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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.

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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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Man standing in front of office window overlooking Manhattan
July 31, 2013
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David Larcker: “Lonely at the Top” Resonates for Most CEOs

Nearly two-thirds of CEOs do not receive outside leadership advice, but nearly all want it.

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John Browne in 2010
September 24, 2014
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Former BP CEO John Browne: Why Coming Out is Good Business

In an excerpt from his new book, a former oil executive explains why he kept his gay identity a secret for decades.
Insights on entrepreneurship, starting and scaling a business, and bringing entrepreneurial principles to an established firm.

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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.
November 1, 2000
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Peter Löscher: Siemens Needed a New Corporate Ethic

The Siemens AG CEO explains how he helped the company recover from one of the worst scandals in corporate history.
November 1, 1999
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The Knowing-Doing Gap

Jeffrey Pfeffer and Robert Sutton explore how companies can turn talk into action, and why promoting internal competition may not help.
September 1, 1997
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Why Some Managers Won't Let Go

A study reveals the tendency of leaders to inflate the worth of work produced with their direct oversight.