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A weekly podcast featuring the leading thinkers in business and management from Harvard Business Review.

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705: How to Have a Relationship and a Career
Jennifer Petriglieri, associate professor at INSEAD, studied more than 100 couples where both partners have big professional goals. She finds that being successful in your careers and your relationship involves planning, mapping, and ongoing communication. She also identifies different models for managing dual-career relationships and explains the traps that couples typically encounter. Petriglieri is the author of the book “Couples That Work: How Dual-Career Couples Can Thrive in Love and Work.”
Oct 15, 2019
704: The CEO of Dick's Sporting Goods on Becoming a Gun Control Advocate
Ed Stack, the chief executive of Dick's Sporting Goods, decided after the Parkland school shooting to pull assault rifles and high-capacity magazines from all of his company’s stores. The controversial choice hurt revenues. But the retailer weathered the storm, thanks to inclusive and thoughtful decision-making, careful communication with all stakeholders, and a strategic shift to new product lines. Stack explains why he chose to take such a public stance on a hot-button social issue and how it has affected him personally and professionally. He is the author of "It's How We Play the Game: Build a Business. Take a Stand. Make a Difference."
Oct 08, 2019
703: Melinda Gates on Fighting for Gender Equality
Melinda Gates, cochair of the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation and founder of Pivotal Ventures, is committing $1 billion over the next ten years to advance gender equality. She says evidence shows it's the best way to drive economic development in nations and performance in companies. She shares her own stories as a female executive at Microsoft, a working mother, and a nonprofit leader learning from women around the world. Gates is the author of the HBR article "Gender Equality Is Within Our Reach."
Oct 04, 2019
702: How Companies Like Google and Alibaba Respond to Fast-Moving Markets
Dave Ulrich, professor at the University of Michigan Ross School of Business, argues today's companies need to replace old hierarchical models with he calls a “market-oriented ecosystem.” From research at Alibaba, Google, Huawei, Supercell, and others, he shows the impressive results of orienting teams and processes toward market opportunities. Ulrich is the coauthor, along with Tencent senior advisor Arthur Yeung, of “Reinventing the Organization: How Companies Can Deliver Radically Greater Value in Fast-Changing Markets.”
Oct 01, 2019
701: How to Be Less Distracted at Work — and in Life
Nir Eyal, an expert on technology and psychology, says that we all need to learn to be less distracted into activities that don't help us achieve what we want to each day. Unwelcome behaviors can range from social media scrolling and bingeing on YouTube videos to chatting with colleagues or answering non-urgent emails. To break these habits, we start by recognizing that it is often our own emotions, not our devices, that distract us. We must then recognize the difference between traction (values-aligned work or leisure) and distraction (not) and make time in our schedules for more of the former. Eyal also has tips for protecting ourselves from the external distractions that do come at us and tools to force us to focus on bigger-picture goals. He is the author of the book "Indistractable: How to Control Your Attention and Choose Your Life."
Sep 24, 2019
700: Dematerialization and What It Means for the Economy — and Climate Change
Andrew McAfee, co-director of the MIT Initiative on the Digital Economy, explains how the U.S. economy is growing and actually using less and less stuff to do so. Thanks to new technologies, many advanced economies are reducing their use of timber, metals, fertilizer, and other resources. McAfee says this dematerialization trend is spreading to other parts of the globe. While it’s not happening fast enough to stop climate change, he believes it offers some hope for environmental protection when combined with effective public policy. McAfee is the author of the book “More from Less: The Surprising Story of How We Learned to Prosper Using Fewer Resources—and What Happens Next.”
Sep 17, 2019
699: What Great Coaching Looks Like
Richard Boyatzis, professor at Case Western Reserve University, says that every professional can benefit from having a coach — and serving as one for someone else. He says that a coaching relationship moves beyond mentoring or sponsoring in that it focuses on long-term values and aspirations. The best coaches encourage a positive mindset and ask probing questions to help people make the best choices, not only in their careers but also in their personal lives. Boyatzis is coauthor of the HBR article "Coaching for Change."
Sep 10, 2019
698: The Inherent Failures of Long-term Contracts — and How to Fix Them
Oliver Hart, Nobel-winning Harvard economist, and Kate Vitasek, faculty at the University of Tennessee, argue that many business contracts are imperfect, no matter how bulletproof you try to make them. Especially in complicated relationships such as outsourcing, one side ends up feeling like they're getting a bad deal, and it can spiral into a tit for tat battle. Hart and Vitasek argue that companies should instead adopt so-called relational contracts. Their research shows that creating a general playbook built around principles like fairness and reciprocity offers greater benefits to both businesses. Hart and Vitasek, with the Swedish attorney David Frydlinger, cowrote the HBR article "A New Approach to Contracts."
Sep 03, 2019
697: How African-Americans Advance at Work — And What Organizations Can Do To Help
Laura Morgan Roberts, professor at the University of Virginia's Darden School of Business, says that organizations are still falling short on promoting racial diversity, particularly in their most senior ranks. While many large companies have "inclusion" initiatives, most leaders still shy away from frank discussions about how the experiences of their black employees and executives -- including their feelings of authenticity and potential for advancement -- differ from those of their white peers. She points to several ways we can change these dynamics. With David Thomas and Anthony Mayo, Morgan Roberts is co-author of the book “Race, Work, and Leadership: New Perspectives on the Black Experience.”
Aug 27, 2019
696: The Challenges (and Triumphs) of a Young Manager
Julie Zhuo, Facebook’s VP of product design, started at the company as its first intern and became a manager at the age of 25. Like many first-time bosses, she made many missteps and acted how she thought managers were supposed to act. Eventually, she grew to find joy in the role and today she leads hundreds of people. She says that becoming a great manager also helps you know yourself better. Zhuo is the author of the book "The Making of a Manager: What to Do When Everyone Looks to You."
Aug 20, 2019
695: How to Thrive as a Working Parent
Daisy Dowling, founder and CEO of Workparent, says that moms and dads with jobs outside the home don't have to feel stressed or guilty about trying to balance their professional and personal lives. The key is to tease apart the different challenges -- from coping with feelings of loss to managing practicalities -- and to adopt strategies to better guide you through each. She points out that while a lot of emphasis is placed on parental leave, and especially new mothers, people at all stages of parenting need practical, immediate, and effective solutions they can implement themselves. Dowling is the author of the HBR article "A Working Parent’s Survival Guide."
Aug 13, 2019
694: How Robots and AI Are Changing Job Training
Matt Beane, assistant professor at the University of California, Santa Barbara, finds that robots, machine learning, and AI are changing how we train for our jobs — not just how we do them. His study shows that robot-assisted surgery is disrupting the traditional learning pathway of younger physicians. He says this trend is emerging in many industries, from finance to law enforcement to education. And he shares lessons from trainees who are successfully working around these new barriers. Beane is the author of the HBR article “Learning to Work with Intelligent Machines.”
Aug 06, 2019
693: Finding (and Keeping) Your Company's Soul
Ranjay Gulati, professor at Harvard Business School, says the most successful organizations tend to have one thing in common: a soul. Moving beyond culture, the "soul" of a growing start-up -- or a more established company -- is built on clear business intent, a strong connection to customers, and a stellar employee experience. Gulati says that leaders must think hard about preserving all three elements of the soul even as they scale and never lose sight of what makes their company special. He's the author of the HBR article "The Soul of a Start-Up."
Jul 30, 2019
692: Improve Your Critical Thinking at Work
Helen Lee Bouygues, founder of the Reboot Foundation, believes that a lack of critical thinking is responsible for many business failures. She says organizational leaders often rely too heavily on expertise and then jump to conclusions. Instead, leaders should deliberately approach each problem and devote time thinking through possible solutions. The good news, she says, is that critical thinking skills can developed and practiced over time. Bouygues is the author of the HBR.org article "3 Simple Habits to Improve Your Critical Thinking."
Jul 23, 2019
691: Business Lessons from How Marvel Makes Movies
Spencer Harrison, an associate professor at INSEAD, says that managers in any industry can learn from the success of the Marvel movie franchise. While some sequels lack creativity, Marvel manages to make each of its new releases just different enough, so consumers are not just satisfied but also surprised. Research shows that several strategies drive this success; they include bringing in different types of talent while also maintaining a stable core creative team then working together to challenge the superhero action-film formula. And, Harrison argues, leaders in other industries and functions can easily apply them to their own businesses. He is the co-author of the HBR article "Marvel's Blockbuster Machine."
Jul 16, 2019
690: The 3 Types of Leaders of Innovative Companies
Deborah Ancona and Kate Isaacs, researchers at MIT Sloan School of Management, say many companies struggle to be nimble with a command-and-control leadership culture. They studied Xerox’s R&D outfit PARC and the materials science company W.L. Gore & Associates and found these highly innovative organizations have three kinds of leaders: entrepreneurial, enabling, and architecting ones. These roles work together to give direction and avoid creative chaos. Ancona and Isaacs are coauthors of the HBR article "Nimble Leadership."
Jul 09, 2019
689: Stopping White-Collar Crime at Your Company
Eugene Soltes, associate professor at Harvard Business School, studies white-collar crime and has even interviewed convicts behind bars. While most people think of high-profile scandals like Enron, he says every sizable organization has lapses in integrity. He shares practical tools for managers to identify pockets of ethical violations to prevent them from ballooning into serious reputational and financial damage. Soltes is the author of the HBR article “Where Is Your Company Most Prone to Lapses in Integrity?”
Jul 02, 2019
688: How to Fix Your Hiring Process
Peter Cappelli, professor at the University of Pennsylvania's Wharton School of Business and director of its Center for Human Resources, says managers at companies large and small are doing hiring all wrong. A confluence of changes, from the onslaught of online tools to a rise in recruitment outsourcing, have promised more efficiency but actually made us less effective at finding the best candidates. Cappelli says there are better, simpler ways to measure whether someone will be a good employee and advises companies to focus more on internal talent. He's the author of the HBR article "Your Approach to Hiring is All Wrong."
Jun 25, 2019
687: The Surprising Benefits of Sponsoring Others at Work
Sylvia Ann Hewlett, an economist and the founder of the Center for Talent Innovation, has studied the difference between mentoring and sponsorship and what leaders have to gain from the latter. She says it's important to seek out protégés who outperform, are exceptionally trustworthy, and, most importantly, offer skills, knowledge, and perspectives that differ from your own, so you can maximize the benefits for both parties. Hewlett brings real-world lessons from several successful pairings and tips on how to effectively launch and manage these long-term relationships. She's the author of the book "The Sponsor Effect: How to Be a Better Leader by Investing in Others."
Jun 18, 2019
686: Why You Need Innovation Capital — And How to Get It
Nathan Furr, assistant professor of strategy at INSEAD, researches what makes great innovative leaders, and he reveals how they develop and spend “innovation capital.” Like social or political capital, it’s a power to motivate employees, win the buy-in of stakeholders, and sell breakthrough products. Furr argues that innovation capital is something everyone can develop and grow by using something he calls impression amplifiers. Furr is the coauthor of the book “Innovation Capital: How to Compete--and Win--Like the World's Most Innovative Leaders.”
Jun 11, 2019
685: Advice for Entrepreneurs from a Leading Venture Capitalist
Scott Kupor, managing partner at Andreessen Horowitz, says there's a lot about navigating the venture capital world that entrepreneurs don't understand. Some can't figure out how to get in the door. Others fail to deliver persuasive pitches. Many don't know how the deals and relationships really work. Kupor outlines what he and his partners look for in founding teams and business ideas and explains how start-ups work with VCs to become successful companies. He also discusses how Silicon Valley can do a better job of finding more diverse talent and funding new types of ventures. Kupor is the author of the book "Secrets of Sand Hill Road: Venture Capital and How to Get It."
Jun 04, 2019
684: Understanding the Space Economy
Sinéad O'Sullivan, entrepreneurship fellow at Harvard Business School, discusses how space is much more important to modern business than most people realize. It plays a role in making food, pricing insurance, and steering self-driving cars. While moonshot projects from SpaceX to Blue Origin drive headlines, the Earth-facing space economy is booming thanks to plummeting costs of entry. As tech companies large and small compete to launch thousands of satellites, O'Sullivan says we are actually running out of space in space.
May 28, 2019
683: Why It’s Time to Finally Worry about ESG
Robert Eccles, a visiting professor of management practice at Saïd Business School at the University of Oxford, says that the global investment community's interest in environmental, social, and governance (ESG) issues has finally reached a tipping point. Large asset management firms and pensions funds are now pressuring corporate leaders to improve sustainability practices in material ways that both benefit their firms' bottom line and create broader impact. They're also advocating for more uniform metrics and industry standards. Eccles is the author of the HBR article “The Investor Revolution."
May 21, 2019
682: How Having a Rival Improves Performance
Adam Grant, organizational psychologist at The Wharton School, argues that individuals and companies alike can benefit from having rivals. He has studied sports and business rivalries and believes they often add up to more than just zero-sum competition. Grant explains how we can perform and even feel better by taking the risk of treating our rivals more like competitive friends.
May 14, 2019
681: Global Workers Are Ready for Retraining
Joseph Fuller, professor at Harvard Business School, says that the story we hear about workers being afraid for the future of their jobs might not be right. In surveying 11,000 people in lower-income and middle-skills jobs and 6,500 managers across 11 countries, Fuller discovered that, contrary to what bosses believe, many employees are excited about new technologies and willing to be trained in new skills. But they don't always know what they need to learn or how to access and pay for it. Organizations can do a better job of identifying the skills gaps they have or will soon face and using their existing workforces to fill them. Fuller's project is a joint venture between the HBS Project on Managing the Future of Work and the Boston Consulting Group’s Henderson Institute. He's a co-author of the HBR article “Your Workforce is More Adaptable Than You Think."
May 07, 2019
HBR Presents: Cold Call
Harvard Business School's Brian Kenny is joined by professors to distill the school's legendary case studies into podcast form, giving listeners important takeaways they can use in their own businesses and careers. In this episode, Harvard Business School professors Leslie John and Mitch Weiss discuss a case on the city of Toronto, and how it is experimenting with various smart city ideas born of the Google spin-off Sidewalk Labs. "Cold Call" is part of HBR Presents, a new network of business podcasts curated by HBR editors. For our full lineup of shows, search “HBR” on your favorite podcast app or visit hbr.org/podcasts.
May 02, 2019
680: How China Is Upending Western Marketing Practices
Kimberly Whitler, assistant professor at the University of Virginia Darden School of Business, believes the days of transplanting well-worn Western marketing practices into national markets may be numbered. She has researched marketing campaigns in China and finds they are faster, cheaper, and often more effective than traditional Western ones. Moreover, she argues they may be better suited to today’s global marketplace. Whitler is the author of the HBR article “What Western Marketers Can Learn from China.”
Apr 30, 2019
HBR Presents: FOMO Sapiens with Patrick J. McGinnis
Patrick McGinnis, creator of the term FOMO, engages business leaders, entrepreneurs, politicians and more about the paths they’ve taken in life – and what they’ve let go of. In this episode, he speaks with Zola CEO Shan-Lyn Ma and Female Founders Fund founder Anu Duggal about how women are driving diversity in the start-up world. "FOMO Sapiens with Patrick J. McGinnis" is part of HBR Presents, a new network of business podcasts curated by HBR editors. For our full lineup of shows, search “HBR” on your favorite podcast app or visit hbr.org/podcasts.
Apr 25, 2019
679: What Managers Get Wrong About Feedback
Marcus Buckingham, head of people and performance research at the ADP Research Institute, and Ashley Goodall, senior vice president of leadership and team intelligence at Cisco Systems, say that managers and organizations are overestimating the importance of critical feedback. They argue that, in focusing our efforts on correcting weaknesses and rounding people out, we lose the ability to get exceptional performance from them. Instead, we should focus on strengths and push everyone to shine in their own areas. To do that, companies need to rethink the way they review, pay, and promote their employees. Buckingham and Goodall are the authors of the book "Nine Lies About Work: A Freethinking Leader's Guide to the Real World" and the HBR article "The Feedback Fallacy."
Apr 23, 2019
HBR Presents: Exponential View with Azeem Azhar
Entrepreneur, investor, and podcast host Azeem Azhar looks at some of the biggest issues at the intersection of technology and society, with a focus this season on artificial intelligence. In this episode, he speaks with University of Bath professor Joanna Bryson on the kind of professional and ethical standards that need to be put in place as AI continues to grow as an industry. "Exponential View with Azeem Azhar" is part of HBR Presents, a new network of business podcasts curated by HBR editors. For our full lineup of shows, search “HBR” on your favorite podcast app or visit hbr.org/podcasts.
Apr 18, 2019
678: Avoiding the Expertise Trap
Sydney Finkelstein, professor at the Tuck School of Business at Dartmouth College, says that being the most knowledgeable and experienced person on your team isn't always a good thing. Expertise can steer you wrong in two important ways. It can stop you from being curious about new developments in your field. And it can make you overconfident about your ability to solve problems in different areas. He says that, to be effective leaders, we need to be more aware of these traps and seek out ways to become more humble and open-minded. Finkelstein is the author of the HBR article "Don't Be Blinded By Your Own Expertise."
Apr 16, 2019
HBR Presents: After Hours
Harvard Business School professors and hosts Youngme Moon, Mihir Desai, and Felix Oberholzer-Gee discuss news at the crossroads of business and culture. In this episode, they analyze the current food delivery wars and garner some lessons in crisis management from Boeing. "After Hours" is part of HBR Presents, a new network of business podcasts curated by HBR editors. For our full lineup of shows, search “HBR” on your favorite podcast app or visit hbr.org/podcasts.
Apr 11, 2019
677: Why People — and Companies — Need Purpose
Nicholas Pearce, clinical associate professor at Kellogg School of Management, says too many companies and individuals go about their daily business without a strong sense of purpose. He argues that companies that are not simply profit-driven are more likely to succeed and that the same goes for people. He says individuals who align their daily job with their life’s work will be happier and more productive. Pearce is also a pastor, an executive coach, and the author of the book "The Purpose Path: A Guide to Pursuing Your Authentic Life's Work."
