How sustainability could change the food system

How sustainability could change the food system

13/05/2022

It’s not simple to reform a system that more than 500 million farmers, workers, and employees around the world depend on, and that plays a critical role in people’s health. Yet pressure from stakeholders has never been stronger: consumers are demanding sustainable products and services, investors are shifting to sustainable investments, regulators are implementing new […]

The Success of Your M&A Deal Hinges on How You Announce It

The Success of Your M&A Deal Hinges on How You Announce It

12/05/2022

One of the critical mistakes that acquirers make is the mismanagement of Announcement Day, which usually arrives in the form of a carefully staged conference call packed with journalists and analysts — and plenty of excitement. Then investors react to the acquirer’s presentation. For the majority of companies, those reactions come as a harsh surprise, […]

How to Map Out Your Digital Transformation

How to Map Out Your Digital Transformation

10/05/2022

At the start of the pandemic, businesses around the globe found themselves exposed to an unexpected boost in digitalization. Those who promised to keep the wheels turning were given carte blanche to do whatever it took to keep a company running. But as many now return to the office, they also realize that the digitalization […]

How procurement leaders can fight inflation

How procurement leaders can fight inflation

09/05/2022

In the years before the pandemic, rising productivity and declining costs for many inputs—achieved through lean and just-in-time strategies and the globalization of supply chains, among other factors—had allowed many procurement organizations to operate successfully. But now the inflationary surge and frequent scarcity of critical supplies have made shortcomings of the traditional operating model increasingly […]

How Companies Can Prepare for a Long Run of High Inflation

How Companies Can Prepare for a Long Run of High Inflation

08/05/2022

While consumers generally dislike inflation because it erodes the purchasing power of their income, businesses desire a steady level of inflation because investments made in today’s prices yield higher profits and returns in the future. Governments also like low and steady inflation. With inflation, government’s long-term borrowing needs to be repaid at a lower real […]

Four steps for managing risk at the CEO level

Four steps for managing risk at the CEO level

06/05/2022

Adapting to a fast-changing risk landscape has become a priority for most organizations, a necessity made more evident by the global pandemic and recent geopolitical events. At the same time, chief executives are under more pressure than ever to reconcile agendas from multiple stakeholders affecting their organization. The convergence of these two trends means that […]

3 Obstacles to Globalizing a Digital Platform

3 Obstacles to Globalizing a Digital Platform

05/05/2022

As technology progresses, it has become increasingly easy for digital platform companies to reach customers around the globe. This ease of access can make scaling up seem effortless — after all, virtual marketplaces are borderless by nature, and so it can be tempting for these businesses to view the entire world as their target market […]

How Do Big Tech Giants Make Their Billions?

How Do Big Tech Giants Make Their Billions?

04/05/2022

The Returns of Top Cryptocurrencies in 2021 2021 saw the crypto markets boom and mature, with different sectors flourishing and largely outperforming the market leader, bitcoin. While bitcoin only managed to return 59.8% last year, the crypto sector’s total market cap grew by 187.5%, with many of the top coins offering four and even five-digit […]

Navigating inflation: A new playbook for CEOs

Navigating inflation: A new playbook for CEOs

22/04/2022

Last year, policy makers, economists, and financial-market participants fiercely debated the higher inflation then under way. Was it a transitory problem, caused by dislocations from the COVID-19 pandemic that would inevitably fade, or was it a more fundamental and potentially permanent shift? CEOs told us that they viewed this debate as detached from the business […]

How Cofounders Can Prevent Their Relationship from Derailing

How Cofounders Can Prevent Their Relationship from Derailing

21/04/2022

When you start and grow a company with a cofounder, that person becomes your key relationship. There’s no more intimate relationship in business, and yet people often don’t think carefully in advance about how to make those partnerships work. That can be fatal for your venture since, according to Noam Wasserman, author of The Founder’s […]

The Rise of Functional Food: What Investors Need to Know

The Rise of Functional Food: What Investors Need to Know

20/04/2022

Investors in Europe, the Middle East and Africa (EMEA) expect to dramatically increase their sustainable assets. In fact, sustainable assets are projected to grow from 21% of total assets in 2020 to 47% of total assets in 2025. In this graphic we outline the top five ESG challenges that European investors face amid this shift. […]

