A Fresh, Fast, and Fun Way to Focus Your Team

Let's Grow Leaders

Ask each member of your team to write you a letter, as if it were January 2018. If you’re like most managers, you’re neck deep in performance agreements, stretch goals, and the dance between managing your boss’s expectations and warning your team not to sandbag.

Start Spreading The Word: How To Get A New Product Noticed

Strategy Driven

In the US, around 70% of small businesses have a website, but over 90% of those that don’t have a site plan to have one up and running by 2018. If you’re an entrepreneur, you’ve probably noticed that putting your business on the map is no mean feat.

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Improve Marketing Emails to Boost Sales

Strategy Driven

Business users sent and received on average 121 emails a day in 2014, and this is expected to grow to 140 emails a day by 2018.

New Ways to Minimize Financial Concerns that Erode Employee Performance

Strategy Driven

A 2013 Towers Watson survey found that the percentage of employers expecting voluntary benefits to be very important to their rewards strategy will jump from 21% in 2013 to 48% in 2018.

The Definitive Guide to Enterprise-wide Analytics Alignment

The Kini Group

Another 24% of companies plan to make the transition by 2018. Is the next statement true or false? Enterprise-wide analytics is REALLY difficult. It’s difficult to set up, difficult to maintain, and difficult to determine its impact on the business. What do you think?

2 Big Opportunities for Incredible Change!

Marshall Goldsmith

The Ethiopia Experience is one of the initial projects and begins January 2018 in Addis Ababa. In addition, selections for the 2018 Coaching Grant will match pioneer Ethical Coaches to Ethiopian organizations.

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America's Education Problem

Harvard Business Review

By 2018, if today's college graduation rates hold as steady as they have for decades, the U.S. As Harvard Business Review has focused this month on U.S. competitiveness , one theme has been the challenge of training the next generation of leaders.

Is Tesla Really a Disruptor? (And Why the Answer Matters)

Harvard Business Review

Assuming the company can overcome its “manufacturing hell,” Tesla may well deliver all the 500,000 pre-ordered Model 3s by the end of 2018. Tesla, Elon Musk’s automotive start-up, is having a very good year. In September, the company expects to begin shipping its all-electric Model 3 to non-employee customers, who have already logged 500,000 pre-orders.

What’s Holding Women Back in Science and Technology Industries

Harvard Business Review

Bureau of Labor Statistics projects that SET jobs will increase by 17% between 2008 and 2018, a growth rate nearly twice that of non-SET employment. Virginia Rometty at IBM. Marillyn Hewson at Lockheed Martin. Meg Whitman at HP. Ellen Kullman at DuPont. Marissa Mayer at Yahoo.

Tesla Shows How Traditional Business Metrics Are Outdated

Harvard Business Review

However, Tesla recently said that its gross margins on the Model 3 could hit 25% in 2018, which is comparable to the Model S and X and nearly twice as high as gross margins from Ford and GM. Laura Schneider for HBR. Elon Musk is having a moment. Tesla just delivered its first Model 3, the affordable model that he envisioned in his “secret” strategy some 11 years ago. He wanted to build a sports car, then build a more affordable car with zero emissions.

To Make Better Decisions, Combine Datasets

Harvard Business Review

Stringer’s website observes that “These costs are projected to rise over the next four years to $782 million by FY 2018, a figure that is greater than the FY 2015 budget for the Parks Department, Department of Aging, and New York Public Library combined.”.

The Global Rise of Female Entrepreneurs

Harvard Business Review

million new jobs to be created in the SME sector by 2018 will be created by woman-owned SMEs. Women''s entrepreneurship has hit a media tipping point.

How GE Built an Innovation Lab to Rapidly Prototype Appliances

Harvard Business Review

FirstBuild revenues and profit margins are on track to make it a fully self-funded enterprise in 2018. Many large companies yearn to rekindle the innovative magic of entrepreneurship, but very few actually succeed. The reasons have been well documented and include: Large, established companies answer to investors who value predictable, consistent financial results, and so are intolerant of the risks inherent in bold innovation.

How to Set More-Realistic Growth Targets

Harvard Business Review

Note that the table implicitly projects limited investment and a slow start to the new growth initiatives, with no new revenues in 2017, modest new revenues in 2018, and significant new revenues really only beginning in 2020 and 2021. If the firm sought to drive serious growth in 2017 and 2018, a lot more resources would be required much earlier. Many executives are fond of promising to deliver growth, but far fewer realize those ambitions.

