Fortune speaks with ReD's Christian Madsbjerg about flawed business thinking, the arrogance of Silicon Valley, and why he prefers to hire anthropology majors at his consulting firm.
Interview by Ryan Bradley
FORTUNE -- Christian Madsbjerg likes to talk about how booze companies often forget who their customers really are. Madsbjerg's consulting firm, ReD, had one such client that was spending $100 million on the stuff it gave to bars, which bar owners MOREMar 11, 2014 1:31 PM ET
Instead of dealing with differences of opinion and working collaboratively, people choke back what they think. Yet such problems don't go away by themselves.
By Keith Ferrazzi
FORTUNE -- I once led an offsite with the top 100 leaders at a multinational chemical company. I was immediately struck by how humble, friendly, and polite this room full of engineers was. At one point, I decided to take a risk and let MOREMar 11, 2014 12:28 PM ET
For decades, diversity programs have flourished in corporate America. Yet the stats on women and minorities in business leadership tell a very different tale.
By Katherine Reynolds Lewis
FORTUNE -- There's plenty of talk about the importance of diversity at the top of companies to improve decision-making and risk management. Often left unsaid is the fact that it's quite difficult to tell the difference between a true commitment to diversity and MOREMar 10, 2014 1:43 PM ET
In the run-up to fall elections, the Obama Administration and wage advocates are presenting an increase in the federal minimum as a key tool to combat income inequality.
By Elizabeth G. Olson
FORTUNE -- The push to increase the federal minimum wage is gathering steam as the White House puts the issue front and center in the run-up to the fall elections. And supporters are positioning a wage bump as the MOREMar 10, 2014 12:54 PM ET
Over the next few years, we will see a broad-based and long over-due revolution in corporate management models.
By Gary Hamel
(TheMIX) -- Over the past 20 years, nothing has transformed business as thoroughly or as frequently as information technology. In the first wave, advances in IT prompted many companies to revamp their operating models. In Wave 2, the growing power of the Web provoked a fundamental rethink of business models. MOREMar 10, 2014 10:25 AM ET
In struggling El Salvador, cultivating entrepreneurs is an essential ingredient for growth. Enter the country's first national startup contest.
By Amy Kaslow
FORTUNE -- Twenty-one-year-old Cesar Canas flashes a winning smile as he pitches his latest business idea: a shrimp farm that recycles its liquids rather than drawing daily on El Salvador's limited water supply.
"You will hear about us in the United States," he promises. Canas is one of many young MOREMar 7, 2014 5:57 PM ET
Russia must be sorely disappointed by China's lack of support. But despite the two nation's ties, Beijing has chosen to sit this one out.
By Minxin Pei
FORTUNE -- For now, Russian president Vladimir Putin has elected not to escalate tensions with the West over Ukraine, giving some hope for a peaceful solution to the political crisis in Kiev.
Until he blinked on March 4, Putin had been engaged in a game MOREMar 5, 2014 3:05 PM ET
Europe's second largest country is suffering immensely, but it's a key food producer, which is why it's critical to companies like Deere and Caterpillar -- and why China recently secured rights to use 7.4 million acres of its arable land.
By Geoff Colvin, senior editor-at-large
FORTUNE -- Ukraine is a sad country. That's not my opinion -- well, actually it is, but setting that aside for the moment, it's also a MOREMar 3, 2014 1:04 PM ET
More people are working longer and retiring later than ever before, but very few make it past 50 years at a single employer.
By Vickie Elmer
FORTUNE -- More people are working longer and retiring later than ever before in U.S. history -- yet very few toil long enough to receive a 50-year pin or party from a single employer.
Those who reach the 50-year mark are rare enough to merit articles MOREFeb 28, 2014 5:00 AM ET
Sometimes it seems like the world is collapsing around us: young people have no work ethic, there's a leadership vacuum in corporate America, schools are in crisis. But all of this has happened before, and it will happen again.Feb 27, 2014 10:17 AM ET
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