Rita Gunther McGrath

Educator in Duke CE’s Building Strategic Agility course

The failure facade

Failure is as unfashionable as ever. And that’s a problem. Failure has had a cheerful rebrand. Yet, despite…

The ozone-hole solution

An old climate problem shows that global action is possible. Fall was full. Conferences, meetings, and gatherings of…

Solutions, right under your nose

Sometimes the best answers are so obvious you overlook them. Are you struggling to find a creative solution…

Look before you flop

Failed ventures are the norm. Ask questions first. Most new businesses fail. Whether startup or venture initiated by…

Get rid of useless work

Wasted time is not inevitable. Take labour off people’s hands. When Jack Welch landed as chief executive of…

Consultants can be angels, not demons

Paid advisors don’t deserve their bad reputation. Some things never go out of fashion. It’s long been popular…

Stop flying blind

Simple techniques can vastly improve leaders’ understanding. Leveraging diverse perspectives helps avoid blind spots. Yet we still see…

A formula for invention

There is a clear pattern behind business growth. Back in the day when I was a doctoral student,…

What’s your next strategy?

Going digital means more than sticking tech onto legacy business models. Electrification of factories and plants took a…

A new relationship

Transforming your business’s customer relationships starts with understanding their experiences. In theory, digital technologies make it possible for…

The seven deadly sins

Human factors lead good theory to fail in practice. Three-quarters of the time, professionals fail in their transformation…

The new triptych of human strategy

Humanity is sacred, data is free. We often think of strategy as a deeply analytical exercise – a…