Featured Leadership Articles
Companies should recognize and change conditions that cause bad management practices to persist.
Martha E. Mangelsdorf
People are more likely to follow rules if there’s more variety in the order in which they do tasks.
Accounting scandals led to more independent corporate boards, but this trend has financial costs.
The shrinking role of big screens heralds a change in how we communicate with devices and each other.
Catherine J. Turco
Communication has changed thanks to social media — with long-term impacts on how companies work.
Hal R. Varian
Digital assistants are taking over repetitive tasks, leaving managers free to manage.
Chris Brady et al.
Miscommunications between decision makers and data scientists are common. Enter the data translator.
The Language of Leadership
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
No, software will not render managers obsolete, but you will need to be more skilled than ever before.
Rahul Kapoor and Thomas Klueter
Responding to disruptive technologies may mean changing your company’s organizational structure.
Daniel Cohen and Joshua S. Gans
Foresight and timing are crucial elements in responding to disruption.
Erik Brynjolfsson and John Silberholz
There’s a boom in using analytics for human resource decisions. Tenure decisions should be next.
Emilio J. Castilla
New research shows bias exists even in merit-based systems — but a data-centric approach can help.
Bart Baesens et al.
HR analytics is the next big change in human resources management.
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.