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Nike’s Co-founder on Innovation, Culture, and Succession
Phil Knight, former chair and CEO of Nike, tells the story of starting the sports apparel and equipment giant after taking an entrepreneurship class at Stanford and teaming up with his former track coach, Bill Bowerman. Together (and with the help of a waffle iron) they changed how running shoes are designed and made. Knight discusses the company’s enduring culture of innovation, as well as the succession process that led to former runner and Nike insider Mark Parker becoming CEO. Download this podcast [...]
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The Explainer: One More Time, How Do You Motivate Employees?
Get employees to move forward on their own, without being pushed. [...]
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The Explainer: Managing Multicultural Teams
Overcome the challenges and get everyone working together. [...]
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Boards Neglect Cybersecurity at Their Companies’ Peril
The average breach costs around $4 million. [...]
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How Managers Become Leaders
Making the leap from unit-level manager to company-level executive requires some key changes to your leadership style. Learn what they are in this video slide deck. Download a customizable version in Subscriber [...]
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Low-Risk, High-Reward Innovation
Wharton professor David Robertson discusses a “third way” to innovate besides disruptive and sustaining innovations. He outlines this approach through the examples of companies including LEGO, GoPro, Victoria’s Secret, USAA, and CarMax. It consists of creating a family of complementary innovations around a product or service, all of which work as a system to carry out a single strategy. Robertson’s the author of The Power of Little Ideas: A Low-Risk, High-Reward Approach to Innovation. Download this podcast [...]
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Sheryl Sandberg and Adam Grant on Resilience
Facebook COO Sheryl Sandberg talks about returning to work after her husband’s death, and Wharton management and psychology professor Adam Grant discusses what the research says about resilience. In this joint interview, they talk about how to build resilience in yourself, your team, and your organization. They’re the authors of the new book, Option B: Facing Adversity, Building Resilience, and Finding Joy. Download this podcast [...]
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Dealing with Conflict Avoiders and Seekers
Amy Gallo, HBR contributing editor, discusses a useful tactic to more effectively deal with conflict in the workplace: understanding whether you generally seek or avoid conflict. Each personality style influences how you approach a particular conflict, as well as how your counterpart does. Gallo talks about how to escape the common pitfalls of conflict seekers and conflict avoiders, so that you can improve your work and your relationships. She’s the author of the HBR Guide to Dealing with Conflict. Download this podcast [...]
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Making Intel More Diverse
Danielle Brown, Intel Chief Diversity & Inclusion Officer, talks about the corporation’s $300 million initiative to increase diversity, the largest such investment yet by a technology company. The goal is to make Intel’s U.S. workforce mirror the talent available in the country by 2020. Brown breaks down what exactly Intel is doing, why the corporation is doing it, where it’s going well (recruiting), where it’s not going as well (retention), and what other companies can learn from Intel’s experience. Download this podcast [...]
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The Refresher: Regression Analysis
A two-minute guide to one of the most important types of data analysis. [...]
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The Explainer: Blue Ocean Strategy
Make the competition irrelevant. [...]
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Collaborating Better Across Silos
Harvard Law School lecturer Heidi K. Gardner discusses how firms gain a competitive edge when specialists collaborate across functional boundaries. But it’s often difficult, expensive, and messy. The former McKinsey consultant is the author of the new book, Smart Collaboration: How Professionals and Their Firms Succeed by Breaking Down Silos. Download this podcast [...]
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