Michael Boedewig, a principal at Deloitte Consulting LLP, and Jan Steele, one of its senior managers, look at the importance of HR as a "strategic partner" and talk about what companies need to consider to get their HR strategies aligned with today's challenging business world.
Female leaders of state differ from their male counterparts, according to research by Laura Liswood, the founder and secretary general of the Council of Women World Leaders and a senior adviser at Goldman Sachs. She interviewed all the women presidents and prime ministers about their paths to the top and recorded their stories -- and what she and they learned.
Effective organizations succeed by understanding the purpose of their existence -- the company's moral conviction. And when you keep your purpose in mind during all your strategic planning, the decisions themselves seem quite clear. Nikos Mourkogiannis, a strategic leadership consultant and author, explains what purpose is, how to rediscover yours and why it matters in the long run.
When Gareth Penny became CEO of De Beers Group in 2006, it was a rocky time for the company and the diamond industry as a whole. Penny discusses what the industry has done to combat the problem of "conflict diamonds" and what he is doing to lure businesses of all sorts to invest in Africa.