Curated News on Strategy Execution
McKinsey & Company - Sep 7, 2021
Author Talks: Vanessa Bohns on our hidden potential to persuade
Social psychologist Vanessa Bohns discusses why failing to recognize our ability to influence can lead us to miss opportunities or misuse power.
Fast Company ($) - Sep 28, 2021
The potential pitfalls of crafting a mission statement for your organization
Aspirational statements sound good, but if they’re not accompanied by visible efforts to achieve those aspirations, they’ll quickly be viewed as symbolic of an organization’s failures.
Bain & Company - Sep 20, 2021
Tech-fueled growth poised to accelerate; Business strategy set to become tech-driven across all sectors
Bain & Company’s second annual Global Technology report explores the drivers of rapid tech growth as well as implications for consumers, businesses and geopolitics
Agile Insider - Medium ($) - Sep 13, 2021
OKRs are networks, not hierarchies
They don’t cascade, they integrate
MIT Sloan Management Review ($) - Sep 28, 2021
The Digital Superpowers You Need to Thrive
Digital leaders are best positioned to meet disruptive challenges with innovation.
MIT Technology Review - Sep 8, 2021
Meetings suck. Can we make them more fun?
As hybrid and remote work become the norm, meetings are including video game and virtual reality elements to increase engagement.
The Startup - Medium ($) - Sep 26, 2021
Boring Work Is Important (But Not in the Way You Think)
Lack of interest in a task may be a sign that you’ve made a mistake in priorities.
Fast Company ($) - Sep 7, 2021
The lives of two Stanford-students-turned-founders reveal tech’s misplaced priorities
Joshua Browder and Aaron Swartz were both technologists who attended the prestigious Silicon Valley school. But history treats them very differently.
BCG - Sep 9, 2021
Beyond the Black Box in Pricing
When B2B companies let technology drive their pricing governance models, they can lose sight of their strategic objectives. Smart pricing authority keeps them on course.
Bloomberg Businessweek ($) - Sep 21, 2021
In Amazon’s Flagship Fulfillment Center, the Machines Run the Show
At BFI4 outside Seattle, the retailer uses algorithms and robots to ship more than a million packages a day—vastly changing the jobs of humans in the process.
McKinsey & Company - Sep 10, 2021
The autonomous plant: Entering a new digital era
The requirements of the energy transition present significant industry challenges. Energy companies must embrace new technologies, transform management systems, and expand workforce capabilities.
Zapier - Sep 21, 2021
Progressive profiling: a non-icky way to collect customer data
There’s a way to build customer personas and give consumers personalized experiences without having to creep on their data.
HBR.org ($) - Sep 23, 2021
KPIs Aren’t Just About Assessing Past Performance
Many companies track KPIs as a way of predicting performance. To really exploit the predictive power of KPIs, though, you need to map how the KPIs for your key stakeholders feed into each other and ultimately into financial performance.
peopleHum - Medium ($) - Sep 30, 2021
Culture and influence in the workplace: Collectivism vs Individualism
Culture is a singular factor that can have an influence on how people think and behave. Within this significantly vast field of study, a particular area that cross-cultural psychologists often study are the differences and similarities between individualistic cultures and collectivist cultures.
SmartBrief - Sep 23, 2021
Rethinking new-manager development: An operating system to support success
Learning to manage is a kinesthetic experience. It takes time in the job and ample experimentation to promote true learning. Classroom time creates exposure to tools and approaches, but for new managers with little context for the role, the benefits of training are muted.
strategy+business ($) - Sep 14, 2021
Leading under pressure
To control the anxiety produced by moments of intense pressure, first step back and analyze the stakes.
Fast Company ($) - Sep 22, 2021
3 unexpected benefits to shifting your mindset about time
Embracing long-term thinking can transform your career and business.
HBR.org ($) - Sep 10, 2021
Some Questions Benefit from Group Discussion. Others Don’t.
Research on the concept of “collective intelligence” has shown that in many cases, groups tend to come up with more accurate estimates after discussing a question than individual experts do on their own. However, a new study found that while this holds true for quantitative questions — i.e., “How long will the project take?” — groups are actually less accurate than individuals when it comes to yes/no questions, such as, “Will the project be done before the deadline?”.
Budgeting has to evolve. I’ve been a secret fan of practitioners, Bjarte Bogsnes (one of the authors) and Steve Morlidge, over the years. These guys have been pioneering new approaches to planning, and this article lays out the key highlights. Every leader should understand these points about target setting, forecasting, and resource allocation.
BCG - Sep 13, 2021
Going Beyond Budgeting
CFOs say it’s finally time to slay the three-headed corporate budgeting monster.
We need to reckon with the purpose of the corporation and the purpose of our corporation(s)! This post is a conversation on the topic. A highlight is the need to have a longer term mindset on many dimensions of stakeholder value.
B The Change - Medium ($) - Sep 14, 2021
Pursuing Business Purpose for a More Sustainable World
How Companies Can Lead with a Long-Term Mindset