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How Do You Bring About Real Time Strategic Change?

BJ Gallagher | Posted 08.29.2014 | Business
BJ Gallagher

How to bring about organizational change is one of the chief challenges of my own consulting clients, so I sat down with Jake Jacobs recently to get his take on how to be an effective change agent, and how to facilitate positive organizational change.

The Magnification Effect: Minimizing Your Hidden Cost as an Executive or Manager

Edward Muzio | Posted 07.11.2014 | Business
Edward Muzio

This amusing (or depressing) anecdote is more than just a reminder to proofread your emails. It's a case study in the magnification effect of senior leadership.

Barbara Annis and Dr. Keith Merron on the Need for Gender Intelligence, An Exclusive Interview (Pt 5)

Jarod Cerf | Posted 08.13.2014 | Books
Jarod Cerf

Though we alluded to it in last week's post, today we'll go into why Barbara and Keith, authors of Gender Intelligence, are so willing to share the core aspects of their business for the price of a book and how the technology industry's employment struggles provide us with an opportunity to revise the conversation.

The Myth of Overnight Success

Ciara Pressler | Posted 05.27.2014 | Small Business
Ciara Pressler

In the age of "Do what you love!" there is an overabundance of gurus who tell you that all it takes is passion, an idea, and a website to be a success. They are not telling you the whole story.

A Valentine's Day Consideration: A Radical Change in How We Build Mission-focused Business Relationships

Sandy Marshall | Posted 04.14.2014 | Impact
Sandy Marshall

If in romantic relationships we could forgo a contract between two people in favor of a relationship built on long-term trust and dependability, why couldn't this work in a business context?

McKinsey Junior -- The Jump 'Outside the Box' (Part 2)

Spiros Margaris | Posted 03.18.2014 | Business
Spiros Margaris

Even when a company is on the top of the game, it should dare to change the way to play the game going forward.

Business and Philosophy

Alain de Botton | Posted 01.23.2014 | Business
Alain de Botton

Letting philosophers into the boardrooms should lead society to more sophisticated account of what businesses should be doing for us, and by definition, should also help the bottom line. The division between the office and the ivory tower has gone on too long.

Lower Your Taxes and Increase Your Cash Flow

Phil Jemmett | Posted 10.28.2013 | Business
Phil Jemmett

Are you maximizing your tax deductions? Many commercial real estate investors are not maximizing the tax depreciation deductions from their assets, f...

Learning About Strategy From King Henry VIII and Thomas Cromwell

Vivien Hoexter | Posted 10.09.2013 | Impact
Vivien Hoexter

I recently read a great book about the legendary English King Henry VIII, and I was impressed at how skilled a leader he was. Henry really knew how to...

Turning a 'No, Thank You' Into a 'Yes, Please'

Marcia Wieder | Posted 08.20.2013 | Business
Marcia Wieder

We've all heard it before: You approach a potential client or customer with your best pitch for your incredible services/products and you get a resoun...

Weiner's Wife Enjoyed Plum Arrangement While At State

The Huffington Post | Dave Jamieson | Posted 05.20.2013 | Politics

Huma Abedin, longtime friend of the Clintons and wife of former Rep. Anthony Weiner, enjoyed an arrangement to work as an adviser in the State Departm...

Entrepreneurs: Ditch Your Marketing Plan and Focus on Your Game Plan

Ciara Pressler | Posted 06.04.2013 | Small Business
Ciara Pressler

In my work launching new businesses (or fixing businesses that have plateaued), one place I see entrepreneurs in every industry get stuck, frustrated, or misguided, is in attempting to apply old models to new business.

Marketers: Forget the Spending Plan, Focus on Your Consumer

Taddy Hall | Posted 06.04.2013 | Business
Taddy Hall

Much has been discussed about the short tenure of CMOs. The primary reason for the brevity, however, is a frequent misgiving that successful marketing begins with allocation and ends with execution and measurement.

