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Another discount rate illusion

ANDREW Biggs and Kent A Smetters of the American Enterprise Institute have produced a well-reasoned paper on the issue of valuing American pension …

How to Lead When You’re Not in Charge

For all of the books (thousands) written on leadership, individuals (millions) who have participated in leadership seminars and dollars (billions) invested in leadership development, too many leadership experts still fail to distinguish between the practice of leadership and the exercise of …

Twelve Rules for New Grads

What advice would you give new college graduates about launching themselves into the workforce? Beginning May 12, 2013, I facilitated a discussion around this question on LinkedIn. The hundreds of responses offered a wealth of advice and insight about what it takes to make a successful transition …

Seven Strategies for Simplifying Your Organization

<i>This post is co-authored with Lisa Bodell.</i><p>Over the past several years we have heard hundreds of managers talk about the negative impact of complexity on both productivity and workplace morale. This message has been reinforced by the findings of major CEO surveys conducted by IBM and KPMG [PDF], …

Seizing Opportunities When Advantages Don’t Last

I’ve been researching what allows companies to be successful even when their competitive advantages are short-lived — a phenomenon I call transient advantage. The Regus Group, Ltd., a company that provides many services but is best-known for its offices-for-rent business, is one of many I’ve been …

Parting Ways with Public Trading

One of the dilemmas of firms in rapidly transforming environments is that their ownership structure may get in the way of making tough decisions. Investors in publicly traded companies are understood to desire stable, predictable earnings and growth. But such expectations are unrealistic in many …

Research: What JPMorgan Shareholders Should Know About Splitting the CEO and Chair Roles

The board of directors is supposed to keep watch over the CEO, right? So if the CEO also serves as the chairman of the board, you’re setting yourself up for trouble, or so the conventional wisdom goes. The checks and balances are inadequate. The CEO has the run of the place. He or she is free to …

What’s Lost When Shareholders Rule

The form of capitalism that has emerged in Britain is the textbook description of how to organize capital markets and corporate sectors. It features dispersed shareholders with powers to elect directors and remove them with or without cause, large stock markets, active markets for corporate …