Apr 09, 2019
676: The Right Way to Get Your First 1,000 Customers
Thales Teixeira, associate professor at Harvard Business School, believes many startups fail precisely because they try to emulate successful disruptive businesses. He says by focusing too early on technology and scale, entrepreneurs lose out on the learning that comes from serving initial customers with an imperfect product. He shares how Airbnb, Uber, Etsy, and Netflix approached their first 1,000 customers very differently, helping to explain why they have millions of customers today. Teixeira is the author of the book "Unlocking the Customer Value Chain: How Decoupling Drives Consumer Disruption."
Apr 02, 2019
675: Why U.S. Working Moms Are So Stressed – And What To Do About It
Caitlyn Collins, a sociologist at Washington University in St. Louis, conducted interviews with mothers in four countries -- the United States, Italy, Germany, and Sweden -- who have jobs outside the home to better understand the pressures they felt. She found that American moms were by far the most stressed, primarily because of the lack of parental benefits offered by their employers and the government. In Europe, women told Collins they had more help, but at times cultural norms around their personal and professional roles had yet to catch up. Collins thinks companies can work to improve the situation but argues that the real solution is carefully designed government interventions that will help families at all income levels. She’s the author of the book “Making Motherhood Work: How Women Manage Careers and Caregiving.”
Mar 26, 2019
674: A Theoretical Physicist (and Entrepreneur) on Why Companies Stop Innovating
Safi Bahcall, a former biotech CEO, began his career as a theoretical physicist before joining the business world. He compares the moment that innovative companies become complacent ones to a glass of water freezing, becoming ice. The elements are the same, but the structure of the company has changed. Bahcall offers ways for growing companies to avoid these inevitable forces and continue to innovate. He's the author of the book "Loonshots: How to Nurture the Crazy Ideas That Win Wars, Cure Diseases, and Transform Industries" and the HBR article “The Innovation Equation."
Mar 19, 2019
673: Why Are We Still Promoting Incompetent Men?
Tomas Chamorro-Premuzic, a psychologist and chief talent scientist at ManpowerGroup, says we're not picking leaders in the right way. While we should be promoting people based on their competence and potential, it's often the incompetent, overconfident candidates -- most of them men -- who get ahead. Studies show that, by many measures, women are actually better equipped to become strong, successful managers. But the solution to getting more of them into the executive ranks isn't quotas or other initiatives that mandate gender diversity. To improve leadership across the board, we need to focus on the metrics proven to enhance performance and set higher standards for everyone. Chamorro-Premuzic is also a professor of business psychology at University College London and Columbia University, and the author of the book "Why Do So Many Incompetent Men Become Leaders?: (And How to Fix It)" (Harvard Business Review Press, 2019).
Mar 12, 2019
672: Make Customers Happier with Operational Transparency
Ryan Buell, associate professor at Harvard Business School, says the never-ending quest for operational efficiency is having unintended consequences. When customers don’t see the work that’s being done in back offices, offshore factories, and algorithms, they’re less satisfied with their purchases. Buell believes organizations should deliberately design windows into and out of operations. He says increasing operational transparency helps customers and employees alike appreciate the value being created. Buell is the author of the HBR article "Operational Transparency."
Mar 05, 2019
671: Fixing Tech's Gender Gap
Reshma Saujani, founder of Girls Who Code, is on a mission to get more young women into computer science. She says the problem isn't lack of interest. Her non-profit organization has trained thousands of girls to code, and the ranks of female science and engineering graduates continue to grow. And yet men still dominate the tech industry. Saujani believes companies can certainly do more to promote diversity. But she also wants girls and women to stop letting perfectionism hold them back from volunteering for the most challenging tasks and jobs. She is the author of the book "Brave, Not Perfect: Fear Less, Fail More, and Live Bolder."
Feb 26, 2019
670: How Innovative Companies Help Frontier Markets Grow
Efosa Ojomo, global prosperity lead at the Clayton Christensen Institute, argues that international aid is not the best way to develop poor countries, nor are investments in natural resource extraction, outsourced labor, or incremental improvements to existing offerings for established customer bases. Instead, entrepreneurs, investors, and global companies should focus on market-creating innovations. Just like Henry Ford in the United States a century ago, they should see opportunity in the struggles of frontier markets, target non-consumption, and create not just products and services but whole ecosystems around them, which then promote stability and economic growth. Ojomo is the co-author of the HBR article "Cracking Frontier Markets" and the book The Prosperity Paradox.
Feb 19, 2019
669: How to Cope With a Mid-Career Crisis
Kieran Setiya, a philosophy professor at MIT, says many people experience a mid-career crisis. Some have regrets about paths not taken or serious professional missteps; others feel a sense of boredom or futility in their ongoing streams of work. The answer isn't always to find a new job or lobby for a promotion. Motivated by his own crisis, Setiya started looking for ways to cope and discovered several strategies that can help all of us shift our perspective on our careers and get out of the slump without jumping ship.
Feb 12, 2019
668: Why Business Jargon Isn’t All Bad
Anne Curzan, English professor at the University of Michigan, studies the evolution of language. While many of us roll our eyes at bizspeak — from synergy to value-add to operationalize — Curzan defends business jargon. She says the words we say around the office speak volumes about our organizations and our working relationships. She shares how to use jargon more deliberately, explains the origin of some annoying or amusing buzzwords, and discusses how English became the global business language and how that could change.
Feb 05, 2019
667: Use Your Money to Buy Happier Time
Ashley Whillans, professor at Harvard Business School, researches time-money trade-offs. She argues more people would be happier if they spent more of their hard-earned money to buy themselves out of negative experiences. Her research shows that paying to outsource housework or to enjoy a shorter commute can have an outsized impact on happiness and relationships. Whillans is the author of the HBR article “Time for Happiness.”
Jan 29, 2019
666: Creating Psychological Safety in the Workplace
Amy Edmondson, professor at Harvard Business School, first identified the concept of psychological safety in work teams in 1999. Since then, she has observed how companies with a trusting workplace perform better. Psychological safety isn't about being nice, she says. It’s about giving candid feedback, openly admitting mistakes, and learning from each other. And she argues that kind of organizational culture is increasingly important in the modern economy. Edmondson is the author of the new book "The Fearless Organization: Creating Psychological Safety in the Workplace for Learning, Innovation, and Growth.”
Jan 22, 2019
665: How Retirement Changes Your Identity
Teresa Amabile, professor at Harvard Business School, is approaching her own retirement by researching how ending your work career affects your sense of self. She says important psychological shifts take place leading up to, and during, retirement. That holds especially true for workers who identify strongly with their job and organization. Amabile and her fellow researchers have identified two main processes that retirees go through: life restructuring and identity bridging.
Jan 15, 2019
664: The Harsh Reality of Innovative Companies
Gary Pisano, professor at Harvard Business School, studies innovation at companies large and small. He says there’s too much focus on the positive, fun side of innovative cultures and too little understanding of the difficult truths behind sustained innovation. From candid feedback, to strong leadership, to individual accountability and competence, to disciplined choices, Pisano says leaders need to understand and communicate these realities. He's the author of the HBR article “The Hard Truth About Innovative Cultures” and the new book “Creative Construction: The DNA of Sustained Innovation.”
Jan 08, 2019
663: How One Google Engineer Turned Tragedy into a Moonshot
Mo Gawdat, founder of One Billion Happy and former Chief Business Officer at Google's X, spent years working in technological innovation. At Google's so-called "dream factory," he learned how to operationalize moonshot ventures aiming to solve some of the world's hardest problems. But then a personal tragedy — the loss of his son — set him on a new path. Gawdat launched a startup with the moonshot goal of helping one billion people find happiness. Gawdat is also the author of "Solve for Happy: Engineer Your Path to Joy."
Jan 02, 2019
662: Improving Civility in the Workplace
Krista Tippett, host of "On Being," believes we are in the middle of a big shift in the workplace. For a long time, she says, we were taught to keep all of our personal opinions and problems out of the office — even if that wasn't the reality. Now, as worker expectations change and people bring more of their authentic selves to work, Tippett says managers need to discover how to allow more honesty and emotions and humanity in the workplace, while still delivering in a high-performing environment.
Dec 26, 2018
661: How One CEO Creates Joy at Work
Richard Sheridan, CEO of Menlo Innovations, says it took him years to learn what really mattered at work and how to create that kind of workplace culture. As a company leader today, he works hard to make sure both his job — and the jobs of his employees — are joyful. That doesn't mean they are happy 100% of the time, he argues, but that they feel fulfilled by always putting the customer first. Sheridan is the author of "Chief Joy Officer: How Great Leaders Elevate Human Energy and Eliminate Fear."
Dec 18, 2018
660: Why It’s So Hard to Sell New Products
Thomas Steenburgh, a marketing professor at the University of Virginia Darden School of Business, was inspired by his early career at Xerox to discover why firms with stellar sales and R&D departments still struggle to sell new innovations. The answer, he finds, is that too many companies expect shiny new products to sell themselves. Steenburgh explains how crafting new sales processes, incentives, and training can overcome the obstacles inherent in selling new products. He's the coauthor, along with Michael Ahearne of the University of Houston's Sales Excellence Institute, of the HBR article "How to Sell New Products."
Dec 11, 2018
659: The Right Way to Solve Complex Business Problems
Corey Phelps, a strategy professor at McGill University, says great problem solvers are hard to find. Even seasoned professionals at the highest levels of organizations regularly fail to identify the real problem and instead jump to exploring solutions. Phelps identifies the common traps and outlines a research-proven method to solve problems effectively. He's the coauthor of the book, "Cracked it! How to solve big problems and sell solutions like top strategy consultants."
Dec 04, 2018
658: Speak Out Successfully
James Detert, a professor at the University of Virginia Darden School of Business, studies acts of courage in the workplace. His most surprising finding? Most people describe everyday actions — not big whistleblower scandals — when they cite courageous (or gutless) acts they’ve seen coworkers and leaders take. Detert shares the proven behaviors of employees who succeed at speaking out and suffer fewer negative consequences for it. He’s the author of the HBR article “Cultivating Everyday Courage.”
Nov 27, 2018
657: How Your Identity Changes When You Change Jobs
Herminia Ibarra, a professor at the London Business School, argues that job transitions — even exciting ones that you've chosen — can come with all kinds of unexpected emotions. Going from a job that is known and helped define your identity to a new position brings all kinds of challenges. Ibarra says that it's important to recognize how these changes are affecting you but to keep moving forward and even take the opportunity to reinvent yourself in your new role.
Nov 20, 2018
656: Why Management History Needs to Reckon with Slavery
Caitlin Rosenthal, assistant professor of history at UC Berkeley, argues there are strong parallels between the accounting practices used by slaveholders and modern business practices. While we know slavery's economic impact on the United States, Rosenthal says we need to look closer at the details — down to accounting ledgers – to truly understand what abolitionists and slaves were up against, and how those practices still influence business and management today. She's the author of the book, "Accounting for Slavery: Masters and Management."
Nov 13, 2018
655: Avoiding Miscommunication In A Digital World
Nick Morgan, a communications expert and speaking coach, says that while email, texting, and Slack might seem like they make communication easier, they actually make things less efficient. When we are bombarded with too many messages a day, he argues, humans are likely to fill in the gaps with negative information or assume the worst about the intent of a coworker's email. He offers up a few tips and tricks for how we can bring the benefits of face-to-face communication back into the digital workplace. Morgan is the author of the book, "Can You Hear Me?: How to Connect with People in a Virtual World."
Nov 06, 2018
654: Stop Initiative Overload
Rose Hollister and Michael Watkins, consultants at Genesis Advisers, argue that many companies today are taking on too many initiatives. Each manager might have their own pet projects they want to focus on, but that trickles down to lower level workers dealing with more projects at a time that they can handle, or do well. This episode also offers practical tips for senior-level leaders to truly prioritize the best initiatives at their company — or risk losing some of their top talent. Hollister and Watkins are the authors of the HBR article "Too Many Projects." with. They are the authors of "Athena Rising: How and Why Men Should Mentor Women.”
Oct 30, 2018
653: When Men Mentor Women
David Smith, associate professor of sociology at the U.S. Naval War College, and Brad Johnson, professor of psychology at the United States Naval Academy, argue that it is vital for more men to mentor women in the workplace. In the post-#MeToo world, some men have shied away from cross-gender relationships at work. But Smith and Johnson say these relationships offer big gains to mentees, mentors, and organizations. They offer their advice on how men can be thoughtful allies to the women they work with. They are the authors of "Athena Rising: How and Why Men Should Mentor Women.”
Oct 23, 2018
652: John Kerry on Leadership, Compromise, and Change
John Kerry, former U.S. Secretary of State, shares management and leadership lessons from his long career in public service. He discusses how to win people over to your side, bounce back from defeats, and never give up on your long-term goals. He also calls on private sector CEOs to do more to solve social and political problems. Kerry’s new memoir is "Every Day Is Extra."
Oct 16, 2018
651: The Power of Curiosity
Francesca Gino, a professor at Harvard Business School, shares a compelling business case for curiosity. Her research shows allowing employees to exercise their curiosity can lead to fewer conflicts and better outcomes. However, even managers who value inquisitive thinking often discourage curiosity in the workplace because they fear it's inefficient and unproductive. Gino offers several ways that leaders can instead model, cultivate, and even recruit for curiosity. Gino is the author of the HBR article "The Business Case for Curiosity."
Oct 09, 2018
650: How Companies Can Tap Into Talent Clusters
Bill Kerr, a professor at Harvard Business School, studies the increasing importance of talent clusters in our age of rapid technological advances. He argues that while talent and industries have always had a tendency to cluster, today's trend towards San Francisco, Boston, London and a handful of other cities is different. Companies need to react and tap into those talent pools, but moving the company to one isn't always an option. Kerr talks about the three main ways companies can access talent. He's the author of the HBR article "Navigating Talent Hot Spots," as well as the book "The Gift of Global Talent: How Migration Shapes Business, Economy & Society."
Oct 02, 2018
649: A Hollywood Executive On Negotiation, Talent, and Risk
Mike Ovitz, a cofounder of Creative Artists Agency and former president of The Walt Disney Company, says there are many parallels between the movie and music industry of the 1970s and 1980s and Silicon Valley today. When it comes to managing creatives, he says you have to have patience and believe in the work. But to get that work made, you have to have shrewd negotiating skills. Ovitz says he now regrets some of the ways he approached business in his earlier years, and advises young entrepreneurs about what he's learned along the way. He's the author of the new memoir "Who Is Michael Ovitz?" Editor's note: This post was updated September 26, 2018 to correct the title of Ovitz's book.
Sep 25, 2018
648: How Companies Get Creativity Right (and Wrong)
Beth Comstock, the first female vice chair at General Electric, thinks companies large and small often approach innovation the wrong way. They either try to throw money at the problem before it has a clear market, misallocate resources, or don't get buy in from senior leaders to enact real change. Comstock spent many years at GE - under both Jack Welsh's and Jeffrey Immelt's leadership - before leaving the company late last year. She's the author of the book "Imagine It Forward: Courage, Creativity, and the Power of Change.”
Sep 18, 2018
647: How Alibaba Is Leading Digital Innovation in China
Ming Zeng, the chief strategy officer at Alibaba, talks about how the China-based e-commerce company was able to create the biggest online shopping site in the world. He credits Alibaba’s retail and distribution juggernaut to leveraging automation, algorithms, and networks to better serve customers. And he says in the future, successful digital companies will use technologies such as artificial intelligence, the mobile internet, and cloud computing to redefine how value is created. Zeng is the author of "Smart Business: What Alibaba's Success Reveals about the Future of Strategy.”
Sep 11, 2018
646: The Science Behind Sleep and High Performance
Marc Effron, president of the Talent Strategy Group, looked at the scientific literature behind high performance at work and identified eight steps we can all take to get an edge. Among those steps is taking care of your body -- sleep, exercise, and nutrition. But the most important is sleep. He offers some practical advice on getting more and better rest, and making time to exercise. Effron is the author of the new book, "8 Steps to High Performance: Focus On What You Can Change (Ignore the Rest)."
Sep 04, 2018
645: Understanding Digital Strategy
Sunil Gupta, a professor at Harvard Business School, argues that many companies are still doing digital strategy wrong. Their leaders think of "going digital" as either a way to cut costs or to attract customers with a flashy new app. Gupta says successful digital strategy is more complicated than that. He recommends emulating the multi-faceted strategies of leading digital companies. Gupta's the author of “Driving Digital Strategy: A Guide to Reimagining Your Business."
Aug 28, 2018
644: Managing Someone Who's Too Collaborative
Rebecca Shambaugh, a leadership coach, says being too collaborative can actually hold you back at work. Instead of showing how well you build consensus and work with others, it can look like indecision or failure to prioritize. She explains what to do if you over-collaborate, how to manage someone who does, and offers some advice for women — whose bosses are more likely to see them as overly consensus-driven. Shambaugh is the author of the books "It's Not a Glass Ceiling, It's a Sticky Floor" and "Make Room For Her."
Aug 21, 2018
643: Networking Myths Dispelled
David Burkus, a professor at Oral Roberts University and author of the book “Friend of a Friend,” explains common misconceptions about networking. First, trading business cards at a networking event doesn’t mean you’re a phony. Second, your most valuable contacts are actually the people you already know. Burkus says some of the most useful networking you can do involves strengthening your ties with old friends and current coworkers.
Aug 14, 2018
642: Designing AI to Make Decisions
Kathryn Hume, VP of integrate.ai, discusses the current boundaries between artificially intelligent machines, and humans. While the power of A.I. can conjure up some of our darkest fears, she says the reality is that there is still a whole lot that A.I. can't do. So far, A.I. is able to accomplish some tasks that humans might need a lot of training for, such as diagnosing cancer. But she says those tasks are actually more simple than we might think - and that algorithms still can't replace emotional intelligence just yet. Plus, A.I. might just help us discover new business opportunities we didn't know existed.
