Strategic Leadership

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The psychology of the Oscars disaster

April 25, 2017
Catastrophic failures aren’t usually caused by one or two big mess-ups but by a series of cascading errors. So it was at this year’s Academy Awards, where a number of factors contributed to the wrong movie being announced as Best Picture.

At Netflix, autonomy above all else

April 20, 2017
Reed Hastings believes that talented people thrive when you simply leave them alone. So the co-founder and CEO of Netflix created a culture of independence.

10 finer points of strategy

April 19, 2017
Quality, innovation, profitability, and growth all depend on having strategy and execution fit together seamlessly.

Sometimes, Don Quixote wins

April 7, 2017
Some people thought A. Philip Randolph was crazy in 1930 when he turned down a job offer from New York City’s mayor, Fiorello La Guardia.

His dream? To take sushi national

April 5, 2017
As founder and CEO of a chain of sushi restaurants in Florida, Abe Ng attributes his success to two factors: setting high standards and communicating a clear vision to employees.

Churchill’s probing questions

March 29, 2017
Without trust and mutual respect, less sharing of information and more obfuscation can lead to tragically wrongheaded decisions.

Followers are always watching you

March 26, 2017
Seeking to reduce employee injuries, Paul Anderson sought ideas from his top safety official who declared, “It’s your fault.”

Is he a real-life Obi-Wan Kenobi?

March 22, 2017
You may never have heard of Terry Winograd, but the Stanford professor emeritus has mentored two of the greatest tech luminaries of our age: Google co-founder Larry Page and LinkedIn founder Reid Hoffman.

Build trust more than volume

March 22, 2017
“Every morning, I’d walk in the front door and think, ‘Do I really want to do this?’”

Be the leader everybody hates!

March 21, 2017
Tired of hearing about servant leadership? Want people to shut up and do what you tell them? Take these steps and they will fall right in line…for now.
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