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Post date: April 1, 2021
In 2019, Alan Jope did something that few chief executives do.  Standing in front of a crowd of journalists, the boss of Unilever—the company behind Marmite, Magnums and Dove—announced the company was no longer interested in brands within its portfolio that failed to have some kind of a positive...
Post date: May 4, 2021
Over dinner two years ago, my children were sharing with me their concerns about the state of the world, from the climate crisis to racial injustice and burgeoning economic inequality. In many ways, I believe that the idea of shareholder primacy, articulated in 1970 by Milton Friedman, is the root...
Post date: January 13, 2017
How are the aspirations of HR leaders shaped by their view of the ultimate value HR can bring to an organization? If HR’s role is to be a partner, have a seat at the proverbial table, advise on potential risk, and support the business, then HR professionals need to have in-depth knowledge in the...
Post date: June 8, 2015
The ancient Roman dramatist, philosopher, and politician Seneca said, "Luck is when preparation meets opportunity." His point was that while luck is terrific, it typically has very little to do with success, especially that which is sustained over time. Instead, success is more often associated...
Post date: September 13, 2016
The business case for purpose has now been well established as driving business growth and effective talent strategies. Less has been known until recently about the most critical ingredient to purpose-­driven companies—purpose­-oriented employees. In the first global study on purpose-­oriented...
Post date: June 8, 2021
Change is all around us, and it’s imperative that we get ready for change rather than continue to be surprised by it. For years—actually, millennia—we have been trying to defy, deny or slow down change. We need to embrace it.  But what’s different is that the kind of change we’re going through...
Post date: May 26, 2016
No matter how much you might want to, you cannot force an employee to change. In careers, our attitudes tend to stay constant over time. This begs the question: If we know people don’t change, why do employers spend hundreds of millions of dollars per year trying to change their employees through...
Post date: August 27, 2020
Over the past 18 years, Michael Canic has coached a national championship college football team, led service quality efforts for FedEx, turned around client engagement at The Atlanta Consulting Group, and written multiple articles on business strategy. In his new book Ruthless Consistency, Canic...
Post date: May 11, 2017
Having just returned from London, the ubiquitous “mind the gap” message in the Underground is hard to forget. It is everywhere there, and the more I heard it, the more it seemed to pertain to many parts of our lives, not just disembarking from a train. There appear to be more gaps than ever these...