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Seven Strategies for Simplifying Your Organization

Ron Ashkenas, hbr.org

This post is co-authored with Lisa Bodell.

Over the past several years we have heard hundreds of managers talk about the negative impact of complexity on both productivity and workplace morale. This message has been reinforced by the…

Hitting The Intergenerational Sweet Spot

Monique Valcour, hbr.org

There’s no hotter topic in human resource management at present than how to manage Millennials (aka Generation Y), the age 30-and-under members of the workforce. Millennials are the “kids nowadays!” that managers from previous generations fret abo…

How to Lead When You're Not in Charge

Gary Hamel and Polly LaBarre, hbr.org

For all of the books (thousands) written on leadership, individuals (millions) who have participated in leadership seminars and dollars (billions) invested in leadership development, too many leadership experts still fail to distinguish between th…

Connecting The Dots
Randy, coolinfographics.com
Connecting the Dots is a mind map design from Habitat for Humanity. It was published in the May 2013 edition of their own magazine, Habitat World, and made available online as a PDF download.Learn more about how Habitat builds homes,…

Connecting The Dots
Randy, coolinfographics.com

Connecting the Dots is a mind map design from Habitat for Humanity. It was published in the May 2013 edition of their own magazine, Habitat World, and made available online as a PDF download.Learn more about how Habitat builds homes,…

Define Your Organization's Habits to Work More Efficiently

Brad Power, hbr.org

We don’t often think about the way we usually operate at work, whether we’re performing an informal five-step process for evaluating a new proposal, or setting priorities for managing our time. But our ability to improve the ways we do things depe…

Is Giving the Secret to Getting Ahead?
By SUSAN DOMINUS, nytimes.com
Just after noon on a Wednes­day in Novem­ber, Adam Grant wrapped up a lec­ture at the Whar­ton School and head­ed toward his office, a six-minute speed walk away. Sev­er­al stu­dents trailed him, as often hap­pens; at con­fer­ences, Grant attracts…

Is Giving the Secret to Getting Ahead?
By SUSAN DOMINUS, nytimes.com

Just after noon on a Wednes­day in Novem­ber, Adam Grant wrapped up a lec­ture at the Whar­ton School and head­ed toward his office, a six-minute speed walk away. Sev­er­al stu­dents trailed him, as often hap­pens; at con­fer­ences, Grant attracts…