Paving the Path to Leadership

When millennials first entered the global workforce, the spotlight in business media was often on the resulting generational divide, with a steady stream of advice directed at long-suffering senior leaders on how to better manage this wayward age demographic. Fast-forward to 2018 and the tide has turned: with years of experience under their belts, millennials now make up the largest generational group in the U.S. labor market. Firms worldwide have begun passing their leadership batons to millennial managers, whose technological savvy uniquely… Read More

The Search for Talent: Are You Sure You Know Who You’re Looking For?

In the olden days – think 10 years ago! – the search for talent was a straightforward affair. Not anymore! In the wake of the economic recovery and demographic shifts, companies in many global markets have gone from posting ads and passively waiting for résumés to struggling to fill job vacancies. The competition to attract and retain talent is especially steep in sectors like IT, engineering and health care, sometimes leading to a backlog of open positions. The talent-deficit challenge is especially… Read More

6 Ingredients to Successful Leadership From Someone Who Knows

The prestigious The World’s 50 Best Restaurants ranks El Celler de Can Roca as the second-best place to eat on the planet. What’s its secret sauce? Things like staying true to your roots, finding your passion and taking care of your team. If these sound familiar, they should. Managing an haute cuisine restaurant has a lot in common with managing other types of businesses. We’ve got more ingredients for leadership success from head chef Joan Roca and a case study by IESE… Read More

Starting a New Job? We Can Help You Through It

It’s a time of new beginnings: a new academic year, new seasons of sports and entertainment. Some executives are also starting a new job around this time of year, either because they’re changing companies or switching positions within the same company. If you’re in this situation, or are planning to make a move sometime in the future, we’ve got 10 tips to start off on the right foot in your new position, based on research by IESE professor Guido Stein. Be social… Read More

This Summer, Take Mindfulness with You on Vacation

Can’t take your mind off your upcoming holidays? It’s that time of year. We have ideas for how to rest not only your body but also your mind as we head into August. Removed from the day-to-day stresses of the workplace, summer can be an ideal time to practice mindfulness. It can make your holidays more restful and help you return to work in full mental form. Here we have some suggestions on how to get started with mindfulness, based on the… Read More

Make Artificial Intelligence Your Best Friend in Management

Talk of artificial intelligence (AI) is everywhere – often in the context of the imminent danger it poses to jobs. But far from being an enemy to senior management, AI may well be an executive’s best ally. After all, the future of management will depend on intelligent people who know how to work with intelligent machines. But to do this, you have to be ready. Here are some suggestions. Start by training yourself to understand the data Artificial intelligence isn’t just for… Read More

The Essential Dynamics of Stellar Teams

by Anneloes Raes Throughout the ages, business leaders, coaches, authors and athletes have stressed the importance of teamwork to achieve something greater than individual triumph. Andrew Carnegie expressed it this way: “Teamwork is the ability to work together toward a common vision. The ability to direct individual accomplishments toward organizational objectives. It is the fuel that allows common people to attain uncommon results.” Or as management expert Ken Blanchard said more succinctly, “None of us is as smart as all of us.”… Read More

Leadership in Times of Tumult

By Fred Krawchuk “The art of progress is to preserve order amid change and to preserve change amid order.” These words were written by British philosopher Alfred North Whitehead in the 1920s, yet they perfectly describe the challenge of global leaders in times of VUCA – short for volatility, uncertainty, complexity and ambiguity. During my career in the U.S. Army Special Forces, I frequently focused on managing multi-stakeholder collaboration in VUCA environments to align divergent factions around a common mission. One assignment took me… Read More

To Lead Others, Know Yourself First

To be able to lead others, you must first know how to lead yourself. The first step to becoming a great leader is self-knowledge. If a person can make their abilities flourish, they can reach extraordinary heights. In several of his books, Professor Santiago Álvarez de Mon proposes a voyage of personal discovery. By following his advice, you will learn to know yourself better and to develop your leadership abilities. Discover your gift It’s important that you discover those qualities in which… Read More

Crafting a Strategic Marketing Plan

When done right, marketing plans serve as a strategic guide to a company, complete with facts, figures and objectives to help attract, engage and retain customers. Boiled down to their essence, they define the company, what it’s offering, who it’s targeting and what its core strategies are to generate sales. But crafting an effective marketing plan is complex, involving the following phases: Marketing plan preliminaries Marketers need to do some homework before designing a marketing plan. To get “the lay of the… Read More