Aug 10, 2018
641: Why Opening Up at Work Is Harder for Minorities
Katherine Phillips, a professor at Columbia Business School, discusses research showing that African-Americans are often reluctant to tell their white colleagues about their personal lives — and that it hurts their careers. She says people should expect and welcome differences at work, and she gives practical advice for strengthening connections among colleagues of different racial backgrounds. Phillips is a coauthor of the article “Diversity and Authenticity,” in the March–April 2018 issue of Harvard Business Review.
Aug 07, 2018
640: Learning from GE's Stumbles
Roger Martin, a professor at the University of Toronto’s Rotman School of Management, offers two main reasons General Electric has lost its competitiveness. GE’s stock has been removed from the Dow Jones Industrial Average. Martin blames pressures from activist investors as well as a short-sighted mergers and acquisitions strategy. He’s the author of “GE’s Fall Has Been Accelerated by Two Problems. Most Other Big Companies Face Them, Too.”
Jul 31, 2018
639: Turning Purpose Into Performance
Gerry Anderson, the CEO of DTE Energy, and Robert Quinn and Anjan Thakor, professors at the University of Michigan’s Ross School of Business and the Olin Business School at Washington University, respectively, discuss how an aspirational mission can motivate employees and improve performance. Anderson talks about his own experience. Quinn and Thakor explain their research showing how leaders can foster a sense of purpose that sharpens competitiveness. They wrote the article “Creating a Purpose-Driven Organization” in the July-August 2018 issue of Harvard Business Review.
Jul 24, 2018
638: The 2 Types of Respect Leaders Must Show
Kristie Rogers, an assistant professor of management at Marquette University, has identified a free and abundant resource most leaders aren’t giving employees enough of: respect. She explains the two types of workplace respect, how to communicate them, and what happens when you don't foster both. Rogers is the author of the article “Do Your Employees Feel Respected?” in the July–August 2018 issue of Harvard Business Review.
Jul 17, 2018
637: How Some Companies Beat the Competition... For Centuries
Howard Yu, Lego Professor of Management and Innovation at IMD Business School in Switzerland, discusses how the industrial cluster in the Swiss city of Basel is a unique example of enduring competitive advantage. He explains how early dye makers were able to continually jump to new capabilities and thrive for generations. He says the story of those companies offers a counter-narrative to the pessimistic view that unless your company is Google or Apple, you can’t stay ahead of the competition for long. Yu is the author of “LEAP: How to Thrive in a World Where Everything Can Be Copied.”
Jul 10, 2018
636: Architect Daniel Libeskind on Working Unconventionally
Daniel Libeskind, a former academic turned architect and urban designer, discusses his unorthodox career path and repeat success at high-profile, emotionally charged projects. He also talks about his unusual creative process and shares tips for collaborating and managing emotions and expectations of multiple stakeholders. Libeskind was interviewed for the July-August 2018 issue of Harvard Business Review.
Jul 03, 2018
635: When India Killed Off Cash Overnight
Bhaskar Chakravorti, the dean of global business at The Fletcher School at Tufts University, analyzes the economic impact of India’s unprecedented demonetization move in 2016. With no advance warning, India pulled the two largest banknotes from circulation, notes that accounted for 86% of cash transactions in a country where most payments happen in cash. Chakravorti discusses the impact on consumers, businesses, and digital payment providers, and whether Indian policymakers reached their anti-corruption goals. He’s the author of the article “One Year After India Killed Off Cash, Here’s What Other Countries Should Learn From It.”
Jun 27, 2018
634: Getting People to Help You
Heidi Grant, a social psychologist, explains the right ways and wrong ways to ask colleagues for help. She says people are much more likely to lend us a hand than we think they are; they just want it to be a rewarding experience. Grant is the author of “Reinforcements: How to Get People to Help You.”
Jun 19, 2018
633: How to Become More Self-Aware
Tasha Eurich, an organizational psychologist and executive coach, talks about why we all should be working on self-awareness. Few people are truly self-aware, she says, and those who are don’t get there through introspection. She explains how to develop self-awareness through the feedback of loving critics and how to mentor someone who isn’t self-aware. Eurich is the author of the book “Insight.”
Jun 12, 2018
632: Bill Clinton and James Patterson on Collaboration and Cybersecurity
Former U.S. President Bill Clinton and author James Patterson discuss their new novel, The President is Missing, in which a fictional president fights a cybersecurity attack amid intense political dysfunction. The coauthors share their lessons for collaborating across disparate skillsets — “clarity on the objective” and “don’t be afraid to admit what you don’t know.” They also talk about their research into cybersecurity threats and how realistic their thriller scenario could be.
Jun 05, 2018
631: Ask Better Questions
Leslie K. John and Alison Wood Brooks, professors at Harvard Business School, say people in business can be more successful by asking more and better questions. They talk through what makes for a great question, whether you’re looking to get information or get someone to like you. They’re the coauthors of the article, “The Surprising Power of Questions,” in the May–June 2018 issue of Harvard Business Review.
May 29, 2018
630: How AI Is Making Prediction Cheaper
Avi Goldfarb, a professor at the University of Toronto’s Rotman School of Management, explains the economics of machine learning, a branch of artificial intelligence that makes predictions. He says as prediction gets cheaper and better, machines are going to be doing more of it. That means businesses — and individual workers — need to figure out how to take advantage of the technology to stay competitive. Goldfarb is the coauthor of the book “Prediction Machines: The Simple Economics of Artificial Intelligence.”
May 22, 2018
629: Dual-Career Couples Are Forcing Firms to Rethink Talent Management
Jennifer Petriglieri, an assistant professor of organizational behavior at INSEAD, asks company leaders to consider whether they really need to relocate their high-potential employees or make them travel so much. She says moving around is particularly hard on dual-career couples. And if workers can't set boundaries around mobility and flexibility, she argues, firms lose out on talent. Petriglieri is the author of the HBR article “Talent Management and the Dual-Career Couple.”
May 15, 2018
628: Choosing a Strategy for Your Startup
Joshua Gans, a professor at the University of Toronto’s Rotman School of Management, advises against trying to commercialize a new technology or product before considering all the strategic options. He talks through some questions entrepreneurs should ask themselves — like, collaborate or compete? — and outlines a framework he and his fellow researchers have found to work best for startups. Gans is the coauthor of the article “Do Entrepreneurs Need a Strategy?”
May 08, 2018
627: Use Learning to Engage Your Team
Whitney Johnson, an executive coach, argues that on-the-job learning is the key to keeping people motivated. When managers understand that, and understand where the people they manage are on their individual learning curve — the low end, the sweet spot, or the high end — employees are engaged, productive, and innovative. Johnson is the author of the book “Build an A-Team: Play to Their Strengths and Lead Them Up the Learning Curve.”
May 01, 2018
626: Why Technical Experts Make Great Leaders
Amanda Goodall, a senior lecturer at Cass Business School in London, argues that the best leaders are technical experts, not general managers. She discusses her research findings about doctors who head up hospitals, scholars who lead universities, and all-star basketball players who go on to manage teams. She also gives advice for what to do if you’re a generalist managing experts or an expert managed by a generalist. Goodall is the co-author of the HBR articles “If Your Boss Could Do Your Job, You’re More Likely to Be Happy at Work” and “Why the Best Hospitals Are Managed by Doctors.”
Apr 24, 2018
625: How AI Can Improve How We Work
Paul Daugherty and James Wilson, senior technology leaders at Accenture, argue that robots and smarter computers aren't coming for our jobs. They talk about companies that are already giving employees access to artificial intelligence to strengthen their skills. They also give examples of new roles for people in an AI workplace. Daugherty and Wilson are the authors of the new book “Human + Machine: Reimagining Work in the Age of AI.”
Apr 17, 2018
624: You May Be a Workaholic If
Nancy Rothbard, a professor of management at the University of Pennsylvania’s Wharton School, draws a distinction between workaholism and working long hours. She explains the health consequences of being addicted to your work. She also gives practical advice for managing work addiction, whether it’s you who’s suffering, your direct report, boss, peer, or partner. Rothbard is the coauthor of the HBR article "How Being a Workaholic Differs from Working Long Hours — and Why That Matters for Your Health."
Apr 11, 2018
623: Make Work Engaging Again
Dan Cable, a professor of organizational behavior at London Business School, explains why people often lose their enthusiasm for their work and how leaders can help them get it back. He says we shouldn’t forget that as humans we all need to explore and have purpose — and without that, we languish. Cable offers ideas for restoring people’s passion for their jobs. He’s the author of “Alive at Work: The Neuroscience of Helping Your People Love What They Do.”
Apr 03, 2018
622: Why CEOs Are Taking a Stand
Professors Michael Toffel, of Harvard Business School, and Aaron Chatterji, of Duke’s Fuqua School of Business, discuss the emerging phenomenon of CEO activism. They explain how political polarization in the U.S. and employee expectations around company values are pushing corporate leaders to enter into controversial political and social debates. Toffel and Chatterji are the coauthors of the HBR article “Divided We Lead.” We also hear from PayPal CEO Dan Schulman, who talks about standing up for transgender rights and what he tells other CEOs who ask his advice on taking on an activist role.
Mar 27, 2018
621: Leading with Less Ego
Rasmus Hougaard and Jacqueline Carter, of the global consulting firm Potential Project, make their case for mindfulness, selflessness, and compassion in leadership. Their survey of 30,000 leaders showed those characteristics are foundational — and often missing from leadership development programs. Practicing self-awareness, they say, leads to more focused and more people-focused organizations. They’re the authors of the new book, “The Mind of the Leader: How to Lead Yourself, Your People, and Your Organization for Extraordinary Results."
Mar 21, 2018
620: McKinsey's Head on Why Corporate Sustainability Efforts Are Falling Short
Dominic Barton, the global managing partner of McKinsey&Company, discusses the firm’s sustainability efforts. He talks about the wake-up call he got about sustainability and how he tries to convince CEOs hesitant to make it part of their business model that doing so will improve company performance. He says he sees companies thinking about the environment. “But the speed and scale of what we need to do — I don’t think it’s sufficient.”
Mar 13, 2018
619: Harvard's President on Leading During a Time of Change
Drew Gilpin Faust, the president of Harvard University, talks about leading the institution through a decade of change, from the financial crisis to the Trump era. Faust discusses how communicating as a leader is different from communicating as an expert, the surprising ways her study of U.S. Civil War history prepared her for the top job, and what it's like to be the first female president in the University's four-century history.
Mar 07, 2018
618: Make Tools Like Slack Work for Your Company
Tsedal Neeley, a professor at Harvard Business School, and Paul Leonardi, a management professor at UC Santa Barbara, talk about the potential that applications such as Slack, Yammer, and Microsoft Teams have for strengthening employee collaboration, productivity, and organizational culture. They discuss their research showing how effective these tools can be and warn about common traps companies face when they implement them. Neeley and Leonardi are co-authors of the article "What Managers Need to Know About Social Tools" in the November-December 2017 issue of Harvard Business Review.
Feb 27, 2018
617: The CEO of Merck on Race, Leadership, and High Drug Prices
Kenneth Frazier, the CEO of the pharmaceutical company known as MSD outside of North America, discusses his upbringing and how it influences his leadership as chief executive. He is one of the few African-American CEOs in the Fortune 500, and shot to prominence after resigning from a council advising the Trump White House. Frazier discusses the importance of values in leadership and how Merck thinks about R&D and drug prices.
Feb 19, 2018
616: The Future of MBA Education
Scott DeRue, the dean of University of Michigan's Ross School of Business, says the old model of business school education is gone. It's no longer good enough to sequester yourself on campus for two years before heading out into the world of commerce. DeRue discusses how the perceived value of an MBA education is changing in the digital era, and how MBA programs are innovating in response to individual and company demands.
Feb 14, 2018
Introducing Dear HBR:
What should you do when you become the boss? HBR's new advice podcast Dear HBR: has the answers. In this bonus episode, Dear HBR: co-hosts Alison Beard and Dan McGinn answer your questions with the help of Harvard Business School professor Alison Wood Brooks, an expert on behavioral insights. They talk through what to do when your direct reports are older than you, how to be a likeable leader, and what to say if you're not ready to be in charge.
Feb 09, 2018
615: Does Your Firm See You as a High Potential?
Jay Conger, a leadership professor at Claremont McKenna College, goes behind the scenes to show how you can get on, and stay on, your company's fast track. He demystifies how companies (often very secretly) develop and update their list of high-potential employees. And he discusses five critical "X factors" his research has shown are common to high-potential employees. Conger is the co-author of the new book, "The High Potential's Advantage: Get Noticed, Impress Your Bosses, and Become a Top Leader."
Feb 06, 2018
614: Women at Work: Make Yourself Heard
In this special episode, HBR IdeaCast host Sarah Green Carmichael introduces Harvard Business Review’s new podcast “Women at Work,” about women’s experiences in the workplace. This episode about being heard tackles three aspects of communication: first, how and why women’s speech patterns differ from men’s; second, how women can be more assertive in meetings; and third, how women can deal with interrupters (since the science shows women get interrupted more often than men do). Guests: Deborah Tannen, Jill Flynn, and Amy Gallo.
Jan 30, 2018
613: Controlling Your Emotions During a Negotiation
Moshe Cohen, a senior lecturer at Boston University's Questrom School of Business, says you can't take the emotion out of a negotiation. After all, negotiations revolve around conflict, risk, and reward — which are inherently emotional. Instead of sidelining your feelings, understand them. Cohen explains how to understand your triggers and use your emotions and those of your counterparts to your advantage.
Jan 23, 2018
612: For Better Customer Service, Offer Options, Not Apologies
Jagdip Singh, a professor of marketing at the Weatherhead School of Management at Case Western Reserve University, explains his research team’s new findings about customer satisfaction. He says apologizing is often counterproductive and that offering customers different possible solutions is usually more effective. He discusses what companies can do to help service representatives lead interactions that leave a customer satisfied—whether or not the problem has been solved. Singh’s research is featured in the article "‘Sorry’ Is Not Enough" in the January–February 2018 issue of Harvard Business Review.
Jan 16, 2018
611: Why Leaders Should Make a Habit of Teaching
Sydney Finkelstein, a professor of management at the Tuck School of Business at Dartmouth College, encourages leaders to approach their direct reports like teachers. As Finkelstein explains, being a teacher-leader means continually meeting face to face with employees to communicate lessons about professionalism, points of craft, and life. He says it’s easy to try and that teaching is one of the best ways to motivate people and improve their performance. Finkelstein is the author of “The Best Leaders Are Great Teachers” in the January–February 2018 issue of Harvard Business Review.
Jan 09, 2018
610: Hiring the Best People
Patty McCord, Netflix’s former Chief Talent Officer, sees hiring as constant matchmaking. Building a team of people that gets amazing work done, she says, requires managers to really know what they need, and for HR to actually understand the workings of the business. She says money should not be the reason someone leaves and that we should stop using words like “poaching” and “firing.” McCord is the author of “How to Hire,” in the January–February 2018 issue of Harvard Business Review.
Jan 02, 2018
609: Breaking Down the New U.S. Corporate Tax Law
Mihir Desai, a professor of finance at Harvard Business School, breaks down the brand-new U.S. tax law. He says it will affect everything from how corporate assets are financed to how business are structured. He predicts many individuals will lower their tax burdens by setting themselves up as corporations. And he discusses how the law shifts U.S. tax policy toward a territorial system of corporate taxes, one that will affect multinationals and national competitiveness. Finally, Desai explains what he would have done differently with the $1.5 trillion the tax cut is projected to cost.
Dec 26, 2017
608: Making Unlimited Vacation Time Work
Aron Ain, the CEO of Kronos Incorporated, explains why unlimited vacation can be in the best interests of employees and the organization. He describes how his software company tracks requests for time off and the conversations he's had with skeptical managers and longtime employees. Ain says the "open vacation" program benefits the business and serves as a template for other companies figuring out how to make unlimited vacation work for them.
Dec 20, 2017
607: How Technology Tests Our Trust
Rachel Botsman, the author of “Who Can You Trust?", talks about how trust works, whether in relation to robots, companies, or other people. Technology, she says, speeds up the development of trust and can help us decide who to trust. But when it comes to making those decisions, we shouldn’t leave our devices to their own devices.
Dec 12, 2017
606: Box’s CEO on Pivoting to the Enterprise Market
Aaron Levie, the CEO of Box, reflects on the cloud storage company’s entry into the enterprise market. He was skeptical about pivoting away from consumers, and it was challenging. But by staying disciplined with the product and deeply understanding market trends, they've made the strategic shift from B2C to B2B work.
Dec 05, 2017
605: Why More CEOs Should Be Hired from Within
Claudio Fernández-Aráoz, a senior adviser at the global executive search firm Egon Zehnder, makes the case for finding a company’s next CEO inside the firm. But to find the best contenders, organizations have to learn what to look for, how to find it, and how to nurture it. Fernández-Aráoz is the co-author of the new HBR article “Turning Potential into Success: The Missing Link in Leadership Development.”
Nov 28, 2017
604: Dow Chemical's CEO on Running an Environmentally Friendly Multinational
Andrew Liveris, the CEO of Dow Chemical, discusses the 120-year-old company’s ambitious sustainability agenda. He says an environmentally driven business model is good for the earth—and the bottom line. Liveris is one of the CEOs contributing to Harvard Business Review’s Future Economy Project, in which leaders detail their company’s efforts to adapt to and mitigate climate change.
Nov 21, 2017
603: When ‘Best Practices’ Backfire
Freek Vermeulen, an associate professor of strategy and entrepreneurship at the London Business School, argues that too many companies are following so-called best practices that are actually holding them back. They do it because of deep-seated industry tradition—and because it’s hard to know how seemingly successful business models will hold up over the long term. That’s why, he says, organizations should avoid benchmarking and instead routinely test their business practices before there’s a problem. Vermeulen is the author of “Breaking Bad Habits: Defy Industry Norms and Reinvigorate Your Business.”
