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What Makes a Great Chief Strategy Officer

Creating good strategy is more important (and more challenging) than ever. Powerful global forces—game-changing technologies, unprecedented growth in emerging markets, and rapidly aging populations, to name a few—are transforming the world economy, and with it, the way companies plan for and …

How Mature Is Your Organization? Use This Model to Find Out.

This model describes the maturity of a business, based on how effectively its CEO fulfills five key responsibilities.<p>How mature is your organization? Does it operate with intention and predictability--or is it immature, chaotic, and reactive?<p>There are many signs that you're at one end of the …

A House with Mid-Century Modern and Italian Influences

The Adelaide House is one of Ray Kappe’s prefab Livinghomes that’s made up of 11 modules installed on a beautiful lot in Santa Monica over the course …

Furniture

The Right Way to Use Competitive Intelligence

Laura Schneider for HBR<p>In July 2015, Novartis launched its new heart failure drug, Entresto, which Forbes in 2014 predicted would be a blockbuster — with expected sales of $10 billion annually — as the potential market in the US exceeds 5 million people with a heart failure condition. Yet, in the …

The 5 People You Need in Your Startup

Opinions expressed by <i>Entrepreneur</i> contributors are their own.<p>Early in my career as an employer, I found myself on a Nietzschean quest for the “super employee” -- the perfect person who could do a lot of things well and very little wrong. It didn’t occur to me at the time that it’s not realistic to …

Entrepreneurship

MVPM: Minimum Viable Product Manager

You’ve probably seen this diagram before. It elegantly shows that product management is the intersection of a diverse skill set.<p>Its simplicity has …

The Industries That Are Being Disrupted the Most by Digital

We’re at a critical time for the digital economy. Digital is no longer the shiny front end of the organization – it’s integrated into every aspect of today’s companies. As digital technologies continue to transform the economy, many leaders are struggling to set a digital strategy, shift …

Stop Paying Executives for Performance

For chief executives and other senior leaders, it is not unusual for 60-80% of their pay to be tied to performance – whether performance is measured by quarterly earnings, stock prices, or something else. And yet from a review of the research on incentives and motivation, it is wholly unclear why …

Watch: Short videos that TED says will recharge your brain

With more than 100 speakers over five days, attending TED conferences can be an emotional roller coaster ride, as attendees flit from talks on virtual reality to racial prejudice, climate change to Google art, incarceration to drones. TED uses brief videos in between talks to reset the mood and …

13 Free Things on the Internet You Should Be Using

Why pay when you can get it for …

A Refresher on Statistical Significance

When you run an experiment or analyze data, you want to know if your findings are “significant.” But business relevance (i.e., practical significance) isn’t always the same thing as confidence that a result isn’t due purely to chance (i.e., statistical significance). This is an important …

Aligning Your Organization with an Agile Workforce

<i>Leaders recognize that lean and agile business strategies require new ways of accessing talent to fill critical gaps — without necessarily bringing on more full-time employees. But most organizations aren’t set up for getting the most out of non-traditional employment relationships. In this excerpt</i> …

How to Enjoy Disney World on the Cheap

Since we live in New York, my four-year-old daughter hasn't yet confronted us with the mighty D-word. That's right: Disney. However, as she's getting …

Disney World

Warren Buffett says these are the 6 most important things you should do with your money

Do you want to be smarter with your money and better at building wealth next year than you were this year? There's no one better to turn to for advice than Warren Buffett. The Oracle of Omaha has built his own personal fortune to more than $72 billion, making him the third richest person in the …

Personal Finance

12 Apps You'll See at the Office More in 2016

Looking for the next best thing at work to improve your employees' productivity, project management, and communication? Look no further.<p>The apps and services available to businesses today feel almost endless. From collaboration and project management to recruiting and email management, there are …

The 7 Step Morning Ritual That Will Make You Happy All Day

We read a lot about this or that morning ritual that will make you productive. But what about one that makes you happy?Research shows that being …

How collective intelligence helps organizations move past hierarchical leadership structures

Conventional wisdom tells us that organizations run best when critical decisions are made by a strong and capable CEO.<p>This is true even if it means calling upon a temporary leader until a permanent replacement can be found (as we saw with Twitter’s recent scramble to bring on Jack Dorsey).<p>Of …

How Amazon Delivers Packages in Less Than an Hour

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How to Spot a Bad Boss During an Interview

<i>HBR STAFF</i><p>One of the greatest predictors of your happiness at work is your relationship with your manager. So when you’re considering a new job, it’s important to know how you’ll get along with your new boss. This can be hard to assess in an interview when you’re working hard to demonstrate why <i>she</i> …

RANKED: The 10 best movies of 2015

I was there for all of it and have to admit that there was more good than bad.<p>With so much interesting filmmaking, it was tough to come up with just 10 favorites of the year, but here they are — along with a few others that deserve recognition.

Movies

National Geographic Travel

Something Extraordinary Is Happening in the World, And Most People Haven't Noticed

Most of us haven't quite realized there is something extraordinary happening.<p>A few months ago, I freed myself from standard-procedure society. I broke the chains of fear that kept me locked up into the system. Since then, I see the world from a different perspective: the one that everything is …

Ancient Civilization

Six Companies That Are Redefining Performance Management

As annual reviews fade away, performance management will become more about feedback and development.<p>Head over to Google and search for the term, “performance review,” and you’ll be instantly flooded by news stories on the latest companies to do away with it. My guess is that half the Fortune 500 …

Human Resources

This investment bank presentation helps explain the complicated digital marketing industry for normal people

The investment bank LUMA Partners created the widely known LUMAScape, which shows the myriad middlemen technology companies that sit between a marketer choosing to spend money on an online ad and that ad reaching the consumer.<p>Now LUMA Partners has created a new presentation that aims to demystify …

Customer Experience

We took a real resume from a laid-off tech worker and turned it into something fantastic

When he shared his resume with us, it looked like it came from another era.<p>We wondered, what should he be doing differently?<p>So we contacted Volen Vulkov, co-founder of Enhancv, a startup that automatically analyzes your resume mistakes and helps you redesign a new one. (These are the folks that …

Employment

Getting Employees Excited About a New Direction

When your company is in trouble — a new competitor or technology threatens your business model, your cost structure changes, the economy tanks — you have one job as a leader: to get the company back on track. The crisis provides compelling reason for change and, if companies can weather it, they …

Make Your Own Solid Perfume

Hey, guys! It’s Katie here. I don’t know if you’re like me, but I’m always searching for simple ways to give handmade gifts around the holidays. …

10 Thoughtful, Handmade Gifts Only The Coolest Friends Will Give

Who wouldn't want a gift made with love? 💝<p>Why would you step foot in a crowded shopping mall when you could make your own gifts this holiday? Cost effective, stress-free and even fun, DIY goodies are a great way to impress your loved ones without totally losing your mind during the busiest time of …

10 Great Apps Every Leader Needs to Be Effective

Let technology radically enhance your leadership. It’s not enough for today’s leaders to focus only on getting things done. 21st century leaders must …

Apps

Control the Negotiation Before It Begins

Countless books and articles offer advice that can help deal makers avoid missteps at the bargaining table. But some of the costliest mistakes take place before negotiators even sit down to discuss the substance of the deal. That’s because people fall prey to a seemingly reasonable—but ultimately …