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Featured Leadership Articles


Aligning Corporate Learning With Strategy

Corporate learning programs should focus on the CEO’s strategic agenda rather than how learning is delivered.


The 2015 Richard Beckhard Memorial Prize

This year’s winning article is “Combining Purpose With Profits,” by Julian Birkinshaw, Nicolai J. Foss, and Siegwart Lindenberg.


Staying in the Know

How can executives best distinguish usable information from distracting noise?


Embracing the Millennial Work Style

Finding and keeping the best young managers means understanding what motivates them. The challenge is that today's young managers have new perspectives on how they will meet their personal goals and on what a company needs to offer.



The Role of "Identity" in Mergers

Making Mergers Work

September 18, 2012 | Hamid Bouchikhi and John R. Kimberly

For organizations to achieve the psychological synergies required to realize economic synergies from mergers and acquisitions, executives need to attend to a more complex set of identity issues. These issues define the essence of the entity and give employees a clear answer to the question “Who are we?” and external stakeholders a clear answer to the question “Who are they?” Left unattended, these identity issues will diminish engagement and will affect the performance of the merged entity.

Workspaces That Build Teamwork


Should Your Company Embrace Coworking?

Coworking spaces can open the door to serendipitous encounters that inspire different ways of thinking.


The Workplace of the Future

Thanks to technology, the office of the future is going to look very different from what we’ve been used to.


How to Manage Virtual Teams

With appropriate processes, virtual teams can even outperform their colocated counterparts.


Set Up Remote Workers to Thrive

Companies need to help telecommuters overcome workplace isolation and limited visibility.

Is the Best Leadership a Collective Practice?


Rethinking Leadership

Businesses need a new approach to the practice of leadership — and to leadership development.


When Consensus Hurts the Company

Research offers insights into when trying to reach consensus is the right course, and when it isn’t.


How to Be a Better Boss

Asking reports if they would recommend their manager provides efficient management assessment.


Why Managers Still Matter

Managerial authority is essential when decisions are time-sensitive, knowledge is concentrated and decisions need to be coordinated.


The Elements of Good Leadership

What does it take to be an effective leader in today’s unpredictable and uncertain business environments?


Managing Information Overload

For Many Decisions, Just Go With the Flow

February 21, 2015 | Bruce Posner

For many decisions, letting your mind wander to a choice that you feel drawn to — rather than laboriously weighing all the options — is more than ample. Researchers Colleen E. Giblin (Tepper School of Business, Carnegie Mellon University), Carey K. Morewedge (Boston University School of Management) and Michael I. Norton (Harvard Business School) say that while mind wandering is probably not suited for making weighty decisions, it is a less onerous way to sort through options for many decisions.