CEOs

Who Runs Silicon Valley: CEO Edition 2014

The Silicon Valley seems like the engine for growth in the US economy. According to the 2014 Silicon Valley Index, this area leads the nation in IPOs, patents registered, venture capital and angel investment, as well as leading the nation in income and high growth/high wage jobs. Many of the newest global technology wins such as Facebook, Twitter, and LinkedIn all have headquarters here.

The Internet of Things: Mapping the value beyond the hype

In Brief

The Internet of Things—digitizing the physical world—has received enormous attention. In this research, the McKinsey Global Institute set out to look beyond the hype to understand exactly how IoT technology can create real economic value. Our central finding is that the hype may actually understate the full potential of the Internet of Things—but that capturing the maximum benefits will require an understanding of where real value can be created and successfully addressing a set of systems issues, including interoperability.

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Pitfalls to Avoid When You Inherit a Team

Taking over as the leader of an existing team can be daunting. The team’s response to your new processes or style can make you feel a little like the evil stepmother who’s stepped into their formerly happy lives. Your team was once someone else’s team. They’ve developed habits in response to the preferences of the previous leader. Adjusting those habits is going to be challenging, but there are things you can do to make the transition easier on all of you.

CEO Perspectives

About this report

CEO perspectives: How HR can take on a bigger role in driving growth is an Economist Intelligence Unit report, sponsored by IBM and Oracle. It investigates whether the HR function is forging a close and robust relationship with the CEO. It also explores the nature of these working relationships,how they have been affected by the economic downturn and how they vary across industries and regions.

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Top executives need feedback—here’s how they can get it

The problem

Subordinates don’t want to offend the boss. Therefore, as you become more senior in an organization, you tend to get less feedback. Over time, you risk growing confused about your development needs and becoming isolated from criticism.

Why it matters

Your junior colleagues represent an untapped source of feedback that can help you materially improve your performance. They can also provide valuable input on key strategic decisions.

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