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Why the oil sands no longer make economic sense

<i>Jeff Rubin is Senior Fellow at the Centre for International Governance Innovation and the author o</i>f The Carbon Bubble.<p>Lost in the political fallout from President Barack Obama's decision to once and for all reject Keystone XL is the fact that there is no longer an economic context for the pipeline. …

Oil

Saudi Arabia will not stop pumping to boost oil prices

Saudi Arabia is determined to stick to its policy of pumping enough oil to protect its global market share, despite the financial pain inflicted on …

Oil

A personality test used by major companies screens leaders for these 18 traits

The report, which includes clients' ratings in 18 key areas such as decisiveness and the ability to handle sensitive problems, is based on years of research on the factors that go into effective management. The CPI 260 and the reports that come with the results are used by major companies including …

Leadership

What You Really Need To Lead

Leadership isn’t reserved for presidents, generals, and CEOs – the “big shots.” You don’t need a written invitation to be a leader. It is a mindset and way of behavior that begins today. – Robert Steven Kaplan<p>As a recruiter and coach, I hear a lot of questions about leadership – how to get picked …

Leadership

Are You Making These 4 Leadership Mistakes?

Opinions expressed by <i>Entrepreneur</i> contributors are their own.<p>While it is certainly "human to err," when you're leading a team, it is important to learn how to avoid some of the most common mistakes that could lose you the respect of your team and potentially affect productivity. Below are four of …

Schadenfreude

ConocoPhillips Fires 10% Of Global Workforce, Warns Of "Dramatic Downturn" To Oil Industry

Remember when the oil crash was supposed to be "unequivocally good" for the global economy and the US consumer, only for this to be disproven as the …

Oil & Gas Industry

Five False Beliefs That Keep Managers From Becoming Leaders

You don’t turn an ordinary workplace into a Human Workplace by putting a sign on the door. It doesn’t happen because you install a lactation room (although I highly recommend that you do!) or start an employee suggestion program.<p>The path to a Human Workplace is mental. It’s a shift in perspective. …

Leadership

Why You Should Focus On Your Second-Best Employees

Average employees can sometimes do exceptional work with a little patience and the right coaching.<p>Managers tend to spend most of their time with their top performers, the ‘A’ players who reliably deliver strong results and are easy to manage in the first place. But what about the ‘B’ team–those who …

Employment

A Simple Yet Powerful Way to Handle a Stress Episode

I’m sitting behind a long table, flanked by a marketing manager on my right and an entrepreneur on my left. We are an admission jury at an elite French business school. The candidate seated before us has spent the last two years toiling in a high-pressure preparatory school to get ready for this …

Mindfulness

Does Arctic Drilling Have A Future With Sub $50 Oil?

Italian oil group ENI is expected to begin production from the Goliat Field off Norway in a few short weeks. The project, which has cost $5.6 …

Here's why oil is setting the stage for a significant rebound

There are plenty of reasons to think that oil could stay "lower for longer," as both OPEC and non-OPEC production remains elevated in the face of low oil prices, and global economic uncertainties (see: China) raise questions about demand.<p>Low oil prices will have to force an adjustment in …

Oil

As Oil Continues Freefall, Will OPEC Blink?

OPEC has, so far, held its ground during a steep drop in global oil prices. But with crude now hitting six-year lows, industry watchers are wondering if the oil cartel may finally blink.<p>In November, the Organization of the Petroleum Exporting Countries opted to maintain its production levels. The …

How To Be Happy At Work: 10 Simple Tips That Work

Do you want to learn how to be happier at work? Here are 10 simple things that you can do that are proven to work.<p>This infographic was crafted with …

Here's Why The Eight-Hour Workday Is An Outdated Concept

How productive are you during your eight-hour workday? No matter your answer, the truth is that there are better ways to achieve optimal productivity.

