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How to Leave a Job Gracefully

“No one knows how classy you are until you quit,” says Dan Smith, the COO of NYC-based executive search firm Raines International. The moment of …

Secrets of the Superbosses

Kelly Blair<p>What do Ralph Lauren, Larry Ellison, Julian Robertson, Jay Chiat, Bill Walsh, George Lucas, Bob Noyce, Lorne Michaels, and Mary Kay Ash have in common?<p>Certainly all of them are known for being talented and successful—even legendary—in their respective fields. All have reputations as …

Can Your Employees Really Speak Freely?

Chances are, your employees are withholding valuable intelligence from you. Maybe it’s about a project that’s gone off track or a manager who’s behaving badly. Or maybe they’re not sharing their thoughts on ways the business could grow its sales or improve operations. No matter how open you are as …

Management

Don’t Let Frustration Make You Say the Wrong Thing

Say that a colleague who you’ve had some difficulties with launches a snippy comment at you in the middle of a meeting. It may have been a subtle slight — not an out-and-out tirade — but in an insular environment like an office (or in an even more insular environment, like a meeting), one snippy …

The Powerful Effect of Noticing Good Things at Work

Over the course of a typical workday, negative and positive things inevitably happen to you. If you’re like most people, you tend to focus mainly, or even exclusively, on negative experiences. They’re what you ruminate over, what you talk to your friend about as you’re driving home, what you …

Managers Can Motivate Employees with One Word

Human beings are profoundly social — we are hardwired to connect to one another and to want to work together. Frankly, we would never have survived as a species without our instinctive desire to live and work in groups, because physically we are just not strong or scary enough.<p>Tons of research has …

For Better Presentations, Start with a Villain

Many executives start presentations about products or initiatives with a vague theme statement, often expressed with as much pith as a puff of smoke: “We have a new focus on customer satisfaction,” or “Our current strategic goals are execution and innovation.” But this approach is not only lacking …

Get Backed: Craft Your Story, Build the Perfect Pitch Deck, and Launch the Venture of Your Dreams

Publication Date: <b>November 17, 2015</b><p>HOW DO YOU LAUNCH THE VENTURE OF YOUR DREAMS? "Get Backed" isn't just about startup fundraising. It's a handbook for anyone who has an idea and needs to build relationships to get it off the ground. Over the last 3 years, entrepreneurs Evan Loomis and Evan Baehr …

Beware the Truthiness of Charts

<i>HBR STAFF</i><p>You’re sitting at a Very Important presentation related to a Very Important decision. The presenter is trying to convince senior management in your company to invest in a large, expensive project, say setting up a new robotic production line in one of your plants. Given that your company …

Asking for a Raise When You’re Afraid To

Much has been written about how to negotiate for a better salary. But what about when you’re not sure you deserve a raise in the first place?<p>As an executive coach for more than 30 years, I’ve worked with many top leaders who appear extremely successful externally, yet struggle with their …

Improving Customer Satisfaction with Simple Analytics

Let’s say that you’re a customer service operations manager with a ton of data sitting on your desktop — customer service call stats, email data, customer satisfaction reports, etc. You’re staring at a mountain of customer shipping and delivery data, and an always-open daily dashboard counting …

Having the Here’s-What-I-Want Conversation With Your Boss

One person stands between you and your next raise or promotion: your boss. While others on the leadership team — and even your peers — may exert some influence on your career future, it’s your direct supervisor who can pull the strings to either grant or deny your chance for advancement. But to get …

Career Development

Getting Employees Excited About a New Direction

When your company is in trouble — a new competitor or technology threatens your business model, your cost structure changes, the economy tanks — you have one job as a leader: to get the company back on track. The crisis provides compelling reason for change and, if companies can weather it, they …

You Can’t Engage Employees by Copying How Other Companies Do It

Employee trust in management and commitment to the company have been in decline for decades. Yet we know that trust and commitment are essential for high individual and corporate performance. Only a minority of companies have managed to buck this decline and have built companies worthy of the human …

Love Your Ex-Employees and They’ll Love You Back

Much as war is too important to leave to the generals, love is too precious to entrust to the romantics. So don’t. Organizations looking for their people to love them better be pragmatic about their idealism. To do “what it really takes to become a company employees love” requires leaders to ask, …

What a Year of Job Rejections Taught Me About Pitching Myself

After sending out hundreds of copies of my résumé to dozens of companies over the last year, I realized that I was getting nowhere because my approach was wrong.<p>I did everything I was taught to do: I created a list of the top 20 companies I wanted to work for, I customized my résumé for each …

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First-Time Managers, Don’t Do Your Team’s Work for Them

Not long ago, I worked with a client who was stepping into management for the first time. Terry, a highly regarded marketing associate in a pharmaceutical firm, had just been asked to lead a marketing team. In this new role, she was responsible for directing a group of bright, but inexperienced …

3 Timeless Rules for Making Tough Decisions

<i>Jennifer Maravillas FOR HBR</i><p>I perused the restaurant menu for several minutes, struggling with indecision, each item tempting me in a different way.<p><i>Maybe I should order them all . . .</i><p>Is this a silly decision not deserving deliberation? Maybe. But I bet you’ve been there. If not about food, then …

Making Yourself Indispensable

Artwork: Vincent Fournier, Space Project: MDRS #04, Mars Society, 2008, U.S.A.<p>A manager we’ll call Tom was a midlevel sales executive at a Fortune 500 company. After a dozen or so years there, he was thriving—he made his numbers, he was well liked, he got consistently positive reviews. He applied …

How to Make Networking at Conferences Feel Less Icky

Whether you like attending them or not, conferences offer great opportunities for networking. At conferences, you can extend your network by meeting new people, including potential employers or employees, and you can catch up with and get updates from those you already know.<p>In fact, networking has …

Wonderloop Launches A Web Version Of Its Video Profiles App

Wonderloop — a startup which allows people to showcase themselves through short 10 to 15 second video profiles (think a sort of “LinkedIn for video”) thus replacing the static bios of traditional social networks — was previously only available via its iOS app. But today it’s launched a Web site …

How to get a US passport renewed in 24 hours

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7 Ways to Go From a Boss to a Leader

Many people view the terms “boss” and “leader” as interchangeable — but they are vastly different. To determine which one you are, I encourage you to …

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Bay Area rents are out of control

They have trouble buying nor renting a halfway decent place, though they might be able to shack up with a bunch of people, and that's great, it works for a while, especially for younger folks.<p>Those who bought a home or rented a rent-controlled apartment a long time ago are fine as long as they …