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Personal perspectives on top management topics

Bias Busters

Bias busters: Premortems: Being smart at the start

– Conducting a premortem can help teams anticipate project failure—and head it off at the pass.

Bias busters: Up-front contingency planning

– Avoid throwing good money after bad by developing “contingent road maps”—plans for updating your investment strategy based on unbiased feedback from the market.

Bias busters: Resisting the allure of ‘glamour’ projects

– Don’t starve maintenance projects of funds.

Bias busters: Pruning projects proactively

– Companies hang on too long to underperforming assets. Continual pruning can help them avoid significant losses.

Global Outlook

A decade after the crisis, it’s a different world

– Back in 2008, we learned the hard way that good times can morph into bad times before most of us realize what’s happening. Where are we now?

Is the Solow Paradox back?

– Digitization isn’t stimulating productivity growth—yet.

Rethinking work in the digital age

– Digitization and automation are upending core assumptions about jobs and employees. Here’s a framework for thinking about the new world taking shape.

A fairer workplace

One is the loneliest number

– Put an end to the costly workplace isolation experienced by many women by clustering them on teams and improving the promotion process.

How companies can guard against gender fatigue

– Show you are serious about basics such as mentoring and work–life flexibility—then hold yourself accountable.

Democratizing diversity

– The general manager of people and culture at Australia’s Origin Energy explains why it’s important to go beyond top-down objectives and targets.

Time for a new gender-equality playbook

– The old one isn’t working. We need bolder leadership and more exacting execution.