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Does a cyberattack haunt your nightmares?

October 12, 2018 – Threats from cyberattacks are growing in number and intensity worldwide. Every year, hackers produce some 120 million new variants of malware. Several billion data sets are breached. And companies report thousands of attacks every month, ranging from the trivial to the extremely serious. Think WannaCry, NotPetya, Meltdown, and Spectre.

How urgent is agile?

October 5, 2018 – Your organization is agile like (A) a leaping gazelle or (B) a lumbering elephant. You want to pick (A), but sometimes (B) might be more accurate—no offense to elephants.

Globalization hits a speed bump

September 28, 2018 – You probably don’t love uncertainty. Neither do companies. And right now, tensions over trade and globalization are not only getting a little—well, let’s say tense; they’re also creating new risks for businesses.

Gender diversity: What’s at stake?

September 21, 2018 – The drive to make workplaces more diverse is often rooted in social justice and the idea that different experiences and points of view make for a more engaging work environment. But awareness of the business case for inclusion is also on the rise, as companies begin to see diversity as a source of competitive advantage and an enabler of growth.

Is AI delivering for your business?

September 14, 2018 – In last week’s issue, we brought you a decision journey on how best to apply artificial intelligence (AI) and data-driven analytics to your business. But deployment isn’t enough. How confident are you that your analytics program is delivering?

An AI checklist for business leaders

September 7, 2018 – Computer vision and machine learning and deep neural networks. Oh, my. How can you get past all the hype about artificial intelligence and use AI to solve problems and create value?

Getting customer-centric in government

August 24, 2018 – Let’s take a look at how governance is faring around the world. We’ll steer clear of politics (you’re welcome) and focus on public-sector best practices instead.

Yes, your airline wants you to be happy

August 3, 2018 – Flying off somewhere fabulous for August vacation? Chances are, when you finally board the plane you’ll be pondering your in-flight entertainment options, not how you chose the flight. But you can bet your airline is thinking about how it snagged you as a customer, and how to keep you.

The electric car market revs up

July 27, 2018 – Seeing more electric cars on the road? Last year, sales of electric vehicles (EVs) charged forward, as environmentally minded consumers found less expensive, longer-range models on the market.

Blockchain: What's it really worth?

July 20, 2018 – How can companies determine if blockchain has strategic value that justifies major investments at this point? To start, they should focus on their ability to shape an ecosystem, establish standards, and address regulatory barriers.

China's flourishing digital culture

July 13, 2018 – Much has been written about the rise of China as an economic and geopolitical force. Let’s break off one chunk this week: China’s role as a major player in digital technologies at home and around the world.

What’s next for cities?

July 6, 2018 – By 2030, 60 percent of the world’s population will live in cities. In both developed and developing nations, municipal leaders are fighting to make sure their cities are competitive and their urban populations are thriving. A big part of that fight is figuring out how to deploy smart technologies.

Shift your skills, shift your mind-set

June 29, 2018 – At this time of year, many of us might confess to some mid-meeting musing on the so-called lazy days of summer. But how to parse fact from fantasy on the changing pace and nature of work more broadly?

Introducing our new weekly newsletter

June 22, 2018 – Our first issue kicks off with a core topic: leadership. We all know leaders who make their people feel smart, special, and productive—like a core member of the team. Unfortunately, many of us have had experienced bosses whose self-absorption or nastiness drive people out the door—the jerks, as Stanford professor Bob Sutton might say.
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