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Bad Bosses Suck, But a Boring Office Is Worse

Don’t underestimate the profound power of simple gestures. By Ashley Keating There’s an old saying: “Employees don’t leave organizations—they leave managers.”  But a bad boss alone doesn’t make a worker fly the coop: A lack of connection with coworkers can also lead to employee turnover, finds new research in the Journal […]

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Find, Grow, and Retain Top Talent: A 5-Step Plan

Assembling a roster of all-stars isn’t easy—and keeping your squad together is even harder. Steal these five strategies and your team will be a perennial contender. By Robert Hogan, Ph.D., and Joan Jacobsen Succeeding in business is a lot like succeeding in sports: The team with the most talent and […]

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6 Truths About Using Personality Data for Talent Decisions

What you don’t know might hurt you. By Allan H. Church and Sergio Ezama If you ask Ben Franklin, nothing in life is certain except death and taxes. If you ask us, it’s death, taxes, and the use of personality tools in organizations. What was once a handful of tools […]

Leadership

Is Your Board Bored?

Your board of directors holds your organization’s future in its hands—but its members may be too dysfunctional to make effective decisions. The path to rebuilding starts here. By Adrian Furnham, Ph.D. No one can deny that an organization’s product, processes, competitive advantage, and recent history greatly influence its fate. Ditto […]

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The Power Poser

Some psychologists have made waves in leadership circles for saying that striking a specific pose can make you feel more powerful. The only problem? Not a lick of the research checks out. By Marcus Crede Lean back, kick your feet up onto your desk, and put your hands behind your […]

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Struggling to Recruit Great Employees? Maybe You’re the Problem

You have too many filters blocking great employees from breaking into your organization. It’s time for some maintenance and repair. By Beverly Kaye, Connie Bentley, and Linda Rogers By 2030, the global worker shortage could reach 85.2 million people. In the U.S. alone, in the one-month period from June to July […]

Leadership

Why Can’t Anyone Find a Good CEO?

Leadership gurus can’t agree on what makes a great c-level executive. But they don’t have the data—and we do. Keep reading, board members. By Steven N. Kaplan, Ph.D., and Morten Sorensen, Ph.D. When you boil it down, boards only have one job: Pick a new CEO. The problem? They don’t […]

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The Great Feedback Debate: Register Today!

Does feedback do more harm than good? Or more good than harm? Let’s debate! Marcus Buckingham and Ashley Goodall’s recent book Nine Lies About Work argues that they have “unimpeachable data” that feedback is unhelpful and “toxic.” Their claims have generated strong reactions among those who believe in the positive […]

Leadership

Why Humble Leadership Will Win

Tomorrow’s bosses won’t be allergic to human connection. Instead, they see openness and trust as the keys to growth and success.  By Edgar H. Schein and Peter A. Schein When you think about great leaders, what archetypes come to mind? Maybe you conjure up images of the tech visionary, the […]

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How Performance Reviews Create Awful Bosses

Managers don’t set out to treat employees poorly. The misguided culture at most corporations forces them to do it. By Samuel A. Culbert, Ph.D. My MBA students have a funny way of pointing me out to their friends. “When it comes to bullshit,” they say, “that professor wrote the book.”  […]