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What It Takes to Become a Great Product Manager

Because I teach a course on product management at Harvard Business School, I am routinely asked “What is the role of a product manager?” The role of product manager (PM) is often referred to as the “CEO of the product.” I disagree because, as Martin Eriksson points out, “Product managers simply …

Product Management

The Danger of Using Personality Tests to Hire Employees

<i>The Entrepreneur Insiders network is an online community where the most thoughtful and influential people in America’s startup scene contribute</i> …

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 …

City Halls

How to Get Your Employees to Stop Wasting Time

<i>The Entrepreneur Insiders network is an online community where the most thoughtful and influential people in America’s startup scene contribute</i> …

How to Talk in Meetings When You Hate Talking in Meetings

Nobody loves meetings. But they can be especially taxing for people who crave a quieter setting for brainstorming or thinking through issues, or who struggle to have their voices heard in a room full of loud-talkers. How can these folks make sure their ideas are well-represented in team meetings? …

Public Speaking

6 Business Apps To Cure Your Productivity And Marketing Weaknesses

The <i>Harvard Business Review</i> recently reported, “There will be nearly 5 billion downloads of enterprise apps this year alone.” Naturally, 5 billion downloads is a staggering number. And the reason is simple: We all want to get more done. Ironically, the sheer number of productivity tools — especially …

Project Management

Why Every Billionaire Invests in Real Estate

This guide is going to show you some of the reasons you should be investing in real estate--and not just in startups.<p>If you are someone who is looking to invest money, you may think one good option is to look at startups. However, there are also compelling reasons to be investing in real estate, …

Real Estate

7 Public Speaking Fundamentals Entrepreneurs Must Master

5 min read<p>Opinions expressed by <i>Entrepreneur</i> contributors are their own.<p>Public speaking is often associated with a kind of grandiosity, as if you need to be a guest of honor at a formal event, to employ what we think of as “public speaking skills.” In reality, though, public speaking skills are used …

13 online courses that could help you get rich

The wealthiest, most successful people appreciate the power of learning long after college or any formal education is over.<p>Today, it's easier than ever to continue your education with the chance to take online courses from some of the best universities in the world.<p>We've picked out some of the best …

These investors share how to be successful in Japan and Asia

If you're a cowboy entrepreneur, thinking you can run and gun into Japan, it probably won't be a success.

What to Do When a Colleague Can’t Stick to a Decision

I could sense Jack’s frustration at the start of our call. He seemed particularly charged up about his colleague, Leslie, a peer who was overseeing a team that had interdependencies with his own team. They had been in a cross-functional team meeting earlier in the week when Leslie had shared a set …

Management

Having a Difficult Conversation with Someone from a Different Culture

Most of us don’t enjoy having difficult conversations, period — but when they involve someone from our own culture, we can usually rely on some basic shared assumptions about what the interaction should look like. When we have a difficult conversation with someone from a different culture, however, …

Management

A Manager’s Job Is Making Sure Employees Have a Life Outside Work

A young man with cancer at our Silicon Valley firm requested additional sick time for post-cancer treatments and checkups.<p>Another employee, one who had been born in Vietnam and came to this country with his parents, requested one day per month when he would work remotely. He would return to south …

The Workplace

Why More MBAs Should Buy Small Businesses

Searching for a small business to buy and run instead of taking a more traditional post-MBA job like consulting is an idea that we’re seeing catch on at top business schools. At the Harvard Business School, for example, the number of MBAs who decide to look for a business to acquire right after …

Small Business

The Dark Side of Creativity

Few psychological traits are as desirable as creativity — the ability to come up with ideas that are both novel and useful. Yet it is also true that creativity has been associated with a wide range of counterproductive, rarely discussed qualities. Being aware of these tendencies is important for …

Creativity

Your Company Is Full of Good Experiments (You Just Have to Recognize Them)

Managers sometimes worry when they hear the word “experiment.” Will this be complicated? Expensive? Unfair to customers or employees? And thus many managers stick to the status quo, whether or not they have a good reason to do so.<p>But this reluctance is rarely justified; in fact, managers run …

Management

Your New Idea Is Worthless Unless You Know How to Sell It

The talk in your organization focuses relentlessly on generating innovative, disruptive ideas. So why is it that when you throw out a creative idea at a team meeting, you get the death stare instead of a gold star?<p>You perturb your boss; your teammates whisper under their breath; and one says out …

Management

Two Things to Do After Every Meeting

Steve Jobs insisted that every item on a meeting agenda have a designated person responsible for that task and any follow-up work that happened. He called that person the DRI—the Directly Responsible Individual. He knew the public accountability would ensure that a project or task would actually …

Productivity

How to Negotiate with Someone More Powerful than You

<i>HBR STAFF</i><p>Going into a negotiation with someone who holds more power than you do can be a daunting prospect. Whether you are asking your boss for a new assignment or attempting to land a major business deal with a client, your approach to the negotiation can dramatically affect your chances of …

“Leadership Qualities” vs. Competence: Which Matters More?

There’s sometimes a disconnect between how we talk about leadership qualities (we tend to use words like <i>authority</i>, <i>power</i>, and <i>emotional intelligence</i>) and what we actually require from the people leading teams and other working groups (arguably, competence and a deep knowledge of the specific work …

Leadership

Why Emotionally Intelligent People Are More Successful

Research shows that people with strong emotional intelligence are more likely to succeed than those with high IQs or relevant experience.<p>We’ve learned that emotional intelligence (EQ) is a crucial skill for both leaders and employees. But several studies point to just how important EQ can be to …

Emotional Intelligence

How to Plan a Team Offsite That Actually Works

All around the world, teams large and small assemble at offsite locations to take a step away from their day-to-day work and build team spirit. Unfortunately, many team building offsites turn out to be ineffective, or worse. Sometimes, it’s because the sense of unity and cohesion that gets created …

Team Building

Why We Love to Hate HR…and What HR Can Do About It

Recent complaints about the HR function have touched a nerve in a large, sympathetic audience, particularly in the United States. The most vocal critics say that HR managers focus too much on “administrivia” and lack vision and strategic insight.<p>These feelings aren’t new. They’ve erupted now and in …

Human Resources

Local R&D Won’t Help You Go Global

Kenneth Andersson for HBR<p>In order to expand, digital businesses need to pivot to new and promising growth areas. Often that means making forays into new fields and taking on seemingly intractable business problems. Consider Google’s venture into maps or SAP’s Future Factory initiative, far-reaching …

Innovation

4 Tips for Managing Employee Communications

Here are four steps to properly managing the disparate communication channels and inherent risks of apps in the workplace.<p>Email is being rapidly overtaken. Quicker, easier to use instant messaging services, collaboration tools, and unified communication platforms are now popular alongside email. …

Social Media

5 Signs Your Master’s Program Will Make You a Better Entrepreneur

Professors, courses and fellow students should show you if a program is the right fit.<p>Even the best master's program can't magically turn you into an entrepreneur overnight. A diploma doesn't come with mystical qualities any more than slipping on that graduation gown instantly turns you into the …

Entrepreneurship

7 Critical Things to Know Before Giving a Presentation

Presentations can be critical turning points for a company's direction, decision-making, and even your own career. Before delivering a presentation, make sure you know the answers to these seven questions.<p>Presentations are forks in the road. If you succeed in your objectives, you may open the door …

Public Speaking