How Disney and Google Are Preparing for the Business World To Come

  Right now, we are watching business chess at the grandmaster level. Leaders must be supremely confident about where they’re taking their organization, or at least look like they are, in order to be effective. Who wants to follow someone who’s lost? One of the most engaging parts of studying leadership is watching leaders decide…

The Deceivingly Simple Reasons Behind Donald Trump’s Rise

  Trump is doing four things that effective leaders do, and doing them extremely well. The Trump boom continues to grow, and the political pros who have missed it from day one are scrambling for explanations. Hillary Clinton, Bernie Sanders, and Martin O’Malley made sure to bash him during their debate on ABC Saturday night,…

Martin Shkreli’s 15 Minutes Are Up

  As a business leader, his story is over. As the world devours the irresistible details of Turing Pharmaceutical CEO Martin Shkreli’s loathsome behavior, which became front-page news after his arrest by federal authorities on Thursday, many people are surely wondering how someone like him could have risen so far, so fast. The answer is…

Chipotle’s E.coli Fiasco Teaches Us How Not To Respond to a Crisis

  One of its CEOs blamed the CDC and the media. The other apologized. Our topic this morning is crisis leadership, with a couple of excellent “do-this-not-that” examples helpfully arranging themselves in this morning’s news. The first example is really hard to beat because both sides of the lesson are in the same company, Chipotle…

The Benefit of Baring It All

The latest revolution in the Information Age is making sure everybody has it. Here’s why smart managers are opening the corporate kimono as never before. Radical transparency isn’t a new idea, but technology is making it a newly powerful one that successful 21st-century corporations will increasingly embrace. The basic notion—sharing all kinds of once-confidential information…

Why Rahm Emanuel’s Damage Control Is Not Working

In a previous era, Emanuel could have moved confidently through this crisis by following the strategy he’s using. But it’s not working now. Rahm Emanuel has been a rich leadership story since the day he became mayor of Chicago in 2011, and Wednesday’s events show how the drama is growing even more intense. He delivered…

Planning for the No-Jobs, Post-Work Economy

It’s not coming soon, but business leaders better be ready to talk about it. Any leader’s most important jobs include deciding which crazy ideas to take seriously. This is most apparent with technology. The Internet? Twitter? Candy Crush Saga? All obviously crazy, except they weren’t. The same principle applies to economics, culture, and social trends,…

Marissa Mayer May Be Running Out of Options at Yahoo

A consensus seems to be forming that Mayer’s rescue plan for Yahoo isn’t working. The Marissa Mayer leadership saga continues, and the latest developments again look dire for our protagonist. SunTrust Robinson Humphreys analyst Robert Peck yesterday issued a report listing 10 possible successors for Mayer as CEO of Yahoo. The report by itself might…