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A compilation of recent, high-quality business insights from our businesses that brings together some of the best ideas and stories on Vision and Ideas, Strategy Execution, Top Leadership Effectiveness, and Talent and Succession.


HLG Notebook | July 2013

1. A Guide to Hiring the Second-Best The vice-chairman of Ogilvy UK offers this counterintuitive, game-theory approach to hiring. Go after the people who didn’t graduate at the top of their class – or anywhere near it: If we confine our recruitment efforts to people in the lower half of the degree ladder, we shall […] Read More »


We need to make our society and cities age-friendly

When G8 leaders met last week in Belfast to discuss how to stimulate economic growth and improve fiscal health, they would have been wise to look southward towards Dublin. In the Irish capital, the European Union had just held the “EU Summit on Active and Healthy Ageing: An Action Agenda for Europe’s Cities and Communities” […] Read More »


G100 Network Notebook | May 2013

In This Issue: Talent & Workplace Happiness. What are a CEO’s Greatest Weaknesses? Data Analytics & Your Supply Chain. China’s Future. North American Oil Boom & the Global Energy Market. Getting More From Your Company’s Innovation Process. Cyber Threats, Home & Abroad. Slow Growth in Health Care Spending Underestimated. Read More »


HLG Notebook | June 2013

Six Ideas That Made Us Think: 1) Don’t Put Another Shrimp on the Barbie. 2) What Is the Cost of Recycling? 3) In the Future, There Will Be Lots of Revolutions. 4) The Politics of Political Baseball. 5) The Commencement Season's Best. 6) The Prophet of Unintended Consequences. Read More »


SSA & Company Expands Team

As design plays an increasingly important role in the world of operations, process, and technology, SSA & Company is leading this trend among strategic management consultancies. To point: SSA is bringing on a new Managing Director for New Products and Innovation – Jason Meil – who joins the company from Method. Read More »


HLG Notebook | May 2013

Five Ideas That Made Us Think: 1) Memorial Day Tribute. 2) Sham Sommeliers. 3) Downing Dan Brown. 4) The New Yorker Whiffs. 5) The "Gift" of Longevity. Read More »


G100 Network Notebook | April 2013

In This Issue: Can Corporate Learning Be Reinvented? Sal Khan and Google at G100. eBay’s John Donahoe at G100. Poland’s Foreign Minister on Economic Reform. The Emerging Industry of Workforce Science. Singapore to Eclipse Switzerland. The Backlash Against High Tech’s Immigration Push. Energy, Business, and Geopolitics. Margaret Thatcher’s “Dissenters”. Regulation Ahead. Spring Reading. Read More »


SSA Notebook | April 2013

Five Ideas That Made Us Think: 1) How Brooks Brothers Uses Technology to Get the ‘Science of Customer Personalization’ Right. 2) Will Customers Sacrifice Service for a Good Deal? An Inside Look at Southwest and Spirit. 3) What Baseball and Politics Have to Do with Your Business — Big Data Lessons from Nate Silver. 4) Six Sigma Meets Animation. 5) The Changing Shape of Today’s IT Departments. Read More »


G100 Network Notebook | March 2013

In This Issue: The China “Ghost Town” Story is Exaggerated. Buffet to American CEOs: Stop Whining. John Mackey at G100: A Kinder, Gentler CEO? Has The American Dream Become Elusive For Generations X, Y? The Drones Are Coming. Human Resources and Big Data. Online University, a Booming Business. A Transatlantic Trade Deal. How To Make A Company Truly Great. Read More »


G100 Notebook | February 2013

In This Issue: What Can the Khan Academy Teach Employers? How Military Leaders Use Contrarian Thinking to Solve Problems. A Silicon Valley of Drones. The Debate Over Sheryl Sandberg. What to Make of the Italian Elections. The Shale Revolution, at Home and Abroad. IBM’s Watson Applies Big Data to Health Care. Learning the Right Lessons From Japan. Read More »