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  • 3 Myths about Engineering Talent in China and India

    HBR.org
    Vijay Govindarajan
    12 Dec 2014 | 9:00 am
    Give offshore engineers more credit.
  • 439: Communicate Better with Your Global Team

    HBR IdeaCast
    Harvard Business Review
    11 Dec 2014 | 8:47 am
    Tsedal Neeley, Harvard Business School professor, explains how globally distributed teams can collaborate better together.
  • Three Differences Between Managers and Leaders

    HBR Blog Network - Harvard Business Review » Vineet Nayar
    Vineet Nayar
    2 Aug 2013 | 8:01 am
    A young manager accosted me the other day. “I’ve been reading all about leadership, have implemented several ideas, and think I’m doing a good job at leading my team. How will I know when I’ve crossed over from being a manager to a leader?” he wanted to know. I didn’t have a ready answer and it’s a complicated issue, so we decided to talk the next day. I thought long and hard, and came up with three tests that will help you decide if you’ve made the shift from managing people to leading them. Counting value vs Creating value. You’re…
  • What Happens to Society When Robots Replace Workers?

    HBR.org
    William H. Davidow
    12 Dec 2014 | 9:01 am
    Facing the consequences of maximum efficiency.
  • 440: What Makes Teams Smart (or Dumb)

    HBR IdeaCast
    Harvard Business Review
    18 Dec 2014 | 2:21 pm
    Cass Sunstein, Harvard professor and author of "Wiser: Getting Beyond Groupthink to Make Groups Smarter."
 
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  • 440: What Makes Teams Smart (or Dumb)

    Harvard Business Review
    18 Dec 2014 | 2:21 pm
    Cass Sunstein, Harvard professor and author of "Wiser: Getting Beyond Groupthink to Make Groups Smarter."
  • 439: Communicate Better with Your Global Team

    Harvard Business Review
    11 Dec 2014 | 8:47 am
    Tsedal Neeley, Harvard Business School professor, explains how globally distributed teams can collaborate better together.
  • 438: Explaining Silicon Valley's Success

    Harvard Business Review
    4 Dec 2014 | 3:22 pm
    AnnaLee Saxenian, author of the classic book "Regional Advantage," still thinks the area's future is bright.
  • 437: Learning What Wiser Workers Know

    Harvard Business Review
    25 Nov 2014 | 1:01 pm
    Dorothy Leonard, author of "Critical Knowledge Transfer" ​and Harvard Business School professor, on retaining organizational expertise.
  • 436: Making Good Decisions

    Harvard Business Review
    20 Nov 2014 | 3:56 pm
    Stanford's Ron Howard, one of the fathers of decision analysis, explains how it's done.
 
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    HBR Blog Network - Harvard Business Review » Vineet Nayar

  • Managing 3 Types of Bad Bosses

    Vineet Nayar
    5 Dec 2014 | 10:11 am
    Strategies for dealing with their weaknesses.
  • 3 Traps That Block Corporate Transformation

    Vineet Nayar
    5 Nov 2014 | 10:00 am
    The need for transformation has never before been more keenly felt in the corporate world.  Digital-first companies, such as Amazon, Facebook, Google, and Twitter, are amassing market share and capitalization, but only a few brick-and-mortar corporations (think Apple, Nissan, and HCL Technologies) have been able to change fast enough to catch up with their rivals.  Why do companies that lose their relevance find it so tough to recover? For decades, the success of a business depended on three key pillars: Innovative Ideas + Cheaper/Faster/Better Execution + Powerful Leadership. Ideas were…
  • A Shared Purpose Drives Collaboration

    Vineet Nayar
    2 Apr 2014 | 5:00 am
    Imagine coming back home from work, calling the family into the living room, and urging everyone to collaborate more. Sounds odd, doesn’t it? Ever wondered what makes collaboration seem so natural at home but unnatural at work? The answer: Purpose. Purpose is collaboration’s most unacknowledged determinant.  While it can be taken for granted within families, that’s not true of most organizations. “If you want to build a ship, don’t drum up people to collect wood and don’t assign them tasks and work but rather, teach them to long for the endless immensity of the sea,”…
  • Increase the Odds of Your Start-Up’s Success

    Vineet Nayar
    12 Dec 2013 | 7:00 am
    While traveling between India and the U.S. these past few months, I spent some of the long hours in the air looking back at my professional life and the lessons I learned along the way.  Each phase of my career offered different challenges, successes, and lessons, but my most exhilarating moments were undoubtedly during the start-up phases. As some of you will remember, I headed a start-up called HCL Comnet in 1993, which incubated the idea of remote infrastructure management services.  It’s a $1.4 billion business today, with 20,000 employees, and boasts some of the best people…
  • Three Differences Between Managers and Leaders

