Carol Ormond

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Four Tips for Better Strategic Planning

<i>This post was coauthored by Logan Chandler.</i><p>No great strategy was born without careful thought. That’s why the process of planning a strategy itself is an important vehicle for setting priorities, making investment decisions, and laying out growth plans. But for many companies, the activity has …

5 Easy Ways to Get Happy Fast

Pursuing your dreams can have its challenges and sometimes be very emotional. However, it's important to stay focused on your goals and put your mind on the positive to fuel your drive to achieve. Guard your thoughts and emotions by intentionally taking action to keep your spirits high. In my …

Seven Tips for Shifting a Mindset in Your Organization

We’re all fascinated by new ideas and how they can grab hold of us, influencing how we think and affecting how we take action. How does Atul Gawande (the checklist doctor) get inside my head, when others don’t? Why does Gwyneth Paltrow make me adjust my behaviors, when others can’t?<p>In business, …

The Buzzing in Your Ears

This statement can have a profound impact on your life's happiness if you let it:<p>"Practice not letting negative statements from others stick around, buzzing in your ears and getting deep into your cells. What people say is usually a reflection of them, not you."<p>We tend to be like pieces of fly …

The 75-Year Study That Found The Secrets To A Fulfilling Life

Visit NBCNews.com for breaking news, world news, and news about the economy<p>What if there was a study dedicated to unearthing the secrets to a happy and purposeful life? It would have to be conducted over the course of many decades, following the lives of real people from childhood until old age, in …

To Move Ahead You Have to Know What to Leave Behind

Decisions are the most fundamental building blocks of successful change in our organizations, our teams, and our careers. The faster and more strategically we stack those blocks, the faster and more successfully we achieve change. Yet, change efforts often stall precisely because those decisions …

The Ultimate Guide to Packing Lunches

New ways to eat leftovers, inspiration from a Rubik's Cube and more ideas for delicious brown-bag cuisine that'll please everyone.<p>Give Oil and …

Blueberry Dumplings The Star Of Lasting Summer Memories

When blueberries are in season, you don't need to turn on the oven to make a delicious dessert. Valerie Erwin says it takes just 15 minutes to make one of her favorite summer dishes, Blueberry Dumplings. She shared the recipe for <i>All Things Considered</i>'s Found Recipes series.<p>Erwin is the chef and …

Does Science Show What 12 Steps Know?

Data seem to support the 12-step program's benefits for addicts.<p><b>Science has never revealed as much about addiction—potential genetic causes, influences, and triggers, and the resultant brain activity—or offered as many opportunities and methods for initial treatment as it does now.</b><p>Even so, the …

A Question That Can Change Your Life

For years I’ve exercised every day — doing weights, cardio, yoga — but despite my continuous effort, I haven’t seen much change.<p>Until a few months ago.<p>Recently, my body has changed. My muscles are stronger, more defined, and I’ve lost five pounds along with a visible layer of fat. So what did I do …

Get the Most Out of Executive Coaching

Remember “light bulb” jokes? My favorite was, “How many shrinks does it take to change a light bulb? One, but the light bulb must <i>want</i> to change.” It’s true: Unless or until a person decides to commit to change wholeheartedly, no coach can help move him or her one-millimeter off the dime.<p>Worse yet …

How (And Why) To Stay Positive

When faced with setbacks and challenges, we’ve all received the well-meaning advice to “stay positive.” The greater the challenge, the more this glass-half-full wisdom can come across as Pollyannaish and unrealistic. It’s hard to find the motivation to focus on the positive when positivity seems …

Want to Know What Really Makes You Happy? Try Tracking It

Throughout our careers and lives, the big decisions we have to make usually lead back to a single, overriding concern: What really makes me happy? Too often we try to answer these questions without knowing or understanding the real data from our lives. Our self-analysis devolves into speculation or …

