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The two mental shifts highly successful people make

• Their focus shifts from <i>why</i> they’re writing music to <i>what</i> their music has brought them. Consequently, they are either satisfied with their results and no longer have the drive to write more. Or, they desire to make more music but the fire (their “why”) is gone, and thus, they can’t create the same …

Success

The New Rules of Talent Management

Working in small, cross-functional units, squads can resolve issues quickly.<p>Agile isn’t just for tech anymore. It’s been working its way into other areas and functions, from product development to manufacturing to marketing—and now it’s transforming how organizations hire, develop, and manage their …

Management

3 Conversations Bosses Should Have With Their Best People Now to Inspire and Motivate Them in 2018

The key for effectiveness in these conversations is not in the speaking.<p>If you're looking to get off to a fast start leading your troops heading into 2018, three crucial conversations must take place. But first, some context.<p>Good listening skills in any conversation is the foundation for superb …

This is why your job is becoming impossible to do

As the old saying goes, “the road to hell is paved with good intentions.” Consider the onslaught of cognitive overload that so many of us contend …

How to Let Go at the End of the Workday

Chris, a senior manager at a New York design studio can’t sleep. His mind is churning, thinking about the mountain of tasks facing him back at the office. Katrina, the production manager at a well-known publishing house is distracted by a work email at the dinner table. Her partner complains that …

How the Most Successful Teams Bridge the Strategy-Execution Gap

The strategy-to-execution gap is an enduring problem with no easy solution. As the Japanese proverb goes, “Vision without action is a daydream. Action without vision is a nightmare.” In their seminal HBR piece, Paul Leinwand, Cesare Mainardi, and Art Kleiner outlined what senior leaders must do to …

How Can You Become a More Compelling Leader? Make 1 Simple Change

As with most things worth doing, you need a plan<p>As a leader, of course you seek to <b>engage employees so they're motivated to do their best work.</b><p>So you're well aware of the importance of communicating, After all, you spend the whole day in meetings: one-on-one sessions, team meetings, large-group …

Adam Smith's story about the Scottish wine industry 241 years ago tells you why Trump's trade war will fail

The intent of the tax was to boost domestic makers of wool, silk, and linen, and to protect British merchants selling salted fish and cattle. It was a blanket tax, and it covered wine as well.<p>The Scottish economist Adam Smith wrote about the tariffs in Wealth of Nations, his keystone analysis of …

Globalization

What the Best Mentors Do

Mentorship comes in many flavors. It doesn’t always work unless leaders bear in mind a few common principles.<p>Over the past three years, as part of my forthcoming book, I’ve been researching how leaders can better judge and develop their talent in light of a changing, more purpose-driven, more …

Leadership

Get Immediate Value from Your New Hire

There are many theories on how to correctly “onboard” someone to an organization or a team. Most focus on how to provide the new hire with the information and skills she needs to succeed. But that can only take her so far. She will need connections and an understanding of the inner workings and …

The Myth Of Fearless Leadership: How To Lead When You're Afraid

The fearless leader fallacy harkens back to the “great man” theory of leadership, which portrayed effective leaders as those who charge fearlessly into the melee to save the day. They were “born to lead” and “looked fear in the face without blinking an eye.”<p>Maybe this resonates with some folks out …

Entrepreneurship

10 Workplace Trends You'll See In 2016

Every year I give my top 10 workplace trend predictions for the upcoming year. You can read my predictions from 2013, 2014, and 2015 if you missed them. These trends are based on hundreds of conversations with human resource executives and workers, a series of national and global online surveys and …

The New Age Of Disruption

For most of his career, John Antioco had produced nothing but success. Starting out as a trainee working in a 7-11 stockroom, he had risen to the …

Why Agility Trumps Efficiency

Efficiency was the mantra of 20th century industry. If you could produce an equal or superior product for a lower price, chances were that you would win in the marketplace. So managers continually honed their operations to achieve maximum productivity at minimal cost.<p>Yet these days, success is …

