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  • A board interview guide for prospective CEOs
    20 Apr 18
    Working through these questions as they prepare to take the top job can help executives clarify their thinking.
  • Advice for transitioning into the chief-executive role
    20 Apr 18
    While every transition is unique, here are some pointers for executives moving into the top job.
  • The role of education in AI (and vice versa)
    19 Apr 18
    Princeton’s head of computer science, Jennifer Rexford, explains how artificial intelligence is set to change not only what teachers teach but how they teach.
  • Kraft Heinz’s Culture Crisis
    19 Apr 18
    (Photo by Scott Olson/Getty Images) On Wall Street, a good sell-side analyst researches and understands the company she/he is providing opinion on and, with the benefit of that knowledge, they provide buy/hold/sell guidance to the company’s investors and potential investors. It is noteworthy…
  • Taking the measure of innovation
    19 Apr 18
    Don’t overlook the insight that two simple metrics can yield about the effectiveness of your R&D spending.
  • Organisation development: a bold explorer’s guide
    3 Apr 18
    This month sees the publication of the book that James Traeger and I have been working on over the last year or so. It has been a project where we have been keen to put the art of everyday interaction at the centre of organisation development (OD). We wanted to write a book that gave confidence…
  • Are “shared values” the norm?
    27 Mar 18
    In Informal Coalitions, I challenged the widely held view that people need to share the same values, if organizations (and society more generally) are to function effectively. I referred to this again recently, as a brief aside during a session…
  • Getting radical: Designing Adaptable Organisations
    26 Mar 18
    OrgVue Blog How do we design an effective organisation now that continuous change is the norm? A research report written by the Corporate Research Forum (CRF) addresses this unprecedented challenge, drawing on insights and leading practices of experts in the field. The report highlights the…
  • Legacy Is A Choice, Not A Coincidence – And Other Lessons Learned From Stephen Hawking
    20 Mar 18
    (AP Photo/Ted S. Warren) It’s hard to stop thinking about him. So much good has already been shared about Stephen Hawking’s life, challenges and contributions that I’m resisting my urge to add to the volume of praise. We probably already agree on this point anyway – we’ve had an unspeakably…
  • United Airlines – We Need To Talk. And It’s Not Me, It’s You.
    15 Mar 18
    (Photo by Gary Hershorn/Getty Images) United, we’ve been together for five years now, but we need to talk. I want to start off by saying that this isn’t the end for us, but I have been having some serious concerns about our relationship lately. I still remember when we first put a “status…
  • Everyday ethics of relationships
    6 Mar 18
    Picture: BAL21431: The Constructors, 1950, Leger, Fernand (1881-1955) / Musee Leger, Biot, France / Bridgeman Images Here is a different way of thinking about business ethics, one that focuses on relationships and how these change. In other words, those small decisions and actions that we…
  • HR: Earning A Strategic Seat At The Transformation Table
    5 Mar 18
    Shutterstock Few expect the Human Resources shop to be a strategic driver of business results in their organizations. It’s time that misconception changed. Let’s consider that your HR function may be filled with “ unusual suspects ”  –  poised to impact, but categorically overlooked. Sherry…
  • From quantity to quality
    2 Mar 18
    I had been invited to work with a group identified as ‘talented potential leaders’ in a large public sector organisation in a European country. Workers in the organisation were highly likely to be users of the organisation’s services, a bit like workers in the NHS in the UK because of the…
  • Does your organisation really need a major restructuring?
    2 Mar 18
    OrgVue Blog For global businesses, the past two years have been a period of turbulence. Amid substantial global uncertainty – speculation around the impact of Brexit, the recent US presidential election and heightened trade regulations in some countries, many businesses are facing poor organic…
  • Revolutionary change for organisation leaders
    25 Feb 18
    OrgVue Blog What do you do when revolutionary change hits your industry? Plenty of businesses are facing it: banking, logistics, hotels, news media and retail; perhaps also healthcare, consumer goods, telcos and education. We have spoken to businesses talking of eliminating 80% of roles in…


Forget personality – a thinkpiece on restructuring teams…

A scribbled thinkpiece from Q5’s Andy Cottrill on how to think about restructuring teams and businesses.


Two in the bed, and the little one said “Roll Over”

Cardinal Q 29 Jun 15

“Human Capital” businesses rarely make for good long-term acquisitions. By human capital, I mean businesses that don’t actually make anything, but offer intellectual services; accounting for instance, lawyers, consultants. It is even more stark when a large firm gobbles up a small one…