Nov 14, 2017
602: The Hardscrabble Business of Chinese Manufacturing in Africa
Irene Yuan Sun, a consultant at McKinsey, explains why so many Chinese entrepreneurs are setting up factories in Africa. She describes what it’s like inside these factories, who works there, what they’re making—and how this emerging manufacturing sector is industrializing countries including Lesotho and Nigeria. Sun’s new book is “The Next Factory of the World: How Chinese Investment Is Reshaping Africa.”
Nov 07, 2017
601: Astronaut Scott Kelly on Working in Space
Scott Kelly, a retired U.S. astronaut, spent 520 days in space over four missions. Working in outer space is a lot like working on earth, but with different challenges and in closer quarters. Kelly looks back on his 20 years of working for NASA, including being the commander of the International Space Station during his final, yearlong mission. He talks about the kind of cross-cultural collaboration and decision making he honed on the ISS, offering advice that leaders can use in space and on earth. His memoir is “Endurance: A Year in Space, a Lifetime of Discovery.”
Oct 31, 2017
600: 2017's Top-Performing CEO on Getting Product Right
Pablo Isla, the CEO of Inditex, is No. 1 on Harvard Business Review’s list of “The Best-Performing CEOs in the World 2017.” He opens up about his management style and reflects on his tenure leading the Spanish clothing and accessories giant, whose brands include Zara, Massimo Dutti, and Pull&Bear. Successful fast fashion takes much more than speed, he says. Isla discusses aspects of the company’s business model: source close to headquarters, entrust store managers with product orders, and treat what’s sold in stores and online as one stock. He also forecasts the future of physical stores.
Oct 24, 2017
599: Everyday People Who Led Momentous Change
Nancy Koehn, a Harvard Business School historian, tells the life stories of three influential leaders: the abolitionist Frederick Douglass, the pacifist Dietrich Bonhoeffer, and the ecologist Rachel Carson. They all overcame personal challenges to achieve and inspire social change. In Koehn’s new book, "Forged in Crisis: The Power of Courageous Leadership in Turbulent Times," she argues that tomorrow's leaders of social change will come from the business world.
Oct 19, 2017
598: So, You Want to Join a Startup
Jeff Bussgang, a venture capitalist who teaches entrepreneurship at Harvard Business School, knows from personal experience and having funded many startups that there’s more than one way into that world. You don’t have to have a technical background. Excellent communication skills and a high emotional IQ are startup skills, too. Bussgang, the author of “Entering StartUpLand,” walks through the process of finding your dream job in a new company.
Oct 12, 2017
597: How Successful Solopreneurs Make Money
Dorie Clark, a marketing strategy consultant, answers a burning question: how do people make money off of what they know? She outlines the options for experts who want to monetize their knowledge. Clark explains, using herself and other successful solopreneurs as examples, how to earn revenue from public speaking, podcasting, e-books, and online courses. She also goes over what to charge and when to get an assistant. Clark teaches at Duke University’s Fuqua School of Business and is the author of the new book “Entrepreneurial You.”
Oct 05, 2017
596: Microsoft's CEO on Rediscovering the Company's Soul
Satya Nadella, Microsoft’s third CEO, opens up about his effort to refresh the culture of the company and renew its focus on the future. He reflects on important life lessons he learned growing up in India, immigrating to the U.S., and working for Microsoft for 25 years. Nadella thinks of the past, he says, for the sake of the future—of technology, public policy, and work. His new autobiography is "Hit Refresh."
Sep 28, 2017
595: Transcending Either-Or Decision Making
Jennifer Riel, an adjunct professor at the Rotman School of Management, presents a model way to solve problems: integrative thinking. It’s taking the best from two inadequate options to come up with a successful solution. She gives examples from the film industry to show how CEOs have put the process to work. Riel is the co-author, along with Roger Martin, of the book “Creating Great Choices: A Leader’s Guide to Integrative Thinking.”
Sep 21, 2017
594: Find Your Happy Place at Work
Annie McKee, a senior fellow at the University of Pennsylvania and author of the book “How to Be Happy at Work,” tells the story of her journey to happiness—starting with her early job as a caregiver for an elderly couple. Even in later, higher-paying work, McKee saw that pursuing prestige and success for the wrong reasons ruined people’s personal and professional lives. She discusses how misplaced ambition, obsession with money, and fatalism are traps anyone, in any kind of job, can fall for—and how to not let that happen to you.
Sep 14, 2017
593: How to Fix "Team Creep"
Mark Mortensen, an associate professor of organizational behavior at INSEAD, discusses the research on "multiteaming"—when employees work not only across multiple projects, but multiple teams. It has significant benefits at the individual, team, and organizational levels. Among them: multiteaming saves money. The cost—stretched employees—is hard to see. And that is where the tension, and the risk, lies. Mortensen is the co-author, with Heidi K. Gardner, of “The Overcommitted Organization” in the September–October 2017 issue of Harvard Business Review.
Sep 08, 2017
592: Why Everyone Should See Themselves as a Leader
Sue Ashford, a professor at the University of Michigan’s Ross School of Business, breaks down her decades of research on leadership—who achieves it, and how a group grants it. She explains that the world isn’t divided into leaders and followers. Instead, it’s a state that everyone can reach, whether they’re officially in charge or not. She also explains why shared leadership benefits a team and organization. Ashford offers tips on how to effectively grow leadership in yourself and your employees.
Aug 31, 2017
591: Basic Competence Can Be a Strategy
Raffaella Sadun, a professor at Harvard Business School, explains why seemingly common-sensical management practices are so hard to implement. After surveying thousands of organizations across the world, she found that only 6% of firms qualified as highly well-managed — and that managers mistakenly assumed they were all above average. She is a co-author of “Why Do We Undervalue Competent Management?” in the September–October 2017 issue of Harvard Business Review.
Aug 24, 2017
590: How the U.S. Navy is Responding to Climate Change
Forest Reinhardt and Michael Toffel, Harvard Business School professors, talk about how a giant, global enterprise that operates and owns assets at sea level is fighting climate change—and adapting to it. They discuss what the private sector can learn from the U.S. Navy’s scientific and sober view of the world. Reinhardt and Toffel are the authors of “Managing Climate Change: Lessons from the U.S. Navy” in the July–August 2017 issue of Harvard Business Review.
Aug 18, 2017
589: When to Listen to a Dire Warning
Richard Clarke, former counterterrorism adviser to U.S. presidents Bill Clinton and George W. Bush, has made a career of investigating disaster warnings. The way he sees it, catastrophes can happen at any time, so why should decision makers ignore a Cassandra? Now a cybersecurity firm CEO, Clarke is an expert at figuring out who is a conspiracy theorist and who is a credible source. He explains his method through a few case studies—on the Bernie Madoff Ponzi scheme, the Fukushima nuclear plant meltdown, and others—from his new book, “Warnings: Finding Cassandras to Stop Catastrophes.”
Aug 10, 2017
588: When Startups Scrapped the Business Plan
Steve Blank, entrepreneurship lecturer at Stanford, UC Berkeley, and Columbia, talks about his experience of coming to Silicon Valley and building companies from the ground up. He shares how he learned to apply customer discovery methods to emerging high technology startups. And he explains why he believes most established companies are still failing to apply lean startup methodology in their corporate innovation programs. Blank is the author of the HBR article, "Why the Lean Start-Up Changes Everything."
Aug 03, 2017
587: Build Your Portfolio Career
Kabir Sehgal, a corporate strategist, Grammy-winning producer, investment banker, bestselling author, and military reserve officer, talks about building and thriving in a portfolio career. He discusses the benefits of pursuing diverse interests, the tradeoffs and productivity discipline demanded by that career choice, and he offers tips for managing a schedule with multiple work activities. And he argues we should stop calling these second careers "side hustles." Sehgal is the author of the HBR article, “Why You Should Have (at Least) Two Careers.”
Jul 27, 2017
586: How AI Is Already Changing Business
Erik Brynjolfsson, MIT Sloan School professor, explains how rapid advances in machine learning are presenting new opportunities for businesses. He breaks down how the technology works and what it can and can’t do (yet). He also discusses the potential impact of AI on the economy, how workforces will interact with it in the future, and suggests managers start experimenting now. Brynjolfsson is the co-author, with Andrew McAfee, of the HBR Big Idea article, “The Business of Artificial Intelligence.” They’re also the co-authors of the new book, “Machine, Platform, Crowd: Harnessing Our Digital Future.
Jul 20, 2017
585: Nike's Co-founder on Innovation, Culture, and Succession
Phil Knight, former chair and CEO of Nike, tells the story of starting the sports apparel and equipment giant after taking an entrepreneurship class at Stanford and teaming up with his former track coach, Bill Bowerman. Together (and with the help of a waffle iron) they changed how running shoes are designed and made. Knight discusses the company's enduring culture of innovation, as well as the succession process that led to former runner and Nike insider Mark Parker becoming CEO.
Jul 13, 2017
584: How Authority and Decision-Making Differ Across Cultures
Erin Meyer, professor at INSEAD, discusses management hierarchy and decision-making across cultures. Turns out, these two things don’t always track together. Sometimes top-down cultures still have strong consensus-driven decision-making styles — and the other way around. Meyer helps break down and map these factors so that managers working across cultures can adapt. She’s the author of the article, "Being the Boss in Brussels, Boston, and Beijing" in the July-August 2017 issue of Harvard Business Review.
Jul 06, 2017
583: Mental Preparation Secrets of Top Athletes, Entertainers, and Surgeons
Dan McGinn, senior editor at Harvard Business Review, talks about what businesspeople can learn from how top performers and athletes prepare for their big moments. In business, a big sales meeting, presentation, or interview can be pivotal to success. The same goes for pep talks that motivate employees. McGinn talks about both the research and practical applications of mental preparation and motivation. He’s the author of the book, "Psyched Up: How the Science of Mental Preparation Can Help You Succeed." His article, “The Science of Pep Talks,” is in the July-August 2017 issue of Harvard Business Review.
Jun 29, 2017
582: The Talent Pool Your Company Probably Overlooks
Robert Austin, a professor at Ivey Business School, and Gary Pisano, a professor at Harvard Business School, talk about the growing number of pioneering firms that are actively identifying and hiring more employees with autism spectrum disorder and other forms of neurodiversity. Global companies such as SAP and Hewlett Packard Enterprise are customizing their hiring and onboarding processes to enable highly-talented individuals, who might have eccentricities that keep them from passing a job interview — to succeed and deliver uncommon value. Austin and Pisano talk about the challenges, the lessons for managers and organizations, and the difference made in the lives of an underemployed population. Austin and Pisano are the co-authors of the article, “Neurodiversity as a Competitive Advantage” in the May-June 2017 issue of Harvard Business Review.
Jun 22, 2017
581: Blockchain — What You Need to Know
Karim Lakhani, Harvard Business School professor and co-founder of the HBS Digital Initiative, discusses blockchain, an online record-keeping technology that many believe will revolutionize commerce. Lakhani breaks down how the technology behind bitcoin works and talks about the industries and companies that could see new growth opportunities or lose business. He also has recommendations for managers: start experimenting with blockchain as soon as possible. Lakhani is the co-author of the article “The Truth About Blockchain” in the January-February 2017 issue of Harvard Business Review.
Jun 15, 2017
580: Which Type of Entrepreneur Are You?
Chris Kuenne, entrepreneurship lecturer at Princeton, and John Danner, senior fellow at the Lester Center for Entrepreneurship at UC Berkeley’s Haas School of Business talk about one of the least understood factors that leads to success at scale: the personality of the company founder. Their research describes four distinct types of highly successful entrepreneurial personalities: the Driver, the Explorer, the Crusader, and the Captain. While popular culture currently celebrates big-ego personalities in the mold of Steve Jobs, the interview guests show how different kinds of people succeed at that level. Kuenne and Danner are co-authors of the new book, “Built for Growth: How Builder Personality Shapes Your Business, Your Team, and Your Ability to Win.”
Jun 08, 2017
579: Why Finance Needs More Humanity, and Why Humanity Needs Finance
Mihir Desai, professor at Harvard Business School and Harvard Law School, argues for re-humanizing finance. He says the practice of finance, with increasing quantification, has lost touch with its foundations. But he says finance can be principled, ethical, even life-affirming. And demonizing it or ignoring it means that the rest of us – those not in finance – risk misunderstanding it, which has all kinds of implications for how we make decisions and plan for our futures. Desai is the author of the new book, "The Wisdom of Finance: Discovering Humanity in the World of Risk and Return." He also writes about finance and the economy for hbr.org.
Jun 01, 2017
578: 4 Behaviors of Top-Performing CEOs
Elena Botelho, partner at leadership advisory firm ghSmart, talks about the disconnect between the stereotype of the CEO and what research shows actually leads to high performance at that level. She says the image of the charismatic, tall male with a top university degree who’s a strategic visionary and makes great decisions under pressure is a pervasive one. However, research shows that four behaviors more consistently lead to high performance in the corner office: 1) deciding with speed and conviction 2) engaging for impact 3) adapting proactively 4) delivering reliably. Botelho is the co-author of the article “What Sets Successful CEOs Apart” in the May-June 2017 issue of Harvard Business Review.
May 26, 2017
577: Why Doesn't More of the Working Class Move for Jobs?
Joan C. Williams, director of the Center for WorkLife Law at the University of California Hastings College of the Law in San Francisco, discusses serious misconceptions that the U.S. managerial and professional elite in the United States have about the so-called working class. Many people conflate "working class" with "poor"--but the working class is, in fact, the elusive, purportedly disappearing middle class. Williams argues that economic mobility has declined, and explains why suggestions like “they should move to where the jobs are” or "they should just go to college" are insufficient. She has some ideas for policy makers to create more and meaningful jobs for this demographic, an influential voting bloc. Williams is the author of the new book, “White Working Class: Overcoming Class Cluelessness in America.”
May 18, 2017
576: How to Survive Being Labeled a Star
Jennifer Petriglieri, professor at INSEAD, discusses how talented employees can avoid being crushed by lofty expectations -- whether their own, or others'. She has researched how people seen as "high potential" often start to feel trapped and ultimately burn out. Petriglieri discusses practical ways employees can handle this, and come to see this difficult phase as a career rite of passage. She’s the co-author of “The Talent Curse” in the May-June 2017 issue of Harvard Business Review.
May 11, 2017
575: Low-Risk, High-Reward Innovation
Wharton professor David Robertson discusses a "third way" to innovate besides disruptive and sustaining innovations. He outlines this approach through the examples of companies including LEGO, GoPro, Victoria's Secret, USAA, and CarMax. It consists of creating a family of complementary innovations around a product or service, all of which work as a system to carry out a single strategy. Robertson's the author of "The Power of Little Ideas: A Low-Risk, High-Reward Approach to Innovation."
May 04, 2017
574: Sheryl Sandberg and Adam Grant on Resilience
Facebook COO Sheryl Sandberg talks about returning to work after her husband’s death, and Wharton management and psychology professor Adam Grant discusses what the research says about resilience. In this joint interview, they talk about how to build resilience in yourself, your team, and your organization. They’re the authors of the new book, "Option B: Facing Adversity, Building Resilience, and Finding Joy."
Apr 27, 2017
573: Our Delusions About Talent
Tomas Chamorro-Premuzic, professor of business psychology at University College London, dispels some of the myths that have persisted in the 20 years since McKinsey coined the phrase “war for talent.” He argues the science of talent acquisition and retention is still in its early stages. Chamorro-Premuzic is the CEO of Hogan Assessments and the author of the book “The Talent Delusion: Why Data, Not Intuition, is the Key to Unlocking Human Potential.”
Apr 20, 2017
572: To Reinvent Your Firm, Do Two Things at the Same Time
Scott D. Anthony, Innosight managing partner, discusses why established corporations should be better at handling disruptive threats. He lays out a practical approach to transform a company’s existing business while creating future business. It hinges on a “capabilities link,” which means using corporate assets—that startups don’t have—to fight unfairly. He also discusses the leadership qualities of executives who effectively navigate their companies’ imminent disruption. Anthony is the coauthor of the new book, “Dual Transformation: How to Reposition Today’s Business While Creating the Future.”
Apr 13, 2017
571: Dealing with Conflict Avoiders and Seekers
Amy Gallo, HBR contributing editor, discusses a useful tactic to more effectively deal with conflict in the workplace: understanding whether you generally seek or avoid conflict. Each personality style influences how you approach a particular conflict, as well as how your counterpart does. Gallo talks about how to escape the common pitfalls of conflict seekers and conflict avoiders, so that you can improve your work and your relationships. She’s the author of the “HBR Guide to Dealing with Conflict.”
Apr 06, 2017
570: How Personalities Affect Team Chemistry
Deloitte national managing director Kim Christfort talks about the different personality styles in an organization and the challenges of bringing them together. Her firm has developed a classification system to help companies better understand personality styles and capitalize on their cognitive diversity. She and Suzanne M. Johnson Vickberg coauthored the article, "Pioneers, Drivers, Integrators, and Guardians" in the March-April 2017 issue of Harvard Business Review.
Mar 30, 2017
569: The Rise of Corporate Inequality
Stanford economist Nicholas Bloom discusses the research he's conducted showing what’s really driving the growth of income inequality: a widening gap between the most successful companies and the rest, across industries. In other words, inequality has less to do with what you do for work, and more to do with which specific company you work for. The rising gap in pay between firms accounts for a large majority of the rise in income inequality overall. Bloom tells us why, and discusses some ways that companies and governments might address it. He’s the author of the Harvard Business Review article, “Corporations in the Age of Inequality.” For more, visit hbr.org/inequality.
Mar 23, 2017
568: Break Out of Your Managerial Bubble
Hal Gregersen, executive director of the MIT Leadership Center at Sloan School of Management, says too many CEOs and executives are in a bubble, one that shields them from the reality of what’s happening in the world and in their businesses. The higher you rise, the worse it gets. Gregersen discusses practical steps top managers can make to ask better questions, improve the flow of information, and more clearly see what matters. His article “Bursting the CEO Bubble” is in the March-April 2017 issue of Harvard Business Review.
