Learn to Become a Less Autocratic Manager


by: Jeffrey W. Hull Mark, a ten-year veteran of the pharmaceutical RD world with a Ph.D. in statistics, was the obvious choice to lead the SAS software and data management group of a global healthcare corporation when the current director suddenly departed. Having managed a small team of bio-statisticians successfully over three years, promoting him to…

Influencing Action


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Building Leadership Capability


by: Randy Hall Leadership is like magic. It’s reserved for the legendary few who are gifted with the secrets of being able to inspire others and stir something in them that mystically changes those people forever. Simply being in the presence of one of these gifted leaders can profoundly affect anyone lucky enough to be in…

4 Ways To Engage Leadership in Your Project


Finding time to get vital feedback and communication from key project leadership or key stakeholders can be tricky, even though they have a vested interest in the project. Here are four ways to make sure you keep communication lines open with mission critical folks and keep them engaged in your project’s success. Different organizations have different definitions…

By Being Authentic, You May Just Be Conforming


by: Herminia Ibarra Lei Jun, CEO of the $10 billion Chinese company Xiaomi, has made headlines for creating products that look and act a lot like Apple’s, such as its new thin smartphone.  And the comparisons don’t stop there — news reports consistently label Jun’s leadership style as imposture. As Business Insider put it: “Jun wears a…

Be The Coach, Not The Critic


By Maree Harris Many organizations use this latter part of the year to undertake the ceremonial business event of the year for white collar workers in post-industrial societies – the annual performance review. While 95% of people dislike them, they will go ahead. Managers dread them. Employees resent them. There is no other business practice…

Leadership at a Crossroads


by: Shellie Karabell You do not lead by hitting people over the head — that’s assault, not leadership…Leadership is the art of getting someone else to do something you want done because he wants to do it. Dwight D. Eisenhower I suppose leadership at one time meant muscles; but today it means getting along with people.…

The Hard Data on Being a Nice Boss


by: Emma Seppälä There’s an age-old question out there: Is it better to be a “nice” leader to get your staff to like you? Or to be tough as nails to inspire respect and hard work? Despite the recent enthusiasm for wellness initiatives like mindfulness and meditation at the office, and despite the movement toward more…