How to unplug and take a vacation (yes, even you)

Workplace stress exacts a toll on your physical and psychological health and presents economic costs for your organization. Hence the importance of taking time off. But in today’s “always-on” work culture, sometimes this is easier said than done.     Due to the increasingly intrusive nature of email, electronic devices, social media, and the 24-hour…

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Culture change, personalized team management and AI… These topics and more are covered in our selection of this month’s 5-not-to-miss articles!

Here are five articles that stood out this month for their originality, relevance, and/or analysis. Happy reading!   Organization “Getting to the critical few behaviors that can drive cultural change” (Strategy+Business) Culture change can feel like a insurmountable challenge, partly because what determines culture — how and what the people within an organization do on…

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Mastering the paradoxes of high performing teams

Do you face the challenge of building and leading a new team? Revitalizing a stagnant one? No matter the context, Robert Shaw invites you to consider the key paradoxes mastered by teams at cutting-edge companies including Alibaba, Netflix, and Zappos!   When they operate well, teams provide companies with significant competitive advantage, which is why…

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Loss of meaning, loss of passion = brown-out

In addition to burn-out and bore-out, two professional afflictions born respectively from excess of work or boredom, there is a third pathology emerging. Caused by the demotivation that is provoked when daily tasks are plagued with absurdities, this condition is known as brown-out (literally, a drop in voltage in electrical power supply). How can you…

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Putting a bit of agility into performance evaluations

Between now and the end of the year, 75% of European employees will have undergone an evaluation interview. And yet, if there is one thing on which everyone can agree, management and staff alike, it is that these annual reviews are often painful, even useless. Why, then, do we repeat them year after year? Arguably…

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Foster cooperation between your team and the rest of the company

Even when a team has a high degree of internal collaboration, its modus operandi with the rest of the company might be insular. How can you cultivate the free flow of ideas, skills and talents between your team and the rest of the organization?   1/MAKE EVERYONE’S WORK MEANINGFUL Your workers cannot possibly open up…

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How to diagnose conflicts in leadership teams more accurately

“I think we need a teambuilding session. There’s a lot of personal conflict and trust issues on my team.” We often hear this from CEOs and other team leaders who instinctively diagnose “personal conflicts” or “lack of trust” when their team derails. Before you jump to such a conclusion, there are four issues you need…

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What’s the problem with collaboration on your team?

Effective collaboration drives revenue and customer satisfaction and acts as a buffer against economic downturn. But it’s a means to an end that, unless skillfully managed, can cost you and your teams precious resources without achieving its intended results.   “While there are many feel-good arguments in favor of collaboration, the real justification for effective…

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Three different types of “superbosses”

Try out the specific strategies of the world’s most renowned talent developers – people who have demonstrated a consistent, rare ability to hire and hone talent into top performers   Though an incredibly diverse group, Finkelstein says that superbosses tend to fit into one of the three following categories:   • Glorious bastards care about…

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Sydney Finkelstein: What It Takes to Be a Superboss [video]

A 7-minute video interview of Superbosses author Sydney Finkelstein by Harvard Business Review senior editor, Alison Beard, about what sets superbosses apart from « mere, mortal managers » and the teachable lessons around how they consistently develop talent into top performers.   What It Takes to Be a Superboss – Sydney Finkelstein – HBR Video…

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