Mar 16, 2017
567: Making Intel More Diverse
Danielle Brown, Intel Chief Diversity & Inclusion Officer, talks about the corporation’s $300 million initiative to increase diversity, the largest such investment yet by a technology company. The goal is to make Intel’s U.S. workforce mirror the talent available in the country by 2020. Brown breaks down what exactly Intel is doing, why the corporation is doing it, where it’s going well (recruiting), where it’s not going as well (retention), and what other companies can learn from Intel’s experience.
Mar 10, 2017
566: Reduce Organizational Drag
Michael Mankins, Bain & Company partner and head of the firm's Organization practice, explains how organizations unintentionally fail to manage their employees' time and energy. He also lays out what managers can do to reduce what he calls organizational drag. Mankins is a coauthor of "Time, Talent, Energy: Overcome Organizational Drag and Unleash Your Team’s Productive Power."
Mar 02, 2017
565: Globalization: Myth and Reality
Pankaj Ghemawat, professor at NYU Stern and IESE business schools, debunks common misconceptions about the current state and extent of globalization. (Hint: the world is not nearly as globalized as people think.) He also discusses how popular reactions in Europe and the U.S. against globalization recently could affect the global economy, and how companies will need to adapt to the new reality. Ghemawat is the author of several books on globalization, including “World 3.0” and most recently “The Laws of Globalization and Business Applications.”
Feb 24, 2017
564: Why You Should Buy a Business (and How to Do It)
Richard S. Ruback and Royce Yudkoff, professors at Harvard Business School, spell out an overlooked career path: buying a business and running it as CEO. Purchasing a small company lets you become your own boss and reap financial rewards without the risks of founding a start-up. Still, there are things you need to know. Ruback and Yudkoff are the authors of the “HBR Guide to Buying a Small Business.”
Feb 16, 2017
563: Escape Your Comfort Zone
Andy Molinsky, professor of organizational behavior at Brandeis International Business School, discusses practical techniques for getting outside of your comfort zone, and how that can develop new capabilities and experiences that can help your career. His new book is “Reach: A New Strategy to Help You Step Outside your Comfort Zone, Rise to the Challenge and Build Confidence.”
Feb 09, 2017
562: Business Leadership Under President Trump
Larry Summers, former U.S. treasury secretary, is calling on American business leaders to stand up to President Donald Trump. Summers sharply criticizes the administration’s protectionist agenda, and he says it’s time for executives to call out how those policies undermine the economy and the country's best interests in the long term.
Feb 02, 2017
561: Generosity Burnout
Senior leaders Brad Feld, Sarah Robb O’Hagan, Mike Ghaffary, Heidi Roizen, and John Rogers Jr. discuss burning out on giving, the techniques they use to avoid it, and how they recognize it in their employees.
Jan 28, 2017
560: Stopping and Starting With Success
Jerry Seinfeld shares his insights into innovation, self-criticism, and how to know when to quit. The U.S. comedian conquered 1990s television with his sitcom and is now finding a new audience for his online talk show, "Comedians in Cars Getting Coffee."
Jan 19, 2017
559: Voices from the January-February 2017 Issue
Roger Martin of Rotman School of Management, Paul Zak of Claremont Graduate University, Clayton Christensen of Harvard Business School, comedian Jerry Seinfeld, and HBR Editor-in-Chief Adi Ignatius respectively discuss customer loyalty, the neuroscience of trust, entrepreneurship in Africa, the source of innovation, and the new, hefty magazine. For more, see the January-February 2017 issue.
Jan 13, 2017
558: Collaborating Better Across Silos
Harvard Law School lecturer Heidi K. Gardner discusses how firms gain a competitive edge when specialists collaborate across functional boundaries. But it’s often difficult, expensive, and messy. The former McKinsey consultant is the author of the new book, “Smart Collaboration: How Professionals and Their Firms Succeed by Breaking Down Silos.”
Jan 05, 2017
557: Restoring Sanity to the Office
Basecamp CEO Jason Fried says too many people find it difficult to get work done at the workplace. His company enforces quiet offices, fewer meetings, and different collaboration and communication practices. The goal is to give employees bigger blocks of time to be truly productive.
Dec 29, 2016
556: The Secret to Better Problem Solving
Thomas Wedell-Wedellsborg discusses a nimbler approach to diagnosing problems than existing frameworks: reframing. He’s the author of “Are You Solving the Right Problems?” in the January/February 2017 issue of Harvard Business Review.
Dec 22, 2016
555: What Superconsumers Can Teach You
Eddie Yoon, author of "Superconsumers" and growth strategy expert at The Cambridge Group, explains how companies can find their most passionate customers and use their invaluable insights to improve products and attract new customers.
Dec 15, 2016
554: The "Jobs to be Done" Theory of Innovation
Clayton Christensen, professor at Harvard Business School, builds upon the theory of disruptive innovation for which he is well-known. He speaks about his new book examining how successful companies know how to grow.
Dec 08, 2016
553: Handling Stress in the Moment
HBR contributing editor Amy Gallo discusses the best tactics to recognize, react to, and recover from stressful situations. She's a contributor to the "HBR Guide to Managing Stress at Work."
Dec 01, 2016
552: How Focusing on Content Leads the Media Astray
Bharat Anand, author of The Content Trap and professor at Harvard Business School, talks about the strategic challenges facing digital businesses, and explains how he and his colleagues wrestled with them when designing HBX, the school's online learning platform.
Nov 23, 2016
551: Why the White Working Class Voted for Trump
Joan C. Williams, distinguished professor and director of the Center for WorkLife Law at UC Hastings, discusses the white working class voters who helped elect Republican Donald Trump as U.S. President, and why Democrat Hillary Clinton did not connect with them.
Nov 18, 2016
550: A Leadership Historian on the U.S. Presidential Election
Harvard Business School professor Nancy Koehn talks about the surprising election of businessman Donald Trump as U.S. president, and what leaders throughout history can tell us about bridging divides and leading in times of uncertainty.
Nov 10, 2016
549: Re-Orgs Are Emotional
Stephen Heidari-Robinson and Suzanne Heywood, authors of "ReOrg: How to Get It Right" explain how good planning and communication can help employees adapt.
Nov 03, 2016
548: The 10 People Who Globalized the World
Jeffrey Garten of Yale School of Management discusses how Genghis Khan, Mayer Amschel Rothschild, Margaret Thatcher, and others made the world more integrated. Garten is the author of "From Silk to Silicon: The Story of Globalization through Ten Extraordinary Lives".
Oct 27, 2016
547: What the World's Best CEOs Have in Common
Long-term thinking, short-term savvy, and relentless focus on employees.
Oct 20, 2016
546: Power Corrupts, But It Doesn't Have To
Authority changes us all. Berkeley's Dacher Keltner, author of the HBR article "Don't Let Power Corrupt You" and the book "The Power Paradox" explains how to avoid succumbing to power's negative effects.
Oct 13, 2016
545: When Not to Trust the Algorithm
Cathy O'Neil, author of "Weapons of Math Destruction" on how data can lead us astray–from HR to Wall Street.
Oct 06, 2016
544: Macromanagement Is Just as Bad as Micromanagement
Tanya Menon, associate professor at Fisher College of Management, Ohio State University, explains how to recognize if your management style is too hands off. She's the co-author of "Stop Spending, Start Managing: Strategies to Transform Wasteful Habits."
Sep 29, 2016
543: Building Emotional Agility
Susan David, author of "Emotional Agility" and psychologist at Harvard Medical School, on learning to unhook from strong feelings.
Sep 22, 2016
542: Excessive Collaboration
Rob Cross, professor at the University of Virginia’s McIntire School of Commerce, explains how work became an exhausting marathon of group projects. He's the coauthor of the HBR article "Collaborative Overload."
Sep 15, 2016
541: Making the Toughest Calls
Joseph Badaracco, Harvard Business School professor, explains what to do when no decision feels like a good decision. He is the author of "Managing in the Gray: Five Timeless Questions for Resolving Your Toughest Problems at Work."
Sep 08, 2016
540: Email: Is It Time to Just Ban It?
David Burkus, author of "Under New Management", explains why some companies are taking extreme measures to limit electronic communication. Burkus is also a professor at Oral Roberts University and host of the podcast Radio Free Leader.
Sep 01, 2016
539: The Connection Between Speed and Charisma
Bill von Hippel, professor at the University of Queensland, on how the ability to think and respond quickly makes someone seem more charismatic.
Aug 25, 2016
538: How Work Changed Love
Moira Weigel explains how the changing nature of work has reshaped the way we meet, date, and fall in love. She's the author of "Labor of Love: The Invention of Dating" and is completing a Ph.D. at Yale University.
Aug 18, 2016
537: Negotiating with a Liar
Leslie John, Harvard Business School professor, explains why you shouldn't waste time trying to detect your counterpart's lies; instead, use tactics drawn from psychology to get them to divulge the truth. She's the author of the HBR article "How to Negotiate with a Liar."
Aug 11, 2016
536: In Praise of Dissenters and Non-Conformists
Adam Grant, Wharton professor and author of "Originals", on the science of standing out.
Aug 04, 2016
535: The Zappos Holacracy Experiment
Ethan Bernstein, Harvard Business School professor, and John Bunch, holacracy implementation lead at Zappos, discuss the online retailer's transition to a flat, self-managed organization. They are the coauthors of the HBR article "Beyond the Holacracy Hype."
Jul 29, 2016
534: The Era of Agile Talent
More of us are working in organizations employing a mix of freelancers, contractors, consultants, and full-timers, explains Jonathan Younger, coauthor with Norm Smallwood of "Agile Talent: How to Source and Manage Outside Experts."
Jul 21, 2016
533: We Can't Work All the Time
Anne-Marie Slaughter on (finally) bringing sanity to the work/life struggle.
Jul 14, 2016
532: Teaching Creativity to Leaders
Tim Brown, CEO and president of IDEO, on breakthrough problem-solving.
Jul 07, 2016
531: Brexit and the Leadership Equivalent of Empty Calories
Mark Blyth of Brown University and Gianpiero Petriglieri of INSEAD discuss Britain's vote to leave the European Union.
Jun 30, 2016
530: A Brief History of 21st Century Economics
Tim Sullivan, co-author with Ray Fisman of "The Inner Lives of Markets," on how we shape economic theory -- and how it shapes us.
Jun 23, 2016
529: Greg Louganis on How to Achieve Peak Performance
The champion diver explains how visualization and ambitious goal-setting helped him achieve double gold medals in back-to-back Olympic Games and why he now serves as a mentor to younger athletes and a spokesman for LGBT causes.
Jun 16, 2016
528: Getting Growth Back at Your Company
Chris Zook of Bain explains the predictable crises of growth and how to overcome them. His new book is "The Founder's Mentality," coauthored with James Allen.
Jun 09, 2016
527: Asking for Advice Makes People Think You're Smarter
The research shows we shouldn't be afraid to ask for help. Francesca Gino and Alison Wood Brooks, both of Harvard Business School, explain.
Jun 02, 2016
526: Yo-Yo Ma on Successful Creative Collaboration
The acclaimed cellist explains how he chooses and works with partners and shares advice on honing one's talent.
May 26, 2016
525: Be a Work/Life-Friendly Boss
Managers play a huge role in their employees' personal lives, which in turn affects productivity, morale, and turnover at work. Professor Scott Behson, author of "The Working Dad's Survival Guide," and professor at Fairleigh Dickinson University, gives practical tips for being a leader who is flexible, fair, and effective.
May 19, 2016
524: Make Better Decisions
Therese Huston, Ph.D. and author of "How Women Decide," offers research-based tips for both men and women on how to make high quality, defensible decisions -- and sell them to your team.
May 12, 2016
523: Let Employees Be People
Robert Kegan and Lisa Lahey, both of Harvard, discuss what they've learned from studying radically transparent organizations where people at all levels of the hierarchy get candid feedback, show vulnerability, and grow on the job. Their book is "An Everyone Culture."
May 05, 2016
522: Isabel Allende on Fiction and Feminism
The bestselling author describes her creative process and explains why she was always determined to have a career.
Apr 28, 2016
521: The Condensed May 2016 Issue
Amy Bernstein, editor of HBR, offers executive summaries of the major features.
Apr 22, 2016
520: Understanding Agile Management
Darrell Rigby of Bain and Jeff Sutherland of Scrum explain the rise of lean, iterative management tactics, and how to implement them yourself.
Apr 15, 2016
519: Smart Managers Don't Compare People to the "Average"
Todd Rose, the Director of the Mind, Brain, & Education program at the Harvard Graduate School of Education and the author of "The End of Average: How to Succeed in a World That Values Sameness," explains why we should stop using averages to understand individuals.
Apr 07, 2016
518: Life's Work: Dr. Ruth Westheimer
Iconic relationship expert Dr. Ruth discusses what she's learned over a long career.
Mar 31, 2016
517: How to Say No to More Work
Karen Dillon, author of the "HBR Guide to Office Politics", explains how to gracefully decline excessive projects–and thankless tasks.
Mar 24, 2016
516: The Condensed April 2016 Issue
Amy Bernstein, editor of HBR, offers executive summaries of the major features.
Mar 22, 2016
515: Are Leaders Getting Too Emotional?
There's a lot of crying and shouting both in politics and at the office. Gautam Mukunda of Harvard Business School and Gianpiero Petriglieri of INSEAD help us try to make sense of it all.
Mar 17, 2016
514: Your Coworkers Should Know Your Salary
Pay transparency is actually a way better system than pay secrecy. David Burkus, professor at Oral Roberts University and author of "Under New Management," explains why.
Mar 10, 2016
513: Talking About Race at Work
Kira Hudson Banks, Ph.D., is an Assistant Professor in the department of psychology at Saint Louis University, and a principal at consulting firm the Mouse and the Elephant. We spoke with her about why managers shouldn't wait for a controversy to start talking about race.
Mar 03, 2016
512: The Art of the Interview
Job interviews can feel more like a stylized ritual than a normal conversation. Esquire writer and journalist Cal Fussman, who's interviewed scores of people from Mikhail Gorbachev to Jeff Bezos to Dr. Dre, gives us his advice, from how to build trust with a subject to getting an honest answer to a tough question.
Feb 25, 2016
511: The Condensed March 2016 Issue
Amy Bernstein, editor of HBR, offers executive summaries of the major features.
Feb 19, 2016
510: Closing the Strategy-Execution Gap
Paul Leinwand, co-author of the book "Strategy That Works," explains how successful companies solve this thorny problem.
Feb 18, 2016
509: Be a Superboss
Lorne Michaels, Bill Walsh, Alice Waters–all have had a disproportionate impact in their respective industries through their knack for collecting and inspiring great talent. We hear how they do it from Sydney Finkelstein, the Steven Roth Professor of Management in Dartmouth’s Tuck School of Business and the author of "Superbosses: How Exceptional Leaders Manage the Flow of Talent".
Feb 11, 2016
508: How to Give Constructive Feedback
Jack Zenger and Joseph Folkman have administered thousands of 360-degree assessments through their consulting firm, Zenger/Folkman. This has given them a wealth of information about who benefits from criticism, and how to deliver it.
Feb 05, 2016
507: Being Happier at Work
Emma Seppälä, Stanford researcher and author of "The Happiness Track," explains the proven benefits of a positive outlook; simple ways to increase your sense of well-being; and why it's not about being ecstatic or excited all the time.
Jan 28, 2016
506: Stop Focusing on Your Strengths
Tomas Chamorro-Premuzic, professor at University College London and Columbia University and CEO of Hogan Assessments, explains how the fad for strengths-based coaching may actually be weakening us.
Jan 21, 2016
505: Make Peace with Your Inner Critic
Tara Mohr, author of Playing Big, explains how to deal with self-doubt (or help someone else manage theirs).
Jan 14, 2016
504: Achieve Your Goals (Finally)
Heidi Grant Halvorson, author of "No One Understands You and What to Do About It" and "9 Things Successful People Do Differently," explains how to actually stick to your resolutions this year.'
Jan 08, 2016
503: Marketing Lessons for Companies Big and Small
Denise Lee Yohn, author of "Extraordinary Experiences" and "What Great Brands Do," explains what we can learn from retail and restaurant brands
Dec 30, 2015
502: The Condensed January-February 2016 Issue
Amy Bernstein, editor of HBR, offers executive summaries of the major features.
Dec 23, 2015
501: Life's Work: Neil deGrasse Tyson
In every issue, we feature a conversation with someone who's been wildly successful outside the traditional business world. This time, it's an astrophysicist.
Dec 17, 2015
500: Becoming a More Authentic Leader
Bill George, Harvard Business School professor and author of "Discover Your True North," gives advice to both new and experienced leaders.
Dec 10, 2015
499: Accenture's CEO on Leading Change
Pierre Nanterme discusses the forces changing consulting, and other knowledge-intensive industries.
Dec 03, 2015
498: 4 Types of Conflict and How to Manage Them
Amy Gallo, author of the "HBR Guide to Managing Conflict at Work," explains the options.
Nov 25, 2015
497: The Condensed December 2015 Issue
Amy Bernstein, editor of HBR, offers executive summaries of the major features.
Nov 24, 2015
496: Katie Couric on the Shifting Landscape of News
The renowned American journalist talks with HBR senior editor Dan McGinn.
Nov 19, 2015
495: Slide Deck Presentations Don't Have to Be Terrible
Evan Loomis and Evan Baehr, coauthors of "Get Backed," on how to win someone over with PowerPoint.
Nov 14, 2015
494: Simple Rules for Creating Great Places to Work
Gareth Jones, author of "Why Should Anyone Work Here?", explains the things managers know, but struggle to do.
Nov 05, 2015
493: The Man Behind Siri Explains How to Start a Company
Norman Winarsky, coauthor of "If You Really Want to Change the World," on ventures that scale.
Oct 31, 2015
492: China and the Biggest Startup You've Probably Never Heard of
Clay Shirky talks about Xiaomi, the subject of his new book, "Little Rice."
