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How Indra Nooyi Turned Design Thinking Into Strategy: An Interview with PepsiCo’s CEO

Just a few years ago, it wasn’t clear whether Indra Nooyi would survive as PepsiCo’s CEO. Many investors saw Pepsi as a bloated giant whose top brands were losing market share. And they were critical of Nooyi’s shift toward a more health-oriented overall product line. Prominent activist investor …

Stereotypes

Google Executive: You Can Win Every Interview With These 6 Steps

<i>LinkedIn Influencer Laszlo Bock originally published this post on LinkedIn. Follow Laszlo on LinkedIn.</i><p>Three unbelievably cool things happened to me …

Employment

How to Design an Agenda for an Effective Meeting

We’ve all been in meetings where participants are unprepared, people veer off-track, and the topics discussed are a waste of the team’s time. These problems — and others like it — stem from poor agenda design. An effective agenda sets clear expectations for what needs to occur before and during a …

Management

Act Like a Leader Before You Are One

If you want to become a leader, don’t wait for the fancy title or the corner office. You can begin to act, think, and communicate like a leader long before that promotion. Even if you’re still several levels down and someone else is calling all the shots, there are numerous ways to demonstrate your …

Tips for Working Under a Type-A Boss

Many of us have worked under a Type A boss. These leaders, while driven, successful, creative, and full of passion, can also be tough to work with. As I previously wrote, Type As have a tendency to dominate, to be demanding, and to be distracted – and this can frustrate and demotivate subordinates. …

How to Motivate Yourself When Your Boss Doesn’t

Let’s face it: some bosses are not inspiring. They don’t motivate us to perform at our best — let alone improve our skills. What should you do if your boss is too hands-off, ambivalent, or downright demotivating? How can you keep your engagement up and your own professional goals on track? Is it …

How to Negotiate with Someone More Powerful than You

<i>HBR STAFF</i><p>Going into a negotiation with someone who holds more power than you do can be a daunting prospect. Whether you are asking your boss for a new assignment or attempting to land a major business deal with a client, your approach to the negotiation can dramatically affect your chances of …

Strategize First, Analyze Later

The people who gravitate to strategic planning functions and strategy consulting firms tend to be highly analytical. That, I believe, is a problem. To be sure, analysis is important but in the end, strategy is and will always be a creative process.<p>Strategy is not the inevitable outcome of a process …

Make Your Emotions Work for You in Negotiations

Your emotions matter in negotiations. They fuel your behaviors, energize you, and allow you to strengthen—or distance and damage—relationships with the people you’re negotiating with. But too often, people refuse to acknowledge their full range of feelings because they’re afraid of losing the …

Decisions Don’t Start with Data

I recently worked with an executive keen to persuade his colleagues that their company should drop a long-time vendor in favor of a new one. He knew that members of the executive team opposed the idea (in part because of their well-established relationships with the vendor) but he didn’t want to …

Are You Confusing Strategy with Planning?

Most people agree that the two strongest human urges are survival and procreation, but there is very little consensus on the next most powerful. I believe it’s the need to succeed. Humans hate to fail — hate it more than almost anything else.<p>But what about all the people in the world who apparently …

Insomniac? You Might Have a Hyperactive Brain

Almost everyone has trouble sleeping once in a while – worries from the day have a tendency to stick in your brain and spill over into the night, and …

Can't be bothered working? Try these tips

1. Make a will-do list<p>Christie Little, my business partner at The Performance Clinic, is a super human when it comes to getting work done. Christie …

Time Management

Leadership That Gets Results

Ask any group of businesspeople the question “What do effective leaders do?” and you’ll hear a sweep of answers. Leaders set strategy; they motivate; they create a mission; they build a culture. Then ask “What <i>should</i> leaders do?” If the group is seasoned, you’ll likely hear one response: the …

Leadership

Google Reveals Its 9 Principles of Innovation

Want to know what’s in Google’s secret sauce? Chief social evangelist Gopi Kallayil dishes out the tech giant’s success recipe.<p>Ever wonder what makes the Google the holy grail of productivity and creativity? There’s no magic in the drinking water at the Mountain View, CA company. The tech giant …

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