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The Critical Few: Components of a Truly Effective Culture
Conventional approaches to culture and change management overlook the emotional, human foundation on which lasting cultural impact is based. Focus instead on “the critical few”—critical behaviors, existing cultural traits, and critical informal leaders—to successfully bring about sustainable change. read more on strategy+business >

There’s No Such Thing as a Culture Turnaround
Corporate culture influences everything a company does. But true cultural transformation doesn’t happen through programmatic redesign efforts. In this new Harvard Business Review article, follow five steps to enable, energize, and engage employees for the long term. read more on HBR.org blog >

Looking Beyond the Team, The Steve Job’s Way and more
The Katzenbach Center at Booz & Company is proud to present the latest edition of Katzenbach Foresight, where we push beyond best practice boundaries in leadership, organization, culture, and human capital. read more >

Look Beyond the Team: It's About the Network
Teaming has evolved over the last decade. Ten years ago, the conventional wisdom held that the best way to solve a problem was to form a team. However, today, with the ever-increasing necessity of working across organizational and geographical boundaries, more leaders at all levels are finding that it's not always practical — or even best — to put together a team. The blog discusses today’s alternatives, including the potential of focused networks and subgroups, which can work more effectively in different modes than "real teams." read more >

The Steve Jobs Way
Leaders can learn a lot from the late Apple CEO, but not all of it should be emulated. Most business leaders would be thrilled to achieve Steve Jobs’s level of market success, but should they aspire to lead like him? Steve Jobs may have been, as Walter Isaacson says in his eponymous biography, “the greatest business executive of our era,” but he was a mercurial, demanding, and tyrannical one. Applied to the wrong strategy, market, or product, his behaviors could sink a company. In the end, what made Jobs such a successful leader was his much-lauded talent for envisioning and delivering breakthrough products and services. read more >

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