Cover image From Markus Martin, Markus Martin, CFO of Ole Paper since 2007.

Ole Paper: “Gray area” strategic shift

N° 274, March 2017

When Markus Martin joined Ole Paper in 2007 as CFO, the Danish paper company had been in a critical condition for several years. The management team subsequently embarked on an unprecedented strategic shift in the midst of great uncertainty. Ten years later, the firm’s revenues had doubled. How did management succeed in overcoming their paralysis to radically transform the business?

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This month's selection

Taking the right decisions, even when the outlook is hazy

Cover image N° 274, March 2017

Based on Managing in the gray: Five Timeless Questions for Resolving Your Toughest Problems at Work by Joseph Badaracco (Harvard Business Review Press, 2016) and on an interview with Markus Martin, CFO of Ole Paper, Denmark (February 2017).

Influence and persuasion: a question of timing

Cover image N° 274, March 2017

Based on Pre-Suasion: A Revolutionary Way to Influence and Persuade by Robert Cialdini (Penguin Random House Books, January 2017) and on an interview with Alan Spiro, Chief Medical Officer, Medica (February 2017).


Loss of meaning, loss of passion = brown-out

N° 273, February 2017

Based on : The Stupidity Paradox: The Power and Pitfalls of Functional Stupidity at Work by Mats Alvesson and André Spicer (Profile Books, June 2016) ; Néantreprise. Dans votre bureau personne ne vous entend crier by Marc Estat (Favre, March 2016) ; and “Après le burn-out et le bore-out, voici le brown-out” (Le Monde, October 2016) ; “Prevent Your Star Performers from Losing Passion for Their Work “ (Harvard Business Review, January 2015).

Lean Start-up: Adopt Ongoing Innovation!

N° 274, March 2017

Based on The Lean Startup by Eric Ries (Pearson 2012).