Finding Organizational Futures that Matter
January 04 | Anna Pool | Comments (1)
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.
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.
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!”
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.”
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?