The Catalyst

Press & Articles

March 24, 2009: American Management Association

Lessons in Leading in Uncertain Times, from the “Catalysts”

By Jeanne Liedtka, Robert Rosen and Rob Wiltbank

The psychological implications of this downturn are profound. Stock market volatility, bank failures, mortgage debacles, dried up credit, layoffs, loss of consumer confidence—the list just goes on and on. Leaders and their teams must deal with an unprecedented level of uncertainty. But here’s the interesting thing: there are some people for whom the current situation is simply business as usual. Read More

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July 7, 2008: Wall Street Journal

In Search of Growth Leaders

Most companies have managers who can turbocharge results. The trick is finding -- and nurturing -- them.

By SEAN D. CARR, JEANNE M. LIEDTKA, ROBERT ROSEN and ROBERT E. WILTBANK

Organic growth. It's the Holy Grail these days of chief executives battered by global competition and eager to find new streams of revenue without always resorting to acquisitions. A cottage industry has sprung up to advise companies on how to achieve organic growth. Read More

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May 8, 2008 Business Week

Rewiring Westinghouse

How a risk-averse builder of nuclear plants is getting its engineers to think differently.

By Brian Hindo

Risk is a four–letter word–a bad word–if you're a nuclear engineer. These folks inhabit a realm where precision is so crucial and safety so paramount that every calculation is double-checked by someone else. "We don't train people to take risks," says Stephen R. Tritch, chief executive of Westinghouse Electric, which builds and maintains nuclear power plants. "We train them not to." Read More

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December 12, 2008: Business Finance

The Under-the-Radar Route to Growth

By John Cummings

Many opportunities for revenue growth go unrecognized and unexploited, argues Jeanne M. Liedtka, professor of business administration at the University of Virginia's Darden School of Business and former director of The Batten Institute, which has just completed a study of corporate innovation and organic growth. Liedtka talked with Business Finance about the study, which was based on interviews with leaders in large, mature organizations who have succeeded at growing the revenues of their businesses well above the market growth rate. Read More