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When You Start a New Job, Pay Attention to These 5 Aspects of Company Culture

When you join an organization, you have a short window of time to adapt to its culture. It’s the old 90-day rule. And we know too many talented individuals who have stumbled in their new company because they failed to read the cultural tea leaves. This happens because most organizations don’t …

Management

Research: Negative Feedback Rarely Helps People Improve

Paul Green, a doctoral candidate at Harvard Business School, and two colleagues studied field data from a company that used a transparent peer-review process and also gave its 300 employees some say in defining their jobs and, thus, over whom they worked with. The researchers’ analysis revealed …

Subpar

To Sound Like a Leader, Think About What You Say, and How and When You Say It

Nancy started her day feeling prepared to brief her executive team on a high-stakes project she had been working on for the past two months. She had rehearsed her slide deck repeatedly, to the point where she had every level of content practically memorized. She arrived at the meeting early and …

Leadership

How to Give Feedback People Can Actually Use

Over the last decade, I’ve conducted thousands of 360-degree feedback interviews with the colleagues of the leaders I coach. My goal with these sessions is to get a better sense of my clients’ strengths and weaknesses, but more often than not, the feedback isn’t particularly useful.<p>How do you give …

Leadership

Freelance consulting: Sharp suits or pyjamas? | Which MBA? | The Economist

MANY MBA students looking to enter the consulting world crave a desk at one of the “Big Three” beasts of the business—Bain & Company, McKinsey & …

10 Skills That Will Set You Up for Success No Matter What Field You're In

Allow me to put this into context first. I believe these skills are the top 10 in-demand skills for people who want to <i>choose themselves.</i> If you’re …

Self-improvement

Don't Hire Based on Personality: How the Best Teams are Built | Inc.com

Two giants are set to face off--each champions in their own right battling for the ultimate title. What will it take to win? A team that thinks systematically, makes best use of their talent and executes is an obvious choice, right? Then why is this truth easily forgotten when building teams at …

Leadership

The New Science of Team Chemistry

Organizations aren’t getting the performance they need from their teams. That’s the message we hear from many of our clients, who wrestle with complex challenges ranging from strategic planning to change management. But often, the fault doesn’t lie with the team members, our research suggests. …

Leadership

Could Time-Blocking Replace Your To-Do List?

This is how to schedule your workday to get the most done.<p>A few years ago, my to-do list was an endless source of frustration. At the end of every day, it seemed like it had more items on it than when I started. I never seemed to get it all done.<p>So, in an effort to understand what was going on, I …

Time Management

The skinny man's guide to bulking up

Personal fitness trainer Scott Laidler explains how naturally thin men can easily put on muscle using a targeted workout programme<p>Many men find it frustratingly difficult to bulk up and gain muscle size. There is a variety of reasons for this, but they tend to boil down to one simple issue: …

Gaining Muscle After 40: A Complete Beginner's Guide!

So you have hit the big 4-0 and your life is starting to take shape, but your body is starting to suffer. The youth you once had is now starting to …

Exercise

Super Families: Secrets of Raising Successful Children

Nine families raised children who all went on to extraordinary success. Here’s what they have in common<p>Every night for 20 years, Gino Rodriguez knelt …

Parenting

Malaria vaccines move closer to impact—thanks to malaria heroes

We are on the cusp of achieving what, for decades, was considered to be unlikely: an effective vaccine against a human parasite. The parasite in …

Public Health

11 Public Speaking Tips From the Best TED Talks Speakers | Inc.com

There's no question about it: TED Talks have raised the bar sky-high for what's considered a memorable and compelling business presentation.<p>That being said, there are a handful of TED Talks speakers so talented that they almost make the rest seem dull and uninspired.<p>What makes them so special and …

Public Speaking

How to Preempt Team Conflict

Team conflict can add value or destroy it. Good conflict fosters respectful debate and yields mutually agreed-upon solutions that are often far superior to those first offered. Bad conflict occurs when team members simply can’t get past their differences, killing productivity and stifling …

Management

The Secrets of Great Teamwork

Today’s teams are different from the teams of the past: They’re far more diverse, dispersed, digital, and dynamic (with frequent changes in membership). But while teams face new hurdles, their success still hinges on a core set of fundamentals for group collaboration.<p>The basics of team …

