Six Simple Rules

Today’s leaders are poorly served by conventional management theories and practices. Instead of helping executives manage the growing complexity of business, the supposed solutions only seem to make things worse.

Smart Simplicity in Action

Unlocking Productivity in Biopharmaceutical R&D

Despite general challenges to productivity in biopharma R&D, a few companies continue to excel. The key is their superior organizational effectiveness, which enhances cooperative behavior among R&D staff.

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Mastering Complexity



Rosalinde Torres: What It Takes to Be a Great Leader

In this clear, candid talk, Roselinde Torres describes 25 years observing truly great leaders at work, and she shares the three simple but crucial questions would-be company chiefs need to ask to thrive in the future.


The New CEO’s Guide to Transformation

New CEOs and senior executives often take over with a mandate for change. A structured four-step process can help them launch a transformation program and improve performance in a sustainable way.


Jazz vs. Symphony

John Clarkeson wrote that the winning organization of the future will look more like a collection of jazz ensembles than a symphony orchestra. The future is here.


Stop Trying to Control People or Make Them Happy

In a blog published on, the authors of Six Simple Rules explain how employees are most productive when they have the freedom to make critical judgments.


Six Simple Rules