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The Condensed Guide to Running Meetings

We love to hate meetings. And with good reason — they clog up our days, making it hard to get work done in the gaps, and so many feel like a waste of time. There’s plenty of advice out there on how to stop spending so much time in meetings or make better use of the time, but does it hold up in …

Time Management

People Before Strategy: A New Role for the CHRO

CEOs know that they depend on their company’s human resources to achieve success. Businesses don’t create value; people do. But if you peel back the layers at the vast majority of companies, you find CEOs who are distanced from and often dissatisfied with their chief human resources officers …

Management

What Every Manager Should Know About Machine Learning

Perhaps you heard recently about a new algorithm that can drive a car? Or invent a recipe? Or scan a picture and find your face in a crowd? It seems as though every week companies are finding new uses for algorithms that adapt as they encounter new data. Last year Wired quoted an ex-Google employee …

Machine Learning

LinkedIn CEO Jeff Weiner describes 3 qualities that make a great leader

Weiner's leadership style has earned him the trust of founder and chairman Reid Hoffman, his team, and LinkedIn investors. Glassdoor named him the highest-rated CEO of 2014.<p>Earlier this year, Weiner spoke at the Wisdom 2.0 conference in San Francisco, where he explained how he understands his role …

Combining Virtual and Face-to-Face Work

Many companies feel they face a conundrum when it comes to determining remote work policies. Perhaps the most common misconception about adopting virtual work is that it is an all-or-nothing proposition, such that once we have networking tools in place, there is no need to come together — or …

Management

How to Negotiate with Powerful Suppliers

In many industries the balance of power has dramatically shifted from buyers to suppliers. A classic example comes from the railway industry. In 1900 North America had 35 suppliers of cast rail wheels; railway builders could pick and choose among them. A century later no one looking to build a …

For Founders, Preparation Trumps Passion

Marie Assénat<p>Many would-be entrepreneurs see their passion as the ticket to success. For example, on crowdfunding sites they vie to outdo one another in emphasizing their enthusiasm for their projects. And when it comes to fundraising, that approach can work: Passion tends to appeal to …

Entrepreneurship

Figure Out Your Manager’s Communication Style

Effective communication takes a deft touch when you’re managing up. If your attempts to persuade are too obvious, they may not succeed. Yet you need to be deliberate in your approach.<p>As you engage with your boss in everyday activities, try to identify the messages behind her speech and behavior. …

Management

The 5 Paradoxes of Digital Business Leadership

“Leadership” has historically referred to “industrial leadership” – the managerial styles and structures that served industrial firms well for a century. But the leadership of digital businesses in the post-industrial age is fundamentally different and is defined by five paradoxes. Understanding …

Innovation

Collaborating Well in Large Global Teams

Professional service firms seeking to help companies navigate the demands of globalization face a tough challenge because advisers with the specialized expertise needed to address sophisticated issues are most often distributed throughout the firm and around the globe. This makes collaboration …

Management

Debriefing: A Simple Tool to Help Your Team Tackle Tough Problems

Your team has identified an important goal to hit, challenge to be addressed, or opportunity to be pursued. You call a meeting or two, set objectives, put a plan together, and start to execute. Everything looks good on paper.<p>But then your plan starts to hit some snags. Certain objectives are harder …

Management

Manage Your Team’s Collective Time

Most professionals approach time management the wrong way. People who fall behind at work are seen to be personally failing—just as people who give up on diet or exercise plans are seen to be lacking self-control or discipline. In response, countless time management experts focus on individual …

Reward Your Best Teams, Not Just Star Players

Yes, there is an “I” in team. But it stands for <i>incentives</i>. Discussing teamwork without identifying its incentives is akin to debating effective diets while ignoring willpower: the most important ingredient may be missing. Whether working in teams, groups or as individuals, people respond to …

Management

A Silicon Valley executive says this is the one decision that defines your company culture

But as Tae Hea Nahm, managing director of the venture capital firm Storm Ventures sees it, all of that misses the fundamental point.<p>To him, "culture" all boils down to one thing: <b>who gets hired, and who gets fired.</b><p>Or as he tells Adam Bryant at the New York Times:<p>"Culture, to me, is about getting …

15 books by billionaires that will teach you how to run the world

That's why we've rounded up 15 books by self-made billionaires. Learn how these masters of industry achieved the impossible, in their own words.

7 brilliant ways to start a presentation

When we speak, we have about 60 seconds to capture our audience's attention, establish credibility, orient them to our topic, and motivate them to listen, says Darlene Price, president of Well Said, Inc., and author of "Well Said! Presentations and Conversations That Get Results."<p>If you waste those …

The real reason for the 40-hour workweek

The one conspicuous similarity between these activities is that they cost little or no money, but they take time.<p>Suddenly I have a lot more money and a lot less time, which means I have a lot more in common with the typical working North American than I did a few months ago. While I was abroad I …

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