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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.
Guhan Subramanian, the Joseph Flom Professor of Law and Business at Harvard Law School, writes about how we need to return to first principles rather than meander toward "best practices."
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.
Bob Frisch, managing partner; and Cary Greene, a partner of the strategic Offsites Group, a Boston-based consultancy, write about how to stop putting your people to sleep.
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.
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.
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."
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Darrell K. Rigby, a partner in the Boston office of Bain & Company, writes about how consumers see the real and virtual world as one - and so should your company.
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.
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.
Harvard Business Review's managerial wisdom and cutting-edge insights are must-reads in boardrooms and offices around the world. That's why Audible's exclusive audio edition is a must-hear! Each edition offers a great mix of full-length articles selected by Audible in close cooperation with HBR's editorial staff.
For organizations like General Electric, Proctor & Gamble, and Visa, management innovation is the secret to success. But what is management innovation? Why is it so important? And how can other companies learn to become management innovators?
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.
"Headlines from the Tech Center" is from the April 28, 2015 of The Wall Street Journal. It was narrated by Ken Borgers.
"Violence Breaks Out in Baltimore After Freddie Gray's Funeral" is from the April 28,2015 US section of The Wall Street Journal. It was written by Scott Calvert and Kris Maher and narrated by Ken Borgers.
"Headlines from What's News Business and Finance" is from the April 28, 2015 of The Wall Street Journal. It was narrated by Ken Borgers.
"Many Hospital ERs Aren't Ready to Treat Children" is from the April 28,2015 Life section of The Wall Street Journal. It was written by Laura Landro and narrated by Ken Borgers.
"Marathons, Triathlons Allow Runners to Resell or Transfer Entry Bibs" is from the April 28,2015 Life section of The Wall Street Journal. It was written by Rachel Bachman and narrated by Ken Borgers.
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.
"Supreme Court Set to Grapple with Gay-Marriage Question" is from the April 28,2015 US section of The Wall Street Journal. It was written by Jess Bravin and narrated by Ken Borgers.
"Apple: Not Just Phoning It In" is from the April 28,2015 Markets section of The Wall Street Journal. It was written by Dan Gallagher and narrated by Ken Borgers.
"Scenes From Gay Marriage" is from the April 28,2015 Opinion section of The Wall Street Journal. It was narrated by Ken Borgers.
"U.S. Stocks End Lower" is from the April 28,2015 Markets section of The Wall Street Journal. It was written by Saumya Vaishampayan and narrated by Ken Borgers.
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.
"Five Simple Steps to Protect Corporate Data" is from the April 27,2015 Business section of The Wall Street Journal. It was written by Danny Yadron and narrated by Ken Borgers.
"Nepal Reels Amid Fears of Aftershocks" is from the April 27,2015 World section of The Wall Street Journal. It was written by Jesse Pesta And Niharika Mandhana and narrated by Ken Borgers.
"Apple's Antitrust Lord" is from the April 27,2015 Opinion section of The Wall Street Journal. It was narrated by Ken Borgers.
"Headlines from the Tech Center" is from the April 23, 2015 of The Wall Street Journal. It was narrated by Ken Borgers.
"QQQ ETF Falters as Nasdaq Soars" is from the April 27,2015 Markets section of The Wall Street Journal. It was written by Liz Moyer and narrated by Ken Borgers.
"For Fed, Nothing Going on but the Rent" is from the April 27,2015 Markets section of The Wall Street Journal. It was written by Justin Lahart and narrated by Ken Borgers.
"Obama Kept Looser Rules for Drones in Pakistan" is from the April 27,2015 World section of The Wall Street Journal. It was written by Adam Entous and narrated by Ken Borgers.