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.
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 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.
Best selling author Jack Trout doesn't beat around the bush. He takes marketers to task for taking the easy route too often, employing high-tech razzle-dazzle and sleight of hand when they should be working to discover and market their product's uniquely valuable qualities. He examines successful differentiation initiatives and outlines the many ways you can achieve differentiation.
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.
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.
Just as we were getting used to the Information Age, Daniel Pink tells us that it is ending. With it goes our focus on charts, statistics, and linear thinking. Traditional "left-brain" activities, like logic, analysis, and repetitive production, are being turned over to robots, computers, and offshore labor. The valued skills of the 21st Century will be those of the right brain: empathy, design, synthesis, and contextual thinking.
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."
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.
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.
Executives have developed tunnel vision in their pursuit of shareholder value, focusing on short-term performance at the expense of investing in long-term growth. It's time to broaden that perspective and begin shaping business strategies in light of the competitive landscape, not the shareholder list. In this article, Alfred Rappaport offers 10 basic principles to help executives create lasting shareholder value.
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.
Benjamin Edelman, an associate professor and a Marvin Bower Fellow at Harvard Business School, presents four strategies that can help savvy suppliers reduce their dependence on powerful online platforms.
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.
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"
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.
"An excellent history and lessons of innovation"
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.
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.
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.
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.
"Did the Airlines Actually Eliminate Fuel Surcharges?" is from the March 06, 2015 Life & Culture section of The Wall Street Journal. It was written by Scott McCartney and narrated by Ken Borgers.
"Headlines from the Tech Center" is from the March 06, 2015 of The Wall Street Journal. It was narrated by Ken Borgers.
"Apple Pay Stung by Low-Tech Fraudsters" is from the March 06, 2015 Markets section of The Wall Street Journal. It was written by Robin Sidel and Daisuke Wakabayashi and narrated by Ken Borgers.
"Headlines from What's News Business and Finance" is from the March 06, 2015 of The Wall Street Journal. It was narrated by Ken Borgers.
"U.S. Stocks Edge Higher Ahead of Jobs Report" is from the March 06, 2015 Markets section of The Wall Street Journal. It was written by Dan Strumpf and narrated by Ken Borgers.
"Oil Glut Sparks Latest Dilemma: Where to Put It All" is from the March 06, 2015 Markets section of The Wall Street Journal. It was written by Nicole Friedman and narrated by Ken Borgers.
"The Fed's Aim Needs Work" is from the March 06, 2015 Markets section of The Wall Street Journal. It was written by Spencer Jakab and narrated by Ken Borgers.
"AbbVie's Expensive Growth Tonic" is from the March 06, 2015 Markets section of The Wall Street Journal. It was written by Charley Grant and narrated by Ken Borgers.
"'The Second Best Exotic Marigold Hotel' Review: Faded Petals, Green Shoots" is from the March 06, 2015 Arts & Entertainment section of The Wall Street Journal. It was written by Joe Morgenstern and narrated by Ken Borgers.
"The College Basketball Capital of the World" is from the March 06, 2015 Arts & Entertainment section of The Wall Street Journal. It was written by Ben Cohen and Kevin Clark 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.
"Closure in Ferguson" is from the March 06, 2015 Opinion section of The Wall Street Journal. It was narrated by Ken Borgers.
"How Blondie Created 'Heart of Glass'" is from the March 06, 2015 Arts & Entertainment section of The Wall Street Journal. It was written by Marc Myers and narrated by Ken Borgers.
"America, the Capital of Asian Art" is from the March 06, 2015 Arts & Entertainment section of The Wall Street Journal. It was written by Kelly Crow and narrated by Ken Borgers.
"Tribeca Film Festival Announces Feature Slate" is from the March 06, 2015 U.S. section of The Wall Street Journal. It was written by Pia Catton and narrated by Ken Borgers.