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Management Today

The idea of management comes from the military because that was the first time in human history a diverse group of people who did not know each other were organized to work together towards a common goal. That structure gave us a few principles:<p>Hierarchy<br>• Command and control<br>• Incentives for achieving …

Management

The Netflix codes that unlock hundreds of hidden TV shows and movies

A little-known trick can unlock hundreds of TV shows and movies on popular streaming service Netflix.<p>Millions watch the latest offerings from the …

Entertainment

How to Tell Your Team That Organizational Change Is Coming

From time to time, every leader has to deliver news that is hard for employees to hear. Even when businesses are doing well, organizational and structural change is to be expected, and acquisitions, reorganizations, or policy changes can affect people’s jobs in ways that create feelings of fear, …

Management

The counterintuitive tricks to asking better questions, according to Harvard research

Having the ability to ask a question appears to be a uniquely human trait, one that saves us time and energy as we gather resources and information. It also allows us to develop empathy for others and create bonds of trust, even among strangers. Indeed, people who ask more questions are seen as …

Framing

The Most Commonly Cited Barriers to Innovation in Large Companies? Internal Politics

It turns out that the word “innovation” is not a Harry Potter-esque magical incantation that, once spoken, renders companies more inventive, creative, and entrepreneurial. The word can be uttered by a CEO speaking to employees or Wall Street analysts. It can be emblazoned on the door to a new …

Innovation

How Consultants Project Expertise and Learn at the Same Time

Young management consultants may be novices, but they’re sold as experts. Conversely, even experienced consultants, who legitimately present themselves as experts, still feel like novices when they embark on a new project.<p>The challenge with effective consulting is that it depends on in-depth …

Management

How to Remove Anything from Any Photo in Photoshop (Video Tutorial)

Here’s a typical photo scenario: someone you know has an otherwise attractive portrait which, unfortunately, also includes an ex-boyfriend or …

Tutorials

Infographic: Current presentation design trends and tactics

Presenting with aplomb puts you in prime position to take the workplace cake.<p>Words, delivery, confidence and body language are just part of the …

Public Relations

In Collaborative Work Cultures, Women Carry More of the Weight

In any organization, people apply unspoken rules and understood norms to get collective work done — in other words, they collaborate. Over the past 15 years, my team and I have observed and facilitated thousands of meetings and helped hundreds of teams come together to do work, and we have found …

Management

The Most Creative Teams Have a Specific Type of Cultural Diversity

Culturally diverse teams, research shows, can help deliver better outcomes in today’s organizations. This is largely a good thing: Diverse teams have the potential to be more creative because of the breadth of information, ideas, and perspectives that members can bring to the table. But these teams …

Multiculturalism

4 Signs an Executive Isn’t Ready for Coaching

The stigma of asking for or being assigned an executive coach is vanishing quickly. The growth of the industry tells us so. In the U.S. alone, $1 billion was spent on business, personal and relationship coaches last year, according to IbisWorld, up about 20% from five years earlier. And the number …

Unexpected Method Of How To Write Your Unique Brand Offering

Think you’re in a so-called oversaturated market? You and everyone else! Luckily, there are always ways to stand apart from the competition. You’re probably already distinct in your own mind, but the challenge is capturing that difference and getting it into your message. Being different from the …

Customer Service

What makes a great leader, explained in eight counterintuitive charts

A couple of years after starting my most recent company, I had a scary realization. I noticed that by the time the business had grown to a hundred employees, my day-to-day role had gone from “guy who decides and builds things” to “guy who manages other people who decide and build things”—and I had …

Imaginary Worlds Brought to Life With Unexpected Photo Combinations

Have you ever dreamt of surfing on clouds or exploring the sparkling spiral arms of the galaxy? German self-taught Photoshop expert Justin Peters visualizes these surreal fantasies in his growing portfolio of digital art. Inspired by Pablo Picasso’s quote, “Everything you can imagine is real,” …

Pablo Picasso

Plan a Better Meeting with Design Thinking

“Sometimes, when I sit in meetings, especially ones in which people don’t seem engaged, I calculate the cost in staff time. I’ve estimated that one standard weekly meeting in my bureau — 50 people sitting in a cookie-cutter conference room, looking both bored and anxious — costs around $177,000 …

