This was quite a timely read for me. I, unfortunately, work on a team where nobody at a working level is quite sure what we are collectively trying to achieve; i.e. the longer term goals of the team, and indeed the corporation, are simply not clear to anyone. Repeated attempts to urge leadership to work … Continue reading 4 ways to quiet imposter syndrome and start believing in yourself
Imagine you're sailing in the Bahamas, sipping a cold drink and listening to the water lapping the sides of the boat. Relaxing, right? Not for my friend Rob.* Rob is not usually stressed-out. For many people, Rob's daily work would be hair-pulling stressful — he's a real estate developer who routinely deals with a multitude … Continue reading The Best Strategy for Reducing Stress
In our last blog, we discussed the importance of competence for fostering the trust you need as a manager to influence others. We stressed that management competence includes not just technical knowledge of the work but operational and political know-how as well. Here we want to focus on the other great component of trust — … Continue reading For People to Trust You, Reveal Your Intentions
When we talk to managers, we often ask, "Do your people trust you?" Most are taken aback. It's not something they're often asked or a question they've even asked themselves. After some thought, most eventually say something like, "Well, I think so. I hope so. No one's said he doesn't." In fact, as they ultimately … Continue reading Do Your People Trust You?
Leonard A. Schlesinger, Charles F. Kiefer, and Paul B. Brown Leonard A. Schlesinger is the president of Babson College. Charles F. Kiefer is president of Innovation Associates. Paul B. Brown is a long-time contributor to the New York Times. They are the coauthors of Just Start: Take Action, Embrace Uncertainty, Create the Future (HBR Press … Continue reading Choosing Between Making Money and Doing What You Love
I often feel awkward when I go to a conference. Reluctant to sidle up to a stranger and introduce myself, I roam, like I did at college parties, self-conscious, seltzer water in hand, not fitting in. In the midst of a sea of people chatting away enthusiastically, I am uncomfortable and alone. But when my … Continue reading How to Attend a Conference as Yourself
Why have you been so successful in reaching some of your goals, but not others? If you aren't sure, you are far from alone in your confusion. It turns out that even brilliant, highly accomplished people are pretty lousy when it comes to understanding why they succeed or fail. The intuitive answer — that you … Continue reading Nine Things Successful People Do Differently