3 Ways M&A Is Different When You’re Acquiring a Digital Company

Harvard Business Review

Publicis now gets 50% of its revenue from digital—that’s ahead of its 2018 target. Even for experienced deal makers, a first digital acquisition is bound to be an education. Companies acquire to accelerate their overall strategy and digital transformation, as Publicis Groupe did when it acquired Sapient for $3.7 billion in 2014 to help it make the leap from a traditional advertising company to a digital one.

The U.S. Needs Tax Reform, Not Tax Cuts

Harvard Business Review

These preferences are reflected in the outlines of tax proposals released in the past year by the Trump campaign, the Trump administration and House Republicans, and the budget proposals of the Trump administration and the House Budget Committee’s 2018 budget resolution. The current U.S. presidential administration and congressional leadership have spent months talking about tax reform.

What’s Wrong with the FAA’s New Drone Rules

Harvard Business Review

According to the Consumer Electronics Association , drone shipments will increase from 250,000 units in 2014 to nearly a million by 2018.

EU Proposes 40 Percent Quota for Women on Supervisory Boards

Women on Business

State-owned companies would be required to introduce the quotas by 2018 to set an example for other firms.” NEWS AND INSIGHTS UPDATE: A European Union (EU) proposal could require that corporate boards include 40% women by 2020.The draft law is expected to be published in October and includes sanctions for companies that don’t comply, including fines, exclusion from government tenders, and a ban on public subsidies. Aoife White explains on Bloomberg Businessweek: “Some 13.7

EU Proposes 40 Percent Quota for Women on Supervisory Boards

Women on Business

State-owned companies would be required to introduce the quotas by 2018 to set an example for other firms.” NEWS AND INSIGHTS UPDATE: A European Union (EU) proposal could require that corporate boards include 40% women by 2020.The draft law is expected to be published in October and includes sanctions for companies that don’t comply, including fines, exclusion from government tenders, and a ban on public subsidies. Aoife White explains on Bloomberg Businessweek: “Some 13.7

4 Hard Questions to Ask About Your Company’s Purpose

Harvard Business Review

The Volkswagen leadership set a new overarching goal for the company: to become the world’s largest automaker by 2018. jennifer maravillas FOR HBR. In the early 1930s, cars in Europe were still a luxury for the rich.

Is the LinkedIn Acquisition Microsoft’s Attempt to Build Its Own Alphabet?

Harvard Business Review

The only numbers we have so far is that the companies expect $150 million in annual savings by 2018. Microsoft’s acquisition of LinkedIn is big and bold — and likely to be consequential. Precisely how consequential and in what way is still a puzzle to observers.

4 Steps for Thinking Critically About Data Measurements

Harvard Business Review

” The last time November 2 fell on a Friday was in 2012, and the next time is in 2018; essentially, the clock was off by about three years and eight minutes! HBR STAFF. Managers use measurements every day to guide their analyses, decisions, and planning.

Actually, You Should Check Email First Thing in the Morning

Harvard Business Review

It’s estimated that by 2018 the average employee will send and receive 140 messages per day.

How We Think About Innovation at Cisco

Harvard Business Review

In the manufacturing sector alone, market intelligence firm IDC expects the IoT market to grow to about $100 billion by 2018, a five-year combined annual growth rate (CAGR) of 18%. No one doubts that the future belongs to the Internet of Things.

Success with the Internet of Things Requires More Than Chasing the Cool Factor

Harvard Business Review

Gartner recently estimated that through 2018 “80% of IoT implementations will squander transformational opportunities” and fail to monetize IoT data. Many companies begin an internet of things (IoT) journey with great expectations, only to end up with disappointing business results. And a new survey by Cisco found that one-third of all completed IoT projects were not considered a success.

Health Care Providers Must Stop Wasting Patients’ Time

Harvard Business Review

By the end of 2018 it will be 50%. In 2014 Jess Jacobs, a director in an innovation lab, started blogging about her experience as she received treatment for two rare diseases. Jess was trained as a Six Sigma Green Belt. So unlike your average patient, she described one 12-hour wait in the ER as having a “7% process cycle efficiency.” ” Likewise, she determined that just 29% of her 56 outpatient doctor visits were useful.

