• Job Sculpting: The Art of Retaining Your Best People

    Managing people Magazine Article
    In these days of talent wars, the best way to keep your stars is to know them better than they know themselves—and then use that information to customize the careers of their dreams.
  • Capturing the Real Value in High-Tech Acquisitions

    IT management Magazine Article
    Many high-tech companies looking for hot new products have caught acquisition fever. Smart buyers keep their eye on building the right long-term capabilities, which often means keeping the right people.
  • Taking Time Seriously in Evaluating Jobs

    Organizational restructuring Magazine Article
    In appraising performance, designing pay systems, and in organizing and planning work, managers make assessments about the size and importance of jobs. Whether the assessments are accurate deeply affects how well the organization runs. But what do we mean when we say that one job is bigger than another? Bigger in what sense? One way […]
  • Staying Confident Through a Downturn

    Recessions Digital Article
    With each passing day, there’s more news that the economy is weakening. Factory orders go down. Consumer spending decreases. The sub-prime shakeout continues. Inflation raises its ugly head. It is enough to make any manager shudder, but take a deep breath. Times are tough, but our economy has weathered crises such as these and much […]
  • Bringing Silicon Valley Inside

    Finance and investing Magazine Article
    In Silicon Valley, exciting new business ideas rapidly attract capital and talent away from less worthy ventures. But in big companies, ideas, capital, and talent are stagnant—prisoners of traditional bureaucratic ways of allocating resources. To capture the Valley’s entrepreneurial magic, your company needs to move from resource allocation to resource attraction.
  • Intel’s Social Media Training

    Social media Digital Article
    Are you exploring how to create a social media strategy for your company? Are you looking for a company to benchmark? One you might consider looking at first is Intel Corporation. We have been following the journey taken by Bryan Rhoads, Senior Digital Strategist at Intel whose job title is our pick for one of […]
  • What Is Personal Leadership Brand?

    Leadership Digital Article
    Dave Ulrich and Norm Smallwood, founders of The RBL Group and coauthors of Leadership Brand. To start building your personal leadership brand, ask how you want to be known by the people you need to serve.
  • When Your Team Turns on You

    Leading teams Best Practice
    It can happen to even the most competent leaders. Your team members disengage or stop coming to meetings. They refuse to, or simply don’t do, what you ask of them. They begin meeting without you. When these things happen, it may be that your team has turned against you. For a leader, this can be […]
  • What to Do If Your Employee Starts to Outshine You

    Managing people Digital Article
    Don’t turn it into a competition.
  • Why Good People Skills Matter in a Recession

    Managing people Digital Article
    I spend a great deal of my time coaching executives on how to become more effective leaders and managers. An important part of this work is to help them develop good relationships with their key staff and stakeholders. We explore different ways of influencing, motivating, and leading people and by extending their skills — I […]
  • Social Intelligence and Leadership

    Leadership Digital Article
    Daniel Goleman, psychologist and coauthor of the HBR article Social Intelligence and the Biology of Leadership. See how you can use emotional and social intelligence to improve your own and your organization’s performance.
  • How to Deal with Anxious People

    Managing people Digital Article
    When your people are anxious – and do you know anyone who isn’t? -their minds constrict. Neuroanatomically that means that the middle mammalian emotional brain has trouble accessing the upper human rational brain (which could put things into perspective) and it takes everything in that person to keep from throwing everything into the lower reptilian […]
  • Your Organization Wastes Time. Here’s How to Fix It.

