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What Investors Need to Know About the 2016 Election

International Growth Fund<p>While the world has changed drastically over the past two decades, Oppenheimer International Growth Fund’s investment …

Investing

The Research Is Clear: Long Hours Backfire for People and for Companies

Andrew Nguyen/HBR STAFF<p>Managers want employees to put in long days, respond to their emails at all hours, and willingly donate their off-hours — nights, weekends, vacation — without complaining. The underlings in this equation have little control; overwork cascades from the top of the …

The Workplace

Setting the Record Straight on Switching Jobs

<i>“Stay in a job for at least two years.”</i> <i>“Never leave a job until you have your next one lined up.”</i> Everyone from your mother to your mentor has advice about the best way to switch jobs. But how can you know whom to trust? Especially since what was true in the job market 20 years ago — even two years …

Employment

How to Build Bigger Shoulders | Men's Health

And these guys weren’t easy to impress; they were part of the old Muscle Beach crowd, on a first-name basis with all the top lifters of the era. But they’d never seen this one before.<p>When the guy noticed them staring at him, he quickly turned and made a beeline for the balcony. For good reason, it …

6 Ways to Reduce the Stress of Presenting

In the past 30 years, I’ve given more than 3,000 speeches to audiences across the world. Presentations have been such a central part of my work that many who know me best have been surprised to learn how much anxiety they used to cause me. After my fourth root canal, my dentist pointed out that I …

Public Speaking

China’s Slowdown: The First Stage of the Bullwhip Effect

For the last two months, global supply chains have been experiencing the first stage of a bullwhip effect triggered by uncertainties about the severity of China’s economic slowdown. While the contractions in business activity along global supply chains will cause companies to cut capital …

Stock Markets

You Can’t Understand China’s Slowdown Without Understanding Supply Chains

<i>HBR STAFF</i><p>The last few weeks have brought news of turmoil in China, including currency devaluations, an economic slowdown, and a stock market plunge. Most economists, including those at the the IMF, think it is premature to talk about an economic crisis. While I agree, I nonetheless believe that the …

Manufacturing

Why More and More Companies Are Ditching Performance Ratings

A few years ago, I noticed around half a dozen courageous companies beginning experiments to remove ratings from their performance management systems. Companies such as Juniper and Adobe stopped giving people a one-to-five rating or evaluating employees on a “performance curve,” also known as the …

Employee Engagement

A Refresher on Current Ratio

One of the biggest fears of a small business owner is running out of cash. But large businesses in financial trouble face the same risk. To know whether a company is truly on the cusp of hitting a $0 balance in their accounts, you can’t simply look at the income statement. You need to run a simple …

Small Business

How Smart, Connected Products Are Transforming Competition

Information technology is revolutionizing products. Once composed solely of mechanical and electrical parts, products have become complex systems that combine hardware, sensors, data storage, microprocessors, software, and connectivity in myriad ways. These “smart, connected products”—made possible …