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The Best-Performing Unknown CEO in the World

The Best-Performing Unknown CEO in the World

Harvard Business Review just released its annual ranking of the world’s best-performing CEO’s on Monday, and this year’s winner is a leader in health care who remains laser-focused on diabetes treatments, doesn’t fly in private jets, and will be relatively unknown to many readers in the world. Lars Sørenson, the CEO of Denmark-based Novo Nordisk, sits atop …

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5 Rules for a Vacation that’s Truly Worth It

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“A master in the art of living draws no sharp distinction between his work and his play; his labor and his leisure; his mind and his body; his education and his recreation. He hardly knows which is which. He simply pursues his vision of excellence through whatever he is doing, …

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Fixing Healthcare Will Require More than a New Payment System

Fixing Health Care Will Require More than a New Payment System

Many have argued that healthcare systems need to move away from the fee-for-service model. What these arguments often overlook is the challenge of actually managing that change. Even if a new payment system is put in place, there is no guarantee that healthcare providers will change their behavior with patients. …

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Working Long Hours Makes Us Drink More

Working Long Hours Makes Us Drink More

After a busy day at work, perhaps you head down to the pub to have a pint with your flatmates. Or maybe it’s an evening of sake and karaoke with the boss. Or pitchers of margaritas at your office park’s fast-casual restaurant. Work and alcohol: wherever we are, they seem to go together …

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Should Your Voice Determine Whether You Get Hired?

Should Your Voice Determine Whether You Get Hired?

Technology is changing every facet of work, including how companies profile and select their employees. The development of different apps, software, and algorithms has produced many novel methodologies for screening job candidates and evaluating their potential fit for a role or organization. The latest of such methods is voice profiling, …

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The Most Common Mistake People Make In Calculating ROI

The Most Common Mistake People Make In Calculating ROI

Your company is ready to make a big purchase — a fleet of cars, a piece of manufacturing equipment, a new computer system. But before anyone writes a check, you need to calculate the return on investment (ROI) by comparing the expected benefits with the costs. Analyzing ROI isn’t always …

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How Philosophy Makes You a Better Leader

How Philosophy Makes You a Better Leader

The goal of most executive coaching and leadership development is behavior change—help the individual identify and change the behaviors that are getting in the way of, and reinforce the behaviors associated with, effective leadership.  But what about the beliefs and values that drive behavior? The benefits of introspection and reflection …

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The Set-Up-To-Fail Syndrome

The Set-Up-To-Fail Syndrome

When an employee fails—or even just performs poorly—managers typically do not blame themselves. The employee doesn’t understand the work, a manager might contend. Or the employee isn’t driven to succeed, can’t set priorities, or won’t take direction. Whatever the reason, the problem is assumed to be the employee’s fault—and the …

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10 Steps to Finding the Right Co-founder

10 Steps to Finding the Right Co-founder

A common challenge faced by every entrepreneur is that they don’t have the bandwidth, interest or skills to do everything that is required to build their startup. Of course, they can outsource part of the work or hire employees, but that approach means more time and money to manage the work, which …

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It’s the Weekend! Why Are You Working?

It’s the Weekend! Why Are You Working?

If you are like us, you often find yourself working on weekends and are criticized by somebody (your spouse, a friend, a colleague) who thinks there is something inherently wrong in spending some time over the weekend on work-related activities. Do they have a point? We thought there might be …

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Was Google’s Real Victim You?

THEY MOVE SLOWLY in Europe. On Wednesday the European Commission sent a formal “ Statement of Objections” to Google alleging that the Mammoth of Mountain View violated antitrust law. The investigation itself dates back to 2010; it has been shambling along for longer than The Walking Deadhas been on air. …

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There’s a Difference Between Cooperation and Collaboration

There’s a Difference Between Cooperation and Collaboration

Everyone seems to agree that collaboration across functions is critical for major projects and initiatives. The reality, however, is that meshing the skills and resources of different departments, each focused on its own distinct targets, to achieve a larger organizational goal is much easier said than done. In fact, it …

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