Oct 22, 2015
491: What Makes Social Entrepreneurs Successful?
Sally Osberg, president and CEO of the Skoll Foundation and author of "Getting Beyond Better" with Roger Martin.
Oct 17, 2015
490: The Condensed November 2015 Issue
Amy Bernstein, editor of HBR, offers executive summaries of the major features.
Oct 14, 2015
489: Disrupt Your Career, and Yourself
Whitney Johnson, author of "Disrupt Yourself," on taking the big risks we secretly want to.
Oct 08, 2015
488: Why the Term "Thought Leader" Isn't Gross
Dorie Clark, author of "Stand Out," on having more influence.
Oct 02, 2015
487: Your Office's Hidden Artists and How to Work with Them
Kimberly Elsbach, author of the HBR article "Collaborating with Creative Peers," on collaborating better with a certain type of colleague.
Sep 24, 2015
486: Build Your Character (at Least for a Day)
Tiffany Shlain, filmmaker, on why we need more time to develop our inner selves.
Sep 17, 2015
485: The Creator of WordPress
Matt Mullenweg, founder and CEO of Automattic, on growth, leadership, and mindfulness.
Sep 11, 2015
484: The Condensed October 2015 Issue
Amy Bernstein, editor of HBR, offers executive summaries of the major features.
Sep 09, 2015
483: What's Your Digital Quotient?
Kate Smaje of McKinsey explains how it's about more than being tech-savvy.
Sep 03, 2015
482: PepsiCo CEO Indra Nooyi on Design Thinking
How PepsiCo is harnessing the power of design.
Aug 27, 2015
481: Salman Rushdie on Creativity and Criticism
The acclaimed writer describes how he develops his novels, what he expects from reviewers, and why business people should still read fiction.
Aug 20, 2015
480: Become a Better Listener
Mark Goulston, psychiatrist and author of "Just Listen," explains how.
Aug 13, 2015
479: The Condensed September 2015 Issue
Amy Bernstein, editor of HBR, offers executive summaries of the major features.
Aug 12, 2015
478: Building Healthy Teams
Mary Shapiro, author of the "HBR Guide to Leading Teams" and professor at Simmons, on dealing with conflict and other issues.
Aug 06, 2015
477: How Science and Tech Are Changing the Human Body
Juan Enriquez and Steve Gullans explain how we're "evolving ourselves."
Jul 30, 2015
476: The CEO of YP on Leading Digital Transformation
David Krantz, the CEO of YP (formerly the Yellow Pages), explains how they've reinvented their business.
Jul 23, 2015
475: "Social Media-Savvy CEO" Is No Oxymoron
Charlene Li, author of "The Engaged Leader," on why and how senior executives are diving into online networks.
Jul 16, 2015
474: Test-Taking Comes to the Office
Tomas Chamorro-Premuzic, author of the HBR article "Ace the Assessment," explores the rising practice of using tests in hiring and promotion decisions.
Jul 09, 2015
473: Can HR Be Saved?
Peter Cappelli, author of the HBR article, "Why We Love to Hate HR...and What HR Can Do About It," on perhaps the least popular function in business.
Jul 02, 2015
472: Michael Lynton on Surviving the Biggest Corporate Hack in History
The CEO of Sony Pictures Entertainment discusses the crisis with editor-in-chief Adi Ignatius.
Jun 25, 2015
471: The Condensed July-August 2015 Issue
Amy Bernstein, editor of HBR, offers executive summaries of the major features.
Jun 23, 2015
470: Beating Digital Overload with Digital Tools
Alexandra Samuel, online engagement expert and author of "Work Smarter with Social Media," on the tools you should use--and the ones you could be ignoring.
Jun 18, 2015
469: Are Robots Really Coming for Our Jobs?
James Bessen, economist and former software executive, on what we can learn from 19th century mill workers about innovation, wages, and technology.
Jun 11, 2015
468: George Mitchell on Effective Negotiation
The former U.S. Senate majority leader and U.S. envoy to Northern Ireland and the Middle East describes his approach to resolving disputes and fostering bipartisan compromise.
Jun 04, 2015
467: Evernote's CEO on the New Ways We Work
Phil Libin discusses the impact of technology--from Microsoft Word to wearables--on our collaboration and productivity.
May 28, 2015
466: Making Sense of Digital Disruption
R. "Ray" Wang, author of "Disrupting Digital Business" on how business is transforming.
May 21, 2015
465: The Condensed June 2015 Issue
Amy Bernstein, editor of HBR, offers executive summaries of the major features.
May 20, 2015
464: Consumer Privacy in the Digital Age
Timothy Morey and Allison Schoop, both of frog, on designing customer data systems that promote transparency and trust.
May 14, 2015
463: Why We Pretend to Be Workaholics
Erin Reid of Boston University on why men (but not women) feign long working hours.
May 07, 2015
462: Ethical CEOs Finish First
Fred Kiel, author of "Return on Character," explains his research on why being good benefits the bottom line.
Apr 30, 2015
461: Brian Grazer on the Power of Curiosity
The Oscar-winning producer explains why a passion for learning--about other people and pursuits--has been the key to his success.
Apr 23, 2015
460: Understand How People See You
Heidi Grant Halvorson, author of "No One Understands You and What to Do About It," explains the science of perception.
Apr 16, 2015
459: The Condensed May 2015 Issue
Amy Bernstein, editor of HBR, offers executive summaries of the major features.
Apr 14, 2015
458: Making Health Care More Consumer-Driven
Regina Herzlinger, Harvard Business School professor, talks about how to dismantle the barriers to innovation in care delivery.
Apr 09, 2015
457: Case Study: Reinvent This Retailer
Hear this story based on real events at J.C. Penney. A discussion with contributor Jill Avery and editor Andy O'Connell follows.
Apr 02, 2015
456: Your Brain's Ideal Schedule
Ron Friedman, Ph.D., author of "The Best Place to Work," on how to structure your day to get the most done.
Mar 26, 2015
455: Blue Ocean Strategy and Red Ocean Traps
Renée Mauborgne of INSEAD explains how a landmark idea is evolving. She is coauthor, along with W. Chan Kim, of "Blue Ocean Strategy, Expanded Edition (2015)."
Mar 19, 2015
454: The Condensed April 2015 Issue
Amy Bernstein, editor of HBR, offers executive summaries of the major features.
Mar 17, 2015
453: Set Habits You'll Actually Keep
Gretchen Rubin, author of "Better than Before: Mastering the Habits of Our Everyday Lives," explains that you've got to know your habit-setting style.
Mar 12, 2015
452: Goldie Hawn on Female Leadership
The Hollywood icon explains why she moved from acting to producing and directing, then launched a foundation that teaches mindfulness to kids.
Mar 05, 2015
451: Be Less Reactive and More Proactive
Peter Bregman, author of "Four Seconds," on changing the way you lead.
Feb 26, 2015
450: Marissa Mayer's Yahoo
Nicholas Carlson, author of "Marissa Mayer and the Fight to Save Yahoo," on the CEO's management style.
Feb 20, 2015
449: Why Leadership Feels Awkward
Herminia Ibarra, author of "Act Like a Leader, Think Like a Leader" and professor at INSEAD, on moving forward, even when it's not comfortable.
Feb 13, 2015
448: The Condensed March 2015 Issue
Amy Bernstein, editor of HBR, offers executive summaries of the major features.
Feb 12, 2015
447: GoDaddy's CEO on Leading Change
Blake Irving talks about the company's renewed focus on small businesses and bringing on a new leadership team.
Feb 05, 2015
446: Signs You're Secretly Annoying Your Colleagues
Muriel Maignan Wilkins, coauthor of "Own the Room," on the flaws everyone's too polite to point out.
Jan 29, 2015
445: Innovation Needs a System
David Duncan, senior partner at Innosight and coauthor of "Build an Innovation Engine in 90 Days," explains how to organize corporate creativity.
Jan 22, 2015
444: What Still Stifles Ambitious Women
Pamela Stone, professor at Hunter College, on the surprising findings from a massive study of MBAs.
Jan 15, 2015
443: How to Negotiate Better
Jeff Weiss, author of the "HBR Guide to Negotiating" and partner at Vantage Partners, explains how to prepare to be persuasive.
Jan 08, 2015
442: Skills We Can Learn from Games
Andrew Innes, game designer, product manager, and author of "What Board Games Can Teach Business."
Dec 30, 2014
441: The Condensed January-February 2015 Issue
Amy Bernstein, editor of HBR, offers executive summaries of the major features.
Dec 19, 2014
440: What Makes Teams Smart (or Dumb)
Cass Sunstein, Harvard professor and author of "Wiser: Getting Beyond Groupthink to Make Groups Smarter."
Dec 18, 2014
439: Communicate Better with Your Global Team
Tsedal Neeley, Harvard Business School professor, explains how globally distributed teams can collaborate better together.
Dec 11, 2014
438: Explaining Silicon Valley's Success
AnnaLee Saxenian, author of the classic book "Regional Advantage," still thinks the area's future is bright.
Dec 04, 2014
437: Learning What Wiser Workers Know
Dorothy Leonard, author of "Critical Knowledge Transfer" ​and Harvard Business School professor, on retaining organizational expertise.
Nov 25, 2014
436: Making Good Decisions
Stanford's Ron Howard, one of the fathers of decision analysis, explains how it's done.
Nov 20, 2014
435: The Condensed December 2014 Issue
Amy Bernstein, editor of HBR, offers executive summaries of the major features.
Nov 18, 2014
434: Boris Johnson on Influence and Ambition
The mayor of London explains why Churchill is a role model and whether his aspirations include the Prime Minister's office.
Nov 13, 2014
433: How to Change Someone's Behavior with Minimal Effort
Steve J. Martin, coauthor of "The Small Big: Small Changes That Spark Big Influence," on the little things that persuade.
Nov 06, 2014
432: Is the Corporate Campus Dying?
Jennifer Magnolfi, Founder & Principal Investigator at Programmable Habitats LLC, on how digital work, and the Internet of Things will fundamentally change the how we use the buildings and neighborhoods we work in.
Oct 30, 2014
431: Myths About Entrepreneurship
Linda Rottenberg, author of "Crazy Is a Compliment," on what it really takes to start a business.
Oct 23, 2014
430: Disrupting TV's Status Quo
Famed producer Norman Lear on developing groundbreaking sitcoms, managing creative partnerships and the lessons he wants to pass on to the next generation.
Oct 16, 2014
429: The Condensed November 2014 Issue
Amy Bernstein, editor of HBR, offers executive summaries of the major features.
Oct 14, 2014
428: Focus More on Value Capture
Stefan Michel, professor at IMD, says your business should rethink how it captures value, not just how it creates it.
Oct 09, 2014
427: Does Your Sales Team Know Your Strategy?
Frank Cespedes, HBS professor and author of "Aligning Strategy and Sales," explains how to get the front line on board.
Oct 02, 2014
426: How Google Manages Talent
Eric Schmidt, executive chairman, and Jonathan Rosenberg, former SVP of products, explain how the company manages their smart, creative team.
Sep 26, 2014
425: Fixing the College Grad Hiring Process
Sanjeev Agrawal, Collegefeed cofounder and CEO, explains what recruiters, new graduates, and college career centers need to do differently.
Sep 18, 2014
424: How Silicon Valley Became Uncool
Walter Frick, HBR editor, explains why we valorize tech heroes from the past, but scoff at today's entrepreneurs.
Sep 11, 2014
423: The Condensed October 2014 Issue
Amy Bernstein, editor of HBR, offers executive summaries of the major features.
Sep 09, 2014
422: The Fall of the Talent Economy?
Roger Martin, former dean of the Rotman School of Management, on why talent's powerful economic position is unsustainable.​
Sep 04, 2014
421: Privacy’s Shrinking Future
Scott Berinato, senior editor at Harvard Business Review, on how companies benefit from transparency about customer data.
Aug 28, 2014
420: How to Stop Corporate Inversions
Bill George and Mihir Desai, professors at Harvard Business School, explain why our corporate tax code is driving American business overseas.
Aug 21, 2014
419: Prevent Employees from Leaking Data
David Upton and Sadie Creese, both of Oxford, explain why the scariest threats are from insiders.
Aug 14, 2014
418: The Condensed September 2014 Issue
Amy Bernstein, editor of HBR, offers executive summaries of the major features.
Aug 12, 2014
417: The Art of Managing Science
J. Craig Venter, the biologist who led the effort to sequence human DNA, on unlocking the human genome and the importance of building extraordinary teams for long-term results.
Aug 07, 2014
416: The Dangers of Confidence
Tomas Chamorro-Premuzic, professor at University College London, on how confidence masks incompetence.
Jul 31, 2014
415: The Future of Talent Is Potential
Linda Hill, Harvard Business School professor, and Claudio Fernández-Aráoz, senior adviser at Egon Zehnder, on the talent strategies that set up a company for long-term success.
Jul 24, 2014
414: To Do Things Better, Stop Doing So Much
Greg McKeown, author of "Essentialism: The Disciplined Pursuit of Less," on the importance of being "absurdly selective" in how we use our time.
Jul 17, 2014
413: Marc Andreessen and Jim Barksdale on How to Make Money
The tech luminaries on bundling and unbundling in the digital age.
Jul 10, 2014
412: The Fukushima Meltdown That Didn't Happen
Charles Casto, recently retired from the Nuclear Regulatory Commission, on how smart leadership saved the second Fukushima power plant.
Jul 03, 2014
411: Yang Yuanqing: The HBR Interview
Lenovo's CEO on how the PC leader is poised to win in the "PC plus" world.
Jun 26, 2014
410: The Condensed July-August 2014 Issue
Amy Bernstein, editor of HBR, offers executive summaries of the major features.
Jun 25, 2014
409: When to Go with Your Gut
Gerd Gigerenzer, director of the Max Planck Institute for Human Development, on how to know when simple rules and snap decisions will outperform analytical models.
Jun 19, 2014
408: Succeeding Quietly in Our Recognition-Obsessed Culture
David Zweig, author of "Invisibles," on employees who value good work over self-promotion.
Jun 12, 2014
407: The Secret History of White-Collar Offices
Nikil Saval, editor at n+1, on how gender, politics, and unions have affected the American workplace since the Civil War.
Jun 05, 2014
406: Cross-Culture Work in a Global Economy
Erin Meyer, affiliate professor at INSEAD and author of "The Culture Map," on why memorizing a list of etiquette rules doesn't work.
May 29, 2014
405: How to Manage Wall Street
Sam Palmisano, former CEO of IBM, on striking a balance between running a company for the long term and keeping investors happy.
May 23, 2014
404: Taking Business Back from Wall Street
Gautam Mukunda, HBS professor, on the dangers of managing companies for shareholders.
May 15, 2014
403: Time Is a Company's Most Valuable Resource
Michael Mankins, partner at Bain & Company, on how to get the most out of meetings.
May 08, 2014
402: Ruth Reichl on Challenging Career Moves
The renowned author and former editor of Gourmet talks about the magazine's closure and her recent transition to fiction writing.
May 02, 2014
401: Social Physics Can Change Your Company (and the World)
Sandy Pentland, MIT professor, on how big data is revealing the science behind how we work together, based on his book "Social Physics: How Good Ideas Spread."
Apr 25, 2014
400: Best of the IdeaCast
Featuring Jeff Bezos, Howard Schultz, Francis Ford Coppola, Maya Angelou, Nancy Koehn, Rob Goffee, Gareth Jones, Cathy Davidson, and Mark Blyth.
Apr 18, 2014
399: How Companies Can Embrace Speed
John Kotter, author of "Accelerate," on how slow-footed organizations can get faster.
Apr 10, 2014
398: How Unusual CEOs Drive Value
William Thorndike, investor and author of "The Outsiders," looks at some less-known but more effective executives.
Apr 03, 2014
397: Are You the "Real You" in the Office?
Harvard's Robert Kegan on companies that do really personal development.
Mar 27, 2014
396: Identify Your Primary Customer
Robert Simons, Harvard Business School professor, says companies still struggle to choose the right customer.
Mar 20, 2014
395: Our Bizarre Fascination with Stories of Doom
Andrew O'Connell, HBR editor, explains why we find tales of disaster so compelling.
Mar 13, 2014
394: Is Work-Family Conflict Reaching a Tipping Point?
Stewart D. Friedman, Wharton professor and author of "Baby Bust," presents new research.
Mar 06, 2014
393: Why So Many Emerging Giants Flame Out
John Jullens of Booz & Company says multinationals from China and other emerging markets must learn to innovate and manage quality while remaining nimble.
Feb 27, 2014
392: We Need Economic Forecasters Even Though We Can't Trust Them
Walter Friedman, director of the Business History Initiative at Harvard Business School, on the pioneers of market prediction.
Feb 20, 2014
391: How the U.S. Can Regain its Edge
Richard Haass, president of the Council on Foreign Relations, says the U.S. can remain a global leader only if it addresses issues at home.
Feb 13, 2014
390: John Cleese Has a Serious Side
The iconic comedian speaks with HBR's Adi Ignatius about work, life, and, yes, comedy.
Feb 06, 2014
389: Getting Excellence to Spread
Bob Sutton, Stanford University professor, talks about his book, "Scaling Up Excellence: Getting to More Without Settling for Less" (coauthored by Huggy Rao).
Jan 30, 2014
388: Building the Agile Workforce
Jeffrey Joerres, CEO of ManpowerGroup, on finding the talent you need in an unpredictable world.
Jan 23, 2014
387: Salman Khan on the Online Learning Revolution
The founder of the Khan Academy talks with HBR senior editor Alison Beard.
Jan 16, 2014
386: The Management Style of Robert Gates
The former Secretary of Defense talks with HBR editor-in-chief Adi Ignatius about his new book, "Duty: Memoirs of a Secretary at War."
Jan 13, 2014
385: Nomadic Leaders Need Roots
Gianpiero Petriglieri, professor at INSEAD, on the new global elite.
