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How Power-Hungry Bosses Keep Their Power

Tomasz Walenta<p>It’s established behavior in the animal kingdom: Chimpanzees at the top of the hierarchy are often hostile toward lower-ranking members who might be powerful enough to challenge their authority, and they divide subordinates to prevent them from forming alliances.<p>New research shows …

Leadership

How to Help Someone Develop Emotional Intelligence

If you are one of the unlucky people who must deal with a clueless colleague or a brutish boss, you’re not alone. Sadly, far too many people at work lack basic emotional intelligence. They simply don’t seem to have the self-awareness and the social skills that are necessary to work in our …

Emotional Intelligence

Why Certain Managers Thrive in Tough New Jobs While Others Get Fed Up

Career development is supposed to keep young managers engaged and motivated, but sometimes it backfires, prompting them to start looking for an exit from the company. That’s because the new responsibilities that facilitate on-the-job learning can take them well beyond their comfort zones, making …

Employment

Time Management Training Doesn’t Work

Nicholas Blechman for HBR<p>Today, knowledge workers use devices and platforms we wouldn’t have dreamed of 15 years ago, in workspaces we probably didn’t see coming, either (goodbye, private offices; hello, telecommuting).<p>But while work has changed, the training we get about how to manage our time …

Engage Your Long-Time Employees to Improve Performance

Let this be a wake-up call for business leaders: The employees with the longest tenures in your company are also the least likely to be engaged.<p>Somewhere along the way, most workers lose some of their motivation to make a difference and create value for their employers. Many grow apathetic over …

Employee Engagement

Being Experienced Doesn’t Automatically Make You a Great Mentor

Coaching and mentoring is more popular than ever — and for good reason. As individuals progress in their jobs and careers, they’re constantly challenged to build their skills and act outside their comfort zones. Timid executives are called upon to learn to deliver motivational speeches; …

Leadership

4 Lessons Kids Can Teach You About Happiness

It is not how much we have, but how much we enjoy, that makes happiness. – Charles Spurgeon<p>Notice how when you’re around kids everybody’s mood …

Kids

A Second Chance to Make the Right Impression

Romualdo Faura<p>Years ago a friend of mine, Gordon, interviewed for a position at a prominent university. During his daylong visit to campus, he had lunch with a senior faculty member (let’s call him Bob) who had final say over the hire. After their food arrived, Bob said of his meal, “You know, this …

Psychology

What to Do If Your Boss Is a Control Freak

It may have seemed well-intended at first — your boss kept close tabs on your work and made sure you presented yourself well throughout the company. But now that you’re no longer learning your role, the tight leash feels downright oppressive and embarrassing. Your boss is not only micromanaging …

Get the Boss to Buy In

An engineering manager at an energy company—we’ll call him John Healy—wanted to sell his boss on a safer and cheaper gas-scrubbing technology. This might have been an easy task if his boss, the general manager, hadn’t selected the existing system just a year before. Instead it was, in Healy’s …

Management

4 thoughts on 4 clouds, from a guy who sees them all

Sebastian Stadil has been managing cloud environments for years as the creator of the Scalr project and founder of the startup he built to …

3 (Deadly) Mistakes Young Companies Make

You could be building an amazing product with growing sales and a hip brand, but commit one of these three killer errors and your company could be dead before it has a chance to shine.<p>My first business was a spectacular flop.<p>I had the idea to produce an "audio magazine" for entrepreneurs, featuring …

Business Strategy

The ten things the best leaders never say

"The difference between the almost right word and the right word is really a large matter -- 'tis the difference between the lightning-bug and the lightning," wrote Mark Twain.<p>Whether you like it or not, the words you use can seriously affect your ability to achieve success. And that's especially …

Why We Hide Some of Our Best Work

Your employer can track your every move, no matter where you sit in the organization. Often, the impulse is to scrutinize <i>all</i> behavior — through real-time performance data, for instance, and open workspaces — so that nothing unproductive or unethical can lurk in the shadows.<p>But that much …

