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G100 Network Notebook | September 2015

Apple’s Angela Ahrendts: “Chief Emotive Officer” That characterizes her new role at Apple leading an ambitious effort to revitalize store culture and merge retail with online operations, says Fortune. The story offers a delightful account of how Tim Cook lured Ahrendts away from the helm at Burberry after she drove a remarkable turnaround. The move […] Read More »


Miles to Go: Offsites – The cure for struggling teams • The key to making good teams great

There is good news and bad news around team performance. The bad news: You can have the smartest, most talented individuals with high-achieving backgrounds on a team, and that team can still fail; superstar individuals grouped together do not on their own make a great team (whether in the NBA or on the NYSE). But […] Read More »


HLG Notebook | August 2015

1. Gadgets We Could Do Without  Fusion offers a brilliant overview of 11 “smart” devices that were much better when they were dumb. Some are still raising funds on Kickstarter. This example should persuade you not to contribute: Humans held their pants up just fine with leather belts for thousands of years. But now, there’s a better way. According […] Read More »


G100 Network Notebook | August 2015

How Many Direct Reports Can CEOs Manage? That question motivates an analysis of Apple CEO Tim Cook’s executive team, the size of which has nearly doubled in four years to 17. While some experts view this expansion of CEO supervision as potentially stifling to talent development and engagement, others see it as a sign of […] Read More »


Miles to Go: Why Syncing with Your Leader is So Important – and 3 Ways Not to Blow It

One of the areas in which we frequently see executives performing below their potential is in communications, particularly with their direct line supervisor. Being able to effectively communicate upward – to “synchronize” with one’s leader – is important from an entry-level position all the way up to the CEO seat (which then demands synchronization with […] Read More »


G100 Network Notebook | July 2015

What Big Hacks Have in Common Simple safeguards, such as two-factor authentication and timely patches to known vulnerabilities, could have prevented devastating cybersecurity breaches at Sony Pictures and the Office of Personnel Management, the largest government data breach in history. That is one takeaway from an exhaustive Fortune report, based largely on emails and documents stolen in the […] Read More »


HLG Notebook | July 2015

1. Fraud, Lies, and Errors Few recent public health movements have enjoyed more success than the campaign against genetically modified foods. But as William Saletan uncovers in Slate, the anti-GMO campaign is little more than deceit and deception: The anti-GMO movement only pretends to inform you. When you push past its dogmas and examine the evidence, you realize that […] Read More »


SSA Notebook | July 2015

In this issue: Structure and New Ways of Driving Organic Growth, How Design Can Reduce Shipping Costs, Using Data Instead of a Middle Manager, and more. Read More »


G100 Network Notebook | June 2015

Winning with Integrity at Apple Apple CEO Tim Cook turned heads this month with remarks about Google and Facebook, drawing a sharp distinction on privacy and his company’s treatment of customer data. He adds: I’m speaking to you from Silicon Valley, where some of the most prominent and successful companies have built their businesses by […] Read More »


G100 Network Notebook | May 2015

How Uber & Special Forces Operate They adapt with technology that informs all people within their ecosystem to make better, quicker decisions, says a Business Insider video of General Stanley McChrystal, former head of Joint Special Operations Command and co-author of a new book, Team of Teams. He says: The ability to become adaptable becomes more […] Read More »