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Sydney Finkelstein

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Sydney Finkelstein is the Steven Roth Professor of Management, and Associate Dean for Executive Education, at the Tuck School of Business at Dartmouth College, where he teaches courses on Leadership and Strategy. He is the Faculty Director of the flagship Tuck Executive Program.

Professor Finkelstein, a well-known thought leader and speaker on leadership and strategy, has published 17 books and several bestsellers, including the #1 bestseller in the U.S. and Japan, Why Smart Executives Fail.  Based on a six-year study of 51 companies and 200 interviews of business leaders, the book identifies the fundamental reasons why major mistakes happen, points out the early warning signals that are critical for investors and managers alike, and offers ideas on how organizations can develop a capability of learning from corporate mistakes.   More…

Professor Finkelstein has created a new iTunes “album” with podcasts based on his BBC column “Syd Weighs In.” As he describes the podcasts, “With a guest host, we go beyond the column and have a good chat about the issues. The most recent one uses the Sochi Olympics as a springboard for a discussion on what competition is and what “type” of competitive mindset is actually the most effective. My guest host in this instance is a former member of the US Olympic ski team.” Access here.

Sydney Finkelstein’s Articles on the Thinkers50 Blog

  • Syd Finkelstein's Big Idea
    Syd Finkelstein, a professor at the Tuck School of Business of Dartmouth College, discusses his Thinkers50 Big Idea: talent retention […]
  • Mythbusting: Fads we've got all wrong
    by Sydney Finkelstein The “paleo diet” is taking the world by storm. A virtual industry of books (Paleo Slow Cooker), […]
  • Sydney FinkelsteinConfidence
    by Sydney Finkelstein Sitting at an outdoor cafe in London the other day enjoying the near-perfect weather that June sometimes […]
  • Sydney FinkelsteinThe Tortoise and the Hare at Work
    by Sydney Finkelstein Pity the tortoise in the 21st century. Stolid, careful, slowly-but-surely… the ways of the tortoise seem quaint […]
  • Sydney FinkelsteinHarness your competitive drive

    Sydney Finkelstein discusses competition and what it means for strategic thinking, motivating talent, and achieving success.