Laurie Martin

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Fixing Our Unhealthy Obsession with Work Email

<i>HBR STAFF</i><p>Our dysfunctional relationship with work email has become so normal, I’m not sure most of us can even see it anymore.<p>Typical is this quote from the recent article, “How Successful People Spend Their Weekends”:<p>“I never go into the office on weekends,” Spencer says, “<b>but I do check e-mail at</b> …

3 Things Managers Should Be Doing Every Day

“When are we supposed to do all <i>that</i>?” That’s the question we constantly get from new managers, only weeks or months into their new positions, when we describe the three key activities they should be focusing on to be successful as leaders: building trust, building a team, and building a broader …

How To Get the References You Need to Land the Job You Want

Al Coleman, Jr., author of <i>Secrets to Success: The Definitive Career Development Guide for New and First Generation Professionals</i>, and Jeff Shane, executive vice president of Allison & Taylor, a reference and background checking firm, offer advice for job seekers on how to get the references you …

Stand Out in Your Interview

You’ve just landed a job interview for a position you really want. Congratulations. Now, you know you only get one chance to impress, but how exactly do you do that? Given all of the conflicting advice out there and the changing rules of getting a job, it’s no wonder that job seekers are confused …

How to Write a Cover Letter

No one likes job hunting. Scouring through online jobs boards, spiffing up your résumé, prepping for grueling interviews — none of it’s fun. But perhaps the most challenging part of the process is writing an effective cover letter. There’s so much conflicting advice out there, it’s hard to know …

Rethink What You “Know” About High-Achieving Women

As researchers who have spent more than 20 years studying professional women, we have watched with interest the recent surge in attention paid to women’s careers, work-family conflict, and the gender gap in leadership. Among the most visible contributions to this public conversation have been …

The Google Way of Attacking Problems

One Friday afternoon in 2002, long before his company became a household verb, Larry Page walked into the office kitchen and posted some printouts of results from Google’s AdWords engine. On top, in big bold letters, he wrote, “THESE ADS SUCK.”<p>In most companies, this would be seen as cruel — an …

8 Foods You Should Eat Every Day

<b>Spinach</b><p>It may be green and leafy, but spinach is no nutritional wallflower, and you know from reading Eat This, Not That!. This noted muscle builder is a rich source of plant-based omega-3s and folate, which help reduce the risk of heart disease, stroke, and osteoporosis. Bonus: Folate also …

Three Steps To Writing The Perfect LinkedIn Summary

If you read my Forbes article “Move Over, Resume, You’ve Been Replaced,” you understand why your bio (I call it a 3D brand bio) is the most powerful personal branding tool you have. And in the digital world, the most important version of your bio is your LinkedIn summary. This will likely be read …

10 Questions To Ask A Financial Advisor

By Laura Shin <br>It’s not easy finding a financial advisor. After all, you have to trust this virtual stranger enough to reveal your financial situation – or hand your money over -- to him or her. But these steps can help you find the right fit.<p>Ask friends and family for referrals, says …

Your Meetings Are Awful -- Here's How To Fix Them

Let’s face it: most business meetings are awful. You were likely in one today you couldn’t wait to leave. Considering we spend so much of our professional lives in meetings, why are they still so bad?<p><b>The Real Cost of Meetings</b><p>Just how expensive are meetings? Let’s say you’re a startup with ten …

The Seven Skills You Need to Thrive in the C-Suite

What executive skills are most prized by companies today? How has that array of skills changed in the last decade, and how is it likely to change in the next ten years? To find out, I surveyed senior consultants in 2010 at a top-five global executive-search firm. Experienced search consultants …

Move Over Resume, You've Been Replaced

The resume is dead (or at least it has jumped the shark). The resume used to be the tool that would get you noticed. No more. It’s a fading bit player, no longer the star of the show. Now, by the time someone has seen your resume, they’ve already Googled you. Your resume has become a “late to the …

9 Things You Should Tell Your Boss At Your Next Performance Review

Sure, performance reviews are a time to get feedback on your work throughout the year.<p>But sometimes we forget that it’s also a time to share your own goals (and even suggestions!) for the future with your boss. After all, you’re part of a team, and talking about what’s working, what’s not, and what …

The Four Keys to Being a Trusted Leader

Self-aggrandizement and even plain old greed has become standard fare in the executive cafeteria. And yet CEOs wonder why their employees and the public exhibit such a high degree of mistrust toward business and business leaders. The truth lies in the way many CEOs talk and behave.<p>Real leadership – …

