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Seven Strategies for Simplifying Your Organization

<i>This post is co-authored with Lisa Bodell.</i><p>Over the past several years we have heard hundreds of managers talk about the negative impact of complexity on both productivity and workplace morale. This message has been reinforced by the findings of major CEO surveys conducted by IBM and KPMG [PDF], …

Which Behaviors Must Leaders Avoid?

If you want to empower, engage, or motivate others, don’t just focus on increasing your positive behaviors. Pay attention to what you need to <i>stop</i> doing as well. Why? Because people remember the bad more than the good. To quote from a previous HBR article, How to Play to Your Strengths, “Multiple …

How To Tell If 'Corporate Social Responsibility' Is More Than Just PR Spin

The collapse of the Rana Plaza factory in Bangladesh in April that killed more than 1,100 workers in one of the worst industrial disasters in history exposed the unsafe working conditions that garment workers -- many of them women -- endure across the developing world. The tragedy also revealed the …

7 Ways To Give A Better Presentation

<b>1. Make it vivid.</b><p>Rather than abstract concepts ("reduces costs," "increases productivity") use concrete, real-life examples that carry emotional heft with the audience ("saved ABC $1 million," "prevented XYZ from going bankrupt.")<p><b>2. Put your heart into it.</b><p>If you don't really believe in yourself, …

Hire Yourself a Great First Manager

Whether you are just graduating with a Bachelor’s, MBA, or some other graduate degree, you have probably heard how hard it is to find a job. But before you to take any opportunity that comes your way, stop and think: Far worse than continuing to look for a while longer is having a job with a bad …

Hitting The Intergenerational Sweet Spot

There’s no hotter topic in human resource management at present than how to manage Millennials (aka Generation Y), the age 30-and-under members of the workforce. Millennials are the “kids nowadays!” that managers from previous generations fret about. Typical challenges older people experience in …

Seizing Opportunities When Advantages Don’t Last

I’ve been researching what allows companies to be successful even when their competitive advantages are short-lived — a phenomenon I call transient advantage. The Regus Group, Ltd., a company that provides many services but is best-known for its offices-for-rent business, is one of many I’ve been …

Bon Appétit Magazine: Recipes, Cooking, Entertaining, Restaurants

SEO or Content Marketing Agency - Who Should Lead Your Online Marketing?

There are quite a few studies showing that companies publishing more blog posts and more content in general equates to generating more business than …

IMS Consulting: the perfect strategy for sustainability success

Sustainability consultancy IMS Consulting is helping its clients to make strong, continual progress on sustainability by engaging with stakeholders, …

Sustainability

Eight elements to create a winning corporate strategy

In his corporate deal-making career with companies such as Oxford Development Group and Campeau Corp., Alan Kennedy was never satisfied with the boardroom discussion about strategy. It always seemed hazy and unfocused.<p>When he established his Toronto-based consulting firm, Gibson Kennedy & Co., and …

Why brands need to invest in a mobile relationship strategy

News that mobile advertising spend has more than doubled is great for everyone in the mobile ecosystem. The bad news is there's a serious risk of …

Three top tips for creating a successful digital inclusion strategy

Levels of digital exclusion are at a tipping point. According to the National Housing Federation, up to 90% of jobs now require some computer use, …

Are You a Highly Sensitive Person? 8 Strategies to Help

I attended a family function recently, and as I entered the gathering, I was inundated with sensory information. Here's what I processed in the first minute: There were dozens of people, who I barely knew, eating their lunch and talking; dogs were running around, including my own who is a bit fond …

The First 90 Days, Updated and Expanded

Just Got Promoted?<p>Transitions are a critical time for leaders at all levels. Missteps made during the crucial first three months in a new role can jeopardize your success.<p>In this updated and expanded version of the international bestseller, Michael D. Watkins offers proven strategies for conquering …

4 Tech Giants That Use The Same Tax Strategy as Apple

On Tuesday, <b>Apple</b> was grilled on Capitol Hill over its aggressive (and legal) tax minimization strategy. The company took some heat over its complex …

The technology that's transforming gardening

<b>With the holiday weekend coming up and the weather (hopefully?) taking a turn for the better, many of us may start feeling a bit green-fingered and turn our attentions to a spot of gardening.</b><p>Special Report: The Technology of BusinessTech finds profit in poo in DubaiBringing Lebanon's designers …

The Advice Top Leaders Wish They'd Received At Graduation

Earlier this week, some of the world’s most accomplished leaders took to LinkedIn to offer the graduating class of 2013 some pearls of wisdom. In the form of real, abridged or theoretical commencement addresses, they dished out advice they wish they had received when they were just starting …

Make the most of being your own boss

More and more people are joining the ranks of the self-employed – but it can also make your finances more complicated.<p>Are you a micro-business? As a report by Lord Young last week stated, firms with fewer than 10 employees now make up 95pc of all businesses. Many are on a truly tiny scale – limited …

Finance

Buying a distressed business: When speed is of the essence

Many opportunities are arising to buy distressed businesses – those in financial trouble or an insolvency procedure – or their assets at discounted …

Small Business

How to become a first-class negotiator

The word “negotiation” evokes connotations of difficulty. We assume that negotiations are difficult and require a special innate talent, or that …

Management

Live Chat!

The Most Creative People Of 2013: A Q&A With Sandra Richter<p>MIT Media Lab visiting scientist Sandra Richter is racing to increase urban cycling participation. Join her live as she answers your questions at 2pm (E.T.) on May 31st.<p>by <i>Anjali Mullany</i>on May 29, 2013 at 10:14 AM<p>Visiting MIT Media Lab …

Who Got Rich This Week: A 3D Printer Maker, A High Tech Bookseller And More

Each week at Forbes we scan our database of corporate insiders to see who got richer from the action in the stock market. A flat week was turned by a steep sell off on Wednesday afternoon as Federal Reserve chairman Ben Bernanke testified before Congress on the current state of the American …

How to Make Dark and Stormy Pineapple

An alternative grilling recipe from the days on the high seas.<p><b>The Dark and Stormy,</b> a classic summer cocktail of ginger beer, rum, and lime, has a 19th-century nautical past linked to the rum runs between the UK and the Caribbean.<p><i>Heat level:</i> Low<i>, when the fire is dying out.</i><p>Read More + Read Less …

Cocktails

Bon Appétit Magazine: Recipes, Cooking, Entertaining, Restaurants

How to Be the Master of Your Grill

<i>Published in the June/July 2013 issue</i><p><b>There's a reason men stand guard</b> over their grills: Fire is alive, wind is unpredictable, adjustments are always necessary. Plus, it makes you look knowledgeable and very busy. Since barbecuing is often a group affair that involves more than one thing cooking, …

Cooking

How to Make Clams Casino Stew

<i>Published in the June/July 2013 issue</i><p><i>Rhode's Island's classic clams casino, often credited to Julius Keller, maître d' at the original Narragansett Pier Casino, is a baked half-shell appetizer traditionally made with shoreline flavor elements: clams, bacon, vegetables, and breading. This one-pot</i> …

20 Great Cocktails for Summer

Whatever your drink of choice, here's how to stay cool all summer.<p>With summer halfway gone, it's time to finally switch up your home cocktail menu to something more seasonally appropriate. After all, you don't want a drink that's best served next to a roaring fireplace. Instead, you need a cocktail …

Cocktails