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Why Smart People Struggle with Strategy

Strategy is often seen as something really smart people do — those head-of-the-class folks with top-notch academic credentials. But just because these are the folks attracted to strategy doesn’t mean they will naturally excel at it.<p>The problem with smart people is that they are used to seeking and …

The Big Benefits of a Little Thanks

<b>Francesca Gino</b> and <b>Adam Grant</b>, of Harvard Business School and Wharton, respectively, discuss their research on gratitude and generosity.<p>SARAH GREEN: Welcome to the HBR IdeaCast from Harvard Business Review. I’m Sarah Green. I’m talking today with Francesca Gino of Harvard Business School and Adam …

Managing People on a Sinking Ship

When your business is facing declining sales, a potential buy-out, or even certain closure, how do you manage people who are likely panicking about their future? Can you keep your team’s motivation and productivity up? The short answer is yes: Even when it’s clear that a company’s in trouble, there …

How to Get the Answer You Want

You have a meeting or an important discussion coming up. What is your real objective? If it has anything to do with selling, how can you maximize the likelihood of success?<p>And just to be clear, your objective almost certainly does have something to do with selling. As Daniel Pink argues in his …

Reduce Stress with Mindfulness

<b>Maria Gonzalez</b>, author of <i>Mindful Leadership</i>, explains how to minimize stress – not just manage it. Contains a brief guided breathing exercise.<p>SARAH GREEN: Welcome to the HBR IdeaCast from Harvard Business Review. I’m Sarah Green. I’m talking, today, with Maria Gonzalez, the author of the book and …

Three Ways to Say No to a Reference Request

Christopher, a seasoned real estate executive, left his job in early 2013 to move to a competitor’s firm. Less than three months later, he received a call from his former boss Theo — in search of a reference letter himself. Christopher was dumbfounded — he had left his former firm precisely <i>because</i> …

The Focused Leader

A primary task of leadership is to direct attention.To do so, leaders must learn to focus their own attention. When we speak about being focused, we commonly mean thinking about one thing while filtering out distractions. But a wealth of recent research in neuroscience shows that we focus in many …

Leaders Who Can’t Forgive

I had a CEO in one of my leadership coaching seminars recently who seemed to be quite bitter about life. Whatever suggestion I would make, he would put a negative spin on it. Curious about his remarkable negativity, I asked him to tell more about himself. After a little bit of prompting, he was …

How to Argue Across Cultures

Do you tackle problems with colleagues, partners, and customers head-on? If so, chances are you’re from Western Europe or North America and, our research suggests, vulnerable to blind spots when working with people from other parts of the world. And if you’re from an East Asian culture, the subtle …

How to Manage Impossible Clients

If you provide some kind of service to clients (as most of us do), you’ll know from experience that some of your beloved masters are easier to work with than others. Some are delightful, some forgettable, and a few you proclaim as downright impossible. Although your view of the client depends on a …

Best Trips 2013

Got wanderlust? We’ve got your ticket. The National Geographic Traveler editors present the new year's 20 must-see places.