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When Your Boss Is Too Nice

Yes, it can be pleasant to work for someone who is kind and thoughtful but there’s a difference between bosses who are pleasant to work for and those who avoid conflict at all costs. Managers in the latter category don’t give tough feedback, shy away from going to bat for their teams, and give in …

The Art of Crafting a 15-Word Strategy Statement

In the January issue of HBR, Roger Martin sets out some rules for avoiding common mistakes in strategy making. As he writes in “The Big Lie of Strategic Planning“, the first rule is “keep the strategy statement simple.” Rather than a long, often vague document, the company’s strategy should …

Grow Wiser As You Get Older

<b>1. Seek Out Those Who Don’t Act Right (Like You)</b><p>Beginning with our first success in childhood we become attached to what we believe are our strengths, in temperament and talent, which enabled us to win. Why not? They seem to be what makes us popular, even sought-after. As well, we are most drawn to …

The Big Lie of Strategic Planning

All executives know that strategy is important. But almost all also find it scary, because it forces them to confront a future they can only guess at. Worse, actually choosing a strategy entails making decisions that explicitly cut off possibilities and options. An executive may well fear that …

Strengthen Your Strategic Thinking Muscles

Have you been told that you need to be more strategic? Whether through 360 feedback or after a failed promotion attempt, being told that you aren’t strategic enough really stings. Worse is when you try to clarify what “more strategic” would look like and get few tangible suggestions.<p>Being more …

Does Your Company Make You a Better Person?

When we hear people talk about struggling to maintain work-life balance, our hearts sink a little. As one executive in a high-performing company we have studied explained, “If work and life are separate things—if work is what keeps you from <i>living</i>—then we’ve got a serious problem.” In our research …

Zappos is going holacratic: no job titles, no managers, no hierarchy

Zappos is known for its zany corporate culture. The company’s Q4 “All Hands” meeting in November was aptly-themed “Gone Wild”: one female employee voluntarily climbed into a case filled with tarantulas to win a $250 gift card. The event opened with a <i>Lion King</i> performance put on by employees at the …

Team Building

Conflict Strategies for Nice People

Do you value friendly relations with your colleagues? Are you proud of being a nice person who would never pick a fight? Unfortunately, you might be just as responsible for group dysfunction as your more combative team members. That’s because it’s a problem when you shy away from open, healthy …

There’s No Such Thing as a Culture Turnaround

Company culture changes very slowly, so efforts to do an about-face are inevitably a waste of time and energy: Organizations either declare victory prematurely or, in frustration, abandon the attempt.<p>You’re better off thinking of your cultural situation as an underpinning you’ll have to work with …

Doing Less, Leading More

Our first accomplishments as professionals are usually rooted in our skill as individual contributors. In most fields we add value in the early stages of our careers by getting things done. We’re fast, we’re efficient, and we do high-quality work. In a word, we’re <i>doers.</i> But when we carry this …

The Power Of Empathy, Animated

Dr. Brene Brown’s poignant and popular talk on the “Power of Vulnerability” comes to life in a clever new animation.<p>Dr. Brene Brown’s 2010 TED Talk on “The Power of Vulnerability” has gotten nearly 12.5 million views online. And it’s no wonder: Brown delivers insights into human connection, …

6 Foolproof Ways to Perfect Your Pitch

Follow these tips from former sports agent and master negotiator Ron Shapiro, and you'll get to yes (almost) every time.<p>Entrepreneurs are never finished pitching. From the day they first sell friends and family on a pie-in-the-sky business idea all the way through to the IPO roadshow, entrepreneurs …

Entrepreneurship

Leadership Starts With One

Great leaders have inspired millions of people throughout history. Likewise, today’s great business leaders at all levels motivate employees to transform their enterprises and help them reach new heights of accomplishment. They instill confidence that enables their followers to achieve what others …

Litecoin 101: How To Build Your Own Mining Rigs

<b>UPDATE 1:</b> A Software Guide To Mining With Windows is now live<p><b>UPDATE 2:</b> I’ve recently switched my mining hardware to Dogecoin due to its rising popularity and lower difficulty. I’ve found it to be more profitable, and it may be worth pursuing depending on your specific situations.<p><b>UPDATE 3</b>: Nvidia …

