Weak markets are not a valid excuse for a company’s slow growth, write Kasturi Rangan and Evan Hirsh for Strategy+Business. With the right market proposition, you can achieve success, no matter what state your industry is in.
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Time management is one of the biggest challenges in the modern workplace. Many leaders complain of being short on time or are looking for ways to improve productivity.
With that in mind, Frances Booth, writing for Forbes.com, shares a long list of time management tips, including:
Adopting a new management practice could give your company competitive edge and boost performance. But, warns Julian Birkinshaw, writing for Harvard Business Review, leaders should beware the “next big thing”.
Think you want to be an entrepreneur? Lolly Daskal, writing for Inc.com, reveals what it’s really like to go it alone.
Daskal reveals eight facts about entrepreneurship that you really need to know:
1) You might fail. Almost 90% of startups fail within a few years. You might dream of being the next Amazon.com, but your chances are slim.
On Forbes.com, Chunka Mui highlights some lessons on managing in times of disruption.
The author observes: "One important insight is that, as bosses' responsibilities and compensation grow, they become ever more dependent on people and factors beyond their control.
Ron Ashkenas discusses the difficulty of communication on his HBR.org blog, observing that large organisations in particular struggle in this area.
Human beings are generally "pretty lousy" at estimating the time they will need to complete a task, says Heidi Grant Halvorson on Fast Company – and obviously that has implications for managers everywhere.
On HBR.org, Amy Gallo looks at ways of making sure your employees succeed in achieving their goals.
How should you respond when two of your colleagues are fighting? Amy Gallo explores the protocol and etiquette of conflict management in her article for the HBR Blog Network.
Workplace conflict can be complicated. Sure, if you manage the two co-workers who are fighting, it is your duty to intervene. But if they are your peers, the situation is far less clear cut.
Are you a good boss – or a great one? That's the question posed by Linda Hill and Kent Lineback, writing for Harvard Business Review. They observe that most bosses reach a certain level of proficiency and stop there, leaving their potential unfulfilled.
On the McKinsey Insights website, Michiel Kruyt, Judy Malan, and Rachel Tuffield discuss the importance of building an effective top team, pointing out that the consequences of getting it wrong could be the paralysis of the entire organisation. With that in mind, they offer some advice for CEOs on assembling a senior executive team.
Efforts to achieve organisational change often falter because executives overlook the need to change themselves, according to Nate Boaz and Erica Ariel Fox, writing for McKinsey Quarterly.
A new strategy will not live up to its potential if it fails to address the underlying capabilities and mindsets of the people who need to execute it, insist the authors.
The right mentor can make a huge difference to your career, writes Katherine Reynolds Lewis for Fortune.
Lois Zachary, author of The Mentor's Guide: Facilitating Effective Learning Relationships, tells Reynolds Lewis that 96% of executives consider mentoring as an important development tool.
It’s high time we took a fresh approach toward employee engagement, insists Josh Bersin, writing for Forbes.com.
Many managers think they and their teams work best when under pressure. It’s a common belief that we come out fighting when our backs are against the wall, the situation inspiring us to channel our creativity and problem-solving capabilities and produce our best work.
According to Geoffrey James, writing for Inc.com, the best and most respected managers tend to share certain core beliefs.
Two thirds of the world's employees feel disengaged in the workplace, write Peter Flade, James Harter and Jim Asplund for the HBR.org Blog Network. But there is a recipe for happy, spirited employees and it has seven essential ingredients.
On MIT Sloan Management Review, Gerald C. Kane reports from the 2014 South by Southwest festival where he attended a session entitled Tomorrow Is Another Day: Surviving A Social Media Crisis.
Many people launch startups because the idea of being boss is more appealing than being employee. However, as Suzanne Lucas observes on Inc.com, the problems don’t go away just because you are the boss.
“In fact,” writes Lucas, “there seem to be more – clients, employees, investors, regulations – and sometimes, the biggest problem is you.”
The process of scaling up excellence in an organisation happens largely through teams, according to Robert Sutton, writing for Fortune – specifically, by growing new teams in the right way and weaving together their efforts across the company.
On Fast Company, Art Markman and Lolly Daskal discuss mentoring employees and striking the balance between developing their skills and allowing them to work autonomously.
Writing for Forbes.com, Larry Myler observes that if a recruitment company can’t find, hire, develop and retain an extraordinary workforce for itself, it’s unlikely it will be able to help your company.
Myler suggests three key questions you should ask recruitment firms before choosing one to help build your workforce:
Writing for Harvard Business Review, David Zweig discusses a class of employees he calls “the invisibles”. These are extremely committed professionals capable of successful, high-profile careers but prefer to work away from the spotlight.
Writing for Fortune, Annie Fisher points out that diversity in your team won’t spark innovation automatically – you have to draw out cultural differences to make them to work.