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How CEOs star in Act II

December 7, 2018 – Think of all the ink spilled over the early days of a CEO’s tenure—the first year, the first 100 days, the first week (just kidding). Or the end of a chief executive’s run, focused on legacy and the search for a successor. But what about the middle years of a CEO life span?

The building blocks of global growth

November 30, 2018 – If you don’t think infrastructure is a potent way to change and shape lives, think again. How do you get to work, travel, and communicate? What powers your home and business?

Global banking: Solid ground, shifting terrain

November 16, 2018 – Stable but unexciting. Safer but stuck in neutral. That’s how our global banking annual review describes the performance of the banking and securities industry a decade after the financial crisis that shook the world.

Walking the walk: How analytics is changing fashion

November 9, 2018 – The past decade has been good to fashion shoppers, who now routinely snap up the freshest trends, often at excellent markdowns. But if you’re backstage at the fashion show, no one has to tell you that apparel makers face a competitive environment.

Success happens by design

November 2, 2018 – The Apple iPhone, the Swiss Army knife, the Google home page, even the Disney World visitor experience. Strong design is at the heart of commercial success. But it’s also hard—and getting harder. These days, only the very best designs stand out from the crowd. So how do some companies deliver exceptional designs, launch after launch? What is design really worth?

Repeat after us: Happy workers, happy life

October 26, 2018 – As performance-review season rolls inexorably into year’s end, people tend to assess not just their feelings about work but also their overall happiness. For some, the holidays prompt reflection; for others, it’s the turning of the calendar. Sometimes, it’s both.

India: A tale of growth and sustainability

October 19, 2018 – This week we offer a snapshot of one of the world’s most vibrant nations: India. Its economy, cooking along by most measures, is expected to jump to third largest by 2030, behind the United States and China. Let’s look at just a few interlocking trends in agriculture, urbanization, and mobility that could affect Indians’ quality of life—as well as the global economy and environment—for decades to come.

Does a cyberattack haunt your nightmares?

October 12, 2018 – Threats from cyberattacks are growing in number and intensity worldwide. 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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