• Teams Can’t Innovate If They’re Too Comfortable
    HBR - Aug 14
    On a warm afternoon in June, a few dozen people gathered on a sun-dappled spot of lawn in Cambridge to discuss the very broad topic of modern leadership. The head of a famous museum debated a senior exec from Google about... Read »
    2 weeks ago
  • Managers Can Motivate Employees With One Word
    HBR - Aug 13
    Human beings are profoundly social — we are hardwired to connect to one another and to want to work together. Frankly, we would never have survived as a species without our instinctive desire to live and work in groups,... Read »
    2 weeks ago
  • A Fairer Way Of Giving Credit Where It’s Due
    HBR - Aug 8
    People have a deep need to feel that their contributions to the group are acknowledged — even celebrated. Financial compensation alone cannot satisfy that requirement. Fairly assigning credit, however, is difficult. In... Read »
    3 weeks ago
  • What To Do If Your Team Is In A Rut
    HBR - Aug 7
    Another brainstorming session, another slew of tired ideas. Your team is in a rut, but what can you do about it? How can you push everyone to be more creative? Where should you seek inspiration? What’s the best way to... Read »
    3 weeks ago
  • Save Your Next Staff Meeting From Itself
    HBR - Aug 6
    While many leaders see staff meetings as vital to the success of their organization, most employees see them as a painful waste of time. As a result, employees arrive or leave whenever they wish; check their emails; doodle;... Read »
    3 weeks ago
  • Learning Collaboration From Tika-Taka Soccer
    HBR - Jul 2
    Solo efforts and individual stars used to decide the fate of soccer matches.  The 1970s, 1980s, and even the 1990s were dominated by legendary players such as Pelé, Franz Beckenbauer, and Diego Maradona, who, thanks to... Read »
    2 months ago
  • Managing A Team Across 5 Time Zones
    HBR - Jun 17
    At Steelcase, we all understand that the rhythm of a global team is not a perfect 9-5 melody. But understanding something can be very different from living it. My team has grown increasingly distributed across multiple... Read »
    2 months ago
  • How To Give Your Team Feedback
    HBR - Jun 17
    Business books, magazines, and blogs are chock full of advice about how to give feedback to individuals, but how do you do the same for your entire team? What type of constructive criticism is appropriate in a group setting?... Read »
    2 months ago
  • Engage Your Employees With Personal Attention
    HBR - Jun 10
    Several years ago, a large, global company asked me to help improve their employee engagement. I suggested a strengths-based approach to the problem: a search for “hot spots” in the organization where people were highly... Read »
    2 months ago
  • Build Your Own All-Star Team
    HBR - May 15
    Let’s imagine that you have recently assessed your company’s talent, and that you found plenty of high-performing executives and employees. Yet somehow your company’s overall performance isn’t where it should be —... Read »
    3 months ago
  • The Best Leaders Are Humble Leaders
    HBR - May 12
    In a global marketplace where problems are increasingly complex, no one person will ever have all the answers. That’s why Google’s SVP of People Operations, Lazlo Bock, says humility is one of the traits he’s looking... Read »
    3 months ago
  • Make Your Team Feel Powerful
    HBR - May 7
    Research has shown that helping others feel more powerful can boost productivity, improve performance, and leave employees feeling more satisfied on the job. A study conducted by Yona Kifer of Tel Aviv University and... Read »
    3 months ago
  • 7 Things Great Employers Do (That Others Don’t)
    HBR - Apr 1
    For most people, paid work is unsettling and energy-sapping. Over a five-year timeframe, we studied 32 exemplary companies (collectively employing 600,000 people) across seven industries including hospitality, banking,... Read »
    5 months ago
  • 10 Questions You Need To Ask Your Team Weekly
    Firmology - Dec 5
    I am not a mind reader, but I’ve tried playing one at work. I think we all have. I used to imagine that I could peer into the silent void of a discussion with an employee and their thoughts and feelings would magically pop... Read »
    9 months ago
  • Why The Best Teams Might Be Temporary
    HBR - Sep 20
    When we think of high-performing teams, we often think of them as long-term allies—a band of brothers in the organizational world. Read »
    11 months ago