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.
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.
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"
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.
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.
"Kent Haruf's Last Chapter" is from the May 15,2015 Arts & Entertainment section of The Wall Street Journal. It was written by Jennifer Maloney and narrated by Ken Borgers.
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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.
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."
"Interesting ideas but needs more depth"
When commercializing scientific discoveries, inventors and firms face several potentially fatal traps. Here's how to avoid falling into them.
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?
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.
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.
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.
Usually, individuals and organizations go to great lengths to avoid errors. Companies are designed for optimum performance rather than for learning, and mistakes are seen as defects. But as an example from Bell System shows, making mistakes - correctly - is a powerful way to accelerate learning and increase competitiveness.
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."
"Delivering Harper Lee's 'Go Set a Watchman' to Readers World-Wide" is from the July 10, 2015 Arts & Entertainment section of The Wall Street Journal. It was written by Jennifer Maloney and narrated by Ken Borgers.
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.
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.
"Germany Versus Science" is from the August 29, 2015 Opinion section of The Wall Street Journal. It was narrated by Paul Ryden.
"Men in Blazers: Soccer's Outlier Sportscasters" is from the August 29, 2015 Arts and Entertainment section of The Wall Street Journal. It was written by John Jurgensen and narrated by Paul Ryden.
"The Quest for Reasonably Priced Domestic Pinot Noir" is from the August 29, 2015 Life section of The Wall Street Journal. It was written by Lettie Teague and narrated by Paul Ryden.
"U.S. Stock Swings Don't Shake Investors" is from the August 29, 2015 Markets section of The Wall Street Journal. It was written by Saumya Vaishampayan and narrated by Paul Ryden.
"Who Knows Where Almost Every Flight Is Right Now?" is from the August 29, 2015 Life section of The Wall Street Journal. It was written by Scott McCartney and narrated by Paul Ryden.
"'Z for Zachariah' Review: Love in the Time of Apocalypse" is from the August 29, 2015 Arts and Entertainment section of The Wall Street Journal. It was written by Joe Morgenstern and narrated by Paul Ryden.
"Restoration Hardware Makes a Play for Teens" is from the August 29, 2015 Life section of The Wall Street Journal. It was written by Christina Binkley and narrated by Paul Ryden.
"The Battles of New Orleans" is from the August 28, 2015 Opinion section of The Wall Street Journal. It was narrated by Alexander Quincy.
"Carly Fiorina's New Campaign Spokesman? Former Foe Tom Perkins" is from the August 28, 2015 Tech section of The Wall Street Journal. It was written by Robert McMillan and narrated by Alexander Quincy.
"The Case for a September Fed Rate Rise" is from the August 28, 2015 Markets section of The Wall Street Journal. It was written by Justin Lahart and narrated by Alexander Quincy.
"GDP Numbers Reveal Underlying Momentum, Possible Headwinds for U.S. Economy" is from the August 28, 2015 Economy section of The Wall Street Journal. It was written by Jeffrey Sparshott and Jon Hilsenrath and narrated by Alexander Quincy.
"Hacker Killed by Drone Was 'Secret Weapon'" is from the August 28, 2015 World section of The Wall Street Journal. It was written by Margaret Coker, Danny Yadron and Damian Paletta and narrated by Alexander Quincy.
"Headlines from Tech" is from the August 28, 2015 of The Wall Street Journal. It was narrated by Alexander Quincy.
"Headlines from What's News" is from the August 28, 2015 of The Wall Street Journal. It was narrated by Alexander Quincy.
"How Brazil's China-Driven Commodities Boom Went Bust" is from the August 28, 2015 Markets section of The Wall Street Journal. It was written by John Lyons and Paul Kiernan and narrated by Alexander Quincy.
"Instagram Goes Rectangular" is from the August 28, 2015 Tech section of The Wall Street Journal. It was written by Cat Zakrzewski 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.
"Obama Faults Government for Fueling Katrina Suffering" is from the August 28, 2015 Politics section of The Wall Street Journal. It was written by Byron Tau and narrated by Alexander Quincy.