John Morais

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How to Focus on What’s Important, Not Just What’s Urgent

Do you get to the end of the day and feel that you’ve met your most pressing deadlines but haven’t accomplished anything that’s fundamentally important? You’re hardly alone. In a series of studies recently published in the Journal of Consumer Research, people typically chose to complete tasks that …

Time Management

How to Improve Your Business English

Chun Hin is a senior manager at a Hong Kong investment bank. Every morning, he listens to Bloomberg radio on his way to work and used to read each issue of the Economist from cover to cover in an effort to continuously improve his English. As a Hong Kong native who grew up speaking Cantonese and …

Why Do Toxic People Get Promoted? For the Same Reason Humble People Do: Political Skill

Sometimes the wrong people get promoted. They might be deceitful and unscrupulously manipulative (what psychologists call “Machiavellian”); or impulsive and thrill-seeking without any sense of guilt (psychopathic); or egotistically preoccupied with themselves, having a sense of grandiosity, …

When Generalists Are Better Than Specialists, and Vice Versa

What’s the best way to boost creativity on your team? There’s really no simple answer. Even the research is split on the best approach to take.<p>One view is that the key to creative breakthroughs is being able to combine or leverage different areas of expertise. After all, every innovation somehow …

4 Ways Leaders Can Protect Their Time and Empower Their Teams

We know that controlling what we pay attention to is the key to living an intentional life. According to an informal poll of my clients, one of the biggest impediments to attention management is “O.P.P.” — other people’s problems. This is a particular problem for my clients in leadership who find …

Management

Survey: 68% of CEOs Admit They Weren’t Fully Prepared for the Job

CEOs are known for their confidence. It is, after all, one of the reasons they’ve made it to the top. And yet, that confidence sometimes flags, as we at leadership advisory firm Egon Zehnder learned from a survey of 402 CEOs from 11 countries—executives who together run companies with $2.6 trillion …

Leadership

4 behaviors that transform ordinary people into CEOs, according to a study of 2,600 leaders

If you think all CEOs are Ivy League educated individuals who set their eyes on the C-suite at a young age, you're mistaken. According to Elena …

How to Increase Your Influence at Work

To be effective in organizations today, you must be able to influence people. Your title alone isn’t always enough to sway others, nor do you always have a formal position. So, what’s the best way to position yourself as an informal leader? How do you motivate colleagues to support your initiatives …

Leadership

4 Ways to Implement Peter Drucker's Theory of Management

Peter Drucker was known as the father of modern management. Here's how to implement his theory.

Project Management

How CEOs Without College Degrees Got to the Top

Employers are continually upping the ante on academic credentials. Nearly a third of jobs that once required only a high-school diploma now demand a four-year college degree, while one in four jobs that used to require a bachelor’s degree now require a master’s degree. Meanwhile, 75% of Americans …

How to Solicit Negative Feedback When Your Manager Doesn’t Want to Give It

In my role as a leadership coach, I consistently hear my clients say that they crave negative feedback from their managers in order to improve in their jobs, grow their careers, and achieve better business results. However, when it comes to soliciting negative feedback, they find that their …

Cultural Coaching: Knowing When to Shut Up

Anyone who’s spent time in another culture will be aware that the norms and assumptions around conducting meetings are a minefield. But while you can …

Drones Help Bring Back Electricity in Puerto Rico

Commercial drones are pretty lazy. Think about it: They spend most of their time taking photos and videos, inspecting equipment and streaming the …

How to Stay Focused When You’re Working from Home

No commute. No drive-by meetings. No dress code. Remote working can seem like a dream — until personal obligations get in the way. These distractions …

Case Study: Should an Algorithm Tell You Who to Promote?

