Archive: July 27, 2008 - August 2, 2008

Cuil's Bad Week

Poor, poor Cuil. The start-up with designs on out-Googling Google launched this week but if the earnest engineers and execs were expecting a Google-like love-fest, well... Almost immediately, Scott Anthony, innovation guru and disciple of Clayton Christiansen, voiced skepticism. "Odds...

By Scott Berinato | August 1, 2008; 1:20 PM ET | Comments (0)

Make the Right Commitments at the Right Time in Your Firm

Your commitments -- investments, growth targets, hiring decisions -- define your company's identity and strategic direction now. But they can also reduce its flexibility in the future -- if competitive conditions change and you haven't updated your commitments. To sustain...

By washingtonpost.com Editors | August 1, 2008; 9:00 AM ET | Comments (0)

Will That Project Really Pay Off as You Expect?

A new manufacturing plant closes prematurely. An acquisition fails to boost profitability. A start-up can't gain market share. Why such disappointments? Under pressure to accent the positive, managers overemphasize business initiatives' potential benefits and ignore the possibility of mistakes. How...

By washingtonpost.com Editors | July 31, 2008; 9:00 AM ET | Comments (0)

Work-Life Balance and Bad Bosses

HarvardBusiness.org content director Paul Michelman continues to seek insight into the modern manager's struggle for a work-life balance. After his much-discussed piece on why he's ditching Facebook for business use Michelman follows up by examining the crumbling barriers between private...

By Scott Berinato | July 30, 2008; 9:54 AM ET | Comments (2)

Are You as Ethical as You Think You Are?

Most of us aren't as ethical as we think we are, owing to unconscious biases that influence our decisions. For example, implicit prejudice can cause a manager to hire a disproportionate number of people of her own race or gender....

By washingtonpost.com Editors | July 30, 2008; 9:00 AM ET | Comments (0)

Don't Let Others Define Your Job

Most managers sabotage their productivity by grappling with an endless list of demands from others. They assume -- wrongly -- that those demands are requirements and that they have no personal discretion or control over their jobs. Here's one way...

By washingtonpost.com Editors | July 29, 2008; 9:00 AM ET | Comments (0)

Can a Business Be Evil?

You may have heard about the Massachusetts woman who committed suicide the day her home was scheduled to be foreclosed. The chilling story has become popular fodder as "the effect." The cause, of course, is the perceived lack of ethics...

By Scott Berinato | July 28, 2008; 1:00 PM ET | Comments (6)

Capitalize on Your Employees' Interpersonal Talents

Every project you manage has specific interpersonal requirements -- such as communicating important messages to consumers or employees, resolving conflicts, and deftly handling a crucial negotiation. To boost the project's chances of success and motivate people to deliver their best...

By washingtonpost.com Editors | July 28, 2008; 9:00 AM ET | Comments (0)

 
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