Farid Kakar

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What to Do When You Don’t Trust Your Team

<i>HBR STAFF</i><p>Do you trust the people on your team? It’s an uncomfortable question to ask, because as good leaders, we work hard to create a supportive environment and earn the trust of the people who report to us. But what if <i>you</i> don’t trust <i>them</i>? Again, as a good leader, you’d have to be able to have an …

The Powerful Effect of Noticing Good Things at Work

Over the course of a typical workday, negative and positive things inevitably happen to you. If you’re like most people, you tend to focus mainly, or even exclusively, on negative experiences. They’re what you ruminate over, what you talk to your friend about as you’re driving home, what you …

How to Stop Micromanaging Your Team

Micromanaging is a hard habit to break. You may downplay your propensities by labeling yourself a “control freak” or by claiming that you just like to keep close tabs on your team, but those are poor excuses for excessive meddling. What can you do to give your people the space they need to succeed …

How to Manage People Who Are Smarter than You

The best managers hire smart people to work for them. But what if your direct reports are smarter than you? How do you manage people who have more experience or more knowledge? How do you coach them if you don’t have the same level of expertise?<p><b>What the Experts Say</b> <br>Getting promoted to a job that …

How to Show Trustworthiness in a Job Interview

Most advice about job interviews is about how to assess a candidate’s skills, if you’re the interviewer, and how to demonstrate your skills if you’re the candidate – so that you will come across as smart and motivated. And there, right out of the gate, we’ve got a problem. Because the most …