Coddled Relatives Can Kill a Family Business

Harvard Business Review

Denis was a bright, handsome, 45-year-old French executive who had failed his way up the ladder—almost to the top of his family''s fourth generation perfume business. As the eldest son of the family patriarch, Denis went directly from university into the family business. During his entire career, he worked in his father''s span of control, reporting directly to his dad within six years of joining the business.

Seven Strategies for Simplifying Your Organization

Harvard Business Review

Over the past several years we have heard hundreds of managers talk about the negative impact of complexity on both productivity and workplace morale. This message has been reinforced by the findings of major CEO surveys conducted by IBM and KPMG [PDF], both of which identified complexity as a key business challenge. Over time however, it''s important to do all seven so that simplicity becomes a core capability of your organization and not just a one-time project.

The Big Disconnect in Your Talent Strategy and How to Fix It

Harvard Business

Talent can move into and out of an organization, through a growing array of options such as freelance platforms , crowdsourcing efforts, and temporary, contract, or part-time work. The ManpowerGroup Contingent Workforce Index of 2013 showed 40% of all ManpowerGroup consulting engagements blended permanent and contingent workers. ManpowerGroup found that 80% of companies lack a reliable picture of their total workforce. Marion Barraud for HBR.