• About the Author: James Allen

    James Allen is a partner in Bain & Company’s London office and a co-head of the firm’s global strategy practice. He also leads Bain’s Founder’s Mentality 100 initiative. …

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07 Dec. 2017 | Comments (0)
Figure Out Your Company’s Make-or-Break Strategic Problems, Then Use Small Teams to Solve Them
Can a large incumbent company rediscover how to act like an agile start-up? I believe the answer is yes, though success depends largely on another question: Can the executive team learn to get out of the way?

25 Jul. 2017 | Comments (0)
How to Stop People Who Bog Things Down with Bureaucracy
Energy vampires are often smart, well-intentioned managers who inadvertently slow the company down with too many questions, too much analysis, too much process—and not enough action. They exist in the organization to administer various systems and processes that in isolation seem necessary, but in aggregate simply clog up the works and slow the company down.

11 Oct. 2016 | Comments (0)
How the Best CEOs Get the Important Work Done
If you’re a chief executive officer, your job is to execute. It’s written right into your title. But what does it mean, in terms of daily tasks, to be the company’s top “executer?” After all, CEOs don’t actually build factories or sell products.