Azlan Shahrim

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The Stretch Goal Paradox

When Marissa Mayer was named CEO of Yahoo, in July 2012, the media couldn’t get enough of her candid assessments of the ailing company’s strengths and weaknesses—and her ambitious goals to put the internet giant back on track. Can Marissa Mayer save Yahoo? wondered the <i>New Yorker</i>, the <i>Guardian</i>, and</i> …

What Is Strategy?

This article has benefited greatly from the assistance of many individuals and companies. The author gives special thanks to Jan Rivkin, the coauthor of a related paper. Substantial research contributions have been made by Nicolaj Siggelkow, Dawn Sylvester, and Lucia Marshall. Tarun Khanna, Roger …

A List of Goals Is Not a Strategy

Let’s say you’re getting together with other managers and employees to develop your organization’s or unit’s strategy. No matter how much discussion and enthusiasm you bring to the task, you’re likely to emerge with a list that looks like this:<p>Growth<br>• Superior operational outcomes through efficient …

Sometimes the Best Ideas Come from Outside Your Industry

It’s a strange thought, but the solution to your business’s innovation problem may be walking around in the head of someone who applies theatrical makeup for a living.<p>Or plays robot soccer. Or installs heavy machinery in mines. Or does something else that’s apparently unrelated to the problem …

How to Disagree with Your Boss

Harsha thought things were going well in his new role. Six months earlier, he was hired by Najib, a wealthy and powerful man in Dubai, to turn around the flagging reputation and prospects of a five-star business hotel. It took little time for Harsha to identify three areas of focus that he was …

It Doesn’t Matter If Competitors Know Your Strategy

It’s tough for people to implement what they don’t understand. Communicating priorities to the front line, especially salespeople, is highly correlated with business performance. Conversely, this “middle ground” is where strategy execution often breaks down. Yet, many executives resist making …

How to Give a Stellar Presentation

Speaking in front of a group — no matter how big or small — can be stressful. Preparation is key, of course, whether it’s your first or your hundredth time. From preparing your slides to wrapping up your talk, what should you do to give a presentation that people will remember?<p><b>What the Experts Say</b> …

Email templates for 27 of your toughest work tasks

Communication is hard work. A 2012 survey by McKinsey found that highly skilled desk workers spent an average of 28% of their work weeks dealing with …

Ferrari production to increase under Marchionne

The head of any company has to juggle the relationship between supply and demand. Of course, that applies to automakers too, even ones as high-end as Ferrari. And as with many other decisions, the way Ferrari has addressed supply and demand has come down principally to the principal.<p>Enzo Ferrari …

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The Industries Apple Could Disrupt Next

After an unprecedented decade of growth, analysts wrote off 2013 as a year to forget for Apple. Most pundits agreed on what was wrong — a lack of breakthrough innovation since the passing of founder Steve Jobs. But in our view, Apple faces a deeper problem: the industries most susceptible to its …

Which Customers to Listen to, When

AOL, Nokia, RIM, Kodak, DEC. All the same story: once-great companies that suffered disruption. In business, if you’re not listening to the right customers, it can all disappear before you realize what’s happening.<p>Many modern businesses take stock in the reality of disruptive innovation and try to …

8 Subconscious Mistakes Our Brains Make Every Day–And How To Avoid Them

The “swimmer’s body illusion,” and other ways our brains play tricks on us.<p><i>Editor’s Note: This is one of the most-read leadership articles of 2013. Click here to see the full list.</i><p>Get ready to have your mind blown.<p>I was seriously shocked at some of these mistakes in thinking that I subconsciously …

Management Tips From A Boss Who Actually Gives A Damn

Listening to your people–and following up on what you hear with empathy–could be the key to leadership success.<p>Kim Scott had one thing to do that day. She was going to price her product. It was the year 2000, she was the founder and CEO of Juice Software, and she had blocked off her whole morning …

(Still) learning from Toyota

A retired Toyota executive describes how to overcome common management challenges associated with applying lean, and reflects on the ways that Toyota …

Management

Everything You Know About Branding Is Wrong

If you ask any major corporation, the majority would probably agree—branding is everything.<p>Except the word “brand” may be the most misunderstood, misrepresented, and misused word in recent memory. So, while branding is a vital element to any organization’s success, the majority of companies might …

The Five Traps of High-Stakes Decision Making

At some point most executive teams will make a bet-the-company decision. Sometimes they’ll make the right one and will be handsomely rewarded. Southwest’s decision in 2007 to hedge against increases in the price of jet fuel proved remarkably prescient. But sometimes the big decision will go …

What Your Boss Really Wants from You

It’s 1958, and Patricia Bays Haroski, a State Farm Insurance Company employee, wants people to formally recognize their boss on October 16th. Her goal? Improve the relationship between bosses and their direct reports. That date? She apparently picked it because it was her father’s birthday, and she …

Martha Beck: 5 Things to Cross Off Your Bucket List Today

They say it's never too late. But of course it is—for all the things that waste your time, drain your energy and make you feel anything less than …

You Can’t Be a Wimp—Make the Tough Calls

Photography: Jared Leeds<p>As one of the world’s preeminent advisers to CEOs and boards, Ram Charan has spent the past 35 years on the road, watching hundreds of executives deal with their toughest challenges. He regularly shares the insights from his experiences in speeches and the classroom and is …

The Truth About Marissa Mayer: An Unauthorized Biography

On the morning of Thursday, July 12, 2012, Yahoo's interim CEO, Ross Levinsohn, still believed he was going to be named permanent CEO of the company.<p>He had just one meeting to go.<p>That meeting was a board meeting, to be held that day in a room on the second floor of Yahoo's Sunnyvale, Calif., …

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If you think you know what 'debt' is, read on

Few people understand what debt is. We may understand the scaled-down metaphors that politicians serve up – "household debt", or "maxed-out credit …

Economics

The Two-Minute Game that Reveals How People Perceive You

We often write about B-school research findings in this space. Now we’re going to let you take part. This video, presented by Harvard Business School associate professor Michael Norton, is a game. In fact, it’s the same game Norton used in research he recently conducted, so when you play the game …

Men's Health

If you're looking for a way to change up your bench press, here you go<p>The wearables company has just announced an arsenal of apps available to Ionic users<p>You don't have to be a dad to appreciate this<p>From beers to reindeers, this deal of the day has you covered<p>"As a result of ongoing discussions, …

Hire Yourself a Great First Manager

Whether you are just graduating with a Bachelor’s, MBA, or some other graduate degree, you have probably heard how hard it is to find a job. But before you to take any opportunity that comes your way, stop and think: Far worse than continuing to look for a while longer is having a job with a bad …

See Asia’s Most Creative Advertising Work

An animated viral smash about death and a solar stunt were among the top winners at last week’s annual Asia Pacific Advertising Festival in Thailand, celebrating the best creative work from across the region.<p>From 3,507 entries, jurors, led by Graham Fink, CCO of Ogilvy & Mather China, gave out …

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