As the economy, markets, technology, and consumer preferences change, businesses must change and adapt, as well. And, as those businesses change and adapt, so, too, must the business units that support them. It’s easy to conceptualize this in terms of “traditional” functions like operations and marketing, but what many people don’t realize is that the […]
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The descriptor “emotional” often has a negative connotation, especially in the workplace. It can conjure up images of someone who lacks control, loses his or her temper, and lacks sound judgment. But Kristi Hedges, in an article for Harvard Business Review, notes that this association—and the corresponding reluctance to show emotion in the workplace—can actually […]
As more and more global commerce and data management takes place online, the likelihood and potential impacts of cyberattacks are sure to increase. In an article for Harvard Business Review, Alex Blau cites some prominent and recent examples of the potential impacts of cyberattacks on even the largest and most sophisticated businesses:
Virtually everyone who has worked at any kind of job has likely felt both burned out and lonely at work at some point in his or her career. But, while both feelings can be unpleasant, and are certainly common, what many don’t realize is that there can be some linkages between the two feelings.
In many organizations, it’s uncommon for members of one team or department to openly question the decisions made by those in another team or department unless those decisions directly impact their own work. “James Detert’s research at Harvard Business School reveals that even when people are comfortable speaking up, they often withhold information and concerns when […]
Topic: Training Strategy Traditional management wisdom would say that it’s good to tell employees: “Don’t bring me problems, bring me solutions,” but some experts and educators are suggesting that this approach, rather than being empowering employees, does the opposite. It may actually cause employees to shut down and refrain from bringing issues to their managers’ […]
Today’s workplace is far more diverse than workplaces of the past. That diversity is exhibited through a wide range of demographic characteristics: age, sex, sexual preference, nationality, ethnicity, and religion, for example. There are big benefits to building a diverse workforce. Researchers writing for Harvard Business Review, for instance, were able to draw a correlation […]
Employee training programs are important elements of change management in the business world. These programs often seek to change the behavior of employees en masse and often involve the use of outside consultants and experts to design and run the training efforts. But these programs can leave employers and managers disappointed with the results.
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.
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.