Archive: Economy Watch

Crisis Raises New Issues for Executive Coaches

John Baldoni is a leadership consultant, coach, and speaker. He is the author of six books on leadership, including Lead By Example, 50 Ways Great Leaders Inspire Results. 1999 was the year of me! 2009 may be the year of...

By Susan Jackson | May 27, 2009; 10:45 AM ET | Comments (0)

Stakeholder Capitalism and Chrysler

John T. Landry is an editor of the Harvard Business Review. Stakeholder capitalism — a market system in which companies treat the interests of all major stakeholders roughly equally, rather than explicitly favoring investors — is attracting growing interest in...

By Susan Jackson | May 6, 2009; 10:00 AM ET | Comments (0)

Why Small Companies Will Win in This Economy

Peter Bregman is CEO of Bregman Partners, Inc., a global leadership development and change management firm. I just heard a story from a client that's hard to believe but true. In the worst economy we've seen in decades, Passlogix, a...

By Susan Jackson | March 26, 2009; 07:00 AM ET | Comments (0)

How AIG's Bonuses Threaten All Stock Prices

John T. Landry is an editor of the Harvard Business Review. The furor over AIG's bonuses is ratcheting up taxpayer unrest over the big government bailout of banks. But it has the potential to disrupt all companies that depend on...

By Susan Jackson | March 20, 2009; 06:40 AM ET | Comments (9)

How Marketers Should Plan For Recovery

John Quelch is a Harvard Business School professor known worldwide for his research on global marketing, global branding and marketing communications. Congratulations. Your business is surviving the recession. You made the necessary adjustments, weeded out under-performing distributors, shed unprofitable or...

By Susan Jackson | March 12, 2009; 03:04 PM ET | Comments (0)

Executive Compensation: The Leadership Failure that Led to Salary Caps

Ben W. Heineman, Jr., GE's former Senior Vice President for Law and Public Affairs, is distinguished senior fellow at Harvard Law School's Program on the Legal Profession and senior fellow at the Kennedy School's Belfer Center for Science and International...

By HarvardBusiness.org Editors | February 20, 2009; 09:00 AM ET | Comments (0)

Video: Paul Krugman on the Economy

Paul Krugman — economics professor at Princeton, New York Times columnist, and now the winner of the Nobel Prize in economics — visited Harvard Business Review's offices to talk about his new book, The Return of Depression Economics, and the...

By HarvardBusiness.org Editors | February 19, 2009; 09:00 AM ET | Comments (0)

Time to Quit Your Job?

The economy continues to dominate the news, which is remarkable since there's a presidential election in four days. Despite what you may have heard, the race isn't over. Doesn't matter though, the economy's the thing. In the business world, as...

By Scott Berinato | October 31, 2008; 11:32 AM ET | Comments (0)

Are We Complacent About the Financial Crisis?

So now, with the economy, we wait, and anticipate. We fill our time by speculating: Is this economy like the Great Depression? Is the bailout going to fail? And by finger pointing: Poor risk management is to blame. The marketing...

By Scott Berinato | October 29, 2008; 12:17 PM ET | Comments (0)

Leadership and the S-word

Sorry. How hard is it to say really? Pretty hard for Alan Greenspan, apparently. His now-notorious answer to the question "Were you wrong?"-- he said, "Partially" -- was worse even than staunchly refusing to apologize. Decisive wrongheadedness is still decisive....

By Scott Berinato | October 28, 2008; 09:00 AM ET | Comments (2)

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; 02:50 PM ET | Comments (0)

Simplify!

You've seen bumper stickers with the breezy directive "Simplify!" (Thoreau's rolling over in his grave). You'll see more of them soon. Marketing professor John Quelch notes that the economy's continuing downward spiral will make one consumer segment grow faster than...

By Scott Berinato | October 17, 2008; 11:45 AM ET | Comments (0)

Hero of the (11th) Hour: Gordon Brown?

Last week, executive coach Gill Corkindale in London wrote that "the financial crisis has well and truly exposed [British Prime Minister Gordon] Brown as a ditherer, incapable of making decisions under pressure."Today, she writes that Brown "has emerged as a...

By Scott Berinato | October 16, 2008; 10:00 AM ET | Comments (1)

Global Turmoil

How did we get here? Here are some of the words on the washingtonpost.com home page right now: fear, foreboding, meltdown, trampled, pain, ugly. One other word on the home page: End. As in "Is this the end of American...

By HarvardBusiness.org Editors | October 10, 2008; 02:40 PM ET | Comments (1)

Across the Pond: More Toads

The news on the economy isn't any better in Europe and Asia. And neither is the leadership, says Gill Corkindale, writing from London. Corkindale focuses on British PM Gordon Brown, who gave a speech on the economy in December that...

By HarvardBusiness.org Editors | October 8, 2008; 03:26 PM ET | Comments (1)

Why Shoot Straight in a Crooked World?

Leadership coach Marshall Goldsmith tackles a question many people have probably started asking themselves. "With the crazy economy, the up-and-down stock market, the layoffs, buyouts, and takeovers, I'd like to know: What's the good in being good?" I like this...

By Scott Berinato | October 6, 2008; 03:00 PM ET | Comments (0)

Bailout Blues

It's hard to escape the bailout. Had my parents over for dinner this weekend. We didn't talk about the weather, or even the presidential debate so much. We talked about the bailout. Incessantly. My parents, approaching retirement, don't view this...

By Scott Berinato | September 29, 2008; 04:53 PM ET | Comments (2)

Business Ethics - What a Concept

Timing is everything. In truth HarvardBusiness.org was planning an ethics blog before all the banks started failing. (What does it say that the largest bank failure in U.S. history was reported today and the news met with a collective shrug?)...

By Scott Berinato | September 26, 2008; 02:25 PM ET | Comments (0)

 
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