Why It Is So Hard To Bring Out Talent In Others

Great managers bring ordinary people together to accomplish extraordinary things. If your strategy for success is to build a “dream team” of all-stars, you are setting yourself – and your company – up for disappointment.<p>It is no easy task to bring out the best in other people. Human nature makes it …

Office Politics: A Skill Women Should Lean Into

Who says women don’t like office politics? Just about everyone: My clients. My colleagues. My mother. The sommelier at the French restaurant I ate lunch at last weekend. They’ve all complained about office politics. Some women claim they are not good at it, while others simply avoid certain …

Three Mistakes to Avoid When Networking

We all know networking has the potential to dramatically enhance our careers; making new connections can introduce us to valuable new information, job opportunities, and more. But despite that fact, many of us are doing it wrong — and I don’t just mean the banal error of trading business cards at a …

Why Most Collaborations Still Fail (And 5 Ideas For Turning The Equation Around)

While “collaboration” is the world’s favorite buzzword, it seems, we need only look around to see evidence in every direction of collaborative intentions that have epically failed. U.S. Congress. Countrywide and Bank of America. AOL and Time Warner. Spring and Nextel.<p>If collaboration is such a high …

How To Negotiate Your Salary

I mentioned to an advertising honcho friend of mine that I was thinking of writing a story on how to negotiate for the best salary in job interviews. My friend, who is in his 50s–we’ll call him Don–was inspired to write me a 10-point memo on how he’s done it. Don likes to play hardball.<p>Don’s tips …

The 9 Keys To Leading With Dignity

<i>This is Part Two of the series on leading with dignity. Part One here.</i><p>I began this two-part series with a thought provoking question: “What role does dignity play in leadership?” But as I dug deeper to find the answers, this <i>what</i> question became a <i>how</i> question: “HOW do we lead with dignity?” To find …

Investing Basics: Building A Portfolio

Retirement investors often hear that they should build a portfolio, rather than picking stocks based on tips and gut feelings. Easy to say and, for a long time, it was hard to do.<p>Pension funds and universities really understand portfolio building, as do many wealthy individuals. For all the blather …

The Most Important Skill They Don't Teach You At Harvard (Or Anywhere Else)

You and I face problems.<p>Sometimes we know what to do. Most times we don’t and need input from others.<p>But to maximize this input to produce real-world results it takes a new skill not taught in most business schools.<p>Call it a ‘strategic conversation’ and according to Lisa Kay Solomon, entrepreneurs …

Tackle Conflicts with Conversation

My husband and I got married after only three dates. Three weeks after the wedding, we had our first fight. An extreme conflict avoider, I packed my bags and walked out. Rich chased after me. “Turn around,” he said. “Let’s sit down and have a conversation. There are two things we have to learn to …

Six Reasons Why Recruiters Don't Call You

Looking for a job is a job. It’s time-consuming and often frustrating. You can spend weeks or even months searching for what you think is a good fit. Then one day you find what seems to be the “perfect” job. You fire off your resume. And you never hear a word. There are many reasons you don’t even …

How Networking Master Susan RoAne Works a Room

Twenty five years ago, Susan RoAne published the mega-bestseller <i>How to Work a Room</i>, which has sold more than a million copies and taught countless professionals how to network. Here are five tips she shared in a recent interview about how to connect with people and build meaningful professional …

Basecamp’s Strategy Offers a Useful Reminder: Less Is More

Unless you follow tech companies, you might have missed the startling announcement by collaboration and communications software maker 37signals that it has decided to refocus the entire company on a single core product.<p>“Refocusing” might be an understatement. 37signals has developed a dozen …

Eight Essentials for Scaling Up Without Screwing Up

Back in 2006, my colleague Huggy Rao and I launched an executive education program at Stanford called “Customer-focused Innovation.” Mornings consisted of lectures and case studies in a traditional classroom in the Stanford Business School; this was the “clean models” part of the program. In the …

Are You The Right Kind Of Busy?

You’ve probably had a pretty busy morning so far. Maybe you’ve answered some emails, written your to-do list, and prepared for the day ahead.<p>But I have a question for you (and please don’t take this the wrong way). Have you actually done anything?<p>Rather, have you done anything that’s produced …

The Three Things We Did To Create A Culture of Innovation

Innovation is a buzzword. I hear it just as often at startup events as I do from big companies, but usually it is just lip service because it is incredibly hard to implement. When we were founding Thinknear I was adamant that we were building an “innovative” company. The only problem was I had no …