Caleb Dean

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Improving Workplace Culture, One Review at a Time

With its emphasis on transparency, the jobs site Glassdoor aims to upend corporate power dynamics.<p><i>Audio:</i> Listen to this story. To hear more feature stories, download the Audm app for your iPhone.<p>One day in 2007, in Seattle, Rich Barton, the C.E.O. of the real-estate Web site Zillow, was getting …

Employment

Do you work more than 39 hours a week? Your job could be killing you

When a new group of interns recently arrived at Barclays in New York, they discovered a memo in their inboxes. It was from their supervisor at the bank, and headed: “Welcome to the jungle.” The message continued: “I recommend bringing a pillow to the office. It makes sleeping under your desk a lot …

Columbia University

If You Aspire to Be a Great Leader, Be Present

Some years ago, we worked with a director of a multinational pharma company who’d been receiving poor grades for engagement and leadership effectiveness. Although he tried to change, nothing seemed to work. As his frustration grew, he started tracking the time he spent with each of his direct …

How to Create Executive Team Norms — and Make Them Stick

Have you ever been on an executive team where things just clicked? You had a common goal, communication flowed easily, and everyone was willing to put in the long hours for a final push. Looking back, you wish you could replicate and carry forward that same secret sauce on every team, especially …

LISTEN: Embracing feminine leadership could save humanity from itself

Bioneers co-founder Nina Simons talks to “Inflection Point” about feminine leadership, “The Burning Times” and more<p>Social entrepreneur Nina Simons has held many impressive titles throughout her career: president of organic seed retailer Seeds of Change, strategic marketing director for juice …

Why Do Employees Quit Their Managers? Here's the No. 1 Reason in a Short Sentence | Inc.com

If I were to sit down at a coffee shop with leadership gurus John C. Maxwell, Ken Blanchard, and Simon Sinek--who have collectively sold a gazillion best-selling leadership books--and ask them this question, do you know what they would tell me?<p><i>Gentlemen, give me the bottom line, once and for all:</i> …

Employment

The Busier You Are, the More You Need Quiet Time

In a recent interview with Vox’s Ezra Klein, journalist and author Ta-Nehisi Coates argued that serious thinkers and writers should get off Twitter.<p>It wasn’t a critique of the 140-character medium or even the quality of the social media discourse in the age of fake news.<p>It was a call to get beyond …

When Leaders Are Hired for Talent but Fired for Not Fitting In

Over and over again, organizations are unable to appoint the right leaders. According to academic estimates, the baseline for effective corporate leadership is merely 30%, while in politics, approval ratings oscillate between 25% and 40%. In America, 75% of employees report that their direct line …

'It's not about the job title': A Marine explains how to lead when you're not the boss

Angie Morgan is a Marine veteran who is a coauthor, along with Courtney Lynch and Sean Lynch, of the new book "Spark: How to Lead Yourself and Others to Greater Success." Here Morgan explains how you can lead when you are not the boss. Following is a transcript of the video.<p><i>So leadership is about</i> …

How Spotify Balances Employee Autonomy and Accountability

Autonomy may be the single most important element for creating engagement in a company. How can anyone feel engaged, let alone inspired, if she feels that some supervisor is always looking over her shoulder? But autonomy is a double-edged sword. On the one hand, it spurs creativity and involvement. …

Leading People Too Smart to Be Led

An evolutionary geneticist, a professional gambler, and a business school professor walk into a bar. What might appear to be the start of a horribly nerdy joke is simply a scene that could happen any evening at the Santa Fe Institute (SFI) in Santa Fe, New Mexico. And it did recently when I visited …

When Giving Critical Feedback, Focus on Your Nonverbal Cues

Giving feedback may be one of the most difficult challenges a manager faces. On the one hand, you have to be honest; on the other hand, you don’t want to alienate your employee. You tread a fine line between maintaining cordiality and successfully getting your point across.<p>A positive workplace …

How Mindfulness Helped a Workplace Diversity Exercise

A couple of years ago I was invited to facilitate an offsite training for the diversity committee of a Fortune 500 company. In an era in which “diversity” has become a buzzword in the business world, the firm’s interest in the topic was both admirable and understandable. Research shows that having …

How Great Leaders Hire The Right People

Four top executives share how they go deep with candidates.<p>Hunt For Hunger<p>“I look for someone with something to prove—to your old boss, your dad, your third-grade teacher, yourself. I don’t care where it comes from: You need that hustle.” —<b>Emily Weiss</b>, founder and CEO, Glossier<p>Go Negative<p>“I ask, …

