Organization — Management

From the Culture Desk: When Startups Get Political

From the Culture Desk: When Startups Get Political

“It was great in the early days. Then things got political.” This is a common lament from my startup clients. When pressed to define “political,” the answers can get a bit fuzzy. Most find it hard to pinpoint, but, as Supreme Court Justice Potter Stewart said of...

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Follow Tina Fey’s Advice: Say Yes, And…..

Follow Tina Fey’s Advice: Say Yes, And…..

There are a number of lessons I will take from Tina Fey's memoir, Bossy Pants. Stay away from the paper cups in male writers' offices at Saturday Night Live is one.** Another is that fame and fortune do not make women immune to the often agonizing trade-offs between...

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Making the Most of Your Offsite

Making the Most of Your Offsite

Three days of togetherness doesn't make up of 362 days of overwork. And all the rah-rah "team building" in the world is no substitute for listening to and acknowledging your employees. To be effective, an off-site employee retreat must address the needs of the...

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What’s the Use of Myers-Briggs™ (MBTI)?

What’s the Use of Myers-Briggs™ (MBTI)?

The Myers Briggs Type Indicator is one of the most widely used assessment tools in business and management settings, as well as in personal and career development. Its long history and use, including ongoing research and development, make it a remarkably reliable and...

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Thinking Like an Owner

Thinking Like an Owner

My husband and I recently hosted a company party for the biotech startup where he works. When the CEO, who was picking up the tab for the event, offered to pay for carpet cleaning, I joked, “Thanks, but I don't want to increase your burn rate.” He chuckled, “That's...

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No More Mister Nice Guy?

No More Mister Nice Guy?

Nice guys earn significantly lower salaries than less agreeable men (though still more than women, regardless of their agreeableness) reports a new study by Timothy A. Judge, Beth A. Livingston, and Charlice Hurst in the Journal of Personality and Social Psychology....

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The Benefits of Over-Communicating

The Benefits of Over-Communicating

When in doubt about who's doing what, OVER-COMMUNICATE. Ask questions. Air assumptions. Clarify, clarify, clarify. Frequent, direct communication prevents you from assuming that your colleague is going to do something, only to find out when it's too late that he...

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It’s Not Just For Kids

It’s Not Just For Kids

  The very best parenting manuals translate to other aspects of life, as well. In her classic parenting guide, Positive Discipline, Jane Nelson asks, “Where did we ever get the crazy idea that in order to make children do better, first we have to make them feel...

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Law School Grads — Where Did Our Drive Go?

Law School Grads — Where Did Our Drive Go?

  "I don't expect to love my job. There's a reason they call it 'work.' That's why they pay me for it," my friend said to me at lunch yesterday. She is a senior associate at a big San Francisco law firm, and like many in her position, she is overworked and...

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