When to Change Your Company’s P&L Responsibilities

When to Change Your Company’s P&L Responsibilities

19/04/2022

Most major rearrangements, or “leaps,” involve a change of profit and loss (P&L) responsibility in the organization’s primary dimension. Companies can be organized around product category, region, customer segment, distribution channel, business function, asset, program, major account, or any other value-driving dimension. For example, let’s take consumer goods company Procter & Gamble (P&G). In July […]

Talking to Your Customers About Prices

Talking to Your Customers About Prices

11/04/2022

A simple take on prices is that they are an obstacle toward the purchase of a desired product or service. Companies, therefore, see a legitimate need to reduce “friction” in the transaction, which they accomplish by reaching into a seemingly bottomless bag of tricks, ranging from the subtle to the egregious. Some companies, for example, […]

The flip side of large M&A deals

The flip side of large M&A deals

08/04/2022

The latest readout of our ongoing Global 2,000 research shows that a large-deal approach to M&A holds more risk than other types of M&A programs—second only to an organic approach, in which a company pursues no M&A. According to the data, the chances that a company using the large-deal approach 1 1. A transaction in which […]

Where We Go Wrong with Collaboration

Where We Go Wrong with Collaboration

07/04/2022

Practically everything we do at work is a collaboration. Pre-pandemic, many people spent 85% or more of their time each week in collaborative work — answering emails, instant messaging, in meetings, and using other team collaboration tools and spaces. This number has only grown throughout the pandemic, with no end in sight as we move […]

State of Grocery Europe: Navigating the headwinds

State of Grocery Europe: Navigating the headwinds

06/04/2022

Disclaimer: The war in Ukraine is having a deep human, as well as social and economic, impact across countries and sectors. The exact implications for grocery retail are still unclear. This article was written before the war started. Our first analysis of the impact of the war indicates that it mostly accelerates the trends we […]

Visualizing the EU’s Energy Dependency

Visualizing the EU’s Energy Dependency

05/04/2022

Visualizing the EU’s Energy Dependency   In response to Russia’s 2022 invasion of Ukraine, the U.S. and EU have imposed heavy sanctions aimed at crippling the Russian economy. However, these bold actions also come with some potentially messy complications: Russia is not only one of the world’s largest exporters of energy products, but it is […]

Six customer experience pitfalls to avoid

Six customer experience pitfalls to avoid

01/04/2022

In recent years, organizations across sectors have been forced to overhaul many of their processes as the importance of CX has taken center stage. Largely due to the rise in “CX native” companies, customers’ expectations across areas like getting immediate help, maintaining control, and personalization have grown. Meanwhile, privacy concerns have increased, social media has […]

How Much Autonomy Should You Give Your Global Teams?

How Much Autonomy Should You Give Your Global Teams?

31/03/2022

When expanding into international markets, how much autonomy should home-office leaders give local teams? Maintaining excessively tight control over your overseas divisions can get in the way of their ability to operate efficiently and make decisions effectively — but giving them too much autonomy can also backfire, leading to quality issues, inconsistencies, duplicated work, and […]

Building new supply-chain management skills for a digital age

Building new supply-chain management skills for a digital age

30/03/2022

What expertise will your next generation of warehouse managers require? Computer programming? Data analytics? Advanced robotics? Maybe all those things and more. If you are like the 71 global companies that responded to a 2021 supply chain survey, you probably accelerated your investments in digital technology as your supply chain grappled with COVID-19 challenges. What’s […]

Mapped: Global Happiness Levels in 2022

Mapped: Global Happiness Levels in 2022

29/03/2022

Mapped: Global Happiness Levels in 2022 What really makes people happy? While countless academic researchers have tried to get to the bottom of this, the truth is, it’s a complicated question to answer. Happiness levels depend on a number of factors, including one’s financial security, perceptions of social support, feelings of personal freedom, and much […]

Supporting Women Leaders, Beyond the Crisis

Supporting Women Leaders, Beyond the Crisis

21/03/2022

The pandemic’s negative impact on women in the workforce will not be reversed for a very long time. In the first year of the pandemic alone, 54 million women around the world left the workforce, almost 90 percent of whom exited the labor force completely. The participation rate for women in the global labor force […]

