The aggregation of marginal decays

John Blakey | 22 Mar 2017

Losing your integrity is like losing your virginity: it only happens once. And it often stems from a step-by-step deterioration, when small errors and failings are routinely overlooked - the exact opposite of marginal gains.

A glimpse into the future of work

Rod Collins

Forget technical challenges. The most important issue we face in a digitally transformed world is finding new ways to create economic value for those whose jobs are eliminated by digital automation.

Confidence boosters for women in business

Abi Eniola

Studies show the majority of women believe confidence is key to effective leadership, but it’s something they struggle with throughout their careers. So what can they do to enhance their presence at senior levels?

Taking time for leadership

Duane Dike

Reflection is an essential part of leadership. Leaders who don't pause to reflect run into trouble because off-the-cuff decisions are often irrational, people-less, system-ignorant choices. In contrast, reflection brings new alternatives, fresh perspectives and creative solutions.

Every workplace needs a fool

Manfred Kets De Vries

Office tricksters tell it like it is and contribute to creative growth. But just as a king’s fool would play with fire if he told the king an unpleasant truths, fools and tricksters should tread warily in organisational life.

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Productive conversations to build cultural intelligence

David Livermore | 21 Feb 2017

How do we engage in productive dialogue with people who have very different perspectives from our own? The many conversations I’ve had since the U.S. election have given me some ideas.

The right way to brag

Duane Dike

When you’re a manager, bragging about others is good. But bragging about yourself is bad, especially when it involves taking the credit for things other people have done in order to get ahead.

Essential attributes of successful women leaders

Cindy Wahler

Almost all the successful career women who have achieved a seat at the top table have applied their business savvy in two strategic ways that help to position them as leaders who truly makes a mark.

The essential skill for our age

Rod Collins

Far from being a new iteration of the industrial revolution, our transformation into a hyper-connected world is the most significant inflection point in human history - one that demands ways of thinking and organizing that are a world away from the mechanistic models of the past.

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Book reviews

Accelerating Performance

Colin Price and Sharon Toye

Why do companies in the same sector pursuing near-identical strategies perform so differently? 'Accelerating Performance' sets out to find answers based on data and empirical evidence rather than anecdotes and theory.

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News & Ideas

Management and meaning

Managers don’t have any role in creating a sense of meaningfulness at work

The flip-side of ethical conduct

Doing the right thing can lead to a backlash

Over a barrel: paying the price for cheap oil

Cheap oil is putting the giant oil companies under financial stress

Pfizer, Allergan and fiscal sleight of hand

Pfizer looks set to become the biggest tax deserter in U.S. history

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Interviews

The geopolitics of the steppes

Jean-François Fiorina, Associate-Dean of Grenoble Ecole de Management, talks to Central Asian specialist, writer and explorer, René Cagnat, about the changing geopolitics of a vast region of the globe that is often overlooked.

It’s a fake! Countering the counterfeiters

Counterfeiting has become a global epidemic. Pierre Delval, one of the world’s leading authorities on counterfeiting, talks to Jean-François Fiorina, Associate-Dean of Grenoble Ecole de Management, about the scale of problem and the measures we need to take to combat it.

Inspiring engagement through the power of stories

The gap between having a vision and inspiring others to help you achieve it is common to every business leader. Dawna Jones talks to Guido Palazzo, professor of business ethics at HEC Lausanne, about how stories can help you communicate your vision

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