Management Styles

Strategy Driven

As a reaction to industrial reforms and the strength of unions, a Hard Nosed style of leadership was prominent from 1910-1939, management’s attempt to take stronger hands, recapture some of the Captain of Industry style and build solidity into an economy plagued by the Depression. Management by Objectives came into vogue in 1965 and was the prevailing leadership style until 1990.

The Big Picture of Business – Corporate Cultures Reflect Business Progress and Growth.

Strategy Driven

As a reaction to industrial reforms and the strength of unions, a Hard Nosed style of leadership was prominent from 1910-1939, management’s attempt to take stronger hands, recapture some of the Captain of Industry style and build solidity into an economy plagued by the Depression. Management by Objectives came into vogue in 1965 and was the prevailing leadership style until 1990.

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Beware of Short-term Management, Not the Short-term Investor

Harvard Business Review

A low stock price can make the firm vulnerable to a hostile takeover, for example. It apparently takes a courageous and confident board member to second-guess the market! Compensation Economy LeadershipThis blog post is part of the HBR Online Forum The CEO's Role in Fixing the System. Much has been made in recent years about the pernicious influence of short-term investors on corporate performance.

What's Lost When Shareholders Rule

Harvard Business Review

The form of capitalism that has emerged in Britain is the textbook description of how to organize capital markets and corporate sectors. It features dispersed shareholders with powers to elect directors and remove them with or without cause, large stock markets, active markets for corporate control , a good legal system, strong investor protection, a rigorous anti-trust authority — the list goes on. Boards Leadership Mergers & Acquisitions

An Activist Investor Lands in Your Boardroom — Now What?

Harvard Business Review

Contrary to the adverse experience of some governing boards, activist investors can actually prove to be a leadership asset on the board rather than a disruptive force—providing the boardroom is well-managed and led. Founder and primary owner of Icahn Enterprises, Icahn had been tagged a corporate raider for his hostile takeover of TWA in 1985. In doing so, activist investors are not just benefitting from a company’s leadership.