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Seeing the Crack Epidemic as a Disruption Story

Although the 1985 arrival of crack cocaine in large U.S. cities had dire consequences, including a <b>doubling</b> of the homicide rate among black males aged 14 to 17, the epidemic’s social ills subsided after a few years, despite continued high use of the drug, says a team led by Roland G. Fryer Jr. of …

The Most Overlooked Leadership Skill

Even before I released the disc, I knew it was a long shot. And, unfortunately, it was a clumsy one too.<p>We were playing Ultimate Frisbee, a game similar to U.S. football, and we were tied 14-14 with a time cap. The next point would win the game.<p>I watched the disc fly over the heads of both teams. …

Which Behaviors Must Leaders Avoid?

If you want to empower, engage, or motivate others, don’t just focus on increasing your positive behaviors. Pay attention to what you need to <i>stop</i> doing as well. Why? Because people remember the bad more than the good. To quote from a previous HBR article, How to Play to Your Strengths, “Multiple …

Becoming an Idea Entrepreneur

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The People You Need Working for Your Start-Up

Almost nowhere else in the world is the tech entrepreneur glamorized as much as in Silicon Valley.<p>The Valley is rife with smart, incredibly energetic, tremendously talented new entrepreneurs — instead of stars in their eyes, they have successful exits and Zuckerberg-like acclaim in their sights.<p>Yet …

The Real Reasons Chinese Firms Have Weak Branding

In a recent column for the New York Times, David Brooks posited that the U.S. has one clear advantage over Chinese competition: branding. He notes that U.S. firms are powered by “eccentric failed novelists” (presumably from agencies and consulting firms that are gifted at brand positioning and …

Pricing Strategies People Love

An interview with <b>Sandeep Baliga</b> and <b>Jeff Ely</b>, professors at the Kellogg School of Management and Northwestern University. For more, see The Power of Purple Pricing.<p>SARAH GREEN: Welcome to the HBR IdeaCast from Harvard Business Review. I’m Sarah Green. I’m talking today with Sandeep Baliga and Jeff …

The Cognitive Bias Keeping Us from Innovating

Any five-year-old has no trouble turning an old blanket and a couple of chairs into an impenetrable fort. But as we get older, knowledge and experience increasingly displace imagination and our ability to see an object for anything other than its original purpose. This is called Functional …