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Mastering the paradoxes of high performing teams

Do you face the challenge of building and leading a new team? Revitalizing a stagnant one? No matter the context, Robert Shaw invites you to consider the key paradoxes mastered by teams at cutting-edge companies including Alibaba, Netflix, and Zappos!   When they operate well, teams provide companies with significant competitive advantage, which is why…

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Platform companies, from controlling to orchestrating resources

From Amazon to Coursera to Uber, software platforms have revolutionized entire sections of the economy within the past 10 years. What are the key qualities of these successful companies? Firstly, they have switched from control-based systems to a resource-management approach. Below we examine a number of options for entering the platform age.   In October…

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Evaluating your leadership team in 7 questions

Jacques Neatby has long specialized in supporting executive teams which has led him to develop a tool to diagnose the effectiveness of such teams. Via seven questions, this tool summarily covers the three key dimensions of executive team effectiveness: strategic alignment, the presence of constructive conflicts and the capacity to collaborate.   Very few executives…

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Business Digest donates its books to Paris-Dauphine University!

To satisfy the expectations of our readers, we spare no expense! As an observatory and trend-watcher specializing in leadership and strategy, we spend a lot of time reading the latest books published in business. Each year, our editorial team gets its hands on over 150 books. This continual intake means our bookshelves are always overflowing….

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Experience, or How Microsoft Got Back in the Race

How has Satya Nadella, named CEO of Microsoft in 2014, managed to put the software giant back in the innovation race against Apple, Google and Facebook? He’s done it by focusing on the experience of customers, followed closely behind by employee experience and the rest of Microsoft’s stakeholders.   Since the end of the 2000s,…

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Observation skills: struggle against your natural observational preferences

If you consider yourself a big-picture person, you are likely to be predisposed to neglect details and vice versa. Perform a quick self-assessment to increase your awareness of your natural preferences and the need to correct for them. Rank the following statements. Rank them 1-6 in the order in which you believe they describe you….

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What is on your mind? Tell us everything!

Dear Reader, What subjects currently hold your interest? Which trends would you like to know more about? Your answers to these questions will help us to get to know you better and put us in a better position to deliver the information that you are looking for. Hence our request that you share with us…

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Read about leadership, multicultural teams, mobile marketing, and more in these 5 not-to-miss articles from April!

Here are five articles that stood out this month for their originality, relevance, and/or analysis. Happy reading!   Leadership Why You Should Have (at Least) Two Careers (Harvard Business Review) Being a web developer and writer at the same time? Why not! The benefits of pursuing two careers at the same time are numerous, both…

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What can you learn from activists about leading change?

The primary mission of protest movements is to provoke change. So, if you seek to spark transformational change within your own organization, perhaps it’s time to take a page from the activist playbook.   Activist and protest movements are sometimes stunningly effective at changing corporate practices. In a 2015 study1 of 300 Fortune 500 corporations,…

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Develop your observational skills to see the big picture, details, and opportunities better

Innovation, agility, customer and employee centricity – your navigation of each and every one of these leadership challenges begins with observation. To help you develop your observational skills, here is James Gilmore’s simple, concrete method: “The Six Looking Glasses”!   Seeing the big picture, paying attention to small details, and spotting new opportunities are all…

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