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How to See the Future

It turns out it's possible to earn a degree in Future Studies. We've got the Cliff's Notes.<p>If history has taught us anything, it's that people who try to predict the future are often spectacularly wrong. Like when Variety magazine declared in 1955 that rock 'n roll would be "gone by June," or when …

Why Consulting Firms Must Go Digital Before Getting Disrupted

While most industries have already embarked on their digital transformation journeys, the consulting industry is still struggling to find its pace. …

Hacking The Career: What Organizations Should Do

One of the most disruptive changes we’ve seen in business over the last decade is the end of the traditional “career.”<p>People used to join companies for life: We would look for a great company when we got out of school, join the new-hire development program, pay our dues working up the ranks, and …

Human Resources

Here’s What Happens When You Give Your Employees More Independence

<i>The Leadership Insiders network is an online community where the most thoughtful and influential people in business contribute answers to timely</i></i> …

Innovation
Creativity

How Focusing on Strengths Instead of Weaknesses Changes Your Brain

You're reading How Focusing on Strengths Instead of Weaknesses Changes Your Brain, originally posted on Pick the Brain | Motivation and Self …

Happiness

The Freelancer Generation: Why Startups And Enterprises Need To Pay Attention

John Rampton Contributor<p>John Rampton is founder of online invoicing company Due.<p>More posts by this contributor:<p>As compliance pressure mounts, businesses turn to regulatory technology<br>• What regulation crowdfunding in the JOBS Act means to entrepreneurs and startups<p>Gone are the days of the 40-hour work …

Employment

A Definitive Guide to the Brexit Negotiations

After a heated political campaign, voters in the United Kingdom decided by a slim margin, on June 23, to exit the European Union, leading to a change in government. Now that a new prime minister has taken over, the next big question looms: How will the UK and EU negotiate their split?<p>I have spent …

United Kingdom

Why Your Diversity Program May Be Helping Women but Not Minorities (or Vice Versa)

When it comes to issues of race, gender, and diversity in organizations, researchers have revealed the problems in ever more detail. We have found a lot less to say about what <i>does</i> work — what organizations can do to create the conditions in which stigmatized groups can reach their potential and …

Diversity

The Paradox of Workplace Productivity

At its most basic, productivity is the amount of value produced divided by the amount of cost (or time) required to do so. And while this equation seems simple enough on the surface, the strategies for optimizing it have evolved dramatically over the last two decades. Technology has enabled massive …

Employment

Leaders Need To Move From The Top Of Hierarchies To The Center Of Networks

In the early 20th century, the great sociologist Max Weber noted that the sweeping industrialization taking place would lead to a change in organization. As cottage industries were replaced by large enterprises, leadership would have to become less traditional and charismatic and more organized and …

Innovation

Leadership is Not About the Title: 3 Lessons Learned From George Washington

<i>A</i> <i>ConantLeadership</i> <i>team post</i><p><i>“Remember that it is the actions, and not the commission, that make the officer, and that there is more expected from him,</i> …

Mount Vernon

Research: Narcissists Don’t Like Flat Organizations

Flat organizations are having a moment. Research has shown that reducing hierarchy can lead to more satisfied employees and speedier decision making, and some companies have concluded that flatter structures would work better. Zappos, for example, became a “holocracy” in order to empower employees …

Psychology

Improving the Way Boards, CEOs, and Shareholders Interact

A group of prominent corporate leaders and institutional investors — including Warren Buffett, Jeffrey Immelt, and Larry Fink — recently unveiled the Commonsense Principles of Corporate Governance. Intended to strengthen corporate governance at U.S. companies, the guidelines contain helpful …

Common Sense

GDP Is a Wildly Flawed Measure for the Digital Age

Germany, Switzerland, and Japan are now in negative interest rate territory. So are Denmark and Sweden. And U.S. treasuries have hit all-time lows. We’ve also witnessed the populist reactions embodied in the Brexit vote, and at the Republican and Democratic National Conventions in the United States.<p>…

Innovation

Leadership Development Should Focus on Experiments

Leadership development represents a huge and growing investment for most organizations. Industry research, for example, shows that companies spent more than $24 billion on leadership and management training worldwide in 2013, an increase of 15% from 2012.<p>The question is whether companies will get a …

Leadership

If Work Is Digital, Why Do We Still Go to the Office?