3 Practices That Set Resilient Teams Apart

3 Practices That Set Resilient Teams Apart

18/03/2022

Keeping a team’s energy dialed up through tough times has always been a challenging task — but sustaining resilience in a pandemic? Nobody has written a playbook for that. As Gallup asked in its end of 2021 report: “How can managers be expected to improve the engagement and wellbeing of your workforce if they, themselves, […]

What Stops Leaders from Looking to Other Industries for Inspiration

What Stops Leaders from Looking to Other Industries for Inspiration

17/03/2022

As business scrambles to recover from the pandemic, I’ve seen one famous piece of advice doing the rounds: leaders are told to look to other industries for fresh ideas. The classic example is Henry Ford’s invention of the assembly line, an idea he stole from the meat industry. Abbatoirs used a “dissembly line” to shunt […]

Map Explainer: Key Facts About Ukraine

Map Explainer: Key Facts About Ukraine

11/03/2022

Map Explainer: Key Facts About Ukraine The modern state of Ukraine was formed nearly 30 years ago after the collapse of the Soviet Union in 1991. Since then, the country has often made headlines due to political instability and the looming threat of a Russian invasion. In the map graphic above, we examine Ukraine from […]

How to Make Sense of Conflicting Feedback on Your Leadership

How to Make Sense of Conflicting Feedback on Your Leadership

10/03/2022

I recently sat with an executive, we’ll call him Mark, to review his comprehensive feedback report, which comprised nearly 25 interviews with critical stakeholders. While most feedback contains some contradictory data, in his case, the differences were extreme. Some people described him as supportive and kind while others described him as self-serving and mean-spirited. He […]

A better way to brainstorm

A better way to brainstorm

09/03/2022

The dilemma The regional CEO of a large US cosmetics company has invited all the business unit leaders to brainstorm about M&A priorities and potential opportunities in the new year. Everyone knows that digital acquisitions have been a pet project for the senior-leadership team. But some business unit heads believe the company should look at […]

How Brands Can Enter the Metaverse

How Brands Can Enter the Metaverse

08/03/2022

There are quite a few people who believe that the latest paradigm shift for the internet is already well underway: the metaverse, they say, is almost here. When companies investing in a space and the media declare a moment, it’s reasonable to take a beat and see whether the reality can live up to the […]

Visualizing Ukraine’s Top Trading Partners and Products

Visualizing Ukraine’s Top Trading Partners and Products

07/03/2022

International trade was equal to 65% of Ukraine’s GDP in 2020, totaling to $102.9 billion of goods exchanged with countries around the world. In 2014, Russia’s annexation of Crimea contributed to a 30% year-over-year drop in Ukraine’s 2015 trade value ($75.6B). Now, Ukraine’s international trade has been irreversibly disrupted since Russia’s full-scale invasion on February […]

Using a Mantra to Be a More Inclusive Leader

Using a Mantra to Be a More Inclusive Leader

04/03/2022

Cohesive teams are critical for organizational success, innovation, and fostering a sense of belonging. Yet one of the greatest challenges facing leaders today is creating a culture of inclusiveness, where all members are treated equitably and feel equally valued. In teaching hundreds of executives and students about leading diverse teams, we’ve found that, although most […]

What Is the Purpose of Your Purpose?

What Is the Purpose of Your Purpose?

03/03/2022

Despite its sudden elevation in corporate life, “purpose” remains a confusing concept. Finding the right one involves identifying an authentic and motivating basis for alignment among key stakeholder groups. Why It Exists Purpose is used in three distinct senses: competence, as in “the function that our product serves”; culture, as in “the intent with which […]

How Your Brand Should Use NFTs

How Your Brand Should Use NFTs

02/03/2022

Non-fungible tokens (NFTs) are going mainstream in 2022. You can now show off your favorite NFTs as your Twitter or Reddit profile picture, with Facebook and Instagram soon to follow. Driven in part by a FOMO reminiscent of the 1990s dotcom anxiety of bricks-and-mortar companies, mass-market players and luxury brands alike are launching NFT collections […]

Visualizing Countries Grouped by Their Largest Trading Partner (1960-2020)

Visualizing Countries Grouped by Their Largest Trading Partner (1960-2020)

25/02/2022

Amidst supply chain issues and inflated shipping costs, global trade continued to grow last year, reaching an estimated $28 trillion in 2021—a 23% increase compared to the year prior. Which countries are the central nodes of the global trade network? While China is currently the world’s largest trading partner, this hasn’t always been the case. […]

Does Your Company Need a Chief ESG Officer?

