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How to Teach Employees Skills They Don’t Know They Lack

After spending billions of dollars a year on corporate learning, U.S. companies probably assume that their employees have the knowledge and skills they need to carry out their jobs. The employees themselves probably think they’re prepared, too, having gone through these exercises. But according to …

Employment

What I Learned About Coaching After Losing the Ability to Speak

I was diagnosed with ALS (Lou Gehrig’s disease) in 2001. By 2003 I could no longer speak intelligibly or walk, and any muscle control became more difficult as the disease progressed. I knew I couldn’t keep facilitating team meetings and giving strategy presentations — staples of the consulting …

Framing

27 Modern Living Rooms Full of Luxurious Details Photos

As one of the most frequent gathering spots for family and friends, whether you're hosting a movie night or a cocktail party, living rooms should be welcoming and cozy—but that doesn't mean you have to sacrifice style. These living rooms from the <i>AD</i> archives embrace a minimalist, modern aesthetic to …

5 Marketing Tactics You Can Borrow From Popular Hotels

Competition in the hotel industry is fierce, requiring companies to get more and more creative with their marketing strategies in order to stand out in their crowded field.<p>No wonder industry leaders have developed innovative marketing strategies that can be translated to fit almost any other type …

Marketing

Science Says You Shouldn't Work More Than This Number of Hours a Day | Inc.com

Do you work more than 40 hours a week? If you're an entrepreneur or small business owner, it's hard not to, but all that extra time in the workplace isn't necessarily a good thing. After a certain point, it can be counterproductive and even hazardous to your health, so it's imperative to know when …

Immune System

What Makes Some Silicon Valley Companies So Successful

vincent tsui FOR HBR<p>Executives and entrepreneurs from all over the world have traveled to Silicon Valley to learn the secrets of its success. But in our conversations with executives about what they’ve learned, we’ve seen a tendency to focus on superficial elements rather than on the root causes of …

Silicon Valley

How Labor Standards Can Be Good for Growth

Last May, President Obama chose Nike headquarters in Oregon for a major speech on the Trans-Pacific Partnership trade deal — emphasizing its “strong, enforceable provisions” on labor standards — and was roundly criticized. On one hand, many noted that in the 1990s, following scandals in Indonesia …

Economics

The Hindu Roots of Hasbro's Innovation | Inc.com

For more than 30 years, Vijay Govindarajan, a professor at Dartmouth's Tuck Business School and an expert in strategy, has drawn upon his Hindu faith to help companies gain a clearer understanding of innovation.<p>In Hinduism, the three main gods are Vishnu (the god of preservation), Shiva (the god of …

Innovation

Scientists Have Published a New Tree of Life

Charles Darwin famously imagined evolution as a tree full of branches, a metaphor that biologists have since used to depict how life is structured. …

Biology

Google introduces Goals, so you can finally become a better person

Finding it hard to practice Spanish before your next overseas trip? Google wants to help with that.<p>On Wednesday, the company launched a new feature …

Google Calendar

Gravitational waves: How LIGO forged the path to victory

Historic discovery of ripples in space-time meant ruling out the possibility of a fake signal.<p>At 11:53 a.m. local time on 14 September 2015, an …

Physics

Airport lounges: Competing airlines improve ground game | CNN Travel

(CNN) — There's a new front line in the battle of the airline carriers -- the airport lounge.<p>From the opulent and exclusive to the innovative and inclusive, lounges are now more than just a place to relax and have a snack before a flight.<p>With airports ever more crowded, airlines are realizing the …

Massage Therapy

We got 10 CEOs to tell us their one killer interview question for new hires

Where do you see yourself in five years? Tell me about a time when you showed leadership. What is your biggest weakness?<p>These are the standard questions that job candidates face during interviews. And by now, everyone also has standard answers. (“My biggest weakness? I work too hard.”)<p>As you scale …

Employment

How to Hire Like a Superboss

A woman shows up for a job interview. It’s a management position, but not a high-level one. While she’s waiting, someone drops down in the chair beside her. It’s the legendary head of the company. “Are you here about a job?” he asks. Speechless, the woman nods. The CEO then asks her about the more …