How Investors React When Companies Announce They’re Moving to a SaaS Business Model

Harvard Business Review

For example, in 2014 IDC estimated that more than one-quarter of enterprise applications would be offered with the SaaS model by 2018, up from one-sixth in 2013. On April 23, 2012, Adobe Inc. launched a Software-as-a-Service (SaaS) subscription version of its key product line, Creative Suite, causing its net income to plummet by almost 35% percent the following year. Yet by April 2016 Adobe’s stock price had nearly tripled from its value four years earlier.

The Potential and Pitfalls of Doing Business in Cuba

Harvard Business Review

While we expect the first to occur by 2018, the Cuban government has already begun to slowly move toward unifying its two currencies.

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What the Trump Administration Needs to Do About Health Care

Harvard Business Review

The new administration should not back away from current goals to, by the end of 2018, shift half of Medicare fee-for-service payments to alternative models that explicitly reward value. On January 20 Donald Trump will be sworn in as the 45th president of the United States. How exactly he and the Republican-controlled Congress will reshape U.S.

Six Numbers Reveal the Booming Business of Auto-Analytics

Harvard Business Review

By 2018, 485,000,000 wearable computing devices will ship globally, including smart watches and smart clothing, according to ABI Research.

Complying with Family-Friendly Leave Policies Is Not Enough

Harvard Business Review

New York recently became the fifth state to pass paid parental leave. Obviously, this action has major implications for U.S. employers, since the United States is the only developed nation without paid maternity leave.

The Fight Against Zika Can’t Wait for a Vaccine

Harvard Business Review

Candidate vaccines for Zika won’t begin large-scale trials until 2017 and, assuming they work safely, would not be available until 2018 or later. As Congress plays politics over emergency funds requested months ago , Zika is on the verge of spreading across the United States.

Do Doctors Get Worse as They Get Older?

Harvard Business Review

In response, the ABIM announced it would offer a new assessment option starting in January 2018, allowing doctors to be recertified through shorter, but more frequent, assessments. A debate has erupted within medicine over how to ensure that physicians maintain their clinical skills throughout their careers. The American Board of Internal Medicine (ABIM) has long required internists to pass Maintenance of Certification exams every 10 years to keep their board-certified status.

If Democrats Want to Challenge Trump, They Need a New Strategy

Harvard Business Review

But to win in the 2018 midterms and the 2020 presidential election, the opposition does not need to convince everyone who voted for Trump. To succeed, the opposition needs to treat each of these four types differently, with an eye to how they will affect Trump’s popularity by the 2018 and 2020 elections.

How CFOs Can Take the Long-Term View in a Short-Term Economy

Harvard Business Review

In 2012, John Deere CEO Samuel Allen began releasing long-term, aspirational revenue targets for 2018. Investors are increasingly seeking firms with long-term growth strategies, rather than ones focused on managing short-term earnings to boost the stock price.

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What Your Moonshot Can Learn from the Apollo Program

Harvard Business Review

SpaceX, taking a page from NASA’s playbook, just announced that it will fly tourists around the moon in 2018.). Project Apollo Archive/NASA. In January Google ended Project Titan, an initiative to blanket the earth in Wi-Fi with the help of solar-powered drones. It was the latest in a series of Google’s moonshot projects being closed. With the announcement, some in the media concluded that the Google moonshot was essentially dead.

Using Big Data to Make Wiser Medical Decisions

Harvard Business Review

Our IT leaders also served on Obama Administration committees that wrote requirements for patient-generated health data into 2018 federal health care IT regulations, thereby ensuring the concept’s longevity.

Navigating the Complexities of Doing Business in Russia

Harvard Business Review

the re-election of Putin in 2018) and foreign policy over domestic reforms, such as fighting corruption, that could lead to an improved business environment. Jennifer Maravillas for HBR. From the conflict in Ukraine, to Russian meddling in U.S. and European elections, to management of the Syrian War, it’s clear that relations between the West and Russia have become increasingly hostile.

Outsider CEOs Are on the Rise at the World’s Biggest Companies

Harvard Business Review

” With Iger’s contract ending in 2018, the company said its board “will broaden the scope of its succession planning process to identify and evaluate a robust slate of candidates for consideration.”

Sub-Saharan Africa’s Most and Least Resilient Economies

Harvard Business Review

The chart below shows the resilience index (x-axis) paired with three-year average GDP growth (y-axis), while the size of the bubbles represent our projections for the size of these economies in 2018. The past year has been difficult for many markets in Sub-Saharan Africa (SSA).

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