If You Aspire to Be a Great Leader, Be Present
December 22 | Rasmus Hougaard | 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!”
Too Many Americans Suffer from Financial Instability. Their Employers Can Help Fix It
December 22 | Jonathan Morduch | Comments (0)
If it was ever true that “a rising tide lifts all boats” in an economic sense, it is clearly not true in modern America. Since 1980 half of Americans have been stuck in place—their wages in real terms haven’t budged—while the top 20% have seen large gains.
Where Employee Surveys on Burnout and Engagement Go Wrong
December 22 | Jennnifer Cullen | Comments (0)
To tackle employee burnout, companies need to assess just how burned out their staff members are—and why. Many organizations conduct surveys to gain this sort of insight, but serious flaws in how those surveys are designed often lead to bad results. Well-intentioned leaders, following an inaccurate roadmap of where the problems lie, end up wasting time, energy, and resources on the wrong things.
What It Takes to Become a Great Product Manager
December 22 | Julia Austin | Comments (0)
Because I teach a course on product management at Harvard Business School, I am routinely asked “What is the role of a product manager?” The role of product manager (PM) is often referred to as the “CEO of the product.” I disagree because, as Martin Eriksson points out, “Product managers simply don’t have any direct authority over most of the things needed to make their products successful — from user and data research through design and development to marketing, sales, and support.”
Why the Australian Defence Organization Is Recruiting Cyber Analysts on the Autism Spectrum
December 20 | Robert D. Austin, Chair in Management of Creativity and Innovation, Copenhagen Business School | Comments (0)
It seems like every week brings news of yet another major cybersecurity breach. Evidence suggests that the bad guys are getting smarter and more professional. Nowhere is the problem tougher than in national defense, where sophisticated actors, including nation states, engage in cyberwarfare. A big part of the problem: There simply aren’t enough great cyberdefense analysts to go around.
Make Work Meaningful for Your Freelancers, Too
December 20 | Jon Younger, Partner, Agile Talent Collaborative | Comments (0)
It’s your job as a manager to make work meaningful for the members of your team. But what about the freelancers with whom you work? Have you stopped to consider how they’re finding meaning in their careers?