Design Thinking Comes of Age

There’s a shift under way in large organizations, one that puts design much closer to the center of the enterprise. But the shift isn’t about aesthetics. It’s about applying the principles of design to the way people work.<p>This new approach is in large part a response to the increasing complexity of …

Master Hot Design Trends (with Photoshop Tutorials)

Our daily lives are are saturated with amazing images. Visual design experiments become hot graphic design trends, and suddenly we see them …

When You Start a New Job, Pay Attention to These 5 Aspects of Company Culture

When you join an organization, you have a short window of time to adapt to its culture. It’s the old 90-day rule. And we know too many talented individuals who have stumbled in their new company because they failed to read the cultural tea leaves. This happens because most organizations don’t …

Ban These 5 Words From Your Corporate Values Statement

Practically every organization today has a set of core values that ideally function as the “operating instructions” of the company. The goal of articulating the essential and enduring principles of your organization is to inform, inspire, and instruct the day-to-day behaviors of everyone who works …

If Strategy Is So Important, Why Don’t We Make Time for It?

Almost every leader wants to make more time for strategic thinking. In one survey of 10,000 senior leaders, 97% of them said that being strategic was the leadership behavior most important to their organization’s success.<p>And yet in another study, a full 96% of the leaders surveyed said they lacked …

Harvard Says Do These 8 Things and You Can Change the World

Two Harvard Business School professors describe what it takes to win a founder's battle to change the world.<p>If you want to change the world, it's not enough to startup -- you have to turn an idea into a company worth billions that keeps growing fast. In other words, it's not enough to startup, you …

5 TED Talks Writers Must Watch

So you’re a writer? That probably means that you already know quite a bit about writing.<p>But there’s always more to learn, right?<p>What if you could …

TED Talks

What Every Leader Needs to Know About the Rule of 7

Leaders need to shift their management approach as their teams grow.<p>I've written before about the importance of corporate culture, how to define it, and how to enforce it to help your company reach peak performance. Culture is the line a group draws that separates the behaviors they stand for, …

Sharpen Your Critical Thinking Skills With These 14 Leadership Practices

Ask any leader if they value the skill of critical thinking and you’ll see them immediately morph into a bobble-head-like caricature of themselves, vigorously nodding up and down as if their neck was a well-oiled spring attached to their shoulders. “Oh, yeah,” they’ll say, “it’s valued, a lot.”<p>Then …

Leadership

10 Ways to Boost Your Creativity: Free PDF Visualization by ANNETTE KIM

Dear friends,Fresh off the HAPTIC PRESS: 10 Ways to Boost Your Creativity: PDF Visualization by ANNETTE KIM!Preview:1. Surround yourself with …

15 Ways To Encourage Creative Idea Sharing From All Team Members

Marketers have the exciting — and often challenging — task of generating a steady stream of creative campaign ideas for their companies or clients. One person alone can’t come up with all the concepts and collateral needed for these campaigns, so marketing leaders rely on the diverse viewpoints and …

The Cost Of Stupid Meetings

Do you hate meetings? How many times have you sat in a meeting knowing this all could have been handled in an email, phone call or text? Having inefficient meetings is costly. They waste time that could have been spent focusing on high-value activities and moving the needle. Think about how much …

According to Harvard, This 1 Leadership Trait Separates Exceptional Leaders From the Rest

Better team collaboration, stronger employee commitment, and lower staff turnover are possible, if you can lead with compassion.<p>When researchers Rasmus Hougaard and Jacqueline Carter looked at the factors that separated exceptional leaders from the pack, one trait stood out above the rest: …

How to Fix the Most Soul-Crushing Meetings

Meetings are notoriously one of organizational life’s most insufferable realities. U.S. companies spend more than $37 billion dollars a year on them. Employees in American companies spend more than one-third of their time in them. And 71% of senior managers view them as unproductive. In one global …

Management

Learning Is a Learned Behavior. Here’s How to Get Better at It.

Many people mistakenly believe that the ability to learn is a matter of intelligence. For them, learning is an immutable trait like eye color, simply luck of the genetic draw. People are born learners, or they’re not, the thinking goes. So why bother getting better at it?<p>And that’s why many people …

Learning