Clay Carlson

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How to Manage a Team of B Players

In 2004, Greece surprised the world by winning the European Championship, the toughest tournament in international soccer. Despite not even being a dark horse in the competition, and with a team of mostly peripheral and unremarkable players, they overcame France and hosts Portugal (twice) to lift …

A Guide to Winning Support for Your New Idea or Project

You’ve got an idea for something that will improve your company’s bottom line or make it a better place to work. Nice going. Now for the hard part: How do you get people on board? How do you get funding? And what should you do if your idea doesn’t catch on?<p><b>What the Experts Say</b> <br>In an ideal world, …

11 Fascinating Books on Harvard Business School's Required Reading List

Looking for some great summer reads? Check out this list of 11 intriguing books from Harvard Business School courses' online syllabi.

Making Sense of Zappos’ War on Managers

In the early 1980s, Ralph Stayer sent a long memo and a $200 check to every employee of his family business. Since taking over as CEO, sales had increased fifteen-fold. Profits were up 150%. Headcount was growing. Regional expansion was underway. But Stayer wasn’t happy. Product quality and …

Your Employees’ Emotions Are Clues to What Motivates Them

One goal of developing emotional intelligence is to better understand the people around you. This can help you to interact with them more effectively and to understand what they want. It can also help you understand people’s motivations, which even they themselves might have trouble …

How To Actually Be More Productive, By The Guy Who Designed Facebook's Productivity Tool

<i>On Quora, the social question-and-answer site, a user asked: "What are some little-known productivity tips from various professions?" The most popular answer came from Justin Rosenstein (@rosenstein), who designed Facebook's internal productivity tool and co-created the productivity software Asana.</i> …

The Most Overlooked Way of Stimulating Team Creativity

Fostering a workplace environment that’s conducive to creativity is a top priority for many companies—and it’s no surprise why. The companies dubbed most creative actually outperform their counterparts in revenue growth and market share, and they’re 50% more likely to be market leaders.<p>Some …

How to Overcome Burnout and Stay Motivated

Even if you love your job, it’s common to feel burnt out from time to time. Perhaps you just wrapped up a big project and are having trouble mustering motivation for the next one. It could be that your home life is taking up more of your energy than usual. Or maybe you’re just bored. What’s the …

Time Management Training Doesn’t Work

Nicholas Blechman for HBR<p>Today, knowledge workers use devices and platforms we wouldn’t have dreamed of 15 years ago, in workspaces we probably didn’t see coming, either (goodbye, private offices; hello, telecommuting).<p>But while work has changed, the training we get about how to manage our time …

Decoding leadership: What really matters

New research suggests that the secret to developing effective leaders is to encourage four types of behavior.<p><b>Telling CEOs</b> these days that leadership …

Why Employee Happiness Is The Wrong Goal

It is very common right now for big consulting firms and software vendors to use the term “happy employees” in their advertising.<p>It is becoming a cliche for firms to say “Our employees are happy!” or “If you follow these ten tips, your employees will be happy!” The presumption behind the “happy …

The Best Business Advice From The Past 30 Years

<i>An edited version of this post first appeared on Blinkist.</i><p>Each year brings with it scores of new business books filled with secrets. <i>Become a better leader! Start a million dollar company! Be your best at work!</i> They tell you, <i>we’ll show you how!</i> Even if you maxed out on vacation days, it would be …

Self-improvement

The Complete Guide to Productivity

<i>This post originally appeared on The Growth List</i><p>Let’s face it.<p>We all want more time in our lives.<p>It could be an evening to spend more time with our family and friends, a 30-hour day to grow our business, or simply time to close our eyes and relax.<p>If you would like to make more effective use of your …