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216: How to Create a Style Guide for Your Blog (and Why You Should)
How and Why You Should Create Style Guides for Your Blog In today’s episode, I talk about style guides for blogs – why they’re important, and what elements you should include in yours. Links and Resources for How to Create a Style Guide for Your Blog AP Stylebook The Chicago Manual of Style Virtual Tickets Facebook group Further Reading and Listening for How to Create a Style Guide for Your Blog 10 Writing Tips to Help You Sound More Human How and Why to Create a Blog Style Guide How to Create a Content Style Guide to Improve Your Blog’s Quality How to Create a Writing Style Gu [...]
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Is Execution Where Good Strategies Go to Die?
VCG/Getty Images Execution is an odd word. On the one hand, it means “the carrying out of a plan or course of action.” On the other, it means, “the carrying out of a death sentence.” When leaders “execute a strategy,” they usually mean the former — putting an idea into action. But those efforts all too often end up meaning the latter. Execution is often where strategies go to die. So what determines whether execution brings life or death to your strategy? It’s not what you think. It’s how you think. The mental models that inform strategy [...]
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We Interviewed 57 Female CEOs to Find Out How More Women Can Get to the Top
Harry Haysom/Getty Images Only 6.4% of Fortune 500 companies are run by female CEOs, and while there is incremental progress — there are 32 female CEOs this year, the highest percentage ever, compared with only 21 last year — the rate of change can feel excruciatingly slow. But what if there were a way to make breakthrough progress by applying research-based tools and strategies to boost these numbers faster? With that objective in mind — and as part of their 100×25 initiative, which is pushing for female CEOs to lead 100 of the Fortune 500 by [...]
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3 Mistakes in U.S. Health Care That Emerging Economies Can’t Afford to Repeat
Victor Albrow/Getty Images The health care system in the United States, with its technological prowess and massive infrastructure, often serves as a reference point for rapidly developing economies around the world while they build their own medical systems. With expanding middle classes demanding more-comprehensive care, governments of these emerging markets are under pressure to invest as chronic disease rates — particularly those related to Western lifestyles — dramatically increase and the average age of their once-young populations begins to rise. Bu [...]
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What Trump’s Campaign Speeches Show About His Lasting Appeal to the White Working Class
hbr staff/belterz/Chip Somodevilla/Getty Images The enduring loyalty of many U.S. white working-class voters to President Trump has puzzled some political pundits. A Quinnipiac University poll suggests that as of October 11, 55% of white people without college degrees approved of Trump’s handling of his job, compared with 38% in the total population. His approval rate from the white working class has held steady throughout his first year in office (it was 52% the week after his inauguration). At the same time, his overall disapproval rating among all voters has rise [...]
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Many Strategies Fail Because They’re Not Actually Strategies
Lobo Press/Getty Images Many strategy execution processes fail because the firm does not have something worth executing. The strategy consultants come in, do their work, and document the new strategy in a PowerPoint presentation and a weighty report. Town hall meetings are organized, employees are told to change their behavior, balanced scorecards are reformulated, and budgets are set aside to support initiatives that fit the new strategy. And then nothing happens. One major reason for the lack of action is that “new strategies” are often not strategies at all [...]
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Research: Becoming a Manager Increases Men’s Job Satisfaction, But Not Women’s
HBR Staff Who wouldn’t want a promotion, particularly to a role with leadership responsibilities? It’s hard to argue against more power and more pay. And indeed, promotions to managerial roles are typically associated with an increase in job satisfaction. Management scholars and practitioners have long argued that employees value promotions not only for the accompanying boost in financial compensation but also because managerial positions offer more authority and opportunities for impactful work. Managers also have more job autonomy and decision power, as well as higher occupatio [...]
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Cities Should Start Small When Adapting to Climate Change
Sleepingspider/Getty Images Adapting to the impacts of human-caused climate change is a major challenge facing cities around the world. More than 80% of the United States’ population and 50% of the world’s live in cities, many of which are in especially vulnerable coastal areas. But what kind of planning approach should city leaders take? Should they develop “broad-scope” plans that address multiple community issues, such as comprehensive land use planning, citywide sustainability, and reducing greenhouse gas emissions? Or should they pursue “narrow-scope” [...]
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Your Strategy Should Be a Hypothesis You Constantly Adjust
Jonathan Knowles/Getty Images The widely accepted view that strategy and execution are separable activities sets companies up for failure in a fast-paced world. One of us (Paul) is a strategy scholar and economist; the other (Amy) studies organizational behavior and operations management. We came together to consider why strategy so often breaks down in the execution stage. While conducting research on recent dramatic cases of strategic failure in different industries, involving vastly different business models and strategies, we discovered a common pattern: What started as sm [...]
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It’s Never Been More Important for Big Companies to Listen to Local Communities
Alice Potter/Getty Images On paper, the project seemed like it would be a hit: The investment by the mining company would bring jobs and 21st-century technology to an economically poor area and tax revenues to the government. So why were citizens blocking the roads and protesting in the streets, drawing considerable attention from NGOs and the media and delaying the project? This is a familiar scene for companies building mines, pipelines, oil fields, and, more recently, even renewable energy and large real estate projects. Look no further than the recent protests against the completion [...]
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Corporate Learning Programs Need to Consider Context, Not Just Skills
Pat Canova/Getty Images Spending on corporate learning, particularly leadership development, continues to increase at a staggering pace. According to one piece of research, spending on frontline leadership development alone increased by over 310% in a three-year period. Despite the amount they invest in corporate learning, organizations continue to struggle to connect these programs with the day-to-day work of strategy execution. Learning departments are frequently part of the problem. Like many parts of large organizations, they are captive to a rich and debilitatin [...]
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5 Ways U.S. Hospitals Can Respond to Medicare’s Mounting Costs
Jorg Greuel/Getty Images Intense pressure from the $719 billion Medicare program on the finances of U.S. hospitals promises to worsen in the years ahead. To prevent an already bad situation from getting worse and possibly even threatening their institutions’ viability, leaders of hospitals must take action in five areas: using analytics to identify ways to improve profitability, curbing the costs of corporate services, tightening the purchase and use of medical technology, developing standard clinical protocols for treating conditions, and pushing physicians to adhere to them. The loss [...]
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