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Why It’s Not Always Good to Be Consistent

Sydney Finkelstein discusses how leaders can benefit from holding two or more opposing views at once. "It's how all of us think at times and recognizing this duality is a critical leadership skill," he says.

Jul 06, 2017

Are Central Bankers Twisted Geniuses, or Just Twisted?

Peter Fisher talks about over-interpretations by investors and misconstrued statements by policy makers. “Given the influence they have it’s hard to ignore them, but think hard about whether they’re talking to us [investors] or to each other," suggests Fisher.

Jun 30, 2017

The Magical Apple Spin-off That Almost Invented the iPhone…in 1993

Sydney Finkelstein explains how General Magic, an Apple Inc. spin-off, stacked the deck against itself. “The lesson is that who you take money from is one of the most momentous decisions you’ll ever make.”

Jun 30, 2017

Six Telltale Signs of a Toxic Boss

“Entrepreneurs who never give up any control, or fail to bring in professional managers, tend to blow up at some point,” Sydney Finkelstein opines. “Hubris never wins.”

Jun 30, 2017

Public Shaming of Big Companies Not as Big a Deal as You’d Think, but Not...

Leslie Robinson discusses a new working paper which looks at the effects of large-scale public disclosure of corporate tax information. Neither consumer sentiment nor stock price were significantly impacted by the mass public disclosure, even when it revealed that the companies were paying very little in taxes.

Jun 30, 2017

Five Leadership Habits All Great Bosses Share

Mentions Superbosses by Sydney Finkelstein in an article about tactics managers can use to help their employees grow. “Finkelstein found that the world’s most extraordinary bosses bring out untapped talents in their people,” writes Inc. “How do they this? By talking to their employees about their potential.”

Jun 21, 2017

Deans’ First Jobs: From Washing Dishes to Selling Hot Dogs

Dean Matthew Slaughter reflects on important business lessons learned during his first job at a miniature golf course. Slaughter enjoyed a front row seat to how empathetic design thinking is practiced thanks to the example of the course’s owner. “He forced us all to put on our empathy glasses,” says Slaughter.

Jun 21, 2017

Yet Another Crisis for Uber: Six Vacant Executive Jobs, and No Active CEO

“This is going to be a classic business school case study, there’s no question,” says Sydney Finkelstein of Uber’s current leadership structure.

Jun 19, 2017

The Decline of the Baronial C.E.O.

Dean Matthew Slaughter and Vijay Govindarajan discuss how the era of baronial chief executives is drawing to a close. “The C.E.O. with a big office, a tenure of 10 or 20 years, in a suit and tie, is becoming a thing of the past,” says Govindarajan.

Jun 19, 2017

Uber: 14 Bosses, One Corporate ‘Game of Thrones?’

“Having two people making joint leadership decisions is a big mistake for companies, but 14 is setting up a war for succession,” Finkelstein says, opinion on Uber’s leadership succession plans following the departure of CEO Travis Kalanick.

Jun 15, 2017

The ‘Exporting Jobs’ Canard

Dean Matthew Slaughter discusses how multinational hiring abroad doesn't come at the expense of U.S. workers. "Limit the ability of U.S. multinational companies to flourish abroad and you limit their ability to create high-paying jobs in America," says Slaughter.

Jun 15, 2017

What U.S. CEOs Can Learn from GM’s India Failure

Vijay Govindarajan offers five lessons for American CEOs based on GM’s sales failure in India. “Ceding what will soon be the most populous country on the planet to Asian and European competitors could have disastrous long-term consequences,” explains Govindarajan.

Jun 15, 2017