How to Make the Business Case for Change

Lead Change Blog

McKinsey & Company’s research suggests that 70 percent of change efforts fall short of their objectives or fail altogether. That creates a challenge for you as a leader to obtain approval for change initiatives, when you are not the ultimate decision-maker. Here are nine elements to consider when building your case. Most change initiatives are designed to solve problems. Create a clear and succinct description of the problem to attract attention.

Blogging on Business Update from Bob Morris (Week of 10/21/13)

First Friday Book Synopsis

I hope that at least a few of these recent posts will be of interest to you: BOOK REVIEWS Conf!dence: dence: Overcoming Low Self-Esteem, Insecurity, and Self-Doubt Tomas Chamorro-Premuzic The Office Politics Handbook: Winning the Game of Power and Politics at Work Jack Godwin Unlimited Sales Success: 12 Simple Steps for Selling More Than You Ever […].

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Blogging on Business Update from Bob Morris (Week of 6/3/13)

First Friday Book Synopsis

I hope that at least a few of these recent posts will be of interest to you: BOOK REVIEWS The Universe Within: Discovering the Common History of Rocks, Planets, and People Neil Shubin Finerman’s Rules: Secrets I’d Only Tell My Daughters About Business and Life Karen Finerman Converge: Transforming Business at the Intersection of Marketing […].

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How to Make Your Management Process More Agile

Strategy Driven

In contrast to startups, which often experiment until they gain their footing in the market, established businesses are notoriously slow to change. That’s how you maintain your competitive edge. Competition to find and recruit new talent.

Great Leadership Qualities

Career Advancement

And that’s the price we’ll have to pay to achieve that goal, or any goal.” Renae Asks: I’m trying to use my time wisely, and that means being strategic in the leadership training opportunities I pursue, as well as the ones I set up for the team I manage.

Are You Ready for Recovery?

Leading Blog

A S a McKinsey & Company article stated in late March 2020: “What leaders need during a crisis is not a predefined response plan but behaviors and mindsets that will prevent them from overreacting to yesterday’s developments and help them look ahead.”. McKinsey. McKinsey.

Rethink Leadership for the XX Factor

Coaching Tip

Business and government leaders have been talking for decades about advancing more women to top leadership and professional roles. Young women today are entering the workforce better prepared and more ambitious than ever, with more education and higher career aspirations than men. When McKinsey & Co. asked senior executives at 60 big companies recently why they are trying to advance women, "they laughed at us," says Dominic Barton, McKinsey's global managing director.

How to Help Your Employees Learn from Each Other

Harvard Business Review

When your team wants to learn a new skill, where do they turn first? According to a study conducted by our company, Degreed, more workers first turn to their peers (55%)—second only to asking their bosses. Peer-to-peer learning encompasses all of these.

7 Steps to Bulletproof Problem Solving

Leading Blog

McKinsey alums Charles Conn and Rob McLean teach us how to be bulletproof problem solvers using a simple 7-steps approach. This process is not just applicable to business but is useful in finding solutions for personal problems as well. and “Should we go to court?”

How Companies Can Ensure Maternity Leave Doesn’t Hurt Women’s Careers

Harvard Business Review

Imagine that a temporary absence from your workplace could lead to 10 years of sustained high performance being forgotten. This was Diane’s (not her real name) experience following her early return to work from parental leave. Hoxton/Sam Edwards/Getty Images.

How to Successfully Work Across Countries, Languages, and Cultures

Harvard Business Review

According to a recent McKinsey Global Institute report , the number of people in the global labor force will reach 3.5 The result is likely to be intensified global competition for talent. Our ways of thinking about careers, colleagues, and collaboration will need to become more flexible and adaptable. Prior to 2010, Rakuten had been a multilingual global company. Above all, company aspired to become the number one internet services company in the world.

1 Daily Habit That Will Disrupt Your Business and Change Your Life

Lead from Within

It’s a sad fact of life, but one we’ve grown accustomed to, that the workplace is often draining, demanding, and disruptive. In our constant state of rushing from one assignment (or crisis) to another, we are too often missing out on the present. We pride ourselves on being able to do a million things at the same time, on being great multitaskers. For years, I have had the good fortune to be charged with creating mindfulness programs for Fortune 500 companies.

Morning Advantage: How to Take More Risks

Harvard Business Review

When companies lack a clear stance on when and how to take risks, managers often don't take enough of them, routinely making safe investment choices over ones with higher potential. As an anecdote, McKinsey Quarterly offers a starter kit of sorts for developing an organizational point of view on risk that should inform the way executives make decisions. To begin, say Tim Koller and two co-authors, up the ante on risky projects. Summer is a great time to be nosy.

LeadershipNow 140: October 2019 Compilation

Leading Blog

Here are a selection of tweets from October 2019 that you don't want to miss: 5 Characteristics of a Successful Leadership Development Strategy via @CCLdotORG. The mindsets and practices of excellent CEOs via @McKinsey. How To Be a Tough Leader Without Being a Jerk by @WScottCochrane.

