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Change Management Needs to Change

As a recognized discipline, change management has been in existence for over half a century. Yet despite the huge investment that companies have made in tools, training, and thousands of books (over 83,000 on Amazon), most studies still show a 60-70% failure rate for organizational change projects …

Tell Better Data Stories with Motion and Interactivity

When it comes to making sense of vast amounts of complicated data, time really is on your side. It’s a simple concept, one that everyone understands: an action starts, then eventually stops. The distance between those two points conveys information — information about <i>then</i>, about <i>now</i>, and about the …

Prepare Your Brain for Change

The best stats you've ever seen

You've never seen data presented like this. With the drama and urgency of a sportscaster, statistics guru Hans Rosling debunks myths about the …

9 methods for mastering your money

2008 was a miserable year for money. The stock market tumbled, unemployment soared, the housing market continued to crumble, and retirement savings …

100 Websites You Should Know and Use (updated!)

In the spring of 2007, Julius Wiedemann, editor in charge at Taschen GmbH, gave a legendary TED University talk: an ultra-fast-moving ride through …

Getting Crazy Ideas Off the Ground

How you manage the period between when an insight is first generated and when a concept is judged ready for development is the key to getting discontinuous innovation off the ground. These are ideas that don’t fit the existing capabilities or the incumbent business model, don’t have an obvious …

How SAP Labs India Became An Innovation Dynamo

In April 2010, V.R. Ferose became the managing director of SAP Labs India, one of fifteen global R&D centers of the German software giant SAP. At 35 years old, Ferose was the youngest-ever managing director of a global multinational firm in India — overseeing a staff of 4,000.<p>SAP’s senior …

Change Management Is Bigger Than Leadership

If an organization needs to undergo significant change, that’s a leadership issue, right? Old dogs will learn new tricks when the lead dog — or ape, or penguin, depending on the management fable of the moment — shows them off. Leaders need to craft compelling elevator speeches, relentlessly deliver …

The Most Effective Strategies for Success

For years, I’ve been trying to convince people that success is not about who you <i>are</i>, but about what you <i>do</i>.<p>Roughly two years ago, I wrote about the “Nine Things Successful People Do Differently,” which became HBR’s most-read piece of content over that time span. It was a list of strategies, based on …

Operational Excellence, Meet Customer Intimacy

Most organizations continuously strive to achieve operational excellence, but they spend less effort understanding customer needs — and few marry these two sources of customer value effectively. While a focus on lowering costs, improving quality, and providing consistent, reliable service will …

Why We Ignore Good Advice

We are swimming in a sea of good advice. Yet we often refuse to take it, and end up drowning. In a series of clever experiments described in her new …

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Three Rules for Making a Company Truly Great

Much of the strategy and management advice that business leaders turn to is unreliable or impractical. That’s because those who would guide us underestimate the power of chance. Gurus draw pointed lessons from companies whose outstanding results may be nothing more than random fluctuations. …

Take Control of Your Time

An interview with <b>Elizabeth Grace Saunders</b>, founder and CEO of Real Life E and author of <i>The 3 Secrets to Effective Time Investment</i>.<p>SARAH GREEN: Welcome to the HBR IdeaCast from Harvard Business Review. I’m Sarah Green. I’m talking today with Elizabeth Grace Saunders, founder and CEO of time coaching …

How To Really Measure a Company’s Innovation Prowess

Who is the world’s most innovative company? The editors of <i>Fast Company</i> say Nike. Last year, number crunchers at <i>Forbes</i> found that Salesforce.com is the company with the highest “Innovation Premium” baked into its stock price. <i>MIT Technology Review</i> didn’t pick a winner, but on its recent list of top …

It’s Time to Retire ‘Crap Circles’

<i>Every time I encounter a crap circle my heart sinks. I first wrote about these contemptible “information” graphics in HBR in 2005, and since then they’ve only seemed to multiply. You know what these are — you may have even used them — though you may not have had a name for them. I aim to change</i> …