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Invest In People to Best Manage Through Disruption

The most effective response to disruption is a long-view focus on employee development.

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Disruption 2020: An Interview With Clayton M. Christensen

Christensen’s Theory of Disruptive Innovation offers insights in an age of big data and tech growth.

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How to Succeed Without Being the Smartest Person in the Room

Successful leaders establish missions, facilitate decision-making, and eliminate obstacles.

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Join Our Twitter Chat: Goal Setting

Setting — and achieving — goals is a perennial strategic imperative, but there’s often confusion around best practices. Let’s talk about that and share some strategies.

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Fighting the Gravity of Average Performance

New research shows that market leadership is increasingly temporary. Just 17% of companies are able to significantly outperform their industry average for five years. The ones that do continually find new sources of competitive advantage by reinventing their businesses and adapting to evolving market conditions. Their example offers lessons for leadership teams trying to fight the relentless pull to the mean.

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Preparing for the Risky World of Extended Reality

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Technologies like virtual reality and augmented reality show great promise in fields like medicine and manufacturing, but they come with risks to individual and societal well-being that could be incredibly hard to reverse. Now is the time for business leaders to take measures to prevent, or at least mitigate, the potential downsides of such tools.

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The Detroit Hustle

In a city that’s experienced tough economic times, entrepreneurism is blooming.

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A Digital Edge in Product Development

How Digital Twins Are Reinventing Innovation

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A digital twin is a virtual replica of an object, being, or system continuously updated with data from its physical counterpart. Supported by billions of connected global sensors, digital twins will soon exist for millions of things. Jet engines, a heart, even a city can have digital twins that mirror physical and biological properties. Real-time assessments and diagnostics will be more precise; repairs will be executed in the moment; and innovation will be faster, cheaper, and more radical.

Making It Easier to Manage and Scale Digital Projects

In studying agile approaches at more than 50 companies, the authors found that the organizations that achieve the most success with digital projects use processes that allow for continuous learning and that support critical business goals. With everyone following the same processes, companies do better at juggling multiple projects and reaping the benefits of scale. One of the companies studied, Johnson & Johnson, shares its approach.

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Getting the Most from Digital

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How Leading Organizations Are Getting the Most Value From IT

The most challenging path for systems evolution is also the most rewarding.

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Why the ‘Just Do Something’ Strategy for AI Won’t Work

AI strategy will only get big results if companies focus on what AI can do at scale.

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Beyond a ‘Winner-Takes-All’ Strategy for Platforms

Three questions can help inform how network interactions drive value for platform companies.

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Unleashing the Power of Blockchain in the Enterprise

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If companies want to compete with blockchain, they must first cooperate to develop standards.

The Strategic Agility Project

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