Tag: Harvard Business Review

Why Do Great People Think They’re Great?

man in the mirror

Excellence is in fashion. And excellence is what everyone wants to hire. Consider two examples: Mark Zuckerberg, talking about the price paid for FriendFeed which averaged to $4M per employee, said in the New York Times “Someone who is exceptional in their role is not just a little better than someone who is pretty good,” […]

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(More) Risky Business: How to Leap Tall Buildings

Sometimes the greatest risk you can take is to take no risk at all. Or as James Dean phrased it, “Dream as if you’ll live forever. Live as if you’ll die today.” Three events this week brought that thought squarely home. A colleague who was nudged out of his role with a firm asked for […]

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[Tips for Leaders] How to Avoid Off-Sites that Suck

With a nod to Kelly Clarkson, the first part of a fiscal year for many firms  is “off-site” time. Leaders go with their teams to a place off-site with hopes that a change of scenery – and sometimes a round of golf or some collegial dinners – will change dynamics and improve performance. It probably […]

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[Tips for Leaders] How to Face Your Critics AND Give – and Get – Great Feedback

John Baldoni recently blogged on the best way to handle  your critics, using President Obama’s recent session with Republican Congress members as an example. Baldoni’s post at the Harvard Business Review – How to Face Your Critics –  suggests the following steps: Show up. Be cool. Acknowledge your shortcomings. Criticize gently. Smile frequently. Leave them […]

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The Trusted Advisor

Cover of "The Trusted Advisor"

In the world of executive teams, punches can get pulled and frank words disappear as people become guarded and disinclined to rock boats. It’s the distillation of an environment – as the May 2007 Harvard Business Review notes – where the operating conclusion is “When in doubt, keep your mouth shut.” In such settings, senior […]

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