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A transparent supply chain is generally a good thing. But there are drawbacks to keep in mind.
Operations

Podcast: The (Surprisingly Muddy) Case for Transparency

Economists prize sharing information. On this episode of The Insightful Leader, we ask if that’s always the right move.

Scientists who experienced an early-career setback succeeded more in the long run, new research shows.
Careers

Take 5: The Upside of Failure

A look at the surprising benefits of striking out, and how to make the most of your mistakes.

Strategy

How to Design Financial Incentives in Professions That Are Highly Territorial

A study of doctors shows that the best incentive schemes harness a desire to expand and protect professional turf.

Organizations

Why Companies Shouldn’t Necessarily Fear Higher Employee Turnover

In private equity, team stability has long been prized. But new research shows that higher turnover leads to better performance.

Leadership

Podcast: How to Give Feedback That’s Actually Helpful

Forget the “feedback sandwich.” On this episode of The Insightful Leader, we’ll tell you how to up your game.

Leadership

Podcast: Do Bosses Who Trust Their Employees Deliver More Innovation?

On this episode of The Insightful Leader, learn when you should—and shouldn’t—give your team room to fail.

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New research provides tips for doling out credit—and blame—for team members.
Podcast Careers

Podcast: When Teams Mess Up, Who Takes the Fall?

On this episode of The Insightful Leader: how to make sure you’re not blaming the wrong person.

Podcast Organizations

Podcast: How You Should Divvy Up Work between People and Machines

On this episode of The Insightful Leader: strategies for building a happier, more productive workplace.

A new tool lets users pinpoint the nonprofit organizations having the greatest impact in the places and causes they care about.
Social Impact

Which Charity Will Do the Most Good with Your Donation? This Simple Tool Can Tell You.

Step one: choose a cause you care about. Step two: find out who’s having the most impact per dollar. Step three: donate with confidence.

Careers

Podcast: Be Bold and Get What You Want

Done playing it safe? On this episode of The Insightful Leader, a three-time CEO offers advice on how to make difficult requests.

Leadership

Building Great Teams

Assembling and managing successful teams is a core leadership skill, whether you are convening a temporary task force, managing a full department, or running a school fundraiser.

Leadership

Podcast: Can a Little Embarrassment Make Your Team More Creative?

On this episode of The Insightful Leader: new research suggests an unusual icebreaker to try at your next brainstorming session.

Careers

Take 5: How to Be Prepared for Important Career Moments

Expert advice on getting ready to network, negotiate, or make your case to the CEO.

Leadership

How Business Leaders Can Prepare for a Cyberattack

The former head of U.S. Cyber Command explains why any company can be a target.

Careers

Take 5: The Case for Being More Authentic at Work

When done thoughtfully, authenticity can make for more confident, ethical leaders. Here’s how to ensure you’re being your true self.

Careers

Early Career Failures Can Make You Stronger in the Long Run

A study of young scientists who were denied grants provides a striking example of why you should never give up.

Careers

Take 5: What Business Leaders Can Learn from the Military

Army colonels share advice on recruiting millennials, managing up, and keeping the broader mission in mind.

Careers

Early Career Failures Can Make You Stronger in the Long Run

A study of young scientists who were denied grants provides a striking example of why you should never give up.

Careers

Take 5: What Business Leaders Can Learn from the Military

Army colonels share advice on recruiting millennials, managing up, and keeping the broader mission in mind.

Economics

Daughters’ Math Scores Suffer When They Grow Up in a Family That’s Biased Towards Sons

Parents, your children are taking their cues about gender roles from you.

Careers

Nobel Prize Winners—They’re Just Like Us!

The career paths of these elite scientists are surprisingly similar to those of their less accomplished peers.

New board members interview with board of directors
Social Impact

How to Create a Diverse Board of Directors and Empower It to Thrive

Two experts share tips on expanding your candidate pool and ensuring that new members are heard.

employee presents to CEO in elevator
Careers

How to Get the Ear of Your CEO—And What to Say When You Have It

Every interaction with the top boss is an audition for senior leadership.

Careers

Ready to Reenter the Workforce? Read This First.

Four suggestions for transitioning back to work after a long break.

Two teams coordinate a plan on the phone.
Leadership

Need to Make a Critical Decision? Here’s How to Ensure You Have the Right Intel.

A former Army colonel shares four steps leaders can take to get the information they need when they need it.

Organizations

What Makes a Corporate Board Member Most Influential?

New research explores what it takes for directors to drive big-picture strategic change at a company.

Organizations

Numeric Performance Reviews Can Be Biased Against Women

The ten-point scale favors men in some situations. But a simple change to the rating system can level the playing field.

Leadership

How to Establish Yourself as an Interim Leader

Kathleen Hagerty reflects back on her year as interim dean of the Kellogg School.

Strategy

Take 5: How to Increase Your Office’s Productivity

Research-backed tips for improving workflows and discouraging slacking.

Innovation

AI and the Social Sciences Used to Talk More. Now They’ve Drifted Apart.

Research shows that the gap between these disciplines is growing, which could make it harder to address social and ethical problems.

Leadership

4 Steps to Becoming a More Self-Aware Leader

Here’s how to hone your emotional intelligence to benefit your team and your career.

Organizations

Most Employees Retaliate If They’re Slighted at Work

Here’s how managers can break the cycle of office conflict.

Leadership

For Teams, What Matters More: Raw Talent or a History of Success Together?

A study of professional sports teams suggests that one factor is clearly more important, but the best teams combine them both.

Organizations

Could Bringing Your “Whole Self” to Work Curb Unethical Behavior?

Organizations would be wise to help employees avoid compartmentalizing their personal and professional identities.

A leader chooses their own path
Careers

Are You Doing the Work You Were Meant to Do?

It’s never too late to forge your own path. Here are four steps.

Careers

Take 5: How to Kickstart a Successful Career

Young professionals, smart decisions now will open doors for you in the future.

Careers

Podcast: Let Your Purpose Guide Your Career

How to “align your role with your soul.”