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.
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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.
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.
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."
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.
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.
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.
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.
Strategic hardball is about playing rough and tough with competitors; strategic curveball is about outfoxing them. It involves getting rivals to do something dumb that they otherwise wouldn't (that is, swing at a pitch that appears to be in the strike zone but isn't) or not do something smart that they otherwise would (that is, fail to swing at a pitch that's in the strike zone but appears not to be). In this article, George Stalk, Jr. describes four types of curveballs you can throw your competitors.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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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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.
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.
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.
"Headlines from What's News Business and Finance" is from the April 23, 2015 of The Wall Street Journal. It was 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.
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.
"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.
"Government's Internet Monopoly" is from the April 27,2015 Opinion section of The Wall Street Journal. It was written by L. Gordon Crovitz 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.
"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.
"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.
Turn to Science News for the latest coverage of biology, astronomy, the physical sciences, behavioral sciences, math and computers, chemistry, and earth science. This 75-year-old publication is known for its sharp writing and up-to-date coverage of the latest scientific research. Since its debut in 1922, Science News has been committed to providing reports on scientific and technical developments that the layman would find interesting and easy to digest.
"At Coachella, Create Your Own Festival" is from the April 24,2015 Arts & Entertainment section of The Wall Street Journal. It was written by Jim Fusilli and narrated by Ken Borgers.
"Headlines from the Tech Center" is from the April 24, 2015 of The Wall Street Journal. It was narrated by Ken Borgers.
"American Airlines Stock Is Running a Little Hot" is from the April 24,2015 Markets section of The Wall Street Journal. It was written by Spencer Jakab and narrated by Ken Borgers.
"'The Age of Adaline' Review: Sweet, Shaky, Seductive" is from the April 24,2015 Arts & Entertainment section of The Wall Street Journal. It was written by John Anderson and narrated by Ken Borgers.
"Painter Lisa Yuskavage Goes From 'Vulgar' Women to Saintly Men" is from the April 24,2015 arts & Entertainment section of The Wall Street Journal. It was written by Kelly Crow and narrated by Ken Borgers.
"A Visit With Broadway Master John Kander" is from the April 24,2015 Arts & Entertainment section of The Wall Street Journal. It was written by Stefanie Cohen and narrated by Ken Borgers.
"China's Nuclear Warning" is from the April 24,2015 Opinion section of The Wall Street Journal. It was narrated by Ken Borgers.