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Living in a world of unicorns

Venture-backed giants are scaling up and transforming markets as varied fintech, electric vehicles, and healthcare.

Getting proactive about reactance

Reactance--the resistance that arises when people perceive threats to their autonomy--plays a large but often unrecognized role in the failure of innovation and change efforts. In this column, Theodore Kinni talks with Loran Nordgren and David Schonthal, professors at the Kellogg School of Management and authors of The Human Element: Overcoming the...

The little molecule that could

Bethany McLean discusses A Shot to Save the World: The Inside Story of the Life-or-Death Race for a COVID-19 Vaccine, by Wall Street Journal reporter Gregory Zuckerman, which tells the story of the dogged and iconoclastic scientists who pursued mRNA technology, along with other underappreciated vaccine advances, on the path to a mass-produced COVID-19...

How to jump-start innovation and organizational change

The short-burst, virtual collaboration modules that some companies adopted during the pandemic can extend beyond the crisis and can serve as a catalyst of deeper organizational transformation. Leaders need to understand what these efforts are, what they aren't, and how to design them for optimal efficiency and creativity.

Do sweat the small stuff when it comes to inclusion

Many employees feel that their leaders' daily actions don't match what they say about inclusion. So what can leaders do to build trust?

Logistical feats

As technology columnist at the Wall Street Journal, Christopher Mims has chronicled the interactions among workers, consumers, and tech. His recent book, Arriving Today, digs deep into how those same relationships play out across modern supply chains. In this Thought Leader interview, Mims discusses with strategy+business editor Daniel Gross the remarkable...

Closing the agile achievement gap

The agile methodology, created 20 years ago by a group of software developers at a ski lodge in Utah, is now being used by organizations throughout the world to transform their businesses, catalyze innovation, and accelerate profitable growth. Yet despite the wide embrace of agile, companies aren't gaining true agility--the ability to adapt to everything...

Leaders need to be good writers, too

Here are two key tips from former New York Times writer and editor Adam Bryant to help business leaders improve their writing: it's especially important during the pandemic to ensure that communications are clear and that they help build corporate culture.

Micromanagement is not the answer

Micromanaging employees can sink productivity and engagement. Here are three better ways to get results.

How India's Godrej Consumer Products innovates for emerging markets

In this Inside the Mind of the CEO interview, Nisaba Godrej, executive chairperson of Godrej Consumer Products Limited, discusses the challenges and opportunities involved in catering to the evolving home and personal care needs of her customers--both domestically in India and in the other emerging markets in which the company is active.

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