How to Navigate a Turf War at Work
October 10 | Amy Gallo, Contributing Editor, Harvard Business Review | Comments (0)
You’re working on a cross-functional initiative that’s critical to your company. Given your position, you’ve assumed you’re in charge, but it seems your counterpart from another team has made the same assumption. And now you’re in the middle of a turf war. How do you determine who has authority? How do you navigate the situation with your boss, your counterpart, and others in the group? And even if you can come to an agreement, how do you make sure it lasts?
My Competitiveness Was Hurting My Sales Team. Here’s How I Realized It
October 10 | Richard Harris | Comments (0)
Want to be surrounded by some of the most competitive people on the planet? Work in sales, where paychecks, bonuses, promotions, and stature are usually tied directly to organizational quotas and individual results.
How to Teach Employees Skills They Don’t Know They Lack
October 09 | Ulrik Juul Christensen | Comments (0)
After spending billions of dollars a year on corporate learning, U.S. companies probably assume that their employees have the knowledge and skills they need to carry out their jobs. The employees themselves probably think they’re prepared, too, having gone through these exercises. But according to data from industries including academia, health care, technology, manufacturing, retail, sports, and business services, people are actually “unconsciously incompetent” in a typical 20% to 40% of areas.
Manage Your Stress by Monitoring Your Body’s Reactions to It
October 09 | Erica Ariel Fox, Author, Winning From Within: A Breakthrough Method for Leading, Living, and Lasting Change | Comments (0)
Pushing himself as hard as he can, Jack doesn’t notice the pressure is getting to him. He doesn’t recognize how defensive he feels, or that exhaustion has overwhelmed his previously upbeat mood. In the past Jack’s exercise routine alleviated stress. But now he’s irritable and frequently annoyed, blind to the cost of skipping trips to the gym. Jack still sees himself as a cheerleader, unaware of how dramatically his inner world has changed. Everyone around him sees it clear as day.
Research: For Better Brainstorming, Tell an Embarrassing Story
October 09 | Leigh Thompson, J. Jay Gerber Professor, Dispute Resolution and Organizations, Kellogg School of Management | Comments (0)
My colleagues, Elizabeth Ruth Wilson and Brian Lucas, and I decided to explore whether people could also be primed for better brainstorming before the idea generation even starts. In our first experiment, we asked one set of participants to describe a time they’d felt embarrassed in the previous six months; we asked a second group to describe a time they’d felt proud.
What Science Says About Identifying High-Potential Employees
October 09 | Dr. Tomas Chamorro-Premuzic, Professor of Business Psychology, University College London (UCL) | Comments (0)
How inclusive or exclusive should organizations be when developing their employees’ talents? In a world of unlimited resources, organizations would surely invest in everyone. After all, as Henry Ford is credited as saying, “the only thing worse than training your employees and having them leave is not training them and having them stay.” In the real world, however, limited budgets force organizations to be much more selective, which explains the growing interest in highpo identification.
Research: Why Employer Support Is So Important for Transgender Employees
October 09 | Christian Thoroughgood | Comments (0)
Sarah* is a high school teacher in a school district without much understanding or acceptance of transgender individuals. For years, she remained closeted about her gender identity due to fear over how her colleagues would respond. When Sarah finally decided to come out at work, the emotional and social consequences associated with being her true self became almost unbearable: