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The Mantle Of Leadership Is Passing To Millennials -- Get Ready

There are now more Millennials than Baby Boomers in the workforce. Further, 50% of those Millennials are already in leadership positions. Unfortunately they’re not ready. They have not received the training and development they need; and especially have not received the experience-based learning …

Conservative Outfitters

The Crisis Communications Playbook: What GM’s Mary Barra (and Every Leader) Needs to Know

Imagine that you were just named to a CEO position at a top corporation. This has to be one of the most thrilling adventures of your life. But after only a few weeks on the job, you learn that the company has been hiding information for over a decade about a product defect that cost the lives of 13 …

A Recruiter's Guide to Hiring the Super Motivated

Duds and rock stars are easy to spot. Here's an assessment system to help ensure that you don't hire the candidate who's almost good enough.<p>All of the best recruiters I know use performance-based job descriptions and follow this three-part guide to hiring when assessing candidates:<p><b>Rule One</b>: Suspend …

Employment

Hire Slow, Fire Fast

A lot of start-ups hire fast and fire slow. A bias for speed combined with the pressure for high growth drives many leaders to be quick to hire (“We need to fill this role <i>now</i>!”) but slow to remove underperforming employees because they’re busy and would rather put off the awkward, hard …

Develop Strategic Thinkers Throughout Your Organization

In study after study, strategic thinkers are found to be among the most highly effective leaders. And while there is an abundance of courses, books, articles and opinions on the process of strategic planning, the focus is typically on an isolated process that might happen once or twice per year. In …

Leadership

HBR’s Guide to Obama’s 2014 State of the Union

Last night, President Obama laid out a set of goals and proposals for his next year in office, with a substantial portion of the speech focusing on business and economic issues. He mentioned a number of themes that we cover regularly here at HBR: the minimum wage, inequality, women in the …

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 …

Employees Perform Better When They Can Control Their Space

If you want to build a culture of high performance, start by taking a look at your office environment. It matters more than you may realize.<p>As co-CEO of the design and architectural firm Gensler, I’ve spent my career designing workplaces and studying the link between design and business …

Leadership Lessons On Listening, Questioning, And Moving Others To Act

<i>The following is a guest piece by Sally Helgesen.</i><p>Communicating effectively, becoming a more accomplished persuader, and helping others achieve their …

Leadership

Should Leaders Focus on Results, or on People?

A lot of ink has been spilled on people’s opinions of what makes for a great leader. As a scientist, I like to turn to the data. In 2009, James Zenger published a fascinating survey of 60,000 employees to identify how different characteristics of a leader combine to affect employee perceptions of …

The No-Boss Workplace: Can Great Leadership Be Crowdsourced? - Terry "Starbucker" St. Marie

There’s an interesting leadership experiment going on right now here in Portland. Last summer, the local startup Treehouse, a producer of online …

20 Ways to Give Negative Feedback

Growth always hurts. But, stagnation is death.<p>Growth requires feedback.<p>Successful leaders are great at giving feedback.<p>Good intentions don’t …

Self-help

Why Small Businesses Aren’t Hiring… and How to Change That

Despite the economic progress driven by business performance since the recession, the country has not recovered jobs at the same pace. Job growth, while improving, is slow by post-recession standards: The <i>New York Times</i> reported last year that percentage change in payroll, from business cycle trough …

8 Questions To Ask Your Boss That Can Make Or Break Your Career

Want to get ahead in the workplace? Channel your inner talk show host.<p>Think about it: You probably only hear from your boss when a) you royally screwed up, b) you majorly kicked ass or c) it’s performance review time.<p>Feedback from your supervisor is what you crave, unless you’re happy flying under …

The Seven Imperatives to Keeping Meetings on Track

There’s nothing more annoying than a meeting that goes on and on and on. As a manager, it’s your job to make sure people don’t go off on tangents or give endless speeches. But how can you keep people focused without being a taskmaster or squashing creativity?<p><b>What the Experts Say</b> <br>The good news is …

Influential Leaders Ask These 6 Questions

Try 'zig-zagging' into these conversations to generate ideas and extend your influence.<p>The key to being a powerful leader isn't giving orders -- it's extending your influence. And one important way to do that is by spreading and soliciting new ideas.<p>As an influential leader, you are a conduit of …

Sewing

8 Snares And Traps You Need To Know How To Make

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Six Primitive Traps For Catching Food In The Woods

Snares<p>Small-game snares can be made from the interior strands of parachute cord, braided strands of sinew, or fishing line. Snares stout enough to …

The Peer Economy Will Transform Work (or at Least How We Think of It)

You can’t avoid peer-to-peer marketplaces. For transportation and housing, look no further than Uber, Lyft, and Airbnb. Skillshare and TaskRabbit are tackling education and task completion. Etsy and Shapeways have created handmade and fabrication marketplaces. They all facilitate integration into …

Forget Setting Goals. Focus on This Instead.

Writer, Entrepreneur and Behavior Science Expert<p>Opinions expressed by <i>Entrepreneur</i> contributors are their own.<p>We all have things that we want to achieve in our lives -- getting into the better shape, building a successful business, raising a wonderful family, writing a best-selling book, winning a …

Marathons

3 Beliefs That Will Transform Your Work-Life Balance

It was probably about my third month living New York City that I realized that I had lost control. I was working long days while also trying to stay fit, build rapport in the media community, and have a vivacious social life (and maybe get some shut-eye). My schedule would be booked for weeks in …