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5 avoidable corporate disasters

5 avoidable corporate disasters

And the lessons to learn from them.

What pushy fish can teach you about influence at work

What pushy fish can teach you about influence at work

Research into marine power struggles casts light on the role of influence and dominant bosses...

Why collaborations fail

Why collaborations fail

Collaboration needn’t be a dirty word.

What they don't tell you about inclusive leadership

What they don't tell you about inclusive leadership

Briefing: Frances Frei was hired to fix Uber’s ‘bro culture’. Here’s her lesson for where...

Black talent isn’t hard to find: It’s just you

Black talent isn’t hard to find: It’s just you

If you want to attract the widest range of applicants, you need to think about...

Drowning in data: The case for the business generalist

Drowning in data: The case for the business generalist

Expertise and algorithms are overrated. Try using your brain, says this Harvard academic.

1 in 3 office staff wants a vaccine or test before returning to work

1 in 3 office staff wants a vaccine or test before returning to ...

Anxieties persist despite the slowdown in coronavirus infections.

Howard Davies: WFH and the elephant in the Zoom

Howard Davies: WFH and the elephant in the Zoom

Column: The RBS chairman remains to be convinced by remote working.

Servant leadership grows profits - research

Servant leadership grows profits - research

A new study found a link between employee-centred managers and better financial performance in a...

The science behind Donald Trump’s approach to problem solving

The science behind Donald Trump’s approach to problem solving

A masterclass in how not to do things.

Summer reading: Books for CEOs

Summer reading: Books for CEOs

From the economics of coronavirus to the decline of General Electric, Management Today rounds up...

Nudge theory in negotiations

Nudge theory in negotiations

Research: An offer’s chance of success is heavily influenced by how you frame it.

A strategic mindset predicts success - and it can be taught

A strategic mindset predicts success - and it can be taught

Research: Those who seek out alternative strategies when confronted with setbacks are more likely to...

Yes, gender diversity makes you more profitable

Yes, gender diversity makes you more profitable

An Australian study suggests a causative relationship between increasing female representation in senior roles and...

There's opportunity in this recession

There's opportunity in this recession

A Schumpeterian view of closing businesses.

The psychology of remote working

The psychology of remote working

In depth: The lockdown has proven that we can make working from home work, but...

I was hired to fix Uber’s toxic culture - and I did. Here’s what I learned

I was hired to fix Uber’s toxic culture - and I did. Here’s ...

Harvard’s Frances Frei reveals how you know when your values have gone rotten, and what...

Social responsibility may no longer be a choice

Social responsibility may no longer be a choice

Editorial: Having securitised businesses’ loans and paid their wage bills, it’s not inconceivable the government...

The ignominious death of Gordon Gekko

The ignominious death of Gordon Gekko

Profit at all costs is a defunct philosophy, and purpose a corporate superpower, argues this...

Gender bias is kept alive by those who think it is dead

Gender bias is kept alive by those who think it is dead

Research: Greater representation of women does not automatically lead to equal treatment.

The 10 values that will matter most after COVID-19

The 10 values that will matter most after COVID-19

According to a survey of Management Today readers.

Why efficiency is holding you back

Why efficiency is holding you back

There is a trade-off between performance and reliability, but it doesn’t have to be zero-sum....

A simple way of achieving work-life balance

A simple way of achieving work-life balance

A new study has looked into the impact of setting boundaries - and how organisational...

Gratitude as a management tool

Gratitude as a management tool

A simple thank you can go a long way.

The horror of the new normal

The horror of the new normal

Opinion: Office life had its downsides, but let’s not be too hasty to ditch it....

The two faces of remote working

The two faces of remote working

Some of your employees are more likely to feel isolated than others.

Why COVID-19 has been good for introverts

Why COVID-19 has been good for introverts

Opinion: Virtual meetings have drawbacks, but they can be used to give less vocal employees...

Why culture still eats strategy for breakfast

Why culture still eats strategy for breakfast

But there is a way of bridging the two, says the founder of MIT’s Innovation...

Lockdown has made me realise how difficult running a home is

Lockdown has made me realise how difficult running a home is

Our ‘invisible businesses’ contain more key workers than we realise, says B+A’s co-founder.

The sorrows of staff parking

The sorrows of staff parking

Bad management today: When the car park kills culture.

Reimagining the public sector

Reimagining the public sector

COVID-19 offers a glimpse of an innovative, collaborative, people-centred state, argues the CEO-elect of PA...

The unintended consequences of your redundancy plan

The unintended consequences of your redundancy plan

Hasty decisions risk undermining long-term diversity and inclusion goals.

The results fallacy: Why focusing on outcomes is counterproductive

The results fallacy: Why focusing on outcomes is counterproductive

Business performance lessons from elite sports.

Why CEOs need to watch sci-fi movies

Why CEOs need to watch sci-fi movies

Opinion: One of the biggest issues CEOs face is breaking away from the way things...

