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When You Have to Carry Out a Decision You Disagree With

Harvard Business

One of the great frustrations of being a middle manager is that senior leaders make decisions that go against what you would have done had it been up to you. You might even be tempted to communicate to your peers and supervisees that you’re not convinced this is the right way to go. If — deep down — you don’t feel that senior management makes good decisions, it’s probably time to start looking for another job. Sophie Blackall/Getty Images.

Is Employee Engagement Just a Reflection of Personality?

Harvard Business

Indeed, even before organizations started talking about the need to “engage employees,” many managers appeared to regard motivation as something individuals brought with them to work — a characteristic of people they hired. Or think of when you read a Tripadvisor, Amazon, or IMDB review of a hotel/product/movie: to what degree does that review convey information about the object being rated, versus the person reviewing it? pbombaert/Getty Images.

Make Your Knowledge Workers More Productive

Harvard Business Review

With scarcely any help from management, knowledge workers can increase their productivity by 20%. Yet here is the challenge you face as a senior executive: You cannot manage your knowledge workers in the traditional and intrusive way you might have done with manual workers. Marissa Mayer, Yahoo''s CEO, ended the company''s work-from-home policy to foster a more collaborative, innovative environment. Knowledge management Managing people Productivity