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Listen to Michael Watkins’ “Picking the Right Transition Strategy” Interview

In this talk, Michael D. Watkins takes a closer look at the fundamental principles of leadership transitions and the organizational and personal challenges executives face in applying them […]

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Listen to Scott Adams’ “Whether Management Really Matters” talk for Harvard Business Review

The Dilbert creator talks with HBR senior editor Dan McGinn. For more, read his book How to Fail at Almost Everything and Still Win Big: Kind of the Story of My Life […]

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Innovation Readings

Listen to Leigh Thompson’s “The Truth About Creative Teams” talk for Harvard Business Review

An interview with Leigh Thompson, professor at Kellogg School of Management and author of Creative Conspiracy: The New Rules of Breakthrough Collaboration: if you’ve been in the creative industry long enough (or if you’re coming from a Design Studio-structured educational background), you’re not going to hear anything new, but it’s refreshing to hear that Business people are finally embracing principles designers have long advocated […]

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Watch Michael Norton’s “How to buy happiness” talk at TED

At TEDxCambridge, Michael Norton shares fascinating research on how money can, indeed buy happiness — when you don’t spend it on yourself. Listen for surprising data on the many ways pro-social spending can benefit you, your work, and (of course) other people […]

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Listen to Ed Catmull’s “Pixar’s Collective Genius” talk, for Harvard Business Review

Pixar cofounder Ed Catmull exemplifies the greatest form of leadership: empowering others to achieve the extraordinary. People tend to think of creativity as a mysterious solo act, and they typically reduce products to a single idea: This is a movie about toys, or dinosaurs, or love, they’ll say. However, in filmmaking and many other kinds of complex product development, creativity involves a large number of people from different disciplines working effectively together to solve a great many problems. Ed Catmul is an unpretentious man. He doesn’t like to talk about how he performs his job as president of Pixar and (since a 2006 merger) Disney Animation Studios. But the article and accompanying podcast shed light on his exceptional leadership qualities […]

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Living in China: GDP could be 2.5 times that of the US by 2030

China’s economy could be 2.5 times that of the US by 2030, based on Japan’s experience and the yuan’s appreciation against the greenback, a senior Chinese economist says in Harvard Business Review’s Chinese edition. The forecast by Justin Lin Yifu, head of Peking University‘s China Center for Economic Research and recently appointed chief economist of the World Bank, in the May issue of the magazine published on Thursday is one of the most ambitious for China’s economic growth…