Reine Wester

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5 Mistakes Employees Make When Challenging the Status Quo

It’s time for companies to embrace their rebel talent as a way to foster innovation, employee engagement, and change from within.<p>But what happens when a brave employee decides to challenge organizational conformity and offer new ideas that she sincerely believes would improve operations, before the …

How to Manage Your Emotions Without Fighting Them

We often hear tips and tricks for helping us to “control” our emotions, but that’s the wrong idea: strong emotions aren’t bad, and they don’t need to be pushed down or controlled; they are, in fact, data. Our emotions evolved as a signaling system, a way to help us communicate with each other and …

Self-help

The Right Way to Hold People Accountable

John* was doing his best to be calm, but his frustration was palpable. Jeanine was explaining that there was little chance her group was going to make the numbers for this quarter. “Honestly?” she said. “The numbers weren’t realistic to begin with. It was really unlikely that we were going to make …

Building Your Company’s Vision

<i>We shall not cease from exploration / And the end of all our exploring / Will be to arrive where we started / And know the place for the first time.</i><p>T.S. Eliot, <i>Four Quartets</i><p>Companies that enjoy enduring success have core values and a core purpose that remain fixed while their business strategies and …

Five Lessons in Leadership from Manchester United’s Former Manager

As a player, coach, and manager, Alex Ferguson learned the importance of discipline and thinking long term.<p>A retired Scottish footballer and a …

Are You Trying to Solve the Wrong Problem?

“That’s my shirt, Sophia. Take it off!”<p>“Daniel! Get off my bed!”<p>“Isabelle, get out of the bathroom!”<p>It was 6:45 am and my three kids were already fighting.<p>My wife Eleanor and I have tried everything. We talked to them about how important it is to have a good relationship with your siblings, made …

Why Women Don’t Apply for Jobs Unless They’re 100% Qualified

You’ve probably heard the following statistic: Men apply for a job when they meet only 60% of the qualifications, but women apply only if they meet 100% of them.<p>The finding comes from a Hewlett Packard internal report, and has been quoted in <i>Lean In</i>, <i>The Confidence Code</i> and dozens of articles. It’s …

The Real Reason People Won’t Change

Every manager is familiar with the employee who just won’t change. Sometimes it’s easy to see why—the employee fears a shift in power, the need to learn new skills, the stress of having to join a new team. In other cases, such resistance is far more puzzling. An employee has the skills and smarts …

How to Spot a Bad Boss During an Interview

<i>HBR STAFF</i><p>One of the greatest predictors of your happiness at work is your relationship with your manager. So when you’re considering a new job, it’s important to know how you’ll get along with your new boss. This can be hard to assess in an interview when you’re working hard to demonstrate why <i>she</i> …

How to Design an Agenda for an Effective Meeting

We’ve all been in meetings where participants are unprepared, people veer off-track, and the topics discussed are a waste of the team’s time. These problems — and others like it — stem from poor agenda design. An effective agenda sets clear expectations for what needs to occur before and during a …

Management

Five Questions to Identify Key Stakeholders

Suppose you’re meeting with a group of managers and staff members to determine who your key stakeholders are. (It’s an important task, because with limited resources, your organization or unit can’t do everything for everyone.) People will submit their ideas, and in no time at all you’ll have a …

The Definitive Guide to Your Core Values

Remember when you were a kid and ate that last brownie even though your mom told you not to? At first, it was delicious and let’s be honest, there’s …

Brainstorming

The Big Lie of Strategic Planning

All executives know that strategy is important. But almost all also find it scary, because it forces them to confront a future they can only guess at. Worse, actually choosing a strategy entails making decisions that explicitly cut off possibilities and options. An executive may well fear that …

How Strategy Really Works - Manage By Walking Around

By onSeptember 15, 2013 in books, Leadership, strategy<p>0 0 0<p>The 1993 HBR article ‘Customer Intimacy and Other Value Disciplines’ argued that every …

The Pyramid Principle

At McKinsey, one of the lessons I learned was the importance of structured thinking and communication. We often had to crisply present a …

You Are Already a Millionaire: All You Have to Do Is Show Up

I just got back from an inspiring couple hours with my friend and Under30CEO contributor Michael Peggs. Throughout the course of a couple beers, we …

How To Find A Mentor

It pays to have a helping hand to get ahead in the workplace whether you are transitioning to the nonprofit world from the for-profit one, or moving into a whole new field. Most of us can benefit from having a mentor or sponsor at our back to teach, promote and encourage us. But landing the right …