Reena Jana

CFO strategies for disruption, innovation and prediction

Ask 643 chief financial officers from around the world what challenges they face and how they are solving them, and what would you discover? IBM’s Institute for Business Value (IBV) did just that, and the new research has identified key areas that successful CFOs are mastering. In the just-released study from IBV, “Redefining Performance: Insights […]

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SXSW 2016 conversation prep: Must-read articles to discuss while networking

Are you in Austin, Texas for SXSW’s interactive conference? It kicks off March 11 and runs through March 15 (the sister film and music festivals continue to the 20th). If you’re there and prepping for client meetings, or simply gearing up for networking at various parties, we have put together a reading list from THINK […]

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Brian Padden: Successful IT leaders are enablers and problem solvers

Brian Padden of Dairygold meets with THINK Leaders to talk IT strategies and challenges at the CIO Leadership Exchange in Paris, France. On a misty fall day in Paris, Brian Padden walks through the hallways of the Maison de la Mutualité, an elegant Left-Bank exhibition space and theater built in the 1930s. Padden is attending […]

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Must-reads for CHROs seeking to make more data-driven decisions

Forward-thinking chief human resources officers around the globe are increasingly looking at big trends in consumer experiences and applying them to improve how they keep employees engaged. According to the just-released CHRO Study published by IBM’s Institute for Business Value, these include using cloud-based services to enable a more flexible workforce unbound by office walls; […]

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Sir Ridley Scott on science fiction and how it influences the future of tech

Sir Ridley Scott, the director of the Oscar-nominated film The Martian, has long looked to the future in his work. From Alien (1979) to Blade Runner (1982) and now The Martian (2015), he has created compelling and highly visual narratives that make alien discoveries and artificial intelligence seem very, very real and believable. For the […]

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Oki Matsumoto: Advice on how to be disruptive—and stay disruptive

When Oki Matsumoto, Chief Executive Officer of Monex Group, Inc., speaks in front of an audience about bold technological disruption and the future of finance, he gestures with an elegant, sweeping arc of his arm. It’s as if he is tracing the trajectory of a big idea.He has a demeanor that is brilliantly wise and […]

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WEF Annual Meeting: Trends to watch in 2016

  Each January, world leaders and C-suite executives (and a few influential Hollywood stars and rock legends) gather for the Annual Meeting of the World Economic Forum (WEF) Annual meeting in Davos-Klosters, Switzerland to discuss pressing issues that affect the global economy and international culture. This year’s 2,500 attendees include Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau, […]

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Can we remake the leadership industry?

Book Review: Leadership BS: Fixing Workplaces and Careers One Truth at a Time, by Jeffrey Pfeffer (Harper Business)   To be a successful C-suite leader today, you must be authentic, modest, truthful and selfless—right? Not if you want to win in today’s environment, suggests Jeffrey Pfeffer, a professor at the Stanford Graduate School of Business. […]

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Nate Bennett: Second in command COOs are first in line to become CEO

Chief operating officers around the world can understand how the American slang phrase “riding shotgun”—sitting in the front seat beside the driver of a car—is a good metaphor for a COO’s relationship with a CEO. Like a trusted traveling companion on a long and often winding road trip, the COO offers direction but never directly […]

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CDO Summit in Paris: a focus on innovation

More than a dozen accomplished French (and other European) Chief Data Officers and senior executives gathered in Paris on November 5, 2015 in the elegant Salon Pompadour at Hotel Le Meurice. This sumptuous palace dates back to the early 19th century, and was a timelessly beautiful and inspiring setting for stimulating conversation on creating long-term […]

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Suzi Watford: Marketing strategies for making a leading brand more relevant than ever

It’s a crisp, bright October afternoon and the midtown Manhattan office of Dow Jones, the financial information company founded in 1882, is abuzz with crisp, bright conversations. The vibe is more like a tech startup than a 133-year old organization known for traditional print financial publications like the Wall Street Journal and Barron’s. There are […]

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Don’t be afraid of cognitive computing, experts say

The term “cognitive computing” may seem futuristic and even a little mysterious to many consumers today. But forward-thinking business leaders are already deploying systems that learn, reason and interact, and the future is quickly becoming the present. IDC, the IT market intelligence firm, predicts that by 2018, “half of all consumers will interact with services […]

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