Cross-Team Meetings Don’t Have to Be a Waste of Time

08/01/2021

There is a frustrating familiarity about meetings with other departments, with an outcome you can predict even before the conversation begins: Heads will nod, there will be vague statements or a call for more data, and then unfailingly, you’ll repeat the same conversation repeated next time. Eyes roll, progress stalls, yet no one calls out […]

What Inclusive Leaders Sound Like

09/12/2020

Illustration by HBR Staff When leaders commit to building an inclusive organization, they tend to start with the company mission, vision, values, and a promise to ensure everyone in the organization has a voice. But if they don’t change the way they communicate every day with their employees, leaders are missing a crucial piece. In […]

The Case for Asking Sensitive Questions

03/12/2020

Catherine Falls Commercial/Getty Images “How much money do you make?” We often avoid asking questions that feel too sensitive or personal. But avoiding these potentially awkward conversations comes at a cost: When negotiating a salary or choosing where to live, for example, it can be very useful to know how much a coworker earns or […]

When do you need a chief restructuring officer?

23/11/2020

In less than a year, however, the ailing company’s cash situation had stabilized, avoiding the possibility of an abrupt insolvency. The company had found new sources of liquidity, and millions of euros in working capital were freed up thanks to improved short-term cash management. Lenders and other key stakeholders got behind the balance-sheet restructuring. What […]

How to find and maximize digital value in any M&A deal

17/11/2020

The digital revolution is changing the dynamics of M&A transactions. IT used to represent a cost that needed to be managed and controlled as two organizations came together. Today, IT and digital capabilities are often the driving force behind the transaction. But, even when an acquisition centers around a company’s other attractive assets, digital capabilities […]

Navigating Office Politics When There Is No Office

07/11/2020

Across jobs, companies, and industries, people’s success has always depended not just on what they produce or deliver, but also on their ability to navigate the murky waters of office politics. A great deal of scientific research has explored the hidden potent forces underlying the formal and informal power dynamics in any group or organization, […]

Managing a Team with Conflicting Political Views

30/10/2020

Wulf Voss/EyeEm/Getty Images Politics around the world seem to be getting more and more divisive, and it’s impossible for the topic not to enter into our everyday conversations — including those that happen at work. When people on your team have differing views, those conversations can often get tense. As a manager, what should you […]

How to Make Rational Decisions in the Face of Uncertainty

28/10/2020

Johannes Schwaerzler/EyeEm/Getty Images As we’re battling a virus that scientists still don’t fully understand, watching the stock market sink, then soar, then sink again, and facing a contentious election, the future seems completely unpredictable (instead of merely as unpredictable as it has always been). When we feel such heightened uncertainty, our decision-making processes can break […]

To Foster Innovation, Cultivate a Culture of Intellectual Bravery

26/10/2020

Jake Wyman/Getty Images When an organization stops innovating, it is only a matter of time before it fails. But what causes a company to cease coming up with new ideas? Over the last 20 years, I’ve studied many failed organizations and one of the things I consistently see is an almost imperceptible erosion of intellectual […]

6 Ways a Crisis Can Help You Cultivate a Growth Mindset

22/10/2020

Disruptive, stressful experiences are often opportunities for growth. Research has shown that crises can help lift the “if it ain’t broke, don’t fix it” mantra that pervades many organizations, creating new opportunities for people to voice their ideas on how to do things better. For example, when the pandemic forced an insurance company we advise to […]

How to Inoculate Your Team Against Conspiracy Theories

22/10/2020

Illustration by Franziska Barczyk We’ve made our coronavirus coverage free for all readers. To get all of HBR’s content delivered to your inbox, sign up for the Daily Alert newsletter. This year, we have had to protect ourselves not only from a deadly virus, but also from some very dangerous ideas. Around the world, conspiracy […]

4 Tips for Effective Virtual Collaboration

14/10/2020

PM Images/Getty Images Team collaboration done right is a powerful force to align a group of individuals to accomplish a common goal in the most effective way possible. But even the best collaborations, filled with smart, capable, and experienced team members, can be a struggle. Done wrong, collaborative projects can feel like a waste of […]

How Businesses Can Recruit and Develop More Young People of Color

12/10/2020

Klaus Vedfelt/Getty Images For the college graduates of 2020, Covid-19 has disrupted dreams and shifted plans. But what about the millions of college students who dropped out this year before earning a diploma? Or others who graduated saddled with debt only to be underemployed in their first job? These students, many of whom are people […]

What to Do When You Become Your Friend’s Boss

10/10/2020

Andy Sacks/Getty Images How many hours will you spend with your coworkers over the course of your lifetime? If your job is a typical 9 to 5, that means you’ll spend around eight hours a day, five days a week, for roughly 40 years, with the various people you work with. That equates to almost […]

What to Do When Your Employee is Harassed Online

25/08/2020

Hiroshi Watanabe/Getty Images U.S. law requires employers to create a workplace free from discrimination and harassment. But as offices go virtual, what happens when staff confront a torrent of hate and abuse online? Given that over 44% of Americans say they’ve experienced online harassment, chances are, if you’re an employer, you have people on staff […]