Why Harvard Students Go Into Anything but Politics

Wyatt Troia | Posted 04.10.2013 | College
Wyatt Troia

Political paralysis is nothing; Washington will regain animation based on the sheer force of your arguments. Senator [insert last name here] sure sounds nice, doesn't it?

Why You Should Swear More at Work

Daniel Dworkin | Posted 02.13.2013 | Business
Daniel Dworkin

I'm not advocating for every email from the CEO to drop the f-bomb. But I do think it would great if more leaders and communicators started talking and writing to people around the office with a little more heart.

Why It's Tough to Innovate in Business: We're "Left-Brained"

Bill Donius | Posted 01.20.2013 | Business
Bill Donius

Neuroscientific research indicates that it becomes increasingly difficult to break out of our existing mindsets. Fortunately, however, it is still possible to train our brains to think differently without either dropping acid or traveling to India. (If you've read Steve Jobs' biography, you'll understand.)

Romney's Other Credibility Problem: Glenn Hubbard

Charles Ferguson | Posted 12.27.2012 | Business
Charles Ferguson

There is a scandal in Mitt Romney's campaign -- namely Glenn Hubbard, Romney's chief economic advisor, who was chairman of the Council of Economic Advisors under George W. Bush, and is now Dean of Columbia Business School. First, Hubbard has an abysmal track record in economic policy, including the very issues that Romney has made the pillar of his presidential campaign. Second, like Romney, Hubbard refuses to disclose critical information about his income, conflicts of interest, and paid advocacy activities. Third, both in public statements and in my personal experience, Hubbard has been evasive, misleading, and even dishonest when discussing both policy issues and his own conflicts of interest. And last but not least, those conflicts of interest are huge: Hubbard has long advocated policies that Wall Street loves, often without disclosing that he is, in fact, highly paid by Wall Street.

Five 1M/1M Ambassadors Win Scholarships

Sramana Mitra | Posted 11.17.2012 | Small Business
Sramana Mitra

During last week's roundtable, we started the session by celebrating five of our high performing ambassadors.

Who's the Point Person on Your Next Project? The Role Is More Important Than You Think

Phil Cooke, Ph.D. | Posted 10.27.2012 | Business
Phil Cooke, Ph.D.

Some call them a "liaison," a "go-between," or "point person." Whatever you call your employee that handles it, that role is critical to your success.

Attention, FinTech Entrepreneurs!

Sramana Mitra | Posted 10.24.2012 | Small Business
Sramana Mitra

The contest is focused on financial technology entrepreneurs, and TradeKing, an online brokerage, will be awarding 12 1M/1M scholarships, picked from 20 finalists, to entrepreneurs who are developing apps on their platform.

The Challenge Of Navigating Long Sales Cycles

Sramana Mitra | Posted 09.05.2012 | Small Business
Sramana Mitra

During today's roundtable, we had five presenters discussing a wide range of businesses.

Michael McAuliff

Profits Of Politics: Shadow Super PAC Consultant Kabuki

HuffingtonPost.com | Michael McAuliff | Posted 06.08.2012 | Politics

WASHINGTON -- In the burgeoning, opaque world of political consulting, even clients sometimes have no clue about the identities of the firms handling ...

Free Apps, Ad-Supported Business Models are Dangerous!

Sramana Mitra | Posted 02.29.2012 | Business
Sramana Mitra

At today's roundtable, the last for 2011, we had four different countries represented and an intense set of discussions on five very interesting busin...

How Do You Bootstrap Freemium Ventures?

Sramana Mitra | Posted 10.05.2011 | Business
Sramana Mitra

During this week's roundtable, we had Inoh Choe from San Jose, Calif. pitch DemoTunes, a freemium concept. One of the discussions that ensued was abou...

Investors and Incubators Need to Look at Pre-Incubation

Sramana Mitra | Posted 10.02.2011 | Business
Sramana Mitra

This week, I've had several meetings with venture funds, incubators, corporate accelerators and other significant players in the startup ecosystem. On...