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What’s missing in leadership development?

Only a few actions matter, and they require the CEO’s attention.<p><b>Organizations have always</b> needed leaders who are good at recognizing emerging …

Use Stories from Customers to Highlight Your Company’s Purpose

Leaders commonly try to influence their company culture with a lofty statement of purpose. But despite the time and money an organization pours into crafting its own special statement, the result is often vague and generic — it sounds like every other well-meaning company’s purpose statement.<p>One …

Harvard Business Review

How Can Companies Compete with Amazon? Netflix Has the Answer

Amazon’s grand ambition was on display last week with the news that it will acquire Whole Foods for $13.7 billion dollars. The move raised the question faced first by booksellers, then the rest of retail, and now seemingly everyone: How can you compete with the retail giant?<p>Amazon doesn’t just want …

Harvard Business Review

How to Handle Underperformers on a Team You Inherit

Recently I was talking with a new manager about the team she had inherited. While she thought that most of the team members were doing a good job, she was concerned that one or two people were not pulling their weight. She wasn’t sure what to do about them. She was worried that if she fired these …

Management

When Leaders Are Hired for Talent but Fired for Not Fitting In

Over and over again, organizations are unable to appoint the right leaders. According to academic estimates, the baseline for effective corporate leadership is merely 30%, while in politics, approval ratings oscillate between 25% and 40%. In America, 75% of employees report that their direct line …

Leadership

5 Questions to Ask About Corporate Culture to Get Beyond the Usual Meaningless Blather

There aren’t many leaders who would disagree with the idea that a healthy, productive culture is a defining element of business success. Yet I’ve seen so many companies with lofty-sounding “mission statements” and “core values” that have the most toxic workplaces imaginable. I’ve met so many …

Leadership

New Managers Shouldn’t Be Afraid to Express Their Emotions

Warm. Funny. Sincere. Motivated. Deeply invested.<p>Those were a few of the words I would’ve used to describe Tendai (his name and some details have been changed), a senior leader at a global manufacturing company, after we met to kick off our coaching engagement. He was on a succession plan for the …

Leadership

Javascript creator's browser raises $35 million in 30 seconds

You may remember Brendan Eich, the former CEO of Mozilla who stepped down amid political backlash surrounding his support for an anti-gay marriage bill in California. Well, he's back, and he has cash to burn: His new browser startup, Brave, raised $35 million in under 30 seconds, reports …

Startups

5 types of rest every creative should adopt

There’s a pervasive idea out there that life and creativity are a zero-sum game. Indulge one, destroy the other. Or, as designer Stefan Sagmeister once wrote in a mural of coins across a plaza in Amsterdam: “Obsessions make my life worse and my work better.” But as anyone who has ever experienced …

Creativity

One Cost of Increased Globalization: More Industrial Accidents

Industrial accidents can be devastating to the people and communities involved. In addition to the immediate loss of life, such accidents can leave a lasting mark. For example, residents and victims of the 1984 Bhopal gas leak incident in India still live with the environmental damage created by …

Globalization

CC’ing the Boss on Email Makes Employees Feel Less Trusted

Ali is sitting at his desk, clearing out his email inbox. Tamika, a colleague, has sent him a question about a client they share, and Ali isn’t entirely sure of the answer. So when he replies, he figures he’ll cc their team leader, so that she can chime in if he’s gotten anything wrong. Ali thinks …

Harvard Business Review

Your phone's motion sensors can give away PINs and passwords

You could be the most careful mobile user ever, but hackers can still steal your PINs and passwords simply by spying on your phone's motion sensors. A team of cyber researchers from the UK's Newcastle University have demonstrated how easy it is to steal a four-digit PIN by analyzing the way your …

Mobile

The importance of photography in personal branding

Personal branding is all the rage right now. Everyone has a brand, but some of us are more skilled at realizing its potential than others.<p>Entrepreneurs and online gurus alike (think Richard Branson, Lewis Howes, Gary Vaynerchuk or Neil Patel), actors, writers and public figures work hard to build a …

Branding

4 Things You Thought Were True About Time Management

I don’t know anyone who doesn’t struggle with how to make the most of their time at work. How do you stay on top of an overflowing inbox? How do you …

