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Advice You Wish You’d Gotten. 25 TED Speakers Reveal.

Whether you put on your cap and gown last week — or last century — these honest answers can give you some insight and guidance.

“If you don’t know what you want to do with the rest of your life, you’re not a failure. Give yourself time and get yourself experience to figure things out.” — Angela Duckworth (TED Talk: Grit — the power of passion and persistence) “Although I think I already knew this back when I graduated from […]

Want to Move Fast on a Strategic Opportunity?

Deploy a focused team, and get out of the way.

No doubt about it: We live in a rapidly changing world. Disruptive technologies, shifting customer behaviors and emerging business models are shaking up nearly every industry. If you are going to survive and succeed amid this change, you need to move in a fast and adaptable way. Yes … even if you’re a huge global […]

23 Female TED Speakers Tell Us About the Books that Shaped Them

These books can provide wisdom and inspiration for the next generation of women leaders.

Here are the books that profoundly influenced women from our speaker community, and they’re just as wonderfully diverse as TED itself. Jane Eyre  by Charlotte Brontë When I read this book for the first time as a deeply odd fifth-grader (or, as Jane says, “poor, plain and little”), it felt like grasping onto a life […]

How Humble Leadership Really Works

Certain forms of top-down leadership are outdated and more importantly, counterproductive.

When you’re a leader, you are merely overhead unless you’re bringing out the best in your employees. Unfortunately, many leaders lose sight of this reality. Power can cause leaders to become overly obsessed with outcomes and control and therefore, treat their employees as means to an end. As I’ve discovered in my own research, this […]

5 Lessons Other Small Business Owners Have Already Learned

Go ahead and take some notes – there's no need to repeat these small business mistakes.

Experience is a very good teacher, and every small business owner learns some lessons the hard way. But you can avoid many hassles and headaches by learning from the mistakes of other entrepreneurs who have already faced the same issues you’re facing. Here are five lessons small business owners have learned that they wish they […]

To Take Charge of Your Career, Start by Building Your Tribe

Without tribes, it would be impossible to remember who we are and imagine who we might become.

Show me a person who sees uncertainty as opportunity, and I’ll show you a person who has mastered the new world of work. Sue Ashford, Amy Wrzesniewski and I have collected many stories that show as much for a study of knowledge and creative workers. We heard freelance journalists, consultants, designers, software engineers and executive coaches […]

Female Workforces Can Revolutionize Latin American Business

To bring change to SMEs, public policies are not enough. Entrepreneurs and managers must also embrace the cause of gender equality.

Daniel Velasquez owns a small snack manufacturing firm in Honduras, which produces plantain chips sold in bodegas across the country. A few years ago, Daniel was struggling to consistently find enough plantains that met the company’s quality standards. Supply issues are a typical headache for business owners, but the solution to Daniel’s problem came from […]

How to Deal With Life’s Risks More Rationally

An economist explores how to weigh risk in our personal and work lives more accurately.

The world is an uncertain and risky place. The news constantly bombards us with scary situations from school shootings to gruesome murders. Risk is everywhere and associated with everything. For example, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention a decade ago estimated 234,000 people a year ended up in emergency rooms because of bathroom injuries […]

Small Business Success: Charlotte Mobile Makery

Do you have the initial ingredients to survive in the startup world?

Shannon Hale and Jess Murphy recently left their jobs and started a small business together. Was it a difficult decision? “It was the worst decision I ever made,” Jess told me. OK … just kidding. She never said that. In fact, Jess said something very different. “Best decision ever,” she actually said. “Shannon and I […]

Avoid Plateaus to Keep Your Competitive Edge

Companies that settle into a comfortable plateau are vulnerable and may become obsolete.

Knowledge calcifies. People begin to believe the status quo is the only logical way to do business. When presented with ideas for change, they mostly see obstacles. When you are stable and stationary, you are a sitting duck, easy to copy and vulnerable to commoditization. You quickly lose your edge. To achieve quantum leaps in […]

What Type of Strategic Thinker Are You?

How do executives shape their long-term vision?

Supply chain and operations executives are increasingly involved in making supply chain strategy decisions that have long-term implications. But how do these executives, whose job responsibilities involve mainly short-term decision making, think about the long term? Researchers at MIT CTL asked this question seven years ago. The findings of their multi-method study, which involved collecting survey […]

The Best Way to Network in a New Job

Here's how to learn the ropes in your new organization.

Anyone who hopes to hit the ground running in a new organization must first cultivate allies – a network of people who can provide the information, resources and support needed to succeed. But few onboarding programs offer concrete advice on how to build those all-important connections. Our research during the past decade shows that replicating the […]

What Disasters Teach Us About Avoiding Mistakes at Work

How can people and artificial intelligence cooperate to achieve what neither could individually?

On the late morning of Jan. 28, 1986, the space shuttle Challenger took off in Cape Canaveral, Florida, only to break up midair within two minutes – and come crashing down into the Atlantic Ocean. All seven crew members were killed. The multimillion-dollar project went tragically and disastrously wrong due to an inexpensive rubber O-ring seal, […]

What Do DC, Davos and Helsinki Have in Common?

