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Wall Street Opts to Steer Clear of Trump's Republican Convention

Wall Street is keeping a low profile at this year’s Republican National Convention in Cleveland, which officially begins on Monday afternoon. While …

Setting the Record Straight on Switching Jobs

<i>“Stay in a job for at least two years.”</i> <i>“Never leave a job until you have your next one lined up.”</i> Everyone from your mother to your mentor has advice about the best way to switch jobs. But how can you know whom to trust? Especially since what was true in the job market 20 years ago — even two years …

The Science Of Why You Should Spend Your Money On Experiences, Not Things

By Jay Cassano4 minute Read<p>Most people are in the pursuit of happiness. There are economists who think happiness is the best indicator of the health …

Reinventing Performance Management

At Deloitte we’re redesigning our performance management system. This may not surprise you. Like many other companies, we realize that our current process for evaluating the work of our people—and then training them, promoting them, and paying them accordingly—is increasingly out of step with our …

Stop Distinguishing Between Execution and Strategy

It’s impossible to have a good strategy poorly executed. That’s because execution actually <i>is</i> strategy – trying to separate the two only leads to confusion.<p>Consider the recent article, “Why Strategy Execution Unravels — and What to Do About It“ by Donald Sull, Rebecca Homkes, and Charles Sull, in …

What to Do If You’re Smarter than Your Boss

You want to work for a great boss — someone you can respect and learn from. But what if your manager isn’t good at his job? What if you’re more competent or have greater skills? Should you be raising a ruckus or keeping your head down? And how do you get what you need without making your boss look …

Why Smart People Struggle with Strategy

Strategy is often seen as something really smart people do — those head-of-the-class folks with top-notch academic credentials. But just because these are the folks attracted to strategy doesn’t mean they will naturally excel at it.<p>The problem with smart people is that they are used to seeking and …

Is Innovation More About People or Process?

What’s more critical to producing a breakthrough innovation – finding creative people or finding creative ideas? This is a question Pixar head Ed Catmull has asked a great many people, and he says they tend to be pretty much split on it 50/50.<p>This astonished Catmull. Fresh off eight blockbuster …

Harvard professor: you need fights to get innovation in the workplace

Harvard Business School professor Linda Hill has studied companies such as Google and Pixar and says a manager must allow conflict.<p><b>Professor Linda Hill</b> knows about leadership and innovation.<p>For a start she is chair of the Leadership Initiative at Harvard Business School.<p>She has also visited and …

To Stay Focused, Manage Your Emotions

A leader’s most precious resource is not their time. It’s their <i>focused attention</i>. Time merely passes, while focused attention makes things happen. When we’re able to gather and direct our attention toward a particular task or interaction, we can have a significant impact in a minimal amount of …

We Still Don’t Know the Difference Between Change and Transformation

It’s been almost 10 years since HBR published John Kotter’s classic article,”Why Transformation Efforts Fail.” And although his suggestions for how to improve the odds have been widely accepted, the success rate of major corporate change programs remains essentially unchanged — it still hovers at …

The Cost of Continuously Checking Email

Suppose each time you ran low on an item in your kitchen—olive oil, bananas, napkins—your instinctive response was to drop everything and race to the store. How much time would you lose? How much money would you squander on gas? What would happen to your productivity?<p>We all recognize the …

John Timpson: Flexible working boosted my business

On Monday, every employee in the UK will have the right to flexible working. This is no big deal, argues John Timpson, as long as you trust your staff<p>When, on June 27, the right to request flexible working is extended to all employees, some bosses will see it as more government interference and an …

Succeeding Quietly in Our Recognition-Obsessed Culture

<b>David Zweig</b>, author of <i>Invisibles</i>, on employees who value good work over self-promotion. For more, read his article, Managing the “Invisibles”.<p>SARAH GREEN: Welcome to the HBR IdeaCast from Harvard Business Review. I’m Sarah Green. I’m talking today date with David Zweig, author of Invisibles: The …

What Uber Should Do With the Money

By now, you’ve likely heard of Uber’s staggering US$1.2 billion funding round that values the business at US$ 18.2 billion. One can debate the merits of the valuation, but whatever your opinion, the folks at Uber will have a ton of resources to fund their next strategic move. So to us the …

Yes, You Can Make Meetings More Productive

High human capital productivity — one key to great financial results — requires hiring the right people, teaming them effectively, and eliminating organizational barriers to high performance. It also requires paying close attention to how people in the organization interact. At many companies, …

Get Over Your Fear of Conflict

Most of us have some resistance to conflict. Instead of addressing issues directly, we try to be “nice” and end up spending an inordinate amount of time talking to ourselves or others — complaining, feeling frustrated, ruminating on something that already happened, or anticipating something that …

Is It Better to Be Strategic or Opportunistic?