Does Your Company Need a Chief ESG Officer?

24/02/2022

There’s a new title in the C-suite: chief ESG officer. While top executives with “ESG” in their title are new and not yet widespread, this role is an opportunity that companies may consider as they face increasing pressure to address environmental, social, and governance (ESG) issues; companies like C.H. Robinson, Royal Caribbean, and Verizon have […]

The Cybersecurity Risks of an Escalating Russia-Ukraine Conflict

The Cybersecurity Risks of an Escalating Russia-Ukraine Conflict

23/02/2022

As warnings of an imminent Russian attack on Ukraine proliferate, news networks and social media have featured clips of Russian armed forces training, exercising, and preparing to fight. Less visible are Russia’s formidable cyber forces that would be preparing to unleash a new wave of cyber-attacks on Ukrainian and western energy, finance, and communications infrastructure. Whether an […]

Agile Doesn’t Work Without Psychological Safety

Agile Doesn’t Work Without Psychological Safety

22/02/2022

Twenty-one years ago, 17 software engineers published the Manifesto for Agile Software Development, more commonly known as the Agile Manifesto. Responding to the bureaucratic waterfall model of software development, with its linear phases and heavy documentation, these engineers advocated a more flexible approach, one that could adapt and succeed in a highly dynamic environment. That […]

The rise of the inclusive consumer

The rise of the inclusive consumer

22/02/2022

Large consumer and retail players from Nordstrom to Yelp are moving quickly to serve this group of influential customers. Indeed, while inclusive consumers tend to be younger, female, and more racially diverse, they include men and women across ethnic backgrounds, income levels, and age groups. Given this diverse and ubiquitous representation, the inclusive consumer holds […]

Precision Pricing When Inflation Is Rising

Precision Pricing When Inflation Is Rising

18/02/2022

Precision pricing is the key to pricing in today’s inflationary environment and in the mixed-inflation markets we can expect in years to come. It’s highly targeted and enables managers to base prices on each product’s true, current costs and each customer’s true, current profitability. Traditional across-the-board price increases, which treat all costs and customers the […]

How did COP26 help business move towards a net-zero economy?

How did COP26 help business move towards a net-zero economy?

17/02/2022

I thought I might kick off by sharing a few reflections on how far COP26 helped us move towards a net-zero economy, and what some of the implications to business are. These remarks are really formed by four different sets of insights. In the year running up to COP, we helped create the fact base […]

Make Your Employer Brand Stand Out in the Talent Marketplace

Make Your Employer Brand Stand Out in the Talent Marketplace

16/02/2022

Employer branding is gradually becoming more important in C-suite conversations, but it’s still a relatively new concept. Several years ago business leaders might have pointed to pinball machines in the office game room or catered lunches as examples of employer branding. In 2022 most are aware that such perks hardly constitute a comprehensive employee retention […]

Do You Need a Career Coach?

Do You Need a Career Coach?

13/02/2022

Career coaches provide a range of services, from helping you figure out what you want to do to exploring opportunities for professional growth to supporting you through the ups and downs of looking for a new job. Engaging with a career coach requires an investment of time and money, so it’s important to do your […]

What’s the Optimal Workplace for Your Organization?

What’s the Optimal Workplace for Your Organization?

11/02/2022

As we reach the two-year mark of the pandemic, now is the right time for many leaders to rethink how and where their employees work and collaborate. Should businesses call employees back into the office or leave them working remotely? Is it time to try out a new way of working all together? Lost in […]

Companies Gone Public in 2021: Visualizing IPO Valuations

Companies Gone Public in 2021: Visualizing IPO Valuations

20/01/2022

The Companies that Defined 2021 Attention is an increasingly valuable form of currency in the Information Age. In 2021, a handful of companies stood out from the pack, dominating the conversation and influencing society in both positive and negative ways. After vigorous internal debate, here is Visual Capitalist’s list of companies that defined 2021: We […]

The (uncomfortable) truth of HR and leadership development

The (uncomfortable) truth of HR and leadership development

19/01/2022

Quackery and pseudoscience can be very dangerous. Not only in medicine but also in human resources. Alarmed by the nonsensical ideas of Transactional Analysis, Patrick Vermeren set out on a mission to reveal the truth about the many HR theories, models and questionnaires. The academic literature revealed that most HR practices (in recruitment, assessment, development, […]