Innovation

Reinventing Performance Management

At Deloitte we’re redesigning our performance management system. This may not surprise you. Like many other companies, we realize that our current process for evaluating the work of our people—and then training them, promoting them, and paying them accordingly—is increasingly out of step with our …

How to Manage Someone Who Can’t Handle Ambiguity

Joan, a senior executive I coached once, had many excellent leadership qualities. She was creative, hardworking, and extremely knowledgeable about her industry. But most people working with or for her also found her impossible to deal with.<p>Rigidly opinionated and prone to angry outbursts, she was …

How to Manage Someone You Don’t Like

Everybody complains about incompetent bosses or dysfunctional co-workers, but what about irritating direct reports? What should you do if the person you manage drives you crazy? If the behavior is a performance issue, there’s a straightforward way to address what’s irking you — but what do you do …

Evaluate Your Leadership Development Program

Despite studies showing that succession is an essential part of strategic planning, many companies ignore leadership development to focus on more immediate challenges. But your organization’s future success depends on identifying and developing the next generation of its leaders.<p>According to a 2014 …

The Authenticity Paradox

Authenticity has become the gold standard for leadership. But a simplistic understanding of what it means can hinder your growth and limit your impact.<p>Consider Cynthia, a general manager in a health care organization. Her promotion into that role increased her direct reports 10-fold and expanded …

Stop Enabling Gossip on Your Team

Every Friday, the CEO of a prominent tech company (I’ll call him Ken), gathers his troops in the courtyard of their campus for critical updates. The level of candor in these meetings is impressive but the most fascinating part — and what makes this company so unique, is the Q&A that follows. It’s a …

The Capitalist’s Dilemma

Artwork: Hubert Blanz, Four Elevators, 090, 2006, black-and-white baryta print on aluminum, 80 x 184 cm<p><b>Crowdsourcing This Article:</b> Over the past year, more than 150 students and alumni of our HBS course “Building and Sustaining a Successful Enterprise” have worked together on the questions this …

How to Handle Stress in the Moment

You hear a lot of advice about how to reduce stress at work. But most of it is about what to do over the long term — take up yoga, eat a healthy diet, keep a journal, or get more sleep. But what do you do when you’re overcome with stress in the moment — at your desk, say, or in a meeting? Perhaps …

The Greatest Days of Your Life

In my fifth and final column on the greatest guide ever devised for a good world -- the Ten Commandments -- I offer my readers what may well be the …

14 Modern Fitness Myths Busted

Plenty of athletes swear by these workout prescriptions. But are they science or snake oil? Read on to learn why you should skip the diets, forget about altitude training, and ditch the ice baths.<p>14. “To Perform Well I Need to Track My Metrics.”<p><b>Science Says</b>: In a forthcoming study of fitness …

5 Ways People Kill Their Career Potential...And May Not Realize It

As researchers who study appreciation and value creation in the workplace, it would be easy for us to write an article about killing career potential (both yours and your coworkers) by being a jerk at work. But, that’s not the only thing that kills potential.<p>We were curious about the opposite of …

Electing Liberty

Posted: Nov 05, 2014 12:01 AM<p>I watch election results to gauge whether America has become freer or more tyrannical. It's hard to know whether …

The Crucial Difference Between A Good Person And A Good Leader

<i>[This post is part of a series examining several common, cherished myths about management and leadership.]</i><p>We all want great leaders to admire. Many of us want to become great leaders ourselves. And all of us want better leadership for our institutions and our society.<p>Let me continue to argue in …

Cool facts about your biological clock

Feeling tired after turning the clock back? That’s because the internal clock that controls your circadian rhythms needs time to adjust.<p>Circadian …

Sleep

Finding the Balance Between Coaching and Managing

Ask 100 people if they have good common sense, and more than 95% will tell you they do. Ask them if they are good coaches, and almost as many will say yes. Executives we talk to assume that if they’re good managers, then being a good coach is like your shadow on a sunny day. It just naturally …

Decisions Don’t Start with Data

I recently worked with an executive keen to persuade his colleagues that their company should drop a long-time vendor in favor of a new one. He knew that members of the executive team opposed the idea (in part because of their well-established relationships with the vendor) but he didn’t want to …