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  • History lessons
    by by Daniel Gross on October 25, 2021 at 5:00 am

    Assessing the continuing impact of COVID-19, Columbia University historian Adam Tooze considers the strengths and fragilities of the interlocking systems that power the global economy.

  • Rethinking spare capacity
    by by Daniel Gross on October 22, 2021 at 5:00 am

    The global economy is suffering shortages in computer chips, furniture, truck drivers, and more. Daniel Gross argues that a common factor is underlying all of them: a lack of excess capacity.

  • Delivering the goods
    by by Mike Jakeman on October 20, 2021 at 5:00 am

    Mike Jakeman reviews Arriving Today, by Christopher Mims, a study of the global logistics industry.

  • Is it right or productive to watch workers?
    by by Linda Rodriguez McRobbie on October 18, 2021 at 5:00 am

    Sales of surveillance or monitoring technology have skyrocketed since working at home became the norm for millions of people. Is this a good or bad thing? Those watched tend to be more productive but also more stressed.

  • A transactional approach to power
    by by Theodore Kinni on October 13, 2021 at 5:00 am

    The mistaken idea that power is something that leaders possess by force of personality or positional authority opens them up to pitfalls, such as hubris, arrogance, and omnipotence. A preventative solution can be found in power dependence theory, according to organizational behavior professors Julie Battilana and Tiziana Casciaro. They advise pegging power to resources, not people, and exercising it using four strategies: attraction, consolidation, withdrawal, and expansion.

  • Do you really want that promotion?
    by by Adam Bryant on October 11, 2021 at 5:00 am

    Leaders often assume that everyone wants to be promoted, but climbing the career ladder isn't for everyone. Adam Bryant says that if leaders and members of the HR department took the time to ask people what their goals are, they could avoid making mistakes that hurt careers and business.

  • How the best soccer team in the world lost its luster
    by by Simon Kuper on October 6, 2021 at 5:00 am

    FC Barcelona became arguably the best soccer team in the world by nurturing homegrown talent and innovating its style of play. But as other clubs copied its model, it failed to innovate. As its star players aged, it had few to replace them. There are lessons here for any business.

  • How to predict disruption when there's no such thing as normal
    by by Eric J. McNulty on October 4, 2021 at 5:00 am

    Enhanced perception and thinking about risk in new ways can help leaders navigate increasingly tumultuous times.

  • Work's not getting any easier for parents
    by by Josh Levs on September 27, 2021 at 5:00 am

    The COVID-19 Delta variant is the latest disruption for working parents, but it won't be the last. Businesses must take two key actions to support caregivers.

  • To build trust with employees, be consistent
    by by Reid Carpenter, Christopher Hannegan, and Varya Davidson on September 21, 2021 at 5:00 am

    Leaders who want to build trust with employees and avoid a retention and recruitment crisis need to walk the talk on culture.

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