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Go Ahead: Ask Your Employees If They’re Happy

When was the last time you made the effort to see, <i>really</i> see, what the people you work with are thinking and how they’re feeling about their jobs? With Gallup’s latest State of the American Workplace survey showing that 70% of U.S. employees are not engaged at work, it seems that the majority of …

The Rise of Compassionate Management (Finally)

Don’t look now, but all of a sudden the topic of compassionate management is becoming trendy.<p>A growing number of business conferences are focusing in on the topic of compassion at work. There’s the International Working Group on Compassionate Organizations. There’s the Changing Culture in the …

To Simplify, First Clear the Underbrush

<i>This post was coauthored by Lisa Bodell.</i><p>Many people envision the upper rungs of the corporate ladder as an inspired, innovative place where leaders spend their time on stimulating projects that shape the organization’s future. But this vision is not always a reality. In many companies today, even …

When You’ve Done Enough, Do More

How do you become truly influential? We’ve found that the most highly respected leaders avoid techniques to gain short-term compliance; they also steer clear of a self-centered “How can I get people to do what I want?” mindset. Instead, they take a different approach altogether.<p>We interviewed over …

Becoming a Better Judge of People

In business and in life, the most critical choices we make relate to people. Yet being a good judge of people is difficult. How do we get better at sizing up first impressions, at avoiding hiring mistakes, at correctly picking (and not missing) rising stars?<p>The easy thing to do is focus on …

7 Terrible Management Fads That Just Won't Die

Contrary to what you might think, management fads aren't fads because they're something new. Quite the contrary, what makes them fads is that companies glom onto these decades-old ideas as panaceas... one after the other after the other.<p>Here's how to ensure that you can still get work done and …

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The Secret to Effective Motivation

An interview with <b>Heidi Grant Halvorson</b> and <b>E. Tory Higgins</b>, authors of <i>Focus: Use Different Ways of Seeing the World to Power Success and Influence</i>. For more, see the article Do You Play to Win–or to Not Lose?<p>SARAH GREEN: Welcome to the HBR IdeaCast from Harvard Business Review. I’m Sarah Green. I’m …