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Planning Doesn’t Have to Be the Enemy of Agile

Planning has long been one of the cornerstones of management. Early in the twentieth century Henri Fayol identified the job of managers as to plan, organize, command, coordinate, and control. The capacity and willingness of managers to plan developed throughout the century. Management by Objectives …

Agile Development

How Self-Reflection Can Help Leaders Stay Motivated

We tend to romanticize leadership. When friends are promoted to managerial positions, we slap them on the back, tell them that they finally made it, and congratulate them for their hard work. Our reactions are understandable. Occupying a leadership role often comes with more prestige, financial …

Self-Reflection

How to Get Better at Reading People from Different Cultures

Body language varies significantly across cultures. What is considered rude or foolish in a Nordic country may be welcomed as warm and friendly in an African one. What a Canadian businessperson would perceive as arrogant, an American executive may see as healthy confidence.<p>But what remains …

Body Language

How to Stop Saying “Um,” “Ah,” and “You Know”

Um.<p>Ah.<p>So.<p>You Know.<p>Like.<p>Right?<p>Well.<p>When we find ourselves rattled while speaking — whether we’re nervous, distracted, or at a loss for what comes next — it’s easy to lean on filler words. These may give us a moment to collect our thoughts before we press on, and in some cases, they may be useful …

Public Speaking

7 Skills That Aren’t About to Be Automated

Today’s young professionals grew up in an age of mind-boggling technological change, seeing the growth of the internet, the invention of the smartphone, and the development of machine-learning systems. These advances all point toward the total automation of our lives, including the way we work and …

Albert Einstein

How Competency Models Can Address Your Business Needs

Free-Photos / PixabayLeadership can make or break an organization. Despite the enduring myth of the “born” leader, in most cases effective leadership …

How to Silence Your Inner Critic After a Layoff

Being laid off is one of the most difficult experiences that you can face in your career. As an executive coach, I’ve seen firsthand the shock, grief, and anxiety that generally accompanies this type of job loss. Layoffs can trigger a sense of powerlessness and self-doubt in the form of a scary …

Toxic Workplaces

If your workplace is toxic, can you change it? In this episode of HBR’s advice podcast, <i>Dear HBR:</i>, cohosts Alison Beard and Dan McGinn answer your questions with the help of Nicholas Pearce, an associate professor at Kellogg School of Management at Northwestern University. They talk through how to …

Why Mining — Yes, Mining — Cares About Sustainability

In the early days of corporate environmentalism, the focus was mainly on big, heavy industries. Fossil fuels and mining had the most obvious environmental issues, as well as extensive regulatory regimes to navigate. These days, however, sustainability discussions are more often focused on the …

Workday, the HR platform, is sending its employees weekly surveys to weed out bad managers and catch bad office behavior

SAN FRANCISCO -- With stories of workplace harassment and frat house culture causing a storm across the tech industry, many executives are asking themselves what they can do to make sure their company doesn't end up the focus on the next scandal.<p>With this in mind, Workday, the $24 billion human …

Business

How to Win Over a Boss Who Just Doesn’t Seem to Like You

MARIE BERTRAND/GETTY IMAGES Chances are that at some point in your career, you’ll have at least one boss you just can’t seem to impress, or who tends …

Email Etiquette and the Perils of “Reply All”

Have you ever been puzzled by the ways that people use email? The global proliferation of email may have been one of the most significant advances in …

Online Life

Nine Practices to Help You Say No

Irene* is a great colleague. A senior manager in a large consulting firm, she pitches in when the workload gets heavy, covers for people when they’re …

How to Tell a Great Story

<b>Case Study #1: Embed conflict to motivate and inspire</b><br>Josh Linkner was worried his employees were becoming complacent. Then the CEO of ePrize, a …

How a Fast-Growing Startup Built Its Sales Team for Long-Term Success

It’s common for leaders of sales teams to focus almost exclusively on short-term tactics and current operations while failing to think and act in a way that supports the longer-term needs of their businesses — and it’s hard to fault them. Sales teams must meet the immediate needs of their …

How to Ask Your Boss for Time to Learn New Things

We all want to learn and grow. Improving our skills and being exposed to new ideas not only makes us better at our jobs but makes us happier and more engaged at work. But with a full-time job, it can be tough to find the time and resources to dedicate to personal development. Some people, like me, …

How to Control Your Emotions During a Difficult Conversation

It’s hard not to get worked up emotionally when you’re in a tense conversation. After all, a disagreement can feel like a threat. You’re afraid you’re going to have to give up something — your point of view, the way you’re used to doing something, the notion that you’re right, or maybe even power – …

How to Work with a Bad Listener

It’s a challenge to work with people — peers, junior colleagues, or even bosses — who just don’t listen. Whether your colleagues interrupt you, ramble on, seem distracted, or are always waiting for their turn to talk, the impact is the same: You don’t feel heard, and the chances for …

Good Leaders Are Good Learners

Although organizations spend more than $24 billion annually on leadership development, many leaders who have attended leadership programs struggle to implement what they’ve learned. It’s not because the programs are bad but because leadership is best learned from experience.<p>Still, simply being an …

4 TED talks that will help you hire the best team

A Google engineer was fired on Monday after writing a 10-page anti-diversity manifesto titled “Google’s Ideological Echo Chamber” that criticized the …

Two Types of Diversity Training That Really Work

One of the most common ways that companies attempt to address organizational diversity is through formal training. Yet research on the effectiveness of such programs has yielded mixed results: Some studies show that diversity training is effective, others show it’s ineffective, and still others …

Management Tip: How to Handle the Transition from Peer to Boss

Being promoted over your coworkers is a tricky situation. It’s important to get off on the right foot with your former peers and to make the …

When Coaching Finds That an Executive Isn’t in the Right Role

In the traditional view of executive coaching, an executive, with her boss’s participation, takes personality assessments, receives 360-degree feedback, and creates and implements a development plan designed to address performance gaps, optimize her contribution, and prepare her for new …

The Benefits of Saying Nice Things About Your Colleagues

Whether we realize it or not, we are constantly given small opportunities to build up or put down our coworkers in the ways we talk about them. When we introduce two colleagues, tell a story about how a meeting went, or share a colleague’s work, how we “narrate others” can make a big difference in …

How to Manage Someone Who Thinks Everything Is Urgent

We’ve all been in situations in which we couldn’t wait for a slow-moving or overly cautious employee to take action. But at the other extreme, some employees have such a deep need to get things resolved that they move too quickly, or too intensely, and make a mess. They may make a bad deal just to …

Whiteboard Session: How to Get Up to Speed in Your New Leadership Role

The 15 Diseases of Leadership, According to Pope Francis

Pope Francis has made no secret of his intention to radically reform the administrative structures of the Catholic church, which he regards as …

How AI Will Change the Way We Make Decisions

With the recent explosion in AI, there has been the understandable concern about its potential impact on human work. Plenty of people have tried to predict which industries and jobs will be most affected, and which skills will be most in demand. (Should you learn to code? Or will AI replace coders …

How to Become a Digital Enterprise

Many enterprises use “digital” to change how they interact with clients, but that’s too limiting. Truly digital enterprises take a 360-degree view, using information and technology to improve the way all users — clients, employees, and partners — collaborate around information to substantially …

Your Customers Still Want to Talk to a Human Being

The rise of the internet has opened up new possibilities for communicating, from emailing and blogging to mobile video chatting and exchanging GIFs over messaging apps. This digitization has not been limited to consumer interactions. Most businesses now communicate with their customers through …

Customer Experience