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Why authentic informal leaders are key to an organization's emotional health
by by Jon Katzenbach, Augusto Giacoman, and Paolo Morley-Fletcher on May 27, 2020 at 5:00 am
Authentic informal leaders -- people who exhibit leadership traits without having formal authority or responsibility -- can play a vital role in building the emotional health of an organization in a time of stress. Jon Katzenbach, Augusto Giacoman, and Paolo Morley-Fletcher argue that if they are properly engaged, these valuable team members can help companies build the capacity to weather the worst crises.
The general wisdom of Ulysses S. Grant
by by Theodore Kinni on May 27, 2020 at 5:00 am
Ulysses S. Grant failed at every endeavor he undertook prior to the Civil War, and yet, when the war ended, he was the leader of a victorious army of 1 million men. The story of how he achieved this success offers lessons in leadership style, strategy, and execution.
The business of America, in a nutshell
by by Daniel Akst on May 26, 2020 at 5:00 am
In his very brief new book, American Business History, Walter A. Friedman provides a summary of the trends and forces that propelled the U.S. economy into the world's leader. Reviewer Daniel Akst notes the powerful, and perhaps counterintuitive, role that government has played in forging new industries.
COVID-19, the flexibility stigma, and gender equality
by by Josh Levs on May 22, 2020 at 5:00 am
The coronavirus pandemic could have a profound effect on gender equality at work and at home -- if businesses learn the right lesson.
Four ways to reflect that help boost performance
by by Stephen Newman and Wanda T. Wallace on May 21, 2020 at 5:00 am
Four modes of reflection, repeated throughout the year, can help leaders and their teams perform to the highest levels. These regular check-ins, which take stock, look back, and look forward, will provide clarity of purpose and better results.
The hidden value in getting compliance right
by by Andrew McPherson, Bob Pethick, and Chris Kong on May 20, 2020 at 5:00 am
It is no longer enough to accept the traditional view of compliance as just a cost of doing business, to react defensively and meet the minimum legal requirements. During uncertain times, organizations that build trust into their brand, products, and services will enhance their reputation and resilience and meet their broader obligations to society at large.
The power broker
by by Abimbola Banjo on May 20, 2020 at 4:05 am
Chantelle Abdul, CEO of Mojec International Holdings, sees opportunities where others see problems. When Nigeria's power industry was privatized, she realized that customers would need to accurately track their electricity usage through a home meter. Today, her company controls 70 percent of the Nigerian market for power meters and can produce more than 1 million meters a year. Even with COVID-19 affecting business, she's preparing plans for growth across the continent.
Five attributes to transform your compliance strategy
on May 20, 2020 at 4:00 am
Organizations that shift compliance from a cost of doing business to a position of strategic value can generate significant competitive and cost advantage, and build trust.
The downside of resilient leadership
by by Adam Bryant on May 20, 2020 at 4:00 am
Many leaders overcome hardships early in life that then give them the resilience to lead in difficult times. But that experience can also make it hard for them to delegate. The COVID-19 pandemic tests resilience, but, as Adam Bryant writes, leaders will still need to listen and seek help to ensure they don't try to do everything themselves.
Companies will have to get creative to advance sustainability amid crisis
by by Denise Dahlhoff on May 19, 2020 at 5:00 am
As COVID-19 plunges the world into recession, consumers will be more sensitive to price, and companies will have to get creative to advance sustainability.