Shovik Chatterjee

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Who Has the D?: How Clear Decision Roles Enhance Organizational Performance

Decisions are the coin of the realm in business. Every success, every mishap, every opportunity seized or missed is the result of a decision that someone made or failed to make. At many companies, decisions routinely get stuck inside the organization like loose change. But it’s more than loose …

Management

4 Organizational Mistakes That Plague Modern Knowledge Workers

vincent tsui FOR HBR<p>In the new world of “work without walls,” work happens in brains instead of factories, in open floor plans instead of private offices, and at soccer games, beaches, and coffee houses in addition to corporate headquarters. And yet in my work with clients, I often discover old …

Employment

7 Things to Say When a Conversation Turns Negative

Every person is at least 75% responsible for how others treat them. Our verbal and nonverbal actions limit or expand the options of others. For example, if someone asks, “How are you?” as he or she walks by, you know better than to turn around and walk with them in order to provide an extensive …

Self-help

How Shared Leadership Changes Our Relationships at Work

Consider the challenges of the 21st century enterprise: things change too fast for one individual to know how to best respond; there are many explanations for any event, and multiple perspectives are needed to understand what that event means and decide what to do; a pipeline of future leaders is …

Management

To Grow as a Person, Selectively Forget the Past

For 35 years, I have used the Three Box Solution framework in my work with corporations. This practical approach integrates (Box 1) current business performance with (Box 2) selective forgetting of the past and (Box 3) creating the future. But it’s not only business issues that can be solved with …

South Africa

How an Ecosystem Mindset Can Help People and Organizations Succeed

Greg Gopman has had an interesting two and a half years. In December 2013 he was an up-and-coming young San Francisco entrepreneur and CEO of an incubator, when he posted an offhand comment on Facebook about homelessness in his city. In part, he wrote:<p>In other cosmopolitan cities, the lower part of …

San Francisco

No one should have the word ‘strategy’ in their job title

When I search LinkedIn for people with the word “strategy” in their job title, it shows me 725,178 listings. My apologies to all of them—including a number of friends and colleagues—in advance for what I’m about to write:<p>I don’t think anyone should have the word “strategy” in their job title.<p>There …

Management

If You Can’t Say What Your Meeting Will Accomplish, You Shouldn’t Have It

How many times have you walked out of a theoretically important meeting—a leadership offsite, a C-suite pow-wow, a sit-down with the board—thinking, <i>That was a great discussion, but I’m not sure we really accomplished anything</i>? More often than not, the problem lies not in what did or didn’t happen …

Management

5 Misconceptions About Networking

A good network keeps you informed. Teaches you new things. Makes you more innovative. Gives you a sounding board to flesh out your ideas. Helps you get things done when you’re in a hurry. And, much more (see my recent Lean In video on how networks augment your impact).<p>But, for every person who sees …

Networking

The Battle Over iPhones in India

Winning over Indian consumers seems to officially have become one of the global tech industry’s Next Big Things. Some estimates indicate that there will be one billion users online in the country by 2030. Although only one-fifth of its 1.3 billion people have online access today, India has already …

Innovation

Learn to Love Networking

Rami Niemi<p>“I hate networking.” We hear this all the time from executives, other professionals, and MBA students. They tell us that networking makes them feel uncomfortable and phony—even dirty. Although some people have a natural passion for it—namely, the extroverts who love and thrive on social …

Leadership

The Paradox of Workplace Productivity

At its most basic, productivity is the amount of value produced divided by the amount of cost (or time) required to do so. And while this equation seems simple enough on the surface, the strategies for optimizing it have evolved dramatically over the last two decades. Technology has enabled massive …

Employment

“Sleeping on It” Doesn’t Lead to Better Decisions

Sodavekt<p><b>The Research:</b> Rebecca Spencer of UMass Amherst and her coresearchers, Uma Karmarkar of Harvard Business School and Baba Shiv of Stanford Business School, conducted a study in which they asked people to evaluate laptop cases for potential purchase. First, subjects were given pros and cons of …

Harvard Business School

A Step-by-Step Guide to Structuring Better Meetings

From The New York Public Library<p>I am frequently flummoxed by the complete misalignment between a team’s mandate and the agenda for their meetings. My favorite example was a Corporate Affairs team that had an ambitious agenda to work collaboratively to transform the perception of the organization …