Curiosity doesn't kill the cat

Curiosity doesn't kill the cat

The incalculable benefits of being nosy.

Is Britain's education system fit for purpose?

Is Britain's education system fit for purpose?

In depth: Employers have long struggled to get the skills they need, but perhaps we...

Leadership lessons from Tony Blair

Leadership lessons from Tony Blair

The former British prime minister on why communication is key, the world beyond coronavirus and...

8 ways the business world will change after COVID

8 ways the business world will change after COVID

A glimpse at the new normal, from regulation to radicalism.

How to build an anti-racist business

How to build an anti-racist business

You don't need a long history of championing equality to make a difference.

Should CEOs get political?

Should CEOs get political?

The protests that have erupted over George Floyd’s murder have prompted a corporate chorus of...

Why emails cause conflict

Why emails cause conflict

And what you can do about it.

Is management consulting about to get 'Amazoned'?

Is management consulting about to get 'Amazoned'?

The increasing role of 'project tech' in consultancy raises the prospect of a platform-based business...

The art of leadership: From Marcus Aurelius to Martin Luther King

The art of leadership: From Marcus Aurelius to Martin Luther King

The management consulting industrial complex has peddled many theories - transformational, servant, visionary etc -...

Don’t just complain about uncertainty, find the tools to navigate it

Don’t just complain about uncertainty, find the tools to navigate it

Traditional in-person research methods won’t work right now, but that’s no excuse for a wait-and-see...

Why women leaders are excelling during the coronavirus pandemic

Why women leaders are excelling during the coronavirus pandemic

There is a link between female leaders and successful responses to COVID-19.

Why your employees don’t speak up

Why your employees don’t speak up

Research: Half of workers don’t feel comfortable to express concerns - and it’s usually because...

How to have good ideas when you can’t go to the pub

How to have good ideas when you can’t go to the pub

If we’re not careful, lockdown will narrow our creative horizons.

Working from home is making me a better boss

Working from home is making me a better boss

Opinion: The rule book of ‘how to do business’ has been torn up, says this...

4 ways to turn uncertainty to your advantage

4 ways to turn uncertainty to your advantage

Opportunity abounds in hard times, if you’re prepared to take it.

Boris Johnson: A case study in presenteeism

Boris Johnson: A case study in presenteeism

The prime minister sent out an unfortunate message when he tried to run the country...

Joe Wicks: A case study in breathing new life into old ideas

Joe Wicks: A case study in breathing new life into old ideas

Now may be a time to revisit shelved projects, says this creative director.

The case for command-and-control leadership

The case for command-and-control leadership

When times are hard, we want someone to be in charge, but they need to...

It is socially irresponsible to open the office. Discuss

It is socially irresponsible to open the office. Discuss

Business decisions to exit the coronavirus lockdown will have far-reaching consequences for society.

Encourage employees to criticise you if you want to be more creative

Encourage employees to criticise you if you want to be more creative

Being able to take and constructively process criticism could be key to better decisions, a...

How to see through coronavirus hype

How to see through coronavirus hype

When looking for how the pandemic ends and when the economy returns to normal, critical...

How to protect diversity and inclusion during the coronavirus crisis

How to protect diversity and inclusion during the coronavirus crisis

Being consciously inclusive is more important than ever, says EY’s Justine Campbell.

9 essential business podcasts for CEOs

9 essential business podcasts for CEOs

Coronavirus insights, 'secret leaders' and bite-sized business advice all feature on our list of must-hear...

Employee mental health worries? Look to the line manager

Employee mental health worries? Look to the line manager

COVID-19-inspired, company-wide programmes can only go so far.

Albert Einstein’s problem-solving technique (easy version)

Albert Einstein’s problem-solving technique (easy version)

The first step is making sure you’re solving the right problem.

What can we learn from China about post-lockdown life?

What can we learn from China about post-lockdown life?

Opinion: Hard though things are, this is an opportunity to glimpse the future, and maybe...

Charles Handy: "Good managers can be hopeless leaders"

Charles Handy: "Good managers can be hopeless leaders"

In an exclusive interview, the management sage explains why we've been seduced by the curse...

Think you're too smart for the cyberscammers? Think again

Think you're too smart for the cyberscammers? Think again

A CEO's guide to cybersecurity.

Margaret Heffernan: Five year plans are now a fantasy

Margaret Heffernan: Five year plans are now a fantasy

The era of forecasting is over. The era of experimentation and just-in-time thinking has begun....

How to engage customers when you can’t sell to them

How to engage customers when you can’t sell to them

CRM should pivot to building brand loyalty during the lockdown.

How business failed on race

How business failed on race

Women are slowly finding a place at the boardroom table but the talents of BAME...

The ‘cakeable’ offence: A short case study in morale-sapping management

The ‘cakeable’ offence: A short case study in morale-sapping management

Seemingly trivial decisions can have a knock-on effect.