    Vineet Nayar
    2 Aug 2013 | 8:01 am
    A young manager accosted me the other day. “I’ve been reading all about leadership, have implemented several ideas, and think I’m doing a good job at leading my team. How will I know when I’ve crossed over from being a manager to a leader?” he wanted to know. I didn’t have a ready answer and it’s a complicated issue, so we decided to talk the next day. I thought long and hard, and came up with three tests that will help you decide if you’ve made the shift from managing people to leading them. Counting value vs Creating value. You’re…
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    HBR Blog Network - Harvard Business Review » Peter Bregman

  • The Small Personal Risks That Actually Change Behavior

    Peter Bregman
    21 Nov 2014 | 1:17 pm
    Showing courage is one of your most important jobs as a leader.
  • It’s Your Job to Tell the Hard Truths

    Peter Bregman
    17 Oct 2014 | 9:00 am
    Rashid,* the CEO of a high-tech company and a client of mine for nearly a decade, called to tell me we had a major issue with some of the newer members of his leadership team. What comes to mind when you think of what might constitute a “major issue” with some senior leaders? Maybe they’re in a fight? Maybe they’re making poor strategic decisions? Perhaps they’re not following through on commitments they made about the business? Maybe they’re being abusive to their employees? Maybe they’re stealing? I’ve seen all of those problems in the past at various companies. But none of…
  • What to Do When Anger Takes Hold

    Peter Bregman
    1 Oct 2014 | 5:00 am
    I had just sat down to look over my calendar and plan my day when the phone rang. It was my contractor. Several of his workers were at my apartment ready to finish some work, but the building management company refused to let them in. This news made me furious. We have been renovating our small apartment, and it’s painfully over budget and six months overdue. During that time, the building management company’s mismanagement has cost me a tremendous amount of money and made an already difficult process even more agonizing. Now they were needlessly delaying the project again, this time…
  • Prevent Your Strategy Offsite from Being Meaningless

    Peter Bregman
    15 Sep 2014 | 7:00 am
    I was facilitating the two-day executive offsite of a mid-sized technology company. The goal of the meeting was to solve major issues and identify potential opportunities that would guide their efforts, as a company, for the next year. We were halfway through the first day and, while everything was going according to plan, I couldn’t shake this nagging feeling that something wasn’t right. I struggled to put my finger on it. I took in the scene. The CEO and all his direct reports were sitting around the board room table and everyone was engaged. People were being respectful, listening to…
  • What to Do on Your First Day Back from Vacation

    Peter Bregman
    2 Sep 2014 | 5:00 am
    You come back from vacation and start your game of catch-up. This is an especially challenging game if you’re a senior leader. You have hundreds, maybe thousands of emails, a backlog of voicemails, and a to-do list that doubled or tripled in length while you were away. You need to respond to the pent-up needs of clients, managers, colleagues, employees, and vendors. You need to fight fires. You need to regain control. So you do your best to work through the pileup, handling the most urgent items first, and within a few days, you’re caught up and ready to move forward. You’re back in…
 
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    HBR Blog Network - Harvard Business Review » Sylvia Ann Hewlett

  • The Financial Services Industry’s Untapped Market

    Sylvia Ann Hewlett
    8 Dec 2014 | 8:09 am
    Women.
  • 4 Ways to Retain Gen Xers

    Sylvia Ann Hewlett
    24 Sep 2014 | 7:00 am
    The economy’s slow but steady improvement should be good news. But employers may find a cloud lurking behind the sunny forecast: They are at risk of losing some of their most valuable talent — and they may not even realize it. These aren’t the usual suspects. Instead of the 50-something Baby Boomers and the Millennials in their late 20s and early 30s, I’m talking about Generation X, demography’s long-neglected “middle child.” Numbering just 46 million in the United States, Gen X is small compared to the 78 million Boomers and 70 million Millennials. Yet proportionate to…
  • The Authenticity Trap for Workers Who Are Not Straight, White Men

    Sylvia Ann Hewlett
    17 Jul 2014 | 7:00 am
    Many employees are encouraged to “just be yourself,” only to find their authenticity — and their career ambitions — constrained by unwritten office rules about appearance, speech, and behavior. Professionals of color, women, and LGBTs find there is a much narrower band of acceptance, and the constraints bite harder than wearing more polished outfits, getting a decent haircut, or even de-emphasizing an accent. Because senior leaders are overwhelmingly “pale and male” — professionals of color hold only 11% of executive positions in corporate America, women currently make up…
  • Flextime Is Declining, But “Flex Around the Edges” Is Up