Jan 02, 2014
384: The Condensed January-February 2014 Magazine
Amy Bernstein, editor of HBR, offers executive summaries of the major features.
Dec 26, 2013
383: The Management Myths Hurting Your Business
Freek Vermeulen of London Business School explains how best practices become bad practices.
Dec 19, 2013
382: The Economics of Online Dating
Paul Oyer, Stanford economist and the author of "Everything I Ever Needed to Know About Economics I Learned from Online Dating," explains the marketplace of online love.
Dec 12, 2013
381: Reduce Stress with Mindfulness
Maria Gonzalez, author of "Mindful Leadership," explains how to minimize stress -- not just manage it. Contains a brief guided breathing exercise.
Dec 05, 2013
380: The Big Benefits of a Little Thanks
Francesca Gino and Adam Grant, of Harvard Business School and Wharton, respectively, discuss their research on gratitude and generosity.
Nov 27, 2013
379: Improving Management at Google
Eric Clayberg, Google software-engineering manager, talks with Harvard Business School professor David Garvin about the feedback and training that he and others at the company receive through Project Oxygen.
Nov 21, 2013
378: Get a Dysfunctional Team Back on Track
Roger Schwarz, author of "Smart Leaders, Smarter Teams," explains how to build trust and accountability on your team.
Nov 14, 2013
377: Editors' Picks of the Week
HBR editors read top posts from HBR.org.
Nov 07, 2013
376: Feeling Conflicted? Get Out of Your Own Way
Erica Ariel Fox, who teaches negotiation at Harvard Law School, discusses how to resolve inner conflict to lead wisely and live well.
Oct 31, 2013
375: What the Best Decision Makers Do
Ram Charan, coauthor of "Boards that Lead," talks about what he's learned in three decades of helping executives make tough decisions.
Oct 24, 2013
374: Scott Adams on Whether Management Really Matters
The Dilbert creator talks with HBR senior editor Dan McGinn.
Oct 17, 2013
373: Christine Lagarde on the World Economy and the IMF's Future
The managing director of the International Monetary Fund talks with HBR editor in chief Adi Ignatius.
Oct 11, 2013
372: How Goldman Sachs Drifted
Steven G. Mandis of Columbia Business School discusses his book, "What Happened to Goldman Sachs: An Insider's Story of Organizational Drift and Its Unintended Consequences."
Oct 03, 2013
371: Lead Authentically, Without Oversharing
Lisa Rosh, assistant professor of management at the Sy Syms School of Business at Yeshiva University, explains how to build trust through skillful self-disclosure.
Sep 26, 2013
370: Clay Christensen and Dominic Barton on Consulting's Disruption
The HBS sage and McKinsey head discuss how to stay on top in a rapidly changing industry.
Sep 19, 2013
369: Leading Across Sectors
William D. Eggers and Paul Macmillan, authors of "The Solution Revolution," discuss why "triple-strength" leaders are the best problem solvers.
Sep 13, 2013
368: How CEOs Are Succeeding in Africa
Jonathan Berman, author of "Success in Africa," busts media myths about the continent.
Sep 05, 2013
367: Office Politics for the Pros
Karen Dillon, author of the "HBR Guide to Office Politics," talks with Dorie Clark, author of "Reinventing You."
Aug 29, 2013
366: The Rise of the Megacorporation
Richard Adelstein, professor of economics at Wesleyan University and author of "The Rise of Planning in Industrial America, 1864-1914."
Aug 22, 2013
365: Why We Love to Hate Consultants
Dan McGinn, HBR senior editor.
Aug 15, 2013
364: Working Fathers Need Balance, Too
Joan C. Williams, Distinguished Professor of Law at the University of California and coauthor of the forthcoming book, "What Works for Women at Work."
Aug 08, 2013
363: How to Schedule Time for Meaningful Work
Julian Birkinshaw and Jordan Cohen, coauthors of the HBR article "Make Time for the Work that Matters."
Aug 02, 2013
362: The Women Who Become Board Members
Boris Groysberg and Deborah Bell, authors of the HBR article "Dysfunction in the Boardroom."
Jul 25, 2013
361: Big Brain Theory
Adam Waytz and Malia Mason, authors of the HBR article "Your Brain at Work."
Jul 18, 2013
360: The Booming Business of Craft Cocktails
Thomas Mooney, co-owner and CEO of House Spirits Distillery.
Jul 11, 2013
359: Attacking the Sleep Conspiracy
Russell Sanna, executive director of the Division of Sleep Medicine at Harvard Medical School.
Jul 02, 2013
358: IT in the Cloud Era
Aaron Levie, cofounder and CEO of Box.
Jun 27, 2013
357: Read Fiction and Be a Better Leader
Joseph Badaracco, Harvard Business School professor.
Jun 20, 2013
356: Why We Need to Redefine Intelligence
Scott Barry Kaufman, adjunct assistant professor of psychology at New York University and author of "Ungifted: Intelligence Redefined."
Jun 13, 2013
355: Pricing Strategies People Love
Sandeep Baliga and Jeff Ely, professors at the Kellogg School of Management and Northwestern University.
Jun 06, 2013
354: The Science of Sharing (and Oversharing)
Jonah Berger, Wharton School professor and author of "Contagious: Why Things Catch On."
May 30, 2013
353: Why Some Companies Last and Others Don't
Michael Raynor, director at Deloitte Services LP and coauthor of the HBR article "Three Rules for Making a Company Truly Great."
May 23, 2013
352: Talent Strategies for the Post-Loyalty World
Ben Casnocha and Chris Yeh, coauthors of the HBR article "Tours of Duty: The New Employer-Employee Compact."
May 16, 2013
351: The Secret to Effective Motivation
Heidi Grant Halvorson and E. Tory Higgins, authors of "Focus: Use Different Ways of Seeing the World to Power Success and Influence."
May 09, 2013
350: Maya Angelou on Courage and Creativity
Dr. Maya Angelou, renowned author.
May 02, 2013
349: Yes, Business Relies on Nature
Mark Tercek, CEO of The Nature Conservancy and author of "Nature's Fortune: How Business and Society Thrive by Investing in Nature."
Apr 25, 2013
348: Building a Company Everyone Loves
Rob Goffee and Gareth Jones, authors of the HBR article "Creating the Best Workplace on Earth."
Apr 18, 2013
347: Austerity's Big Bait-and-Switch
Mark Blyth, professor at Brown University and author of "Austerity: The History of a Dangerous Idea."
Apr 11, 2013
346: The Truth About Creative Teams
Leigh Thompson, professor at Kellogg School of Management and author of "Creative Conspiracy: The New Rules of Breakthrough Collaboration."
Apr 04, 2013
345: Can You "Manage" Your Family?
Bruce Feiler, New York Times columnist and author of "The Secrets of Happy Families."
Mar 28, 2013
344: Take Control of Your Time
Elizabeth Grace Saunders, founder and CEO of Real Life E and author of "The 3 Secrets to Effective Time Investment."
Mar 21, 2013
343: Sheryl Sandberg: The HBR Interview
Sheryl Sandberg, Facebook COO and author of "Lean In: Women, Work, and the Will to Lead."
Mar 14, 2013
342: Solving America's Innovation Crisis
Bruce Nussbaum, professor at Parsons The New School of Design and author of "Creative Intelligence: Harnessing the Power to Create, Connect, and Inspire."
Mar 07, 2013
341: Improve Your Business Writing
Bryan Garner, editor in chief of Black's Law Dictionary and author of the "HBR Guide to Better Business Writing."
Feb 28, 2013
340: Mary Robinson on Influence Without Authority
Mary Robinson, former President of Ireland.
Feb 21, 2013
339: Why We're All in Sales
Daniel Pink, author of "To Sell Is Human" and the HBR article "A Radical Prescription for Sales."
Feb 14, 2013
338: Encyclopaedia Britannica's Transformation
Jorge Cauz, president of Encyclopaedia Britannica.
Feb 07, 2013
337: Manage Up and Across with Your Mentor
Jeanne Meister, partner at Future Workplace and contributor to the "HBR Guide to Managing Up and Across."
Jan 31, 2013
336: The High Cost of Rudeness at Work
Christine Porath, associate professor at Georgetown University's McDonough School of Business and coauthor of the HBR article "The Price of Incivility."
Jan 24, 2013
335: Whole Foods' John Mackey on Capitalism's Moral Code
John Mackey, co-CEO of Whole Foods Market and coauthor of "Conscious Capitalism: Liberating the Heroic Spirit of Business."
Jan 17, 2013
334: Why Organizations Are the Way They Are
Tim Sullivan, editorial director of Harvard Business Review Press and coauthor of "The Org: The Underlying Logic of the Office."
Jan 10, 2013
333: Jeff Bezos on Leading for the Long-Term at Amazon
Jeff Bezos, CEO of Amazon.com.
Jan 03, 2013
332: Boost Your Productivity With Social Media
Alexandra Samuel, vice president of social media at Vision Critical.
Dec 20, 2012
331: The Rise of the Global Super-Rich
Chrystia Freeland, editor of Thomson Reuters Digital and author of "Plutocrats: The Rise of the New Global Super-Rich and the Fall of Everyone Else."
Dec 13, 2012
330: Find the Next Disruptor Before it Finds You
Maxwell Wessel, fellow at the Forum for Growth and Innovation and coauthor of the HBR article "Surviving Disruption."
Dec 06, 2012
329: The Indispensable, Unlikely Leadership of Abraham Lincoln
Gautam Mukunda, Harvard Business School assistant professor and author of "Indispensable: When Leaders Really Matter."
Nov 29, 2012
328: Why You Should Cannibalize Your Company
James Allworth, regular contributor to HBR and coauthor of the Nieman Reports article "Breaking News: Mastering the Art of Disruptive Innovation in Journalism."
Nov 21, 2012
327: The Four Fears Blocking You from Great Ideas
Tom and David Kelley, leaders of IDEO and authors of the forthcoming HBR article "Reclaim Your Creative Confidence."
Nov 15, 2012
326: Ernest Shackleton's Lessons for Leaders in Harsh Climates
Nancy Koehn, Harvard Business School historian and editor of "The Story of American Business."
Nov 08, 2012
325: How to Get the Right Job
Jodi Glickman, founder of the communication training firm Great on the Job and contributor to the "HBR Guide to Getting a Job."
Nov 01, 2012
324: Has America Outsourced Too Much?
Gary Pisano, Harvard Business School professor and coauthor of "Producing Prosperity: Why America Needs a Manufacturing Renaissance."
Oct 25, 2012
323: Nate Silver on Predicting the Unpredictable
Nate Silver, statistician and founder of The New York Times political blog FiveThirtyEight.com.
Oct 19, 2012
322: Big Data Solves Big Problems
Kevin Boudreau, London Business School professor.
Oct 11, 2012
321: Campaign for Your Career
Dorie Clark, strategy consultant and author of the HBR article "A Campaign Strategy for Your Career."
Oct 04, 2012
320: China and India Are an Opportunity, Not a Threat
Michael Silverstein, cofounder of The Boston Consulting Group's global consumer practice and coauthor of "The $10 Trillion Prize."
Sep 27, 2012
319: How a Culture of Accountability Can Deteriorate
Tom Ricks, journalist and author of the HBR article "What Ever Happened to Accountability?"
Sep 20, 2012
318: Reinventing Strategy for the Social Era
Nilofer Merchant, author of "11 Rules for Creating Value in the Social Era."
Sep 13, 2012
317: How Campaign Finance Reform Could Help Business
Russ Feingold, former US senator from Wisconsin and founder of Progressives United.
Sep 06, 2012
316: What Leaders Can Learn from Jazz
Frank Barrett, jazz pianist and author of "Yes to the Mess: Surprising Leadership Lessons from Jazz."
Aug 29, 2012
315: Pressed for Time? Give Some of Yours Away
Cassie Mogilner, assistant professor of marketing at the Wharton School and author of the HBR article "You'll Feel Less Rushed If You Give Time Away."
Aug 23, 2012
314: In a Fast World, Think Slowly
Frank Partnoy, professor of law and finance at the University of San Diego and author of "Wait: The Art and Science of Delay."
Aug 16, 2012
313: What's Wrong with Today's Entrepreneurs
Dan McGinn, HBR senior editor and author of the article "Too Many Pivots, Too Little Passion."
Aug 10, 2012
312: The New Sales Playbook
Matt Dixon, director at Corporate Executive Board and coauthor of the HBR article "The End of Solutions Sales."
Aug 02, 2012
311: Sally Ride on Breaking Ground in Aerospace and Education
Sally Ride, former NASA astronaut and founder of Sally Ride Science.
Jul 24, 2012
310: The Power of the Introvert in Your Office
Susan Cain, author of "Quiet: The Power of Introverts in a World that Can't Stop Talking."
Jul 19, 2012
309: Resilience Strategies for a Volatile World
Andrew Zolli, director of PopTech and coauthor of "Resilience: Why Things Bounce Back."
Jul 12, 2012
308: How Effective Leaders Talk (and Listen)
Boris Groysberg and Michael Slind, authors of "Talk, Inc.: How Trusted Leaders Use Conversation to Power Their Organizations."
Jul 05, 2012
307: Saving Banks from the Bankers
Sallie Krawcheck, former president of Bank of America Global Wealth & Investment Management and author of the HBR article "Four Ways to Fix Banks."
Jun 28, 2012
306: Let Your Employees Bet on the Company
Don Thompson, economist and author of "Oracles: How Prediction Markets Turn Employees into Visionaries."
Jun 21, 2012
305: Who Your Customers Want to Become
Michael Schrage, research fellow at MIT Sloan School's Center for Digital Business and author of the HBR Single "Who Do You Want Your Customers to Become?"
Jun 14, 2012
304: Habits: Why We Do What We Do
Charles Duhigg, reporter for The New York Times and author of "The Power of Habit: Why We Do What We Do in Life and Business."
Jun 07, 2012
303: Make Your Own Culturematic
Grant McCracken, anthropologist and author of "Culturematic: How Reality TV, John Cheever, a Pie Lab, Julia Child, Fantasy Football . . . Will Help You Create and Execute Breakthrough Ideas."
May 31, 2012
302: Can an Algorithm Teach Leadership?
Marcus Buckingham, founder of TMBC and author of "StandOut."
May 24, 2012
301: Unilever's CEO on Making Responsible Business Work
Paul Polman, CEO of Unilever.
May 17, 2012
300: The Myth of American Decline
Daniel Gross, columnist and economics editor for Yahoo! Finance and author of "Better, Stronger, Faster: The Myth of American Decline . . . and the Rise of a New Economy."
May 10, 2012
299: Welcome to the G-Zero World
Ian Bremmer, president of Eurasia Group and author of "Every Nation for Itself: Winners and Losers in a G-Zero World."
May 03, 2012
298: Winning in the Intention Economy
Doc Searls, alumnus fellow at the Berkman Center for Internet & Society at Harvard University and author of "The Intention Economy."
Apr 26, 2012
297: Growth Isn't Rocket Science
Ken Favaro, senior partner at Booz & Company and coauthor of the HBR article "Creating an Organic Growth Machine."
Apr 19, 2012
296: Christiane Amanpour on Leadership and Ambition
Christiane Amanpour, renowned war correspondent and news anchor.
Apr 12, 2012
295: Boost Your Productivity with Microbreaks
Charlotte Fritz, assistant professor at Portland State University.
Apr 05, 2012
294: Do Women Need Confidence -- Or Quotas?
Avivah Wittenberg-Cox, CEO of the consultancy 20-first and author of "How Women Mean Business."
Mar 29, 2012
293: Making Decisions in Groups
Tom Davenport, Babson College professor and coauthor of "Judgment Calls: Twelve Stories of Big Decisions and the Teams That Got Them Right."
Mar 22, 2012
292: Good Strategy's Non-Negotiables
Chris Zook, partner at Bain & Company and co-head of the firm's global strategy practice.
Mar 15, 2012
291: Getting a Job in Today's Market
John Lees, career strategist and author of "How to Get a Job You'll Love."
Mar 08, 2012
290: Restoring America's Innovation Economy
Rosabeth Moss Kanter, Harvard Business School professor and author of the HBR article "Enriching the Ecosystem."
Mar 01, 2012
289: How CEO Pay Became a Massive Bubble
Mihir Desai, Harvard Business School professor and author of the HBR article "The Incentive Bubble."
Feb 23, 2012
288: When Should You Tell Your Boss You're Pregnant?
Tiziana Casciaro and Lotte Bailyn discuss the HBR case study "When to Make Private News Public."
Feb 16, 2012
287: Idea Watch: Harnessing Creativity
Andy O'Connell and Scott Berinato, editors of the Idea Watch section of HBR and The Daily Stat.
Feb 09, 2012
286: The End of Customer Service Heroes
Frances Frei and Anne Morriss, authors of "Uncommon Service: How to Win by Putting Customers at the Core of Your Business."
Feb 02, 2012
285: Kareem Abdul-Jabbar on Teamwork and Career Transitions
Kareem Abdul-Jabbar, basketball legend, New York Times best-selling author, and filmmaker.
Jan 26, 2012
284: Designing Spaces for Creative Collaboration
Scott Doorley and Scott Witthoft, co-directors of the Environments Collaborative at the Stanford University d.school and authors of "Make Space."
Jan 19, 2012
283: The Right Mindset for Success
Carol Dweck, professor at Stanford University and author of "Mindset: The New Psychology of Success."
Jan 12, 2012
282: How to Keep Your New Year's Resolutions
Peter Bregman, author of "18 Minutes: Find Your Focus, Master Distraction, and Get the Right Things Done."
Jan 05, 2012
281: Breaking the Work/Family Deadlock
Stephanie Coontz, professor of history at The Evergreen State College and author of "A Strange Stirring."
Dec 29, 2011
280: Economics for Humans
Umair Haque, director of the Havas Media Labs and author of "Betterness: Economics for Humans."
Dec 22, 2011
279: Business Jargon Is Not a "Value-Add"
Dan Pallotta, president of Advertising for Humanity and author of "Uncharitable."
