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This Smart Workout Gear Will Replace Your Trainer

From counting your reps to critiquing your form, these exercise clothes prove that wearable tech is getting smarter.<p>What happens when electrical engineers join forces with a neuroscientist and a clothing designer? You get wearable tech that sends smartwatches and mood-broadcasting sweaters to the …

The Top 13 Stories Of 2013

Read our very best stories of the year–from sexy Mars astronaut suits to microapartments in Japan to reinventing condoms. Plus the happiest and smartest cities in the world!<p>Editor’s Note<p>Want more of our best stories of 2013? Read all of our end-of-the-year round-ups, in all of these categories:<br>• …

The Most-Read Leadership Stories Of 2013

While 2012 seemed to be the year of figuring out how you could squeeze the most into each day, the most popular stories of 2013 reveal that you are ready to dive deeper into the mysteries of your subconscious, and the strange ways that habit, personality, and creativity work together to make …

Leadership

11 New Year’s Resolutions You Can Actually Keep

We all need more realistic targets this time around.<p>What’s the last New Year’s resolution you actually kept?<p>If you’re better than us and have cut down on your spending, effectively managed stress, or lost ten pounds and actually used that gym membership, than you need not read any further.<p>For the …

The Seven Imperatives to Keeping Meetings on Track

There’s nothing more annoying than a meeting that goes on and on and on. As a manager, it’s your job to make sure people don’t go off on tangents or give endless speeches. But how can you keep people focused without being a taskmaster or squashing creativity?<p><b>What the Experts Say</b> <br>The good news is …

When You Criticize Someone, You Make It Harder for that Person to Change

“If everything worked out perfectly in your life, what would you be doing in ten years?”<p>Such a question opens us up to fresh possibilities, to reflect on what matters most to us, and even what deep values might guide us through life. This approach gives managers a tool for coaching their teams to …

Make Sure Your Dream Company Can Find You

It used to be that if you wanted to work for a certain company, you went in for an informational interview or waited for a job opening and submitted your resume. These days, you may be better off liking the company on Facebook or joining their Google+ page. That’s because smart companies are no …

Never Say Goodbye to a Great Employee

So-called “boomerang” employees — those who leave and then return — will become an increasingly valuable source of talent over the years ahead. In what’s perhaps the most frequently discussed example, some women chose to off ramp for several years sometime in their career, and many are eager for …

To Use Technology Effectively, Ask the Tough Questions

Over the years I’ve talked with hundreds of managers about the reasons for complexity in their organizations — and in almost all cases they cite “technology” as one of the main culprits. But in the next breath, they also acknowledge that technology has revolutionized the way they work, increased …

Parents May Be Your Secret Weapon For Recruiting and Retaining Millennials

A recruiter at a well-known Fortune 10 company told me this story: She was getting ready for a phone interview with a new college graduate. But when she dialed into the conference number at the scheduled time, instead of the candidate, there was an older woman on the line.<p>The female caller …

Christmas Trees, If Kept Alive, Become Carbon Absorbers

In a temperate climate, conifers such as firs and spruces absorb little carbon dioxide in their early years, but their rate of absorption picks up at around <b>age 20</b> and increases until <b>40 or 50 years</b>, after which the growth rate of carbon accumulation slows until virtually stopping after <b>150 years</b>. …

Conflict Strategies for Nice People

Do you value friendly relations with your colleagues? Are you proud of being a nice person who would never pick a fight? Unfortunately, you might be just as responsible for group dysfunction as your more combative team members. That’s because it’s a problem when you shy away from open, healthy …

The Ideas that Shaped Management in 2013

It’s always tempting at this time of year to try to make a definitive list of the best ideas from the past 12 months. But then we end up debating what counts as best — important? useful? original? all three? — and compiling extremely long lists, struggling to shorten them, and over-thinking it all, …

From Superstorms to Factory Fires: Managing Unpredictable Supply-Chain Disruptions

Traditional methods for managing supply chain risk rely on knowing the likelihood of occurrence and the magnitude of impact for every potential event that could materially disrupt a firm’s operations. For common supply-chain disruptions—poor supplier performance, forecast errors, transportation …

To Optimize Talent Management, Question Everything

Should you hire as if your workforce will stay a month, a year, or their entire career? The answer makes a big difference in the qualifications you set, how well candidates must “fit” with the job, the team or the organizational culture, and the “deal” you offer. A traditional employment model may …

The Truth About Aging Populations

It has become fashionable to issue dire projections of declining prosperity based on demographic aging. But is that really such a problem?<p>There is no doubt that all the countries of the world are getting older, but they are at very different stages of the process. The median age in the United …

The New Patterns of Innovation

The search for new business ideas and new business models is hit-or-miss in most corporations, despite the extraordinary pressure on executives to grow their businesses. Management scholars have considered various reasons for this failure. One well-documented explanation: Managers who are skilled …

The New Rules of Globalization

In the past few years, Pfizer has encountered globalization’s new phase. As part of the Indian government’s efforts to make medicine accessible to as many people as possible, in February 2013 India’s Patent Office revoked Pfizer’s patent for the cancer drug Sutent and granted a domestic …

The Flow of U.S. Manufacturing Jobs Now Goes Both Ways

Over the past four years, companies have created more than <b>80,000</b> manufacturing jobs in the U.S. by moving production to America from abroad, according to a <i>Wall Street Journal</i> report that cites figures from the nonprofit Reshoring Initiative. The U.S. continues to lose manufacturing jobs to offshore …

Five New Year’s Resolutions Every Leader Should Make

Looking ahead to 2014, one of the most urgent issues will be a new war for talent: not yesteryear’s broad-based need for <i>all</i> top talent but an increasing demand for the <i>right</i> kind of talent. For leaders, this means a new urgency in targeting, nurturing, and advancing top talent in their organization. …

10 Extraordinary People and Their Lessons for Success

From presidents to hip-hop producers to poets, the last page of every issue of Harvard Business Review is always an interview with someone who has succeeded outside the traditional corporate world. Here, some of our favorite lessons from the class of 2013:<p><b>Justice Sandra Day O’Connor on having</b> …

Why I Put My Company on a Year-Long Sabbatical

Last year, I placed my entire communications agency, Global Tolerance, on a year’s sabbatical. On the surface, it seemed like a crazy decision. I’d spent the past decade building the company from scratch, hiring a talented team, winning high-profile clients, from TED and The Gallup Organization to …

Why Talking About Employee Poverty Makes Us Uncomfortable

Earlier this month, I asked a simple question about an apparent change in the social contract at work: Do employers care if their employees are paid so little that they require government assistance to get enough to eat?<p>The response was overwhelming — close to 600 comments on the HBR website, and …

The Three Most Innovative Companies of 2013

One can naturally debate any system that seeks to crown the world’s most innovative companies. Boston Consulting Group’s list, which relies heavily on surveys asking senior executives to name the companies they perceive to be innovative, risks succumbing to the halo effect, where generally …

Get Out of Your Comfort Zone: A Guide for the Terrified

No one likes to move beyond his or her comfort zone, but that’s really where the magic happens. It’s where we can grow, learn, and develop in a way that expands our horizons beyond what we thought was possible.<p>Also, it’s terrifying.<p>For me, operating beyond my comfort zone was participating in …

Are Electric Utilities in a Death Spiral?

With Americans installing more solar panels, utilities are selling less electricity. But the utilities’ costs haven’t dropped, so prices per kilowatt hour are rising, which makes rooftop panels even more cost-competitive and further encourages the spread of solar power. The result of this and …