Harvard Business Review has a new design! Both the print magazine and the website have changed somewhat, with a new "look" and new features. In the magazine, the executive summaries of the articles, which used to be found at the end of each issue, have disappeared; two columnists, C.K. Prahalad of the University of Michigan's Ross School of Business (click here for his Wikipedia page) and Dan Ariely of the Fuqua School of Business at Duke University (of Predictably Irrational fame, and who also has a Wikipedia page) make their debut, as well as a Life's Work section on the last page, which features Condoleezza Rice for its first installment.
I particularly enjoyed reading:
- The column by C.K. Prahalad, entitled "The Responsible Manager", where he shares the advice he has given to his students every year for the past thirty-three years, upon ending his MBA and executive education courses (Item #1: "Understand the importance of non-conformity. [...] Leaders have to venture into uncharted territory, so they must be able to handle intellectual solitude and ambiguity.")
- "Five Ways to Bungle a Job Change," by Boris Groysberg and Robin Abrahams, both of Harvard Business School. Those mistakes are: (a) not doing enough research, (b) leaving for money, (c) going "from" rather than "to", (d) overestimating yourself (in one consultant's words, people "undervalue the strengths of their organization in helping them achieve their objective."), (e) thinking short term.
The revamped magazine was a great read. I am looking forward to the March issue already.