Why Some People Get Burned Out and Others Don’t

Stress and burnout are not the same thing. And while we know that stress often leads to burnout, it’s possible to handle the onslaught of long hours, high pressure, and work crises in a way that safeguards you from the emotional exhaustion, cynicism, and a lack of confidence in one’s abilities that …

Ideas Aren't Contagious. They're Emptiness. | Inc.com

They say great ideas are contagious. I don't think that's true. The essence of a great idea is non-communicable. It's just there, it just is, the greatness is on its own impossible to translate and transfer. A great idea doesn't replicate like a virus, it remains separated by whatever made it great …

Messaging

The Best Strategic Leaders Balance Agility and Consistency

As a former consultant, I have a deep and abiding love for the use of 2×2 matrices in business strategy. My favorites are those that highlight two factors that seem, at first glance, in conflict. I find these particularly relevant to personal development, as individuals often must resolve the …

Restoring Sanity to the Office

Basecamp CEO <b>Jason Fried</b> says too many people find it difficult to get work done at the workplace. His company enforces quiet offices, fewer meetings, and different collaboration and communication practices. The goal is to give employees bigger blocks of time to be truly productive.<p>Download this …

If Your Boss Could Do Your Job, You’re More Likely to Be Happy at Work

“People don’t quit bad jobs, they quit bad bosses,” according to an old saw. Our research suggests there’s truth behind this saying: bosses matter far more for employee job satisfaction than any other factor we measured. But what makes someone a great boss?<p>Studies of leaders often focus on their …

7 Tenets of a Good CEO Succession Process

Perhaps no single factor has a greater impact on a company’s future — for better or worse — than the selection of a new CEO. Choosing a CEO is a high-stakes proposition, arguably the most important decision a board can make.<p>While some situations demand outside successors — such as a turnaround or a …

How the Social Sector Can Attract More Young Talent

In every organization and every sector, hiring managers want to find the best people they can. Ask anyone trying to quickly find the right candidate for an open position and he or she will tell you: finding fantastic people and convincing them to work for you is challenging.<p>In our experience, it is …

How a Culture of Silence Eats Away at Your Company

Most people think they will speak up when something negative happens at work, but few actually do. Take these examples from a recent survey we did with managers and employees:<p>“We had an assistant who created a very adversarial atmosphere. We walked on eggshells around her. People would rather do …

How to Bring Mindfulness to Your Company’s Leadership

Mindfulness is the height of fashion in leadership development circles. At a recent conference in the field, we saw a missionary-type fervor among some trainers who claimed that mindfulness could fix every ill in the organizational world. It’s easy to succumb to enthusiastic hyperbole; one HR …

MIT’s beer game offers supply chain lessons (without the actual booze)

One of the highlights of MIT Sloan orientation week was playing the “beer game”, a role-play simulation that provides a glimpse into supply chain …

How General Assembly Is Helping Companies Increase Diversity

The ed-tech organization is taking aim at hiring practices and working to eliminate unconscious bias.<p>It’s no secret that the technology sector has a diversity problem. Even companies that have publicly pledged to diversify their workforces have struggled to do so: In July, Facebook revealed that …

When Charismatic Leadership Goes Too Far

In most cases, charisma is a useful quality for CEOs. Many work hard to develop charismatic skills. Especially when an organization is asked to become more innovative and to perform beyond normal levels, having followers with an unusually strong belief in the leader and their vision increases the …

Every Manager Needs to Practice Two Types of Coaching

Performance reviews haven’t disappeared quite yet. “Despite all the buzz about abolishing formal performance reviews, the vast majority of organizations continue to employ traditional vehicles for sharing performance-related information,” reported a recent study by Human Resource Executive. A …

Measuring Your Employees’ Invisible Forms of Influence

Companies are always looking for the best ways to assess the potential of employees. Managers want to understand how their teams contribute to the organization, and they want to identify high performers and potential leaders along the way. Many know and use the nine-box model, for example, to map …

Organizations Can’t Change If Leaders Can’t Change with Them

When it comes to organizational change, failure continues to be more common than success. In a survey of nearly 3,000 executives about the success of their enterprise transformation efforts, McKinsey discovered the failure rate to be higher than 60%, while Harvard Business Review conducted a study …

It Might Get Loud: Patagonia’s New VP Of Marketing Doubles Down On Brand Mission

Cory Bayers on starting tough conversations, how the brand evaluates content, and turning up the volume on the environmental message.<p>Earlier this month, Patagonia announced the arrival of its new vice president of marketing Cory Bayers. A longtime Lululemon brand vet–most recently serving as its VP …

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