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The 2018 Richard Beckhard Memorial Prize

The winner of the 2018 Beckhard Prize is “The Corporate Implications of Longer Lives,” by Lynda Gratton and Andrew Scott.


Why People Believe in Their Leaders — or Not

Credibility hinges on perceptions of competence and trustworthiness, drawn from specific behaviors.


Need Motivation at Work? Try Giving Advice

While failing to achieve one’s goals saps confidence, giving advice may restore it.


Valuing People Skills

The Challenge of Scaling Soft Skills

August 6, 2018 | Lynda Gratton

We understand a lot about how to develop the “hard skills” of analysis, decision-making, and analytical judgment, but we know a great deal less about the genesis of “soft skills” like empathy, context sensing, collaboration, and creative thinking, which are becoming increasingly valuable in the workplace. Understanding the obstacles to developing these soft skills and then addressing those barriers is crucial for our schools, homes, and workplaces.

Talent and Technology


How Human-Computer ‘Superminds’ Are Redefining the Future of Work

As smart technologies embed deeper into human processes, a more powerful form of collaboration is emerging.


How AI Can Amplify Human Competencies

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The future of AI looks much like the present, with machines helping humans to do their jobs better, not replacing them.


Four Ways Jobs Will Respond to Automation

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Automation will affect jobs in four ways. The path jobs take depends on what kind of value they provide — and how.


Streamlining Communication

Five Ways to Improve Communication in Virtual Teams

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If you think sophisticated communication technologies are the ticket to your virtual team’s success, think again. It’s not the tech that matters — it’s how people use it. New research reveals five strategies for conquering distance and improving communication and performance in dispersed teams. The same strategies can help colocated teams, which depend increasingly on virtual collaboration tools to get work done.

When Communication Should Be Formal

Formal communication channels, such as protocol-guided meetings, are often eschewed by today’s managers and employees, who prefer the ease of email and apps. But informal avenues can lead to oversights and inefficiencies that hurt performance. That’s the central finding of research from IE Business School on manufacturers of high-tech machinery. Fortunately, formal communication protocols can be designed to both maximize performance and overcome people’s resistance to adopting them.


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What Sets ‘Superbosses’ Apart From Other Leaders?

Today’s best leaders embrace technology as a management tool but retain a human touch, too.


How to Become a Game-Changing Leader

To successfully lead big change initiatives, executives must master a wide range of leadership skills.

Distracted by smartphone notifications overload

Managing the Distraction-Focus Paradox

Professional success in today’s hyper-connected workplace demands “distracted focus.”

Common Traits of the Best Digital Leaders

Leaders must develop new skills to effectively guide their organizations into the uncertain future of the digital age.

The Future of Work

How Leaders Face the Future of Work

Some leaders have failed to realize that the daily lives of those who work in their organizations will inevitably be transformed over the coming decades. But it’s the responsibility of leaders to create clarity about the future of work. That means being engaged with creating a narrative about the future of jobs, actively championing the learning agenda, and role modeling work flexibility — for instance, by taking paternity leave or working from home.

Planning for the Future of Work

It’s not going to be enough to identify what jobs will be still be available to humans once computers expand their repertoire. We have to reimagine work altogether.



Leading a Responsible Corporation