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Asking great questions is perhaps the most underappreciated skill of great data-driven leaders.

Are You Asking the Right Questions of Your Data Team?

People often associate the term “data literacy” with mastering a litany of technical skills: SQL for data querying, Python for data analysis and Tableau for data visualisation, to name a few

"Any sort of collaboration entails a trade-off between our status, the status of the partners we have in mind, and the status of the other people interested in partnering with them."

How Entrepreneurs Solve the Big Fish vs. Big Pond Dilemma

By: EBR | Tuesday, July 20, 2021

Collaboration with a partner is not strictly a two-way affair; instead, prospective partners take the entire competitive landscape into account when forming ties

"A culture of giving can be encouraged by assessing and incentivizing this type of behaviour."

4 ways to create productive and committed teams

By: EBR | Monday, July 19, 2021

Employees who tend to be givers are a boon to any organization, boosting performance on nearly every measurable metric

"There is one certainty in a VUCA world: The solution that works today may not work tomorrow."

Three Dimensions of Leadership Agility

By: EBR | Wednesday, July 14, 2021

The concept of a VUCA world – one characterised by volatility, uncertainty, complexity and ambiguity – used to be just that, an abstract concept

An important CEO attribute that shapes firm strategies such as mergers and acquisitions is uncovered.

CEOs Who Play to Type Win the Market

By: EBR | Tuesday, July 13, 2021

When the going gets tough, the tough goes shopping for M&A targets. This year looks set to be a record year for mergers and acquisitions, with US$2.4 trillion of deals signed by the end of May, the highest year-to-date total since 1980

"There are times when the benefits of shared leadership can outweigh its risks. A leadership dyad can enable two people to lead in a unique, constructive way and, in doing so, surpass what could be accomplished individually."

Ground Rules for Co-Leadership

By: EBR | Wednesday, June 30, 2021

The co-CEO model can actually work. Here’s how


"Four questions to help you rethink industry logic and existing practices to prepare for a powerful comeback."

A Blue Ocean Compass for Your Post-Covid Strategy

By: EBR | Tuesday, June 22, 2021

The impact of the Covid-19 pandemic has been significant on business and the economy

The role of network centrality in timing buybacks.

When Do Managers Have an Information Advantage Over Analysts?

By: EBR | Wednesday, June 2, 2021

Some industries are connected in myriad ways to other industries, and financial analysts manage to turn those connections into breadcrumbs to follow along information trails

The antidote to narcissistic leaders who coast on their charisma is a paradigm shift in education.

Our Addiction to Charismatic Leaders Needs to Stop

By: EBR | Wednesday, May 26, 2021

Don’t talk to me about charisma. I wish the famous sociologist Max Weber would have been more rational when describing charismatic people as “set apart from ordinary men and treated as endowed with supernatural, superhuman, or at least specifically exceptional powers or qualities”

Stop hiding your leadership light under a bushel. Achieving the legitimacy you deserve in your organisation entails a sequential process.

Four Steps to Securing Your Leadership Mandate

By: EBR | Wednesday, May 19, 2021

Unlikely though it may seem, an episode of the reality show Survivor from 2001 provides a salutary lesson for leaders everywhere

A novel management theory looks past individual leaders to constraints that might limit their effectiveness.

The Competencies and Constraints That Determine Leadership Success

By: EBR | Wednesday, May 19, 2021

As a leader, you may sense the heavy mantle of work to be done, employees to motivate, bosses to impress, organisational culture to manoeuvre

“CEOs are expected to be more optimistic and open to risks, like Jack Ma and Elon Musk. In the mergers acquisition context, the firm also needs a ’Mr. No’ or a pessimistic CFO who seeks to minimise the risk and ensure an adequate return on the capital allocation and the investment.”

Do CEOs Matter?

By: EBR | Thursday, April 15, 2021

Conditions that underpin the power and impact of chief executives vary widely, with remarkable results

These days, we’re all expected to do more. But that doesn’t mean the psychological fulfilment we get from our work has to suffer.

Keeping Meaning Alive as Your Workload Surges

By: EBR | Tuesday, April 13, 2021

In this period of quarantined workload surge, exhaustion is an ever-present risk. The first line of defence against burnout is, of course, supportive and empathetic management

"Organisational theorists are increasingly interested in how decision-makers balance differing goals. That’s largely because this variety of strategic multitasking is growing in importance across all levels of management."

Can Managers Who Wear Many Hats Be Trusted?

By: EBR | Monday, April 5, 2021

The more diverse your goals are, the greater the temptation to muddy the waters on performance

The four tools and strategies top leaders used most to convert stress and anxiety into positive energy.

From Fear to Enlightenment: Building Resilience During Covid Year One

By: EBR | Monday, March 29, 2021

"When I first saw the now-viral chart ’Who do I want to be during COVID-19?’, it resonated with my own journey"

"Belligerent types can change if they are willing to explore the psychological dynamics behind their argumentative nature."

How to Tame a Belligerent Colleague

By: EBR | Wednesday, March 10, 2021

Antagonistic behaviour is usually rooted in low self-esteem

Don’t suppress your emotions – harness them to negotiate better.

How Happiness, Anger and Anxiety Can Help You Negotiate

By: EBR | Wednesday, March 3, 2021

Will, a marketing manager, was anxious about his upcoming review as he knew that his company was about to cut his department budget once again

“A wise ruler ought never to keep faith when by doing so it would be against his interests.”

11 surprising habits of powerful leaders

By: EBR | Monday, March 1, 2021

Power gets a bad rap, but only because people pursue it for the wrong reasons. When power is pursued for the right reasons, it can be a tremendous force for good

"Treating product management as a role, rather than a culture all its own, deadens its meaning and impact."

A Post-Mortem on Product Management

By: EBR | Tuesday, February 23, 2021

Product management as we’ve known it up ‘til now – as a limited function or role – is effectively dead

Success begins with a clear-eyed understanding of the trends that will define the years to come.

The Next Decade Will Be a Leadership Game Changer

By: EBR | Tuesday, February 23, 2021

Leadership is contextual. Successful leaders set agendas and choose strategies in accordance with opportunities and risks posed by the external environment

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