Finding Organizational Futures that Matter
January 04 | Anna Pool | Comments (0)
If you ask a group of fifty leaders, how many of you consider yourselves visionary thinkers, how many hands would go up? In our experience, not that many. Most leaders don’t consider “being visionary” part of their skill set. While many recognize the need to be visionary, most lack an understanding of what that means. This has resulted in a focus on formulating vision statements, rather than experiencing the visioning process.
How to Stay Focused If You’re Assigned to Multiple Projects at Once
December 22 | Heidi K. Gardner, Assistant Professor, Business Administration , Harvard Business School | Comments (0)
Few people today have the luxury of working on a single project at a time; most of us are juggling the demands of many teams at once. In theory, this system of “multiteaming” offers a number of upsides: You can deploy your expertise exactly where and when it’s most needed, share your knowledge across groups, and switch projects during lull times, avoiding costly downtime.
What Mentors Wish Their Mentees Knew
December 22 | Vineet Chopra | Comments (0)
The mentor-mentee relationship is a tango between a more senior person and a junior one. Just as in dance, coordination and orchestration between parties is necessary for grace and success. And while we and others have written about what makes the ideal mentor, comparatively less attention has been given to the other partner.
There’s a Gender Gap in Internet Usage. Closing It Would Open Up Opportunities for Everyone
December 22 | Bhaskar Chakravorti | Comments (0)
No more than a quarter of U.S. computing and mathematical jobs are held by women, consistent with the data that around 26% of the STEM workforce in developed countries is female. In developing countries, those differences are even greater. But the gender gap problem doesn’t stop there. There’s also a shortage of women using some of the industry’s products. The International Telecommunications Union reports that the proportion of women using the internet is 12% lower than the proportion of men.
How to Talk About Sexual Harassment with Your Coworkers
December 22 | Amy Gallo, Contributing Editor, Harvard Business Review | Comments (0)
If the topic of sexual harassment hasn’t come up in your office – either on Slack, in conversations over lunch, or by the watercooler — I’d be surprised. With the ongoing #metoo campaign and the almost daily headlines about men accused of harassing their coworkers, this subject is top of mind for many of us. But these conversations are tricky.
Better Cybersecurity Starts with Fixing Your Employees’ Bad Habits
December 22 | Alex Blau | Comments (0)
Cybercrime is here to stay, and it’s costing American firms a lot of money. The average annualized cost of cybercrime for global companies has increased nearly 62% since 2013, from $7.2 million to $11.7 million. And these are just the average direct costs.
Meetings Would Go Faster If People Took the Time to Listen
December 22 | Sabina Nawaz | Comments (0)
Several months ago, a CEO I’ll call Elana, who is deaf, approached me for coaching. As we talked through her leadership skills and organizational political landscape, I quickly realized she was a fantastic listener. As a deaf person, Elana is more intentional about how she listens.
If You Aspire to Be a Great Leader, Be Present
December 22 | Jacqueline Carter | Comments (0)
Some years ago, we worked with a director of a multinational pharma company who’d been receiving poor grades for engagement and leadership effectiveness. Although he tried to change, nothing seemed to work. As his frustration grew, he started tracking the time he spent with each of his direct reports — and every time he received bad feedback, he pulled out his data and exclaimed, ”But look how much time I spend with everyone!”