Tag: Harvard Business Review

Can You Train Leaders? Or Are They ‘Born’

We often think of leadership as an inherent trait, something you either have or you don’t. The phrase “born leader” comes to mind. At the same time organizations, from businesses to political entities to sports teams, are often lacking in leadership.

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7 Challenges for Creating Development Programs that Work

According to Training Magazine’s annual report on training expenditures, U.S. organizations spent a total of $104.25 billion dollars on training and development in 2016. These learning and development initiatives range anywhere from traditional live training sessions to participation in outside seminars to training delivered through webinars, podcasts, or other technological means.

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The Evolving Landscape of Performance Management

In the old days, employees and their immediate supervisors would have a formal meeting once a year to talk about their past performance and set goals for the future. In today’s fast-paced, rapidly changing environment, spurred by technology advancements, global competition, and changing consumer demands, that annual process seems woefully inadequate to ensure high performance.

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Dealing With 5 Generations in the Workplace

The economic downturn that hit the nation in 2008 as well as the tendency for people to live longer and healthier lives than ever before have both contributed to a tendency for employees to choose to stay in the workplace longer, delaying their retirement.

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Placing a Focus on Emphasizing Strengths, Not Overcoming Weaknesses

If you think about the typical performance evaluation, where does the focus generally lie? When evaluating employees on a scale of 1–5 (where 5 is high), do managers tend to spend most of their time talking about the items they rated 4–5, or the items they rated 1–3? Most, perhaps unfortunately, tend to focus on […]

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Develop these 5 Skills to Foster Innovation

At our company, one of our core values is innovation. We believe creativity and progressive thinking are critical to our success. I happen to share the opinion of former Ford CEO Mark Fields, who said, “Without innovation, I strongly believe companies die over time.”

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Keep Executive Productivity from Tanking

Yesterday’s Advisor revealed survey findings that suggested many workers in the United States don’t believe leaders have their best interests at heart. Today guest columnist Ed Chaffin, president of IMPACT Group, has tips for training executive leaders to prevent their productivity from tanking.

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Data Trumps Intuition when Building a Team

Hiring the right person always feels like a gamble, and oftentimes hiring managers believe that trusting their gut feelings is the way to go. But there’s a better way—using data to measure the communication styles, skills, and values of a potential hire. To illustrate how data-driven hiring trumps intuition, we present an article by guest […]

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Do Your Best People Know Their Extra Value?

In yesterday’s Advisor, experts Rob Goffee and Gareth Jones presented tips to building an authentic organization from their book Why Should Anyone Work Here? What It Takes to Create an Authentic Organization (Harvard Business Review Press, November 2015). Today, Goffee and Jones emphasize the importance of injecting extra value into the workplace.

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The Formula for One-on-One Success

Today we present an article by Deidre Paknad, CEO and cofounder of Workboard. Paknad has been recognized twice by the Smithsonian for innovation, has more than one dozen patents and, in today’s Training Daily Advisor, she provides advice for leaders looking to get the most out of their one-on-one meetings with employees.

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