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Fresh takes on strategic growth and the latest trends in business

Digital dilemma: Why anything less than superb execution leads to failure

– Jacques Bughin identifies the five core elements that make a crucial difference for companies executing a digital transformation.

Recent trends in activist-investor activity

– A new interactive looks at the latest in hedge-fund activism.

Digital success requires a digital culture

– An old-world organization will doom your reinvention for the new world.

How to unleash your strategic thinking

– Can large companies be successful by reducing bureaucracy and unleashing the full scope of their talent to think strategically?

Are you ignoring the most important digital playing field?

– By neglecting digital supply chains and ecosystems, companies risk irrelevance.

The case for (cautious) post-Brexit optimism

– In the face of the UK’s decoupling from the European Union, you can become quite dizzy when you consider all the forces at play: potential new trade terms, immigration-law regulations and deregulation, to name a few.

How to win the digital race by coming in second, and other (often surprising) ways to reinvent for the digital world

– A new data-driven study on digitization identifies which digital strategies work, and quantifies how well they work.

Think digital is a big deal? You ain’t seen nothing yet

– Digitization has barely started, and so has the accompanying upheaval. Some key insights for winning strategies.

Is your company underperforming? Use the full CEO playbook

– There are many things new CEOs can do to try to right a foundering ship, but what should take priority?

Want to get better at business? Practice your mental math.

– Managers who influence strategy and decisions must see through the numbers to prevent foolish and expensive mistakes.

Hockey stick dreams, hairy back reality

– The ambitious hopes of strategy forecasts tend to fail over and over again—producing an unfortunate pattern you'll likely recognize. Here’s why it happens, and what to do about it.

2017: The year executives turned data into action

– In 2017 senior managers have the opportunity to challenge every aspect of their business and look for ways to radically improve with better analytics.

How to improve strategic decisions with better predictions

– Five lessons on how to develop good estimates and use them aptly in strategic decision making.

How insider CEOs can gain the outsider’s edge

– Outsiders continue to make inroads and land leadership positions. How can insiders cultivate a valuable external perspective?

Strategists as myth-busters: why you shouldn’t believe your own stories

– People love stories. We have an insatiable tendency to put a sequence of facts into a logically connected narrative. Strategists, though, should be wary of the well-intentioned, but unreliable myth-maker.

Lessons for new CEOs: Go big, go fast, or go home

– My colleagues Kurt Strovink, Thomas Meakin, and I analyzed the major moves over 600 CEOs took during their first two years in the role. We then assessed how those moves influenced the company’s returns and the CEOs’ tenure. Here are some of the lessons we drew from the data.

How sharing services can turn enemies into friends

– Savvy companies are realizing that to ensure their future growth, they have to more persuasively explain how the sharing economy benefits not only the participants and the users but society at large.

What unicorns can learn from dinosaurs

– Fast growing mid-stage start-ups are increasingly wrestling with the challenge of attracting capital. Here’s what they can learn from established companies.

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