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Leaders: Do You Fear the Future?

Seizing the day is not a recipe for business success. Leaders must confront their fears of the future and turn them into something positive.
Bob Johansen | Institute For The Future

If you don’t have some fear about the future, you’re not paying attention. But fear is not a bad thing. It’s what you do with your fear that can turn bad. In a world of disruptive opportunity, leaders will need to learn how to practice voluntary fear exposure. They will need safe zones to practice […]

These 4 Easy Steps Can Make You a Math Whiz

It’s not always so simple to solve problems. But that’s the glory of it – the messy, wonderful, powerful adventure.
Jennifer Ruef | University of Oregon

Many people find mathematics daunting. If true, this piece is for you. If not, this piece is still for you. What do you think of when you think about mathematics? Perhaps you think about x’s and y’s, intractable fractions or nonsensical word problems. The cartoonist Gary Larson once depicted Hell’s library as containing only giant […]

CEOs Should Think Like Founders, Not Just Managers

Here are five actions leaders can take to move from a manager to re-founder mindset.
John Geraci | Harvard Business Review

David Kidder | Harvard Business Review

Apple, Alphabet, Microsoft and Facebook. Today’s most successful companies are for the most part young firms led by founders and their teams. The signal is undeniable: The market now rewards the long-term vision and continual investment in new growth represented by these younger enterprises. Large companies have been responding to these developments for some time, […]

Strategy Is a Hypothesis You Constantly Adjust

With today's best strategies, calling an audible is part of the design.
Amy C. Edmondson | Harvard Business Review

Paul J. Verdin | Harvard Business Review

The widely accepted view that strategy and execution are separable activities sets companies up for failure in a fast-paced world. In our research on strategic failure, we discovered a common pattern: What started as small gaps in execution spiraled into business failures when initial strategies were not altered based on new information provided by experience. […]

4 Ways to Build Military Precision Into Civilian Leadership

There are parallels to leading on the battlefield and in civilian life.
Stefano Trojani | World Economic Forum

I remember the words of the commanding officer of a French Foreign Legion regiment saying that leading human beings was a love story, a very tough one, since it was about sending the very same loved ones to war, and possibly to death. This was a dilemma I was presented with in April 2007, at […]

The Best Way to Deal With Failure

How to ensure you don’t make the same mistake again.
Selin Malkoc | The Ohio State University

Failure is a part of life, and we make mistakes pretty much every day. How do we cope? Or better yet, how should we cope? Academics and the mainstream media tend to offer a simple solution: Don’t let it get to you, and think about how things could have been worse. These self-protective thoughts usually […]

You Don’t Find Your Purpose – You Build It

In the search for purpose, sources of meaning can and do change over time.
John Coleman | Harvard Business Review

We’re all looking for purpose. Most of us feel that we’ve never found it, we’ve lost it or in some way we’re falling short. What makes things more difficult is that we often carry some fundamental misconceptions about it. Challenging them is essential in developing a more rounded vision of purpose. Here are the most […]

5 Ways to Close the Gender Gap in Entrepreneurship

Research shows that female-owned businesses are as sustainable as those operated by men.

Despite a closing of the gender gap in labor force participation rates in OECD countries over the past 25 years, women continue to be underrepresented in entrepreneurship. A new report from the OECD and European Commission – the Missing Entrepreneurs 2017 – shows that in 2016, men were, on average, 1.7 times more likely to […]

Uniting Entrepreneurs

Entrepreneurship is a contact sport. But this expert has some tips for aspiring business owners.
Victoria Lennox | Startup Canada

Victoria Lennox is the co-founder of Startup Canada, an organization established in 2012 to provide support to entrepreneurs in Canada and beyond. Their goal is to create an environment and culture for entrepreneurs to succeed. The organization uses grassroots startup communities to connect mentors, investors, service providers and other entrepreneurs. Longitudes caught up with Victoria […]

What’s Your Rocket Fuel?