CEO’s guide to COVID-19: Restarting after the crisis

23/07/2020

As governments in Europe announce plans to end the lockdown, a new phase in the COVID-19 pandemic is upon us. It is a time for hope but also for caution. The end of the lockdown will not spell a return to the old “normal”, nor will it be universal. The opening will take different shapes, […]

A VC’s Guide to Investing in Black Founders

24/06/2020

Illustration by Aaron Marin In the midst of a pandemic, I don’t think we ever expected to see one of the most energized social justice movements in the past few decades. Emboldened by the movement, many are engaging in more frank discussions about the role race plays when it comes to funding opportunities for early-stage […]

What Family Businesses Can Learn from the Military

07/06/2020

Michael Davis/EyeEm/Getty Images The Covid-19 pandemic has disrupted family businesses in unexpected ways. Many are dealing with anxious investors, a diminishing number of customers, and the challenges that come with managing newly remote teams. For many family-business leaders, managing this crisis has been overwhelming, as they’re grappling with stressed supply chains, plummeting employee morale, and […]

Your Family Business Needs a Deep Bench

05/06/2020

Adrian Samson/Getty Images Whether business is booming or your organization is in the midst of a tough time, a crucial aspect of risk management is ensuring that your organization has bench strength — that employees have the depth of skill and experience to move easily into jobs of increasing responsibility. Is your staff prepared to […]

Onboarding a New Leader — Remotely

26/05/2020

Michael Blann/Getty Images Imagine that you have a new supply-chain leader starting next week. You hired her to do supply-chain transformation before the crisis took hold. But now she is joining remotely and inheriting a remote team, and her short-term, urgent priorities are very different from what they appeared to be before the pandemic. As […]

Virtual Meetings Don’t Have to Be a Bore

02/04/2020

HBR Staff/Tim Robberts/Getty Images Those of us who present, facilitate, and teach for a living understand the importance of developing a personal connection with an audience. It’s critical to be and feel natural; to make people laugh, feel at ease, and fully engage — and perhaps even lose themselves — in the content you’re delivering. […]

How to Get People to Actually Participate in Virtual Meetings

31/03/2020

These days it’s hard to get people to pay attention in any meeting, but when people aren’t in the same room, it can be especially difficult. And it’s particularly annoying when you make a nine-minute argument, pause for an expected reaction, and get: “I’m not sure I followed you” which might as well mean: “I […]

Why Leaders Need Meditation Now More Than Ever

29/03/2020

A global pandemic is in full effect. Risks of infection are on the rise, stock markets are tumbling, the economy is on the verge of a global recession, and every business is facing uncertainty. Chances are high that you’re feeling overwhelmed, stressed, and afraid. That’s normal. The survival part of our brain (mainly the amygdala) […]

A Guide for Working (From Home) Parents

28/03/2020

Here are three steps to bring your old plan into your new normal: 1. Maintain routines. The first step is to keep the structure of the day the same as it has typically been. Beyond the benefits of familiarity, maintaining a regular schedule will give you firm guideposts for building your work and childcare schedules. For […]

A Guide to Managing Your (Newly) Remote Workers

23/03/2020

Ada Yakota/Getty Images In response to the uncertainties presented by Covid-19, many companies and universities have asked their employees to work remotely. While close to a quarter of the U.S. workforce already works from home at least part of the time, the new policies leave many employees — and their managers — working out of […]

Communicating Through the Coronavirus Crisis

23/03/2020

Nicholas Rigg/Getty Images In fast-moving and uncertain situations, many leaders face questions they may not even have answers to. You need to communicate early and often with your key constituencies throughout a crisis. Even if you’re still trying to understand the extent of the problem, be honest and open to maintain credibility. Approach the situation […]

5 Simple Rules for Strategy Execution

15/11/2019

Bjarte Rettedal/Getty Images In survey after survey, the execution of carefully developed strategy comes in as a key problem that evades solution by executives. They acknowledge that they can’t seem to get it right. It’s one thing to design a strategy in the boardroom and quite another to get it operating at all levels of […]

A Guide to the Big Ideas and Debates in Corporate Governance

13/11/2019

ronstik/Getty Images Corporate governance has become a topic of broad public interest as the power of institutional investors has increased and the impact of corporations on society has grown. Yet ideas about how corporations should be governed vary widely. People disagree, for example, on such basic matters as the purpose of the corporation, the role […]

To Build an Inclusive Culture, Start with Inclusive Meetings

10/09/2019

Nicholas Rigg/Getty Images Chances are you’ve attended a meeting today. Was it time well spent or a soul-draining exercise in futility? Although no two meetings are the same, their collective impact on the culture of a company is significant. Meetings matter. They are the forum where people come together to discuss ideas, make decisions, and […]

Why Are We So Bad at Choosing the Right Job?

