Harvard Business Review

CEO Daily: The Best in Business Reading

Good Morning.<p>The process of determining what prices to charge customers might sound like a subject ranking somewhere between the prosaic and the …

University of Chicago

Harvard offers free world-class business advice — in Slack

Harvard offers free world-class business advice — in Slack<p>Harvard Business Review’s bot for Slack offers best practices culled from decades of top …

MBA

Spectacular failures prime leaders for success

My fearsome French teacher was nicknamed Flogger, but by the time he taught me, his thrashing days were behind him. Instead, when we repeatedly …

Success

How France’s Brand of Populism Differs from What Drove Brexit and Trump

On Sunday, April 23, French voters will go to the polls to choose from 11 candidates in the first round of an extraordinary presidential election. The candidates from the two chief political parties have been trailing political newcomers and fringe party candidates. The top two vote-getters are …

Democracy

How to Work with Someone Who Isn’t a Team Player

Do you work with someone who isn’t a team player? Maybe they’re overly focused on completing and promoting their own work. Or they don’t chip in when everyone else is scrambling to meet a deadline or pulling a presentation together. This isn’t simply frustrating; it can affect your entire group’s …

Leadership

When One Person’s High Performance Creates Resentment in Your Team

Organizations face a dilemma in their hunt for talent. They pursue the proverbial “best and brightest” who can outsell, outthink, and outproduce their peers. So they spend sizable resources to attract and retain high performers who stand out. But often these organizations also want teams that …

Psychology

What Do the Most Successful CEOs Have in Common?

The best leaders may be hiding in plain sight.<p>What should boards take into account when hiring someone for the top spot in the company hierarchy?<p>The four researchers behind a 10-year study called the CEO Genome Project examined this question by exploring the traits that high-performing CEOs share. …

Governance

To Ace Your Job Interview, Get into Character and Rehearse

You’ve landed an interview for the job of your dreams. You’re ideally suited for the position, and your resume is bulletproof. You’ve researched the company, the culture, the job, and the person who will be interviewing you. (Thank you, LinkedIn.) You’ve got your answers ready and selling points …

Employment

The Right Approach To Building A Solid Growth Strategy

Ask any successful entrepreneur why their startup succeeded and they’ll almost always point you to a growth strategy they followed.<p>They’ll tell you …

Growth Hacking

Harvard Business Review: Immigrants play 'outsize role' in technology and innovation

Immigrants accounted for a little under 20 percent of all inventors during the late 19th and early 20th century, notes the Harvard Business Review, …

Innovation

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 …

Economics

There’s a Leadership Vacuum on Climate Change. Business Should Fill It

This Earth Day is different. The world’s largest economy is governed by a president who has called global warming an “expensive hoax” on multiple occasions. He has threatened to “cancel” the Paris climate agreement, and appointed a head of the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency, Scott Pruitt, who …

Climate Change

Why the U.S. Is Still Richer Than Every Other Large Country

Each year, the United States produces more per person than most other advanced economies. In 2015 real GDP per capita was $56,000 in the United States. The real GDP per capita in that same year was only $47,000 in Germany, $41,000 in France and the United Kingdom, and just $36,000 in Italy, …

Social Justice

What to Do About Mediocrity on Your Team

The toughest test of a manager is not how they deal with poor performance — it’s how they address mediocrity.<p>I’ve been struck over the years watching executives opine in public about the need for “accountability” and “high performance,” then complain helplessly in private about one or two middling …

Leadership

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 …

Productivity

This one quality makes you more likely to be a big career success

Do you have what it takes?<p>If you've ever wondered why some people manage to achieve huge success in their careers while the rest of us fall short, …

Success

Quiet please: Introverts might make better CEOs

A new 10-year study published in this month's <i>Harvard Business Review</i> proves what HBO's <i>Silicon Valley</i> already showed us—successful CEOs often <b>don't fit the stereotype of the extroverted, confident executive glad-handing at conferences</b>. The study, called the CEO Genome Project, looked at performance …