Books for CEOs: Daniel Goleman, Jack Welch, Nelson Mandela

Books for CEOs: Daniel Goleman, Jack Welch, Nelson Mandela

Beaverbrooks MD Anna Blackburn shares her reading list.

4 films to keep you sane during the coronavirus lockdown

4 films to keep you sane during the coronavirus lockdown

Cirrus CEO Simon Hayward shares some choices to put things in perspective.

"Blind CVs don't improve your access to talent"

"Blind CVs don't improve your access to talent"

Opinion: If you want to hire socially mobile go-getters, you need to know the context...

We’re systematically promoting the wrong people… and it’s got to stop

We’re systematically promoting the wrong people… and it’s got to stop

You can identify potential leaders through these five behaviours.

Asking questions can reduce your credibility as a leader - but it’s worth it

Asking questions can reduce your credibility as a leader - but it’s worth ...

Research shows that an openness to learn has a massive impact on the way you’re...

What it really means to reinvent yourself

What it really means to reinvent yourself

Transformation comes with a cost.

Your company might not be as inclusive as you think

Your company might not be as inclusive as you think

There is a serious gap between the perceptions of leaders and their staff.

How overconfidence affects your firm’s fortunes

How overconfidence affects your firm’s fortunes

Research shows that the more confident a CEO is, the less likely they are to...

5 everyday tricks to beat bias

5 everyday tricks to beat bias

Forewarned is forearmed.

All that’s required is a pen, a notepad and a brain

All that’s required is a pen, a notepad and a brain

How to model the future without touching a computer.

Why you let toxic cultures flourish

Why you let toxic cultures flourish

An organisation is only as good as the behaviours that it’s prepared to tolerate.

Matthew Syed: You can't box-tick your way to real diversity

Matthew Syed: You can't box-tick your way to real diversity

The author and table tennis champion says cognitive diversity will be the key source of...

The death and resurrection of the premium customer

The death and resurrection of the premium customer

Top-end service is no longer at the discretion of the management.

What HS2 can teach you about project failure

What HS2 can teach you about project failure

And how you can prevent projects going astray.

The Power 50: Proof that you can be a part-time CEO

The Power 50: Proof that you can be a part-time CEO

Just a few years ago, executives were reluctant to admit they worked part-time for fear...

Why you overvalue your own ideas

Why you overvalue your own ideas

And why you shouldn't.

What's the best way to predict the future?

What's the best way to predict the future?

Dominic Cummings recommends we all read Philip Tetlock's book Superforecasting, and our reviewer agrees.

Unconscious bias in action

Unconscious bias in action

Would you dislike someone just because they’re from the Forest of Dean?

The strange curse of No 11 Downing Street

The strange curse of No 11 Downing Street

As Sajid Javid has just discovered, “chancellors come and go… the Treasury endures forever”.

When doing the right thing gets you in trouble

When doing the right thing gets you in trouble

Concern with appearances can distort behaviour, as this research shows.

Books & podcasts for isolated leaders

Books & podcasts for isolated leaders

SharpEnd CEO Cameron Worth turns to audiobooks to help him develop “self-supporting skills”.

7 signs you’ve succumbed to confirmation bias

7 signs you’ve succumbed to confirmation bias

Most of us unwittingly seek out information to back up our existing beliefs, whether they're...

Dominic Cummings: A model of disruptive leadership?

Dominic Cummings: A model of disruptive leadership?

"The best way to spot those at the vanguard of disruption is by their unpopularity."...

Proof that CEOs don’t understand their own organisational culture

Proof that CEOs don’t understand their own organisational culture

This study measures the divergence between the values you profess and the values you see...

How to be wrong (less)

How to be wrong (less)

A comprehensive guide to the cognitive biases that could derail your decision-making.

Time pressure undermines transformational leadership

Time pressure undermines transformational leadership

Research: Feeling squeezed at work reduces your capacity to bring the best out of others....

Highly extroverted CEOs are bad for business

Highly extroverted CEOs are bad for business

There's a relationship between a leader's personality type and their firm's financial performance.

How to make staff more receptive to change - research

How to make staff more receptive to change - research

The strategic value of knowing what you're not.

How a company’s history can drag it down

How a company’s history can drag it down

Podcast: In the latest in his Profit Levers series, MIT's Jonathan Byrnes argues that it’s...

Has the cult of workplace wellbeing run its course?

Has the cult of workplace wellbeing run its course?

Forget mindfulness apps and fresh fruit Fridays. If we really care about employee wellbeing, we...

Cybercriminals: A case study for decentralised organisations?

Cybercriminals: A case study for decentralised organisations?

A study shows that stereotypes of organised criminals are wide of the mark.

Why your turnaround is failing

Why your turnaround is failing

Be careful where you look for advice.

The business case for compassion: Nando's, Cisco and Innocent Drinks

The business case for compassion: Nando's, Cisco and Innocent Drinks

Consciously, systematically humane cultures reap enormous benefits, argues academic Amy Bradley.