Aliyah Jones was having trouble paying attention to the farewell toasts. Although she was sad to see her longtime colleague, Anne Bank, go, she was more consumed with trying to figure out who should replace her.<p>As a VP of sales and marketing for Becker-Birnbaum International, a global consumer …

If You Multitask During Meetings, Your Team Will, Too

Managers have hard jobs. They coordinate the work of their teams, align this work with company goals, serve as a primary source of professional …

Is Work-Life Balance Even Possible? (Infographic)

If you don't get a handle on things today, you could be setting yourself up for challenging obstacles in the future.<p>With email, social media and today's technology, it can be hard to separate life inside and outside the office. Sometimes it even feels like achieving work-life balance isn’t even …

Work-life Balance

How to Have a Good Debate in a Meeting

The modern workplace is awash in meetings, many of which are terrible. As a result, people mostly hate going to meetings. The problem is this: The …

Emotionally Intelligent Ways To Express These 5 Feelings At Work

No matter what emotions you’re experiencing, there’s a way to channel them to project leadership.<p>You’ve heard by now that you need to be “transparent” and “authentic” and to “bring your whole self” to work. More often than not, these phrases are shorthand for expressing your feelings. But while …

How to Fix the Most Soul-Crushing Meetings

Meetings are notoriously one of organizational life’s most insufferable realities. U.S. companies spend more than $37 billion dollars a year on them. Employees in American companies spend more than one-third of their time in them. And 71% of senior managers view them as unproductive. In one global …

Management

How Arizona Is Leading the Autonomous Vehicle Revolution

Self-driving vehicles, once a science fiction technology, are rapidly becoming a reality that promises to transform our lives – making it safer and more efficient to move people and goods, while reinventing our thinking about transportation.Arizona, one of the leading areas for autonomous vehicles, …

Ridesharing

What to Do When You Don’t Feel Valued at Work

It’s no fun to toil away at a job where your efforts go unnoticed. How can you highlight your achievements without bragging about your work? Who should you talk to about feeling underappreciated? And if the situation doesn’t change, how long should you stay?<p><b>What the Experts Say</b><br>“There’s nothing …

Leadership

When to Decentralize Decision Making, and When Not To

Rare is the business executive who doubts the importance of responsiveness: to be acutely alert to business opportunities and threats, and to be capable of grabbing the opportunity or fending off the threat fast and effectively. Hence, when (re-)designing the organization structure, they tend to …

Are You Having Trouble Focusing? These Simple Strategies Will Help

In today’s always-on, information-overloaded world, it can be hard to stay focused throughout the day. How often do you find yourself distracted by inner chatter during meetings? Or how often do you find that emails are pulling you away from more important work?<p>We’ve surveyed and assessed more than …

What Research Tells Us About How Women Are Treated at Work

We publish a lot of articles based on new research (you may have noticed). This year, some of our most viewed and shared stories were based on studies about women — and, more specifically, stories looking at differences in how men and women are treated, and behave, at work. I’ve summarized six …

If You Want to Get Promoted, Say So

Jason, a general manager at a Fortune 100 company, worked hard. His businesses were thriving and his team liked working for him. Given his successes …

3 Mistakes You Make When Planning

For the average person, the act of planning involves creating a list of action items. If you’ve been around the block a few times, you are wise enough to want names and dates connected to each of those action items. With a good solid list in hand, you probably feel ready to plunge ahead.<p>What if I …

Project Management

How to Tell If a Company’s Culture Is Right for You

Congratulations, you got the job! Now you have to decide whether to take it. You’ve done your research and know the ins and outs of the company’s public profile, but how can you assess cultural fit — and if you’d actually be happy working there? Should you reach out to former employees? Or ask to …

CEOs Should Stop Thinking That Execution Is Somebody Else’s Job; It Is Theirs

The common perception is that strategy is done at the top of the org chart, and execution is done below. It is exactly the opposite – let me explain why.<p>First, I should explain that I have always hated the use of the term “execution.” Its common definition is fundamentally unhelpful, and …

Flying Cars, Bike Share, and Space Tourism: How You’ll Be Traveling in 2018

<i>The article is part of the Fortune 2018 Crystal Ball, a series of predictions for the year ahead. Find the whole list here.</i><p>Next year will see …