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5 ways you're killing your productivity (and how to fix it)

It’s possible to have a to-do list that energizes you, helps you prioritize your day and motivates you to keep moving forward, even after those …

Time Management

5 Often Overlooked Benefits That You Should Negotiate With A New Job Offer

Salary should only be about 70% of your total compensation. Here are the other important things you can negotiate.<p>The interviews are finally behind you. Your reference checks have cleared.<p>And after waiting with bated breath for what felt like forever, you get the call: “We want to hire you!”<p>If …

Employment

Could AI Solve the World’s Biggest Problems? - MIT Technology Review

Are we on the verge of creating artificial intelligence capable of finding answers to the world’s most pressing challenges? After steady progress in …

Artificial Intelligence

35 Make-Ahead Thanksgiving Appetizer Recipes to Make Your Day Easier

Let’s face it: Between the really-super-late cleaning, trying to please all of your guests and, oh, the <i>food</i>, hosting Thanksgiving can get stressful. We’re sure you’ve already got the actual meal covered, but there’s a lot of waiting before you actually get to dig in (we recommend some fun holiday …

Cooking

The First Question to Ask of Any Strategy

The senior team of a large player in the global wealth management business recently asked me for my opinion on their strategy. They had worked long and hard at coming up with it. Their “Where to Play” choice was to target wealthy individuals who wanted and were willing to pay for comprehensive …

Management
Apple Watch

The Right Ways to Split the Bill at a Restaurant

Dining out should be an opportunity to relax with friends, impress a client or bond with someone special, not fret over the protocol for paying and …

How to turn an internship into a job offer

<b>What specific skills and qualities do employers look for when determining whether to hire you full-time?</b><p>First and foremost, they want to see if you …

Employment

You Don’t Need a Promotion to Grow at Work

As organizations run leaner and flatter, your ability to move up can stall much earlier in your career because, simply put, there’s no place to go. This is true whether you work for a corporation, nonprofit, or public agency. So what should you do when you reach that plateau and you’re only midway …

Human Resources

Figure Out Your Manager’s Communication Style

Effective communication takes a deft touch when you’re managing up. If your attempts to persuade are too obvious, they may not succeed. Yet you need to be deliberate in your approach.<p>As you engage with your boss in everyday activities, try to identify the messages behind her speech and behavior. …

Management

MBA by numbers: Return on investment

If money is your motivation for studying for an MBA, then the earlier you enrol on your degree programme the better.<p>Data from the Financial Times …

MBA

5 Steps to Building Great Business Relationships

It was the early 1990s, the week between Christmas and New Year’s. I was working as a sales rep for a prominent software company. Making the rounds of my Wall Street clients, I wished them happy holidays and thanked them for their business.<p>As I was leaving an appointment with the CIO of a very …

How to Ask for Feedback That Will Actually Help You

“So,” I asked Mary*. “Do you have any feedback for me? What can I do better the next time?”<p>We had just finished delivering a leadership training to senior executives at a large financial services company. My working relationship with Mary was a little tricky; she was my co-trainer and also my …

Fallen Arches: Can McDonald's get its mojo back?

Perhaps no episode captures what’s ailing the world’s largest restaurant company better than the Mighty Wings Debacle of 2013. In September of last …

Setting the Record Straight on Job Interviews

You scored a job interview, and now it’s time to get ready. Before you start prepping, you have to consider whose advice to take. Should you believe your colleague when she says that you have to wear a suit even though you’re interviewing at a tech start-up? Or do you trust your friend who says, …

Tactics for Asking Good Follow-Up Questions

Whether you are looking to hire someone, decide whether to trust someone, or enter a business partnership, the better you are at judging people, the better off you will be. Unfortunately, most people are just plain bad at reading others. Several decades of research among psychologists has indicated …

The Best-Performing CEOs in the World

The knock on most business leaders is that they don’t take the long view—that they’re fixated on achieving short-term goals to lift their pay. So which global CEOs actually delivered solid results over the long run? Our 2014 list of top performers provides an objective answer.<p>Adi Ignatius<p>A few …

Develop Strategic Thinkers Throughout Your Organization

In study after study, strategic thinkers are found to be among the most highly effective leaders. And while there is an abundance of courses, books, articles and opinions on the process of strategic planning, the focus is typically on an isolated process that might happen once or twice per year. In …

Overcome the Eight Barriers to Confidence

To get a more confident You in the new year — or a more confident company, community, family, or team — first know what gets in the way. The best resolutions will go nowhere without the confidence to stick with them.<p>Confidence is an expectation of a positive outcome. It is not a personality trait; …

Make Sure Your Dream Company Can Find You

It used to be that if you wanted to work for a certain company, you went in for an informational interview or waited for a job opening and submitted your resume. These days, you may be better off liking the company on Facebook or joining their Google+ page. That’s because smart companies are no …

The Three Pillars of a Teaming Culture

Building the right culture in an era of fast-paced teaming, when people work on a shifting mix of projects with a shifting mix of partners, might sound challenging – if not impossible. But, in my experience, in the most innovative companies, teaming <i>is</i> the culture.<p>Teaming is about identifying …

Taking Over from an Incompetent Team Leader

Becoming the leader of an existing team can be challenging, but taking over from an incompetent leader is more difficult. Incompetent leaders are not only ineffective at achieving the team’s goals. They think and act in ways that detract from and undermine the team’s performance, working …

Map: The Sad State of Global Workplace Engagement

Only 13% of employees worldwide are engaged in their jobs, according to 2011-2012 numbers collected by Gallup. What does that mean for where you live and work?<p>Our map below shows engagement data on the countries polled by Gallup, and includes regional insights into where the problems lie — and how …

Strategy: The Uniqueness Challenge

CEOs often complain that the financial markets just don’t get their companies’ strategies. For years I assumed that this was just sour grapes and that capital markets were actually rather good at assessing the quality of corporate strategies. Along with most other academics and the financial …

President Obama has to do better as a manager

Barack Obama’s visit to Boston on behalf of the Affordable Care Act told us something about the law, but more about the president. And what it said, …

Case Study: The Costs and Benefits of a Strong Culture

“How long is this list of escapees?” Kumar Chandra asked as he pointed at the slide on the screen. He was the head of operations at Parivar, a midsize Chennai-based IT services company.<p>Everyone in the room chuckled, except for Indira Pandit, vice president of HR. Nearly 100 employees had given …

Learning from Bad Decisions in “Disaster Lit”

Neil Swidey was at a neighborhood birthday party seven years ago when a lawyer friend told him about an unusual lawsuit. The litigation stemmed from a 1999 accident in which commercial divers had been sent on a risky mission to unplug a 10-mile unlit tunnel deep beneath Boston Harbor — a key step …