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The Dream Employers For Engineering Students

Global research and advisory firm Universum recently culled its data to find the 100 most attractive employers for engineering students. <i>How?</i> They asked 9,770 undergraduate engineering majors in the U.S. to select the companies they would consider working for and then to identify their ideal …

Former BP CEO: Gay Marriage is Good Business

John Browne, the former CEO of BP who resigned when details of his romantic life became public, now says gay marriage is good for business and of …

Do Your Employees Trust You?

In numerous studies, surveys, and research, employees indicate over and over that trusting their immediate supervisor is one of the most important …

Leadership

How To Make Company Employees Think Like Their CEO

Have you ever had one of those “big company” customer service experiences that make you wonder how the company stays in business? One year when I was CEO of a software company, I had an aggravating experience with the hotel we booked for our staff during a Las Vegas trade show.<p>We negotiated a very …

Angelina Jolie Wears Saint Laurent to the "World War Z" London Premiere

<b>Angelina at World War Z</b> – Angelina Jolie made her first public appearance since revealing the news of her double mastectomy at the premiere of “World …

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Hire Yourself a Great First Manager

Whether you are just graduating with a Bachelor’s, MBA, or some other graduate degree, you have probably heard how hard it is to find a job. But before you to take any opportunity that comes your way, stop and think: Far worse than continuing to look for a while longer is having a job with a bad …

The Disney Recipe

In a recent interview, Jeffrey Katzenberg described his first day at Disney as the newly appointed head of The Walt Disney Studios. The equally new Disney CEO, Michael Eisner, gave him a simple, unambiguous mandate: fix animation at Disney.<p>Although a veteran in the film business, Katzenberg had no …

Seven Strategies for Simplifying Your Organization

<i>This post is co-authored with Lisa Bodell.</i><p>Over the past several years we have heard hundreds of managers talk about the negative impact of complexity on both productivity and workplace morale. This message has been reinforced by the findings of major CEO surveys conducted by IBM and KPMG [PDF], …

Autism’s Competitive Advantage, and Challenge, in the Workplace

Talk about turning a bug into a feature. SAP, the German software giant, announced that it hopes to hire hundreds of autistics as talented programmers and product testers. The firm told the BBC that by 2020 perhaps 1% of its global workforce of 65,000 would be people with autism. Though a medically …

Seizing Opportunities When Advantages Don’t Last

I’ve been researching what allows companies to be successful even when their competitive advantages are short-lived — a phenomenon I call transient advantage. The Regus Group, Ltd., a company that provides many services but is best-known for its offices-for-rent business, is one of many I’ve been …

Can You Really Improve Your Emotional Intelligence?

Who wouldn’t want a higher level of emotional intelligence? Studies have shown that a high emotional quotient (or EQ) boosts career success, entrepreneurial potential, leadership talent, health, relationship satisfaction, humor, and happiness. It is also the best antidote to work stress and it …

Win the Attention of Your Distracted Consumer

A guy walks into a store. No, it’s not the opening salvo for a bad joke. It’s a critical moment of truth for the in-store and brand marketer that, today, is complicated — even compromised — by the hyperconnected consumer. You know this person. He’s standing in the aisle striking the familiar pose: …

Which Behaviors Must Leaders Avoid?

If you want to empower, engage, or motivate others, don’t just focus on increasing your positive behaviors. Pay attention to what you need to <i>stop</i> doing as well. Why? Because people remember the bad more than the good. To quote from a previous HBR article, How to Play to Your Strengths, “Multiple …

In Big Companies, Lean Is Only One Piece of the Puzzle

In 2010, one of us was sitting in a room at the Harvard Business School with Eric Ries and a number of budding entrepreneurs. They were pitching their ideas and plans to Eric and their peers; once the pitch was complete, the group would then brainstorm. One of these young entrepreneurs in …

How to Separate the Winners from the Spinners

Every employer can tell stories about an applicant who sounded like an A-player at the interview but ended up a dud once at work. Good candidates prepare, of course, but rehearsed interview answers can make it hard to separate the winners from the spinners.<p>Gauging an applicant’s true colors and …

The Science of Sharing (and Oversharing)

An interview with <b>Jonah Berger</b>, Wharton School professor and author of <i>Contagious: Why Things Catch On</i>.<p>SARAH GREEN: Welcome to the HBR IdeaCast from Harvard Business Review. I’m Sarah Green. I am talking today with Wharton professor Jonah Berger, author of the book Contagious– How Things Catch On. …