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  • Semantic Distances for Technology Landscape Visualization
    22 Apr 18
    This paper presents a novel approach to the visualization of research domains in science and technology. The proposed methodology is based on the use of bibliometrics; i.e., analysis is conducted using information regarding trends and patterns…
  • Capital Controls and Macroprudential Measures: What Are They Good For?
    22 Apr 18
    Are capital controls and macroprudential measures successful in achieving their objectives? Assessing their effectiveness is complicated by selection bias and endogeneity; countries which change their capital-flow management measures (CFMs)…
  • The Components of Private Equity Performance: Implications for Portfolio Choice
    22 Apr 18
    We use a proprietary database of private equity returns to measure the excess return of private equity over public equity and to partition it into two components: an asset class alpha and compensation for illiquidity. Our evidence suggests …
  • After you raise your hand…
    22 Apr 18
    Show up. Show up and keep showing up. Show up with at least enthusiasm as you had when you first raised your hand to volunteer. The volunteering part is easy. Making promises is a fun way to get someone’s attention….       …
  • The world takes us exactly where we should be: 4 questions with Meagan Fallone
    21 Apr 18
    Cartier believes in the power of bold ideas to empower local initiatives to have global impact. To celebrate Cartier’s dedication to launching the ideas of female entrepreneurs into concrete change, TED has curated a special session of…
  • Playlist: 10 TEDWomen talks for Earth Day
    21 Apr 18
    Earlier this week, I had the privilege and honor to plant trees with the daughter and granddaughter of environmentalist Wangari Maathai. In recognition of her life’s work promoting “sustainable development, democracy and peace,” Maathai received…
  • How This African-American Pot Grower Is Mastering California’s Green Rush
    21 Apr 18
    Bryant Mitchell drove 450 miles twice a week to learn how wine distillation practices could be applied to making marijuana concentrates. A slim hall leads into a dark room, where one enters the soul of the Blaqstar Farms cannabis grow, a 30…
  • Wall Street Has iPhone X Sales Jitters, But The Facts Aren’t In
    21 Apr 18
    Apple stock dropped 4 percent Friday on reports of soft iPhone X demand. Reports of the demise of the super-premium iPhone may be premature, however. Ever since we broke the story about the iPhone X’s $1000 price tag   I&#x2019…
  • Tighter
    21 Apr 18
    Since dawn of the industrial age, tighter has been the goal. A tighter system, with less slack. Tighter connection with customers. Even plastic surgeons deliver tighter skin. No one ever goes seeking more folds and flab. The thing is, tighter…
  • SmugMug is throwing once-vital Flickr a lifeline
    20 Apr 18
    If you’re under the age of 30, you probably don’t remember this, but there was a time, earlier in this century, when Flickr was the be-all, end-all online photo repository and community. Flickr was founded by Slack co-founder…
  • Bad Bosses
    20 Apr 18
    Is your boss making your life miserable? Dan and Alison answer your questions with the help of Moshe Cohen, a senior lecturer at Boston University’s Questrom School of Business. They talk through what to do when your boss is a jerk, …
  • 7 Traits of Super-Productive People
    20 Apr 18
    “Wizardry” isn’t one of them.
  • The Best Flu Prevention Might Be Behavioral Economics
    20 Apr 18
    Studies show that nudging physicians and patients increases vaccination rates.
  • Can This New Alternative to Braille Change the Way Blind People Read?
    20 Apr 18
    Almost 200 years ago, a blind, 20-year-old French student demonstrated a dot-based reading-and-writing system at the 1834 Paris Industrial Exposition that would go on to become the single, universal standard for the visually impaired. Louis…
  • Executive Education in the Digital Vortex: The Disruption of the Supply Landscape
    20 Apr 18
  • The placebo ratchet
    20 Apr 18
    A placebo that works becomes more powerful. Which makes it more likely to work next time. It’s that simple, but it’s magic. Placebos work for two reasons: The confidence they create makes it more likely our body will respond, our…   …
  • How to Lead On Purpose
    19 Apr 18
    Guest post from John Izzo Ph.D . and Jeff Vanderwielen Ph.D .: Why are some leaders effective at truly engaging with their teams? And why do many, despite their best efforts, manage to motivate top performers but can’t get the whole team rowing…
  • Duncan Wardle, When Getting Outside Your Comfort Zone Means Saying Goodbye to the Corporation
    18 Apr 18
    Duncan Wardle spent 30 years at Disney, ultimately as Head of Innovation Creativity. While anyone else would be happily contemplating their pension, Wardle left the cushion of corporate America to strike out on his own, coaching companies…
  • In Case You Missed It: The dawn of “The Age of Amazement” at TED2018
    18 Apr 18
    More than 100 speakers — activists, scientists, adventurers, change-makers and more — took the stage to give the talk of their lives this week in Vancouver at TED2018. One blog post could never hope to hold all of the extraordinary…
  • First Look at New Research and Ideas, April 18, 2018
    18 Apr 18
  • Let me understand, hear my voice
    17 Apr 18
    Matthew Taylor reflects on recommendations to promote worker engagement, and the proposal to give workers the right to request permanent contracts.
  • Digital Innovation with High Costs of Entry: Evidence from Software-Driven Medical Devices
    17 Apr 18 dynamically generates aggregated content from other external website feeds in date and time order. is not responsible for content displayed from external websites and any views expressed are not those of