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Work can be frustrating. How can you get along with that maddening coworker? Figure out what your unapproachable boss really wants? Motivate your demoralized team? "Dear HBR:" is here to help. With empathy, experience, and humor, veteran Harvard Business Review editors and co-hosts Alison Beard and Dan McGinn explore solutions to your workplace dilemmas. Bolstered by insights from guests and academic research, they help you navigate thorny situations to find a better way forward.

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    • Management
    • 4.6 • 38 Ratings

Work can be frustrating. How can you get along with that maddening coworker? Figure out what your unapproachable boss really wants? Motivate your demoralized team? "Dear HBR:" is here to help. With empathy, experience, and humor, veteran Harvard Business Review editors and co-hosts Alison Beard and Dan McGinn explore solutions to your workplace dilemmas. Bolstered by insights from guests and academic research, they help you navigate thorny situations to find a better way forward.

    Sexism

    Sexism

    Are you experiencing gender bias at work? Dan and Alison answer your questions with the help of Katie Coffman, a professor at Harvard Business School. They talk through what to do when you are held to a higher standard as a female manager, you’ve been promoted but a male deputy has been chosen for you, or you join a company that is living in the past.

    • 34 min
    Flawed Bosses

    Flawed Bosses

    Do you wish you could understand your boss better? Dan and Alison answer your questions with the help of Mimi Nicklin, a business coach and author. They talk through what to do when you have a boss who is unforgiving, who relies on you to cover their flaws, or who flip-flops between being your warm friend and cold supervisor.

    • 36 min
    Coaching Problem Employees

    Coaching Problem Employees

    Do you have a difficult subordinate who needs coaching? Dan and Alison answer your questions with the help of Melvin Smith, a professor at the Weatherhead School of Management at Case Western Reserve University. They talk through what to do when your new employee is slacking off, a new hire needs to adjust to your organization’s culture and communication style, or you have to coach two direct reports who are in conflict with each other.

    • 35 min
    Public Sector Careers

    Public Sector Careers

    Are your workplace dilemmas different because you’re in the public sector? Dan and Alison answer your questions with the help of Bernie Banks, a retired U.S. Army general and a professor at Kellogg School of Management at Northwestern University. They talk through what to do when you want to effect change as a middle manager in the military, you’re battling misperceptions of public-sector work as you switch to the private sector, or you want to boost the morale of your team of government workers.

    • 30 min
    Covid and Kids

    Covid and Kids

    Are you a working parent stressing over how to advance your career during the pandemic? Dan and Alison answer your questions with the help of Alyssa Westring, a professor at DePaul University’s Driehaus College of Business. They talk through what to do when you now want to quit your job to be a stay-at-home parent, your reduced salary and growth prospects are hurting your plans to have children, or a Covid-delayed job start date is tricky timing for your pregnancy.

    • 29 min
    Management Material

    Management Material

    Do you have what it takes to be a manager? Dan and Alison answer your questions with the help of Ellen Van Oosten, a professor at the Weatherhead School of Management at Case Western Reserve University. They talk through what to do when you’ve been tapped for a managerial role but you don’t want it, you have only informal management experience on your CV, or your supervisor is blocking you from earning the title of manager.

    • 33 min

Customer Reviews

4.6 out of 5
38 Ratings

38 Ratings

Soul Reaver78 ,

No. 1 on my Podcast list

Great content and relevant topics all around, by far the best Podcast I follow.
Presents are well informed and sharing experience and wisdom effortlessly. Production is fantastic too making it an easy to follow.
One thing I wish you consider in future episode, reduce volume of background music because it can be distracting and require more effort to focus on the talks.

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Fantastic advice, lovely format and great presenters

It sometimes feels like Dear HBR is being produced especially for me - some episodes have been so on point that I’ve been able to put into practice some of the advice straightaway. Really well presented - nice and light and friendly but with great advice that doesn’t shy from being tough. It’s become a must listen that I’m sharing far and wide and I’m very grateful for the advice.

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quality listen & advice

This feed is a goldmine. Has really helped me to approach career and workplace issues in a more strategic way. At times it's like having a mentor! TY - it's priceless.

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