Mohamed Nyenge

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Why Strategy Execution Unravels—and What to Do About It

Since Michael Porter’s seminal work in the 1980s we have had a clear and widely accepted definition of what strategy is—but we know a lot less about translating a strategy into results. Books and articles on strategy outnumber those on execution by an order of magnitude. And what little has been …


What Is a Business Model?

In <i>The New, New Thing</i>, Michael Lewis refers to the phrase <i>business model</i> as “a term of art.” And like art itself, it’s one of those things many people feel they can recognize when they see it (especially a particularly clever or terrible one) but can’t quite define.<p>That’s less surprising than it …


How to Break into Your CEO’s Inner Circle

There is a widely held belief that strategic decisions are made collectively by an organization’s executive team, the senior executives who report directly to the CEO. In many organizations, though, nothing could be further from the truth. Decision-making power resides with a much smaller group, …


Forget the Strategy PowerPoint

I have for decades watched CEOs and other executives try to explain a corporate strategy to a small group of senior managers or to a much larger group of staff. For the most part, it has not been a pretty sight. In the case of senior managers, I usually hear 3 or 4 different interpretations of what …

What to Ask the Person in the Mirror

If you’re like most successful leaders, you were, in the early stages of your career, given plenty of guidance and support. You were closely monitored, coached, and mentored. But as you moved up the ladder, the sources of honest and useful feedback became fewer, and after a certain point, you were …

Primal Leadership: The Hidden Driver of Great Performance

When the theory of emotional intelligence at work began to receive widespread attention, we frequently heard executives say—in the same breath, mind you—“That’s incredible,” and, “Well, I’ve known that all along.” They were responding to our research that showed an incontrovertible link between an …


What You're Really Meant to Do

Develop Productivity Rituals

Tolerate Weakness in Your Employees

The Path to Peak Performance

When to Hire an Extreme Leader

How to Stress-Test Your Strategy

The Best Way to Play Office Politics

Identify Future Leaders

Get Your Employees Engaged

Conduct an Informal 360˚

Create a Life with Purpose

How Great Leaders Make Their Own Luck

What Do People Want from Their Leaders?

Get Comfortable with Team Conflict

Simplify Your Strategy

Preview: Measure Employee Productivity Accurately

Leadership and the Balanced Scorecard

A.G. Lafley on Strategy's Tough Choices

Rita McGrath on The End of Competitive Advantage

Preview: The Two Choices to Make in Strategy