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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.


The Downside to Full Board Independence

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

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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.


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.


Executive Assistants for Everyone

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


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.



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.