April 2020 Leadership Development Carnival

Lead Change Blog

Welcome to the April 2020 Leadership Development Carnival! We’re excited to share posts from leadership experts from around the globe on the topics of communication, development, engagement, motivation, productivity, team building, and more. John Stoker of DialogueWORKS contributed Managers, here’s your guide to effective feedback. John shares: “Sometimes it is helpful to think about the critical skills for giving feedback to others.

Why and How to Build an In-House Consulting Team

Harvard Business Review

In-house strategy and consulting groups are growing in popularity , supplementing and increasingly winning business from traditional consulting firms such as McKinsey & Company, Boston Consulting Group and Bain & Company. Internal consulting groups have a number of advantages over external firms, including a company-wide perspective, continuity into implementation, attraction of top talent to the company, higher levels of confidentiality, and greater cost-effectiveness.

Think Inside The Box To Solve Leadership Challenges

Tanveer Naseer

That’s where great leaders go to get more out of their teams. You can too with a simple assessment tool that provides insights as to how to most effectively lead the unique members of your team. Some don’t have the skills they need to do their job.

10 Elements of a Great Woman’s Leadership Development Program

Great Leadership By Dan

I’ve recently had the opportunity to help design a brand-new open-enrollment Woman’s Leadership Development Program to be offered through the University of New Hampshire’s Executive Development Program. and “How will this program help woman succeed?”. How about you?

4 Beliefs that Lead to Bad Decisions

Strategy Driven

All great leaders have one thing in common – they know how to make great decisions. They default to a fight, flight, or freeze mentality. See how people respond when you ask them, “What are your hopes about this issue?” Debaters seek to win.

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The 6 Fundamental Skills Every Leader Should Practice

Harvard Business Review

There’s an old story about a tourist who asks a New Yorker how to get to the storied concert venue Carnegie Hall and is told, “Practice, practice, practice.” ” Our research also pointed to six leadership skills where practice was particularly important.

LeadershipNow 140: February 2018 Compilation

Leading Blog

Here are a selection of tweets from February 2018 that you might have missed: Most Leaders Know Their Strengths — but Are Oblivious to Their Weaknesses by @jhzenger and @JoeFolkman via @HarvardBiz. Does It Pay to Be Ethical? Six Kinds Of Procrastinators , and How to Help Them Deliver by @NextNate. How Healthy Is Your Organization's Culture? How to Lead Under Pressure and Remain Calm by @LollyDaskal. What are you doing to create a better future?

Have You Trained Your Replacement?


With a lot of wisdom and good things to say about leadership – hop over to his blog and be sure to subscribe. None of us likes to think about being replaced in our jobs. I submit that the best leaders out there are actively seeking someone to replace them. Because organizations change, new opportunities present themselves, and people need chances to grow. They might have a life event that leads them to leave the company.

When You’re Leaving Your Job Because of Your Kids

Harvard Business Review

You’ve decided to leave the organization, and the decision was driven by your needs as a working parent. Regardless of the specific reason why, the question now is howhow to leave in the right way, how to be credible, honest and transparent while acting in your own best interests, and how to preserve the long-term career capital you’ve worked so hard to create. Career Transitions.

Introducing 100 Coaches: Pay It Forward Champions

Marshall Goldsmith

I am very excited to announce the selection of the 100 Coaches in our pay-it-forward project! At the program, Ayse asked us to write down the names of our heroes. Then Ayse asked us to describe what made us think of them as heroes. It is time now to announce the 100 Coaches.

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Setting the Record Straight on Switching Jobs

Harvard Business Review

” Everyone from your mother to your mentor has advice about the best way to switch jobs. But how can you know whom to trust? ” Job seekers hold more power than employers, a trend that seems to be deepening. Job search Career planning Article

How Sheryl Sandberg Helped Make One Entrepreneur's Big Decision

Harvard Business Review

A few months ago, I got two pieces of fantastic news at the same time: I had a unique opportunity to start a company, and I was expecting my first child. Launchpad is a phenomenally successful class that challenges students to launch a company in ten weeks.

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Take Control of Your Global Development

Harvard Business Review

The ability to acquire and develop multicultural talent is becoming a critical competitive advantage for multinational and national companies alike. In the past, bringing a multicultural approach to business leadership was often viewed as a lucky accident of birth or upbringing. To succeed in this new world, individuals must proactively and comprehensively embed multicultural leadership skills into their career development plans. Let people know how to help you.

Position Yourself for a Stretch Assignment

Harvard Business Review

I once hired a McKinsey consultant into a country manager role in a developing region. Two years later, despite great success, he told me he wanted to find a job at another company in his home country. I could see he was motivated, and still eager to grow, so I pushed him to instead think about what larger global roles he could perform for his current employer. He did and was soon appointed to manage the company's entire international business from headquarters.

Who Really Understands Where He'll Be in 25 Years?

Harvard Business Review

We talked to David Lawee , vice president of corporate development at Google, about how he got to where he is and the role that luck has played in his career. For the most part, I've traveled an entrepreneurial career path. After two years at McKinsey, I co-founded a venture capital firm in Canada, moved on to a couple startups here in the Valley, and then ended up at Google. Luck and networking are two critical components to making anything work.