Root Out Bias from Your Decision-Making Process

We’ve all experienced the disappointment of an important decision not going our way. The feeling is far worse when you feel that the decision was somehow “rigged” against you — that you never had a chance, that your input wasn’t given its fair due, or that only some of the data was considered. You …

Management

HBR's 10 Must Reads for New Managers (with bonus article "How Managers Become Leaders" by Michael D. Watkins)

Description<p>Publication Date: <b>February 28, 2017</b><p>Develop the mindset and presence to successfully manage others for the first time. If you read nothing else on becoming a new manager, read these 10 articles. We've combed through hundreds of Harvard Business Review articles and selected the most …

Harvard Business Review

Your Team’s Time Management Problem Might Be a Focus Problem

“My team has a time management problem,” leaders often tell me. For example, an executive might say that their teams aren’t moving the needle on important projects, yet staffers seem busy and stressed. “Time management” becomes a catchall solution to this problem, and they want to hire me to offer …

Management

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. …

Management

This Is What Recruiters Look For On Your LinkedIn Profile

What catches their eye–or pass you by? You might be surprised.<p>When you’re looking for a job, your LinkedIn profile is a 24/7 information resource for the recruiters who are looking for talent. In fact, in the <i>Jobvite 2016 Recruiter Nation Report</i>, 87% of recruiters find LinkedIn most effective when …

Employment

Visit this site before you pay hackers a ransom for your files

The use of ransomware has been on the rise in recent times. Earlier this year, a hospital in Hollywood paid $17,000 in Bitcoin to hackers who’d encrypted its files so they’d unlock them; a Canadian university paid $20,000 to attackers for the same reason just last month.<p>And no, individuals aren’t …

Security

Hackers use ransomware to target hotel guests' door locks

A bunch of hackers spoiled several travelers’ trip to the Alps last week when the group used ransomware to attempt to lock guests of the Romantik Seehotel Jägerwir luxury hotel out of their rooms by hijacking the central key management system.<p>According to English-language European news outlet The …

Hospitality

HBR’s Best on Saying No to More Work

January is almost over. Like many professionals, I used this month to reflect on what I wanted to accomplish in 2017. I tried to keep my list of goals short and focused, but I went into the year with a lot on my plate. How am I going to make room to take on these new things? That’s where an …

Harvard Business Review

Being a Strategic Leader Is About Asking the Right Questions

If you asked the world’s most successful business leaders what it means to “be strategic,” how many different answers do you think you’d get? Consider this number: 115,800,000. It’s the number of unique links returned when I searched online for “strategic leadership.”<p>There’s a good reason for all …

Leadership

The Most Important Leadership Competencies, According to Leaders Around the World

dave wheeler FOR HBR<p>What makes an effective leader? This question is a focus of my research as an organizational scientist, executive coach, and leadership development consultant. Looking for answers, I recently completed the first round of a study of 195 leaders in 15 countries over 30 global …

Leadership

The Neuroscience of Trust

Companies are twisting themselves into knots to empower and challenge their employees. They’re anxious about the sad state of engagement, and rightly so, given the value they’re losing. Consider Gallup’s meta-analysis of decades’ worth of data: It shows that high engagement—defined largely as …

Harvard Business Review

Evernote employees will be able to read your notes, but you can stop them

Evernote will enforce a change in its privacy policy in January 2017 that will allow some of its employees to read your notes.<p>That’s a bummer for fans of the massively popular note-taking app who also happen to value their privacy. The company says it’s making this change in order to “make sure …

Evernote

6 Reasons to Get Better at Leading Meetings

Most people see meetings as a burden, a waste of time, or a general annoyance. But meetings aren’t going away. The good news is that leaders have the opportunity to significantly improve how meetings are run at your company, which could boost your influence and your career.<p>A recent study, published …

Management

Your Leadership Development Program Needs an Overhaul

Most companies make big investments in leadership development, rolling out intensive internal programs for high potentials, sending key leaders off to expensive executive education programs, or hiring personal coaches for those moving into key positions at the top of the company. But in our …

Leadership

6 Cognitive Biases That Are Messing Up Your Decision Making

Forewarned is forearmed: The human mind is riddled with dangerous blind spots and illogical shortcuts.<p>Over millions of years of evolution you'd think your brain would have gotten pretty good at thinking. But the truth is natural selection hasn't been nudging our brains to be ever more rational. …

Behavior