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How Time-to-Insight Is Driving Big Data Business Investment

A poll of Fortune 1000 executives shows that obtaining insights rapidly is the true value of Big Data.

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Using Social Media in Business Disputes

"Lawsourcing" campaigns are helping smaller organizations advance legal and public relations goals.

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Getting Workplace Safety Right

Companies aiming to be competitive in the long term do not see safety and productivity as trade-offs.

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“Super-Transparency”: The New Normal

Leading in the Age of Super-Transparency

December 14, 2015 | Robert D. Austin and David M. Upton

Thanks to social media and an increasing flood of data, the capacity to generate causes and controversies almost instantly has become the new norm in today’s “super-transparent society.” Individuals and organizations produce a voluminous, mostly involuntary, “digital exhaust,” which reveals much more about them than they think it does. Most business leaders have not yet come to grips with the new reality — and what it means for their organizations.

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How Global Is Your C-Suite?

National diversity of top management should be a topic of conversation for boards of directors.

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Leading Change

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Beyond Forecasting: Creating New Strategic Narratives

In turbulent markets, managers can build momentum for innovative strategies by rethinking the past, reconsidering present concerns – and reimagining the future.

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The Leaders’ Choice

New business executives face a choice: What kind of companies do they want to lead?

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What to Expect From a Corporate Lean Program

“Lean” programs can be powerful tools for improving performance – if managers know what to expect.

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What It Takes to Reshore Manufacturing Successfully

The process of bringing assembly work back to U.S. factories from abroad is more challenging than the economics would predict.

Personal Development

How to Overcome a Power Deficit

Many factors can cause a talented executive to be ignored or sidelined within an organization. “The fact that I was right didn’t matter,” said one manager whose recommendations went unheeded. “What I hadn’t done was build sufficient internal credibility.” Fortunately, power deficits in legitimacy, critical resources and/or networks can almost always be overcome. Research looking at 179 executives found two basic strategies that worked: “playing the game” more effectively or ”changing the game.”

Does Deciding to Seek Advice Signal Weakness?

It’s common for people to worry that reaching out for advice will make them appear less competent, according to research from Harvard Business School and the Wharton School. But if the task is seen as difficult, the advice-seeker is actually viewed as more competent. In addition to establishing a connection between people’s willingness to ask for advice and others’ perceptions of their competence, the authors found that whom people ask for advice makes a difference in how they are viewed.

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Managing Today's Young Professionals

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What High-Potential Young Managers Want

Talented young professionals exhibit a new approach to both their careers and organizational loyalty.

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The Talent Imperative in Digital Business

Most employees want to work for digitally savvy companies — and many are unhappy with their company’s digital maturity.

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Developing the Next Generation of Enterprise Leaders

Organizations need to help executives look beyond individual units toward the broader enterprise.

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Measuring the Benefits of Employee Engagement

Research suggests that high levels of employee engagement are associated with higher rates of profitability growth.

What Skills Do You Need?

The New World of Work

March 16, 2015 | Martha E. Mangelsdorf

Advanced digital technologies are swiftly changing the kinds of skills that jobs require. Researchers Frank MacCrory, George Westerman and Erik Brynjolfsson from the MIT Sloan School of Management and Yousef Alhammadi of the Masdar Institute studied the changes in skill requirements over the 2006-2014 time period. While demand has clearly grown for computer skills, it has grown for interpersonal skills, too. The authors advise people in all lines of work to be flexible about acquiring new talents.