Syd Weighs In - Podcast Series

By: Sydney Finkelstein, Associate Dean for Executive Education, Steven Roth Professor of Management Posted: May 30th, 2014

Associate Dean Sydney Finkelstein has been ranked in the Thinkers50 thought leadership awards for his research and writings on leadership, management, strategy, and other business topics.  

Read more from him in his biweekly BBC Capital column and on Twitter, @SydFinkelstein.


The Tortoise and the Hare
We live in a world where youth is worshiped, in and out of the workplace. Is it possible we’re losing something along the way, maybe even something as fundamental as wisdom?


Whatever Happened to Curiosity and Courage?
What’s wrong with boards of directors? As usual, human nature goes awry on boards, but in ways that are eminently fixable. 


More Meeting Malpractice 
After the first podcast, and the BBC column, on this topic interest spiked. This is one of those issues that won’t go away, because people are living it every day. This second podcast focuses even more on how to make meetings work for you, and your colleagues. 


The Strange Psychology of Expectations
Did you like the last book you read? The answer may depend as much on what others say than your own views. Expectations govern our lives much more than we think, affecting our assessment of quality, managers’ ability to adjust to change, and even how we rate our own success. 


Why Are Cable Companies so Annoying?
Is there any industry as ripe for disruption as the cable (and satellite) business? Well, whether they like it or not, change in coming, fast.


In Praise of Micromanagement 
We’ve all seen managers that can’t effectively delegate, and we don’t like it. But is it possible that micromanagement can help, rather than hurt, how we empower others to get their jobs done?


What I Learned From Michael Kors 
While styles come and go in the fashion industry, when it comes to running a successful business many companies are struggling with change – digital and otherwise. Here are a few lessons from the trenches that will resonate for any business.


Would Einstein Be Locked Up Today?
The world of big data dominates. Witness Google, IBM, and lest we forget, the NSA. In our rush to analytics, are we inadvertently paying a price in creativity and innovation?


The Last Durable Industry
We live in an age of disruption, and the sooner we – business leaders and employees alike – realize what is really important to survive and thrive in this world, the better.


The End of Apple As We Know It?
Apple’s stock price has recently taken a hit as the company’s growth appears to be slowing down. What does this mean for Apple, its investors, customers, and employees?


The One Capability All Leaders Must Have.  
Track record? Industry-specific experienceand competencies? Interpersonal skills? All critical, but in a world of change and disruption, adaptability and agility is the one thing you can’t live without.


Meeting Malpractice
How many times have you sat in a meeting and wondered what you were doing there? Let’s take a look at some of the most egregious offenses, and what you can do to make them go away.


Baristas, Hockey Players, Comedic Actors and Competition
What is competition? What kind of competitor are you? And what kind of competitive mindset really pays off? With the Sochi Olympics in full swing, let’s tap into an eclectic mix of worlds to find some answers.


Finkelstein teaches in several Executive Education programs including:

Tuck Executive Program 
Leadership & Strategic Impact 
Essentials of Management Leadership 
Directors' Consortium 
Tuck Leadership Experience 
select Custom Programs

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