It's such a savage thing to lose your memory, but the crazy thing is it doesn't hurt one bit. A blackout doesn't sting or stab or leave a scar when it robs you. Close your eyes and open them again. That's what a blackout feels like. For Sarah Hepola, alcohol was 'the gasoline of all adventure'. She spent her evenings at cocktail parties and dark bars where she proudly stayed till last call. Drinking felt like freedom, part of her birthright as a strong, enlightened 21st-century woman.
Even for the most gifted individuals, the process of becoming a leader is an arduous, albeit rewarding, journey of continuous learning and self-development. The initial test along the path is so fundamental that we often overlook it: becoming a boss for the first time. That's a shame, because the trials involved in this rite of passage have serious consequences for both the individual and the organization. For a decade and a half, the author has studied people making major career transitions to management.
Employers can choose from lots of tools when they want to encourage employees to work together toward a new corporate goal. One of the rarest managerial skills is the ability to understand which tools will work in a given situation and which will misfire.
In 1976, Genentech, the first biotechnology company, was founded by a young venture capitalist and a university professor to exploit recombinant DNA technology. Thirty years and more than $300 billion in investments later, only a handful of biotech firms have matched Genentech's success or even shown a profit. This disappointing performance raises a question: Can organizations motivated by the need to make profits and please shareholders successfully conduct basic scientific research as a core activity?
If you want to know why so many organizations sink into chaos, look no further than their leaders' mouths. Over and over, leaders present grand, overarching - yet fuzzy - notions of where they think the company is going. The result is often sloppy behavior and misalignment that can cost a company dearly. Effective communication is a leader's most critical tool for doing the essential job of leadership.
When some managers take over a new job, they hit the ground running. They learn the ropes, get along with their bosses and subordinates, gain credibility, and ultimately master the situation. Others, however, don't do so well. What accounts for the difference? In this article, first published in 1985, Harvard Business School professor John J. Gabarro relates the findings of two sets of field studies he conducted, covering 14 management successions.
Donald Trump and Robert Kiyosaki are both concerned. Their concern is that the rich are getting richer, but America is getting poorer. The entitlement mentality is epidemic, creating people who expect their country, employer, or family to take care of them. And like the polar ice caps, the middle class is disappearing. America is becoming a two-class society, and soon you will be either rich or poor. Trump and Kiyosaki want you to be rich.
In 1990, IBM had its most profitable year ever. By 1993, the company was on a watch list for extinction, victimized by its own lumbering size, an insular corporate culture, and the PC era IBM had itself helped invent.
"Really enjoyed it."
Marketers have always had to juggle two seemingly contradictory goals: making their brands distinctive and making them central in their category.
This is the first book to present innovation and entrepreneurship as a purposeful and systematic discipline. It clearly explains and analyzes the challenges and opportunities of America's new entrepreneurial economy. Peter Drucker, the most influential and widely-read thinker and writer on modern organizations, gives us a superbly practical book that explains what established businesses, public service institutions, and new ventures have to know, have to learn, and have to do in today's economy and marketplace.
"Solid innovation management"
Lynn S. Paine, a professor of Business Administration and the senior associate dean for faculty development at Harvard Business School, writes about how companies would do well to follow Nike's example - create a board-level committee dedicated to corporate responsibility.
Seth Godin, one of today's most influential business thinkers, writes best-selling books like Purple Cow and All Marketers Are Liars. And in between those annual books, he delivers a daily stream of ideas on one of the world's most popular blogs.
"Perfect when you need to boost your creativity"
Albert-Laszlo Barabasi traces the fascinating history of connected systems. Understanding the structure and behavior of networks will forever alter our world, allowing us to design the "perfect" business or stop a disease outbreak before it goes global.
The New Yorker's blend of reporting, commentary, criticism, fiction, and cartoons has garnered 36 National Magazine Awards since its debut in 1925 - more than any other publication. Edited by Pulitzer Prize winner David Remnick, the magazine has had only five editors in its 80-year history. Each week, Audible and the editorial staff of The New Yorker work together to select a variety of the issue's best articles from The Talk of the Town, Fiction, The Critics, and more. Each article is read in its entirety. The New Yorker is available in audio exclusively at audible.com.
"Use Customer Cash to Finance Your Start-Up" by John Mullins. "Building Sustainable Cities" by John D. Macomber. "Six Ways to Sink a Growth Initiative" by Donald L. Laurie and J. Bruce Harreld. "How to Drive Value Your Way" by Michael G. Jacobides and John Paul MacDuffie. "Your Brain at Work" by Adam Waytz and Malia Mason.
