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CEOs Sometimes Need Outside Help

Originally posted on HBR Blog Network – Harvard Business Review:
We know we want leaders who are smart, decisive, transformative, and possessed of a singular vision. But there’s an often-overlooked factor that can make the difference between success and failure: a leader’s ability to go far outside the organization—mobilizing networks of critical expertise—to get help…

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Is Your Company Ready for the Looming Talent Drought?

Originally posted on HBR Blog Network – Harvard Business Review:
Even if your firm has a healthy employee base and a strong balance sheet, chances are good that it’s about to face a significant shortage of qualified managers. I reached that conclusion in 2007, after working with Nitin Nohria, the current dean of Harvard Business…

12 Things Good Bosses Believe

Originally posted on HBR Blog Network – Harvard Business Review:
What makes a boss great? It’s a question I’ve been researching for a while now. In June 2009, I offered some analysis in HBR on the subject, and more recently I’ve been hard at work on a book called Good Boss, Bad Boss (published in…

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Why I Tell My Employees to Bring Their Kids to Work

Originally posted on HBR Blog Network – Harvard Business Review:
I am the CEO of a fast-growing high-tech company. I’m also a mother of three boys, ages 9, 7, and 4, and I pride myself on being very involved in their lives. I have had to juggle kids and career for the last 10 years,…

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To Create Change, Leadership Is More Important Than Authority

Originally posted on HBR Blog Network – Harvard Business Review:
Aspiring junior executives dream of climbing the ladder to gain more authority.  Then they can make things happen and create the change that they believe in.  Senior executives, on the other hand, are often frustrated by how little power they actually have. The problem is…

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A Tool That Maps Out Cultural Differences

Originally posted on HBR Blog Network – Harvard Business Review:
Understanding cultural differences isn’t easy, even when you’ve lived in many different countries (disclosure: I’m a Brit, grew up in Southeast Asia, lived and worked in Switzerland and the US, and now live and work in France). Just when you think you’ve got a culture nailed,…

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The Strategic Mistake Almost Everybody Makes

Originally posted on HBR Blog Network – Harvard Business Review:
“It is simple math,” the strategist said in a tone that sounded suspiciously similar to how I explain things to my six-year-old daughter. “Decreasing churn by a percent — a single percent! — creates tens of millions of dollars of value. A point of market…

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San Diego Housing Market Update: It’s Been a Good Year

The numbers are up! Here’s the latest news on the San Diego Real Estate market, brought to you by the San Diego Association of Realtors, hosted by George Chamberlin, Executive Editor of The Daily Transcript and Donna Sanfilippo, President of SDAR. Key highlights include a 20%+ increase year over year in single family attached (condos / townhomes) … Continue reading

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