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The Four Secrets to Employee Engagement

How did you feel about coming to work this morning?<p>I’m sure many factors influenced whether you felt like digging right in, but one of the most significant was almost surely your boss.<p>It seems obvious: Direct supervisors who set their teams up for success, observe them in action, ask for feedback, …

The Big Lie of Strategic Planning

All executives know that strategy is important. But almost all also find it scary, because it forces them to confront a future they can only guess at. Worse, actually choosing a strategy entails making decisions that explicitly cut off possibilities and options. An executive may well fear that …

What We Know About Income Mobility Depends on How We Define It

The US has long had higher inequality than other advanced democracies, although many Americans see this as part and parcel of the “American Dream” of rising living standards and social mobility.<p>But recent research by Harvard University’s Equality of Opportunity Project has opened up a new front in …

It’s Time to Put Your Strategy on a Diet

David Packard once famously quipped, “More companies die from overeating than starvation.” As it turns out, recent studies about dieting show that Packard’s clever metaphor might be more instructive than he ever imagined — and they can provide modern leaders with important lessons about planning …

New York’s Train Derailment is a Reminder of the Importance of Sleep Health Policy

It will take months for the National Transportation Safety Board (NTSB) to examine all the evidence from Sunday’s fatal derailment on New York Metro North line in order to determine its cause. In the meantime, however, the press conferences, the media coverage, the statements by work colleagues and …