What Courageous Leaders Do Differently

What Courageous Leaders Do Differently

18/01/2022

Fred Keller, the founder of Cascade Engineering, wanted to show that a for-profit business could also help address society’s social ills. So he accepted an employee’s suggestion that they hire unemployed locals. They rented a van, went to a low-income area of Grand Rapids, Michigan and — with the eight men they identified — started […]

Setting Career Priorities When Everything Is Uncertain

Setting Career Priorities When Everything Is Uncertain

14/01/2022

When you head into any new year, it’s natural to think about where your career stands and where it’s going. Companies traditionally notify employees of compensation changes and bonuses for last year’s performance in these first few months. They also announce promotions and reorganizations in line with succession planning and company strategy. As a result, […]

How Leaders Can Balance the Needs to Perform and to Transform

How Leaders Can Balance the Needs to Perform and to Transform

14/01/2022

Leaders are facing two relentless sources of pressure right now. The first is the intense demand to perform— to deliver excellent short-term results despite radical shifts in what customers need and want, where and how people choose to work, and whether supply chains work at all. The second is the urgent need to transform — to […]

Embedding ‘smart quality’ culture and capabilities in the organization

Embedding ‘smart quality’ culture and capabilities in the organization

13/01/2022

In an organization with smart quality, quality control and assurance are embedded in the business processes and enabled by digital technologies (see sidebar, “‘Smart quality’ at a glance”). For instance, performance management of quality metrics across the organization may be digitally enabled so that virtually every employee has quality elements specific to their role incorporated […]

Achieving supply-chain resiliency amid disruption

Achieving supply-chain resiliency amid disruption

12/01/2022

While current headlines about product shortages and empty shelves have highlighted the importance of the supply chain, that process began in early 2020. Companies that had labored to create a lean global supply chain needed to scramble to adjust to the effects of the pandemic. Beyond that, sustainability has also become a top priority on […]

5 Questions to Help Leaders Achieve Growth Amid Uncertainty

5 Questions to Help Leaders Achieve Growth Amid Uncertainty

12/01/2022

While the world is still deep in the throes of the Covid-19 pandemic, business leaders are busy repairing their operations, looking forward to a post-pandemic world. They frequently find themselves torn between two opposite poles: the urge to act and the need for prudence in the face of uncertainty. Even as business picks up in […]

Be Intentional About How You Spend Your Time Off

Be Intentional About How You Spend Your Time Off

24/12/2021

The evidence is clear: Burnout is on the rise. A common suggestion for preventing burnout is to take regular breaks away from work. But what should those breaks look like if we want to maximize rejuvenation and protect our well-being? It may be surprising to learn, but passive “rest and relaxation” isn’t as effective for recovering […]

Why we have too few women leaders..

Why we have too few women leaders..

22/12/2021

Facebook COO Sheryl Sandberg looks at why a smaller percentage of women than men reach the top of their professions — and offers 3 powerful pieces of advice to women aiming for the C-suite.

Designing a Seamless Digital Experience for Customers

Designing a Seamless Digital Experience for Customers

21/12/2021

Over the last couple of years, more and more companies have been trying to fundamentally reshape the way in which they interact with their customers — a trend that has been accelerated by the recent Covid-19 pandemic. Perhaps the biggest change firms have made is that, rather than having a few episodic interactions, they are […]

What CIOs need from their CEOs and boards to make IT digital ready

What CIOs need from their CEOs and boards to make IT digital ready

20/12/2021

To innovate at scale and outperform competitors in the digital age, companies need to be tech forward. That means embedding tech into their business strategy and operating model. For most organizations, that requires a digital-ready IT function—one that is fast, adaptable, focused on the end user, and able to deliver business value. As any CIO […]

How Midsize Firms Can Attract — and Retain — Talent Right Now

How Midsize Firms Can Attract — and Retain — Talent Right Now

17/12/2021

While companies of all sizes are struggling to keep and find people during the Great Resignation, it’s hitting the middle market especially hard — and middle-market companies often find themselves with an inadequate toolkit to address the problem. The same old approaches aren’t working in the crisis and will not build the capabilities companies will […]

Reimagining supply-chain jobs to attract and retain workers..

