Harvard Business Review

How to Excel at Both Strategy and Execution

For decades, we’ve often thought of leadership profiles in unique buckets—two popular varieties were the “visionaries”, who embrace strategy and think about amazing things to do, and the “operators”, who get stuff done. We intuitively knew that there must be leaders that span these areas, but in …

Howard Schultz

This is how Elon Musk makes big decisions

Elon Musk, the man who has started four four-billion dollar companies — PayPal, Solar City, SpaceX, and Tesla — is an engineer, a prophet of the …

Elon Musk

Six Traits All CEOs Should Have

It’s quite an achievement to be the chief executive officer of a company, but what traits are necessary in order to hold the reins? (Image: …

Leadership

Why is Finance the Last to Digitize?

<i>By Chris Germann, VP, Cloud Applications Strategist, Oracle</i><p>When the pundits say “digital business,” they must not be talking about finance …

Data-Driven

How to Reduce the Costs of Salesperson Turnover

Even the best sales forces can’t keep every good salesperson. Loss of salespeople to competitors occurs frequently in high-growth industries in which the demand for experienced salespeople exceeds the supply, such as in fast-evolving technology markets. Poaching of salespeople also occurs when …

Medicine

Why the Entire C-Suite Needs to Use the Same Metrics for Cyber Risk

When it comes to cybersecurity, the chains of communication that exist within an organization, if they exist at all, are often a mess. Multiple conversations about cyber risks are happening across a multitude of divisions in isolation. At the same time, members of the C-suite are measuring their …

Cybersecurity

The Future Economy Project: Q&A with Dominic Barton

FUTURE ECONOMY<p>SUSTAINABILITY IS A CHANGE MANAGEMENT PROGRAM<p>Dominic Barton is the global managing partner of McKinsey. McKinsey’s Sustainability and Resource Productivity Practice helps business leaders around the world understand and implement sustainable business practices. McKinsey consultants …

Nunavut

Yes, You Can Make Office Politics Less Toxic

I once served on the board of a nonprofit with a group of men and women I deeply admired. Board meetings were an uninterrupted joy. Even lengthy conference calls were opportunities for spontaneous sharing, personal connection, and productive problem-solving. It was Camelot. Until it wasn’t.<p>As the …

Management

The Unexpected Answer to Finding a Purpose in Your Career

Help someone else find their purpose and help yourself at the same time<p>What's my purpose in life? Well, what's yours?<p>We all seek a purpose in life that aligns with our values and interests. We want it to be both personally satisfying and bigger than ourselves. We want impact. We want to do work …

Leadership

Figure Out Your Company’s Make-or-Break Strategic Problems, Then Use Small Teams to Solve Them

Can a large incumbent company rediscover how to act like an agile start-up?<p>I believe the answer is yes, though success depends largely on another question: Can the executive team learn to get out of the way?<p>Behaving like an agile start-up implies speed, a sharply defined mission, and a deep …

Leadership

What to Do When a Personal Crisis Is Hurting Your Professional Life

At some point, we all confront a stressful life event or personal crisis that threatens to distract us from work. Perhaps it’s tending to a sick family member, coping with your own illness, or dealing with a divorce. These are all incredibly tough situations to navigate personally — let alone …

Careers

These are the 4 steps to a healthy mentor-mentee relationship

Every working professional dreams of having a mentor in their field who believes in them.<p>At their best, mentors are the senior advisors you can call …

The Workplace

Commentary: Why unlimited vacation means more time in the office

LONDON: Whenever I get an email from LinkedIn telling me about all the new jobs I can apply for, I usually click delete.<p>But last week, desperate to …

The Workplace

Introducing LevelNet – the ICO that Aims to Transform Cybersecurity

Cybersecurity is quickly becoming one of the most important industries out there.<p>It’s no surprise, either – anyone who stays up to date with the …

Cybersecurity

Boards Should Take Responsibility for Cybersecurity. Here’s How to Do It

With news of data breaches, ransomware attacks, and zero-day vulnerabilities making headlines, cybersecurity is likely appearing even more frequently on the agenda in many board meetings. After all, no company wants to become the next brand on the front page of the Wall Street Journal or have their …

Cybersecurity

Data Helps Businesses Decide Where To Spend Cybersecurity Dollars

Around the world, cybersecurity teams have plenty to do — but they lack the money to do it. Ironically, when they are funded, they often don’t know how to spend it effectively. Analytics might help.<p>EY’s 2016 global cybersecurity report surveyed 1,735 cybersecurity executives around the world and …

