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Featured Leadership Articles


Leading to Become Obsolete

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Haier CEO Zhang Ruimin is transforming a manufacturing giant into a platform for entrepreneurship.


Inspiring Employee Creativity

In a thought-powered world, leaders must look beyond planning and execution and inspire ingenuity.


How to Catalyze Innovation in Your Organization

Executives can foster innovation by understanding and tapping the power of employee networks.


Problem-Solving Efficiency

Saving Money Through Structured Problem-Solving

March 21, 2017 | Nelson P. Repenning, Don Kieffer, and Michael Morales

As busy as they are, leaders need to find ways to observe fundamental work processes in their organizations. When they do, they usually discover that there are gaps between theory and reality in how works get done. Michael Morales’ experience — in which identifying and addressing such gaps led to his company saving $50,000 in just 60 days — is a case in point.

Developing the Next Generation of Leaders

Rethinking the East Asian Leadership Gap

Many western multinationals have a tough time finding local talent in East Asia — a problem that global companies originating in East Asia don’t seem to face. One problem: The cultural values and expectations of those doing the hiring and those seeking the jobs are at odds.

Leadership Development’s Epic Fail

Any approach to leadership development that tries to reduce the complexities of leadership to a series of standard boxes to be ticked or traits to be emulated will have little enduring impact.


Will Technology Disrupt Your Organizational Structure?


Building a More Intelligent Enterprise

Companies should blend the power of computers with insights into human decision making.


Organizing for New Technologies

Responding to disruptive technologies may mean changing your company’s organizational structure.


Digital Maturity, Not Digital Transformation

Viewing digital transformation as a maturation process may help companies limit their growing pains.


How Blockchain Will Change Organizations

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Blockchain technology offers a way to transfer not just information, but value.


Tools for Talent Management


A Data-Driven Approach to Identifying Future Leaders

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Some companies are using assessment tools to help identify employees with leadership potential.


Is Your Company Ready for HR Analytics?

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HR analytics is the next big change in human resources management.


Achieving Meritocracy in the Workplace

New research shows bias exists even in merit-based systems — but a data-centric approach can help.


Employee Performance Reconsidered

I Come to Praise the Annual Performance Conversation, Not Further Bury It

As many experts have noted, the annual performance review is rife with faults. It emphasizes what has already happened rather than shaping what is yet to come. It can feel punitive or at least judgmental. It is reductive and, in some cases, forces ridiculous formulaic comparisons between employees. It fails to emphasize the kind of timely feedback that can make a real difference in performance. And yet I have just scheduled year-end performance conversations with each of my direct reports.

The Missing Piece in Employee Development

In recent years, organizations have begun to prioritize processes for improving future performance over evaluating employees’ past efforts. Yearly development objectives and annual reviews are being replaced by real-time feedback delivered directly by line managers. Although this shift holds much promise, it risks bumping up against some hard realities — namely, the ability of line managers to help employees develop. In reality, many managers aren’t confident they can change employee behavior.


Workforce Demographics

The Corporate Implications of Longer Lives

March 1, 2017 | Lynda Gratton and Andrew Scott

People are living longer and working longer — but few organizations have come to grips with the opportunities and challenges that greater longevity brings. Across the world, people are becoming more conscious of their lengthening working lives — but frustrated by their working context. The authors’ research suggests that while people know they will have to restructure their lives and careers, corporations are unprepared.