Connect, Then Lead

<b>Is it better to be loved or feared?</b><p>Niccolò Machiavelli pondered that timeless conundrum 500 years ago and hedged his bets. “It may be answered that one should wish to be both,” he acknowledged, “but because it is difficult to unite them in one person, it is much safer to be feared than loved.”<p>Now …

Disengaged Employees? Do Something About It

New data on employee engagement is in, and it’s downright discouraging. As this post by HBR’s Gretchen Gavett noted, Gallup’s research shows that engagement among US workers is holding steady at a scant 30%. This means seven out of ten people are either “checked out”, or actively hostile toward …

Increase Your Team’s Curiosity

Does your team have a difficult time making decisions that everyone supports? If so, you may be suffering from a lack of curiosity.<p>Try this: Next time you’re in a team meeting, count the number of times you make a statement and the number of times you ask a question. If you’re like most team …

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When You’ve Done Enough, Do More

How do you become truly influential? We’ve found that the most highly respected leaders avoid techniques to gain short-term compliance; they also steer clear of a self-centered “How can I get people to do what I want?” mindset. Instead, they take a different approach altogether.<p>We interviewed over …

To Have Real Influence, Focus on a Great Outcome

Few people like to be pushed into doing something, or sold hard on it. And few like to push or deliver a hard sell. But at the end of the day, or even the end of a conversation, you do have to move things forward. So how do effective leaders really get things done?<p>As part of the research for our …

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 …

How to Really Understand Someone Else’s Point of View

The most influential people strive for genuine buy in and commitment — they don’t rely on compliance techniques that only secure short-term persuasion. That was our conclusion after interviewing over 100 highly respected influences across many different industries and organizations for our recent …

Why So Many Leadership Programs Ultimately Fail

The topic in the Executive Committee meeting turned to Europe. The technology company, Alentix*, was doing well and growing annually at the rate of about 15%. But its European division was struggling. It had been five years since the region turned a profit.<p>Yet no one had addressed that issue. Jean, …

HBR/McKinsey M-Prize: Leaders Everywhere Challenge | MIX M-Prize

Challenge Winners<p>We are delighted to announce the winners of the <b>Leaders Everywhere Challenge</b>, the second leg of this year's <b>HBR/McKinsey M-Prize for</b> …

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The Leaders Everywhere Challenge | MIX M-Prize

Never before has leadership been so critical, and never before has it seemed in such short supply. It takes extraordinary leadership to keep an …

Rethinking the Work of Leadership

In 1973, Peter Drucker stated in his book Management: Tasks, Responsibilities, Practices, “Management is not culture-free, that is, part of the world of nature. It is a social function. It is, therefore, both socially accountable and culturally embedded.”<p>Some thirteen years later, Tom Peters …

How and Why to Be a Leader (Not a Wannabe)

We need a new generation of leaders. And we need it now.<p>We’re in the midst of a Great Dereliction — a historic failure of leadership, precisely when we need it most. Hence it’s difficult, looking around, to even remember what leadership is. We’re surrounded by people who are expert at winning — …

Make Good Decisions Faster

In her recent HBR article “Transient Advantage,” Rita Gunther McGrath describes how “fast and roughly right decision making will replace deliberations that are precise and slow.” While most leaders couldn’t agree more, the challenge is <i>how</i>? How do you know the difference between “roughly right” and …

Einstein’s Problem-Solving Formula, And Why You’re Doing It All Wrong

Einstein spent nearly all his time thinking, and very little time doing. Today, we do just the opposite–and it’s working against innovation. Here’s how to get your ratio right.<p>While Einstein said he had no special talent aside from being passionately curious (and being possibly the smartest person …

How Meditation Works

Mindfulness meditation is having a moment in the West, and with it some compelling reasons to understand and try it.<p>NicoleAbalde/Flickr<p><i>Mindfulness meditation</i>. Chances are that you've either heard or seen (or rolled your eyes at) these words in recent months, as studies, celebrity endorsements, and …

Why Shooting to the Right Gives You Better Final Images

Some of you may have heard this term before, some not, but for everyone, it’s a great tip for optimizing the quality of the image coming from your …