Safiyyah Boolay

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7 Sure Signs That Your Workplace Is Toxic

If your management focuses solely on what employees are doing wrong, you may be working for a toxic company.<p>Do you work in a toxic workplace? I'll share what that looks like in a minute. But if you do, there comes a time when we all need to evaluate our work environment and the people we work with …

Changing Company Culture Requires a Movement, Not a Mandate

Culture is like the wind. It is invisible, yet its effect can be seen and felt. When it is blowing in your direction, it makes for smooth sailing. When it is blowing against you, everything is more difficult.<p>For organizations seeking to become more adaptive and innovative, culture change is often …

How to Make Sure Your Business Shows Up In Google's Top Three

Looking for local leads? You'll want to follow these steps to earn a spot in Google's 'Three Pack.'<p>Google processes over 3.5 billion searches per day. While these searches cover millions of different topics, a significant portion are people looking for a business or service in their local area, …

One of LinkedIn's top executives explains how to manage your boss

As the SVP of Global Solutions, Mike Gamson is one of LinkedIn's top executives, overseeing roughly half of the company's 10,000 employees.<p>He reports directly to the CEO, Jeff Weiner, and he says this relationship has taught him how to "manage up."<p>For the last nine years, the two executives have …

Leadership

Career paths are outdated — here's what you should be doing instead

The biggest mistake people make when they actively try to develop their career is to focus on a developing a career path for themselves to follow.<p><b>Why career paths are a mistake</b><p>A career path is a described as a series of jobs or roles that you can take to develop your career. The goal is generally …

Employment

The War For Talent Is Over, And Everyone Lost

Two decades ago, McKinsey researchers saw a “war for talent” brewing. Looking at current trends, two experts see no victors.<p><i>This story reflects the views of these authors, but not necessarily the editorial position of Fast Company.</i><p>In 1998, after a year-long study on the subject, McKinsey …

This Is the Single Most Important Leadership Trait, According to Hundreds of Founders

Do you possess this crucial leadership quality? If not, here's how to get it.<p>Transparency. Passion. Communication.<p>You know that they're all important traits of effective leaders. But are they the <i>most</i> important qualities?<p>Not according to a recent study conducted by The Alternative Board, which …

We’re Thinking About Organizational Culture All Wrong

A common thread in the study of organizational culture is the idea of culture as a unifying force that brings people together to work productively toward the attainment of organizational goals. In this approach, organizational culture is understood as a variable to be used in projects of social …

Social Issues

The Men Who Mentor Women

While women make up 51.5% of all managers, much fewer women rise to the C-suite. A survey of 25,000 Harvard Business School graduates found that although male and female graduates had similar levels of ambition, men were significantly more likely to have positions in senior management, direct …

The Leader's Journey: 3 Key Strategies For Making A Difference In The World

Leadership is a journey often mistaken for a destination. The Leader's Journey: A Guide to Discovering the Leader Within provides guidance and inspiration for that journey. My new book will provide you with inspiration on how to develop your individualized leadership style and make an impact. This …

Economic Justice

How modern management practices encourage people to lie about how many hours they're really working

Are you committed? Do you demonstrate creative problem-solving abilities? Are you a team player? None of these things are easy to measure.<p>It's tempting to look instead at more obvious, quantitative data, like how much time you spend doing work. Were you at your desk when the boss walked in at 7 …

Leadership Is More Than A Skill

Leadership is actually a complex and interconnected set of skills and attributes. So why is everyone dumbing it down? I challenge any recruiter or …

Employment

Screw Finding Your Passion

Remember back when you were a kid? You would just do things. You never thought to yourself, “What are the relative merits of learning baseball versus …

7 Reasons Why Emotional Intelligence Is One Of The Fastest-Growing Job Skills

Here’s why hiring managers say they often value emotional intelligence more highly than IQ.<p>According to the World Economic Forum’s Future of Jobs Report, emotional intelligence will be one of the top 10 job skills in 2020.<p>The awareness that emotional intelligence is an important job skill, in some …

