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Harvard Business Review July - August 2018

For over 80 years, Harvard Business Review magazine has been an indispensable and unrivaled source of ideas, insight, and inspiration for business leaders worldwide. Each issue contains breakthrough ideas on strategy, leadership, innovation and management. Now, newly redesigned, HBR presents these ideas in a smart new design with improved navigation and rich infographics. Become a more effective leader by subscribing to Harvard Business Review.

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the ceo vs. the clock

HBR staffer Ramsey Khabbaz with Adi Ignatius (ANDREW NGUYEN)The demands and complexity of leading a company are mind-blowing. A CEO oversees both functional and business unit agendas and answers to a multitude of constituents—shareholders, customers, employees, the board, the media, the government, and the community. And because CEOs aren’t robots, they also need to make room for family, friends, exercise, and other nonwork interests. There aren’t enough hours in the day.How a leader spends his or her time is telling. “A CEO’s schedule (and indeed, any leader’s schedule), then, is a manifestation of how the leader leads and sends powerful messages to the rest of the organization,” write Michael Porter and Nitin Nohria in “How CEOs Manage Time” (page 42). The authors, whose ongoing 12-year study of CEO time use…

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Kristie Rogers never thought she’d wind up in a state prison, but she found herself there on a daily basis while researching Televerde, a B2B marketing firm staffed by female prison inmates. An assistant professor at Marquette University, Rogers was curious about why employees so often tell researchers they don’t feel respected at work. This pushed her to explore the dynamics of respect in a place where they would stand out—a company whose workers are also inmates.“Breakthrough technologies rewrite rules and customs and are sometimes celebrated, even vilified,” says Tarun Khanna, a professor at Harvard Business School. “In creating my own ventures that coexist in the U.S. and Asia, I realized that the vacuum in rules and customs in which breakthrough technologies operate share the limited-rules environments of fast-growing emerging…

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AGILE AT SCALEHBR ARTICLE BY DARRELL K. RIGBY, JEFF SUTHERLAND, AND ANDY NOBLE, MAY–JUNE 2018When implemented correctly, agile innovation teams almost always result in higher productivity and morale, faster time to market, better quality, and lower risk than traditional approaches can achieve. What if a company were to launch dozens, hundreds, or even thousands of agile teams? Could whole segments of the business learn to operate in this manner? As enticing as such a prospect is, turning it into a reality can be challenging. Companies often struggle to determine which functions should be reorganized into multidisciplinary agile teams and which should not. And it’s not unusual to launch dozens of new agile teams only to see them bottlenecked by slow-moving bureaucracies.Perhaps the reason the authors see agility mostly in this…

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Why Great Employees Leave “Great Cultures”BY MELISSA DAIMLERGDPR and the End of the Internet’s Grand BargainBY LARRY DOWNESHow to Respond When You’re Put on the Spot in a MeetingBY PAUL AXTELLWhat I Learned About Working Parenthood After My Kids Grew UpBY AVIVAH WITTENBERG-COXHow Humble Leadership Really WorksBY DAN CABLETo Understand the Future of Tesla, Look to the History of GMBY STEVE BLANKHow to Develop Empathy for Someone Who Annoys YouBY REBECCA KNIGHT ■…

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finding the perfect pace for product launches

Early this fall, if tradition holds, Apple will introduce one or more new iPhones—an unveiling that’s among the year’s biggest events in consumer electronics. The smartphone helped make Apple the world’s most valuable company, even though Samsung and other rivals introduce new products much more frequently. That paradox led V. Kumar, a marketing professor at Georgia State University, and his colleagues Amalesh Sharma and Alok Saboo, to wonder: If a company wants to maximize shareholder value, what’s the optimal number of new products to launch in a given time frame? Does it matter whether the launches are spread out or bunched together, and whether a new product is similar to the rest of the company’s current product portfolio?Managers don’t need an academic study to recognize that launches take a toll…

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in practice   ellen donahue-dalton

Launching a product requires close choreography between product development and marketing, so there are benefits to maintaining a careful pace and rhythm. HBR recently spoke with Ellen Donahue-Dalton, executive vice president and chief marketing and customer experience officer at Medecision, a population health management software company based in Dallas, about new research on the importance of those factors. Edited excerpts follow.Why is this research relevant to your work? We’re coming off an 18-month period in which we launched 10 new products. That’s two or three times as many as we’d typically launch in that time frame. So we’ve been thinking a lot about the pace and regularity of product releases, the resources required, and how to learn from each launch.What determines when to launch a product? We release new software multiple times…