“Distance will die,” or so predicted British economist Frances Cairncross, along with a host of social and media theorists, following the spread of the internet in the 1990s. When every place is connected instantaneously to every other place on the planet, they argued, space itself would become …

Mount Everest

10 Habits of Ultra-Likable Leaders | Inc.com

If you want to be a leader whom people follow with absolute conviction, you have to be a likable leader. Tyrants and curmudgeons with brilliant vision can command a reluctant following for a time, but it never lasts. They burn people out before they ever get to see what anyone is truly capable …

Emotional Intelligence

Why Organizations Don’t Learn

Virtually all leaders believe that to stay competitive, their enterprises must learn and improve every day. But even companies revered for their dedication to continuous learning find it difficult to always practice what they preach.<p>Consider Toyota: Continuous improvement is one of the pillars of …

Management

Why More M&As Is a Sign That Scale Is No Longer an Advantage

We’re living through an era of remarkable U.S. corporate consolidation. A recent USC study shows that across multiple and diverse markets, industries are 25% more likely to be “highly concentrated” than they were 20 years ago. From banking to computing to beer, mergers and acquisitions are …

Ford Motor Company

4 Ways Leaders Fritter Their Power Away

“The last thing I want is to be perceived as a power-monger.” That was what one high-ranking executive recently told me, and the sentiment among top leaders is common. The executive who embezzles money, curries favor with bribes, or gets caught in sordid affairs makes headlines and is justly …

Management

Shifting from Star Performer to Star Manager

You’ve always been a high achiever—top of your class, captain of your sports teams, star performer at work. Now, you’re going to be managing a team of high-performers in a division of your company that everyone’s buzzing about. You’re confident that you can navigate this new challenge with …

Emotional Intelligence

How to Stop Micromanaging Your Team

Micromanaging is a hard habit to break. You may downplay your propensities by labeling yourself a “control freak” or by claiming that you just like to keep close tabs on your team, but those are poor excuses for excessive meddling. What can you do to give your people the space they need to succeed …

Leadership

Not All M&As Are Alike—and That Matters

We know surprisingly little about mergers and acquisitions, despite the buckets of ink spilled on the topic. In fact, our collective wisdom could be summed up in a few short sentences: acquirers usually pay too much. Friendly deals done using stock often perform well. CEOs fall in love with deals …

Management

The End of Expertise

What if what you know didn’t matter anymore? What if knowledge became a commodity? What if everyone could be an expert?<p>Far-fetched, you think? Well, in fact, the “what if” is no longer speculative; it is here already. Talk to people in such professional service industries as private banking, …

Management

Companies Value Curiosity but Stifle It Anyway

As children, anything sparks our curiosity. The box intrigues as much as the gift, and the scenery outside a car window can enchant for hours. We seek to know, and we engage in the essential activity for finding out. We question.<p>And yet, as we grow older, curiosity tends to be wrung out of us. …

Automotive Industry

4 Types of Activist Investors and How to Spot Them

Over the last three years the U.S. market has witnessed a substantial rise of activist investors. According to Schulte, Roth & Zabel’s Activist Investing 2015 Annual Review, a total of 344 companies worldwide were subjected to activist demands in 2014, up 18% from the 291 recorded in 2013. And the …

Investing

What Leaders Really Do

The article reprinted here stands on its own, of course, but it can also be seen as a crucial contribution to a debate that began in 1977, when Harvard Business School professor Abraham Zaleznik published an HBR article with the deceptively mild title “Managers and Leaders: Are They Different?” The …

Management

Empathy Is Still Lacking in the Leaders Who Need It Most

<i>HBR STAFF</i><p>Many people and a host of commentators instinctively recoiled at the callous management practices described in a scathing <i>New York Times</i> article last month about Amazon. So did Jeff Bezos, Amazon’s founder and chief executive. In a memo to Amazon employees, he wrote, “Our tolerance for any …

Emotional Intelligence

Strategy Isn’t What You Say, It’s What You Do

You sometimes hear managers complain that their organization has no strategy. This isn’t true. Every organization has a strategy: its strategy is what it does. Think about it. Every organization competes in a particular place, in a particular way, and with a set of capabilities and management …