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  • A philosopher's guide to messy transformations
    by by Pia Lauritzen on May 19, 2022 at 5:00 am

    What if the freshest insight on how to talk about 21st century transformations isn't found in a snappy TEDx Talk or an MBA program but in the works of a philosopher born almost 2,500 years ago? Pia Lauritzen makes a case for using Aristotle's four domains of knowledge as a framework for navigating the messiest phases of change.

  • Positioning your chief sustainability officer for success
    by by Peter Gassmann, Meike Hegge, and Thomas Hocks on May 17, 2022 at 5:00 am

    Stakeholders, from investors to consumers, are demanding information about sustainability from companies. New research from PwC shows businesses that have empowered chief sustainability officers receive better ESG ratings and deliver greater impact.

  • Time to get serious about the realities of climate risk
    by by Emma Cox, Colm Kelly, Barry Murphy, and Nicole Röttmer on May 16, 2022 at 5:00 am

    Many companies overlook the pressing, often surprising, array of climate risks they face. By understanding them better, leaders can safeguard their business and identify opportunities to compete in a decarbonizing world.

  • A time-tested strategy for leaders facing a "perfect storm"
    by by Brad Borkan on May 12, 2022 at 5:00 am

    The great Antarctic explorers such as Ernest Shackleton and Robert Scott had seconds-in-command. Having a second-in-command is a management strategy that can help leaders today navigate the "perfect storm" they face today: one that combines the pandemic, digital disruptions, and political upheaval.

  • Why businesses need to help employees build friendships
    by by Aaron Hurst and Andrea Herron on May 11, 2022 at 5:00 am

    The loss of work friendships in remote-work environments has taken a toll on employees' morale and productivity. Aaron Hurst and Andrea Herron report that peer coaching programs can help colleagues connect with each other and their own purpose--and inspire action.

  • How talented are you at spotting talent?
    by by Tom Ehrenfeld on May 10, 2022 at 5:00 am

    Tom Ehrenfeld reviews Talent: How to Identify Energizers, Creatives, and Winners Around the World, by Tyler Cowen and Daniel Gross (no relation to the Daniel Gross who edits strategy+business), which argues against traditional methods of finding new hires, criticizing their reliance on a safe but flawed mindset that "seeks to minimize error and loss, and…prizes consensus above all else."

  • Is it time to fire yourself?
    by by Adam Bryant on May 9, 2022 at 5:00 am

    It's not easy to judge one's own performance, but Adam Bryant argues doing that candidly--and being prepared to fire yourself--will help leaders see more clearly what changes are needed to keep their businesses competitive.

  • The brave, new world of work
    by by Daniel Gross on May 6, 2022 at 5:00 am

    Sure, we've all learned how to change our Zoom backgrounds and stop checking emails from bed, but, as Daniel Gross points out in this survey of recent insights from s+b contributors, we are also rethinking the very meaning of work.

  • Getting and staying motivated
    by by Theodore Kinni on May 5, 2022 at 5:00 am

    Behavioral scientist Ayelet Fishbach of the University of Chicago Booth School of Business sieved through decades of motivational research to write Get It Done. Leaders will find it a nuanced and practical guide to mustering the emotional will and stamina needed to successfully achieve personal and organizational goals.

  • Dentsu International's pursuit of a more conscious consumerism
    by by Laura W. Geller and Rob Banham on May 4, 2022 at 5:00 am

    In this Inside the Mind of the CEO Interview, Wendy Clark, chief executive of the global marketing and advertising network Dentsu International, discusses her pursuit of transformation, growth, and a social impact agenda.

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