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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.

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Why Managers Still Matter

Managerial authority is essential when decisions are time-sensitive, knowledge is concentrated and decisions need to be coordinated.

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Bringing Fun and Creativity to Work

Team-based contests that draw on creativity and collaboration skills can build motivation in employees.

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A New Approach to Talent Management

The Dandelion Principle: Redesigning Work for the Innovation Economy

May 19, 2014 | Robert D. Austin and Thorkil Sonne

People who are “different,” either behaviorally or neurologically, can add significant value to companies. The authors, who studied the practices of innovative organizations and the experience of a Danish company working with people with autism, argue that companies can benefit from adjusting work conditions to embrace the talents of people who “think differently” or have “inspired peculiarities.” “Managing innovation is less about averages and more about understanding outliers,” write the authors.

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Accentuate Your Best Skills

The best leaders know when to lead, when to manage, when to delegate and when to get out of the way. They also figure out where their own skills lie and how to take the best advantage of them.

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How to Be a Better Boss

Asking reports if they would recommend their manager provides efficient management assessment.

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The Elements of Good Leadership

What does it take to be an effective leader in today’s unpredictable and uncertain business environments?

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The Curse of Your Qualities

The authors of “How to Become a Better Leader” explore how leaders can recognize and manage their psychological inclinations.

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Debunking Management Myths

Management is too often idealized as work that should involve detached planning and strategizing.

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Leading With a Sense of Purpose

Combining Purpose With Profits

February 19, 2014 | Julian Birkinshaw, Nicolai J. Foss and Siegwart Lindenberg

It’s an old idea: If you want to build a company that truly motivates its employees, it has to have a sense of purpose. A sense of purpose that transcends making money can motivate employees. But to sustain both a sense of purpose and a solid level of profitability over time, companies need to pay attention to several fundamental organizing principles, including the need for support systems that reinforce goals.

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What It Takes to Reshore Manufacturing Successfully

The process of bringing assembly work back to U.S. factories from abroad is more challenging than the economics would predict.

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How Much Does a Company’s Reputation Matter in Recruiting?

New research sheds light on the role of a reputation for corporate social responsibility in hiring.

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Six Principles of Effective Global Talent Management

Companies that are successful at global talent management subscribe to six key principles.

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Reinventing Employee Onboarding

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