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A weekly podcast featuring the leading thinkers in business and management.

    Strategies for Dealing with Difficult Coworkers

    Strategies for Dealing with Difficult Coworkers

    Work is challenging for lots of reasons, but most of us have probably come to realize that what makes or break a professional experience is people - and sometimes we encounter a boss, peer, or direct report that isn’t at all fun to work with. Amy Gallo is a contributing editor at HBR, and author of the book "Getting Along: How to Work with Anyone, Even Difficult People" and the HBR article “How to Navigate Conflict with a Coworker.” She shares some of the best ways to deal with these kinds of colleagues – how to identify them, engage with them, and manage yourself through the conflict.

    • 28 min
    Decisions Don't Have to Be Either-Or

    Decisions Don't Have to Be Either-Or

    Making business decisions often means choosing one path over another. And psychology research shows that our brains are wired to make either-or choices. But Wendy Smith, management professor at the University of Delaware, and Marianne Lewis, dean of the University of Cincinnati Lindner College of Business, argue for moving beyond tradeoffs. The researchers teach leaders how to embrace ambiguity and paradox to come up with solutions that are far better than one choice or the other. And they share practical advice as well as stories of people who have discovered opportunities for innovation and personal growth. Smith and Lewis wrote the new book "Both/And Thinking: Embracing Creative Tensions to Solve Your Toughest Problems."

    • 25 min
    Is Cynicism Ruining Your Organization?

    Is Cynicism Ruining Your Organization?

    Around the world, we've become increasingly cynical about other people, public institutions, and corporations. In Edelman's 2022 Trust Barometer, nearly 60% of respondents across 27 countries reported that their default is to distrust. And that's very bad for business, says Stanford University associate professor of psychology Jamil Zaki. He says that cynics perform and feel worse, and in workplaces, they breed toxicity and lead to poor outcomes . He explains how to identify and change this kind of behavior at your organization. Zaki wrote the HBR article, “Don't Let Cynicism Undermine Your Workplace."

    • 29 min
    The Case for Embracing Uncertainty

    The Case for Embracing Uncertainty

    For many of us, uncertainty is nerve-wracking. However, many of our best achievements and meaningful experiences come from a trying time of ambiguity. INSEAD professor Nathan Furr and entrepreneur Susannah Harmon Furr argue that uncertainty and possibility are two sides of the same coin. By learning to welcome and cope with the gray area, an individual can reach better outcomes. They reviewed research and interviewed innovators and changemakers to share best practices of stepping proactively into the unknown. They wrote the new book "The Upside of Uncertainty: A Guide to Finding Possibility in the Unknown" and the HBR article "How to Overcome Your Fear of the Unknown."

    • 28 min
    How the Unionization Trend is Changing Workplace Dynamics

    How the Unionization Trend is Changing Workplace Dynamics

    For years, union membership has been shrinking in the United States and many other countries. But recently we've seen a resurgence, with employees in sectors like retail, hospitality, and media organizing to collectively bargain for better pay, benefits, and job flexibility. Thomas Kochan, a professor at the MIT Sloan School of Management, has long studied how unions affect individual, team, and corporate performance. He explains why some fears about them are overblown, how workers form successful ones, and how leaders can partner with these groups to ensure the best outcomes for everyone.

    • 33 min
    Red Flags You Won’t See on a CEO’s Resume

    Red Flags You Won’t See on a CEO’s Resume

    For a long time, we have believed that strong corporate governance is enough to prevent CEO malfeasance. However, new research shows that the lifestyle behaviors of executives can spell trouble for companies, regardless of the guardrails in place. Aiyesha Dey, an associate professor at Harvard Business School, has investigated executives’ past criminal records and the cost of their homes and automobiles. Her research has linked an individual’s materialism and propensity for rule breaking to fraud, insider trading, and risky business activities. She says that boards and other hiring bodies should pay more attention to personal behavior when picking organizational leaders. Dey wrote the HBR article "When Hiring CEOs, Focus on Character."

    • 22 min

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221 Ratings

221 Ratings

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Great, well-timed and interesting episodes

I've really enjoyed the format, the content and specifically the host (Sarah). I wonder if she is permanently replaced or will be returning, she was excellent.

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Hybrid Work is Here to Stay

Very real and practical advice. Love the idea of Output Management vs Input. How do I get a hold of Nicholas Bloom?

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The special series was recommended by the After hours and it doesn’t disappoint! I love the depth of 4 part series offered. It’s an interesting real life story and offers some good moral in leadership and humanity. I wish the episodes can add more lessons learned from the leadership/management perspective. I hope more of these types of series are to come!

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