Included in the Executive Briefings Library

Our special selection includes new, best-selling and classic Stanford lectures, filmed on campus and featuring business experts, executives and CEO's, and noted academics from Stanford and elsewhere. These world-class speakers and thought leaders share their expertise and best practices for jump-starting your success and bringing your organization up to the next level.

Acting with Power

Combining research on the psychology of power with the acting skills of the theater, Professor Gruenfeld illustrates how our nonverbal behavior affects how we are perceived in a hierarchy — far more than the words or arguments we use.

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Authentic Leadership

Vision is important in a leader, but vision is derivative. Before you can articulate a vision that is meaningful, you have to understand an organization, its people and culture, and the broader landscape.

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Building a Winning Team

Jon Gordon's strategies for successfully uniting teams build on the premise that communication is key.

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Capabilities-Driven Strategy

Drawing on research, including in-depth case studies on companies such as Apple and IKEA, Paul Leinwand explains how companies can correct a flawed strategy and still create value in the market.

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Creative Confidence

David Kelley, founder and chair of IDEO, discusses human-centered “design thinking,” which requires building empathy for the end-users of whatever product, service or environment you are creating. But empathy alone is not enough. If you want to innovate routinely, you must have a process.

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Creativity: The Pixar Process

With fascinating insights about the creative process at Pixar and Disney, Ed Catmull reminds us that whatever conclusions we have drawn, we need to hold them lightly. Though they may have been right at one time, that doesn’t mean they are right today.

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Customer-Centric Innovation

According to Lara Lee, intensive customer focus is the most effective means of achieving the rich pipeline of innovation that leads to continuous improvement and consistent growth. She shares examples of how she implemented this at Harley-Davidson, as well as the successes of Zipcar, Chipotle, and more.

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Diversity: Helping Outsiders Become Insiders

Greg Walton shares research on a number of simple interventions that have had a remarkably positive effect on the performance – and social satisfaction – of both women and minorities.

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Getting (More of) What You Want: Negotiating Deals Big and Small

A negotiation is not a battle. That’s how Professors Neale and Lys begin this presentation, explaining that a negotiation is the opposite of a battle.

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Happiness Matters

Tony Hsieh discusses the different ingredients used by Zappos.com to build a long-lasting enduring brand, including the importance of customer service and company culture.

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How to Think Like a Start-Up Leader

Steve Blank explains why the innovation process is so difficult in larger organizations and shares tools and processes that successful start-ups use to drive innovation.

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The Innovation Engine

Why do we need creativity? Dr. Seelig’s model for the “Innovation Engine” allows us to alternate between discovery and invention by incorporating the internal strengths of imagination, knowledge and attitude along with the external forces of habitat, resources and culture.

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Leadership Lessons Learned the Hard Way

VMware CEO Pat Gelsinger shares his perspective on effective leadership, based on the lessons he has learned over the course of his 35-year career in the technology industry.

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Managing the Millennials

New generations entering the job market have always caused disruption for coworkers and created challenges for managers from previous generations. The Millennials now entering the job market are no different. Alec Levenson’s research of over 40,000 employees, comparing Millennials to Generation X, shows significant differences in their needs for flexibility, team cohesion, and supervisor support and appreciation.

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Minimizing Gender Biases in the Workplace

We unconsciously use cognitive shortcuts, including gender stereotypes, and unfortunately, these stereotypes bias our evaluations and often give men the edge. Drawing from compelling research, Dr. Correll explains how we can minimize gender bias.

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Mining Talent

George Anders reveals why traditional hiring approaches are not designed for revealing the talent that fosters exceptional productivity and lasting success.

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The Power of Persuasion

Increase your power and influence with simple, guaranteed methods you'll start using right away. In this dynamic presentation, Robert Cialdini provides fascinating insights on how to be successful in your attempts to persuade all manner of other people. This program is a "must" for managers, marketers, and manipulators of all kinds!

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Reinventing the Way We Do Business

An insightful interview in which Ed Whitacre shares, vividly, leadership lessons learned and the core management principles that catapulted him to 17 years as chairman and CEO of AT&T and, temporarily lured out of retirement, as chairman and CEO of General Motors Co.

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Rookie Smarts: Reclaim Your Competitive Edge

Based on years of research, Liz Wiseman offers keen insights into how thinking like a rookie can reinvigorate your competitive edge in the workplace.

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Scaling Up Excellence

Scaling is never quick and easy—it takes daily dirty work to make it happen, and even then it’s a ground war that can go on for years. Ultimately, you can’t win unless you scale up in excellence as you scale up in size. In other words, what got you here is not what is going to get you there.

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Six Skills of High-Scale Entrepreneurs

How do you take an idea and turn it into a 100-million dollar enterprise—seemingly overnight? Amy Wilkinson has isolated six entrepreneurial skills that can carry an idea from start-up to scale.

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Strategic Decision-Making

Strategic moments often appear in a crisis. These moments can either propel you forward or set you back—perhaps irretrievably. In order to set the right trajectory when something goes horribly wrong, get the worst information out first, know your values, and act on them.

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Strategy and the Purpose-Driven Leader

In the past 25 years, thousands of articles have been written about strategy, but virtually none about the leadership vital for doing it well. Strategy has been transformed from an art to a science—but science alone is not enough. Cynthia Montgomery makes the case for bringing people back into the equation.

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Three Keys to Becoming a Great Leader

Susan Packard’s three keys to great leadership: leaders are connected, leaders keep their organizations fresh, and leaders show courage. Easier said than done?

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The Values-Based Leader

Practical advice on how to lead while staying true to your moral compass. Values-based leadership is possible for anyone to achieve, at any point in a career, by adhering to four guiding principles of behavior.

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