Motivation and purpose come in many different forms. Here are some ways to identify your calling.
Amy Bunszel | Autodesk

What propels you from your bed each morning and into the office? What motivates you to work late to complete a task? What energizes you at work? In short, what’s your rocket fuel? I am fascinated by what motivates people, especially engineers. This is more than a casual curiosity. As a leader, it is my […]

Delivering on the Dream of Diversity

We cannot reap the benefits of a diverse workforce without doing everything in our power to ensure all people have the opportunity to reach their potential.
David Abney | UPS

Hispanic Heritage Month is Sept. 15 through Oct. 15. Join us in celebrating the generations of Hispanics enriching the world of today and tomorrow. These days, hot-button issues, hot tempers and heated debates seem to rule the day. It’s because we live in a divided nation that’s becoming even more divided. Over the years, we’ve […]

Are You a Lifelong Learner?

Continual education and training could be the key to a happier, and wealthier, future.
Alan Tuckett | University of Wolverhampton

Learning throughout life makes sense. Research shows it is good for your health, your wealth, your civic engagement and your family’s future prospects. It prolongs your independent life and enriches your quality of life. For companies, investing in worker skills makes sense too – it promotes flexibility and creativity, problem-solving, teamwork and an increased sense […]

How To Transform Your Enterprise

Lessons from business leaders on constant innovation.
Robert Reiss | CEO Forum

According to Jeff Bezos, “My view is there’s no bad time to innovate.” This practice of constant innovation has helped Amazon quickly capture market share in many seemingly unconnected industries. As Amazon has taught us, the winners in today’s economy have one thing in common: They are always willing to innovate and transform themselves to […]

Becoming Visible: Insights for Working Women From the Women of Hidden Figures

These five quotes from the acclaimed film provide valuable insight on leadership and inclusion.

Photo above: Mary Jackson adjusts a control on an instrument. Courtesy, NASA. Hidden Figures is the incredible, previously untold story of Katherine G. Johnson, Dorothy Vaughan and Mary Jackson. These three brilliant “computers” worked for NASA in the early 1960s and were the brains behind the launch of astronaut John Glenn into orbit. Think about it: […]

Growing Global: Lessons Lived and Learned

Companies of all sizes could benefit from riding the e-commerce wave in China.
David Abney | UPS

Fifty years ago, U.S. total trade equaled $50 billion. Today we import and export more than $4 trillion annually in goods and services. A growing percentage of those U.S. exports are bound for China, as the number of Chinese middle-class consumers, along with their interest in U.S. products, continues to grow. In fact, U.S. exports […]

What Skydiving Taught Me About Mentorship

Personal growth begins with humility.
Diana Tsai | Veterati

I had an epiphany about mentorship after throwing myself out of a plane (solo) at 13,000 feet on my seventh skydive in three days. To learn how to skydive solo, you take the Accelerated Free Fall course. It is four to five hours of coaching, plus seven levels and takes about a week. You can […]

UPS and Expo 2020 Dubai: Ready to Deliver Unforgettable Experiences

World-class expos can’t happen without world-class logistics.
Manal AlBayat | Expo 2020 Dubai

Hosting a global celebration of innovation and creativity, such as Expo 2020 Dubai, comes with a complex set of supply and logistics requirements. Huge amounts of goods and supplies of all kinds need to be delivered from around the world to Dubai every day for the six-month duration of the Expo, from October 2020 to […]

3 Time-Savers for Small Businesses

In honor of National Small Business Week, here are some tips for smart growth.
Justin Wetherill | uBreakiFix

For small business owners and their customers, time is money. Entrepreneurs spend too much time managing people, processes and paperwork to grow their profits. And customers increasingly expect to spend less time waiting for products, services and problem resolution. Marrying the two can be a daunting task. According to a survey from New York Enterprise Report, small […]

3 Affordable Ways to Improve Your Customer Service

With the right formula, you can create and maintain cost-effective customer satisfaction.

From predictive analytics to intelligent chatbots, innovation is paving new ground in customer service. But you don’t necessarily need a flashy (or costly) upgrade to make customers happy. Along with a committed staff, a productive retail environment and a strong handle on what your customers want, here are a few low-cost ways you can take your […]

Moving up the Ranks? You’ll Need to Be a Mind Reader

Professor Ray Reilly shows what it takes to move from a functional to general-manager mindset.
Ray Reilly | University of Michigan

When companies promote high performers, it’s often because they’ve led teams in a particular function to successful outcomes. Succeeding in the general management ranks, though, requires a different mindset — one that takes a wide view of the company’s place with key stakeholders and a deep dive into how those stakeholders think. I teach high-potential […]

Why I’m No Hidden Figure

Here’s how to attract and retain women and minorities in careers such as engineering.

