‘Tis the Season of Prophecies, Forecasts, and Predictions

The Practical Leader

‘Tis the season for futurists, forecasters, and analysts to line up with seers, fortune tellers, and prophets to earnestly foretell what 2013 has in store for us. Harvard Business School professor, James Heskett, poses the right question in his blog Should Managers Bother Listening to Predictions? We made it through yet another doomsday prediction! The world did not end on December 21 as some felt the Mayan calendar predicted.

Six Components of a Great Corporate Culture

Harvard Business Review

Heskett , culture "can account for 20-30% of the differential in corporate performance when compared with ''culturally unremarkable'' competitors." The benefits of a strong corporate culture are both intuitive and supported by social science. According to James L. And HBR writers have offered advice on navigating different geographic cultures , selecting jobs based on culture , changing cultures , and offering feedback across cultures , among other topics. But what makes a culture?