Who New CEOs Fire First - Sarah Green - Our Editors by Sarah Green | 9:00 AM July 8, 2013 New research by RHR international shows which executives incoming CEOs are likely to replace, and highlights some differences between first-time CEOs and more seasoned chief executives. I interviewed Dr. David Astorino, Global Practice Leader for Senior Team Effectiveness, about the findings. Below is an edited version of our conversation. Your survey showed that as much as CEOs had shaken up their senior team, looking back on it they wished they’d moved even faster.
How do you know you are building a good team? After all, from what you see, everyone attends, shows up on time, and participates in your meetings and team events. Each of the team members seems to get on OK and you are achieving your tasks. Attributes of a high-performing team
Why Innovators Love Constraints - Whitney Johnson by Whitney Johnson | 12:00 PM February 4, 2013 While dreaming and disrupting has unfettered me in many ways, it has shackled me in others. One of the most unexpected was losing a part of my identity. Once the rush of leaving a name-brand corporation wore off, it began to seep in that I could no longer call someone and say “Whitney Johnson, Merrill Lynch.” It was just Whitney Johnson.
Artwork: Adam Ekberg, Country Road, 2005, ink-jet print Harald (not his real name) is a high-potential leader with 15 years of experience at a leading European chemical company. He started as an assistant product manager in the plastics unit and was quickly transferred to Hong Kong to help set up the unit’s new Asian business center. As sales there soared, he soon won a promotion to sales manager. Three years later he returned to Europe as the marketing and sales director for Europe, the Middle East, and Africa, overseeing a group of 80 professionals. How Managers Become Leaders
Most members of a team know when they’re doing their work well. They often have a particular area of expertise, and they have deadlines and deliverables. For leaders, it’s a bit different. How do you show that you’re leading?
If you encounter an individual who considers the prospect of working on a team to be a form of long-acting torture — you just might find they would describe themselves as an "introvert". To an introvert, teaming can become a bit of a workplace nightmare — in direct opposition to how they would normally approach their work. The essence of teaming experiences, including vying for airtime to present ideas, can put off an otherwise satisfied employee. Ultimately, the often "on-demand" nature of team participation, doesn't always jive with all personalities or work styles. But, introverts, those who tend to "focus inward", still deserve a fair chance to excel in the realm of teams. For the significant percentage of the US that describe themselves as an "introvert", team membership shouldn't boil down to becoming louder to be heard. A Note About Introverts and Teams
The higher up in the organization you get, the less likely you’ll receive constructive feedback on your ideas, performance, or strategy. No one wants to offend the boss, right? But without input, your development will suffer, you may become isolated, and you’re likely to miss out on hearing some great ideas. How to Get Feedback When You're the Boss - Amy Gallo - Best Practices
by Tony Schwartz | 8:53 AM March 14, 2012 Why is it that between 25% and 50% of people report feeling overwhelmed or burned out at work? It’s not just the number of hours we’re working, but also the fact that we spend too many continuous hours juggling too many things at the same time. What we’ve lost, above all, are stopping points, finish lines and boundaries. Technology has blurred them beyond recognition.
If You Don't Prioritize Your Life, Someone Else Will - Greg McKeown by Greg McKeown | 8:00 AM June 28, 2012 “A ‘no’ uttered from the deepest conviction is better than a ‘yes’ merely uttered to please, or worse, to avoid trouble.” So said Mahatma Gandhi, and we all know how his conviction played out on the world stage. But what is less well known is how this same discipline played out privately with his own grandson, Arun Gandhi. Arun grew up in South Africa. When he was a young boy, he was beaten up twice: once for being too white and once for being too black.
by Katherine Bell | 10:49 AM December 27, 2011 As 2011 comes to a close, the editors of HBR.org are taking a look back at the most popular blog posts of the year to find out what most preoccupied you, our readers. These 11 posts all hit a common nerve and went viral; it’s no surprise that most of them contain advice about how to succeed and be happy at work. We can’t resist including another 11 posts, a hard-to-agree-upon sampling of the ideas we were proudest to publish and discussions we most enjoyed hosting this year. s Most Popular Blog Posts of 2011 - Katherine Bell
How to Recognize a Great Boss, or Even Be One
An Offer You Can't Refuse: Leadership Lessons From "The Godfather"
by Chris Musselwhite and Tammie Plouffe | 2:45 PM January 13, 2012 Effective leadership today relies more than ever on influencing others — impacting their ideas, opinions, and actions. While influence has always been a valuable managerial skill, today’s highly collaborative organizations make it essential. Consider how often you have to influence people who don’t even report to you in order to accomplish your objectives. Success depends on your ability to effectively influence both your direct reports and the people over whom you have no direct authority. What's Your Influencing Style? - Chris Musselwhite and Tammie Plouffe
In the beginning, there was just you and your partners. You did every job. You coded, you met with investors, you emptied the trash and phoned in the midnight pizza. Now you have others to do all that and it's time for you to "be strategic." Whatever that means.
Why Peter Drucker Distrusted Facts - Stephen Wunker by Stephen Wunker | 8:17 AM November 4, 2011 Management consulting is an industry built on facts. A “fact-based decision” (a phrase that returns 1.8 million Google results) requires legions of analysts to gather and crunch data, and it so happens that consulting firms supply precisely such people. Facts appear to de-politicize decisions, imposing objectivity and facilitating difficult choices.
by Whitney Johnson | 5:01 PM October 25, 2011 This post was co-authored with Bob Moesta. While it’s written from my perspective, he was central to the development of the idea. Bob is the Managing Partner of The Re-Wired Group in Detroit, an innovation incubator and consultancy specializing in demand-side innovation. An engineer, designer, serial entrepreneur, investor, and researcher, he has developed 1,000+ products/services and has collaborated with Clay Christensen at HBS for more than 15 years. I used to be able to say “yes” to pretty much anyone who reached out to me for mentoring.
Be Your Own Hero - Nilofer Merchant by Nilofer Merchant | 7:18 AM November 4, 2011 When I was growing up, I looked for a savior in just about everyone. There were too many fruitless visits from child protective services.
The George Costanza Approach to Fixing Fatal Flaws - Scott Edinger