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A Simple Way to Feel Like You Have Way More Time

You don't need to juggle your schedule or prune your commitments. You just need to do this.<p>What if I told you the best and easiest way to start feeling like you have more time wasn't to investigate your priorities or trim your commitments, but instead to add one more small item to your to-do …

Time Management

Happy Workplaces Can Also Be Candid Workplaces

Recently the Communications Workers of America – the union that represents T-Mobile employees — contested a T-Mobile Employee Handbook clause on maintaining a positive work environment. The clause reads as follows: “[e]mployees are expected to maintain a positive work environment by communicating …

Leadership

The Secrets of Great Teamwork

Today’s teams are different from the teams of the past: They’re far more diverse, dispersed, digital, and dynamic (with frequent changes in membership). But while teams face new hurdles, their success still hinges on a core set of fundamentals for group collaboration.<p>The basics of team …

Management

Learn to Love Networking

Rami Niemi<p>“I hate networking.” We hear this all the time from executives, other professionals, and MBA students. They tell us that networking makes them feel uncomfortable and phony—even dirty. Although some people have a natural passion for it—namely, the extroverts who love and thrive on social …

Leadership

A Cognitive Trick for Solving Problems Creatively

Many experts argue that creative thinking requires people to challenge their preconceptions and assumptions about the way the world works. One common claim, for example, is that the mental shortcuts we all rely on to solve problems get in the way of creative thinking. How can you innovate if your …

Critical Thinking

People Won’t Grow If You Think They Can’t Change

Have you ever worked hard to improve a valuable skill and made real progress, only to have your development go unnoticed by the people who told you that you needed to improve? Perhaps this led you to look for a new job. Or maybe you’re a manager who’s been disappointed by poor performance and …

Self-improvement

Help Your Team Manage Stress, Anxiety, and Burnout

dave wheeler FOR HBR<p>It can be tough enough to manage your own stress. But how can you, as a manager, help the members of your team handle <i>their</i> feelings of stress, burnout, or disengagement?<p>Because work is getting more demanding and complex, and because many of us now work in 24/7 environments, …

Employee Engagement

5 Words Smart Entrepreneurs Never Use | Inc.com

Words are not just their definitions; words carry emotional baggage. As I've helped clients and the readers of my free weekly newsletter hone their sales messages and marketing emails, I've discovered five words that really turn customers off:<p>1. "Teach"<p>Example: "Over the next hour, I will teach …

Customers

A 10-Year Study Reveals What Great Executives Know and Do

Despite the huge impact executives can have on their organizations, failure rates remain high. Prescriptions for what to do continue to fall short. So we wondered: If we closely studied the executives who succeed in top jobs once appointed, could we identify distinguishing features that set them …

Management

Work-Life Balance Is Easier When Your Manager Knows How to Assess Performance

dave wheeler FOR HBR<p>Not long ago, a manager asked me to name the most important work-life benefit for employees. I answered that the most important benefit isn’t a benefit at all. Of course, child care, flexible scheduling, and family leave policies are important, but in my experience the best …

Employment

8 Ways to Take the Stress Out of Meeting Deadlines

Master these and your life will become much easier.<p>Let me start by saying I struggle with deadlines. I'm not Mr Perfect. I take on way too much, I get overwhelmed, I say yes when I should say no and every once in a while I have a bit of a meltdown. However, I rarely miss important deadlines. …

Time Management

3 Essential Questions That Will Help You Reach Your Goal

When you get ready to achieve your goal you cannot simply rely on willpower and persistence. Achieving successful completion of your project depends on how you answer the following questions.<p>When it comes to celebrating at the goal line the rate of giving up is much higher than the rate of success. …

Motivation

Meetings Need a Shot Clock

We’ve all been invited to meetings with agendas so long that it’s impossible to cover every item on them. The early speakers drone on. The early proposals get debated. But those at the end get short shrift or are tabled until the next gathering, even if they’re equally important.<p>How can you avoid …

Basketball

5 Tips for Managing Successful Overseas Assignments

HBR STAFF<p>Sending talented employees overseas can be a promising way to leverage the benefits of a global economy. But expatriate assignments can be extremely expensive: up to three times the cost of a person’s typical annual salary, according to some statistics. And despite the investment, many …

