Post Tagged with: "Leaders"

Why Leaders Don’t Embrace the Skills They’ll Need for the Future
by / on 26/10/2018 at 09:00 / in Harvard Business Review

Why Leaders Don’t Embrace the Skills They’ll Need for the Future

Innovative. Agile. Collaborative. Bold. Over the past year, we’ve been struck by how many times we’ve heard C-suite leaders use these words, or very similar ones, to describe the strengths they believe are critical to transforming their businesses, and to competing effectively in a disruptive era. What’s equally striking is how difficult organizations are finding it to embed these qualities […]

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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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Lessons From the Maker Movement
by / on 08/05/2018 at 20:00 / in MIT Sloan Management Review

Lessons From the Maker Movement

Businesses can innovate and thrive by nurturing a “creator” mindset. We make heroes of entrepreneurial innovators. According to a recent YouGov survey, Microsoft founder Bill Gates is the most admired man on the planet; Alibaba founder Jack Ma placed 10th. A 2016 Wired profile credited augmented-reality pioneer and Magic Leap founder Rony Abovitz with nothing less than “invent[ing] a superpower.” Indeed, the cultural narrative […]

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The Best Leaders See Things That Others Don’t. Art Can Help.
by / on 23/04/2018 at 09:00 / in Harvard Business Review

The Best Leaders See Things That Others Don’t. Art Can Help.

I don’t often start essays about leadership with insights from French novelists, but in this case it seems appropriate. “The real act of discovery,” Marcel Proust wrote, “consists not in finding new lands but in seeing with new eyes.” Today the most successful companies don’t just outcompete their rivals. They redefine the terms of competition by embracing one-of-a-kind ideas in […]

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No One Knows Your Strategy — Not Even Your Top Leaders
by / on 21/03/2018 at 12:00 / in MIT Sloan Management Review

No One Knows Your Strategy — Not Even Your Top Leaders

New research reveals the surprising reasons managers don’t know their company’s strategy. The CEO of a large technology company (let’s call it Generex) recently reviewed the results of her company’s annual employee engagement survey and was delighted that strategic alignment emerged as an area of strength. Among the senior leaders surveyed, 97% said they had a clear understanding of the […]

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Non, les hauts potentiels ne sont pas tous de futurs leaders
by / on 18/04/2017 at 11:30 / in Harvard Business Review

Non, les hauts potentiels ne sont pas tous de futurs leaders

Aussi positive qu’elle puisse paraître, l’étiquette de « haut potentiel » peut brider davantage les collaborateurs, que les aider à s’épanouir. Quand il s’agit d’humain, il est important de ne pas tomber dans les travers de la catégorisation à tout prix. Or aujourd’hui, la tendance est de compartimenter les individus : une case pour le manager bienveillant (et gare aux autres), une […]

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Followers Don’t See Their Leaders as Real People
by / on 24/01/2017 at 12:00 / in Harvard Business Review

Followers Don’t See Their Leaders as Real People

Great leaders, especially in large organizations, aren’t really people. They’re mental images. They may be flesh and blood to the senior team and the assistants in the C-suite, but to people in outer orbits, from operational departments to business units, they are imaginary constructs. Employees create pictures of what leaders seem to be, based on the bosses’ accumulated emails, tweets, […]

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The Difference Between Good Leaders and Great Ones
by / on 23/09/2016 at 15:00 / in Harvard Business Review

The Difference Between Good Leaders and Great Ones

The world tends toward continuums. We order everything from temperature (cold to hot, with tepid in the middle) to wealth (poor to comfortable to rich). Continuity along a linear line, like the inexorable laws of hydrodynamics, helps to capture and comprehend the complexities of science and society, and offers the promise of progress and growth. It’s tempting to think leadership also follows a […]

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Research: We Are Way Harder on Female Leaders Who Make Bad Calls
by / on 25/04/2016 at 11:44 / in Harvard Business Review

Research: We Are Way Harder on Female Leaders Who Make Bad Calls

Tech CEO Marissa Mayer and Presidential candidate Hillary Clinton have it tough right now. Activists investors are saying Marissa Mayer should be fired for mismanaging Yahoo, and Hillary Clinton is fending off criticisms for her use of a private email server and for taking large speaking fees from Goldman Sachs. There’s no doubt that both leaders have made mistakes. Since Mayer […]

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