Andrew O'Connell, HBR editor, explains why we find tales of disaster so compelling.
When I started building my platform, it never occurred to me to make money from it. When someone suggested I start accepting advertising, I resisted because I thought (erroneously) it would compromise my integrity. Then I realized that all professional creatives charge for their work. In fact, this is what separates the professionals from the […]
Today, I was thinking back to perhaps the busiest time in my career: the first few months right after I left Thomas Nelson, almost three years ago. At that time, I was spending all day, every day buried in administrative detail—responding to emails, making travel plans, and filling out expense reports. Finally, I decided I […]
Historian Walter Friedman on the pioneers of forecasting, and why we haven't gotten better at it.
Walter Friedman, director of the Business History Initiative at Harvard Business School, on the pioneers of market prediction.
As a leader, you are going to draw fire. People will criticize you. Some will second-guess your decisions. Others will impute motives that aren’t there. A few will falsely accuse you. If you are going to be effective as a leader, you can’t afford to be easily offended. Don’t take the bait! Nothing will derail […]
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.
The unrealized marketing advantage of audio.
The iconic comedian speaks with HBR's Adi Ignatius about work, life, and, yes, comedy.
Great conversations are a balance of give and take like a ping pong match. You wait for the ball to come over the net, then you hit it back to the person on the other side. Then you do it all over again—and on it goes. This is an essential leadership skill and one that […]
Bob Sutton, Stanford University professor, talks about his book, "Scaling Up Excellence: Getting to More Without Settling for Less."
The key to keeping your team aligned in the midst of change or chaos is communication. Unfortunately, most leaders are not intentional about this. They either don’t communicate or don’t have a plan for rolling their message out. The result is that people are left to create their own narrative about what is happening. If […]
Jeffrey Joerres, CEO of ManpowerGroup, on finding the talent you need in an unpredictable world.
I have just gone through an incredibly busy time in my life and business. Last year was extraordinary, but it was also exhausting. Last weekend, I found myself feeling overwhelmed and discouraged. I knew it was time to stop the merry-go-round, take a deep breath, and recalibrate. That’s what I did on Monday. I knew […]
The founder of the Khan Academy talks with HBR senior editor Alison Beard.
As a leader, the health of your marriage directly affects the impact of your leadership. I have witnessed this time after time. Being effective at work or in ministry begins by being effective at home. Praising your spouse in public is one of the most important investments you can make—in your family and in your […]
The former Secretary of Defense talks with HBR editor-in-chief Adi Ignatius about his new book, "Duty: Memoirs of a Secretary at War."
Gianpiero Petriglieri, professor at INSEAD, on the new global elite.
Amy Bernstein, editor of HBR, offers executive summaries of the major features.
Freek Vermeulen of London Business School explains how best practices become bad practices.