Dec 15, 2011
278: HBR's 2012 List of Audacious Ideas
Scott Berinato, HBR senior editor, featuring the ideas of Yale economist Robert Shiller, journalist Gregg Easterbrook, and Pulitzer Prize-winning columnist Ellen Goodman.
Dec 08, 2011
277: What Motivates Tomorrow's Leaders
John Coleman, coauthor of "Passion and Purpose," with contributors Patrick Chun, Umaimah Mendhro, and Rye Barcott.
Dec 01, 2011
276: The Myth of Monotasking
Cathy Davidson, Duke University professor and author of "Now You See It: How the Brain Science of Attention Will Transform the Way We Live, Work, and Learn."
Nov 23, 2011
275: Fire All the Managers
Gary Hamel, director of the Management Innovation eXchange and author of the HBR article "First, Let's Fire All the Managers."
Nov 17, 2011
274: Social Media's Untapped Power
Misiek Piskorski and Anthony J. Bradley, of Harvard Business School and Gartner Research, respectively.
Nov 10, 2011
273: What Successful People Do Differently
Heidi Grant Halvorson, motivational psychologist and author of "Nine Things Successful People Do Differently."
Nov 03, 2011
272: Business Wasn't Always the Villain
Nancy Koehn, Harvard Business School historian and editor of "The Story of American Business."
Oct 28, 2011
271: Higher Ambition Leadership
Michael Beer, Harvard Business School professor and coauthor of "Higher Ambition: How Great Leaders Create Economic and Social Value."
Oct 20, 2011
270: Keeping Employees Engaged in Tough Times
Douglas Conant, former CEO of Campbell's Soup Company.
Oct 13, 2011
269: Steve Jobs: A Perfect CEO
Steven Levy, senior writer at Wired and author of "The Perfect Thing" and "Insanely Great."
Oct 06, 2011
268: Debating the Future of Europe: An HBR Event
Sir Michael Rake, chairman of BT Group, and Alastair Campbell, Tony Blair's former communications director, sat down with editor in chief Adi Ignatius at the launch of Harvard Business Review's London office.
Oct 04, 2011
267: Francis Ford Coppola on Family, Fulfillment, and Breaking the Rules
Francis Ford Coppola, acclaimed film director.
Sep 29, 2011
266: Coca-Cola's CEO on Doubling the Size of His Company
Muhtar Kent, CEO of Coca-Cola.
Sep 22, 2011
265: The Next Global Talent Pool
Sylvia Ann Hewlett and Ripa Rashid, authors of "Winning the War for Talent in Emerging Markets: Why Women Are the Solution."
Sep 15, 2011
264: All Business Is Green Business
Jib Ellison, founder of Blu Skye and coauthor of the HBR article "The Sustainable Economy."
Sep 08, 2011
263: Customer Loyalty in the Twitter Era
Fred Reichheld and Rob Markey, authors of "The Ultimate Question 2.0."
Sep 01, 2011
262: Tenacious Leadership on the Mountain and in the Organization
Rick Ridgeway, vice president of environmental initiatives at Patagonia.
Aug 25, 2011
261: What Health Care Really Costs
Robert S. Kaplan, Harvard Business School professor and coauthor of the HBR article "How to Solve the Cost Crisis in Health Care."
Aug 18, 2011
260: Leading in Office, in Crisis, and in Exile
Michelle Bachelet, former President of Chile, executive director of UN Women.
Aug 11, 2011
259: Key Questions for Leaders
Robert Kaplan, Harvard Business School professor and author of "What to Ask the Person in the Mirror."
Aug 05, 2011
258: Pricing Secrets of Ticket Scalpers
Rafi Mohammed, pricing strategy consultant and author of "The 1% Windfall: How Successful Companies Use Price to Profit and Grow."
Jul 28, 2011
257: Getting Networking Right
Rob Cross, associate professor at the University of Virginia's McIntire School of Commerce and coauthor of the HBR article "A Smarter Way to Network."
Jul 21, 2011
256: Idea Watch: Coworkers, Bosses, and Cubicles
Dan McGinn and Scott Berinato, HBR senior editors.
Jul 14, 2011
255: The (Next) Financial Crisis
Nicholas Dunbar, author of "The Devil's Derivatives: The Untold Story of the Slick Traders and Hapless Regulators Who Almost Blew Up Wall Street ... and Are Ready to Do It Again."
Jul 07, 2011
254: What Leaders Need to Know About Collaboration
Morten Hansen, professor at the UC Berkeley School of Information and author of "Collaboration."
Jun 30, 2011
253: The Education Bubble, Tenure Envy, and Tuition
Justin Fox, editorial director of the HBR Group and author of the article "Disrupting Higher Ed."
Jun 23, 2011
252: Disney's CEO on a More Modern Mouse
Robert Iger, CEO of Disney.
Jun 16, 2011
251: Why Pink May Not Work as a Breast Cancer Brand
Stefano Puntoni, professor at the Rotterdam School of Management and author of the HBR article "The Color Pink Is Bad for Fighting Breast Cancer."
Jun 09, 2011
250: Know Your Power Persona
Maggie Craddock, author of "Power Genes: Understanding Your Power Persona--and How to Wield It at Work."
Jun 02, 2011
249: The Hidden Demons of High Achievers
Tom DeLong, Harvard Business School professor and author of "Flying Without a Net: Turn Fear of Change into Fuel for Success."
May 26, 2011
248: Rebooting America's Job Engine
Henry Nothhaft, serial entrepreneur and author of "Great Again: Revitalizing America's Entrepreneurial Leadership."
May 20, 2011
247: Can You Make Your Team Smarter?
Anita Woolley, assistant professor of organizational behavior and theory at Carnegie Mellon University and coauthor of the HBR article "What Makes a Team Smarter? More Women."
May 12, 2011
246: When Competitors Give Away the Store
David Bryce, professor of strategy at Brigham Young University's Marriott School of Management and coauthor of the HBR article "Competing Against Free."
May 05, 2011
245: The Food Crisis, Market Failures, and World 3.0
Pankaj Ghemawat, IESE Business School professor and author of "World 3.0: Global Prosperity and How to Achieve It."
Apr 28, 2011
244: Planning Your Post-Retirement Career
Marc Freedman, founder and CEO of Civic Ventures and author of "The Big Shift: Navigating the New Stage Beyond Midlife."
Apr 21, 2011
243: Anthony Bourdain on Why Leaders Should Eat with the Locals
Anthony Bourdain, celebrity chef and host of the Travel Channel's "Anthony Bourdain: No Reservations."
Apr 14, 2011
242: Productivity Secrets of a Very Busy Man
Bob Pozen, senior lecturer at Harvard Business School and author of the HBR article "Extreme Productivity."
Apr 07, 2011
241: Productivity, Multitasking, and the Death of the Phone
Sherry Turkle, MIT professor and author of "Alone Together: Why We Expect More from Technology and Less from Each Other."
Mar 31, 2011
240: How Great Management Turned Around Baseball's Worst Team
Jonah Keri, sports and stock market writer; author of "The Extra 2%."
Mar 24, 2011
239: Ricky Gervais on Not Having a Real Job
Ricky Gervais, creator of the hit television series "The Office."
Mar 17, 2011
238: Who Do You Blame When Things Go Wrong?
Ben Dattner, founder of Dattner Consulting and author of "The Blame Game."
Mar 10, 2011
237: Post-Traumatic Growth and Building Resilience
Martin Seligman, director of the Positive Psychology Center at the University of Pennsylvania and author of the HBR article "Building Resilience."
Mar 03, 2011
236: Manage Your Organization's Energy
Bernd Vogel, assistant professor of leadership and organizational behavior at the Henley Business School and coauthor of "Fully Charged."
Feb 24, 2011
235: Getting Smarter About Mergers and Acquisitions
Andrew Waldeck, partner at Innosight and coauthor of the HBR article "The New M&A Playbook."
Feb 17, 2011
234: The Coherence Premium
Paul Leinwand, partner in Booz & Company's global consumer, media, and retail practice; coauthor of "The Essential Advantage."
Feb 10, 2011
233: Finding Profit in a World of Free
Saul Berman, vice president and global lead partner for Strategy Consulting at IBM Global Business Services and author of "Not for Free."
Feb 03, 2011
232: The Persuasive Power of Uncertainty
Zakary Tormala, associate professor of marketing at Stanford's Graduate School of Business.
Jan 27, 2011
231: eBay's CEO on Growth, Acquisitions, and Going Mobile
John Donahoe, CEO of eBay.
Jan 21, 2011
230: The Holy Grail of Continuous Growth
Paul Nunes, executive director of research at the Accenture Institute for High Performance and coauthor of "Jumping the S-Curve."
Jan 13, 2011
229: How to Fix Capitalism
Michael E. Porter, Bishop William Lawrence University Professor and coauthor of the HBR article "Creating Shared Value."
Jan 06, 2011
228: HBR's 2011 Agenda
With insights from A.G. Lafley, Dan Ariely, Bob Sutton, Daniel Pink, and more.
Dec 30, 2010
227: The New Global Entrepreneur
Anne Habiby and Deirdre Coyle, cofounders of the AllWorld Network and authors of the HBR article "The High-Intensity Entrepreneur."
Dec 23, 2010
226: Guilty People Make Good Managers
Frank Flynn, Stanford Business School professor and subject of the HBR article "Guilt-Ridden People Make Great Leaders."
Dec 16, 2010
225: The Glass Cliff Phenomenon
Susanne Bruckmüller, research associate at the Universität Erlangen-Nürnberg and coauthor of the HBR article "How Women End Up on the 'Glass Cliff'."
Dec 09, 2010
224: Build a Better Business Model
Rita McGrath, Columbia Business School professor and coauthor of "Discovery-Driven Growth."
Dec 02, 2010
223: Why a Happy Brain Performs Better
Shawn Achor, CEO of Aspirant and author of "The Happiness Advantage."
Nov 25, 2010
222: Idea Watch: How We Sell and Why We Buy
Dan McGinn and Scott Berinato, HBR editors.
Nov 18, 2010
221: China's Secret Feud with Multinationals
Thomas Hout, visiting professor at the University of Hong Kong's School of Business and coauthor of the HBR article "China vs the World: Whose Technology Is It?"
Nov 11, 2010
220: Why Businesses Need to Think Like the Media
Larry Kramer, founder of MarketWatch, Inc., and author of "C-Scape: Conquer the Forces Changing Business Today."
Nov 04, 2010
219: Defeat Criticism Before It Goes Viral
Leslie Gaines-Ross, chief reputation strategist at Weber Shandwick and author of the HBR article "Reputation Warfare."
Oct 28, 2010
218: The Economics of Mass Collaboration
Don Tapscott, chairman of nGenera Insight and coauthor of "Macrowikinomics: Rebooting Business and the World."
Oct 21, 2010
217: Leading Through a Major Crisis
Adm. Thad Allen, USCG (Ret.)
Oct 14, 2010
216: Oliver Sacks on Empathy as a Path to Insight
Dr. Oliver Sacks, neurologist and author of "The Mind's Eye."
Oct 07, 2010
215: Remaking Marketing at GE
Beth Comstock, chief marketing officer of General Electric and coauthor of the HBR article "Unleashing the Power of Marketing."
Sep 30, 2010
214: Talent Analytics: How Do You Measure Up?
Tom Davenport, Babson College professor and coauthor of the HBR article "Competing on Talent Analytics."
Sep 23, 2010
213: When Everyone Can See Your Supply Chain
Steve New, head of degree programs at Oxford University's Said Business School and author of the HBR article "The Transparent Supply Chain."
Sep 16, 2010
212: The New Era of Empowered Employees
Josh Bernoff, senior vice president of idea development at Forrester Research and coauthor of "Empowered."
Sep 09, 2010
211: Managing Older Workers
Peter Cappelli, Wharton School professor and coauthor of "Managing the Older Worker: How to Prepare for the New Organizational Order."
Sep 02, 2010
210: Women Are Over-Mentored (But Under-Sponsored)
Herminia Ibarra, professor of organizational behavior at INSEAD and coauthor of the HBR article "Why Men Still Get More Promotions Than Women."
Aug 26, 2010
209: Bringing Judgment Back to Finance
Amar Bhidé, professor at Tufts University's Fletcher School and author of "A Call for Judgment: Sensible Finance for a Dynamic Economy."
Aug 19, 2010
208: The Man Behind the Brands
Jeff Cruikshank, coauthor of "The Man Who Sold America: The Amazing (but True!) Story of Albert D. Lasker and the Creation of the Advertising Century."
Aug 13, 2010
207: HBR's Idea Watch: Strange-But-True Research Insights
Scott Berinato and Andy O'Connell, editors of the Idea Watch section of Harvard Business Review.
Aug 06, 2010
206: The Art of Leading Well
Warren Bennis, professor at the University of Southern California and author of "Still Surprised: A Memoir of a Life in Leadership."
Jul 29, 2010
205: Why Delighting Your Customers Is Overrated
Matthew Dixon, managing director of the Corporate Executive Board's Sales and Service Practice.
Jul 23, 2010
204: Avoid These Career-Planning Fallacies
Monika Hamori, professor at IE Business School in Madrid and author of the HBR article "Job-Hopping to the Top and Other Career Fallacies."
Jul 16, 2010
203: When the Corporate Ladder Becomes a Lattice
Cathleen Benko, vice chairman and chief talent officer for Deloitte LLP and coauthor of "The Corporate Lattice."
Jul 09, 2010
202: The Subtleties of Strategic Swearing
Bob Sutton, Stanford University professor and author of "The No Asshole Rule."
Jul 01, 2010
201: Howard Schultz on Starbucks' Turnaround
Howard Schultz, CEO of Starbucks.
Jun 25, 2010
200: Telling the Truth About Power
Jeffrey Pfeffer, Stanford Business School professor and author of the HBR article "Power Play."
Jun 18, 2010
199: Positive Deviance and Unlikely Innovators
Richard Pascale, associate fellow of Said Business School at Oxford University and coauthor of "The Power of Positive Deviance."
Jun 11, 2010
198: What Copycats Know About Innovation
Oded Shenkar, professor at Ohio State University's Fisher College of Business and author of "Copycats."
Jun 03, 2010
197: Managing the Productivity Paradox
Tony Schwartz, president and CEO of The Energy Project and author of "The Way We're Working Isn't Working."
May 28, 2010
196: How to Create an Entrepreneurial Economy
Daniel Isenberg, professor of management practice at Babson College and author of the HBR article "The Big Idea: How to Start an Entrepreneurial Revolution."
May 21, 2010
195: How Iconoclasts Think
Gregory Berns, the Distinguished Chair of Neuroeconomics at Emory University and author of "Iconoclast."
May 14, 2010
194: Keep Your Top Talent from Defecting
Jean Martin and Conrad Schmidt, executive directors of the Corporate Executive Board's Corporate Learning Council based in Washington, DC.
May 07, 2010
193: Coping with Social Media
Alexandra Samuel, director of the Social + Interactive Media Centre at Emily Carr University.
Apr 30, 2010
192: Breaking Free from the Acceleration Trap
Heike Bruch, professor of leadership at the University of St. Gallen and coauthor of the HBR article "The Acceleration Trap."
Apr 23, 2010
191: Profiting by the Biosphere Rules
Gregory Unruh, director and professor of the Lincoln Center for Ethics in Global Management at the Thunderbird School.
Apr 16, 2010
190: How to Make HR Relevant
Susan Cantrell, fellow at the Accenture Institute for High Performance and coauthor of "Workforce of One: Revolutionizing Talent Management Through Customization."
Apr 09, 2010
189: The Leadership Health Care Needs
Dr. Thomas Lee, network president of Partners HealthCare System and professor of medicine at Harvard Medical School.
Apr 02, 2010
188: The Skills You Need to Lead Overseas
Mansour Javidan, dean of research at the Thunderbird School of Global Management and coauthor of the HBR article "Making It Overseas."
Mar 26, 2010
187: Untangling Financial Regulation
Justin Fox, editorial director of the HBR Group and author of "The Myth of the Rational Market: A History of Risk, Reward, and Delusion on Wall Street."
Mar 18, 2010
186: How Individual Performance Scales Up
Michael Schrage, research fellow at MIT Sloan School's Center for Digital Business and author of "Serious Play."
Mar 12, 2010
185: The Right Way to Collaborate (If You Must)
Morten Hansen, professor at the UC Berkeley School of Information and author of "Collaboration."
Mar 05, 2010
184: The Secret Origins of Corporate Strategy
Walter Kiechel, former managing editor at Fortune magazine and author of "The Lords of Strategy: The Secret Intellectual History of the New Corporate World."
Feb 26, 2010
183: What Motivates Us?
Daniel Pink, author of "Drive: The Surprising Truth About What Motivates Us."
Feb 18, 2010
182: Rebuilding Trust at Toyota
Anna Bernasek, financial journalist and author of "The Economics of Integrity."
Feb 12, 2010
181: Reinventing Invention
Nathan Myhrvold, CEO of Intellectual Ventures and author of the HBR article "Funding Eureka."
Feb 05, 2010
180: Better Decisions Through Analytics
Tom Davenport, Babson College professor and coauthor of "Analytics at Work: Smarter Decisions, Better Results."
Jan 29, 2010
179: Using Checklists to Prevent Failure
Dr. Atul Gawande, surgeon at Brigham and Women's Hospital and author of "The Checklist Manifesto."
Jan 22, 2010
178: The Most Influential Management Ideas of the Decade
Julia Kirby, HBR editor at large.
Jan 15, 2010
177: Ranking the World's Best CEOs
Herminia Ibarra, professor of organizational behavior at INSEAD and coauthor of the HBR article "The Best-Performing CEOs in the World."
Jan 08, 2010
176: How Gen X Leads
Tammy Erickson, author of "What's Next, Gen X?: Keeping Up, Moving Ahead, and Getting the Career You Want."
Dec 28, 2009
175: Copenhagen's Unofficial Cleantech Carnival
Nicholas Eisenberger, managing principal of GreenOrder, joins us from Copenhagen.