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Featured Leadership Articles


Measuring the Benefits of Employee Engagement

Research suggests that high levels of employee engagement are associated with higher rates of profitability growth.


Rethinking Leadership

Businesses need a new approach to the practice of leadership — and to leadership development.


Staying in the Know

How can executives best distinguish usable information from distracting noise?


New Opportunities, Hidden Risks

The Power of Asking Pivotal Questions

December 16, 2014 | Paul J.H. Schoemaker and Steven Krupp

Good strategic thinking and decision making often require a shift in perspective — particularly in environments characterized by significant uncertainty and change. Managers can make better decisions by examining both broad market trends and less visible undercurrents. But the questions leaders pose sometimes get in the way of solving the right problem or seeing more innovative solutions. Here, the authors present six questions that challenge executives to incorporate broader perspectives.


Managing Your Career

Time management, office politics, embracing a personal style, and focusing on skill development are all issues in how we manage our careers. These articles explore the research around which strategies work — and why.


The New World of Work

Advanced digital technologies are swiftly changing the kinds of skills that jobs require.


How to Overcome a Power Deficit

Many factors cause talented executives to be sidelined within organizations, but they can usually be remedied.


Recruitment Strategies

The Other Talent War: Competing Through Alumni

February 18, 2015 | Seth Carnahan and Deepak Somaya

Companies increasingly recognize the value of maintaining good relationships with former employees. Recent research, however, reveals a new insight: It’s also wise to pay attention to what your competitors’ former employees are up to. "Many managers don’t typically think of previous employees in competitive terms (if at all), and have virtually no tools or frameworks to help them wage this talent war," write the authors.

Cultivating Effective Teamwork


Reinventing Employee Onboarding

Employee orientation practices that focus on individual identity can lower employee turnover.


Accelerating Projects by Encouraging Help

Making it safe to be honest about when projects are getting off track can promote cooperative behavior.


The Collaborative Organization: How to Make Employee Networks Really Work

Once managers grasp the patterns of employee interactions, they can reduce network inefficiencies.


Why the Non-Superstar Might Be the Most Important Team Member

Hot shots get all the attention, but other team members can be the ones who make a group really tick.

Leading Change


Enabling Bold Visions

The authors offer a framework that executives can use to ensure that their new visions for their businesses become more than just pipe dreams.