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The Factors Behind China’s Growing Strength in Innovation
by / on 03/07/2018 at 16:00 / in Harvard Business Review

The Factors Behind China’s Growing Strength in Innovation

In 2006, 26-year-old Frank Wang started up DJI in a dorm room at Hong Kong University of Science & Technology. The legend goes that Frank’s father had given him an expensive remote-controlled model helicopter for doing well in school. When the helicopter predictably crashed shortly after, Wang became determined to build a better controller. As part of his graduate thesis, […]

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Leaders Focus Too Much on Changing Policies, and Not Enough on Changing Minds
by / on 25/06/2018 at 20:00 / in Harvard Business Review

Leaders Focus Too Much on Changing Policies, and Not Enough on Changing Minds

Not long ago, I asked 100 CEOs attending a conference how many of them were currently involved in a significant business transformation. Nearly all of them raised their hands, which was no surprise. According to a study by BCG, 85% of companies have undertaken a transformation during the past decade. The same research found that nearly 75% of those transformations fail to […]

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3 Ways to Identify Cultural Differences on a Global Team
by / on 18/06/2018 at 10:00 / in Harvard Business Review

3 Ways to Identify Cultural Differences on a Global Team

In almost any business these days, you are guaranteed to interact with people whose cultural background is quite different from your own. In a global organization, you may have colleagues that come from a different country. You may partner with organizations whose employees come from another part of the country. There may also be cultural differences between you and some […]

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Is Your Emotional Intelligence Authentic, or Self-Serving?
by / on 25/05/2018 at 10:00 / in Harvard Business Review

Is Your Emotional Intelligence Authentic, or Self-Serving?

It’s possible to fake emotional intelligence. Similar to knockoffs of luxury watches or handbags, there are emotions and actions that look like the real thing but really aren’t. With the best of intentions, I’ve seen smart leaders charge into sensitive interactions armed with what they believed was a combination of deep empathy, attuned listening, and self-awareness but was, in fact, […]

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“Une femme aura toujours davantage à prouver pour convaincre”
by / on 24/05/2018 at 12:30 / in Harvard Business Review

“Une femme aura toujours davantage à prouver pour convaincre”

Hélène Ploix est l’une des deux premières femmes à avoir été diplômées d’un MBA de l’Insead. C’était en 1968. Un autre temps. Son MBA ne l’a d’ailleurs pas empêchée d’être confrontée à des inégalités de traitement, en particulier au début de sa carrière. Très vite, elle intègre Mc Kinsey, où elle restera neuf ans. Tout au long de sa carrière, […]

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Why Companies Are Using M&A to Transform Themselves, Not Just to Grow
by / on 17/05/2018 at 15:00 / in Harvard Business Review

Why Companies Are Using M&A to Transform Themselves, Not Just to Grow

A brick-and-mortar retailer buys an e-commerce platform. An internet technology company picks up a mobile phone manufacturer. A chain of pharmacies announces its intent to acquire a health insurer. Today’s corporate tie-ups increasingly aim to transform the acquirer’s business rather than reinforce it. Why? Some point to major shifts in skill sets that companies need. Others note the diminishing number […]

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4 Ways Women Can Break Barriers by Breaking the Rules
by / on 17/05/2018 at 12:00 / in Harvard Business Review

4 Ways Women Can Break Barriers by Breaking the Rules

One evening in February 2016, writer and filmmaker Ava DuVernay met with two top Disney executives about the possibility of directing an adaptation of Madeleine L’Engle’s classic novel A Wrinkle in Time. DuVernay, 44 at the time, had overcome many challenges to reach that moment. She had launched her career 12 years earlier with no connections — she just picked up a […]

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Tips for Reading the Room Before a Meeting or Presentation
by / on 11/05/2018 at 09:00 / in Harvard Business Review

Tips for Reading the Room Before a Meeting or Presentation

In every conversation at work, there’s the explicit discussion happening — the words being spoken out loud — and the tacit one. To be successful in most organizations, it’s important to understand the underlying conversations and reactions that people in the room are having. But if you aren’t picking up on those subtle cues, how can you learn to do […]

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What Most People Get Wrong About Men and Women
by / on 03/05/2018 at 12:00 / in Harvard Business Review

What Most People Get Wrong About Men and Women

The conversation about the treatment of women in the workplace has reached a crescendo of late, and senior leaders—men as well as women—are increasingly vocal about a commitment to gender parity. That’s all well and good, but there’s an important catch. The discussions, and many of the initiatives companies have undertaken, too often reflect a faulty belief: that men and […]

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Mindfulness as a Management Technique Goes Back to at Least the 1970s
by / on 03/05/2018 at 11:00 / in Harvard Business Review

Mindfulness as a Management Technique Goes Back to at Least the 1970s

Mindfulness is now seen as a crucial skill in business. Meditation practices have the capacity to calm the mind, relax the body, boost resilience, and even increase situational awareness. The study of mindfulness — often defined as paying attention, nonjudgmentally and on purpose — is a regular part of the creativity and wellness culture at firms around the world. But although mindfulness may seem to be […]

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