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Featured Leadership Articles

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Why Digital Transformation Needs a Heart

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Digital transformation has been positive in many ways, but some long-term trends are troubling.

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A New Era of Corporate Conversation

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Communication has changed thanks to social media — with long-term impacts on how companies work.

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Executive Assistants for Everyone

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Digital assistants are taking over repetitive tasks, leaving managers free to manage.

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Award-Winning Article on Organizational Change and Development

The 2016 Richard Beckhard Memorial Prize

August 23, 2016 | MIT Sloan Management Review

This year’s winning article is “Accelerating Projects by Encouraging Help,” by Fabian J. Sting, Christoph H. Loch, and Dirk Stempfhuber. The authors examine project planning and execution challenges and describe a case study of a company that designed a help process to encourage workers to seek and provide mutual assistance. The Beckhard Prize is awarded annually to the authors of the most outstanding MIT SMR article on planned change and organizational development.

Leading Organizational Change

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Creating Management Processes Built for Change

Your business may have processes that work now. Does it have agile processes to help it change?

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Leading in an Unpredictable World

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Accenture’s chief executive on the challenges of leading in a world that’s almost impossible to predict.

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The Three New Skills Managers Need

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As technology evolves, managers and organizations will need new skill sets.

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Rethinking the Manager’s Role

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No, software will not render managers obsolete, but you will need to be more skilled than ever before.

Strategic Thinking

The Lost Art of Thinking in Large Organizations

June 3, 2016 | Duncan Simester

Making the transition from management to leadership requires managers to exercise skills in strategic thinking — skills they don’t often get to practice in the action-oriented environment they know best. Managers moving into senior leadership must learn to embrace ambiguity and uncertainty and learn the importance of taking time to think things through.

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Retaining Your Talent

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When Strategy Walks Out the Door

Companies that overlook their employees as sources of strategic insight may find themselves losing talent – and key ideas.

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The Importance of Meaningful Work

What Makes Work Meaningful — Or Meaningless

June 1, 2016 | Catherine Bailey and Adrian Madden

When employees find their work meaningful, there are myriad benefits for their productivity — and for their employers. Managers who support meaningful work are more likely to attract, retain, and motivate the talent they need to ensure future growth. But can companies ensure this experience for their employees? A groundbreaking study identifies five factors that support meaningful work — and the seven management sins that can destroy it.

Creating a Meritocratic Organization

Achieving Meritocracy in the Workplace

Rewarding employees based on merit can be more difficult than it first appears. Even efforts to reduce bias can backfire; disparities in raises and bonuses by gender, racial, and other characteristics persist in today’s organizations not only despite management’s attempts to reduce them but also because of such efforts. The author describes how a simple analytics-based approach can address these concerns and produce a truly meritocratic workplace.

In Boardrooms, the Same Is a Shame

Corporate boards around the world present a uniformly white, male face — and this is a problem when it comes to how firms approach the global marketplace. When too many people at the top look at the business landscape through the same lens, they are likely to miss both impending problems and potential opportunities. Institutional biases that suppress diversity in the C-suite create a hidden risk factor — one that boards can address by taking a long, hard look in the mirror.