Reimagining supply-chain jobs to attract and retain workers..

16/12/2021

As the US economy recovers postpandemic, demand for labor has outstripped supply. Companies are facing the “Great Attrition,” coupled with increased competition for labor. The transportation and logistics sector has been particularly hard hit, with the impact of worker-retention challenges and rising labor costs being felt across the entire value chain. The labor mismatch has […]

Feedback Isn’t Enough to Help Your Employees Grow

Feedback Isn’t Enough to Help Your Employees Grow

15/12/2021

A 2,000-person IT division of an investment bank, had a problem: Employees were leaving at alarming rates. The line we heard over and over again from the people we interviewed: “It’s easier to talk to a headhunter about my career than my own manager.” So the division went on a feedback campaign. They spent more […]

The Omicron Variant: How Companies Should Respond

The Omicron Variant: How Companies Should Respond

14/12/2021

The emergence of the Omicron variant of Covid-19 has dimmed hopes that the pandemic will soon fade away and once again has employers pondering how they can fulfill their difficult obligations to keep their workforce safe and to meet their business needs. The good news is that as the virus has evolved, employers have honed […]

How to speak so that people want to listen
6 Strategies to Boost Retention Through the Great Resignation

6 Strategies to Boost Retention Through the Great Resignation

02/12/2021

There is a widening mismatch between the job environment employees want — and now expect — and the one their organizations have. That’s the finding of conversations we’ve had with top executives of dozens of companies over the last several months, multiple global surveys we’ve conducted to learn what employees want, and our examination of […]

A new way to score your ability to scale new ventures

A new way to score your ability to scale new ventures

01/12/2021

Why do so many great ideas just fail to take off? For all the importance of business building—it’s a top three priority for 52 percent of companies, up from 30 percent two years ago—companies struggle mightily to get a good idea over the hump so that it becomes a big-time success. Only 22 percent of […]

How to Get Your Brain to Focus

How to Get Your Brain to Focus

30/11/2021

The latest research is clear: the state of our attention determines the state of our lives. So how do we harness our attention to focus deeper, get distracted less, and even become more creative? Chris Bailey, author of the recent book Hyperfocus, talks about how our ability to focus is the key to productivity, creativity, […]

5 New Rules for Leading a Hybrid Team

5 New Rules for Leading a Hybrid Team

29/11/2021

While hybrid is often presented as a new model, the fundamentals of what transforms a group of people into an exceptional team haven’t changed as much as we might think. When I was the senior vice president of people operations at Google, we had many employees, especially in engineering and sales, who worked from home a […]

Make Black Friday a More Exciting Online Experience

Make Black Friday a More Exciting Online Experience

26/11/2021

Even before Covid, the balance of Black Friday consumption was slowly tipping toward e-commerce. But 2020 was the year of extreme tilt, with nearly twice as many consumers opting to stay home and buy online instead of going out to stores (100 million versus 58.7 million). The good news is that as a digital event, […]

Leadership vs. Authority

Leadership vs. Authority

26/11/2021

Having authority doesn’t automatically make us a “leader.” Regardless of rank, we all have the choice to be the leader we wish we had by looking out for the people around us….

Manage Your Talent Pipeline Like a Supply Chain

Manage Your Talent Pipeline Like a Supply Chain

25/11/2021

Supply-chain disruptions are on everyone’s mind these days. But there’s one that few people are thinking about. It involves talent, not goods — and it poses a serious long-term threat to our economy. In the wake of the pandemic, employers are struggling, with increasing exasperation, to find the workers they need. Commentators ascribe the problem […]

The rapid growth in global wealth

The rapid growth in global wealth

24/11/2021

We have borrowed a page from the corporate world—namely, the balance sheet—to take stock of the underlying health and resilience of the global economy as it begins to rebound from the COVID-19 pandemic. This view from the balance sheet complements more typical approaches based on GDP, capital investment levels, and other measures of economic flows […]

Why good leaders make you feel safe....

Why good leaders make you feel safe….

23/11/2021

What makes a great leader? Management theorist Simon Sinek suggests, it’s someone who makes their employees feel secure, who draws staffers into a circle of trust. But creating trust and safety — especially in an uneven economy — means taking on big responsibility….

Are You Trying to Retain the Right Employees?

Are You Trying to Retain the Right Employees?

