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Featured Leadership Articles


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?


Why Managers Still Matter

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


Leading Change


The Power of Asking Pivotal Questions

Asking the right questions can help you broaden your perspective — and make smarter decisions.


The Art of Strategic Renewal

What does it take to transform an organization before a crisis hits?


Driving Change Through Corporate Programs

When CEOs use corporate programs to drive strategic renewal, program design is key.


How to Change an Organization Without Blowing It Up

Mining the middle ground between wholesale change and pilot projects can improve your organization.


Managing Your Career

Time management, office politics, and focusing on skill development are all issues in managing careers. These articles explore the research around which strategies work — and why.


How to Overcome a Power Deficit

Many factors cause talented executives to be sidelined within organizations, but they can usually be remedied.


Is It Really Lonely at the Top?

Savvy executives develop relationships in the social space between public and private realms.


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.

Building a Great Workplace


Better Teamwork Through Better Data

Using Big Data for Better Health Outcomes

July 20, 2015 | Michael Fitzgerald

Intermountain Healthcare is leading the way in data driven healthcare. In an example from Intermountain’s own operating rooms, the use of data to measure the impact of standardized surgeon attire on infection rates resulted in a significant drop in those rates. The infection control scenario is just one result from decades of work at Intermountain to build a data culture. Over the years, clinicians have learned to work together on a concerted effort to bring data based insights to clinicians and managers.