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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.

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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.

Organizations

Why You Should Skip the Easy Wins and Tackle the Hard Task First

New research shows that you and your organization lose out when you procrastinate on the difficult stuff.

Organizations

In an Era of Easy Outrage, When Should Brands Take a Stand?

A Kellogg professor explains how companies can navigate boycotts while staying connected with customers.

Organizations

How to Create a Human-Friendly Workplace in an Age of Automation

Three ways humans and machines can work together—to the benefit of organizations and their employees.

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.

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Policy

The Business Case for Comprehensive Immigration Reform

Two economists propose a bipartisan immigration overhaul, with an eye towards the future of the labor force.

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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.

Women are subject to greater gender bias when evaluated using certain ratings scales.
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.

Organizations

How Family Businesses Can Adapt for the Next Generation

Five tips for staying relevant—and successful—as an “enterprising family.”

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.

Entrepreneurship

Uber and Airbnb Outpaced Regulators by Becoming Indispensable. Parking App Haystack Met a Very Different Fate.

The startup had a popular business model and positive press. Its founder explains why it still failed.

Organizations

Take 5: Cultivating Empathy in the Workplace

What to understand about this critical, but surprisingly complex, trait.

Organizations

Bias in Organizations May Not Just Come from the Top

Leaders can face bias from their staff, too. A new study shows that male teachers are more likely to leave schools that are led by women.

Organizations

Climate Change Is Transforming the Economy. How Will Your Company Adapt?

“Until organizations learn to internalize the threat, they’re in danger of falling behind.”

Organizations

Take 5: How to Build a Collaborative Workplace

Simple strategies for reaping the benefits of collaboration.

Organizations

Climate Change Is Transforming the Economy. How Will Your Company Adapt?

“Until organizations learn to internalize the threat, they’re in danger of falling behind.”

Organizations

Take 5: How to Build a Collaborative Workplace

Simple strategies for reaping the benefits of collaboration.

Organizations

Podcast: Revenge of the Customer Service Rep

Why employees sabotage customers, and what companies can do about it.

Organizations

Worried Your Employees Are Slacking? Rethink How You Pay Them.

A new study reveals the optimal incentive system, and it’s surprisingly simple.

Organizations

Want to Revolutionize Your Field? You May Need to Rethink the Size of Your Research Team.

Large and small teams produce different types of breakthroughs, according to an analysis of 50 million patents, software products, and academic papers.

Operations

What’s the Best Way to Learn a New Skill—by Doing or by Viewing?

An analysis of eBay coders shows that studying a colleague’s work can pay off. Just be careful whose shoulder you’re looking over.

Strategy

Who Gets Blamed When a Group Project Goes Wrong?

Here’s why consequences stick to some team members more than others, according to a new study of retracted academic papers.

Organizations

How to Navigate a Vertical Merger after the AT&T and Time Warner Ruling

Here’s what companies can do to minimize antitrust concerns in an uncertain regulatory environment.

Organizations

Are Women More Ethical at the Negotiating Table? It’s Complicated.

Plus, how women are judged differently when they break the rules.

Organizations

Customers Can Be Jerks. Here’s Why Some Employees Retaliate.

But take heart, companies can curb that instinct for revenge.

Innovation

Why Family Businesses Sometimes Make Decisions That Seem Bad for the Family

Even non-family firms can benefit when they think beyond their immediate self-interest.

Organizations

Organizational Change Is Often a Tough Sell, but Encouraging Peer Interactions Can Help

A study of teachers offers lessons on how to get employees on board with reforms.

Organizations

Are You Willing to Stretch the Truth While Negotiating?

It may depend on your gender and whom you are representing.

Leadership

Can Cutting CEO Pay Help a Faltering Company Rebound?

Using pay cuts to motivate or discipline CEOs may have unintended consequences.

Organizations

How Much Empathy Do You Feel When Powerful People Suffer?

What about less powerful people? Your answers likely depend on how egalitarian you are.

Organizations

What a Difference a Year (with a Consultant) Makes

A study in Mexico finds that consultants can help small- to medium-sized businesses expand.

Why Bosses Cut Some Employees Slack for Unethical Behavior

The same transgression can lead to different consequences. Here’s one reason why.

Leadership

Four Reasons Why Hiring Veterans Makes Good Business Sense

They’re trained to be trainable and can take criticism. Is your company overlooking these talented candidates?