How Square Is Structured For Rapid Decisions, Awesome Products

How big of a difference does the size and composition of a team make? For one, it changes the whole way decisions are made.<p>Over the six years Ajit Varma was an “ad spam czar” at Google, he found himself getting into a routine: he would pour himself into an idea–and then have to gather opinions that …

What Jeff Bezos Knows About Planning vs. Reality

My business partner sent me this quote from Jeff Bezos today:<p><b>“Any plan won’t survive its first encounter with reality. The reality will always be different. It will never be the plan.”</b><p>My partner Jeff knew I would like it, because it accords with how we both approach planning. Having a good plan is …

The Insanity Of Bitcoin, Explained

There’s no better way to appreciate the trippiness of the digital currency Bitcoin than this hallucinatory animated video.<p>If you’ve been paying attention to the news, you might have heard that digital currency Bitcoin is currently the talk of Wall Street after skyrocketing in value to trade at over …

The Tyranny of Strategy

Satan was rhetorically gifted enough to persuade a third of the angels to turn against God. He was charismatic enough to raise his troops’ morale in the face of their first defeat. He was sage enough to persuade his captains to continue the fight using his plan. He was cunning enough to trick the …

Initial Setup & Overview | PiMiner Raspberry Pi Bitcoin Miner

WARNING - this project is for historical reference only. The mining process has changed considerably since this guide written and project code will …

Turnabout is fair play: Bitcoins mined with Adafruit's miner used to buy Adafruit products

When Adafruit Industries, a leader in open-source hardware manufacturing, published a Bitcoin mining tutorial last summer, helping people mine the controversial digital currency to purchase Adafruit products was not the goal.<p>"We didn't think about that at all," said Phil Torrone, Adafruit's …

Tips for Energizing Your Exhausted Employees

Even though the people in your unit are overstretched, scarred by the budget ax, and sick to death of change, you’re about to present them with a wrenching new challenge.<p>It’s your job to get them excited about it. What’s your plan?<p>I have a story about just such a situation, and, oddly enough, a …

Unemployment In The Age Of Capital Abundance

In economics, there are two kinds of problems: real problems and nominal problems.<p>The deforestation on Easter Island destroyed most of the Rapa Nui . When it was necessary to leave the island and start new lives in a new land with an environment able to support their people, there were not enough …

Economics

Harvard Biz Review on Twitter: "What @google's best managers do http://t.co/6f3DOEjTKe http://t.co/En8gjlhFyt"

Replying to @<b>HarvardBiz</b><p>0 replies 6 retweets 7 likes<p>Replying to @<b>HarvardBiz</b><p>Great list of leadership behaviors | "@<b>HarvardBiz</b>: What @<b>google</b>'s best …

As Bitcoin prices surge past $750, a new high, U.S. agencies set to argue in favor (updated)

Bitcoin prices have exploded over the past week, and just in time: Federal agencies are gearing up to defend the digital currency’s legitimacy in a Senate hearing today.<p>The United States Department of Justice and Securities and Exchanges Commission will argue in favor of Bitcoin’s viability, with …

Xbox One vs. the PlayStation 4: A battle over services, not chips

If you start counting from the Magnavox Odyssey, we've been playing console games for seven generations now. Yes, it's crazy to think of, but it's even more alarming to realize that the industry has been in an all-out "war" since generation three. For better or worse, competition became a part of …

4 Steps To Truly Making Strategy Part Of Your Strategic Plan

Such plans were born in the early 1920s to better manage unpredictable business cycles, and by the 1950s had evolved into short-term budgeting exercises. It’s time for change.<p>“We put the ‘strategic’ in strategic planning,” said Michael Froehls, a brilliantly creative strategist who led the internal …

Why Executive Teams Shouldn’t Write “Culture Decks”

Boston is teeming with entrepreneurship. The “startup renaissance” that followed the financial crisis of 2009 has led to as many acquisitions as it has public companies.<p>For the founders and CEOs of many startups, the recent influx of additional tech giants to Boston like Amazon, eBay, and Twitter …