12/11/2021

The Covid-19 pandemic has triggered the latest battle in the war for talent. Hospitals, desperate for nurses, have offered $40,000 sign-on bonuses. Wall Street firms are increasing base pay for entry-level analysts to six figures. Even fast-food operators are promising retention bonuses between $500 and $1,500 to attract new talent. While these approaches may be […]

Rebuilding Relationships Across Teams in a Hybrid Workplace

Rebuilding Relationships Across Teams in a Hybrid Workplace

11/11/2021

As people slowly return to some form of hybrid workplace, bonds that tie them to one another must be rebuilt. Over the past 18 months, most organizations have experienced some degree of fracturing as social connections and cultural cohesion have been strained. The challenges of remote work, dramatic uncertainty, the clumsy process of figuring out […]

Mapped: Distribution of Global GDP by Region

Mapped: Distribution of Global GDP by Region

11/11/2021

Gross domestic product (GDP) measures the value of goods and services that an economy produces in a given year, but in a global context, it is typically shown using country-level data. As a result, we don’t often get to see the nuances of the global economy, such as how much specific regions and metro areas […]

Net-Zero Emissions: The Steps Companies and Investors Can Consider

Net-Zero Emissions: The Steps Companies and Investors Can Consider

09/11/2021

To help prevent the worst effects of climate change, a growing number of companies are pledging to achieve net-zero emissions by 2050. In fact, the percentage of companies declaring a net-zero target nearly doubled from 2019 to 2020. With urgency building, how can companies and investors approach net-zero emissions? The above infographic from MSCI highlights […]

Can companies build on their digital surge?

Can companies build on their digital surge?

08/11/2021

In mid-2020, the CEO of a Fortune 500 company was looking at the spike in the business’s digital sales and the remarkable speed of its growth. He was pleasantly surprised by how well the digital side of the business had performed, and he complimented his digital leaders. Secure that the digital business was doing well, […]

Leaders, Stop Trying to Be Heroes

Leaders, Stop Trying to Be Heroes

05/11/2021

Imagine an elegant office somewhere in the Upper East Side of New York City. One after the other, top business executives discreetly slip into the comfortable waiting room a few minutes before the door opens. They fear crossing paths with someone they might know. When that happens, both people awkwardly look the other way. This […]

Great leadership starts with self-leadership

Great leadership starts with self-leadership

04/11/2021

At TEDxUtopia, the question was asked: What would leadership in Utopia look like? To start with, imagine the best leader you have ever worked with. How did he or she get to become this type of leader? Leadership lecturer and former corporate executive Lars Sudmann argues that it’s likely that they learned to overcome the […]

Reigniting Your Purpose in the Wake of the Pandemic

Reigniting Your Purpose in the Wake of the Pandemic

02/11/2021

As we contemplate a slowdown or end to the Covid-19 pandemic, many of us are talking about getting “back to normal.” But others, wisely, are instead using this moment to recalibrate, reset, and reinvent. The global crisis — and its personal ramifications — have presented us all a unique opportunity to find new identities, roles, […]

The new marketing model for growth: How CPGs can crack the code...

The new marketing model for growth: How CPGs can crack the code…

01/11/2021

After a year like no other, consumer packaged goods (CPG) marketers face a hard question: how to power above-average growth in the next normal. E-commerce penetration is still 35 percent above pre-COVID-19 levels, and more than one-third of consumers are continuing to switch brands or retailers. 1 1. Tamara Charm, Becca Coggins, Kelsey Robinson, and […]

Leadership Explained in 5 minutes by Simon Sinek
This time it’s personal: Shaping the ‘new possible’ through employee experience

This time it’s personal: Shaping the ‘new possible’ through employee experience

28/10/2021

How do leaders satisfy all parties in trying to remake the mission? In our view, they have a unique opportunity to listen to their employees and engage them on what matters—now and into the future. Since the pandemic began, McKinsey has surveyed almost 1,000 individuals to assess their views on work and how it has […]

Mastering change: The new CFO mandate

Mastering change: The new CFO mandate

28/10/2021

One trend about CFOs that we’ve confirmed after years of research: the finance leader’s role is ever evolving. That has never been more true than it is today, during an era of dramatic change—with, for instance, the COVID-19 pandemic, increased attention being paid to social and environmental issues, and the accelerated adoption of technology to address […]