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What’s a Working Dad to Do?

I was on a radio show last Father’s Day to discuss the struggles men face in trying to balance work and family demands.<p>During the interview, the co-host, John Aberman, told a quick anecdote about a run-in he had when he was a rising corporate lawyer at a prestigious NYC firm. He was divorced and …

Yes, Managing IT Is Your Job

In order to see the future more clearly, it’s almost always helpful to look back — and this certainly goes for IT and its ever-increasing impact on operations, and ultimately on competitive advantage.<p>“Information Technology Changes the Way You Compete” was a trailblazing HBR article by Warren …

Just How Valuable Is Google’s “20% Time”?

Reports of the death or deliquescence of Google’s “20% time,” which allows employees to devote one day a week to side projects, may well be exaggerated. They certainly inspire less controversy than Yahoo’s targeted euthanizing of telecommuting. But both emphasize the importance of Silicon Valley’s …

Setting Up a Crowdsourcing Effort? Read This First.

Since Jeff Howe first coined the term in a 2006 <i>Wired</i> article, “crowdsourcing” has garnered extensive media buzz and investment dollars. It has earned praise from those who view it as a digital version of the industrial revolution, criticism from some who fear it will cheapen or commoditize their …

Help Your Intern Get a Full-Time Job

Alex, a summer intern in public relations, found herself facing the end of a successful summer internship without the proverbial pot of gold at the end of the rainbow. Alex was smart, talented and well regarded by her colleagues. Her agency, however, simply didn’t have a full time job to offer her …

How To Build a High-Performing Digital Team

Digital skills are in high demand and short supply. But first things first — how do you define a digital team when nearly everything is digital?<p>Digital teams are responsible for developing, testing, and implementing a strategy to reach and engage target audiences through digital channels like web, …

Yes, Marketers, You Should Pay Your Influencers

A consumer advocate can be your brand’s best friend. They spend 13% more than the average buyer and refer business that equals 45% of the money they spend, according to Satmetrix. The rise of these brand influencers has spawned quite a bit of buzz in recent months for companies thinking this could …

Groups Grow Disappointed with Extroverts Over Time

Upon joining a group, extroverts are perceived as having high status. But in an online experiment involving imagined scenarios, extroverts’ perceived status slipped from <b>4.37 to 3.87</b> on a 7-point scale as the group came to consider their assertiveness and talkativeness less valuable and to suspect …

Why Do So Many Incompetent Men Become Leaders?

There are three popular explanations for the clear under-representation of women in management, namely: (1) they are not capable; (2) they are not interested; (3) they are both interested and capable but unable to break the glass-ceiling: an invisible career barrier, based on prejudiced …

IT Governance is Killing Innovation

Recent CEB research shows that work has become much more interdependent — employees increasingly need to tap a broader array of internal and external colleagues and partners to be successful in their jobs. The emergence of this new work environment has significant implications for how IT should …