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Leading in the 21st Century

The eight essentials of innovation
article | McKinsey Quarterly

The eight essentials of innovation

April 2015—Strategic and organizational factors are what separate successful big-company innovators from the rest of the field.more

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Business and society in the coming decades

April 2015—In the long term, corporate and societal interests converge. Walmart CEO Doug McMillon and SVP of sustainability Kathleen McLaughlin argue companies have an opportunity to use their scale and expertise to reshape global systems and mitigate complex problems.more

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Toward a new HR philosophy

April 2015—HR should empower managers to decide on standards, hire how they choose, and develop company-wide leaders.more

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Ascending to the C-suite

April 2015—A new survey finds that executives who move effectively into the C-suite are communicating priorities, valuing their teams, spending time on culture, and understanding their unique leadership role.more

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article | McKinsey Quarterly

Changing the nature of board engagement

April 2015—Five tips for directors and CEOs striving to make the most of their limited time.more

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Delighting in the possible

March 2015—In an unpredictable world, executives should stretch beyond managing the probable.more

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Decoding leadership: What really matters

January 2015—New research suggests that the secret to developing effective leaders is to encourage four types of behavior.more

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Perspectives on the long term

March 2015—What will it take to shift markets and companies away from a short-term way of thinking?more

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Leading a Latin American shale revolution

December 2014—Brought in from Schlumberger to revive Argentina’s state-owned energy giant YPF, CEO Miguel Galuccio is now shooting for a bigger prize: to eventually make his country energy independent.more

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Making boards work

December 2014—Most directors don’t understand the company’s strategy and prioritize short-term gain at the expense of creating long-term value. We recommend four essential changes.more

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What social-sector leaders need to succeed

November 2014—Chronic underinvestment is placing increasing demands on social-sector leaders. New research suggests ways they can meet the leadership challenge.more

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From bottom to top: Turning around the top team

November 2014—A case study of change at Philips illustrates the importance of the “soft stuff.”more

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Heineken’s CEO on leading a 150-year-old company

October 2014—As Heineken marks its 150th year, CEO Jean-François van Boxmeer speaks about innovation, managing for the long term, and how he aims to uphold the company’s rich legacy. more

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