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  • Is It Possible to Navigate an Increasingly Unpredictable Future?
    7min

    Is attempting to predict the future a fool’s errand? Or is there power in trying to anticipate what will come next and planning how you’ll react? The truth may lie somewhere in the middle. While the future is more uncertain now than perhaps at any time in history, there’s still tremendous value in developing the […]

  • Optimize Your Culture

    A successfully developed workplace culture engages, energizes and empowers employees and this can create a distinct advantage in today’s hypercompetitive marketplace. In this Executive Edge there is insight into how culture drives competitive advantage, why you should invest in a positive work culture, how to connect as a leader, and why culture change should be […]

  • Strategies for Profitable Growth

    As companies aim for their next pocket of growth, central to the planning should be a strategic balancing of offerings and a keen eye on the profits to be made. This Executive Edge reviews strategies such as starting with the core business, identifying demand profit pools, and differentiating your company in a smart way. For […]

  • The Strategic Value of Managing Talent

    In many businesses, the main tool for creating value is employee knowledge, skills, and capabilities. In fact, talent has been recognized as the most important force creating strategic value for an organization. This Edge explores executive onboarding, talent-managing capabilities, hiring the right people, and developing team members. To gain sustainable competitive advantage, leaders must understand […]

  • Develop Company Agility

    Successful company growth relies on learning by doing and adapting quickly to rapidly changing conditions. In this Executive Edge, we look into the need to stay agile in order to keep your business viable and competitive. Topics include the role of design, streamlining processes, aligning strategic efforts, and leadership advice on how to pause to […]

  • What Winning Companies Do

    Companies that have done well, continue to do well, and seem to be set to do well in the future are enviable indeed. What positions them to be successful? This issue of Executive Edge looks at some of the characteristics that have made the difference in the ascension of many familiar big-name companies. Consideration is […]

  • How to Develop a Strategic Plan

    In any organization, it is helpful to envision a desired future, which can then be translated into broadly defined goals or objectives for employees, teams and managers. To be successful, leaders must be strategic in how their resources, including talent, can be utilized to best advantage. In this issue of Executive Edge, we look at […]

  • Champion Urgency and Growth

    Across industries, organizations are pressed to strategize for growth consistently and intently to remain relevant and competitive. In this Edge, we look into how organizations and their leaders can see opportunities for growth and the importance of working with a fierce sense of urgency. It includes how to capture people’s attention to deliver a message […]

  • Rewrite Your Rules of Innovation

    Success today depends on an organization’s ability to outdistance the competition in capturing consumers’ unmet needs and filling them with exciting new benefits. This Executive Edge identifies different approaches that can inspire successful innovation efforts. Topics include operational innovation, co-innovation, customer backward innovation and experimental innovation. With a basic understanding of these, you’ll be able […]

  • Prepare to Hire the Best

    Businesses are evolving quickly. The people you hire today could be the company’s key decision makers tomorrow. In this Executive Edge, there is advice on how to be objective in the hiring process, how to elevate the level of talent in your organization by hiring A-players, and how to dodge the common excuses for not […]

  • Increase Your Leadership Speed
    9min

    Speed can be a positive force for leaders and companies that seek to accomplish more and add more value and meaning to what they do. This Executive Edge explores the need for speed and how to embrace it rather than resist it. Organizations can only move as fast as their employees. The better leaders are […]

  • Compete with a Strategy
    9min

    To compete, many leaders are stepping away from conventional wisdom and stepping into where they see a new trend or scalability. In this Executive Edge, we look at ways to compete, including: establish who you are and why you matter, learn to be a catalyst, find your edge of disruption, produce proprietary data, and know […]

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