Leadership Channel

Plan like NASA: The Juno mission shows the keys to a great strategy

NASA is a wonderful example of an institution that knows how to plan. The seven-year Juno mission isn’t complete yet, but it’s well on its way to a successful conclusion. And yes, NASA scientists had contingency plans that they had fun tearing up publicly as the spacecraft entered orbit. How many long-term strategies have you completed?

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Dispersed workforce
Getting it together: A dispersed workforce might be your secret weapon in the war for talent

Today’s businesses have the opportunity to not just take on a city, or a state or a region, but the entire globe. This is the power of dispersed workforces. But will technology ever be an adequate substitute for the bonds that are built around the water cooler?

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Is crowdfunding for you? Navigating a new world of investment options

There is a lot of confusion and misunderstanding around the brave and very new world of crowdfunding for entrepreneurial companies. What are the different types? Are they better or easier than angel or venture capital financing? Can you do a small IPO with crowdfunding? What about Kickstarter and the like?

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Change is the only constant: Crafting your talent strategy in a job-hopping world

For any executive who has enjoyed a long and satisfying career within one company, the process of understanding, attracting, retaining and managing today’s transient workforce is daunting. Meeting that challenge, however, is essential to containing recruitment costs, tapping essential talent and avoiding excessive staff disruptions.

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Self-driving cars
Driverless cars are coming. How will they shape the economy of the future?

This week, Ford announced it would mass-produce cars without steering wheels within five years. In addition, Uber said it would launch a fleet of autonomous cars in Pittsburgh as soon as this month. What does the advent of driverless vehicles mean for key sectors of the economy?

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The Olympics: Benefit or burden for the host’s economy?

On the face of it, hosting the Olympics should be a good thing — it’s a major sporting event that has the potential to attract millions of athletes and visitors over a period of several weeks. All of them will have to patronize local businesses at some point. But naturally, the event comes with costs — enormous investments in building the required infrastructure, for example. So what’s the ROI for Olympic hosts, if any?

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Meg Whitman, Peter Thiel and the CEO’s dilemma: Is it wise to pick sides in an election?

On Aug. 2, Hewlett Packard CEO Meg Whitman announced she was backing Hillary Clinton in the presidential campaign. On the same day, legendary executive Warren Buffett appeared at a Clinton campaign event in Nebraska. Donald Trump also has received CEO endorsements, including from PayPal co-founder Peter Thiel. Who is lining up behind which candidate, and is it a good idea for CEOs to get political?

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Verizon is set to buy Yahoo’s digital assets, but will the deal pay off?

Former internet giant Yahoo has been troubled for years, and experts had long predicted that the company would be broken up and sold. Given Yahoo’s long decline, why did Verizon decide to spend $4.83 billion on the fading brand’s web business, and is the acquisition likely to pay dividends?

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