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Leading Up: The Neglected Competency

At a recent seminar, I asked participants to define their company’s biggest barriers to success. The main impediment, they said, was their top leaders’ immunity to feedback. “They just won’t listen to new ideas, ” “They are living in yesterday’s world, ” “They think they have it all figured out and simply want us to … Continued

Work Breaks Don’t Signal Career Brakes

In our second episode featuring the School’s UK-based graduates, we visit with Lee Georgs ’03, the Chief Operating Officer of Corporate for the investment consultancy Redington and co-President of the London alumni club. Lee Georgs has held positions with some of the world’s most prestigious investment banks, including Citibank, JP Morgan and Credit Suisse. Her … Continued

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Are We Overestimating the Value of Data?

According to a 2017 United Nations report, the collection of data accounts for more than 100 million of the world’s jobs and 6.5 percent of global GDP. Over time those numbers will continue to grow. As technology improves, so the thinking goes, firms will be able to harvest data with greater efficiency, potentially increasing the … Continued

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Why Confidence in the Economy Matters During a Pandemic

The cost of COVID-19 is as yet unmeasurable, but it is creating seismic disruptions that will be felt for a long time to come. First, and foremost, is the loss of lives. But there are also two components to the economic costs that should be addressed. One component is the direct cost: sweeping business closures … Continued

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Reversing the Brain Drain

To an outside observer, highly skilled workers and entrepreneurs who globetrot between the United States and their home countries may appear enviable. “Why wouldn’t someone who can straddle two cultures, who is familiar with both the local context of his home country but also brings new skills, resources, and networks acquired abroad be better off … Continued

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Brand as a Value Prediction Tool

How much is an organization’s brand worth? The question of how to value intangible assets, such as IP and brand equity, is certainly a pressing issue with no definitive answer as of yet.  However, Natalie Mizik, a professor at Columbia Business School, and her colleague Robert Jacobson, recently found evidence that incorporating brand equity into a financial … Continued

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Why Strategy is Everyone’s Job

“The purpose of an organization is to get ordinary people to do extraordinary things,” management guru Peter Drucker once wrote. But that’s only part of the story. For these “extraordinary things” to enhance the organization’s competitive effectiveness they must directly support the organization’s strategic goals. If a strategy exists only at the top of an … Continued