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What Makes Work Meaningful — Or Meaningless

There’s no single formula for making work meaningful — but poor management is a universal obstacle.

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The Lost Art of Thinking in Large Organizations

A focus on execution is undermining managers’ ability to develop strategy and leadership skills.

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In Boardrooms, the Same Is a Shame

To limit risk, boards should take a tough, honest look at why the C–suite has so little diversity.

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Management Fundamentals

Monitor, Measure, Incentivize: Is Management as Simple as That?

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May 23, 2016 | Nicholas Bloom (Stanford University), interviewed by Frieda Klotz

Nicholas Bloom, William Eberle Professor of Economics at Stanford University, conducted an extensive study of 30,000 US factories, and found that two practices, underpinned by innovative software and IT systems, stand out in highly effectively managed operations: monitoring and incentives.

Leading in the Digital Age

Mobile communication and business training transfer of information training technology concept as two robotic people connected in a data exchange network as a an education symbol.
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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.

Diversity in the Workplace

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.

Bridging Faultlines in Diverse Teams

Project teams can fly or founder on the demographic attributes of team members and the fractures they can create. Here’s how to recognize the potential for division, and how to respond in time when team fractures do arise.

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Managing Today’s Young Professionals

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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.

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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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Halting the Corporate Brain Drain

Digital tools can reshape the relationship between organizations and retiring employees.

Making Better Decisions

How Scenario Planning Influences Strategic Decisions

May 27, 2016 | Shardul Phadnis, Chris Caplice, and Yossi Sheffi

Anecdotal evidence suggests that considering various scenarios helps strengthen decision making. To test this idea, researchers offered a scenario-based workshop to executives to see how considering scenarios affected decisions. They found that though participants’ confidence in their choices never wavered, the strategic choices they made before the exercise often changed dramatically after viewing the scenarios, with a tendency to become more flexible and focused on long-term value.