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Lessons From Innovation Catalysts: Can They Help Us Thrive in Uncertain Times?

By Jeanne M. Liedtka and Randy Salzman

In The Catalyst: How You Can Become an Extraordinary Growth Leader, Jeanne and her co-authors point out that even in large, established organizations, entrepreneurial skills and mindsets are helpful and, perhaps, critical for surviving in uncertain times. When the book was published in the midst of the Great Recession, we struggled with turbulence that was largely financial. Today, it is also... CONTINUE READING

A U.S. Presidential Leadership Lesson: Optimism

By Robert F. Bruner and Christina Black

Happy Presidents Day Today, 20 February 2017, is Presidents Day in the United States. Originally established as Washington’s Birthday in 1885, it is now widely considered a day to reflect not just on the first president of the United States, but all those who have held the office. Darden Professor and Dean Emeritus Bob Bruner has not just reflected on these leaders, and not just for a... CONTINUE READING

Remove the Blinders: How to Disobey Immoral Orders

More than 50 years after Stanley Milgram conducted his famous experiments on authority and obedience, Darden ethics professor Bobby Parmar sheds new light on how people defy corrupt authority. “We wanted to take another look at Milgram’s work to understand the mechanism behind disobedience,” he says, noting that an ability to spot unethical situations, and react, is vital to companies... CONTINUE READING

C-Suite Insights With Scott Beardsley: Mastercard Center for Inclusive Growth’s Shamina Singh

By Scott C. Beardsley and Shamina Singh ,

When we have access to technology, data, investment and expertise, how do we translate it all to social impact? In the above video, Darden Dean Scott C. Beardsley interviews Shamina Singh, president of the Mastercard Center for Inclusive Growth, which addresses such questions. One answer: “data philanthropy.” With 2 billion people across the globe facing practical barriers to a formal... CONTINUE READING

The No. 1 Job Skill Needed for the Smart Machine Age: Knowing How to Iteratively Learn

We as a society are on the leading edge of a confluence of technology advances that will dramatically change how we live and work. It’s likely that this change will be as disruptive for us as the Industrial Revolution was for our ancestors. This change will be led by artificial intelligence, which will become ubiquitous in our lives, and by increased global connectivity and computing power, the... CONTINUE READING

All a Twitter: Tips for Developing Your Social Media Brand

Saturday, 28 January, marked Lunar New Year, the first day of the Year of the Rooster. The rooster, an animal known for its strut and attention-grabbing morning crow, is associated with image, something we should all keep in mind this year. What better time to work on your personal brand? As a former chief marketing officer (CMO) and now a professor, I share insight from social media gurus as... CONTINUE READING