Featured Leadership Articles


The Four Ways to Manage Digital Talent and Why Two of Them Don’t Work

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With digital skills in short supply, companies must rethink the ways they engage with key talent.


Will, Skill, and Velocity: Survival Skills for a Digital World

The future belongs to those who possess flexible talents, nerve, and personal speed.


The Upside of Being a Woman Among ‘Bros’

In certain circumstances, managers are more responsive to suggestions from the opposite gender.


Setting the Stage for New Ideas

Inspiring Employee Creativity

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June 16, 2017 | Amit S. Mukherjee

Digital technologies are making work increasingly thought-driven, not muscle-powered. In this environment, planning and execution are merely table stakes for leadership. Real leaders must inspire and reward employee ingenuity, and must be bold enough to move creativity from the organization’s periphery to its center. To do that, leaders need to adopt five personal behavior changes, including resisting the temptation to tell people what to do and embracing distributed leadership.

Leading in Fast-Changing Times

The Question Every Executive Should Ask

Gone are the days of centralized control of information and decision-making within organizations. With information now widely distributed among employees, Kaiser Permanente CEO Bernard J. Tyson says today’s executives face a critical question: “How do I charge up the organization so that we’re maximizing the intellects of all of our people?”

What Makes Change Harder — or Easier

Before you adopt any popular new management approach, it pays to analyze the implicit values embedded in it. Then ask yourself: How well will those values fit our existing organizational culture?


Identifying and Developing Leaders


Rethinking the East Asian Leadership Gap

Western multinationals looking for East Asian leaders may need to explore their cultural biases.


Leadership Development’s Epic Fail

Most leadership development programs focus on competencies but fail to view leaders as individuals.


A Data-Driven Approach to Identifying Future Leaders

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Some companies are using assessment tools to help identify employees with leadership potential.


Responding to Uncertainty

The Five Steps All Leaders Must Take in the Age of Uncertainty

Leaders need a new mental model to better understand the complex interplay between companies, economies, and societies. To do so, they must shift their focus to the broader business and social ecosystems in which their companies are embedded.

Warding Off the Threat of Disruption

In a fast-changing digital landscape, companies shouldn’t wait too long to reconfigure their offerings — but they also should be wary of moving to an untested technology too soon. Monitoring trends in related industries and identifying high-potential startups for acquisition helps to ensure appropriate timing for business model changes.



How the Workplace Is Evolving


When Jobs Become Commodities

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It pays to ask yourself whether your job is common and repetitive enough to be done by a machine.


The Corporate Implications of Longer Lives

People are living and working longer — but companies are unprepared for the implications of that.


How Digital Media Will Bring Out Our Best Selves in the Workplace

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The best use of digital technology is assisting human workers to maximize innate capabilities.


The Nature of Entrepreneurs

Entrepreneurship Is a Craft and Here’s Why That’s Important

July 12, 2017 | Bill Aulet

Like pottery, entrepreneurship is a craft that blends both science and art. Both pottery and entrepreneurship are accessible to anyone, learnable, built on fundamental concepts — and best learned through on-the-job training. To inspire today’s generation of company builders, entrepreneurship education needs a common language to ground students in fundamental concepts, and it needs to offer apprenticeship opportunities.