    Sylvia Ann Hewlett
    20 Jun 2014 | 6:00 am
    Earlier this year, San Francisco and Vermont passed legislation that allows workers to ask for flexible work schedules without fear of reprisal. Are such “right to request” laws indicators of a rise in flextime? Or do they reflect a fear that flextime programs are being eliminated? The answer seems to be a confusing “both.” New research from the Families and Work Institute (FWI) and the Society for Human Resource Management finds an “on the one hand, on the other hand” contradiction. The good news is that some forms of flexibility — mostly allowing workers more control over…
  • As You Start Your Career, Focus on People Skills

    Sylvia Ann Hewlett
    29 Apr 2014 | 7:00 am
    All across the country, this year’s soon-to-be graduates are revving up to start their careers. You may be one of them. You’re already thinking about what you’ll do when get into your new position. You’re smart and energetic, and you’re eager to commit both of those attributes to moving ahead. But is that enough to succeed? Unfortunately, no. Brains only take you so far. Smarts get you through the gate, but everyone in your cohort of incoming hires has the hard skills required to qualify for the position. The fact is, the link between merit and success is forged through soft skills…
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    HBR Blog Network - Harvard Business Review » Navi Radjou

  • What Frugal Innovators Do

    Navi Radjou
    10 Dec 2014 | 9:50 am
    Five lessons from the pioneers.
  • How Can India Unleash Its Entrepreneurs?

    Navi Radjou
    11 Nov 2009 | 6:46 am
    In the course of the last three days I have spent at the 2009 India Economic Summit organized by the World Economic Forum (WEF), I have heard speeches from many politicians and policy-makers — from Prime Minister Manmohan Singh to Commerce and Industry Minister Anand Sharma to Montek Singh Ahluwalia, Deputy Chairman of the Planning Commission. They all invariably identified many socio-economic problems that could cripple India’s growth in the medium to long term. These include a dysfunctional education and healthcare system, deficient energy supply, restrictive labor laws,…
  • Can India Reap Its Demographic Dividend?

    Navi Radjou
    10 Nov 2009 | 7:43 am
    I am currently in New Delhi attending the India Economic Summit organized by the World Economic Forum (WEF). This Summit, which marks the 25th year of WEF’s engagement in India, is themed “India’s Next Generation of Growth.” Last Saturday, I participated in a brainstorming session on how India can increase its workforce quality and employability given the fact that 100 million people from India — the combined labor forces of Britain, France, Italy, and Spain — are projected to join the global workforce by 2020. With half the population under 25 and a…
  • Polycentric Innovation: The New Global Innovation Agenda for MNCs

    Navi Radjou
    5 Nov 2009 | 1:30 pm
    Recently I delivered a talk a the Council on Foreign Relations titled “Managing the New Trajectory of Global Innovation” explaining why and how multinationals must revamp their Western-centric innovation strategy in order to effectively leverage global ideas, talent, and markets. In our increasingly multi-polar world characterized by the inexorable rise of emerging markets like Brazil, China, and India, I believe multinationals (MNCs) must abandon their ethnocentric innovation model — which concentrated all their R&D resources in the West. Instead, MNCs must embrace a…
  • Mobile Banking's Next Big Market: The United States?

    Navi Radjou
    28 Oct 2009 | 9:25 am
    In my recent trip to Silicon Valley, I had the privilege to meet with Carol Realini, CEO of Obopay, a mobile payment startup that is fueling a social revolution worldwide by enabling scores of unbanked people to avail of financial services for the first time in their life. Obopay’s technology allows consumers and small businesses to buy, pay, and transfer money through any mobile phone via a simple text message (or by using the Mobile web browser or Obopay’s downloadable mobile app). People who send money via Obopay can fund their account either with cash or by linking it to their…
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    HBR Blog Network - Harvard Business Review » Andrew Winston

  • The Drop in Oil Prices Might Be Bad for Business

    Andrew Winston
    3 Dec 2014 | 8:18 am
    It lets us delay necessary investments.
  • Hurricane Sandy’s Lesson: Resilience Isn’t Enough

