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The Self-Tuning Enterprise

Wouldn’t it be nice if an algorithm could tell you when to develop a new business model or whether to enter a new market?<p>We’d be lying if we said that such an algorithm exists. It doesn’t, and we don’t imagine a time in the foreseeable future when algorithms (or other forms of artificial …

The Art Of Winning By Not Competing

When one of the world’s biggest cement companies teams with IBM, a $100 billion company without a finance department emerges. What does this mean for the future of business?<p>My father does it all.<p>About 40 years ago, as a fresh, young professor and new father, he bought a dilapidated house, then …

Is It Better to Be Strategic or Opportunistic?

<i>I spoke with contributor Don Sull, who teaches strategy at MIT and the London Business School, about the tension between scholars who put sustainable competitive advantage at the center of strategy and those who argue that some industries are changing too quickly to allow for sustained performance.</i> …

To Create Change, Leadership Is More Important Than Authority

Aspiring junior executives dream of climbing the ladder to gain more authority. Then they can make things happen and create the change that they believe in. Senior executives, on the other hand, are often frustrated by how little power they actually have.<p>The problem is that, while authority can …

A Closer Look: 5 Crucial Phases of Startup Growth | Inc.com

As difficult as it can be to go from startup to viable company, the next transitions in business growth--from small business to midsized one, or from midsized to large--can be even more difficult.<p>"The organic nature of early-stage growth can often leave companies relying on a handful of talented …

A Shared Purpose Drives Collaboration

Imagine coming back home from work, calling the family into the living room, and urging everyone to collaborate more. Sounds odd, doesn’t it? Ever wondered what makes collaboration seem so natural at home but unnatural at work?<p>The answer: Purpose. Purpose is collaboration’s most unacknowledged …

How to Get Employees to Be More Accountable

Employees will respect their deadlines when you spell out these three specifics, says leadership expert Lee J. Colan.

The 4 Weapons Of Exceptional Creative Leaders

Charles Day outlines four perhaps unexpected but effective weapons that the best creative leaders use in their battle for creativity and profitability.<p>For the leader of a company powered by creativity, the difficulties of navigating today’s complex marketplace are compounded by the fact that, in …

Surviving a Start-Up’s Transition from Projects to Processes

“Why change my leadership style? It got us to this point, where we’ve established a real beachhead in our market.”<p>These are the famous last words of many an entrepreneur. Failing to realize that critical transition points in the growth of an enterprise require leaders to shift emphasis, they …