How to Manage an Insecure Employee

Harvard Business

Insecure employees are “hard to evaluate, hard to coach, and hard to develop,” says Ethan Burris, an associate professor at the McCombs School of Business at the University of Texas, Austin. Developing rapport with anxious employees requires patience and effort. Developing a positive dynamic within the team will benefit everyone — and especially your less secure reports. Rather, he spent time building a relationship with him and developing rapport.

Loyalty to a Leader Is Overrated, Even Dangerous

Harvard Business Review

Think of (my daughter’s favorite) Kung Fu Panda only developing as a fighting warrior when he submits fully to his master, Grand Master Oogway or (in a more serious vein) Moses leading his people out of Egypt because they believed in him enough to follow. I teach a course on ethics at the McCombs School of Business and have run the McCombs Speaker Series on Ethics and Corporate Social Responsibility for the last seven years.

Why Organizations Forget What They Learn from Failures

Harvard Business Review

My research with Pamela Haunschild (Professor Emeritus at the McCombs School of Business at The University of Texas at Austin) and David Chandler (Assistant Professor at the University of Colorado Denver) examines this question. We built on qualitative data from NASA’s Challenger and Columbia accidents to develop a model about the role of serious errors in organizations’ cycling between learning and forgetting. Organizations sometimes make catastrophic mistakes.