The Productivity Blog

The Age of the Brain
The 21st century is fast becoming what could be termed the “Age of the Brain.” The management world is flooded with ideas about winning...
The Collaboration Challenge
It’s no longer enough to be a team player. To succeed in today’s highly dynamic and networked world, you’ve got to master the art of...
Talent in the City
Employers should be scouting pools of young talent today because the demand for such talent could grow much stronger in the near future.The race to...
A Clear Path to Strategy Execution
A mere 3% of respondents to a new global survey said their organizations are “very successful” at executing strategies. The survey, which...
The Future of Strategy Execution
For top leaders, it’s not enough to dream up brilliant business strategies. They’ve got to be able to execute those plans as well, and...
Retaliation: An Expanding Minefield
Retaliation has been much in the news recently as businesses across the U.S. struggle to understand the effect of last June’s unanimous decision...
Nine Keys to Performance Management
Any organization still seeking that one silver bullet that will revitalize its performance management (PM) system should forget about it, suggests...
Partners in Training: The Global Role of Unions
From a global perspective, the role of unions in training is inconsistent. Unions increasingly serve as useful training partners in some nations, but...
Leading amid Complexity
Attempts to apply complexity theory – also known as complexity science – to management is one of those long-term trends that never gains...
Getting the Green Light
When CEOs of major corporations are talking about how it pays to be green, you know that the term is no longer being relegated to the tree-hugging...