04/09/2019

RyanJLane/Getty Images What would be your perfect job? Although there are well-defined parameters around what people actually want from work, our career-related choices are not always consistent with those parameters — even when we are consciously aware of them. Consider that most of us want just three specific things from our jobs, namely: Of course, […]

How to Onboard New Hires at Every Level

21/07/2019

artpartner-images/Getty Images Most large companies do a good job with the basics of signing up and orienting new employees, but far fewer have processes that address the biggest challenges these hires face in fully integrating into their teams and coming up to speed in their roles. For example, in surveys of HR executives, just 29% […]

Do Your Diversity Efforts Reflect the Experiences of Women of Color?

17/07/2019

Image Source/Getty Images In a previous job, Minda Harts corrected her manager who was celebrating the company for “having the most diverse leadership across the country in our industry.” When Harts, now an assistant adjunct professor at New York University, pointed out that their organization shouldn’t be celebrating their diversity numbers just yet — all […]

6 Causes of Burnout, and How to Avoid Them

13/07/2019

Bryan Mullennix/Getty Images A fog of burnout surrounds you: You’re perpetually exhausted, annoyed, and feeling unaccomplished and unappreciated. Everything in you wants to quit your job. But is that the best choice? Ultimately only you can know what is right in your situation. But there is research that can help you determine whether you can […]

5 Signs That Your Family Business Might Have an Ethics Problem

25/06/2019

Sunny/Getty Images When he was attending his grandfather’s funeral, Robert Pasin, the CEO of Radio Flyer, was overwhelmed by the outpouring of affection and respect for the family patriarch, who had originally founded the third generation family business, which manufactures toys. “All these people who worked in the factory, all these suppliers, they told me […]

How to Help Your Team with Burnout When You’re Burned Out Yourself

18/04/2019

FangXiaNuo/Getty Images As a manager, you want to do right by your employees and support them through intense work periods so they don’t get burned out. But this can be a challenge when you’re feeling overly stressed yourself. How can you take care of yourself so that you have the time and energy to support […]

These are the best countries for female workers

10/04/2019

The two top spots are unchanged, with Iceland’s position as the top performer strengthened by an increase in female labour force participation and a fall in the female unemployment rate. One reason for Sweden’s consistently high performance is its progressive parental leave legislation, which actively encourages men to use their statutory time off. The rest […]

Sales Teams Aren’t Great at Forecasting. Here’s How to Fix That.

21/03/2019

Jorg Greuel/Getty Images Though AI and other advanced technologies have been applied to improve forecasting accuracy, sales leaders still get blindsided by forecasts that turn out to be embarrassingly overinflated. That’s because the root causes of most inaccuracies are not faulty algorithms but all-too-human behavior. Here are five of the most harmful such behaviors: Withholding […]

How to Get Booked as a Podcast Guest

20/03/2019

More and more professionals are tuning into podcasts as an information-packed complement to their daily commute, workout, or chores. Indeed, there are now an estimated 660,000 podcasts and 26% of Americans listen to at least one per month. As a result, podcasts have become a powerful marketing tool and a targeted way to spread your […]

You’ve Committed to Increasing Gender Diversity on Your Board. Here’s How to Make it Happen…

06/03/2019

Jamie Jones/Getty Images After years of asking corporate directors about the importance of diversity in the boardroom, we’ve got some good news: the vast majority see value in including more women and minorities. Nearly 95% of directors agree that diversity brings unique perspectives to the boardroom, while 84% believe it enhances board performance, according to […]

How to Make Sure a New Hire Feels Included from Day One

28/02/2019

Beth was promoted to senior vice president at a Fortune 500 company. In addition to her existing responsibilities, she was given two new groups to manage. Overnight, her team doubled in size. Beth needed to hire senior executives to help manage her burgeoning division. Within five months, she had her senior management team in place: […]

Venture Capital vs. Private Equity: Understanding The Difference

22/02/2019

Shutterstockpathdoc/Shutterstock.com With increasing coverage and interest in startups, fundraising and venture capital, many terms have become more ambiguous than ever. That can leave entrepreneurs pretty foggy on how they should really be approaching raising money. So, who is funding what? Why does it matter so much if you are launching or trying to scale a […]

Future of work: 5 top insights from Davos experts

21/02/2019

Rometty wants to see the development of a new education and career model: new collar, not blue collar or white collar. This means investing in skills development and responding in real time to the changing skills landscape. It also means breaking free from traditional models of recruiting those with 4-year and advanced degrees. LinkedIn Co-Founder […]

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How to choose the right co-working space for your business

22/12/2018

With hundreds of coworking spaces across the country – and numbers swiftly rising as their popularity soars – the task of finding the one that suits your start-up best can seem overwhelming. But, by following a few simple steps and answering some key questions, you can go a long way in whittling down your options […]

How to Ensure the Success of a Position Your Company Hasn’t Had Before

18/12/2018

Executive Summary According to the World Economic Forum’s 2018 “Future of Jobs” report, many current organizational roles are likely to be disappear as early as 2022, only to be replaced by new organizational roles. You may already be seeing these changes in your organization. Does your organization have a data analytics manager yet? How about […]

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