It’s official: The pandemic turned us all into jerks

Viewed in Business Insider Not all crises impact us the same, a new study published in The Public Library of Science (PLOS) finds. Kindness and unity Following the September 11 terrorist attacks, for instance, Americans experienced an almost unprecedented level of kindness and unity in their public demeanor. Not so with the Covid-19 global pandemic,… More

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The war to define what work looks like

Viewed in The Wall Street Journal “The workplace is in the middle of an unusual collision between what bosses and workers want,” The Wall Street Journal reports. That is quite a statement, but the evidence to support it is compelling. Employees feeling empowered The result is that today’s workplace has many battleground traits with employees… More

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Is your boss ‘quiet firing’ you?

Viewed in Business Insider  In our best reads for August 2022 a few weeks ago, we featured an overview of a new and largely unknown trend emerging among Generation Z workers. Quiet quitting Now largely finished with their post-secondary educations, they are beginning to enter the workforce en masse— and their workplace idiosyncrasies are proving… More

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6 qualities that will get you hired, no matter the job

Viewed in Fast Company Let’s begin by stipulating that there is no shortage of content available for candidates seeking to land jobs. Coaching job candidates Over the past few decades, books, white papers, articles, and blogs have been produced in abundance—and, for those who can afford it, there is an entire industry of consultants who… More

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Data ethics: What it means and what it takes

Viewed in McKinsey Digital Management consulting giant McKinsey, founded in 1926, has nearly unmatched access to the world’s largest companies and their executives. To their credit, they also routinely solicit the views of these companies and executives— and then share these perspectives with those seeking to address current opportunities or challenges in their own industries… More

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Intelligence is Overrated. Here’s How to Really Spot Someone who Can Succeed

Viewed in Fast Company Today’s economics professors maintain an extraordinary depth of their discipline, but cynics may respond that what they hold in knowledge they lack in actual practical application of this knowledge in a real profit and loss functional role.   Business leaders, conversely, maintain  extraordinary practical experiences with profit and loss responsibilities and… More

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If Your Co-Workers Are ‘Quiet Quitting,’ Here’s What That Means

Viewed in The Wall Street Journal The TikTok generation has landed in the workforce, and their approach to work life and their careers is a marked break with that of preceding generations. Wall Street Journal reporter Lindsay Ellis addresses one of these dramatic changes after actually viewing some younger workers’ TikTok videos describing the newest… More

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The Path to the Boardroom

Viewed in EgonZehnder Global management consulting and executive search firm EgonZehnder works with over 600 corporate boards annually. In this article, the firm draws on this extensive experience with corporate boards to answer the question: How precisely does one go about becoming a director on a corporate board? Niche The answer, EgonZehnder contends, is not… More

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Deliberately Underselling as Sales Strategy

Viewed in Tomasz Tunguz For any ambitious sales executive, the temptation might always prove too irresistible: Hype their product or service, exaggerating it beyond reasonable expectations, to be sure a sale is secured. If this extra hype actually helps secure the sale, what’s so wrong with that? Hype pitfalls In this article, venture capitalist Tomasz… More

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4 Surefire Signs You Lack Self-Confidence

Viewed in Fast Company Organizational leadership is serious, challenging, and sometimes stressful. The traits a leader exhibits often proves the difference between success and failure. Authentic Good leaders inspire; poor ones deflate. Good leaders are not necessarily perfect, but they are authentic, and authenticity creates loyalty and commitment among those they manage. In this Fast… More

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How CEOs Make Complex Decisions—Even When They Don’t Have All the Intel

Viewed in Russell Reynolds With dozens of offices in over two dozen countries, it is fair to say that management consulting firm Russell Reynolds, founded in 1969, interacts with a vast number of chief executive officers. The management consulting behemoth observes in this article, authored by five Russell Reynolds professionals, that the demands on today’s… More

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Questions to Get the Most out of Your Midyear Review

Viewed in Korn Ferry Midyear and annual performance reviews have become more formalized processes in recent years. On the surface, that may seem positive, and it is: You can be reasonably confident a review will occur, and you can be reasonably confident the process will be similar to that of your peers. But regular reviews… More

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Three steps to finding a voice in the boardroom

Viewed in Heidrick & Struggles The typical corporate chief executive can be forgiven for believing that his or her prior professional, academic, and personal traits and successes are sufficient for a fairly seamless transition into the role of a corporate director. However, that assumption, Chicago-based executive recruitment and management consulting giant Heidrick & Struggles cautions… More

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Breaking up with burnout: 4 steps

Viewed in Korn Ferry Korn Ferry was and remains a giant in the world of executive recruitment and has gone on to establish its management consulting services with equal success, affording the company access to many of the world’s business thought leaders and executive management teams, all of whom offer insight on the challenges confronting… More

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Why really smart executives do really stupid things

Viewed in The Wall Street Journal No doubt, you have seen at least one of these cases of late, and likely many more: A top Fortune 1000 chief executive officer seemingly has it all on the ball. Publicly acclaimed He or she is leading their company in strategic and creative ways, beating expectations, growing market… More

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Going deeper: Why the future of leadership is beneath the surface

Viewed in Spencer Stuart What are your “beneath the surface” leadership traits? It may not be a question you are asked routinely, if ever. But there are such traits, and Chicago-based management consulting and executive search firm Spencer Stuart addresses them in this intriguing new report. Working harder and faster It turns out your beneath… More

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