Give Your Unsung Office Heroes a Raise

The single most important thing you do at work is interact with other people. That’s the key insight from <i>Workspaces that Move People</i>, the HBR feature I co-wrote with Greg Lindsay and Jennifer Magnolfi.<p>If it sounds like unprovable generic wisdom, academic puffery, it’s not. We have data, collected …

CloudFlare’s New Keyless SSL Could Unlock Cloud For Financial Institutions

Financial institutions crave cloud scalability, but have been reluctant to jump on the cloud bandwagon because of security concerns. In particular, they have been hesitant to expose their precious SSL keys to the open internet. The key identifies them as a financial institution and lets the other …

Virtually Everything: the Physical World is Becoming Software

Marc Andreesen famously said in 2011 that “software is eating the world”. I believe that’s only the case because of underlying changes to the hardware that’s facilitated it.<p>The creation of that world-eating software, the coding jobs that it creates and the wealth it generates would all be imaginary …

What New Team Leaders Should Do First

Getting people to work together isn’t easy, and unfortunately many leaders skip over the basics of team building in a rush to start achieving goals. But your actions in the first few weeks and months can have a major impact on whether your team ultimately delivers results. What steps should you …

Rebounding from Career Setbacks

<i>How well do you rebound from career setbacks? Take this self-assessment to find out.</i><p>Brian was a rising star at his company. He advanced through several senior management roles and was soon tapped to head a business unit, reporting directly to the CEO. But after about two years in the job, despite …

The Most Productive People Know Who to Ignore

A coaching client of mine is managing partner at a very large law firm, and one of the issues we’ve been working on is how to cope more effectively with the intense demands on his time—clients who expect him to be available, firm partners and other employees who want him to address their concerns …

Why Women Don’t Apply for Jobs Unless They’re 100% Qualified

You’ve probably heard the following statistic: Men apply for a job when they meet only 60% of the qualifications, but women apply only if they meet 100% of them.<p>The finding comes from a Hewlett Packard internal report, and has been quoted in <i>Lean In</i>, <i>The Confidence Code</i> and dozens of articles. It’s …

Why Saving Work for Tomorrow Doesn’t Work

Do you frequently tell yourself that you’ll do better “next time” and then don’t change when the time comes? Do you often decide to do something “later” only to find that it never gets done?<p>If you answered “yes” to either one of these questions, you’re probably ignoring the fact that your behavior …

Don’t Try to Read Your Employees’ Minds

In <i>An Essay on Criticism</i>, Alexander Pope famously wrote, “A little learning is a dangerous thing.” I think of this quote often when observing executives with a “little learning” of emotional intelligence (also called “EQ”).<p>Don’t get me wrong; the beneficial insights and managerial advances derived …

How to Tell a Great Story

We tell stories to our coworkers and peers all the time — to persuade someone to support our project, to explain to an employee how he might improve, or to inspire a team that is facing challenges. It’s an essential skill, but what makes a compelling story in a business context? And how can you …

5 things I wish my boss knew about fatherhood

I consider myself fortunate to be working for an employer who understands the demands of fatherhood. This hasn’t always been the case. Through the course of my professional life, which has spanned the military, corporate America, freelance work, and small business, I’ve had bosses who discounted …

Parenting

End Abusive Behavior on Your Team

Managers aim their abuse at those who are least likely to defend themselves. That is the finding of a disturbing new study by Pedro Neves (published in the Journal of Occupational and Organizational Psychology), which looked at 193 supervisor/employee pairings in a variety of different industries.<p>I …

9 Things Rich People Do Differently Every Day

5 min read<p>This story originally appeared on Business Insider<p>What you do today matters. In fact, your daily habits may be a major determinant of your wealth.<p>"The metaphor I like is the avalanche," says Thomas Corley, the author of "Rich Habits: The Daily Success Habits Of Wealthy Individuals." …

Self-improvement