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How to Prepare for a Brexit-Size Disruption

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Companies need contingency plans if they see a Brexit-like disruption on their horizon.

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Navigating the Leadership Challenges of Innovation Ecosystems

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When a group of industry leaders work together to find new solutions and products, who’s in charge?

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The Shifts — Great and Small — in Workplace Automation

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Human labor isn’t going away, but automation may greatly affect the quality of available jobs.

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Project Management

The 2016 Richard Beckhard Memorial Prize

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.

Accelerating Projects by Encouraging Help

How can companies get employees to pull together to meet project deadlines? It turns out that establishing psychological safety and promoting cooperative behavior can be just as important as good planning. This case study of management innovation at Roto Frank, a German company that produces hardware for industrial and residential windows and doors, highlights the difficulties of project planning and execution — and the benefits of building a positive feedback cycle.

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Download "What Makes Work Meaningful — Or Meaningless"

Download a free MIT Sloan Management Review article on the five factors that support meaningful work — and the seven management sins that can destroy it. Registration required.

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HBS Executive Education

Free download of this MIT SMR article is brought to you by Harvard Business School Executive Education.

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.

Improving Decision Making

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The Power of Asking Pivotal Questions

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

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How Scenario Planning Influences Strategic Decisions

New research finds scenario-based decision making helps increase executives’ strategic flexibility.

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When Consensus Hurts the Company

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

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Stop Jumping to Solutions!

To get the best results from a decision matrix, managers should expand the options used to frame it.

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Keeping Employees Engaged

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Bringing Fun and Creativity to Work

Team-based contests that draw on creativity and collaboration skills can build motivation in employees.

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Leadership Development

Developing the Next Generation of Enterprise Leaders

September 15, 2015 | Douglas A. Ready and M. Ellen Peebles

Aspiring corporate leaders first learn to build and implement visions for their individual business units. But as they advance in their careers, executives also must learn how to lead with an enterprise perspective. The essence of enterprise leadership lies in the need to combine two often incompatible roles: being both an advocacy-oriented builder who can develop a unit’s vision, and an integration minded broker who can integrate the unit’s vision into the wider corporate vision.

Boards and Governance

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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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