Just Say ‘Thank You’ to the People You Work With

About halfway through “The Suitcase” — one of the most well-known and well-loved episodes of <i>Mad Men</i> — Peggy is near tears, upset with Don because she …

How to Give Feedback to Someone Who Gets Crazy Defensive

How do you handle giving unfavorable feedback to someone who will surely take it badly – and I mean <i>really</i> badly? Think: shouting, tears, defensiveness, accusations, personal attacks, revising history, twisting words — pick your nightmare.<p>Consider the case of Melissa, who was the team leader on a …

Study Skills

6 Ways to Turn Managers into Coaches Again

The role of the manager is currently undergoing a transformation. Historically, managers embraced the role of coach and mentor. Through informal conversations during the commute to work, over a coffee break, or while enjoying a burger after hours, managers passed along crucial information and …

Employee Engagement

How to Give Tough Feedback That Helps People Grow

Over the years, I’ve asked hundreds of executive students what skills they believe are essential for leaders. “The ability to give tough feedback” comes up frequently. But what exactly is “tough feedback”? The phrase connotes bad news, like when you have to tell a team member that they’ve screwed …

To This Day

Giving Feedback When You’re Conflict Averse

“Conflict avoiders are generally people who value harmony in the workplace,” writes Amy Gallo in the <i>HBR Guide to Managing Conflict at Work.</i> ”When they sense a disagreement brewing, they will often try to placate the other person or change the topic. These aren’t passive behaviors, but active things …

Leadership

What Great Managers Do

“The best boss I ever had.” That’s a phrase most of us have said or heard at some point, but what does it mean? What sets the great boss apart from the average boss? The literature is rife with provocative writing about the qualities of managers and leaders and whether the two differ, but little …

Management

Turning Your Complex Career Path into a Coherent Story

ANDREW NGUYEN/HBR STAFF<p>It’s hard when you’ve had a non-standard career trajectory and you want to re-enter the work force, move to a higher position, or enter a new field. Will a marketing firm see you as a good leadership candidate if you’ve always been a professional fundraiser and small business …

Counseling

How to Handle Negative Feedback

There’s no shortage of advice about how to react to negative feedback. Whether the critic is a boss or a co-worker, the same familiar guidance is consistently presented: Listen carefully, don’t get defensive, ask for time.<p>There’s nothing wrong with these three suggestions, of course. But at the …

Self-help

Understand the 4 Components of Influence

We’ve all encountered people who say less but what they say matters more; people who know how to use silence to dominate an exchange. So having influence means more than just doing all the talking; it’s about taking charge and understanding the roles that positional power, emotion, expertise, and …

Leadership

Collaborate for Real

Tom Froese<p>As business buzzwords go, “collaborate” and its derivatives are surely modern favorites. Applying for a job? Emphasize your collaboration skills. Courting customers? Promise a collaborative relationship. Wooing new hires or investors? Talk up your collaborative culture.<p>Academics, …

Management

Deliver Feedback That Sticks

The secret of effective feedback is making it feel like the message is coming from an ally, not an adversary. Unfortunately, in my 17 years as an advisor to executive teams, I find that most managers’ anxiety and discomfort about delivering a difficult message inadvertently makes it come off as …

Management

When to Give Feedback in a Group and When to Do It One-on-One

If you’re like most leaders, you’re probably reluctant to give an individual feedback in a team meeting. You’ve probably learned to praise in public and criticize in private. You may be concerned that if you give feedback in a group setting, you’ll put that person on the spot, get him or her …

Leadership

The Research Is Clear: Long Hours Backfire for People and for Companies

Andrew Nguyen/HBR STAFF<p>Managers want employees to put in long days, respond to their emails at all hours, and willingly donate their off-hours — nights, weekends, vacation — without complaining. The underlings in this equation have little control; overwork cascades from the top of the …

The Workplace

How the Worst Performing Oil Companies Are Making More Than Exxon

Some of the worst-performing oil companies in North America are getting more for their crude than Exxon Mobil Corp. and other giants. That may not …

Oil
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