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How to Tell Your Team That Organizational Change Is Coming

From time to time, every leader has to deliver news that is hard for employees to hear. Even when businesses are doing well, organizational and structural change is to be expected, and acquisitions, reorganizations, or policy changes can affect people’s jobs in ways that create feelings of fear, …

Management

Is the era of management over?

"The key to management is to get rid of the managers," advised Ricardo Semler, whose TED Talk went viral, introducing terms such as “industrial …

Robotic Process Automation And Artificial Intelligence In HR And Business Support - It's Coming

The use of robotics and advanced analytics are apparent and mature in industrial settings, while in support functions such as HR, it has the potential to be just as revolutionary but the uptake has been a little slower.<p>For example, in HR, onboarding – the process of hiring new members of staff and …

Artificial Intelligence

How to Earn a Reputation as a Fair Manager

At some point in your career, you likely encountered a manager you believed was unfair. You probably thought to yourself, “<i>When I’m a manager, I’m never going to be like that!</i>” Now that you’ve been promoted to a management position, you’re probably dedicating significant amounts of time and energy …

Management

What Millennials Want from a New Job

Millennials, it seems, really are the job hoppers people say they are. Those born between 1980 and 1996 are the most likely to look for and change jobs, according to Gallup’s new report “How Millennials Want to Work and Live.”<p>Our research — which provides an in-depth look at what defines …

The Pros and Cons Of New Unconventional Leadership Styles

Company culture is changing, and some managers are experimenting with out-of-the-norm methods. Here’s what works and what doesn’t.<p>As companies become flatter with blurred boundaries, there is a greater push toward authentic leadership. As a result, a lot of unconventional leadership styles are …

Employment

Motivating Employees Is Not About Carrots or Sticks

Motivating employees seems like it should be easy. And it is — in theory. But while the concept of motivation may be straightforward, motivating employees in real-life situations is far more challenging. As leaders, we’re asked to understand what motivates each individual on our team and manage …

What to Do and Say After a Tough Reorganization

Surviving a corporate reorg can be tough. There is often a lot of confusion and uncertainty, and if colleagues were laid off, people might also be sad or angry. How can you make the situation easier for yourself and your colleagues? What steps should you take to protect your job? How do you stay …

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 …

These 20 Jobs Offer the Best Work-Life Balance

Craving a bit more balance between work and home? Check out these career options.<p>If you feel like there just aren't enough hours in the day to get everything done, you're not alone.<p>That's so obvious, right? It's the understatement of the year.<p>The fact is, most people today are feeling overworked …

Never Do These 5 Things When Planning A Large Meeting

The degree of difficulty is high, but you can make your big meeting successful<p>Congratulations! Your boss (or, even worse, the CEO) has tapped you on the shoulder and asked you to organize a large-scale meeting. Maybe it's an all-employee town hall. Or the annual sales meeting. Or a conference for …

Jack Welch’s Approach to Breaking Down Silos Still Works

Working across organizational boundaries was a new way of thinking 25 years ago —one that was largely championed by Jack Welch, then CEO of GE. Welch was convinced that the speed of globalization and technological innovation in the 21st century would require companies to work very differently – …

“Companies Don’t Go Global, People Do”: An Interview with Andy Molinsky

Andy Molinsky, the author of Global Dexterity: How to Adapt Your Behavior Across Cultures Without Losing Yourself in the Process, urges us to focus on the everyday means by which tasks get done all over the world. Drawing on his years of field research, teaching, and consulting, the Brandeis …

Your Company Culture Shouldn’t Just Be Great—It Should Be Distinctive

Just as brand differentiation helps attract customers, culture differentiation helps attract the right employees. But while it’s popular to focus on corporate culture, not many companies have a truly <i>distinctive</i> culture. This is the equivalent to a marketing department saying, “We need to have a …

Life’s Work: An Interview with Andre Agassi

Maki Galimberti/Redux<p>Andre Agassi started his tennis career “in diapers” and ended it at age 36, having won eight Grand Slam titles. Married (to fellow champion Steffi Graf) with two kids, he now oversees a foundation and a charter school in Las Vegas where accountability is the mantra. No courts …

