Brian Munoz

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Being a Strategic Leader Is About Asking the Right Questions

If you asked the world’s most successful business leaders what it means to “be strategic,” how many different answers do you think you’d get? Consider this number: 115,800,000. It’s the number of unique links returned when I searched online for “strategic leadership.”<p>There’s a good reason for all …

Management

Defining Strategy, Implementation, and Execution

It is striking how much confusion there is between strategy, implementation, and execution. Is “strategy” a matter of making choices about where we want to go, where we play and how we win, of setting goals and actions, about how we create and capture economic value over time? Does it include …

Management

U.S. Fourth Quarter Economic Growth Lower than Expected

U.S. economic growth slowed sharply in the fourth quarter as weak business spending and a wider trade deficit offset the fastest pace of consumer spending since 2006.<p>Gross domestic product expanded at a 2.6 percent annual pace after the third quarter's spectacular 5 percent rate, the Commerce …

Home Buyers Will Get a Break in 2015

Buying a home was tough this year thanks to tight inventory and all-cash buyers, but that’s expected to change in the New Year.<p>While some areas of the country will still experience bidding wars and lofty valuations, many places will have enough affordable inventory to get buyers into a home.<p>“We’re …

Being Bilingual Makes You Better at Non-Linguistic Tasks

In a small study, bilingual people were about a <b>half second faster</b> than monolinguals (<b>3.5 versus 4 seconds</b>) at executing novel instructions such as “add one to x, divide y by two, and sum the results,” say Andrea Stocco and Chantel S. Prat of the University of Washington. The findings are in line …

Regular Exercise Is Part of Your Job

When we think about the value of exercise, we tend to focus on the physical benefits. Lower blood pressure, a healthier heart, a more attractive physique. But over the past decade, social scientists have quietly amassed compelling evidence suggesting that there is another, more immediate benefit of …

The Most Innovative Companies Don’t Worry About Consensus

Consensus is a powerful tool. When CEOs set out to conquer new markets or undertake billion-dollar acquisitions, we’d hope they’d at least sought out some consensus from their trusted advisors. We hope they’d be as sure as possible that their teams are ready, that their strategies are sound, and …

When Talent Started Driving Economic Growth

I came out of a standard Keynesian economics education at Harvard College in 1979. It was remarkably closed: from what I could tell, we read Chicago economists, from whom the supply-side movement arose, exclusively to mock them.<p>But I graduated into an economy that was couldn’t be explained by …

How do you evaluate blue ocean leadership performance?

First, there is no one single or generic formula for evaluating leadership performance. Depending on the market reality an organization faces, …

Leadership

5 Simple Tactics to Keep You Organized and on Task Every Day

Opinions expressed by <i>Entrepreneur</i> contributors are their own.<p>Ever get to 3 p.m. only to realize that you haven’t crossed off a single thing on your to-do list? Welcome to the life of a small business owner.<p>It's common to feel like you're playing defense. How can you switch things around to play …

Small Business