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CEO Of The Year Winners Say ‘The Why’ Is Critical

It’s perhaps not surprising that trust emerged as a running theme when AlixPartners’ Ted Bililies and Chief Executive editor Dan Bigman talked leadership with a brain trust of America’s most prominent CEOs at the tail end of a tumultuous year. Trust is what gives team members the confidence to persevere in the face of adversity. And it’s trust that powers forging forward with a plan of action when the road ahead is far from clear.
As Marillyn Hewson, former CEO of Lockheed Martin and 2018 CEO of the Year, put it, “As a CEO, you’ve got to …

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Can New-Found Momentum In M&A Deal Activity Overcome Potential Headwinds In 2021?

Despite the uncertain economic outlook, conditions are primed for a deal making surge in 2021, with our data suggesting a rally may have already begun. That said, the road to recovery will not be smooth. Here are five M&A trends to watch in 2021.
1. An increasingly bipolar world
When President-elect Biden takes office, a straightforward shift from the isolationist stance of President Trump’s administration to more internationally expansive market conditions is unlikely. Instead, a geopolitical and macroeconomic environment dominated by tensions between the US and China is expected, with emerging economies largely aligning with China, and Europe caught in between.
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Creating a Post-Covid Business Plan

To plan for a post-pandemic world, businesses must understand what your stakeholders’ behaviors will look like after the pandemic. Some behaviors will return to their pre-crisis state; others will be transformed; and others will disappear entirely. Drawing on research into habit formation, technology adoption and behavioral economics, the authors offer a framework to help companies make reasonable predictions on what happens next.

Right now, every company in the world is facing the same question: What’s going to happen when the pandemic is over? Grocery stores and consumer packaged goods manufacturers have experienced an unexpected boost in sales: Will that …

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Science Says Adding Just 1 Element To Your To-Do List (and Goals) Will ‘Remarkably’ Improve Your Success Rate

Just about every to-do list includes at least one of “those” entries: A task you really want or need to bang out and cross off your list, but can’t stand the thought of actually starting. Much less doing.It looks too hard. Or boring. Or intimidating. So it sits there. Staring back at you. Occasionally giving you the Doc Holliday wink. Hold that thought.In 2017, a study commissioned by the National Science Foundation reviewed more than 61 research experiments designed to examine ways to improve educational attainment.Three factors made the biggest difference in student success, both over the short and …

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How to Thrive in 2021, No Matter What Happens

2020 has been a rough year, and I sincerely hope that 2021 will be an easier and better year. But even with vaccines, the damage the pandemic has done to lives, businesses, and the global economy won’t disappear overnight. That said, here are a few things you can do to have the best 2021 possible, no matter what’s happening in the world. Stay as agile as possible.Nassim Taleb’s book, The Black Swan, motivated me to drop out of grad school and make a drastic career change a decade ago. Not to be confused with the Natalie Portman movie about ballet, Taleb’s book …

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What Did 2020 Do to Retail?

One of the legacies of the 2020 pandemic and the resulting lockdowns is the long list of retailers who’ve filed for bankruptcy. In the United States, the list of causalities includes Lord & Taylor, Neiman Marcus, Pier One, Brooks Brothers, Sur La Table, Guitar Center, and Stein Mart. During this same period, as consumers have increased their reliance on online shopping, Amazon’s share price has risen from $1,900 to $3,160. Will the end of the pandemic bring a surge of business to retailers? Will online grocery shopping become the norm? Can anything slow Amazon’s path to world domination?
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Research: Which Firms Are Allowed to Be Disruptors?

Despite a lot of rhetoric to the contrary, new entrants in an industry tend to have trouble changing how the industry works. In this study of the Champagne industry, the researchers looked at whether that pattern held — and why. They found that vineyard owners strongly resisted structural changes that new Champagne houses (which create and distribute the wine) attempted to introduce. However,  the vineyards were much more open to structural change from longstanding Champagne houses — companies that been their partners for a long time.  These findings suggest that newcomers need to survey the whole ecosystem they’re working within, and …

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