Ralph Lauren

Small but Charming Luxury Hotels Around the World

“If you want storybook Paris on the left bank of the Seine, the Esprit St. Germain captures Paris as it was before Starbucks and H&M showed up on the …

Hospitality

ASPCA makes record seizure of 600 animals from NC no-kill shelter

One of the largest rescues of companion animals in the history of the ASPCA is being carried out in North Carolina, where 600 or more dogs, cats, horses and other animals have been seized from a no-kill shelter.<p>About 300 dogs and puppies were already in a new temporary shelter Friday where 10 vets …

North Carolina

The science of resilience: how to teach students to persevere

Neurologist and teacher Judy Willis shares three simple techniques to help teachers build resilience in their students<p>In schools today, the focus is not only on helping students pass exams, but also on improving their character by making them more resilient. Resilience in learning, as in life, is …

Teaching

Performance Management in the Gig Economy

We see big changes ahead in performance management. Organizations like GE and Accenture are experimenting with new approaches to that old shibboleth: the annual performance review. And far-thinking companies are replacing the annual rating and ranking process with more-timely capture of critical …

Management

A Refresher on Regression Analysis

You probably know by now that whenever possible you should be making data-driven decisions at work. But do you know how to parse through all of the data available to you? The good news is that you likely don’t have to do the number crunching yourself (hallelujah!) but you do need to correctly …

Statistics

The Right Way to Hold People Accountable

John* was doing his best to be calm, but his frustration was palpable. Jeanine was explaining that there was little chance her group was going to make the numbers for this quarter. “Honestly?” she said. “The numbers weren’t realistic to begin with. It was really unlikely that we were going to make …

Management

Building Your Company’s Vision

<i>We shall not cease from exploration / And the end of all our exploring / Will be to arrive where we started / And know the place for the first time.</i><p>T.S. Eliot, <i>Four Quartets</i><p>Companies that enjoy enduring success have core values and a core purpose that remain fixed while their business strategies and …

Innovation

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How to Negotiate with Someone More Powerful than You

<i>HBR STAFF</i><p>Going into a negotiation with someone who holds more power than you do can be a daunting prospect. Whether you are asking your boss for a new assignment or attempting to land a major business deal with a client, your approach to the negotiation can dramatically affect your chances of …

What Kind of Thinker Are You?

<i>HBR STAFF</i><p>We all aspire to work better together. Technology is making some of that effort easier. But digital tools are only part of the answer. It’s people who ultimately make the difference.<p>The problem is that technologies for collaboration are improving faster than people’s ability to learn to …

Management

Seven Leadership Keys To Resolving Mission Impossible

What do you do as a leader when you’re facing mission impossible? What are the options when you simply don’t have enough resources—human, financial, or physical—to achieve the goals that you are required to achieve? Given that this is real life, not the fictional world of Tom Cruise, what are your …

Mission Impossible

What Amazing Bosses Do Differently

We all know that job satisfaction often hinges on the quality of the relationships we have with our bosses. Yet in today’s rapidly evolving, 24/7 workplaces, it’s not always clear what managers should do to create the most satisfying work experiences and the happiest employees. My research into the …

Leadership

Maybe Your Team Doesn’t Need to Be More Creative

When it comes to creativity, organizations are a lot like people. They have no problem generating ideas, including some that are potentially useful and novel. Furthermore, they are also generally able to access creative ideas generated by others. Where they fail, however, is at turning those ideas …

Innovation

To Lead Change, Explain the Context

Imagine that your boss asks you to run as fast as possible in one direction, and then after a few minutes, blows the whistle and asks you to run the opposite way. Imagine that this happens over and over again. After a while, you’d not only get tired, you would be frustrated by the meaningless …

Management

Two Things to Do After Every Meeting

Steve Jobs insisted that every item on a meeting agenda have a designated person responsible for that task and any follow-up work that happened. He called that person the DRI—the Directly Responsible Individual. He knew the public accountability would ensure that a project or task would actually …

Productivity