Cybersecurity

Why Mergers Like the At&T-Time Warner Deal Should Go Through

Recent leaked reports suggest trouble for the proposed merger of AT&T and Time Warner, an $85 billion deal first announced over a year ago. Last Wednesday, government sources claimed the Department of Justice’s antitrust division was demanding that AT&T sell Turner Broadcasting channels, including …

Antitrust Laws

The Future Economy Project: Q&A with Doug McMillon

FUTURE ECONOMY<p>FINDING PRACTICALITY IN SUSTAINABILITY<p>Doug McMillon is the CEO of Walmart. The company employs 2.3 million associates and operates more than 11,600 stores in 28 countries. In April 2017, Walmart launched a program to work with suppliers to reduce greenhouse gas emissions. This …

Sustainability

The Human Element of Cybersecurity

Cybersecurity

Can You Be a Great Leader Without Technical Expertise?

There is a broad assumption in society and in education that the skills you need to be a leader are more or less transferable. If you can inspire and motivate people in one arena, you should be able to apply those skills to do the same in another venue.<p>But recent research is rightly challenging …

Leadership

Research: If You Position Products as a Set, People Are More Likely to Buy Them All

It’s no secret that people like to finish things; there’s something deeply and inexplicably satisfying about crossing the last item off a to-do list or acquiring the final piece of a collectible set. But just how far are people willing to go to achieve “completeness”? Recent research I conducted …

Psychology

You're Only Leading 75 Percent of the Time. Here's How You Reach 100%

A study found, on average, CEOs spend 25 Percent of their day alone. That's a lot of time to leave employees without a leader.<p>As a company leader, think about how you spend your day. How much time do you spend on tasks that aren't technically your responsibility? How long are you at your desk each …

Leadership

3 Changes Retailers Need to Make to Survive

Few industries are being disrupted as drastically as the retail industry. Pioneers of new business models, such as Alibaba and Amazon, are launching innovations in rapid succession, such as voice ordering and real-time pricing, while simultaneously building scale and driving down costs. More retail …

eCommerce

The New Merchants of Data: Creating a More Equitable Exchange of Data Between Digital Businesses and their Customers

In his book “Who Owns the Future?” digital iconoclast Jaron Lanier, who was named one of the 100 most influential people in the world by Time magazine and is now a Microsoft employee, once pointed out that people should own their online data profile and be compensated if they choose to share some …

Big Data

Training Programs and Reporting Systems Won’t End Sexual Harassment. Promoting More Women Will

We already know how to reduce sexual harassment at work, and the answer is actually pretty simple: Hire and promote more women. Research suggests that this solution addresses two root causes of harassment.<p>First, as a raft of studies has shown, harassment flourishes in workplaces where men dominate …

Gender

The Future Economy Project: Q&A with Henry M. Paulson Jr.

FUTURE ECONOMY<p>NATURE NEEDS ADVOCATES<p>Henry M. Paulson Jr. is the Chairman of the Paulson Institute, whose mission is to strength the U.S.-China relationship and advance sustainable economic growth in both countries. He served as U.S. secretary of the treasury from 2006 to 2009 and is a former …

Climate

11 things you can do today to be more successful at work

• <b>There are steps you can take to instantly boost your performance at work.</b>• <b><br>Those steps include speaking up in meetings and taking lunch breaks with colleagues.</b>• <b><br>Below, we've rounded up some of the simplest strategies for impressing your boss and increasing your productivity.</b><p>The path to professional …

Careers

Your Strategy Has to Be Flexible — But So Does Your Execution

Peter Drucker said: “Plans are only good intentions unless they immediately degenerate into hard work.” <i></i>This and a slew of similar maxims reflect a common view of strategy execution: that it’s distinct from strategy, harder to pull off than defining a strategy, and therefore more critical to success …

Peter Drucker

It’s Time to Engage Employees With Actions, Not Strategies

It’s a well-known truth that engaged employees perform better than those who are not. But employee engagement isn’t the result of some inspirational …

Employee Engagement

How to Land Your First Paid Speaking Gig

Public speaking tends to be a love-or-hate pursuit. Some professionals loathe the prospect, wishing it weren’t required of them. Others — and I hear from many – dream of developing a paid speaking career on the side.<p>Indeed, the economics can be enticing. Top speakers in the corporate world often …

Careers