Why Boards Get C-Suite Succession So Wrong

Harvard Business Review

New reports from McKinsey and PwC paint a very bleak picture of C-suite succession practices in today’s corporations. But these recommendations leave out one very important piece of the C-suite succession puzzle, which is the ability of corporate directors to properly vet candidates.

Morning Advantage: Confessions of an Oil Man

Harvard Business Review

Yet Sernovitz, reviewing Steve Coll's Private Empire: ExxonMobil and American Power , isn't afraid to dive into introspection. "I I wonder how I will feel about what I am now doing in twenty years. And how do we measure these distances of complicity? Thought-provoking reading for anyone who has ever ridden in a car, used a plastic bag, or felt conflicted about their own career path. But Kerr suggests that it's still important for us to keep our perspectives fresh.

14 Ideas for Busting Bureaucracy

Harvard Business Review

It's time to bust up the ideology of control that has infiltrated every aspect of organizational life. This is the second leg of the HBR/McKinsey M-Prize for Management Innovation and a call for inspiring stories, bold ideas, and instructive experiments that demonstrate what can happen when you scrap compliance, conformance and predictability for freedom, passion, and dynamism. Shifting from a top-down to an edge-to-edge orientation. Roche: From Oversight to Insight.

To Better Train Workers, Figure Out Where They Struggle

Harvard Business Review

When it comes to training and workforce development, lots of them. In a 2014 survey , 55% of executives said a major constraint to investing in training was that they did not know how to measure success. Almost half (49%) said that it was difficult to ensure a return on investment (ROI). This is a particularly acute issue at the entry level, where employers have come to accept that high levels of attrition and low levels of productivity and quality are normal.

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Don’t Underestimate the Power of Women Supporting Each Other at Work

Harvard Business Review

As my experiences from being a rookie accountant to a managing director at an investment bank have taught me, conversations between women have massive benefits for the individual and the organization. You and I are not going to be friends.” alice mollon/Getty Images.

What Facebook Knows About Engaging Millennial Employees

Harvard Business Review

According to data from Pew Research , they constitute more than one-third of all U.S. Facebook holds the distinction of being the first Fortune 500 company to be founded and led by a Millennial, and we pride ourselves on having built a workplace that is designed by and for this generation.

Your Company Needs Independent Workers

Harvard Business Review

Lawsuits against on-demand work companies like Uber and Handy are widely covered in the press while investors continue to pour billions of dollars into similar startups. How to Be a Company That Employees Love.

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Lesson's from my Daughter's Laptop

Harvard Business Review

She seems to really like working with you on your laptop," my wife said (clients who notice strange typos in emails. Reflecting on the fact that Holly routinely plays with both our iPad and Kinect , I said to my wife, "I think the odds that Holly actually uses a laptop during her working career are pretty close to zero.". But we all have to come to grips with the reality of an increasingly dynamic world. I joined McKinsey & Co.

The 3 Essential Jobs That Most Retention Programs Ignore

Harvard Business Review

For more than a decade, leading human resource strategists have hit on a recurring theme: You want your star players working in the roles that matter most to the business. USC’s John Boudreau, CEO adviser Ram Charan, and consultants at Bain & Company , McKinsey, and Korn Ferry have made similar arguments. Building on these ideas, we have identified six leverage roles where you want to make sure you have — and keep — your highest-caliber people.

Ambitious Women Face More Obstacles than Just Work-Life Balance

Harvard Business Review

The women we''re hearing from — Anne-Marie Slaughter , Sheryl Sandberg , and the rest — aren''t jetting out of the office at 5:30 to train for a marathon or learn Chinese or even just binge-watch Law and Order: Special Victims Unit. And then we can go on to the next thing.

A Guide to Finding and Hiring the Best Contractors

Harvard Business Review

The rise of — and demand for — contractors is starting to rewrite the rules of talent. Twenty to thirty percent of the workforce in the U.S. and the EU15 is doing some type of independent work, according to the McKinsey Global Institute , and 42% of U.S. This is in part because companies need to hire highly skilled people for shorter periods of time as work flows in faster, less predictable cycles. Appeal to what contractors want from their careers.

Robots and Automation May Not Take Your Desk Job After All

Harvard Business Review

Despite talk of job automation in practically every industry, the question no longer seems to be whether jobs will be automated, but rather which jobs are at greatest risk and how concerned we should be about the changes. According to the Job Seeker Nation Report released by Jobvite earlier this year, 55% of job seekers are at least a little worried about job automation. will undoubtedly change the labor market, but in a way we can adapt to.

How Winning Organizations Last 100 Years

Harvard Business Review

S&P 500 company has fallen by 80% in the last 80 years (from 67 to 15 years), and 76% of UK FTSE 100 companies have disappeared in the last 30 years. How do they do it? Then, we spent five years trying to understand what they do, and how they do it.

Getting that First Promotion

Harvard Business Review

If you've been at your company for a few years and hope to move up to the next level, you may feel like you're standing at an airport looking up to see one plane after another stacked up in a holding pattern. So, what are some rules of thumb to keep in mind?