Management

A simple mental shift can help you feel less gross about networking

In 2014, researchers found scientific evidence of a phenomenon many of us had already experienced: Professional networking can make us feel dirty. But the more powerful you are, the less dirty you feel.<p>For example, the researchers surveyed lawyers at a North American business law firm. Results …

Networking

The Unique Value of Crowdfunding Is Not Money — It’s Community

Crowdfunding has been growing explosively, with over $2 billion raised via equity and reward crowdfunding in the United States in 2015 alone. (This video explains the different types of crowdfunding.) However, crowdfunding is more than another way of raising funds. In connecting creators and …

Crowd Funding

What Really Motivates Workers in Their 20s

As we all know, young workers are a contemptible bunch. They’re “lazy,” and lack the admirable work ethic of their elders. They have an overblown sense of entitlement, believing they have some kind of right to walk right into a plum job in their early twenties rather than working their way up. They …

Narcissism

Leading People When They Know More than You Do

If you’re a manager in a knowledge-driven industry, chances are you’re an expert in the area you manage. Try to imagine a leader without this expertise doing your job. You’ll probably conclude it couldn’t be done. But as your career advances, at some point you will be promoted into a job which …

Leadership

How to Stop Overplanning (Even If You’re a Perfectionist)

When done well, daily and weekly planning rituals can help you travel gracefully through life in a peaceful, intentional manner. But sometimes, overplanning your day-to-day activities can make you a neurotic, stressed-out person who feels like you would have been better off if you hadn’t planned …

High Level

Zoning Out Can Make You More Productive

Thanks to our smartphones, tablets, laptops, and other devices, there is no longer a technology reason why we can’t be working every minute of every day. In principle, that should help us get more useful work done—we can use every minute for maximal efficiency. But while it’s obvious that our …

Mindfulness

Christopher Nolan explains Inception's ending: 'I want you to chase your reality'

British director says the much-debated final ‘spinning top’ scene of his 2010 brainteasing blockbuster is about the subjective nature of reality<p>Christopher Nolan has finally explained the controversial “spinning top” ending to his critically acclaimed science fiction blockbuster Inception.<p>Speaking …

Princeton University

Al-Qaida fighter turned MI6 spy urges effort to 'confuse' Islamic State

Aimen Dean is an unusual example of a poacher turned gamekeeper. The talkative Bahraini is sought after for his understanding of the Islamic State, now expanding across Syria and Iraq in a campaign the US has warned could take decades to defeat. Dean’s insights are based on his own experience as an …

Middle East

The Ideal Work Schedule, as Determined by Circadian Rhythms

Humans have a well-defined internal clock that shapes our energy levels throughout the day: our circadian process, which is often referred to as a circadian rhythm because it tends to be very regular. If you’ve ever had jetlag, then you know how persistent circadian rhythms can be. This natural — …

Employment

How to answer “what was your last salary?”

You’re ready for the job interview or the phone screening call. You’re excited to learn more about the job opportunity. Then the dreaded question …

World Economic Forum

Most Of The Web Is Invisible To Google. Here's What It Contains

A roadmap of the Internet's darkest alleys<p>You thought you knew the Internet. But sites such as Facebook, Amazon, and Instagram are just the surface. There’s a whole other world out there: the Deep Web.<p>It’s a place where online information is password protected, trapped behind paywalls, or requires …

The 27 Most Important Moments From The Oscars

A recap of Hollywood's biggest night, including an appearance by Glom Gazingo.

How long can we stay awake?

We can fight off the sandman for a while, but after a certain point, sleeplessness leads to temporary madness and – just maybe – death, discovers Adam Hadhazy.<p>People start to hallucinate and go a bit crazy<p>It’s surprising how we spend our lives. Reach your 78th birthday and according to some …

University of Chicago

Rashida Jones Wants to Bring the Right Kind of Attention to Porn

<b>Rashida Jones</b> is no stranger to the Sundance Film Festival— the film she co-wrote and starred in, <i>Celeste and Jesse Forever</i>, premiered in Park City in 2012. But this year she’s in town as a producer, backing the documentary <i>Hot Girls Wanted</i>, about the growing and largely unregulated world of amateur …

Rashida Jones

The Behaviors that Define A-Players

Individual contributors sometimes ask themselves, “What will it take for others to recognize my potential?” They may simply want acknowledgement of the importance of the work they do. Or they may aspire to move into management. In some cases, they’ve been told that they’re doing fine and have been …

Assessment: What’s Your Personal Productivity Style?

Harvard