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People Don’t Want to Be Compared with Others in Performance Reviews. They Want to Be Compared with Themselves

People hate performance evaluations. They really do. According to a survey of Fortune 1,000 companies done by the Corporate Executive Board (CEB), 66% of the employees were strongly dissatisfied with the performance evaluations they received in their organizations. More strikingly, 65% of the …

Master the Team Meeting

Business meetings aren't always enjoyable, but they are key to moving a team forward. Julia Austin offers tips for making the most of your meeting …

The danger of a single story | Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie

TED Talks

The Untapped Genius That Could Change Science for the Better | Jedidah Isler | TED Talks

TED Talks

We need to talk about an injustice | Bryan Stevenson

The exceptional life of Benjamin Banneker - Rose-Margaret Ekeng-Itua

3 ways to speak English | Jamila Lyiscott

YouTube

Why This Jewish Billionaire Keeps Shabbat

At first it seemed like a burden but it gives me time with my wife and children and friends.

What I’ve learned from my tally of 757 doctor suicides

Five years ago, I was at a memorial. Another suicide. Our third doctor in 18 months.<p>Everyone kept whispering, "Why?"<p>That was when I decided I had to find an answer.<p>So I started counting dead doctors. I left that memorial service with a list of 10. Today I have 757 suicides on my registry.<p>And I …

Mental Health

The Top 10 Cold Call Episodes of 2017

A look back at the year's most popular episodes of the Cold Call podcast, which takes Harvard Business School's famous case method and distills it …

How the Most Successful Teams Bridge the Strategy-Execution Gap

The strategy-to-execution gap is an enduring problem with no easy solution. As the Japanese proverb goes, “Vision without action is a daydream. Action without vision is a nightmare.” In their seminal HBR piece, Paul Leinwand, Cesare Mainardi, and Art Kleiner outlined what senior leaders must do to …

How to Ask Your Boss for Time to Learn New Things

We all want to learn and grow. Improving our skills and being exposed to new ideas not only makes us better at our jobs but makes us happier and more engaged at work. But with a full-time job, it can be tough to find the time and resources to dedicate to personal development. Some people, like me, …

The IT Transformation Health Care Needs

In the mid-1990s, everyone knew that health care organizations across the United States were plagued by wasteful spending. The question for Intermountain Healthcare, which serves residents of Utah and Idaho, was where to start looking for savings internally. Data analyses quickly identified the …

What Crisis Leadership Really Looks Like

Imagine you were the person at BP headquarters in 2010 who got the first call: A drilling platform in the Gulf of Mexico had exploded and sunk, killing 11 workers—and allowing oil to leak into the ocean at a rate of 43 barrels a minute. What would you do? Which colleagues would you convene, and …

The world is drowning in ever-growing mounds of garbage

LAGOS, Nigeria — As this port city grew, its slums expanding across the muddy coastline, its skyline rising in glass and metal, residents ran into a problem plaguing all of the world's great metropolises: What should they do with the trash?<p>Years ago, there was a seemingly easy fix. Trucks drove the …

Pollution

How your blood type could seriously affect your health

New research has suggested your blood type could affect your health – in good ways and bad.<p>While scientists for many years believed your blood group …

Medical Research

How to Work from Home When You Have Kids

Finally: You’ve got the chance to work remotely. Maybe it’s due to the structure of your new job, or organization; maybe it’s part of that new corporate work/life initiative; or maybe it’s the result of months of lobbying the higher-ups. Regardless, you’ve won the prize that many — or most — …

How We Killed Expertise

(And why we need it back.)<p><b>Average Americans have never much liked</b> eggheads. That’s not a bad thing in itself: Americans are a skeptical but level-headed people—or were until recently—whose common sense and ingenuity allowed their nation to achieve great heights in science, diplomacy and the arts, …

Political Science

It’s Hard to Fix the Family Business Without Offending the Family

Navigating complex relationships and understanding unwritten processes are among the many challenges of transitioning a family-owned business to the …

Summing Up: Why Can’t Organizations Engage Their Employees?

Who is responsible for generating employee engagement? The employee, or the employee's managers? Readers of this month's James Heskett column have a …

This Is How To Use Negative Feedback To Be More Successful

No one likes negative criticism, but it’s often what you need in order to grow. Here’s how to use it to your advantage.<p>Let’s face it: Negative feedback on your job performance can be a drag. Who likes to be told that their work could use improvement?<p>Research published in the <i>Harvard Business Review</i> …

The Myth of Drug Expiration Dates

<i>This story was co-published with NPR’s Shots blog.</i>The box of prescription drugs had been forgotten in a back closet of a retail pharmacy for so long …

The Mystery of Why Japanese People Are Having So Few Babies

Many point to unromantic 20-somethings and women’s entry into the workforce, but an overlooked factor is the trouble young men have in finding steady, well-paid jobs.<p>TOKYO—Japan’s population is shrinking. For the first time since the government started keeping track more than a century ago, there …

Japan

Do the Right Thing

After making two hugely acclaimed movies on contemporary international warfare, director Kathryn Bigelow turns her camera backward to the 1967 Detroit riots, where white cops played a "death game" with a group of young black men and two white women at the Algiers Motel. Reverend, professor, and …

Black Lives Matter

Can you get rich by investing in a startup? How to do it — and the pros and cons of crowdfunding.

In May 2016, a law took effect that allows anyone to invest at least some of their cash in startup companies. Until then, buying a stake in a small …

Never Heard Of 'Dry Drowning?' What You Need To Know About The Deadly Condition

It's a bigger threat in the summer.<p><b>The Question:</b> Dry drowning was recently ruled as the suspected cause of death for a 4-year-old boy from Texas. What is this medical condition and what are the signs that someone might be suffering from it?<p><b>The Answer:</b> We don’t yet know what happened in the tragic …

The 11 best botanical gardens in the United States

Beat the heat in these urban paradises<p>Summer is in full swing, which means there’s no better time to play outdoors. But even diehard city lovers sometimes tire of the incessant urban annoyances in the summer months: the long commutes, the endless pavement, and the oppressive heat.<p>Luckily, nearly …

Botanical Gardens

Dangerously Addictive Painkiller Prescribed for Patients Who Shouldn't Have Received It, Says Whistleblower

It's called Subsys and it's a painkiller 100 times more powerful than morphine that was approved by the FDA for cancer patients whose agony can't be relieved by other narcotics alone.<p>But despite the fact that what's known as "breakthrough cancer pain" is uncommon, Insys Therapeutics — the …

Corruption

15 Foods a Nutritionist Always Keeps in Her Fridge

Healthy eating is my foundation, and I like to think of a well-stocked fridge as pre-production for everyday life. Having the right mix of nutritious …

Course focuses on case studies of black business leaders

When Steven Rogers was a graduate student at Harvard Business School (HBS), he couldn’t help but notice how little he was learning about black …