’ Donuts versus …

It’s Not HR’s Job to Be Strategic

Human-capital issues are top-of-mind for CEOs around the world — but their regard for the HR function remains perilously low: In a PwC study, only 34% said that HR is well prepared to capitalize on transformational trends (compared with 56% for finance).<p>Sadly, chief executives aren’t the only ones …

The McKinsey 7-S Framework: Ensuring That All Parts of Your Organization Work in Harmony

How do you go about analyzing how well your organization is positioned to achieve its intended objective?<p>This is a question that has been asked for …

The Case for Project Management’s Place in the HR Practitioner’s Heart

Our work is a series of projects, connected by periods of maintenance on projects of the past. I often make that argument with friends and colleagues …

Why Some Projects Succeed and Others Fail

By Marian Haus, PMP There is obviously a high interest in the project management community and literature about what drives project success. For …