Human Resources

Why B2B Companies Struggle with Collaborative Innovation

Collaborative innovation is a hot topic in the B2C space, where it overlaps with crowdsourcing, but we see B2B players taking an interest as well. Of course, the two contexts are very different: Companies usually engage with few customers at a time, not a large online community; they use …

Innovation

The career advice no one tells you

Most people have “okay” jobs. We go to work, do what we have to do from 9 to 5, come back home, maybe hang out with friends, and do it all over again the next day. There’s nothing wrong with this.<p>But some people perform at a totally different level. They’re the people who land executive level …

Employment

Decisions Are More Effective When More People Are Involved from the Start

Why is it so hard to get people to change? That’s one of the most common complaints I hear from executives in other organizations. They and their boards make decisions and send out orders and then…nothing happens.<p>Frustrated by what they believe is their people’s inability to execute on their …

Management

How CFOs Can Take the Long-Term View in a Short-Term Economy

Investors are increasingly seeking firms with long-term growth strategies, rather than ones focused on managing short-term earnings to boost the stock price. This, in turn, is triggering a shift in the perceived role of the CFO — from bean counters to planters of seed corn.<p>No one has done more to …

Management

Psychographics Are Just as Important for Marketers as Demographics

laura schneider FOR HBR<p>Marketers are used to thinking and speaking in <i>demographics</i>, since slicing a market up by age, gender, ethnicity and other broad variables can help to understand the differences and commonalities among customers. Think “our target audience is 14- to 34-year-olds” or “we are …

Marketing

The Most Important Leadership Competencies, According to Leaders Around the World

dave wheeler FOR HBR<p>What makes an effective leader? This question is a focus of my research as an organizational scientist, executive coach, and leadership development consultant. Looking for answers, I recently completed the first round of a study of 195 leaders in 15 countries over 30 global …

Leadership

Why Your Late Twenties Is the Worst Time of Your Life

As you get older, it can be tough to remember what being in your twenties was really like. Not how it looks in your employees’ carefree Instagram photos or your own old photo albums (remember those?), but how it really felt in the moment.<p>Namely, being in your twenties is often confusing and lonely, …

Loneliness

A Checklist for Making Faster, Better Decisions

Managers make about three billion decisions each year, and almost all of them can be made better. The stakes for doing so are real: decisions are the most powerful tool managers have for getting things done. Setting goals (another tool) is aspirational, but making decisions actually drives action. …

Management

3 Productivity Tips You Can Start Using Today

When a major product is about to launch or your team is scheduled to make an important presentation, it’s easy to ride the wave of deadline-induced adrenaline spikes and push yourself to work every waking moment. But of course that’s not sustainable, and we inevitably crash. So how can you make …

Time Management

Signs You Might Be a Toxic Colleague

No one likes a toxic coworker. Even the most difficult people themselves would probably be the first to agree.<p>Which raises a question: If you were “toxic,” would you even know it? Is it possible that <i>you</i> are the one wreaking havoc on your team, making everyone else less productive and more miserable?<p>…

Narcissists

Robots inspirados en la naturaleza

¿Cómo es posible que ciertos peces desaparezcan de la vista de un depredador en mar abierto? La cuestión fue un auténtico misterio hasta noviembre de …

Our Economy Is Obsessed with Efficiency and Terrible at Everything Else

Who <i>doesn</i><i>’t</i> want to be more efficient? Pay someone else to do your grocery shopping — and clean your house, walk your dog, take that package to the post office. Blend your food so you don’t have to spend time chewing it. Don’t waste time remembering to buy toilet paper; just sign up for an Amazon …

Economics

When to Skip a Difficult Conversation

Leaders know that they’ll occasionally need to give tough feedback to their employees, colleagues, and clients. And yet, no matter how skilled or experienced they are at it, most would also do anything to find a way out. As Douglas Stone, Bruce Patton and Sheila Heen explain in their book, <i>Difficult</i> …

Leadership

3 Reasons Your Strategy Meetings Irritate Your Team

Used well, strategy meetings provide clarity and momentum. They align a team around key decisions and create positive energy.<p>Used poorly, strategy meetings irritate people. They waste time and energy, or worse, strengthen entrenched points of view creating frustration and resignation.<p>In my work …

Management

The First Step to Being Powerful

“I am such a big failure. I can’t believe that I’ve made this mistake and it’s cost me months and months of time. I might never recover…What an idiot to not see that one coming.” On and on, he went. In distress, my colleague was clearly suffering because of a recent fiasco.<p>Seeking counsel, he had …