Manish Tekriwal

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The Sustainable Economy

No one these days seriously denies the need for sustainable business practices. Even those concerned about only business and not the fate of the planet recognize that the viability of business itself depends on the resources of healthy ecosystems—fresh water, clean air, robust biodiversity, …

The New Science of Team Chemistry

Organizations aren’t getting the performance they need from their teams. That’s the message we hear from many of our clients, who wrestle with complex challenges ranging from strategic planning to change management. But often, the fault doesn’t lie with the team members, our research suggests. …

10 TED Talks that are worth more than an MBA

But being a great leader doesn't have to mean going to management school.<p>You can emerge as an effective trailblazer in your office by being true to yourself and constantly learning from the information that is at your fingertips.<p>Start by watching these short lectures and embodying their …

Self-improvement

How to Find out If You're a Toxic Coworker

It seems like every employee has dealt with a toxic coworker — that one colleague that makes life at work miserable.<p>"They're the kind of people you just can't stop thinking about and wishing they were gone,” said Heidi Grant Halvorson, a social psychologist and associate director of the Motivation …

Body Language

The Secrets of Great Teamwork

Today’s teams are different from the teams of the past: They’re far more diverse, dispersed, digital, and dynamic (with frequent changes in membership). But while teams face new hurdles, their success still hinges on a core set of fundamentals for group collaboration.<p>The basics of team …

Do You Really Need to Hold That Meeting?

“Let’s schedule a meeting” has become the universal default response to most business issues. Not sure what to do on a project? Let’s schedule a meeting. Have a few ideas to share? Let’s schedule a meeting. Struggling with taking action? Let’s schedule a meeting.<p>Although scheduling a meeting <i>can</i> be …

How to Write a Business Plan: A Step-by-Step Template | Inc.com

Creating a business plan is the first and most crucial step to building a successful company.<p>"A business plan is important because it communicates to everyone involved in the organization what the goals are, and how management plans to get there," says Drew Starbird, a professor of operations …

Small Business

A Survival Guide for Leaders

Think of the many top executives in recent years who, sometimes after long periods of considerable success, have crashed and burned. Or think of individuals you have known in less prominent positions, perhaps people spearheading significant change initiatives in their organizations, who have …

Good Charts: Making Smarter Data Visualizations

<b>Sunday, March 13</b><br>10:00AM - 10:30AM<p>Austin Convention Center <br>Room 10AB <br>531 E 4th St<p>Turn plain, uninspiring charts into smart effective visualizations …

Be a Better Leader, Have a Richer Life

In my research and coaching work over the past two decades, I have met many people who feel unfulfilled, overwhelmed, or stagnant because they are forsaking performance in one or more aspects of their lives. They aren’t bringing their leadership abilities to bear in all of life’s domains—work, …

Manage Your Work, Manage Your Life

Artwork detail: Liliana Porter, Man with String, 2009, string and pencil lines on paper, 12 3/4″ x 15 3/4″<p>Work/life balance is at best an elusive ideal and at worst a complete myth, today’s senior executives will tell you. But by making deliberate choices about which opportunities they’ll pursue …

Seven Leadership Keys To Resolving Mission Impossible

What do you do as a leader when you’re facing mission impossible? What are the options when you simply don’t have enough resources—human, financial, or physical—to achieve the goals that you are required to achieve? Given that this is real life, not the fictional world of Tom Cruise, what are your …

Stock Markets

What Is Strategy?

This article has benefited greatly from the assistance of many individuals and companies. The author gives special thanks to Jan Rivkin, the coauthor of a related paper. Substantial research contributions have been made by Nicolaj Siggelkow, Dawn Sylvester, and Lucia Marshall. Tarun Khanna, Roger …

Becoming the Boss

Even for the most gifted individuals, the process of becoming a leader is an arduous, albeit rewarding, journey of continuous learning and self-development. The initial test along the path is so fundamental that we often overlook it: becoming a boss for the first time. That’s a shame, because the …

The Real Leadership Lessons of Steve Jobs

His saga is the entrepreneurial creation myth writ large: Steve Jobs cofounded Apple in his parents’ garage in 1976, was ousted in 1985, returned to rescue it from near bankruptcy in 1997, and by the time he died, in October 2011, had built it into the world’s most valuable company. Along the way …