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How to Give Employees Structure Without Stifling Them

Leaders know they need to give people room to be their best, to pursue unconventional ideas, and to make smart decisions in the moment. It’s been said so often that it’s a cliché. But here’s the problem: Executives have trouble resolving the tension between employee empowerment and operational …

How to Get Out of a Meeting You Know Will Waste Your Time

You can often predict which meetings will be unproductive from the moment you receive the invitation. There’s the “team update” where you spend two hours listening to a rundown of how everyone spent their week, or the “planning meeting” where you hash out picayune details that should have been …

Management

If You Multitask During Meetings, Your Team Will, Too

Managers have hard jobs. They coordinate the work of their teams, align this work with company goals, serve as a primary source of professional development for their employees, deliver results, and many other critical tasks (all while keeping people engaged). We’ve previously written about what …

When Burnout Is a Sign You Should Leave Your Job

You have the right to have work that enriches and enlivens you, rather than diminishing you. This is my own personal declaration of human rights at work. It informs everything I do as a coach, management professor, and human being. Yet it’s surprisingly controversial. Managers and employees in …

The Workplace

How to Run a Meeting Without Talking Too Much

Have you ever left a meeting feeling that you dominated the whole thing — and not in a good way? You talked a lot, and in the end, you felt that nobody else had enough time to speak. This is a bad dynamic for several reasons. People don’t want to attend meetings that are just an opportunity for one …

Public Speaking

How VC John Doerr Sets (and Achieves) Goals

Since joining Kleiner Perkins in 1980, venture capitalist John Doerr has helped fund Intuit, Amazon, Google, Twitter, and a host of other well-known tech companies. Many of them utilize a goal-setting system Doerr calls “OKR,” for “objectives” and “key results.” His new book, <i>Measure What Matters</i>, …

How to Get Yourself Invited to Important Meetings

In a work culture with too many meetings, we often look for tactics to get <i>out</i> of meetings. But sometimes you need to get <i>into</i> a meeting, perhaps because the decisions made there will have implications for you or your team, or maybe because you feel you’ve been left out of important discussions. …

Management

The 5 Whys

Deepa Purushothaman, principal at Deloitte Consulting LLP, explains why it’s important to understand how you’re perceived.<p>Amy Gallo takes you through …

How to Save a Meeting That’s Gotten Tense

On March 30, 2017, Salt Lake County Mayor Ben McAdams stood in front of crowd of over 1,000 angry citizens. McAdams had recently floated the idea of situating a new homeless resource center in Draper, a city 20 miles south of Salt Lake City, Utah. What began as an orderly public meeting soon …

Small Talk Is an Overrated Way to Build Relationships with Your Employees

The relationships that you form with each of your direct reports are central to your ability to fulfill your three core responsibilities as a manager: Create a culture of feedback, build a cohesive team, and achieve results collaboratively. But these relationships do not follow the rules of other …

10 best fact apps for Android

Facts apps don’t have they draw they used to. The Internet has grown in such a way that finding fun facts is quick, easy, and the methods are plentiful. Still, there are those who like to pop open an app every now and then and learn a few little fun facts. We have your back. Here are the best fact …

Apps

How to Improve at Work When You’re Not Getting Feedback

Too many managers avoid giving any kind of feedback, regardless of whether it’s positive or negative. If you work for a boss who doesn’t provide feedback, it’s easy to feel rudderless. It can be especially disorienting if you’re new in the role, new to the company, or a recent graduate new to the …

5 Things New Managers Should Focus on First

One of the most exciting — and frightening — career transitions comes when you face the prospect of a management role for the first time. Over my career of building businesses, advising CEOs, and, most recent, exploring the philosophies and beliefs of 100 of the world’s most respected leaders for …

Leadership

Facebook details how fake news spread during the US election

The social network identifies different types of fake news during presidential campaign<p>Facebook has detailed how fake news infiltrated its platform …

