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As the world slides towards political extremism driven by nationalism and identity politics, towards protectionism and trade wars, towards greater government intervention, towards the breakup of large corporations and even a return to state-owned capitalism, statements on their own are insufficient. In fact, businesses would be better served by being more modest in their intentions and following a corporate version of the Hippocratic Oath.

Hippocratic Oath for Corporations

When it comes to corporate responsibility, it’s time to stop the virtuous talk and begin to take simple actions

Knowing when – and how – to appropriately speak out on political issues is becoming a core skill for business leaders.

A New Framework for Corporate Activism

By: EBR | Tuesday, October 15, 2019

As the chaos and uncertainty of Brexit continues, the impact on UK business is starting to bite

Bold new professional aspirations often freeze us in our tracks.

Seven Ways to Overcome the Fear of Making a Career Change

By: EBR | Tuesday, October 15, 2019

’’I was afraid I would fail,” explained Sean Lafleur, a former Google executive who went on to found a consulting and coaching firm, during a presentation at a recent career conference organised by the INSEAD Alumni Association France.’’

"As we look ahead into the next century, leaders will be those who empower others."

Bill Gates Says This 1 Simple Habit Separates Successful Leaders From Everyone Else

By: EBR | Tuesday, September 24, 2019

The co-founder of Microsoft prescribes a principle that will raise every leader’s bar

We set out to analyse how different loyalty programme designs impact firms and consumers, and whether consumers necessarily lose out when a firm switches to a revenue-based programme or starts imposing dual requirements. What we found is a sweet spot where profit-minded firms can improve profit without hurting strategic consumers. Our paper, “Strategic Consumers, Revenue Management, and the Design of Loyalty Programs”, was recently published in Management Science.

The Optimal Design of Loyalty Programmes

By: EBR | Thursday, August 22, 2019

Revenue-based loyalty programmes yield better profits, but consumers don’t have to be on the losing end

While marketing took a longer time to take off compared to other disciplines, its influence on general and quantitative practice has been consistently increasing over time. Going by the trend, marketing is likely to become more important and firms should understand that providing and managing customer value is imperative.

The Growing Power of Marketers in the Business World

By: EBR | Monday, August 19, 2019

Within the field, marketing communications are on an uptrend, while channel management is declining

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Experts from McKinsey and PWC estimate that between 30-50% of jobs will become the preserve of robots and AI in the next decade so what skills should we be training and developing?

SMEs suffering due to "growing mismatch" with labour market

By: EBR | Monday, August 5, 2019

Mind the gap. It’s a message that is being increasingly aired in the world of work, with growing fears about a widening skills gap in Europe and beyond

The first and most important difference between the two types of firms is access to the equity market, that is, liquidity. Public firms can always generate liquidity with a stock offering. Even if their stock tanks – as Citigroup’s famously did, sinking from more than US$40 pre-crash to about $1 – they can still issue more stocks to raise cash. Private firms don’t have this luxury.

The High Cost of Being Private

By: EBR | Thursday, July 11, 2019

Privately held companies need to understand that cost of debt is higher for them, but they can adapt to alleviate it

How brands can stay relevant in the digital age

By: EBR | Tuesday, October 23, 2018

The brands that mean the most to consumers aren’t always the ones you’d expect

How to coach a CEO

By: EBR | Thursday, August 30, 2018

Successful coaching involves working with – not against – an individual’s resistance

«We do see that inclusiveness, adaptability, non-hierarchical organisation and a willingness to work to find good compromise solutions or innovative and different approached rather than dictated outcomes or weak consensus are so important for the changing dynamic of the environment we all work in today», she stated in a previous interview at EBR magazine.

FTI's Julia Harrison to receive SABRE Award for Individual Achievement

By: EBR | Wednesday, May 16, 2018

Creative, passionate for her work and extremely ambitious, Julia Harrison is the epitome of inspirational leadership and professionalism. For this reason, she will be honored with the prestigious SABRE Award for Outstanding Individual Achievement in a special ceremony in Amsterdam on 23th May

How do you set others free to do their Extreme best?  It starts with what you don’t do.  The opposite of bringing out the Extreme in others is making them afraid. If only one person starts making others feel that risk-taking will be punished, that the boss is running out of patience, or that old procedures must be followed to the letter, then the crucial collaboration between leaders and followers starts to fall apart. It happens in corporations the world over.  The entire place seizes up with fear.

Can great leaders be both tough and nurturing?

