Archive: October 19, 2008 - October 25, 2008

At the Corner of Saks Fifth and Pennsylvania Avenues

Here's a non-partisan rant: Who gives a flying fig about how much Sarah Palin's wardrobe cost? Or Barack Obama's suits? Or John McCain's shoes? (Haven't heard anything about the sartorial leanings of Sen. Biden -- but how about that tan!)So...

By Scott Berinato | October 24, 2008; 2:35 PM ET | Comments (2)

Is Your Special Project Team Collaborating Enough?

To execute major initiatives in your company or department, you need special project teams that are large, virtual, diverse, and specialized. Yet these very characteristics can destroy team members' ability to work together. For example, as team size grows, collaboration...

By Editors | October 24, 2008; 1:30 PM ET | Comments (0)

Expect the Best from Employees -- and You Get It

When you expect the best from your employees, you get the best. And when you expect the worst . . . well, you get that, too. To unleash the power of positive expectations, start by expecting the most from yourself....

By Editors | October 23, 2008; 8:00 AM ET | Comments (0)

Should We Get Rid of Quarterly Earnings Reports?

A macro crisis can make people think, and that's usually a good thing. More specifically it makes people re-think their assumptions, question conventional wisdom, or finally pay attention to those who've questioned conventional wisdom all along. Take Nobel Prize-winning economist...

By Scott Berinato | October 22, 2008; 2:50 PM ET | Comments (0)

Help Your Company Bounce Back from Disaster

Just one day after a hurricane devastated southeast Florida, UPS was delivering packages to customers in the area--even those living in cars because their homes were destroyed. UPS had resilience: the ability to bend and bounce back from hardship. How...

By Editors | October 22, 2008; 8:00 AM ET | Comments (0)

Enhance Growth by Leveraging Other Companies' Assets

Traditional growth strategies require up-front investment in new assets in the hope of future profits. Result? Narrow margins--for a time, or forever. Here's a better way to spur growth: Leverage assets that other companies own. For example, aggregate related firms'...

By Editors | October 21, 2008; 8:00 AM ET | Comments (0)

Privacy: What's the Point, Really?

I'm going to be un-webby today and suggest you read a long Harvard Business Review article (okay, print it out and read it on the train if you must) about privacy. It was written by HBR editor Lew McCreary, and...

By Scott Berinato | October 20, 2008; 3:55 PM ET | Comments (0)

Combat Managers' Resistance to Change

Technology breakthroughs. Regulatory upheavals. Geopolitical shocks. How can you help your company sustain performance in the face of such turmoil? Hone managers' ability to reinvent business models and strategies as circumstances change. The first step? Conquer denial of disruptive change...

By Editors | October 20, 2008; 9:15 AM ET | Comments (1)

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