How to Stop Micromanaging Your Team

Micromanaging is a hard habit to break. You may downplay your propensities by labeling yourself a “control freak” or by claiming that you just like to keep close tabs on your team, but those are poor excuses for excessive meddling. What can you do to give your people the space they need to succeed …

Machine Learning Is Redefining The Enterprise In 2016

<b>Bottom line:</b> Machine learning is providing the needed algorithms, applications, and frameworks to bring greater predictive accuracy and value to enterprises’ data, leading to diverse company-wide strategies succeeding faster and more profitably than before.<p><b>Industries Where Machine Learning Is</b> …

Machine Learning

Vysor allows you to mirror multiple Android devices

Google developer, Koush, announced an update to his popular device mirroring app Vysor on Thursday that will enable users to share multiple Android screens to a PC, Linux or Mac simultaneously and then grant remote access to the device farm. The new "Share All" feature works just like the original …

Calculate Your Way to Special Relativity Just Like Einstein

A central idea of physics is that reference frames don't change fundamental laws. It shouldn't matter where you observe an event or how fast you are …

Revive Your Old Laptop Without Spending a Dime

A whole new life awaits your old laptop with Neverware’s CloudReady Chrome-based software<p>Lenovo ThinkPad T400, beloved laptop, was laid to rest after its slowing hard drive and spinning hourglass became too much to bear. Born in 2008, in its youth it overcame Windows Vista and went on to a …

Laptops

The Internet Makes You Think You’re Smarter Than You Are: An Interview with Matthew Fisher

Kenneth Andersson<p><b>The research:</b> Yale doctoral candidate Matthew Fisher and his colleagues Mariel Goddu and Frank Keil asked people a series of questions that seemed answerable but were actually difficult. The questions concerned things people assume they know but actually don’t—such as why there are …

Leading People When They Know More than You Do

If you’re a manager in a knowledge-driven industry, chances are you’re an expert in the area you manage. Try to imagine a leader without this expertise doing your job. You’ll probably conclude it couldn’t be done. But as your career advances, at some point you will be promoted into a job which …

Stop People from Wasting Your Time

We’re all too busy, spending our days in back-to-back meetings and our nights feverishly responding to emails. (Adam Grant, a famously responsive Wharton professor, told me that on an “average day” he’ll spend 3-4 hours answering messages.) That’s why people who waste our time have become the …

How to Refocus a Meeting After Someone Interrupts

You did everything you were supposed to do: Invited all the right people, sent out an agenda in advance, and got everyone’s agreement on the process. Despite your diligence, your meeting is being hijacked. How should you handle a persistent interrupter? Will it work to just ignore the person? And …

The Best Presentations Are Tailored to the Audience

Nicholas Blechman for HBR<p><i>When preparing a presentation, we all remember to think about the basics: what you want to say, the data you need to back it up, any visuals that might help. But what about the people you’re presenting to? The following excerpt from the book</i> Presentations <i>will help you</i> …

Managing People from 5 Generations

For the first time in history, five generations will soon be working side by side. But whether this multi-generational workplace feels happy and productive or challenging and stressful is, in large part, up to you: the boss. How should you relate to employees of different age groups? How do you …

5 Tips for New Team Leaders

I’ve been a new manager five times in my career: once as a first-time manager at Google going from being a teammate to leading peers, three times as I was promoted within Google, and most recently as the new Chief Revenue Officer for UberConference, a teleconferencing startup in San Francisco. What …

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Tips for Energizing Your Exhausted Employees

Even though the people in your unit are overstretched, scarred by the budget ax, and sick to death of change, you’re about to present them with a wrenching new challenge.<p>It’s your job to get them excited about it. What’s your plan?<p>I have a story about just such a situation, and, oddly enough, a …

Don’t Treat Your Career Marathon Like a Sprint

In high school, I was on the cross-country running team. I was only a decent athlete, and midway through the season, my coach demoted me to the “B team.” I wanted to prove to him I deserved to be back on the “A team,” so I launched into my first “B race” at a far faster pace than normal.<p>I was …