7 min read · Jun 22nd · Do you dream of being named CEO or President in the future but have no idea how to get there? That’s OK — Anjali Sud, who became CEO of Vimeo at the age of 34, tells you what you need t…
A lot of people feel like they need formal authority to lead, but I think the best leaders and best CEOs in the world don’t ever rely on formal authority.
As a leader, you have to make it really easy and comfortable for people to call you out when you’re wrong.
6 min read · May 5th · Here are the skills and behaviors you need to be an effective manager of digital business, and the four oversights to avoid.
Businesses are transforming, the nature of work is changing, and workforce values are evolving. And that was before the COVID-19 pandemic upended everything. Amid this perfect storm of digital and cultural changes, leaders must set a tone of agility as well as experimentation if they want their organization and employees to succeed, according to MIT Sloan senior lecturer A pandemic won’t be the last macro change to influence the economy, yet a global survey of more than 4,000 business executives revealed most aren’t confident that their leaders are ready to weather the next disruption, much less evolve for digital business. Only 9% of survey respondents felt their leaders had sufficient skills to be able to lead in the digital economy. “It’s coming to the challenge with a sense of perspective and resiliency, of understanding that the world is more complex and hypercompetitive,” said Ready, who co-authored the survey and correlating report, and also teaches the MIT Sloan Executive Education course Reimagining Leadership: A Playbook for the Digital Economy. “You can’t just mull around forever and create a 30-year plan,” Ready said. “Leaders need to be able to get a bead on what’s going on pretty quickly, and then also be able to empower their people and equip them so they can flourish and do their jobs.” The strongest leaders in the digital economy understand and appreciate the fact that they live in an ecosystem world, said Carol Cohen, one of the survey co-authors and senior vice president of global talent and transformation at Cognizant, which sponsored the project. “Your long-term success is not just determined by what you achieve alone,” Cohen said, “but also by how you empower, engage, support, and elevate your colleagues and teams in the ecosystem around you.” Here’s a closer look at leadership mindsets, weak spots, and four recommendations to help leaders and their organizations embrace a successful strategy for the digital economy. WHAT IS YOUR COMPAN
“Your long-term success is not just determined by what you achieve alone,” Cohen said, “but also by how you empower, engage, support, and elevate your colleagues and teams in the ecosystem around you.”
9 min read · Mar 12th · People refer to various forms of malaise as “burnout,” but it’s technically a work problem. And only your employer can solve it.
the keys to preventing burnout as “demand, control, and support”: Place fewer demands on people, give them more control over how to handle those demands, and provide support to handle them. All three are within your boss’s power.
The phrase ‘If you can’t take the heat, get out of the kitchen’—it’s sort of saying: The kitchen is what it is, and you’re going to have to figure out how to deal with it,” she told me. “Without ever saying, really, Does the kitchen have to be that hot?”
7 min read · Feb 16th · Real authenticity is playful, not rigid, and it’s part of the lifelong process of learning about yourself, says leadership researcher Herminia Ibarra PhD.
What’s tricky about these transition points is not that the new skills are hard to learn, it’s that the old ones have become core to our sense of who we are, our identity. As a result, not sticking with them feels like we’re somehow being inauthentic and so we do — and we get stuck.
8 min read · 2020-11-10 · Leadership has always been challenging, but the future of work will bring fresh challenges to future leaders. Over the next decade…
Moving Away from the Status Quo Just because something worked in the past doesn’t mean it will still work in the future. Leaders need to be confident and bold to take risks that move away from the status quo just because that’s how things have always been done.
5 min read · 2020-11-10 · I was recently reading a fascinating article about how the George W. Bush Administration was very concerned about the possibility of a pandemic. For three years, cabinet officials worked on an…