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Why Bad Management Practices Persist

Companies should recognize and change conditions that cause bad management practices to persist.

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An Easy Way to Encourage Employees to Follow Company Rules

People are more likely to follow rules if there’s more variety in the order in which they do tasks.

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The Downside to Full Board Independence

Accounting scandals led to more independent corporate boards, but this trend has financial costs.

Effective Communication

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Why the Human Voice Is the Year’s Most Important Technology

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The shrinking role of big screens heralds a change in how we communicate with devices and each other.

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A New Era of Corporate Conversation

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Communication has changed thanks to social media — with long-term impacts on how companies work.

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Executive Assistants for Everyone

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Digital assistants are taking over repetitive tasks, leaving managers free to manage.

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Why Your Company Needs Data Translators

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Miscommunications between decision makers and data scientists are common. Enter the data translator.

The Language of Leadership

End Your Business Journey, Please

January 6, 2017 | David Kiron

In a rapidly changing world, full of mixed messages and various uncertainties, it’s reasonable for leaders and managers to look for some language — a narrative — that helps people grapple with it all. “Journey” fits this particular bill in many respects. It’s a familiar and perhaps comforting framework for describing the pursuit of some end — but using it could affect your ability to envision a wider range of possibilities.

Leading Organizational Change

Organizing for New Technologies

Responding to disruptive technologies may mean changing your company’s organizational structure.

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From the Archives

From the Archives: Establish a Personal Advisory Board

January 10, 2017 | Leslie Brokaw

Here’s a new year’s resolution to consider: Build a personal advisory board that meets your current needs. “A person’s developmental network can’t be static but needs to evolve over time,” noted the authors of a 2015 article in MIT Sloan Management Review. Yan Shen, Richard D. Cotton, and Kathy E. Kram make the case that a professional mentor is just one element of a fully formed personal board of advisers, which might also include a personal guide and a career adviser, among others.