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The case of the disappearing chief operating officer

Early last year, McDonald's chief operating officer Tim Fenton said he was retiring, unable to meet the travel demands of the job due to his severe asthma. But rather than replace him with a new operations chief, McDonald's, which was struggling with consecutive months of sales declines, opted to eliminate the position outright. It split his duties between […]

The idea of ‘queen bee’ female executives is losing its sting

One of the most enduring stereotypes in the American workplace is that of the "queen bee": the executive female who, at best, doesn't help the women below her get ahead and, at worst, actively hinders them. This supposed species has been analyzed in newspaper essays, described in surveys and caricatured over and over again in Hollywood. Show More Summary

Companies ease up a bit on worker dress codes

Wal-Mart employees were recently told the giant retailer would be easing up on its dress code. A bit. In addition to khaki or black pants, Wal-Mart employees will now be able to add black- or khaki-colored denim pants to their work wardrobe. While employees still have to wear blue or white collared shirts and Wal-Mart vests, those who work more physically […]

The end of office voice mail

Corporate cost-cutting measures usually aren't something to celebrate. Layoffs. Slashing the 401(k) match. Penny-pinching efforts that put the kibosh on Friday happy hours. But here's one that could actually help us all: disconnecting office voice mail. Show More Summary

The latest cringeworthy Wall Street memo to interns

"Culture" has become a hot topic on Wall Street, as big banks try to show they're reforming their ways. Their CEOs are repeatedly referencing the word in front of shareholders, they're easing up on hours for junior bankers, and many are setting up "protections" for employees' work-life balance — such as no longer having to work on Saturdays. But Justin Kwan, a […]

How to be a better coach to your employees

Whether in the public, private or nonprofit sector, leaders produce the best results when they invest in teaching and mentoring their employees. That means not only encouraging them to perform their existing roles exceptionally well, but providing long-term developmental support that stretches them beyond their current experience and expertise. Show More Summary

Sheryl Sandberg’s heartbreakingly beautiful tribute to her husband

Sheryl Sandberg has shared publicly what she's learned about getting ahead at work: how to ask for a raise, balance work and family, and navigate the double standards and gender stereotypes women face. And now, in a heartbreakingly beautiful and incredibly open tribute to her late husband, the Facebook chief operating officer is sharing what she's learned about grief. […]

How to convince your company to let you keep your job and travel the world

Cassie Utt is about to spend an entire year traveling the globe, a trip that will include month-long stops in 12 exotic locales like Dubrovnik, Croatia, and Ko Tao, Thailand. To get ready for her world tour, the 24-year-old has donated her couch and her bed, put the rest of her stuff in storage, and turned in her car that was coming […]

Google’s diversity numbers changed little in past year

A year ago, Google surprised the world by publicly releasing its diversity statistics, making a promise to update them annually and prompting a slew of other companies to release their own numbers about the dismally small numbers of women and minorities in tech. Show More Summary

Men’s Wearhouse doesn’t want him? No problem. George Zimmer has another idea.

George Zimmer is back with a new business. The founder of Men's Wearhouse, whose sudden ouster from the company he founded made news two years ago, was famous for guaranteeing you'd "like the way you look" in his new suits. Now, he wants to connect you with tailors who can help fix your old ones. zTailors, the new company Zimmer launched […]

New study examines the possibility of a leadership gene

It's one of the field's classic questions: Are leaders born or made? A new study attempted to answer that by examining whether people who have a certain gene, the dopamine transporter DAT1, also hold down managerial roles. Researchers...Show More Summary

CEO says he will pay college tuition for all of his employees’ children

As a growing number of startups compete for talent with giants like Google and Facebook, they seem to have entered an arms race of showering employees with lavish perks — whether free lunches, free housecleaning services or sending employees on free international vacations. Show More Summary

After FIFA arrests, what’s a corporate sponsor to do?

For corporate sponsors, the beautiful game is not looking so beautiful right now. Just a week ago, several of the major business partners of FIFA, soccer's governing body, came out with statements recognizing concerns over migrant workers...Show More Summary

Leading the Office of Management and Budget

David Mader left the Internal Revenue Service in 2003 for the private sector after more than three decades of federal service. Yet last year he left Booz Allen Hamilton and returned to the government, this time as controller of the Office of Management and Budget. He is now focused on improving management across federal agencies, working […]

But really, what kind of leader doesn’t have a six-story gold and marble statue?

On Monday, people in Ashgabat, Turkmenistan gathered to celebrate a new 69-foot monument of the country’s president, Gurbanguly Berdymukhamedov, ensconced in 24-carat gold leaf and sitting on top of a massive cliff of white marble. The new statue looks a little like the Bronze Horseman, a monument in St. Petersburg that honors Peter the Great. […]

Podcast: Stanley McChrystal on leadership

LISTEN: A conversation with Gen. Stanley McChrystal   This week our podcast is with Stanley McChrystal, the retired Army general who led U.S. and international forces in Afghanistan before his resignation in 2010. In this conversation,...Show More Summary

Many finance workers still don’t think they can report wrongdoing

This week, a new survey about continued bad behavior in the finance industry landed with a thud. It came out around the same time that five big banks agreed to pay more than $5 billion to settle criminal charges that they manipulated interest or currency exchange rates. Show More Summary

Dealing with conflict in the workplace

People want leadership roles for a variety of reasons, but the opportunity to manage conflicts is rarely at the top of anyone's list. It’s a skill that many have a hard time mastering — and let’s face it, avoiding conflict tends to be the first inclination for most of us. Workplace conflicts can emerge in any number […]

The tao of Paul Polman

What do Ben & Jerry’s, Dove, Hellmann’s and Lipton all have in common? Each is among the 400 brands owned by Unilever, an Anglo-Dutch company run by CEO Paul Polman that brought in more than €48 billion in revenue last year. When Polman took over in 2009, he made several bold decisions for the consumer […]

A leader’s reading list — without business books

On the list of recommended summer reads that Microsoft founder and CEO Bill Gates just posted to his personal blog, not one is a business book. The tech titan and philanthropist spent decades building one of America's biggest corporations, which make it notable that his shared summer reading list is hardly made up of business bestsellers. Show More Summary

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