    Andrew Winston
    29 Oct 2014 | 5:00 am
    Two years is enough time to get some perspective on a major event. We can move from immediate and emotional reaction to some semblance of calm assessment. It’s been two years since Hurricane Sandy crashed through the Caribbean and northeastern United States, leaving lost lives and tremendous damage in its wake. Now is the time to ask: have cities and the business world learned the right lessons? In many ways the reactions and planning for the future is impressive on many fronts. But we’re also continuing to ignore some of the real implications. We must first acknowledge that climate…
  • Two Forces Moving Business Closer to Climate Action

    Andrew Winston
    24 Sep 2014 | 9:35 am
    This week, CEOs and world leaders met at the UN to talk climate. In the run-up to these high-level talks, many companies and some relatively new voices from the business community have been sounding both the alarm and the rallying cry for action. At the same time, the cost of renewable energy has dropped very far, very fast. It’s a perfect storm bringing us to two important tipping points: one of belief and commitment to action, and one of economics. But there’s still a major disconnect happening in one other area: the relationship between business and citizen consumers. First,…
  • GE Is Avoiding Hard Choices About Ecomagination

    Andrew Winston
    1 Aug 2014 | 8:00 am
    After nine years, GE is taking its famous green initiative, ecomagination, into some complicated territory. This includes a new open innovation program that encourages ideas to reduce greenhouse gases from Canadian oil sands production — the same controversial, greenhouse-gas-heavy source of fossil fuels that environmental groups are fighting against when it comes to the Keystone XL pipeline. By stretching ecomagination into areas that many people clearly don’t consider very green, GE may be risking a valuable business and brand asset. Launched in 2005, ecomagination has always been a…
  • What Momentum on Climate Change Means for Business

    Andrew Winston
    1 Jul 2014 | 5:00 am
    Climate change is real — as in actual, factual, and tangible. And it’s really expensive. This is the clear message from “Risky Business,” a new report issued by former U.S. treasury Secretaries such as Robert Rubin and Hank Paulson and other bigwigs like Michael Bloomberg. Their report is just one of many drumbeats for action on climate — drumbeats that have gotten much louder in recent weeks. Four former EPA chiefs, all Republicans, went to Congress to ask their party peers to take action, for example. And Hank Paulson, George W. Bush’s Treasury Secretary, recently wrote an…
 
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    Shoes Count

  • Giving: Foster family experiences the holidays together – The News-Press

    18 Dec 2014 | 12:30 pm
    The News-Press Giving: Foster family experiences the holidays togetherThe News-Press•Dakota, 17: She loves to read write so anything related to the craft i.e. Journals etc.; "Tilt", the latest book by Ellen Hopkins; Shoes, red Vans shoes size 9; A fan for her room. •Tiana, 15: She loves fashion and sewing so anything related, fabric …
  • Brown Shoe sells Shoes.com – STLtoday.com

    18 Dec 2014 | 8:38 am
    STLtoday.com Brown Shoe sells Shoes.comSTLtoday.comBrown Shoe is focusing its e-commerce efforts on the website for its Famous Footwear chain, Famous.com and its other websites, including Naturalizer.com, SamEdelman.com and ViaSpiga.com. "While Shoes.com has been a beneficial part of our company, …Brown Shoe Company Announces Sale of Shoes.comBusiness Wire (press release)Brown Shoes divests online Shoes.com unitjust-style.com (subscription)all 25 news articles »
  • On Tour With The Head and the Heart, Indie Rocks Next Big Thing – Daily Beast

    17 Dec 2014 | 11:30 am
    Daily Beast On Tour With The Head and the Heart, Indie Rocks Next Big ThingDaily BeastLong gone, or so it seems, are the days of hardworking musicians trucking cross-country in their (now extinct) E-series vans, schlepping gear and hammering flyers to slowly forge a following. Now all an up-and-coming act seemingly has to do is develop …
  • Berwick Football Club signs delisted West Coast Eagle Ash Smith, appoints new … – Herald Sun

    17 Dec 2014 | 8:43 am
    Herald Sun Berwick Football Club signs delisted West Coast Eagle Ash Smith, appoints new …Herald SunHe said “some great men have served in that role'' and he had “massive shoes to fill''. “It's a club that's been pretty to good to our family and it's always good to pay a little bit back where you can,'' he said. “Berwick's had its fair share of …
  • Book Excerpt: Softball, The Music Biz, and the Me Decade – Huffington Post

    16 Dec 2014 | 1:33 pm
    Book Excerpt: Softball, The Music Biz, and the Me DecadeHuffington PostOr gaze upon these Boston Celtics, whose NBA dynasty was sparked by the selfless ballhandling of Bob Cousy and the defensive genius of Bill Russell. Or the U.S unit that redefined the phrase "what … But one can argue, especially if one leaves …and more »
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