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How Making Time for Books Made Me Feel Less Busy

Six months ago, I found myself drowning in a flood of easy information. The internet—and all the lovely things on it, things like Wikipedia, Twitter, podcasts, the New Yorker, email, TED Talks, Facebook, Youtube, Buzzfeed occasionally, and yes, even the Harvard Business Review—provide unlimited …


3 Timeless Rules for Making Tough Decisions

<i>Jennifer Maravillas FOR HBR</i><p>I perused the restaurant menu for several minutes, struggling with indecision, each item tempting me in a different way.<p><i>Maybe I should order them all . . .</i><p>Is this a silly decision not deserving deliberation? Maybe. But I bet you’ve been there. If not about food, then …


What Really Makes Customers Buy a Product

On a cold English autumn evening recently, we three found ourselves together in the bar of our business school, Cranfield School of Management, along with some clients. Emma, an Australian by upbringing, did something entirely unexpected: she ordered the quintessential summer drink of Wimbledon, a …


Stress Is Your Brain Trying to Avoid Something

Stress exists in every workplace, and all of us have probably tried a few trendy stress-management approaches. But rather than trying the latest fad, it may be more effective to understand how stress works and where it comes from, so that you can create your own methods for dealing with it.<p>Stress …


The Tech Elite's Quest to Reinvent School in Its Own Image

Salman Khan sits at the head of a conference table, surrounded by about a dozen children, talking about Hitler. It’s late June, nine months into the …

What Salespeople Need to Know About the New B2B Landscape

Selling has always been more about the buyer than the seller. So any effective sales model must adapt to changing buying protocols, not ignore or resist them. This is a big transition for firms whose marketing, sales-training and enablement tools, and wider organizational processes reflect outdated …


4 Ways Leaders Fritter Their Power Away

“The last thing I want is to be perceived as a power-monger.” That was what one high-ranking executive recently told me, and the sentiment among top leaders is common. The executive who embezzles money, curries favor with bribes, or gets caught in sordid affairs makes headlines and is justly …


A Board Member’s Guide to Corporate Political Spending

The 2016 U.S. election cycle is on track to break political spending records — and corporate contributions will be a large part of that. More than ever, it is the directors’ responsibility to determine when and how their company should engage in political activities. But do board members actually …


Are the Workaholics You Know Just Faking It?


Where’s Warren Buffett?

Warren Buffett is routinely lauded for producing astronomical returns during his 45 years as the CEO of Berkshire Hathaway. So why doesn’t he appear in our ranking? In fact, Buffett barely missed the cutoff — coming in at #101, one spot short. Had the list been based solely on total shareholder …


You Don’t Need Charisma to Be an Inspiring Leader

Virtually every leader wishes they had the power to inspire people to change. That’s because every leader has experienced times when they have identified a change that had to be made, devised a great strategy for making it happen, but then struggled to get people moving in the new direction.<p>The …


Make Yourself Immune to Secondhand Stress

<i>HBR STAFF</i><p>Over the past decade, we have learned how our brains are hardwired for emotional contagion. Emotions spread via a wireless network of mirror neurons, which are tiny parts of the brain that allow us to empathize with others and understand what they’re feeling. When you see someone yawn, …


The Problem with Being Too Nice

Leaders are placed under a tremendous amount of pressure to be relatable, human and … nice. Many yield to this instinct, because it feels much easier to be liked. Few people want to be the bad guy. But leaders are also expected to make the tough decisions that serve the company or the team’s best …

Stop Calling Every Conversation a “Meeting”

I just got back from speaking at a 500 attendee event on the West Coast. The company referred to it as its annual meeting. Today, I have a discussion scheduled with two people from a small tech startup about collaborating on a project. They’re calling that a meeting too. Strange, because the only …


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Be Your Own Best Advocate

Romualdo Faura<p>Most seasoned managers know how to handle formal negotiations at work—with clients over contracts, with bosses over budgets, with employers over compensation. But what about all the opportunities for informal negotiations that arise? Do you know how to recognize and seize chances to …


Ferrari IPO Ready To Go -- Too Bad Its Stock Symbol Is The Equivalent Of A Blown Engine

Renowned supercar maker Ferrari is revving up its initial public offering that is just around the corner and parent company FiatChrysler revealed this week that Ferrari’s trading symbol on the New York Stock Exchange will be RACE.<p>C’mon, RACE? This is what happens when a company can’t see past its …

Sports Cars

The World's 50 Best Bars for 2015 Announced: London's Artesian Tops List Four Years in a Row

Alex Kratena and his team at Artesian have done it again. The acclaimed cocktail bar at Langham London has won the top spot at <i>Drinks International’s</i> annual competition—The World’s 50 Best Bars. It’s their fourth (impressive) win in a row.<p>Artesian, The Dead Rabbit Grocery and Grog, and Nightjar all …

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Davidoff's Global Dominance And The Future Of The Luxury Cigar Market As Cuba Opens Up

As it goes into its fourth generation of family ownership, luxury cigar maker Davidoff recently hit the reset button in order to focus on its core strategy. Selling off its cigarette business and concentrating on what they call a “crop-to-shop” philosophy, Davidoff is now grossing nearly $1.3 …


Want People To Respect You? Don't Do These 6 Things

Recently I attended a mini author conference put on by my wonderful publisher, Bibliomotion. Over the course of the day, we talked a good deal about the importance of presenting yourself as a credible source of information. As Erika Heilman, one of Biblio’s founders, says: “Why you?”<p>We were …

Harvard Business School

OfferUp Emerges In The Race To Reinvent Craigslist And EBay

Nick Huzar, the CEO of OfferUp, uses one word to describe his company’s existence over the past four years: “quiet.”<p>It’s not a term many would use for a consumer-facing startup trying to wrangle users and build engagement, but for OfferUp, one of a number of companies trying to make the local …

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New Sennheiser Orpheus Headphones Unveiled For An Eye Watering $55,000

Sennheiser has unveiled a new addition to their range of premium headphones this week with the announcement of the launch of their new Sennheiser …

Apple To Launch 4-Inch iPhone In Early 2016 Ahead of iPhone 7 Launch, Leading Analyst Says

Apple is set to reintroduce a smaller 4-inch iPhone to its smartphone range in early 2016, according to one well-respected analyst with a strong …