Hidden Figures was awesome. The true story and entertaining film shines a spotlight on the African-American women who worked tirelessly behind the scenes to make our nation’s space program a success. I’m so proud of their work and glad they are finally getting the attention they deserve. The movie is also raising awareness of the […]

How to Provide Education for Millions Where There Are No Teachers

Young people in Nigeria will help build the future for generations to come.
Liman Audu Muhammed | American Univeristy of Nigeria

Nigeria, a country in West Africa, will be the third most populous nation in the world by 2025. A more dubious data point is that many Nigerians will be young, illiterate and jobless. Instability and chaos there have the potential to create the same elsewhere, especially in Europe, which already knows well the cost of upheaval […]

3 Megatrends Shaping American Entrepreneurship

A new report suggests entrepreneurship is on the rebound, but growth has been unequal.
Michael Hendrix | U.S. Chamber of Commerce Foundation

The state of American entrepreneurship is improving, but worries remain over increasingly divided fortunes, according to a new study from the Kauffman Foundation. For the first time since the Great Recession, entrepreneurs can breathe a sigh of relief. Kauffman’s report shows that more people are starting businesses, those businesses have a higher chance of survival and entrepreneurs […]

If I Was Leader of My Country, This Is What I’d Do

Young leaders give their opinion on how they would reshape the future of their country.
Bart Kolodziejczyk | Monash University

More than half the world’s population is under 30 years old. This prompted the World Economic Forum to make an unprecedented, large-scale survey with a goal of determining the mindset of this young generation. The Global Shapers survey was carried out by WEF’s Global Shapers Community, which is a global network of Hubs developed and […]

3 Small Business Tax Filing Tips for 2017

Here’s why tax season doesn’t have to be a headache for smaller companies.
Ramon Ray | Smart Hustle Magazine

Once again we find ourselves in the middle of tax season, not exactly the most exciting time of year for a small business owner, but a financial responsibility nonetheless. With modified due dates and an administration change, 2017 is turning out to be a confusing year for small business tax filers. Here are a few […]

Why Having Friends at Work Could Benefit Your Career

How building relationships will translate into success.
William Schiemann | Metrus Group

When I took my first corporate job for a big telecom company, I quickly learned some lessons on the importance of developing the right allies. And those lessons continued paying dividends as I moved to smaller organizations in different industries. As a youngster, I had the mistaken belief that if I did good work on […]

Breaking Through Borders

How implementing certain strategies can help SMEs overcome exporting challenges.

As unbelievable as it may sound, the only source of economic growth in Europe between 2008 and 2013 came from exporting goods and services. Today, exports are still the most important – but fortunately not the only – engines for growth, according to the European Commission. Making up over 99 percent of all businesses, small- and medium-sized enterprises (SMEs) […]

6 Issues That Will Shape the EU in 2017

The EU reflects on past issues to identify challenges and opportunities in 2017.
Carl Bildt | European Council on Foreign Relations

A year ago in Davos, the World Economic Forum Global Agenda Council on Europe published a short report: Europe: What to watch out for in 2016-2017. We noted that the EU “seems to be moving from one emergency to the next” and that “Europeans have taken their eyes off more profound long-term challenges.” We concluded […]

Smashing the Glass Ceiling: 6 Davos Leaders Explain How They Did It

How to successfully move past stereotypes in the workplace.
Stéphanie Thomson | World Economic Forum

When it comes to closing the gender gap, we’ve made an immense amount of progress in a relatively short amount of time. But we’re nowhere near where we need to be. According to the latest Gender Gap Report, worldwide we’ve managed to close only 59 percent economic participation and 23 percent in politics. In some regions, it could take […]

Fighting Blindness in the Heart of Africa

Here's why better logistics can often solve the greatest healthcare challenges.

Trachoma, a painful bacterial infection, has blinded roughly 6 million people, forcing the afflicted to pursue unimaginable methods for relief. They take sandpaper to their own eyes. Trachoma is also a completely treatable disease that a simple antibiotic can cure. Yet the problem rages on in poor communities throughout the world that lack access to […]