How to Get More Grit in Your Life

Srinath Mahankali, 12, is headed to the Scripps National Spelling Bee. How’d he get there? G-R-I-T.<br>(photo: Chip Somodevilla/Getty Images)<i>Our latest</i> …

Self-improvement

Teams Who Share Personal Stories Are More Effective

dave wheeler FOR HBR<p>No matter what industry you are in or what job you do, you probably have experienced the frustration of working within a dysfunctional team — one marked by drawn-out discussions that led nowhere or heated conflicts that made communication difficult. To function properly, teams …

Don’t End a Meeting Without Doing These 3 Things

When a sports team finishes a game, they usually don’t gather up their gear and immediately leave the court, rink, field or locker room. The players and coaches take a few minutes for a post-game meeting – a ritual that’s just as important as the pre-game warm-up.<p>In our view, participants in …

What Leadership Requires, According to Global Leaders

Carly Fiorina’s Legacy as CEO of Hewlett Packard

<i>HBR STAFF</i><p>As Carly Fiorina enjoys a surge in recent opinion polls in the race for the Republican presidential nomination, her record as former CEO of Hewlett Packard (HP) is being put under the microscope. Fiorina herself cites that record as part of the reason to elect her president — even though …

Research: Vague Feedback Is Holding Women Back

laura schneider FOR HBR<p>Although companies have invested heavily in programs to advance women leaders, the number of women in executive roles has not changed significantly in the last decade. Even if women are well represented as middle managers, their numbers drop off when making the jump to …

The Two Main Sources of Stress for High-Status Workers

HBR STAFF<p>High-status jobs are known to bring with them a number of benefits: higher incomes, greater job autonomy, and even, according to some research, longer lives. Yet there may also be some downside to these jobs: greater stress levels and less happiness at work.<p>Although social scientists have …

Why Hiring for Cultural Fit Can Thwart Your Diversity Efforts

Recently I had a revealing conversation with the head of sales of a global marketing company. She was talking about her company’s vision of diversity. As someone who has studied diversity for a long time, what she said was music to my ears. She described how the market has changed and globalized …

7 Ways to Stop a Meeting from Dragging On

A few years ago, when I got a speeding ticket, I was offered the option of attending traffic school in lieu of a black mark on my otherwise spotless driving record. I showed up at City Hall promptly at 6 PM, hoping my educational experience would end at the advertised 8:30 PM. The instructor was 25 …

10 TED Talks to Watch for Some Major Career Inspo

Whether you’re dreaming of moving up the corporate ladder at your current gig or you’re considering a career pivot, finding and landing your dream job is no easy task. Luckily for us, the Internet is filled with much more than cat Vines and fail vids (although, we do love a good summer Pinterest …

TED's secret to great public speaking | Chris Anderson

Public Speaking

5 reasons most companies fail at strategy execution

If your organisational culture has these five characteristics, all attempts to implement strategic change will likely be doomed.

The New Science of Building Great Teams

Artwork: Andy Gilmore, Chromatic, 2010, digital drawing<p>If you were looking for teams to rig for success, a call center would be a good place to start. The skills required for call center work are easy to identify and hire for. The tasks involved are clear-cut and easy to monitor. Just about every …

How To Get People To Like You: 7 Ways From An FBI Behavior Expert

<b>Before we commence with the festivities, I wanted to thank everyone for helping my first book become a Wall Street Journal bestseller. To check it</b> …

McKinsey Says 20% Of CEOs' Duties Could Be Automated Away

Regardless of what you do at work — even if you’re a high-paid boss — current-day automation could handle part of your duties, according to a new study from McKinsey Global Institute. Even chief executives might see more than 20% of their duties automated away via software, robotics and other …

Like Kate Winslet, I'll ban my daughter from social media

Self-esteem in young girls is being destroyed by Instagram and Facebook, as Australia's online star Essena O'Neill has shown<p>“Why do you always dress like a boy?” I was eight and halfway through a bowl of banana custard in the school canteen when my friend Fleur asked the question. Because she was …