Professor Linda Hill: Curiosity

Professor Linda Hill’s innate curiosity allows her to learn every day and dig deep into the ideas and people she studies. Her research focuses on leadership, globalization, and innovation. Hill’s case studies, such as “Michael Ku and Global Clinical Supply at Pfizer Inc.: Bringing Hope to Patients,” illustrate how she likes to work—studying leadership over time and building strong relationships with the case protagonists.
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Harvard Business School’s Bold Agenda

Srikant Datar became eleventh dean of Harvard Business School (HBS) on January 1, 2021, under two unusual circumstances. First, he assumed his new responsibilities in the middle of the academic year, rather than at its outset, the traditional starting point for new deans’ decanal service—giving them the quiet summer months to assemble their teams and set priorities. Second, of course, he assumed them in the middle of the pandemic; as University leaders focused on the health crisis in 2020, his predecessor, Nitin Nohria, agreed to stay on six months longer than he initially planned to ease the search and transition.
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Behind the New HBS Brand Identity: Q+A with the Designers

The new year also brings a new brand identity to Harvard Business School (HBS). In December, after nearly a year of research, design, and collaborative effort, Marketing & Communications revealed the new wordmark, font, color palette, and patterns that will represent the School in all current and future advertisements, websites, publications, and collateral. We talked with James Aris, creative director, and the two project leads from Stoltze Design Group, Clif Stoltze and Katherine Hughes, to learn more about the new identity.
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A New Era for the American Worker

“When I talk to leaders of companies, they’re literally panicking because they can’t fulfill their services. They can’t deploy their product. They can’t meet their growth goals because they don’t have trained talent,” Tsedal Neeley, a professor of business administration at Harvard Business School, told Recode. She said companies that preemptively make work better for their employees — higher pay, remote flexibility, other financial and social incentives — will have a business advantage over those that wait for their workers to demand those benefits.
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Sales Management That Works with Frank Cespedes

Frank Cespedes teaches at Harvard Business School and for 12 years was Managing Partner at a professional services firm. He has worked with many companies on go-to-market and strategy issues, and has been a Board Member at consumer goods, industrial products, and services firms. In this episode we discuss how to separate signal from noise and the implications for hiring, training, performance management, and relevant sales models.
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The Secret Ingredient of Thriving Companies? Human Magic.

The traditional corporate approach to motivating people has been a combination of carrots and sticks: a system of financial incentives designed to mobilize everyone around a plan designed by a few smart people at the top. Multiple studies have confirmed that, for any work involving cognitive or creative skills, financial rewards do not drive motivation and performance. So, what does? According to former Best Buy CEO Hubert Joly, it takes several mutually reinforcing elements to create an environment that unleashes the kind of human magic necessary for a company purpose to take root and flourish. He presents six ingredients to create your company’s unique recipe for human magic.
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