Publications

  • Gender equality in the UK: The next stage of the journey

    September 16, 2013 | Organization | Bain Brief

    Over the last 50 years, gender equality has transformed our society. However, despite all this progress, both men and women are starting to recognise and worry that we’re still a long way off achieving true gender equality in this country. Changing corporate culture and leadership behaviours is

  • Honing talent through sustainability

    August 13, 2013 | Sustainability | Stanford Social Innovation Review

    With top talent in short supply throughout much of the world and in most industries, employee attitudes about sustainable business practices are compelling more companies to take the issue seriously.

  • The big green talent machine

    April 17, 2013 | Talent Management & Leadership Supply, Social & Public Sector | Bain Brief

    With top talent in short supply throughout much of the world, employee attitudes about sustainable business practices are compelling more companies to take this issue seriously, yielding benefits to those firms that take action. A recent Bain survey shows that employees view their companies’

  • Shaping the supply of talent

    December 08, 2011 | Oil & Gas | Bain industry brief

    From our work with clients in the oil and gas industry and across many other sectors, Bain has found that companies often lack a long-term approach in addressing talent supply. Their one-size-fits-all talent management strategies frequently do not take into account the unique needs of critical

  • Building a winning culture

    August 24, 2006 | Performance Culture | Bain Brief

    Why has Dell been consistently successful over the past decade? Aside from the operational discipline and talented people, Dell founder Michael Dell and CEO Kevin Rollins cites their success on "years and years of DNA development that is not replicable outside the company." In a word: culture.

  • Motivating through metrics

    August 31, 2005 | Organization | Harvard Business Review

    Getting the right people on board—and then all enthusiastically pulling in the right direction—has bedeviled organizations since the time of wooden ships, when the most popular form of motivation left lash marks. Today's corporate helmsmen may be more enlightened, but they still face the same

  • Leadership without control

    May 31, 2004 | European Business Journal

    Leading an accounting firm, an advertising agency, a consultancy, an investment bank, or a law firm is not about giving orders to employees further down the hierarchy. It's about manoeuvring a group of peers who are star performers - who constantly question, debate, and even oppose initiatives.

  • Putting your leaders where it counts

    September 30, 2003 | Organization | Handbook of Business Strategy

    Companies that systematically and continuously put the right leaders in the right jobs outperform companies that don't - by a wide margin. In this article, the authors argue that chief executives must recognize and act on the consequences of how they deploy their best managers.

  • Putting Your Leaders Where It Counts

    November 30, 2002 | European Business Journal

    The subject of leadership doesn't get the attention it deserves. Granted, there's no shortage of literature on the need for better business leadership in general, but there's little to explain what it really takes to make it happen.