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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.
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. A few of these endeavors have been very successful.
This edition features four great business articles. In our first article, we'll find out the difference between having what it takes to be considered for a CEO position, and actually getting it. Also, we'll find out what turns smart, ambitious people into underachievers, as well as how the right autobiographical story can help you in your personal life and your career. Plus, you'll learn how to critically re-assess your priorities before an unforeseen crisis forces you to.
Linda A. Hill, a professor of Business Administration at Harvard Business School, Greg Brandeau, head of technology at Pixar, Emily Truelove, a researcher and a PhD candidate at the MIT Sloan School of Management, and Kent Lineback, a manager and executive with over 25 years of experience, write about how smart leaders of innovation don't set a vision and motivate others to follow it; they create a community that is both willing and able to innovate.
Stefan Michel, a professor of marketing and service management at IMD, in Lausanne, Switzerland, writes about how a new framework can help businesses spot missed opportunities.
Karan Girotra, a professor of technology and operations management at INSEAD, and Serguei Netessine, a professor of Global Technology and Innovation at INSEAD, write about how the secret to success lies in who makes what decisions when and why.
The knock on most business leaders is that they don't take the long view - that they're fixated on achieving short-term goals to lift they pay. So which global CEOs actually delivered solid results over the long run? Our 2014 list of top performers provides and objective answer.
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.
Claudio Fernandez-Araoz, a senior adviser at the global executive search firm Egon Zehnder, reports on how business is changing too rapidly to predict what competencies employees will need even a few years out. The question now is not what skills they have; it's whether they have the potential to learn new ones.
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.
Jeremy Heimans, a cofounder and CEO of Purpose, a social business that builds movement; and Henry Timms, the executive director of 92nd Street Y, write about how power isn't what it used to be - and how you can harness that new power.
Erik Simanis, a senior extension associate at Cornell University's Johnson School of Management, and Duncan Duke, an assistant professor of management at Ithaca College's School of Business, write about a new framework to help companies earn profits while pursuing socially beneficial ventures in low-income markets.
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.
Cass R. Sunstein, the Robert Walmsley University Professor at Harvard Law School, and Reid Hastie, the Ralph and Dorothy Keller Distinguished Service Professor of Behavioral Science at the University of Chicago Booth School of Business, report on behavioral research that suggests some fairly simple ways to achieve "the wisdom of crowds."
David M. Upton, a professor at Oxford University's Said Business School, and Sadie Creese, a professor of cybersecurity at Oxford, write about how the biggest threat to your cybersecurity may be an employee or vendor.
Muhammad Yumus, founder of Grameen Bank, a microfinance business that first operated in rural Bangladesh, and winner of the 2006 Nobel Peace Prize; Frederic Dalsace, an associate professor of marketing and holds the Social Business, Enterprise and Poverty chair at HEC Paris; David Menasce, the managing director of Azao, a consulting company specializing in social business, and an affiliate professor at HEC Paris; and Benedicte Faivre-Tavignot, an affiliate professor at HEC Paris and the academic director of its master's program in sustainable development, write about five leading companies that have adapted nonprofit business models to serve the bottom of the pyramid in France.
When commercializing scientific discoveries, inventors and firms face several potentially fatal traps. Here's how to avoid falling into them.
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.
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Robert Merton, a professor of finance at the MIT Sloan School of Management, writes about how fund managers and savers must invest in ways that secure a guaranteed income in retirement.
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.
"The Mercurial Court" is from the June 30, 2015 Opinion section of The Wall Street Journal. It was narrated by Ken Borgers.
"Why Mothers and Teenage Daughters Fight" is from the June 30, 2015 Life section of The Wall Street Journal. It was written by Elizabeth Bernstein and narrated by Ken Borgers.
"How Global Threats Have Crowded Obama's Diplomacy Agenda" is from the June 30, 2015 US section of The Wall Street Journal. It was written by Carol E. Lee And Jay Solomon and narrated by Ken Borgers.
"U.S. Markets Can Float in Troubled Greek Waters" is from the June 30, 2015 Markets section of The Wall Street Journal. It was written by Justin Lahart and narrated by Ken Borgers.
"China Stocks Plunge Into Bear Market" is from the June 29, 2015 Markets section of The Wall Street Journal. It was written by Gregor Stuart Hunter and Shen Hong and narrated by Ken Borgers.
"Greece Orders Banks Closed, Imposes Capital Controls to Stem Deposit Flight" is from the June 29, 2015 Economy section of The Wall Street Journal. It was written by Brian Blackstone, Nektaria Stamouli and Charles Forelle and narrated by Ken Borgers.
"Greece Enters Euro Limbo" is from the June 29, 2015 Markets section of The Wall Street Journal. It was written by Richard Barley and narrated by Ken Borgers.
"Museum of Boulders Caught Between Rock and Hard Place" is from the June 29, 2015 Life section of The Wall Street Journal. It was written by Alistair MacDonald and narrated by Ken Borgers.
"Headlines from What's News Business and Finance" is from the June 29, 2015 of The Wall Street Journal. It was narrated by Ken Borgers.
"We're Losing the Cyber War" is from the June 29, 2015 Opinion section of The Wall Street Journal. It was written by L. Gordon Crovitz and narrated by Ken Borgers.