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Before Working with a Coach, Challenge Your Self-Assumptions

Working with an executive coach can be a large investment of time and money; it seems a shame to waste either. If you’re considering coaching (or have, ahem, been asked to consider it), make sure you get the most out of the experience.<p>People sign up for coaching for all sorts of reasons — perhaps …

Transforming a Company Is Daunting, But You Can Prepare for It

There’s no harder job for a corporate leader than transformation. One key to success is recognizing that transforming a business involves three activities:<p>Transforming the core business to maximize its resilience (“Transformation A”)<br>• Creating a disruptive growth engine (“Transformation B”)<br>• Building a …

How WordPress Thrives with a 100% Remote Workforce

WordPress.com is the 15th most trafficked website in the world. It is run by Automattic Inc, a company that is 100% distributed. That means everyone works from home, or more precisely, from wherever in the world they wish. They’ve been amazingly successful with this strategy, but I was skeptical …

It’s Time for Tenure to Lose Tenure

At no other time in history has the American higher education system been in greater need of radical change. The place to start: abolishing tenure.<p>Originally established in the late 1700s to protect academic freedom at religious schools (which are less than a fifth of the 4,703 U.S. colleges …

Sheryl Sandberg

An interview with <b>Sheryl Sandberg</b>, Facebook COO and author of <i>Lean In: Women, Work, and the Will to Lead</i>. For more, see the April issue of HBR.<p>SARAH GREEN: Welcome to the HBR IdeaCast from Harvard Business Review. I’m Sarah Green. For this week’s podcast we’re featuring a conversation between …

Feeling Stumped? Innovation Software Can Help

Imagine a team at a ski company that’s faced with a big problem: When skiers make sharp turns at high speeds, the edges of their skis lift from the snow, causing the skiers to sometimes lose control. The team needed to lessen the vibrations of its skis. But how? Eventually, they found a great …

What Losing My Job Taught Me About Leading

It was the spring of 1984. I remember the day as if it were yesterday. It was a beautiful morning on Boston’s North Shore and I could smell the sea air as I drove to my job as the Director of Marketing for The Parker Brothers Toy and Game Company. When I arrived, I was greeted by the Acting Vice …

We Asked, Marketing Execs Answered: If You Could Solve One Challenge in the Advertising Business, What Would It Be?

The creation of a successful advertising or marketing campaign requires a tricky formula. In a multi-platform world, it includes inventiveness, risk-taking, and luck. And the decision-makers often face a myriad of choices, as we’ve been exploring in the Future of Advertising Insight Center.<p>To shed …

Data Can Open College Doors for Disadvantaged Kids

A revolution in information technology has transformed businesses around the globe over the past two decades. More recently, companies have discovered that technology-enabled data is an underappreciated but highly valuable asset.<p>A parallel transformation is now taking hold in the nonprofit sector. …

What the Marketing Agency of the Future Will Do Differently

It’s a murky, unclear future for the marketing agency, but one thing is for certain: things are changing at an exponential pace. An agency used to act as the executional arm of the marketing department. An outsourced idea and creative team that could get the production done at a cost that was less …

How Samsung’s Galaxy S4 Should Have Launched

Success begets not only further success but also harder-to-meet market expectations. That message was clearly evident after Samsung’s unveiling of its latest flagship smartphone, the Galaxy S4.<p>Despite a Broadway-styled launch held in Radio City Music Hall, the new product received somewhat mixed …

What Cisco CEO John Chambers Needs to Know About Gender Balance

“While I have always considered myself sensitive to and effective on gender issues in the workplace,” writes Cisco CEO John Chambers in a leaked email, “my eyes were opened in new ways and I feel a renewed sense of urgency to make the progress we haven’t made in the last decade.”<p>This awakening is …

When Big Companies Fall, Entrepreneurship Rises

When a whale dies, the 30-100 ton body — or “whale fall” — slowly, silently sinks to the ocean bottom where it becomes the wellspring of a complex new microcosm of seabed flora and fauna that can thrive for well over half a century. These new ecosystems with their hundreds of species from …

How Patient Navigation Can Cut Costs and Save Lives

Mary*, a patient at MetroHealth System in Cleveland, Ohio, was not sure how to move forward when her throat cancer recurred after radiation and chemotherapy treatment. Her options were narrowing and there was a point at which she considered not moving forward at all with treatment. But then, Mary …

For Real Influence, Listen Past Your Blind Spots

More than ever before, people see through the self-serving tactics and techniques that others use to persuade them. They don’t like being pushed, played or nudged to comply, and they resist and resent agenda-driven influencers.<p>The alternative is to use real influence to inspire buy-in and …

A Simple Ritual for Harried Managers (and Popes)

Pope Francis and I have something common. He was a Jesuit seminarian; so was I. He eventually became a Jesuit superior, bishop, and now Pope. I eventually discerned that my path in life was not the priesthood, and, after six years of seminary, I traded in my priestly garb for pinstripes and entered …

Purpose is Good. Shared Purpose is Better

Companies are turning to “purpose” and “authenticity” as a way to engage consumers and employees. But it’s hard enough to find a purpose in life if you’re an individual, let alone an entire company. And being authentic is a bit like being cool — sometimes the harder you try, the less you are.<p>So …

Big Data Means More Than Big Profits

Big Data is all the rage in Silicon Valley. From Facebook to Netflix, companies are tracking and analyzing our searches, our purchases, and just about every other online activity that will give them more insight into who we are and what we want. And though they use the massive sets of data they …

Deliver Big Impact on a Small Budget

One of the biggest challenges social entrepreneurs face is securing funding to set up their organizations and realize their ideas. Especially in the early days, it can be nearly impossible to pay the rent, give employees a decent salary, and hire the external help you need. But does helping people …

The Power of Visualization’s “Aha!” Moments

<i>Amanda Cox has been a graphics editor at the New York Times for eight years. Trained as a statistician, Cox develops visualizations across platforms, from simple print infographics to highly complex online interactive data tools. The Times is a visualization leader, but Cox believes the best is yet</i> …

It’s Time to Retire ‘Crap Circles’

<i>Every time I encounter a crap circle my heart sinks. I first wrote about these contemptible “information” graphics in HBR in 2005, and since then they’ve only seemed to multiply. You know what these are — you may have even used them — though you may not have had a name for them. I aim to change</i> …

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Your Business Needs Insight, Not Just Pretty Pictures

In 2007, if you were a Starbucks shareholder and you opened your annual financial report, the first meaningful information you encountered was this:<p>And if you read the “narrative” annual report from that year, the first thing you saw was this:<p>Last year, if you were a Starbucks shareholder, you only …

How Ad Agencies Can Make the Shift to Open Innovation

With another new season of <i>Mad Men</i> fast approaching, the changing nature of advertising, and along with it the role of ad agencies in the creation of ads, is once again in the spotlight. Digital disruption has clearly been one of the major catalysts for this change, but less has been said about how …

How Happy Is Your Organization?

Today, March 20, 2013, marks the first ever International Day of Happiness. This was decreed last year by the United Nations following a meeting on well-being attended by government officials, economists, scholars, and business and spiritual leaders from around the world. It was hosted by Bhutan, a …

Corporate Strategy Is a Fool’s Errand

Most corporations consist of multiple divisions, which set their own strategy (what we generally refer to as “business strategy”). But more often than not, these dvisions have very little to do with one another. Take Philips Electronics with its lighting, medical equipment, and consumer electronics …