By: EBR | Tuesday, April 24, 2018

Some employees go to work to do what they’re told. Some know their company’s vision and try to follow it

Leadership is a constant exchange between leader and follower. It is both verbal and non-verbal. The strength of the relationship depends on each party’s capacity to support the other. Being a good leader involves knowing one’s own strengths and weaknesses. It requires being able to listen and follow a subordinate, should their unique expertise afford them a temporary leadership role.

5 ways leaders are different to managers

By: EBR | Friday, February 9, 2018

The first time President John F. Kennedy visited NASA’s headquarters, he met a janitor mopping the floor. President Kennedy asked him what he was doing

The persuasive power of transparency

By: EBR | Tuesday, November 21, 2017

Cost transparency can be a compelling strategic choice in both marketing and negotiation

The idea of finding a way to embody an overall mission as a more concrete objective is related to an essential insight in management. Management practice often centres on “fluffy” performances such as missions, speeches, goal statements, and quick tours and interactions. None of this fluff helps if it is disconnected from the activities and meaning of all members of the organisation. Mission and goal statements contribute to success if they are oriented toward the embodiment of concrete activities that people can use to choose their own actions and construct meaning.

How great leaders make work meaningful

By: EBR | Wednesday, October 18, 2017

Mired in day-to-day tasks, people easily lose sight of their work’s higher purpose. That’s where great communicators come in

Combining two effortful tasks is harder than completing them separately. Switching tasks increases cognitive load. Most of what we call multi-tasking is actually the prefrontal cortex - a region toward the front of our brain - acting as a policeman directing traffic at a busy intersection, switching between the various neural networks required for the flow of processes associated with each task.

Multi-tasking eats 40% of your day. Here’s how to fight back

By: EBR | Friday, October 6, 2017

We are accelerating into the age of "connected everything". There are almost three million apps in one of the world’s leading app stores, many of us check our smart-phones once every 6 minutes and most of us carry our digital devices for 22 hours per day

In its mildest form, identification with the aggressor can be seen as a healthy defence mechanism and may serve an evolutionary purpose. It allows people to adjust to situations perceived as threatening. However, as illustrated in the opening example, chronic identification with the aggressor can lead victims to become aggressors themselves. In particular, children who have been exposed to highly dysfunctional childhood practices are in adulthood more likely to adopt the same negative behaviour patterns as a survival strategy.

The bad influence of aggressive bosses

By: EBR | Monday, October 2, 2017

Identifying with an aggressor is a basic strategy for human survival. It’s time to call it out in the workplace

Thinking in real terms is convenient, but what happens if inflation turns out to be 5 percent per annum instead of 2 percent? Inflation plays a key role as it is the link between salary (and hence saving capacity), asset market returns and valuations, the value of other assets (like property) and perhaps most importantly, spending in retirement. In short, it is so integral to the problem of retirement that it needs to be carefully modelled – and very clearly explained. Failing to adequately address it may render the advice misleading at best, leaving the user to reach retirement woefully underfunded.

The role of digital in financial planning

By: EBR | Friday, August 4, 2017

Retirement planning, riddled with uncertainty and consumer biases as it is, may be best handled with a mix of digital and face-to-face advice

While in external negotiations there are times that if you do not reach a deal, you can just move on to your alternative or best alternative to a negotiated agreement (BATNA),but in internal negotiations this is a much harder thing to do. Your organisation is unlikely to have two departments responsible for the same resource so that if you are denied that resource, there is nowhere left to turn. This lack of alternatives increases the internal negotiation tension and causes mini-monopolies to emerge inside a firm. Not only do such monopolies have a higher temptation to use their power, because the counterparty cannot walk away, they also have rules and regulations that diminish the incentives to find creative solutions. It is important not to act like a monopoly but to lead by example.

Four reasons why internal negotiations are harder than external ones

By: EBR | Thursday, July 20, 2017

Jessica thought it would be easy to borrow two members of David’s team for a four-month project she’d been asked to undertake on behalf of the board

Once the implicit assumptions are out in the open, ask your team to reflect on whether they’re helping your company or hindering it. For example, in our consulting with a newly merged, international telecoms company, we conducted a simple exercise to help the newly merged entities to describe their cultural norms and those of the other parties. It quickly generated truths and myths that could be discussed and used to iron out blockages as they rolled out their distribution and cable network – the key to capturing subscribers and business operational success.

Tools for leaders to leverage organisational politics

By: EBR | Monday, June 26, 2017

Many CEOs enter organisations with ambitious plans to change strategies or processes. But they often find themselves up against organisational politics. Historical divisions and entrenched power structures can quickly hobble change

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