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  • Strategy talk: How long should a long-term strategy be?
    by by Ken Favaro on March 21, 2019 at 5:00 am

    The ideal time frame for strategy depends more on what changes leaders want to make to their strategy than on the business they are in. Rather than ask, "What time frame should we have for our strategy?" company leaders need to determine what changes their strategy needs and how much time they will need to implement them. […]

  • Asian opportunities
    by by Jeremy Grant on March 20, 2019 at 5:00 am

    Ayala Corporation of the Philippines is a prime example of a new breed of progressive, family-controlled conglomerates that have their sights set on global expansion, buoyed by a strong domestic economy. CEO Jaime Augusto Zobel de Ayala believes conglomerates like his can benefit from the U.S.-China trade dispute as companies seek new opportunities in Southeast Asian markets. […]

  • Leadership lessons from a guitar hero
    by by Theodore Kinni on March 19, 2019 at 5:00 am

    Guitarist Jeff Beck has been an inveterate seeker of innovation in both technology and technique throughout his nearly 60-year career. A serial entrepreneur, his career decisions have been informed more by the music he wants to explore than by a quest for superstar success. And that approach to his profession -- and his longevity within it -- may contain a few lessons for those aspiring to reach the top of the business world. […]

  • How to regain your confidence when it falters
    by by Jesse Sostrin on March 18, 2019 at 5:00 am

    Two reflective strategies can help you manage dips in self-assurance and be a more effective, confident leader. […]

  • Want to change corporate culture? Focus on actions.
    by by Elizabeth Doty on March 15, 2019 at 5:00 am

    How can your company get from "values on the wall" to "values in action"? Rather than thinking of articulating aspirations as the core of any culture effort, leaders should view this as only the first step. The second step is integration -- embedding values in everyday behavior and organizational systems. […]

  • Masters of the middle-market universe
    by by Thomas A. Stewart and Jeannette R. Gatchell on March 13, 2019 at 5:00 am

    The top-in-class middle-market businesses, those with revenues between US$10 million and $1 billion, consistently grow faster than other companies because they follow strategies in tune with their strengths, weaknesses, and appetite for risk. Using data collected by the National Center for the Middle Market, it's possible to identify three types of high-growth company personalities -- Investors, Innovators, and Efficiency Experts -- and determine what makes them excel. […]

  • Japan's female future
    by by Bill Emmott on March 12, 2019 at 5:00 am

    Demographic realities and the growing number of women in higher education are changing the male-dominated management structures of Japan Inc. This will challenge corporations to become more flexible, creative, and diverse in order to change the work culture of today. […]

  • Why paternity leave is needed to promote gender equality
    by by Josh Levs on March 11, 2019 at 5:00 am

    In order to do a better job helping women manage the shifting responsibilities of career and caregiving, author Josh Levs argues, companies need to develop parental leave and work-life balance programs aimed specifically at men. When employers regard men as equal contributors in caregiving, it will help to create a level playing field for women and men at work. […]

  • The wisdom of The Old Wives' Tale
    by by Daniel Akst on March 7, 2019 at 6:00 am

    The British writer Arnold Bennett's 1908 novel, The Old Wives' Tale, isn't just a classic of literature; it contains valuable insights into the roles of women in the Victorian business world. […]

  • The sum is greater than the auto parts
    by by Daniel Gross on March 6, 2019 at 6:00 am

    In an interview with strategy+business, Linda Hasenfratz, the CEO of Canadian auto parts manufacturer Linamar, describes how the company founded by her father in 1966 has evolved from a one-man machine shop into a diversified global player. As the CEO since 2002, Hasenfratz has led the company through the financial crisis, trade turmoil, and a deliberate diversification into areas such as construction and agricultural equipment. […]

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