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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.

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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.

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.

Putting stakeholder capitalism into practice

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

Emphasizing the S in ESG

– How PayPal has made societal impact and purpose the guiding lights of its strategy.

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.

Improving strategic outcomes with advanced analytics

– AI and machine-learning tools can enhance strategic planning.

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 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 workforce of the future

– Accelerating trends in remote work, e-commerce, and automation mean that more people will need to change jobs and learn new skills.... Are leaders ready to guide the shift?

In conversation: The COVID-Exit

– Despite a resurgence of infections, confidence is rising about an end to the pandemic. Here is how to grow your way out of the... crisis.

In conversation: The great acceleration

– As trends speed up and outperformers increase their leads, companies urgently need to set a path for post-COVID-19 growth.

Building a great digital business

– How companies are leveraging technology to address rapid market changes.

Four ways to assess projects and keep them on track

– Biases can lead executives to misjudge project potential, ignore pitfalls, and let failures fester. Here is how to make better... decisions.

Purpose and the future for capitalism

– Economist Anne Case and Nobel Prize winner Angus Deaton discuss how the capitalism could develop to benefit society more broadly.

Choosing the right path to unlock the economy

– Uncertainty is keeping consumers from spending and businesses from investing. The road to recovery requires instilling confidence.

The war on the coronavirus

– Three top military leaders offer lessons from the front lines of managing deadly crises.

Navigating unprecedented disruption

– Five long-term trends are transforming the world. The current crisis is accelerating some of them.

Making your business transformation stick

– Successful business transformations require an all-in commitment to bold strategic moves in both performance improvement and portfolio... changes.

Protecting our lives and our livelihoods from coronavirus

– How will communities, businesses, and governments continue to respond to the crisis and what are the range of possible scenarios... for decision makers to consider?

Planning ahead of the coronavirus crisis

– How can companies effectively mobilize their operations to overcome the coronavirus crisis?

Corporate purpose, during crisis and beyond

– How companies are using corporate purpose to guide their response to the COVID-19 crisis and the nascent recovery.

COVID-19: Strategies for getting ahead of the pandemic crisis

– Even as organizations focus on the immediate business shocks, they need to plan for the postcrisis world. Here is how to respond... to a disruption for which there are no playbooks.

COVID-19: How business leaders should plan ahead for the next stage

– While governments battle the outbreak, businesses need to help economies come back online. Here is how to adapt your operations,... plan ahead, and get people working again.

COVID-19: What are the implications for your business?

– Excerpts from a webcast session recorded at the 2020 Global Business Leaders Forum on COVID-19’s implications for business... resilience.

Strategy at the speed of digital

– To succeed in the digital age, companies need to significantly raise their metabolic rate.

Stronger for longer: How top performers thrive through downturns

– Resilient companies enjoy gains that last long after an economic crisis has passed.

Jumpstart a better way to do strategy

– Eight practical shifts that can help management teams overcome the social games and corporate politics that doom so many bold... plans to failure.

How to make the bold strategy moves that matter

– What does it take to make a true performance leap? The authors of Strategy Beyond the Hockey Stick explain the key strategic... levers their analysis has revealed, and how strongly you have to pull them.

Measuring your strategy’s odds of success

– The authors of Strategy Beyond the Hockey Stick explain how big data can help managers set bold aspirations and overcome... organizational inertia.

Want better strategies? Become a bulletproof problem solver

– The value of creative and strategic thinkers capable of solving complex problems has never been higher.

How to resist the allure of ‘glamour’ projects

– Shiny new initiatives can distract you from paying attention to other valuable but mundane projects and investments.

How to take the ‘outside view’

– It may be easier than you think to debias your decisions and make better forecasts by building the “outside view.”

How to avoid losses and prune projects proactively

– It’s common for companies to hang on for too long to projects or parts of the business that are underperforming. Two effective... techniques can help executives decide when to hold on to an asset and when to let it go.

How to avoid digital-strategy pitfalls

– Most digital strategies don’t reflect how digital is changing economic fundamentals, industry dynamics, or what it means... to compete.

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