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A weekly podcast featuring the leading thinkers in business and management.

    The Rise and Fall of Carlos Ghosn: Part 2

    The Rise and Fall of Carlos Ghosn: Part 2

    After Carlos Ghosn’s dramatic turnaround at Nissan, profits soar and Ghosnmania sweeps Japan. But signs of trouble emerge as Ghosn takes over as the CEO of both Renault and Nissan in 2005. Then Ghosn’s high pay creates controversy in Japan and France. This second episode of a four-part series explores Ghosn’s leadership style and how it contributes to his eventual downfall.

    • 31 min
    What Business Leaders Need to Know About China Now

    What Business Leaders Need to Know About China Now

    Elsbeth Johnson, senior lecturer at MIT’s Sloan School of Management, and Rana Mitter, professor of history at Oxford, argue that there's a lot about the Chinese political system and economy that business leaders from elsewhere in the world still misunderstand. They argue that democracy and a free market system aren't always as tightly linked as we think, and that many people in China also live, work, and invest differently than Westerners do. Better understanding these dynamics will be the key to business success in the world's most populous country. Johnson and Mitter are the authors of the HBR article "What the West Gets Wrong About China."

    • 26 min
    The Rise and Fall of Carlos Ghosn: Part 1

    The Rise and Fall of Carlos Ghosn: Part 1

    When Japan's most famous CEO is suddenly arrested, conflicts are revealed in the Renault-Nissan Alliance he led for two decades. Then Carlos Ghosn jumps bail by stowing away in a private jet to Lebanon. Ghosn's daring escape raises new questions about his alleged financial misconduct — and the corporate system that kept him in power.

    • 31 min
    How Leaders Can Encourage Imagination

    How Leaders Can Encourage Imagination

    Martin Reeves, managing director and senior partner at Boston Consulting Group’s Henderson Institute, has looked at how companies reinvent themselves to achieve success. And he has found that an essential ingredient in that process is imagination. It’s something we cultivate in children but rarely practice deliberately in the business world. He explains how to encourage and systematize imagination in your organization. Reeves is the coauthor of the new book The Imagination Machine: How to Spark New Ideas and Create Your Company's Future.

    • 25 min
    CEO Series: Ursula Burns on Leading with Authenticity at Xerox

    CEO Series: Ursula Burns on Leading with Authenticity at Xerox

    Ursula Burns, CEO of Xerox from 2009 to 2016, rose from humble beginnings to become the first Black woman to lead a Fortune 500 company. In this interview with HBR editor-in-chief Adi Ignatius, she talks candidly about the frequent challenges and occasional advantages of being "the only" and explains why organizations needs to do a better job of promoting both economic and racial equality -- themes that also animate her new memoir, "Where You Are is Not Who You Are".

    • 29 min
    Why Smart People (Sometimes) Make Bad Decisions

    Why Smart People (Sometimes) Make Bad Decisions

    Daniel Kahneman, Nobel Prize winner and emeritus professor at Princeton University, and Olivier Sibony, professor of strategy at HEC, say that bias isn't the only thing that prevents people and organizations from making good choices. We’re also susceptible to something they call "noise" - variability in calls made by otherwise interchangeable professionals and even by the same person at a different time or day. But the solution isn’t necessarily taking humans out of the equation with artificial intelligence. There are ways to combat noise, and leaders should take steps to do so. Kahneman and Sibony are the coauthors, along with Cass Sunstein, of the book "Noise: A Flaw In Human Judgment."

    • 26 min

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1.5K Ratings

1.5K Ratings

simplycompliicated ,

Good overall.

I’ve been listening to it a few months now. Overall this show is interesting to listen to and gives really good insights into the business world. My only complaint is during the recent podcast #788 Career Rules at around the 19 min mark the host came off as ignorant by saying “Large, small, US, Asian, Indian, South American.” India isn’t a continent and is considered Asian, there was no need to distinguish/ single it out.

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Great Insight, Digestible Format

Tons of actionable takeaways packed into each episode

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Amazing Content!

The hosts such a good job covering a variety of topics. The show is filled with beautiful insights and wit. Their guests offer awesome advice as well. I would recommend this show to anyone looking to be inspired!

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