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How to Fix “Team Creep”
Mark Mortensen, an associate professor of organizational behavior at INSEAD, discusses the research on “multiteaming”—when employees work not only across multiple projects, but multiple teams. It has significant benefits at the individual, team, and organizational levels. Among them: multiteaming saves money. The cost—stretched employees—is hard to see. And that is where the tension, and the risk, lies. Mortensen is the co-author, with Heidi K. Gardner, of “The Overcommitted Organization” in the September–October 2017 issue of Harvard Business Re [...]
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Research: When Men Have Lower Status at Work, They’re Less Likely to Negotiate
Paul Garbett for HBR It’s become a popular explanation for the gender-wage gap: Women are less likely than men to self-advocate for a pay raise. It has an appealing logic. If we can get women to negotiate more like men, then the gap will shrink. This is in part why there has been a surge in negotiation trainings for women. For example, in 2015, Boston Mayor Marty Walsh launched a five-year partnership with the American Association of University Women (AAUW) to offer free salary negotiation workshops to women in the city of Boston. These trainings are now offered across the nation. But [...]
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There Are 4 Futures for CMOs (Some Better Than Others)
There are some new faces these days in the boardroom. They have new titles like Chief Customer Officer, Chief Revenue Officer, Chief Digital Officer, and Chief Experience Officer. These executives have responsibilities we might expect to reside within marketing. That leaves Chief Marketing Officers with a decision — do you see the rise of these roles as an opportunity or a threat? Our conversations with marketing leaders suggest that CMOs are indeed at a crossroads with four potential paths:  up, over, down, or out. The reason for these new roles is that we’re entering a new e [...]
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Without Emotional Intelligence, Mindfulness Doesn’t Work
Photo by Joshua Jackson Mindfulness has become the corporate fad du jour, a practice widely touted as a fast-track to better leadership. But we suspect that not all the benefits laid at its feet actually belong there. Our research and analysis has revealed a complicated relationship between mindfulness and executive performance—one that is important for leaders to understand as they seek to develop in their careers. Mindfulness is a method of shifting your attention inward to observe your thoughts, feelings, and actions without interpretation or judgment. A mindfulness practice of [...]
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Should You Disable Comments on Your Blog?
This is a post by ProBlogger expert Ali Luke When you started out blogging, you were probably thrilled when you got a comment. People were reading your posts, and cared enough to leave their own thoughts. As time went by, you probably found some of the comments very useful. Maybe they sparked off an idea for a different post, or gave you a perspective you wouldn’t have otherwise considered. But if you’ve been blogging for a long time, and your blog gets a lot of traffic, those comments may be starting to become less of a delight and more of a chore. Responding to five comments on every pos [...]
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The Explainer: How Management Teams Can Have a Good Fight
These six tactics create productive conflict with a focus on issues, not personalities. [...]
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Are You Accurately Measuring Your Company’s Digital Strength?
There are few business leaders around the world not thinking about digital transformation in some shape or form. Whether improving omni-channel commerce or developing digital extensions to product lines, businesses are working out how to drive profitability through digital. But traditional metrics might underestimate the impact of digital, leaving companies vulnerable to aggressive competitors or pure-play disruptors. Many managers are missing digital signals that could help them better compete. Armed with a hypothesis that the stock market was undervaluing digital, we sought to create the lar [...]
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Stop Letting Email Control Your Work Day
Juan Díaz-Faes for HBR One of the very first lectures I give each year to new MBA students is about time management. By the time they arrive in my classroom, they are two days into the fall term, and I can already see that some of them are barely keeping their heads above water. I see this lecture as both a reality check and a breath of fresh air. They will never get everything done, but they can get the important things done. Simply giving them permission to take control of their priorities — focusing on the “management” portion of time management — seems t [...]
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A Brief Guide to U.S. Corporate Tax Reform
The U.S. Congress is back in session this week, and corporate tax reform is reportedly among the top items on the agenda. Of course, that doesn’t mean it’s likely to happen. While nearly everyone agrees reform is needed, individual aspects of the tax code often benefit specific companies and industries, which makes passing legislation difficult. Nonetheless, many experts agree in principle on some of the major problems with the U.S. corporate tax code, and even to some degree on how it could be improved. Here are the major issues, from how the system works today, to what reform mig [...]
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Coastal Cities Are Increasingly Vulnerable, and So Is the Economy that Relies on Them
There was a time a decade or two ago when society could have made a choice to write off our massive investment in a fossil fuel-based economy and begin a policy driven shift towards a cleaner renewable infrastructure that could have forestalled the worst effects of climate change. But the challenges of collective action, a lack of political courage, and the power of incumbent pecuniary interests to capture the levers of power meant we did not. The bill is now coming due. That means that many of our great, low-lying coastal cities are what we call “stranded assets.” GreenBiz founder [...]
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203: How to Approach Influencers in Your Niche
How to Connect With Influencers in Your Niche Today I want to share some teaching on how to approach influencers and other well known people in your niche (or outside it too). One of the most powerful ways to grow your profile, audience and brand is to connect with others in your niche. The benefits of doing it can be many and varied – the opportunities that flow from these interactions can be pretty cool for the growth of your blog…. BUT doing it the wrong way can also hurt your blog and brand – so I want to share what NOT to do. Links and Resources for How to Approach Influence [...]
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How You Can Use Your Influence to Help
Today on the blog we have Sarah Rosberg who founded the Australian Headquarters for charity Rafiki Mwema. I’ve interviewed Sarah to get a charity’s perspective on how you can best help them with your influence as a blogger. Sarah’s tips include the kinds of activities you can do that help (with some great examples), how to choose a cause to support and how to overcome some of the challenges of working with a charity. {trigger warning to child sexual abuse} LG: Tell us a little about how you started Rafiki Mwema and what it does? SR: Rafiki Mwema was born from the need to support very y [...]
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