Why MOOCs and executives don't mix

Paul Hunter | 28 Apr 2015

For time-stretched executives juggling professional objectives and scarce personal time, MOOCs have not been a hoped-for panacea. So forget the hype, virtual learning will only work for executives if it follows these seven basic principles.

Opening the Johari Window

James M. Kerr

Devised in the 1950s, the Johari Window is a technique that can be used to expose an individual’s blind spots and increase their self-discovery. As a management tool, it’s a useful way to improve team performance and enhance breakthrough thinking.

Are you a builder or a climber?

Dan Bobinski

Over the years, dozens of different types of leaders have been identified. But as someone who believes that simpler is usually better, you can forget all of those because I've boiled down all those styles to just two basic types: Builders and Climbers.

Fight the fear

Max McKeown

After every boom comes a bust. And when a bubble bursts, optimism is replaced by pessimism and fear. Fear makes bad decisions. It stops people working. It encourages short-termism, protectionism and hostility towards others. If we want growth, we need optimism. We need to fight the fear.

Leadership and the curiosity quotient

Michael Hvisdos

Curiosity is one of the most vital - but least acknowledged - of leadership values. It is the catalyst for creativity and innovation, the building block of relationships and the magic ingredient that can lift a business from medocrity to wild success.

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From factory to farm: the future of leadership

Michael Jones | 13 Apr 2015

Leaders often don’t have the answers we’re looking for. So what is leadership for and what should leaders think, do and imagine to address the new challenges we face? Perhaps the answer is not about knowing more, but about becoming more.

Economic opportunities and the city of the future

Samuel Weil

The backbone of any effort to transform a city is planned economic development that is more than haphazard and opportunistic. For local government, that means focusing on brand, asset leverage and transportation.

Education and the city of the future

Lindsey Donato

If municipalities are to have any chance of preparing their young people for an uncertain future, the education they provide needs to change. And that means embracing technology and expanding learning beyond the doors of the classroom.

A beautiful idea is never perfect

Max McKeown

However great an idea, it will never be perfect. There will always be room for improvement, either in the detail of the idea or its implementation. And that's good news for anyone who wants to contribute and for any business that wants to grow.

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News & Ideas

Dominance could kill you

What goes around, comes around. A hostile personality increases the risk of heart disease

How currency wars impact business

When currency wars break out, business gets caught in the crossfire

The rise of protectionism: are borders making a comeback?

Businesses can't afford to ignore the geopolitical climate in which they have to operate

Geopolitics and managing risk

Any business that operates outside its home turf needs a grasp of geopolitics

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Interviews

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

Who's afraid of the science of shopping?

Whether it's personalised bill-boards, talking windows or mobile phones that know what product we're looking at in a store, the future of shopping has already arrived. And as we hear in this interview with Dr David Lewis, the neuro-psychologist who invented the science of shopping, that's only the beginning.

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