Businesses hoping to survive over the long term will have to remake themselves into better competitors at least once along the way. These efforts have gone under many banners: total quality management, reengineering, rightsizing, restructuring, cultural change, and turnarounds, to name a few. In almost every case, the goal has been to cope with a new, more challenging market by changing the way business is conducted. In this article, John Kotter outlines the eight largest errors that can doom these efforts.
With 23 Spanish League championships, 27 Copa Del Rey titles, and, after this last victory, as many as five Champions League trophies under its belt, Barca has earned a unique place in the annals of soccer. It's also a successful business: the team's net worth.
"Hunt for MH370: Plane Debris on Réunion Island Is From Vanished Malaysia Flight" is from the August 06,2015 World section of The Wall Street Journal. It was written by Gaurav Raghuvanshi, Matthew Dalton and Andy Pasztor and narrated by Ken Borgers.
In this endlessly fascinating book, New Yorker columnist James Surowiecki explores a deceptively simple idea that has profound implications: large groups of people are smarter than an elite few, no matter how brilliant. Groups are better at solving problems, fostering innovation, coming to wise decisions, even predicting the future.
"All of us are smarter than any of us"
When corporate leaders or the organizations they represent mess up, they face the difficult decision of whether to apologize publicly. A public apology is a risky move. It's highly political, and every word matters. Refusal to apologize can be smart, or it can be suicidal. Readiness to apologize can be seen as a sign of character or one of weakness. Because the stakes are so high, Barbara Kellerman says, leaders should not extend public apologies often or lightly.
"Facebook and Google Want You to Do More With Those Photos" is from the August 27, 2015 Tech section of The Wall Street Journal. It was written by Georgia Wells and narrated by Alexander Quincy.
"Headlines from Tech" is from the August 27, 2015 of The Wall Street Journal. It was narrated by Alexander Quincy.
"Headlines from What's News" is from the August 27, 2015 of The Wall Street Journal. It was narrated by Alexander Quincy.
"Hedge Funds Bruised by Stocks' Meltdown" is from the August 27, 2015 Market section of The Wall Street Journal. It was written by Rob Copeland and narrated by Alexander Quincy.
"Is the Ashley Madison Hacker Tweeting?" is from the August 27, 2015 Tech section of The Wall Street Journal. It was written by Danny Yadron and narrated by Alexander Quincy.
"Kerry's Invisible Bridge" is from the August 27, 2015 Opinion section of The Wall Street Journal. It was narrated by Alexander Quincy.
"When Bad Things Happen to Expensive Stocks" is from the August 27, 2015 Markets section of The Wall Street Journal. It was written by Justin Lahart and narrated by Alexander Quincy.
Here's a creative way to make the best use of your morning commute: listen to The Wall Street Journal. Each morning, you'll get the must-hear stories from the Journal's front page, as well as the most popular columns and briefings from Marketplace, Money & Investing, and more. And, every Friday, you'll get a bonus delivery: features, columns, and reviews from the Weekend Journal.
It's the perfect listen for your morning commute! In the time it takes you to get to work, you'll hear a digest of the day's top stories, prepared by the editorial staff of The New York Times. Each edition includes articles from the front page, as well as the paper's international, national, business, sports, and editorial sections.
"TV Shooting Claims Lives of Reporter, Cameraman; Gunman Kills Self" is from the August 27, 2015 Business section of The Wall Street Journal. It was written by Devlin Barrett and Valerie Bauerlein and narrated by Alexander Quincy.
"An Unfinished Riff The New Orleans Economy 10 Years After Katrina" is from the August 27, 2015 Business section of The Wall Street Journal. It was written by Leslie Eaton and Cameron McWhirter and narrated by Alexander Quincy.
"China Eases but Stench of Crisis Remains" is from the August 26, 2015 Markets section of The Wall Street Journal. It was written by Alex Frangos and narrated by Alexander Quincy.
"China's Economic Stress Test" is from the August 26, 2015 Opinion section of The Wall Street Journal. It was narrated by Alexander Quincy.
"Amazon's Work/Life Balance Lags Other Tech Companies, Study Says" is from the August 26, 2015 Tech section of The Wall Street Journal. It was written Cat Zakrzewski and narrated by Alexander Quincy.
"Headlines from Tech" is from the August 26, 2015 of The Wall Street Journal. It was narrated by Alexander Quincy.
"Headlines from What's News" is from the August 26, 2015 of The Wall Street Journal. It was narrated by Alexander Quincy.
"With QE Barely Under Way, Pressure Mounts on European Central Bank to Do More" is from the August 26, 2015 Economy section of The Wall Street Journal. It was written by Brian Blackstone and narrated by Alexander Quincy.
"The World Struggles to Adjust to China's 'New Normal" is from the August 26, 2015 World section of The Wall Street Journal. It was written by James T.Areddy and Lingling Wei and narrated by Alexander Quincy.