Global Teams That Work

To succeed in the global economy today, more and more companies are relying on a geographically dispersed workforce. They build teams that offer the best functional expertise from around the world, combined with deep, local knowledge of the most promising markets. They draw on the benefits of …

Management

41 Science-Based Actions For A More Meaningful Life

Happiness, resilience, connection, and kindness: these aren't just central qualities of a well-lived life, but "skills that can be taught and developed over time—with practice," according to UC Berkeley's Greater Good Science Center (GGSC).<p>Now GGSC has made learning these skills easier with Greater …

Mindfulness

Bright, Shiny Objects and the Future of HR

Many of us have had the experience of listening to a talk and suddenly making a connection between the speaker’s big idea and a challenge we face at work. To listen to David Rock, of the NeuroLeadership Institute, for example, is to have one’s eyes opened to recent neuroscience research. One …

Fire Your Boss: Holacracy’s Founder On The Flatter Future Of Work

How a Philly-based entrepreneur accidentally launched a radical new management paradigm that’s infiltrating Silicon Valley.<p>Work is changing. When Zappos CEO Tony Hsieh announced in March that the company would adopt Holacracy, it was clear that the alternative organizational structure, famous for …

Why Fear of Failure Is The Number One Thing Holding Back Entrepreneurs

How many Picassos, Dylans or Scorseses has the world lost because of fear of failure?<p>Failure is something every startup founder, both successful and not, has to deal with. Coping with failure can be an incredibly difficult obstacle. Since I began working with Startup Grind in 2010 I have listened …

3 Things You Need to Know for Can't-Miss Content Marketing Campaigns

If you want to have the highest campaign engagement, you need to know which publishers to partner with.<p><i>Do you know which day of the week drives the highest content engagement for your business vertical?</i><p><i>Do you know which publishers have the most engaged audience around your business vertical?</i><p><i>Do you</i> …

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5 Questions Every Manager Should Ask Their New Hires | Talent Blog

Successfully onboarding a new hire is critical for any company. The faster a person can get up-to-speed, the faster they can start meaningfully …

How Travel Makes the Difference Between a Good and Great Business

Traveling removes you from the daily grind and enables strategic thinking.<p>I try to take a three-week vacation every November to shake up my routine and expand my perspective. Removing myself from the office for 21 straight days may not sound practical, but I always set the goal of bringing one …

7 Simple Steps to Financial Freedom

Unlike any other financial book you may have picked up and summarily stopped reading, Tony Robbins's book is actually fun to read. It's not homework. It's masterful storytelling with a directed purpose: financial freedom.<p>For anyone who not only bought but also made the long and difficult slog …

7 Stages of the Entrepreneur's Life Cycle: From Independence to Interdependence

Celebrate your accomplishments as you spend time with your friends and family members today. Know where you are in the 7 stages of the entrepreneur's life cycle so that you can celebrate the independence (or interdependence) of your business.<p>Today, as we celebrate our founding fathers' bold move …

Figure Out Your Manager’s Communication Style

Effective communication takes a deft touch when you’re managing up. If your attempts to persuade are too obvious, they may not succeed. Yet you need to be deliberate in your approach.<p>As you engage with your boss in everyday activities, try to identify the messages behind her speech and behavior. …

What Apple, Lending Club, and AirBnB Know About Collaborating with Customers

The idea of “co-creating” with customers has been circulating for years, but until recently few companies effectively exploited its power or understood its contribution to the bottom line. True, customers can customize their M&Ms, build their own bikes with Trek Project One, create unique doors for …

Collaborating Well in Large Global Teams

Professional service firms seeking to help companies navigate the demands of globalization face a tough challenge because advisers with the specialized expertise needed to address sophisticated issues are most often distributed throughout the firm and around the globe. This makes collaboration …

Data Storytelling, or the art of making numbers talk

Jeanne is the head of digital analytics at a large e-commerce company. Her daily routine is set to the rhythm of tagging plans, optimisation tests, …

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