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The Importance Of The Services Sector To The Sustainable Development Goals

Previously I have written about the importance of the healthcare, resource transformation, food and beverage, consumption, extractives & minerals processing, renewables and alternative energy, infrastructure, transportation, and technology and communications sectors to the 17 Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs).

The Changing Role of Business

On August 19, 2019, 181 CEOs who are members of the U.S. Business Roundtable (BRT) issued a statement on the purpose of a corporation. Its opening sentence speaks to each person’s right to lead a life of meaning and dignity. It goes on to acknowledge the central importance of stakeholders, including customers, employees, suppliers, local communities … Continued

Digitization and Disruption in the Construction Business

$12.7 trillion! That’s the projected size of the global construction industry in 2022, according to one recent analysis. In the US alone, construction employs some 10 million workers. And while it’s a relatively slow-growth sector, it’s been remarkably stable in many of its elements for hundreds of years. That may begin to change.

Cross-silo leadership

Today the vast majority of innovation and business-development opportunities lie in the interfaces between functions, offices or organisations. The integrated solutions that most customers want — but companies wrestle with developing — require horizontal collaboration.

Buying Our Way to Innovation

On today’s (June 13th) Marketplace broadcast, Marielle Segarra and Rita McGrath (with other experts) explore what happens when a small, born-digital, hip brand, like Harry’s, gets bought out by The Man. Harry’s was acquired for a cool $1.37 billion, 9 years into it’s rebellious, anti-big shave, existence. Going to market with a message that basically said to guys, “you don’t need … Continued

Charity begins at work

As Amy Edmondson of Harvard Business School explained in her book, “The Fearless Organisation”, the ideal is to create an atmosphere of “psychological safety” where workers can speak their minds. Managers need to learn the art of “respectful inquiry”, where they ask employees questions and listen intently to the answers. The bosses at Amnesty may … Continued

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