    Business management Digital Article
    Three ways to attack the causes.
  • The No-Drama Rule of Management

    Leadership & Managing People Digital Article
    I lay back in the chair, closed my eyes, and almost immediately felt my body relax. An instant later a stream of warm water rinsed through my hair while...
  • Managing Authenticity: The Paradox of Great Leadership

    Business communication Magazine Article
    To attract followers, a leader has to be many things to many people. The trick is to pull that off while remaining true to yourself.
  • 11 Habits of the Worst Boss I Ever Had

    Leadership Digital Article
    TV’s Ur-boss, Michael Scott of The Office, is a paradigm of what not to do as a leader–like imprisoning your staff in a conference room to prove that work is better than jail. But while there is the ring of truth in his incompetence, the actual truth is always more interesting than fiction. Therefore, as […]
  • How to Engage Employees Who Are About to Lose Their Jobs

    Leadership Digital Article
    Successful mergers and acquisitions require transformative, empathetic leaders.
  • The Best Way to Play Office Politics

    Managing people Digital Article
    Linda A. Hill and Kent Lineback, authors of Being the Boss: The 3 Imperatives for Becoming a Great Leader, describe the three types of networks you need to succeed.
  • Managing B Players

    Talent management Digital Article
    Tom DeLong, Harvard Business School professor and coauthor of the HBR article Let’s Hear It for B Players. Executives can get more value from their workforce if they recognize and motivate their B players. These solid, steady performers form the bulk of a workforce—and bring crucial forms of value to companies.
  • Get Your Virtual Team Off to a Fast Start

    Leadership & Managing People Digital Article
    Correctly on-boarding and launching a new group is crucial to success.
  • Newstar Magazine Exercise: Board Chair Role

    Organizational Development Case Study
    In the Newstar Magazine exercise, participants are assigned one of three roles-managing editor, publisher, or board chair-and provided with information...
  • Job Sculpting: The Art of Retaining Your Best People

    Managing people Magazine Article
    In these days of talent wars, the best way to keep your stars is to know them better than they know themselves—and then use that information to customize the careers of their dreams.
  • Capturing the Real Value in High-Tech Acquisitions

    IT management Magazine Article
    Many high-tech companies looking for hot new products have caught acquisition fever. Smart buyers keep their eye on building the right long-term capabilities, which often means keeping the right people.
  • Taking Time Seriously in Evaluating Jobs

    Organizational restructuring Magazine Article
    In appraising performance, designing pay systems, and in organizing and planning work, managers make assessments about the size and importance of jobs. Whether the assessments are accurate deeply affects how well the organization runs. But what do we mean when we say that one job is bigger than another? Bigger in what sense? One way […]
  • Staying Confident Through a Downturn

    Recessions Digital Article
    With each passing day, there’s more news that the economy is weakening. Factory orders go down. Consumer spending decreases. The sub-prime shakeout continues. Inflation raises its ugly head. It is enough to make any manager shudder, but take a deep breath. Times are tough, but our economy has weathered crises such as these and much […]
  • Bringing Silicon Valley Inside

    Finance and investing Magazine Article
    In Silicon Valley, exciting new business ideas rapidly attract capital and talent away from less worthy ventures. But in big companies, ideas, capital, and talent are stagnant—prisoners of traditional bureaucratic ways of allocating resources. To capture the Valley’s entrepreneurial magic, your company needs to move from resource allocation to resource attraction.
  • Intel’s Social Media Training

    Social media Digital Article
    Are you exploring how to create a social media strategy for your company? Are you looking for a company to benchmark? One you might consider looking at first is Intel Corporation. We have been following the journey taken by Bryan Rhoads, Senior Digital Strategist at Intel whose job title is our pick for one of […]
  • What Is Personal Leadership Brand?

    Leadership Digital Article
    Dave Ulrich and Norm Smallwood, founders of The RBL Group and coauthors of Leadership Brand. To start building your personal leadership brand, ask how you want to be known by the people you need to serve.
  • When Your Team Turns on You

    Leading teams Best Practice
    It can happen to even the most competent leaders. Your team members disengage or stop coming to meetings. They refuse to, or simply don’t do, what you ask of them. They begin meeting without you. When these things happen, it may be that your team has turned against you. For a leader, this can be […]
  • What to Do If Your Employee Starts to Outshine You

    Managing people Digital Article
    Don’t turn it into a competition.