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Taking fear out of innovation

– The risk and ambiguity inherent in innovation can make employees shy away from it. Creating an innovation culture where risk-taking is embraced must start at the top.

These CEOs were willing to try new things and learn. With experience comes pattern recognition and the ability to separate yourself from individual setbacks enough to see that the far side of failure is success.

Scott Keller

Voices of CEO excellence: Blackstone’s Stephen Schwarzman

– The chairman, CEO, and cofounder of the global investment management firm traces his journey as a business leader, financial innovator,... and philanthropist.

The board’s role in building resilience

– Boards of directors can help executive teams build the foresight, response, and adaptation capabilities they need to manage future... shocks.

Tim Koller on the timeless truths of corporate finance

– An expert on value creation shares insights from 20 years of leading McKinsey on Finance.

XPO’s Brad Jacobs on building businesses through M&A

– Having done hundreds of deals, the leader of the logistics company explains what he’s learned matters most when making acquisitions.

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Why bad strategy is a ‘social contagion’

– Author and academic Richard Rumelt explains how to develop strategies that aim to solve problems rather than simply state ambitions.

Four front-foot strategies to help create value in the net-zero transition

– Companies can identify green growth opportunities and move boldly to take advantage of them.

Does your idea have the ‘voltage’ to scale?

– Economist John List discusses the science of determining whether a product or service can become a blockbuster.

Charles Lowrey on putting purpose at the heart of Prudential Financial’s transformation

– The chairman and CEO of Prudential Financial talks about what it takes to keep a transformation on track.

Voices of CEO excellence: Morgan Stanley’s James Gorman

– The chair and CEO of the financial services giant explains how he reshaped the firm in the wake of the financial crisis.

Leadership lessons from the world’s best CEOs

– The authors of the new book CEO Excellence, who interviewed dozens of the top-performing chief executives, share their... most memorable encounters and stories.

Understanding the SEC’s proposed climate risk disclosure rule

– A new rule proposed by the SEC would require companies to significantly increase their reporting on climate risk. We look at the... implications for senior executives.

Outgoing New Zealand Rugby President Bill Osborne on strategy and leadership

– The outgoing president of New Zealand Rugby discusses how his Maori background and time playing for the All Blacks have shaped... his business career.

The path to sustainable and inclusive growth

– Can collaboration between business, government, and society spur economic growth that benefits everyone without destroying the... planet?

The role of ESG and purpose

– Answering three questions about purpose and environmental, social, and governance issues can help business leaders zero in on... what matters most for their organizations.

Kevin Hostetler of Rotork on accelerating growth

– The CEO of the industrial-equipment supplier shares lessons from an ambitious organizational transformation.

Putting stakeholder capitalism into practice

– What does it mean to embrace stakeholder capitalism? Two experts explain the rationale and the steps.

The race to create a vaccine: A conversation with Frank D’Amelio

– The CFO of Pfizer talks about what it took to develop a COVID-19 vaccine.

Boards and the cloud

– A shift to the cloud requires boards to weigh numerous implications, from the technology infrastructure to cybersecurity.

The corporation in the 21st century

– Shifts in how businesses create value and how it flows to households highlight the changing role of the corporation.

The Committed Innovator: A conversation with Loonshots author Safi Bahcall

– The entrepreneur and innovation adviser explains how to make bold innovations flourish.

Agile business portfolio management

– Companies that regularly refresh their portfolios tend to outperform, but deciding when and how to divest a business may be the... most challenging part of M&A.

Boards, talent, and culture

– Boards need to ensure that management walks the talk on culture and values.

The 21st-century corporation: A conversation with Brian Chesky of Airbnb

– Airbnb’s CEO discusses how a company that flirted with demise during the pandemic turned its business around.

The Committed Innovator: A conversation with Tanya Baker of Goldman Sachs Accelerate

– The global leader of Goldman Sachs’ internal new business incubator on fostering innovation and entrepreneurial ventures... within the firm.

In conversation: The impact of COVID-19 on capital markets

– The widening gap in performance and the valuation surge among a few elite companies demonstrate the pandemic-induced acceleration... of trends.

The eight trends that will define 2021–and beyond

– Kevin Sneader discusses the new ideas and business models transforming industry landscapes.

In conversation: Managing in extreme uncertainty

– The pandemic tested organizations’ ability to find the right balance between overreacting and underreacting. Capturing lessons... from this crisis will help leaders navigate uncertainty in the future.

The role of boards in fostering resilience

– The lessons learned from the current crisis can help corporate boards make the organizations they serve stronger.

The Committed Innovator: A conversation with Dometic’s Peter Kjellberg

– The chief marketing officer of the mobile-living-products company explains why a commitment to innovation has to start at the... top.

Collaborations between corporates and start-ups

– How to raise the odds of lasting mutual benefits when large and small companies team up.

In conversation: The CEO’s new technology agenda

– Why the technology function needs to play an integral role in business strategy.

Programmatic M&A: Winning in the new normal

– How to successfully source and execute a string of deals that lead to the creation of a new business.

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