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How to Blow a Presentation to the C-Suite

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Jan 2019

How to Blow a Presentation to the C-Suite

Divya, a director who leads a large engineering team, was invited to a two-day retreat with the CEO and senior executives of her Fortune 50 company. She and 30 of her high-potential peers were excited to rub shoulders with the leadership team. The purpose of the retreat was to expose up-and-coming leaders to broader challenges, expand their network across silos, and, of course, give them...

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What to Do When You’re Covering for Colleagues — and Can’t Keep Up

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Jan 2019

What to Do When You’re Covering for Colleagues — and Can’t Keep Up

The summer vacation season may be behind us, but the holidays are right around the corner. And soon enough your colleagues may be asking you to cover for them while they’re away. All of a sudden, you’re juggling not only your normal work but also someone else’s. That’s potentially more email, more tasks, more meetings, and more searching for answers to questions about items outside of...

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How to Minimize Stress Before, During, and After Your Vacation

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Jan 2019

How to Minimize Stress Before, During, and After Your Vacation

It’s a Catch-22 millions of workers face: You plan a vacation to relax, rejuvenate, and forget all about the stresses of work. But being out of the office means cramming in extra work up until you leave — and making up for lost time once you return. So perhaps it’s little surprise that a study in the Netherlands found vacationers are no happier than non-vacationers after a break....

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The Case for the 6-Hour Workday

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Dec 2018

The Case for the 6-Hour Workday

The eight-hour workday harkens back to 19-century socialism. When there was no upper limit to the hours that organizations could demand of factory workers, and the industrial revolution saw children as young as six-years-old working the coal mines, American labor unions fought hard to instill a 40-hour work week, eventually ratifying it as part of the Fair Labor Standards Act of 1938. So much has changed...

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Research: When Overconfidence Is an Asset, and When It’s a Liability

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Dec 2018

Research: When Overconfidence Is an Asset, and When It’s a Liability

What happens to people who are overconfident? Are they generally rewarded, promoted, and respected? Or do we distrust them and avoid collaborating with them? Our research suggests it may depend on how they express confidence. One way people express confidence is verbally. We make specific, numeric expressions of confidence in our judgments, such as when making probabilistic forecasts (e.g., I’m 90% sure), or when estimating...

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When Managers Are Overworked, They Treat Employees Less Fairly

12

Dec 2018

When Managers Are Overworked, They Treat Employees Less Fairly

Fair managers can reap big dividends. Extensive research finds that employees who feel fairly treated are better performers, helpful to colleagues, more committed to their workgroups and the organization, and less likely to steal or be rude to others. Yet, all too often, employees find themselves being treated unfairly – their boss makes decisions concerning them without consultation or due process, or their boss is inconsistent in...

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Escaping the ‘planning mismatch’

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Dec 2018

Escaping the ‘planning mismatch’

Breaking the service paradox Going on a family holiday entails a whole host of decisions. Some are made early on in the process, such as the period of time, destination and means of transport, and others much later, such as when and where to stop to eat, to refuel and to go to the toilet. There is a clear reason why you make the latter...

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Attracting Millennials in the Supply Chain Means Getting Your Digital Supply Chain In Order

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Nov 2018

Attracting Millennials in the Supply Chain Means Getting Your Digital Supply Chain In Order

As explained by Brian Barry of Multichannel Merchant, millennials make a growing cross-section of the American labor force. Ignoring this generation is impossible and attracting millennials in the supply chain is an even bigger hurdle. Since e-commerce has flooded the industry with more orders and stringent delivery expectations, supply chain leaders must think outside the box to attract and retain the next generation. In fact, millennials will make up...

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Conscious Clothing? Why Fashion’s Going Green

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Nov 2018

Conscious Clothing? Why Fashion’s Going Green

Apparel makers don’t want to risk being late to what could be a consequential shift in consumer preferences. For years now, we’ve watched the old guard of the packaged-food industry get pummeled as consumers look to fill their grocery carts with trendier items bearing feel-good labels such as “natural” or “sustainably sourced.” The beauty business, too, has had to adapt to this changing ethos; hence...

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A Quick Guide to Make Picking & Packaging More Efficient

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Nov 2018

A Quick Guide to Make Picking & Packaging More Efficient

Warehouses are an integral part of most industries – but order fulfillment can take a lot longer than is strictly necessary if your picking and packaging processes aren’t as efficient as they could be. Just half a percent of picking mistakes can lead to losses in profits, as well as customer losses. If you’re trying to make your process more efficient, here is a quick guide to...

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