Managers must ask what Icahn would see

Businesses need to practise thinking like activist investors

Better to hire big fish from little ponds

Companies are getting better at spotting great character

(Cambridge, MA - September 15, 2008) Moral Reasoning 22: Justice, taught by Professor Michael Sandel inside Sanders Theatre at Harvard University. Staff Photo Justin Ide/Harvard News Office
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Moocs: Can free classes match an MBA?

A review of the courses that elite business schools are increasingly giving away online

Coaching helps trainers lift their game

For anything requiring intellectual or emotional sophistication, corporate ‘training’ is easy meat for the eye-rollers

Missionary founders may turn mercenary

Great missionaries did not risk failing to find a market fit. They risked being eaten

Leadership lessons from the pontiff

Pope Francis’s modest style reflects a new set of priorities

What makes a perk work

The effectiveness of staff benefits can be measured and analysed

Neil MacGregor, Director of The British Museum, photographed in the museum, 24/03/2006.

The path to power and how to use it

Collaboration and persuasion are the new tools in a demanding work environment

A classic recipe for business success

Restaurateur Danny Meyer is a model of how entrepreneurs should become managers

Hidden value among the crowd

New forecasting methods in mangement are coming but they are taking longer than expected

Soothsayers for corporate hire

Companies are looking to futurists to help them understand how new trends will affect their business

A group approach to corporate creativity

US dance troupe and business training company Pilobolus believes productivity is the only measure of creativity

‘I have chosen the bright side’

Florian Homm, known as the ‘Antichrist of Finance’, says his children inspired him to reform

Decidedly better choices

Understanding how to make decisions more effectively can lead to better outcomes

The busiest executives still find time for a round of golf

CEOs who played well earned 17% more on average than those who played either poorly or not at all

Another tech bubble is set to deflate

There is a growing feeling that an eight-year boom is over

Keeping zombies out of the mall

Shopping centres are winning a new lease of life by redefining themselves, writes Philip Delves Broughton

A conversation that translates

Creating an approach to risk that resonates across cultures can be a challenge for global companies

Portrait of a perfect salesman

From Moroccan souks to the high-tech world of Silicon Valley, the techniques used by the world’s top sellers are universal

Selling deserves a corner office

Sales is often treated as the grubby part of business but it should be embraced as integral to its success


Philip Delves BroughtonPhilip Delves Broughton is the author of the bestseller What They Teach You at Harvard Business School: My Two Years at Harvard Business School. He spent ten years as a reporter and foreign correspondent with The Daily Telegraph newspaper, serving as its New York and Paris bureau chief. He then left journalism to obtain his MBA at Harvard Business School.

He has since written and advised widely on management and has just completed his next book, Life’s a pitch: What the world’s best sales people can teach us all, which deals with selling and salespeople.

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