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Red Queen
November 21, 2014
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William Barnett: Business Leaders Should Not Avoid Competition

Competition raises the bar for rivals to do better.

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John Kennedy (R) meets with then Secretary of Defense Robert S. McNamara and Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff General Maxwell D. Taylor
November 5, 2014
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Ken Shotts: Better Decisions Spring From Competition and Balance in Organizations

What the Cuban Missile Crisis can teach business leaders about monopolists and informal power.

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Ed Catmull and colleagues
September 19, 2014
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Roderick Kramer: How Do Trustworthy Leaders Behave?

A scholar explains some signs that a boss has your — and the organization’s — best interests at heart.

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CEO of Ford Motor, Alan Mulally
October 23, 2014
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Charles O’Reilly: Finding a Corporate Culture that Drives Growth

Adaptive cultures minimize predictability and encourage innovation.

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Statue in a museum
August 20, 2014
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Can Overthinking Reduce a Leader’s Influence?

Stanford GSB researchers find that sometimes it is better not to sweat the small stuff.
Insights on entrepreneurship, starting and scaling a business, and bringing entrepreneurial principles to an established firm.

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Anne Mulcahy: The Keys to Turnaround at Xerox

The Xerox CEO discusses the importance of honest communication, cost cutting, and "not taking a dollar out of the research and development budget."
April 1, 2004
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Bill George: We Need to Bring Heart and Soul Back to Leadership

The former head of Medtronic says business should focus more on sound fundamentals, rather than short-term trading gain.
March 15, 2004
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James Wolfensohn: The New Debt Debate

The World Bank president says external debt is one of the biggest structural issues that the world will face in the next couple years.
March 12, 2004
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Leonard Lauder: "We're a Family in Business, Not a Family Business"

The second-generation leader of Estee Lauder Companies explains why taking the business public was key to global expansion.
February 1, 2004
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Paul Oyer: New CEOs Don't Always Mean Executive Turnover

Research shows that CEOs promoted from within are much more likely to retain the senior management team.
October 15, 2003
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What Led to Enron, WorldCom and the Like?

Increases in executive compensation, jumps in incentives to manage earnings, and shifts in auditing firm structure contributed to governance failures.
May 29, 2003
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Steve Jobs: Singing a New Tune

The Apple CEO shows off the new iTunes Music Store, and explains why the company has been so successful with its risky venture into retail stores.
May 1, 2003
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Don Quixote's Lessons for Leadership

Drawing on classical literature and contemporary film, Jim March creates a movie produced in Europe and America based on the idealism in Cervantes' novel.
March 1, 2003
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Women's Conference: Leaders Need Passion and Perseverance

Debi Coleman, MBA '78, relies on six important elements for achieving results.
February 1, 2002
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Robert Joss: Beware the Shortcut to the Top

In a seminar, the Stanford GSB dean explains that many organizations don't properly think through when to put certain employees in top jobs.