Change creates opportunities like never before. For proof, look no further than this issue of IESE Insight magazine. If tech talk scares you, this IESE Insight is your antidote to fear.
You may not be in the sharing business, but don't think this issue of IESE Insight isn't for you. The "sharing economy" is shaping up to be one of the greatest social, economic, technological and human revolutions of our times. If you're not affected yet, you will be.
This IESE Insight is all about people -- a fitting subject, given that companies are essentially communities of people serving other people. And management is about encouraging people, with their individual motivations and autonomy, to work toward the shared objective of serving other people.
A friend once told me about when he took over management of a large company that had just come out of a serious internal crisis. What worried him most were not the obvious problems but the ones that the outgoing team didn't mention because they didn't give them any importance. Might these silent killers still be present, capable of sinking the company? I was reminded of that conversation as I read the dossier on effective risk management.
Recent scandals have seen a legal crackdown on mismanagement. But no amount of legislation will ever be enough if executives don't also change their corporate cultures and practices in favor of integrity. The CEO and the board, especially, must lead by example.
The challenge of growing as a leader is to develop new habits without them becoming habits -- mindless routines that dull us to innovation and change. "Leadership development" is the theme of our dossier, and our three articles will help you take your leadership higher.
Learning is a journey. I'm reminded of this when reading IESE Insight, which marks its 25th issue. Over the past six years, we have sought to bring you "ideas with impact" -- to stimulate the development of new knowledge, skills and values; to offer the latest research and general management frameworks that can be customized to your individual circumstances; to help you grow as a business leader.
Whether you have business interests in Africa or not, the general management principles that our authors raise in this issue of IESE Insight are relevant for whichever market you are in.
Whoever said running a business was easy? Corporate leaders know it can be tough. The best CEOs still find ways to innovate, forge new markets and control the information flows, transforming their challenges into new sources of competitive advantage. How they do this is what you'll discover in this IESE Insight.
Respecting people, recognizing their contributions and trusting them enough to let them take the initiative is a common thread that runs through all the articles in this edition. Indeed, it is what facilitates entrepreneurship, the focus of our dossier. As our authors show, the human spirit can't be contained.