Management

Leading the Team You Inherit

David Benet had problems to solve when he came in to lead the highest-growth unit at a large medical devices company. Although sales had increased when two new products launched the previous year, the numbers still fell short of expectations, given all the evidence of unmet customer needs. The …

Management

4 Organizational Mistakes That Plague Modern Knowledge Workers

vincent tsui FOR HBR<p>In the new world of “work without walls,” work happens in brains instead of factories, in open floor plans instead of private offices, and at soccer games, beaches, and coffee houses in addition to corporate headquarters. And yet in my work with clients, I often discover old …

Employment

Outsmart Your Next Angry Outburst

Robert and Howard* had always gotten along well. They’d worked on several projects together and considered each other friends. So when Robert discovered that Howard held a strategy meeting and hadn’t included him, he felt betrayed. He immediately shot off a text to Howard: “I can’t believe you …

Communicate

To Grow as a Person, Selectively Forget the Past

For 35 years, I have used the Three Box Solution framework in my work with corporations. This practical approach integrates (Box 1) current business performance with (Box 2) selective forgetting of the past and (Box 3) creating the future. But it’s not only business issues that can be solved with …

South Africa

It's Time to Retire the Word 'Failure' and Use This Word Instead | Inc.com

There's incredible wisdom in putting yourself on a path where success is possible. You may not be able to control the outcome, but you can control the conditions that will often determine the outcome--such as the people you work with, the city where you live, or the time a product is released. One …

Gardening

For Delegation to Work, It Has to Come with Coaching

Senior leaders want to believe that delegating a task is as easy as flipping a switch. Simply provide clear instructions and you are instantly relieved of responsibility, giving you more time in your schedule.<p>That’s the dream. In reality, we all know it almost never works that way. You’re often …

Management

Teams Who Share Personal Stories Are More Effective

dave wheeler FOR HBR<p>No matter what industry you are in or what job you do, you probably have experienced the frustration of working within a dysfunctional team — one marked by drawn-out discussions that led nowhere or heated conflicts that made communication difficult. To function properly, teams …

Management

Getting Virtual Teams Right

Anna Parini<br>“Virtual” teams—ones made up of people in different physical locations—are on the rise. As companies expand geographically and as telecommuting becomes more common, work groups often span far-flung offices, shared workspaces, private homes, and hotel rooms. When my firm, Ferrazzi …

Global Teams That Work

To succeed in the global economy today, more and more companies are relying on a geographically dispersed workforce. They build teams that offer the best functional expertise from around the world, combined with deep, local knowledge of the most promising markets. They draw on the benefits of …

Management

How to Run a Meeting of People from Different Cultures

When you’re running a meeting with people from different cultures, you need to consider your colleagues’ different needs and approaches. How do you brainstorm ideas, make decisions, and address conflict in a way that is comfortable for everyone? Which culture’s preferences should be the default? …

Management

To Connect Across Cultures, Find Out What You Have in Common

jennifer Maravillas FOR HBR<p>The first thing most of us do when working with people from a new culture is to learn about differences. And there are very sensible reasons to do so. It helps you avoid cultural faux pas. For example, if your Korean employee will likely be embarrassed if you praise him …

Leadership

Help Your Team Manage Stress, Anxiety, and Burnout

dave wheeler FOR HBR<p>It can be tough enough to manage your own stress. But how can you, as a manager, help the members of your team handle <i>their</i> feelings of stress, burnout, or disengagement?<p>Because work is getting more demanding and complex, and because many of us now work in 24/7 environments, …

Employee Engagement

Reduce Passive-Aggressive Behavior on Your Team

The majority of teams I work with have a conflict problem: They have too little conflict. They seldom express dissent, diversity of opinion, or frustration. Instead, they act passive-aggressively toward one another, leaving themselves in a quagmire of unresolved issues. As a team leader, you need …

Anger Management

The New Science of Building Great Teams

Artwork: Andy Gilmore, Chromatic, 2010, digital drawing<p>If you were looking for teams to rig for success, a call center would be a good place to start. The skills required for call center work are easy to identify and hire for. The tasks involved are clear-cut and easy to monitor. Just about every …