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Successful men and women in business understand the value of continuous learning. The problem for all of us is a lack of time combined with information overload. Some try to keep up with business books. Unfortunately, many business books are bloated works that would be better presented as a long article. And, in fact, many actually started as articles. In addition, there are many other good articles that are not being read as widely as they should be. Since late 1999, I have been scouring the Web looking for such articles as part my editorial work for MBA Depot. I have created this site to highlight just those articles. — JB

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  1. A Checklist for More Persuasive Presentations
    We all know the basics of good presentation skills: don’t read from a script; don’t overwhelm your audience with verbose slides; and the like. But for a particular kind of high-stakes presentation — one in which you’re trying to get buy-in from key decision-makers — those basics aren’t enough.To persuade the people who have the power to approve your idea or let it die, you … [ Read more ]

  2. The 5 Elements of a Strong Leadership Pipeline
    Investments in traditional leadership development are often misguided and a waste of money. It’s not that development itself isn’t important. But there’s little evidence that much of it works. I’ll share some findings from a study my colleagues and I just completed at Deloitte. We surveyed and interviewed executives from more than 2,000 companies, asking extensive questions about how they develop leaders, how their companies … [ Read more ]

  3. Why Companies Overlook Great Internal Candidates
    Are companies overlooking the skilled people in their own workforce? Perhaps. We see three common scenarios that can cause employers to recruit outside their ranks for talented people (albeit at their own risk).

  4. Bernie Madoff Explains Himself
    A few years ago, professor Eugene Soltes phoned convicted felon Bernie Madoff and asked him an important question: How would you explain your actions and misconduct to students? The recorded answer offers sobering lessons for anyone with business ambitions.

  5. Life Is Negotiation: Field-Tested Techniques in Emotional Intelligence and Tactical Empathy from an FBI Negotiator
    Erase everything you’ve been taught about negotiation. You are not rational; there is no such thing as ‘fair’; compromise is the worst thing you can do; the real art of negotiation lies in mastering the intricacies of No, not Yes. I guarantee if you erase everything you think you know about negotiation and apply these methods in your next conversation, you’ll walk away surprised at … [ Read more ]

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  1. A Model for Case Analysis and Problem Solving
    An article by Professor Edward G. Wertheim, College of Business Administration, Northeastern UniversityTable of Contents: I. Why We Use the Case Approach II. Your Responsibilities III. The Six Steps for Problem Analysis 1. Comprehend the Case Situation: Data Collection, identify relevant facts 2. Defining the Problem 3. Identify the causes of the problem … [ Read more ]

  2. Michael Porter's Big Ideas
    The world's most famous business-school professor is fed up with CEOs who claim that the world changes too fast for their companies to have a long-term strategy. If you want to make a difference as a leader, you've got to make time for strategy.

  3. Profitably Parting Ways: Getting More Value from Divestitures
    Companies often struggle to capture the full value of a separation. Here’s how to do better.

  4. Decision Quality: Improving Value from Capital Allocation
    Without well-developed decision systems and processes to address the complexities of capital allocation, organizations often resort to long, drawn-out debates; politicking and gaming the system; the gut instincts of a brave executive and staff; or deferring to quantitative analysis alone. With large amounts at stake, the opportunities for improved decision quality can be considerable.

  5. Winning with an IT M&A Playbook
    What brings repeated success in mergers and acquisitions? What ensures that IT does not cause a deal to falter? A playbook that makes IT integration faster, better, and future-proof.

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