Chris Hewitt

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Five steps to tackle burnout

OPINION<p>It is a truth universally acknowledged, that a single doctor in possession of a good job, must not be in want of a life. I have adapted Jane …

Burnout

How to Become a Positive Thinker

Positive thinking is a significant element of happiness. In order to become a positive thinker, determination and consistency are important. The first thing to know about positive thinking is that everyone can do it. With certain cognitive and behavioral modifications, we can all become positive …

Happiness

Everest: the ascent

I was a rank outsider with the 1953 British Everest Expedition, the first ever to reach the top of the world. I was no climber, was not particularly …

Every Entrepreneur’s Least Favorite Question

It’s happened to every founding CEO. You’re in a meeting — with fellow founders, potential partners, VCs, or even just friends — and you’re asked that simple question that often feels like the hardest one:<p>“How are things going?”<p>“Great!” you respond<p>Cue, awkward pause. Where do you go from there? As …

Six Components of a Great Corporate Culture

The benefits of a strong corporate culture are both intuitive and supported by social science. According to James L. Heskett, culture “can account for 20-30% of the differential in corporate performance when compared with ‘culturally unremarkable’ competitors.” And HBR writers have offered advice …

Find Success Your Own Way

How to Listen When Someone Is Venting

Disclaimer: It’s probably not a good idea to read this before you eat.<p>I still remember how it felt when, as a medical student, I drained my first abscess in a patient. We called the procedure “I & D” which stands for “Incision and Drainage” (I told you not to read this just before you eat).<p>When you …

New Books from HBR Press for May

Check out these new and forthcoming books from HBR Press:<p><i>What You’re Really Meant to Do: A Road Map for Reaching Your Unique Potential</i><br>By Robert Steven Kaplan<p>How do you create your own definition of success — and reach your unique potential? Building a fulfilling life and career can be a daunting …

What Is Organizational Culture? And Why Should We Care?

If you want to provoke a vigorous debate, start a conversation on organizational culture. While there is universal agreement that (1) it exists, and (2) that it plays a crucial role in shaping behavior in organizations, there is little consensus on what organizational culture actually is, never …

Establish Credibility in a New Job