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Global Teams That Work

To succeed in the global economy today, more and more companies are relying on a geographically dispersed workforce. They build teams that offer the best functional expertise from around the world, combined with deep, local knowledge of the most promising markets. They draw on the benefits of …

Management

What You Miss When You Take Notes on Your Laptop

HBR STAFF<p>Even in my relatively short foray into office life, I notice that few people bring a pen and notebook to meetings. I’ve been told that over the years, the spiral notebooks and pens once prevalent during weekly meetings have been replaced with laptops and slim, touch-screen tablets.<p>I …

Note-Taking

How to Manage People Who Are Smarter than You

The best managers hire smart people to work for them. But what if your direct reports are smarter than you? How do you manage people who have more experience or more knowledge? How do you coach them if you don’t have the same level of expertise?<p><b>What the Experts Say</b> <br>Getting promoted to a job that …

Leadership

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A former Google exec on how to make tough decisions quickly

I’ve long believed that speed is the ultimate weapon in business. All else being equal, the fastest company in any market will win. Speed is a defining characteristic—if not <i>the</i> defining characteristic—of the leader in virtually every industry you look at.<p>In tech, speed is seen primarily as an asset …

Management

Whiteboard Animation Software

Add music from our library or import your own<p>Enrich your videos by adding a layer of music to match your message. Import your own mp3 file to set the …

Engage Your Audience

• 28 November 2014<br>• By Ffion Lindsay<p><b>A good public speaker takes their audience on a journey, leaving them feeling inspired and motivated. But structuring</b> …

Don’t Set Process Without Input from Frontline Workers

You know those guys with the clipboards and checklists? Those annoying folks who drone on about compliance and procedure? Those sticklers who find reasons why things can’t be done? Every large institution has them. They are the process nerds. And within many companies, a tribal war is raging …

Management

5 ways to lead better meetings

<b>Start on a human note</b><p>To build cohesion, it’s important for your team to know one another on a personal level. That’s easy when your company is tiny …

Mindfulness Can Literally Change Your Brain

The business world is abuzz with mindfulness. But perhaps you haven’t heard that the hype is backed by hard science. Recent research provides strong evidence that practicing non-judgmental, present-moment awareness (a.k.a. mindfulness) changes the brain, and it does so in ways that anyone working …

Mindfulness

Global Business Services: Beyond the Hybrid Model

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If You Want People to Listen, Stop Talking

Andrew Nguyen<p>George*, a managing director at a large financial services firm, had an uncanny ability to move a roomful of people to his perspective. What George said was not always popular, but he was a master persuader.<p>It wasn’t his title — he often swayed colleagues at the same hierarchical …

Leadership

The Surprising Persuasiveness of a Sticky Note

Imagine that you really need to convince someone to do something, such as following through on a task. You might be surprised to learn that one of the best ways to get someone to comply with your request is through a tiny nuance that adds a personal touch—attaching a sticky note.<p>A brilliant set of …

Employee Engagement

Why Special Ops Stopped Relying So Much on Top-Down Leadership

When Fredrick Winslow Taylor designed the world’s first modern assembly line and forever changed industry, <i>persuasion</i> was the last thing on his mind. Taylor believed assembly line workers simply needed clear <i>direction</i> on how to execute prescribed tasks. His belief, which manifested in both physical …

Management