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Root cause problem-solving

Wed, 26 Oct 2016 10:30 GMT

For many years, the Japanese have approached the process of problem- solving with a strategy known as "the Five Whys". Peter Vajda explores how this helps us find better solutions.

You can't take the practice out of presenting

Tue, 25 Oct 2016 10:30 GMT

Our fear of giving a presentation often means we perform well below par. But running a marathon scares people too, yet those who try it usually perform well. Why should that be?

Would you follow you?

Fri, 21 Oct 2016 10:30 GMT

If you want to be a leader, a good place to start is by considering what convinces you to follow someone else. The chances are that the factors that carry the greatest weight are ones to do with trust.

Strategic planning must change with the times

Tue, 18 Oct 2016 10:30 GMT

Effective strategic planning and execution can do much to improve competitive advantage and value. But it has done right if it is going to fit with today’s rough and tumble world.

The accountability dilemma

Mon, 17 Oct 2016 10:30 GMT

It’s all very well being held responsible and accountable as a manager, but that can only work if you’re also able to make real and meaningful decisions. Yet all too often, that decision-making lives with other people.

Is hierarchy really necessary?

Thu, 13 Oct 2016 10:30 GMT

Throughout human history, hierarchy has been a near-universal model for organizing the work of large numbers of people. But as the world is transformed by hyper-connectivity, are self-organized networks a more appropriate organizational design solution?

Workplace excellence can be contagious

Fri, 07 Oct 2016 10:30 GMT

Team performance can often be more, or less, than the sum of the parts. So it’s significant that research has demonstrated that collective outcomes soar when top performers mingle with less adept colleagues.

North America's accent problem

Tue, 04 Oct 2016 10:30 GMT

As a Canadian who spends a lot of time on international conference calls and webinars, it's impossible not to notice that almost everyone can deal with foreign accents except (North) Americans.

Choosing to be humble

Thu, 29 Sep 2016 10:30 GMT

The sad story of ‘Big Sam’ Allardyce, the shortest-serving manager in English football history, is a classic example of someone falling foul of habit No.6 of a trusted executive - choosing to be humble.

Feelings vs reasoning

Mon, 26 Sep 2016 10:30 GMT

The older I get, the more I see that rather than ignoring people’s expressions of feeling, managers ought to welcome them as good for business and realize that results can improve when you listen and respond appropriately to them.

Fish in a different pond

Thu, 22 Sep 2016 10:30 GMT

If you always do what you've always done, you'll always get what you've always had. That why you need to start thinking and doing differently if you want to generate any real innovation.

The hidden history of remote working

Tue, 20 Sep 2016 10:30 GMT

Forget Gartner studies and erudite articles in HBR, the way we work remotely today has come about through guesswork and trial-and-error. It was never planned - which is why organizations have a hard time dealing with it.

Overcoming diversity fatigue

Fri, 16 Sep 2016 10:30 GMT

Too many diversity initiatives fail because they’re based on a punitive, ‘shame on you’ posture. What we need is a strategic, hope-filled approach emphasizing what we all gain from more diverse and inclusive workplaces and communities.

Seven signs of the Greed Syndrome

Thu, 15 Sep 2016 10:30 GMT

Given the high value our culture places on materialism, perhaps it isn't surprising that greed and excess are hallmarks of many executives. But how do we recognise and deal with uncontrolled greed?

What to say when your kid becomes a manager

Tue, 13 Sep 2016 10:30 GMT

I had one of those moments of intense pride followed by a blinding flash of panic this week. My kid has gotten her first real big-girl management job. There are a few things I’d like to tell her - but she won’t listen, of course.

What happens when no one is in charge?

Mon, 12 Sep 2016 10:30 GMT

Far from being insane or utopian, the idea that you can build a successful enterprise where there are no bosses represents an evolutionary leap in organizational design that may very well represent the future of management.

Ride your stress like a mule

Mon, 05 Sep 2016 10:30 GMT

Pushing your limits is what allows you to grow stronger, so if you find yourself feeling passive, it can make sense to dial your stress up a little. Get moving. Accomplish something small. Do something you enjoy. Then start again.

Office politics when you're not in an office

Wed, 31 Aug 2016 10:30 GMT

People who work remotely often view the absence of office politics as a real plus. But they’re wrong. An understanding of organizational and inter-personal dynamics is a critical part of that thing called ‘work’. You avoid such things at your peril.

The power of equity

Tue, 30 Aug 2016 10:30 GMT

Equity is the currency that makes the world go around. But how can companies align the divergent interests of owners, investors, managers, service providers, employees and lenders to deliver benefits and returns to all?

Creating your corporate narrative

Mon, 29 Aug 2016 10:30 GMT

Life unfolds according to the stories we tell ourselves. So one way of building a resilient and engaged enterprise is by creating a powerful, shared narrative of purpose and place.

Five ways to present like an Olympian

Tue, 23 Aug 2016 10:30 GMT

Being right is no guarantee of success when trying to sway others. When putting information across to others, you need to be clear, organized, appealing, in control and deliver in ways that boost your credibility.

How stress can lower your cultural intelligence

Tue, 23 Aug 2016 10:30 GMT

Working with people from a diverse range of backgrounds is rewarding, but it can also be tough going. And the more you’re under stress, the harder it becomes and the more a small behavioral difference can become a major irritation.

The magic of early mornings

Thu, 18 Aug 2016 10:30 GMT

Time is the same for everyone. Yet time is used and experienced very differently. Some people make time, others are crushed by it.

Learning to play together

Wed, 17 Aug 2016 10:30 GMT

Even though we shared the same experiences, I think very different from my brothers. But that didn’t stop us learning to play together. So why screw up the little time we have on this earth with prejudices, hatred, and mistrust?

What color is your organization?

Mon, 15 Aug 2016 10:30 GMT

Bureaucratic, command-and-control management is rapidly becoming obsolete. And as distributed intelligence becomes increasingly prevalent, so a radically different new organizational form is emerging.