What makes a strong organizational chart?

Organization charts are detailed directories of an organization’s design, including names, positions held, responsibilities, contact details and reporting lines within the organization. They are sometimes enriched with photos, information about ongoing projects, performance, experiences, or skills. 1. Share A great company organizational chart provides a visualization of an organization’s complex structure. They are easy to… More

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How can I leverage the Global Fortune 500 list?

Being an employee or a vendor of a Global Fortune 500 company is widely perceived as a badge of honor. But it is not the only such prestigious list of corporations. We have selected 20 highly prestigious company lists. Our most popular lists in 2020 were: UnicornsRussell 3000Global Forbes 2000Global Fortune 500Euro Stoxx 600 These… More

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Five (recent) corporate organizational trends

The pandemic has forced companies to accelerate their transformation. “We have done in two weeks what we thought was impossible in two years” is common feedback. To cope with groundbreaking situations, companies have had to move (very) fast. Over the past several months, companies have been reviewing their business models and their priorities. They are… More

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How Sales Executives are Mastering B2B Sales Conversations

The ongoing Covid-19 pandemic is having a nearly universal detrimental impact on all industries, including  business-to-business (B2B) sales, which likely will not return to normal for quite a while. Some contend they may never return ever to normal, at least as we knew them before the pandemic. This article covers high-level B2B sales between sales… More

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Covid-19 is not the only Force Altering B2B Sales

The ongoing Covid-19 pandemic is likely to prove one of the costliest developments in history, likely costing between $1 trillion and $2 trillion, according to United Nations and other estimates. Like most industries, those engaged in business-to-business (B2B) sales are identifying new ways to conduct their business, including remote and other means of communicating, until… More

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The World’s 12 Best Company Lists

There are 800 million registered companies in the world with one or more employees. That’s an incredibly large number. Over the years, various stock exchanges, analysts and media outlets have sought to organize these companies into lists based on their various common denominators. Here is my (arbitrary) selection of what I consider the world’s 12… More

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Account-Based Marketing 2.0

This year, US business to business online sales will top $9 trillion. Nearly every company engaged in this large and growing sector would likely acknowledge that the key to its past growth owes much to the emergence of account-based marketing. Every indication shows that account-based marketing will remain a centerpiece to exploding sales in the… More

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How Do You Attract The Best Executives?

By Professor Boris Groysberg, Harvard Business School and his research team Abstract: Executive loyalty and executive engagement drive company success. What are the factors that can in/decrease executive loyalty and engagement? How can you act on this? Professor Boris Groysberg at Harvard Business School has partnered with The Official Board to survey over 7,000 top… More

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Ten Words to Impress Your Data Scientist

Before there was “data science”, as most of us will recall, there was simply “data”. It was straightforward. The blossoming discipline of data science has emerged. Here are ten phrases that surround the hot new world of data science. 1. Do we have an alpha? Finding an “alpha” mostly refers to finding a formula for… More

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100 Executive Job Descriptions

“What’s in a name?” William Shakespeare famously asked in Romeo and Juliet. In today’s corporations, the more suitable question might be: “What’s in an executive job title?” The answer: Quite a lot. This document describes in a few words the 100 most popular executive jobs that we have found at the 75,000 most successful companies… More

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Five Tips for Designing an Executive Team

Large and fast-growing companies such as Amazon, Apple, Google, and Netflix have invented new organizations and new ways of doing business. Their organizational structures and new approaches to business are reflected in the executive business titles that collectively define their organizational structures. These same titles are also promulgating within the 75,000+ company organizational charts that we… More

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Executive Job Trends for 2019

Of the ten most valuable U.S. companies, seven are technology-centric. Yet, while technology has become the first corporate change driver, it is not the only one. We recently completed an analysis of 280,000 executive moves at the world’s 75,000 largest companies over the past 12 months. Print or Save in PDF What we discovered is… More

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Lead Business Transformation

By Professor Boris Groysberg of Harvard Business School and Susan Seligson. The British innovation strategist and author Max McKeown observed that “all failure is failure to adapt, all success is successful adaptation.” Those words could serve as a mantra for executives and companies seeking to stay relevant in a swiftly evolving global marketplace. Executive Summary When it… More

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Seven Skills to Succeed in the C-Suite

By Professor Boris Groysberg of Harvard Business School and Susan Seligson. Integrity. Initiative. Self-confidence. Maturity. When it comes to staying relevant and at the top of their game, these were among the traits rated highest in importance in our sweeping survey of thousands of executives worldwide. And while there was variation among industries, most executives… More

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12 Emerging C-Level Positions

On business cards  and on LinkedIn profiles too, business titles are the epicenter of the corporate ladder of power and professional recognition. When new business titles emerge, they are likely to be much more than mere semantics. More commonly, they reveal deeper shifts in corporate strategies and directions. We have observed that 12 C-level roles nearly non-existent a mere… More

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Resolving to Stay Relevant in 2018

By Professor Boris Groysberg, Sarah Abbott, and Katherine Connolly Baden, of Harvard Business School. Over seven thousand executives from 145 countries recently responded to a survey about maintaining the relevance of their skills. We distributed the survey in partnership with The Official Board, a global corporate directory of the medium and large companies; the survey data… More

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21 Hacks for Your Business Intelligence

The earliest known use of the term “Business Intelligence” (BI) dates back to 1865.  It was found in the Cyclopædia of Commercial and Business Anecdotes. The author used the term to describe how an English trader gained profit by receiving and acting upon information prior to his competitors. Today, while BI is booming, this is… More

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Seven Things to Know About Data Management

I have just returned from the NOAH17 Conference. During the two-day conference at Berlin’s Tempodrom, hundreds of CEOs and founders from established champions and emerging disruptors across industries shared tips and trends in their respective digital initiatives. I am grateful to Justus Lumpe and Marco Rodzynek for inviting me to speak on the topic of data management and for organizing such… More

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