Governance

Starbucks barista rebels against making Unicorn Frappuccinos all day

Most people like a little variety in the workday. We’ve all had the moment when repetitive work tasks threaten to drive us out of our minds, whether …

Happiness

Trust Your Employees, Not Your Rule Book

Here’s the good news: The big airlines are revising their rules for booking and boarding flights — rules that led to one of the great business fiascos in recent history, United Express Flight 3411. Here’s the bad news: If the long-term lesson that leaders of the airline business (or any other …

Our Delusions About Talent

<b>Tomas Chamorro-Premuzic,</b> professor of business psychology at University College London, dispels some of the myths that have persisted in the 20 years since McKinsey coined the phrase “war for talent.” He argues the science of talent acquisition and retention is still in its early stages. …

Thought Leadership

Knowing You’re Taking A Placebo Can Help

By Robert Anthony Siegel in <i>Smithsonian</i><p>By Richard Farnell in the <i>Harvard Business Review</i><p>By Bruce Katz in <i>CityLab</i><p>By Kaleigh Rogers in <i>Motherboard</i><p>By Matt …

Placebos

Case Study: Follow Dubious Orders or Speak Up?

At first, Susan Kim wasn’t sure whether she’d heard her new manager correctly. The phone line was relatively clear for a call between San Francisco and Seoul, but she still asked Sukbin Moon to repeat himself.<p>Mr. Moon (as Susan had been told to call him by her half-Korean father, Don) was the Seoul …

Men become more partisan when they earn less than their wives

When a woman out-earns her husband, the husband becomes more partisan, according to a new study published in the <i>Harvard Business Review.</i> While it's 2017 and women are pretty darn well-established in the workplace, <b>men with strong political views still prefer to earn more money than their wives</b>. If …

Gender

Have Our Attitudes About Sexual Harassment Really Changed?

So, Bill O’Reilly — perhaps the biggest name in cable news — has been fired by Fox News after multiple allegations of sexual harassment.<p>The fact that O’Reilly has been the subject of high-profile sexual harassment claims before, and recently inked a fresh contract with Fox, even as news of the …

Sexism

Thinking Through How Automation Will Affect Your Workforce

Today, executives have to cut through a lot of hype around automation. Leaders need a clear-eyed way to think about how these technologies will specifically affect their organizations. The right question isn’t which jobs are going to be replaced, but rather, what work will be redefined, and how? …

Automation

How Multinationals Can Grow in the Middle East and Africa

Despite President Donald Trump’s “America first” approach to dealing with U.S. businesses investing abroad, and despite his administration’s rhetoric about the Middle East and Africa (MEA) region (e.g., strong opposition to the Iran nuclear deal; a ban on travelers from several Muslim-majority …

Businesses Can No Longer Avoid Becoming Political

Over the last two decades, business leaders in the West have been responding to risks posed by profound changes in the global economy, in technology, and in demographics. The successful ones have, at least.<p>Rather than being undercut by new, lower-cost competitors in rapidly developing economies, …

Globalization

Who Controls the Blockchain?

Blockchain networks tend to support principles, like open access and permissionless use, that should be familiar to proponents of the early internet. To protect this vision from political pressure and regulatory interference, blockchain networks rely on a decentralized infrastructure that can’t be …

Bitcoin

How to Spark Creativity When You’re in a Rut

Remember your first day at work? You were excited. There were new people to meet, new skills to be learned, new processes or products to understand.<p>If you are like most people, something else was different then — you. When you weren’t sure or didn’t understand, you asked questions, persistently. …

Creativity

Creating Simple Rules for Complex Decisions

Machines can now beat humans at complex tasks that seem tailored to the strengths of the human mind, including poker, the game of Go, and visual recognition. Yet for many high-stakes decisions that are natural candidates for automated reasoning, like doctors diagnosing patients and judges setting …

Data Science