<i>I spoke with contributor Don Sull, who teaches strategy at MIT and the London Business School, about the tension between scholars who put sustainable competitive advantage at the center of strategy and those who argue that some industries are changing too quickly to allow for sustained performance.</i> …

Why You Need a Resilience Strategy Now

This past winter was a rough one for big swaths of the United States, with both unusual cold snaps and disruptive snowstorms. General Mills’ CEO recently blamed the winter for less-than-expected earnings, saying that “severe winter weather…disrupted plant operations and logistics…We lost 62 days of …

3 Questions Executives Should Ask Front-Line Workers

The higher up you go in an organization, the harder it is to stay in touch with what’s really happening on the front lines. And the bad news—if you hear it at all—is presented only in the best possible light. How do you get the real truth about what’s happening out in the field? How do you stay …

3 Myths That Kill Strategic Planning

In its simplest form, strategic thinking is about deciding on which opportunities to focus your time, people, and money, and which opportunities to starve. One of history’s greatest strategic thinkers, Napoleon Bonaparte summed it up this way: “In order to concentrate superior strength in one …

What It Really Takes to Listen to Patients

Medical science has enabled our health care system to deliver outcomes that would have been impossible a generation ago, and advances in fields such as genomics and stem-cell therapy offer immense promise to further accelerate medical innovation.<p>One promising trend in improving overall care is the …

Can Diesels Rescue Cadillac From Pitifully Small Sales In Europe?

GENEVA, Switzerland – The Cadillac stand at the Geneva Car Show is impressive, if on the small side and in an obscure part of the exhibition hall. The beautiful ELR extended range electric coupe takes pride of place. The new little ATS Coupe is making its debut, alongside the impressive sedan …

What Shake Shack Knows About Growth that McDonald’s Has Forgotten

The idea that organizational growth comes from doing a few things well is popular and proven. But debate remains on <i>how</i> to direct your firm’s focus as you grow.<p>There are many options. With a technology focus, you might manage to launch a successful breakthrough, but your success will be short-lived …

What 10 Things Should You Do Every Day To Improve Your Life?

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How Michael Jordan Made $90 Million In 2013

Nike released the Air Jordan 10 “Powder Blue” retro sneaker on Saturday, 20 years after the first Jordan 10s hit shelves. Like all the Jordan retro releases, this one was highly anticipated and first-day sales hit $35 million. For perspective, in all of 2013, Adidas sold $40 million in the U.S. of …

Take a Walk, Sure, but Don’t Call It a Break

Every weekday morning, I take a three-and-a-half mile walk around my neighborhood, in pretty much whatever weather my New England town throws at me. I split an apple and give half to each of the horses at the corner of Cross Street. The sounds of their chomps and slurps fill me with vicarious …

How The CEOs of Macy's, J. Crew and Amazon Tap Boldness And Intuition To Drive Success

They’ve demonstrated a boldness informed by strategic savvy, the preternatural creativity of an artist with the gut instinct of a sharp marketer, and the vision of a prescient inventor.<p>And while the leadership styles of the CEOs of Macy’s, J. Crew and Amazon.com are distinctly different, they each …

Brands Aren’t Dead, But Traditional Branding Tools Are Dying

Back in the days when the internet was young, many believed that as it grew brands would become a thing of the past. Leading information economy thinkers propagated this view, including Carl Shapiro and Hal R. Varian, who published the highly influential book, <i>Information Rules,</i> in 1999 (Varian is …

The Art of Crafting a 15-Word Strategy Statement

In the January issue of HBR, Roger Martin sets out some rules for avoiding common mistakes in strategy making. As he writes in “The Big Lie of Strategic Planning“, the first rule is “keep the strategy statement simple.” Rather than a long, often vague document, the company’s strategy should …