The purpose zeitgeist is global in reach – it sits at the intersection between profit and purpose.

Think about the “purpose” of business. Is it to make money? Satisfy market demand? Give dignity to workers? Make the world a better place? The short answer is: yes. And whether it’s the boardroom of a global corporation in Washington, D.C., the shared workspace of a startup hub in Helsinki, Finland or the thin air […]

Becoming Global Citizens To Rebuild Trust in Our Globalized World

The great moral challenge is living together ethically as global citizens and celebrating the connectedness of our technological world.

The erosion of trust in a civil society is one of the greatest moral challenges in the world today. Democratic societies are anxious. Leaders – and the general public – are worried about extremism, terrorism and radicalization. Educators and experts are rightly concerned about those who perpetuate approaches that resemble indoctrination. Such threats are making us […]

Business Lessons From Black Panther

As in the superhero film, corporate leaders wrestle with transforming or maintaining their company culture.

A futuristic fantasy, a high-tech spy adventure, a cultural event. That’s how millions of moviegoers and critics describe the blockbuster film, Black Panther, taking the world by storm. This action thriller pairs high-powered action with technology, innovation and transformation. The sci-fi flick about the aforementioned superhero shattered box office records, with the highest-grossing February weekend […]

The Best Internal Candidate Might Come From an Unlikely Place

Proven winners are great additions to any team. But finding a leader who can develop new talents makes everyone a winner.

Nearly a decade after Gallup released “Strengths-Based Leadership,” which asserts that great leaders are always investing in strengths, we are learning that the opposite may also be true. According to Gallup, when work focuses on individuals’ strengths, employees are six times more likely to be engaged in the job. That makes intuitive sense. Yet, when […]

The World Needs to Build More than 2 Billion Homes

Housing is arguably this century's greatest challenge. Here's why.

By the end of this century, the world’s population will increase by another 3.6 billion people. According to the U.N., the global population is set to reach more than 11.2 billion by the year 2100, up from the current 7.6 billion. And that is considered “medium growth.” The upscaling required in terms of infrastructure and development, […]

Want to Grow Faster and Smarter?

Try these seven rules of fearless growth.

Growth has always been fundamental to business success, but it’s never been more critical than now. Rapid changes in technology, shifting customer expectations, disruptive business models and quickly evolving regulations force organizations to innovate quickly and invest in new lines of business that will fuel future growth. The problem? The same forces that make growth […]

What Do You Want From Your Employees?

Can you explain your leadership principles – in as few words as possible?

When Joe Whittinghill came into his role as general manager for talent, learning and insight at Microsoft, the tech giant’s leadership model was characteristically thorough. There were eight competencies leaders needed to succeed, 10 behaviors that marked inclusive diversity, five things employees had to do to flourish and more than 100 skills you needed to […]

Becoming a Business Visionary

UPS CEO David Abney details his big data vision.

Lloyd Shefsky’s book, Visionarie$ Are Made Not Born, lays out the five elements of vision needed to become a business visionary. Shefsky taps into the stories of business visionaries, as well as his expert insight, to demonstrate the successful utilization of such qualities.  Shefsky, who recently retired as Clinical Professor of Entrepreneurship at Northwestern University’s […]

A Message From Confucius to Business Leaders

In today's hyper-speed world, reflection is a lost art.

One of the most admirable and arguably underrated qualities of leadership is the capacity for reflection. Confucius called it the most noble way to learn wisdom. But when we talk about what makes someone a successful leader, we typically describe attributes like the ability to innovate, make strategic decisions or manage uncertainty. We rarely mention […]

Why the Best Mentors Think Like Michelangelo

Thoughtful sculptors use the tools of patient listening and generous affirmation to help draw forth the dream.

Michelangelo approached the craft of sculpting with the conviction that a piece of art already existed within the stone, and his job was only to release it. We think the best mentors approach their art in the same way. Social psychology teaches us that in the best romantic relationships partners sculpt one another by bringing […]

Why 2018 Must Be the Year for Women to Thrive

As leaders from around the world meet in Davos, ending discrimination and abuse against women should be at the top of the agenda.

The need for greater respect and opportunities for women is becoming an ever more prominent feature of the public conversation. Longstanding advocates for women’s empowerment are feeling energized, while countless others – women and men alike – are being persuaded of the urgency of this task. This year at the World Economic Forum the challenge of female […]

5 Ways Work Can Help You Beat the January Blues

During this stressful time of the year, bosses can take these 5 steps to improve an employee's mental health.

The January blues have set in, and it’s peak month for divorce lawyers and job searching. A new job isn’t necessarily the answer, though. Work, complain though we do, is not all bad. Work can be very good for us – it can provide much-needed direction and a sense of purpose in otherwise difficult times. […]

The Final Delivery

How the World Food Program provides life-saving food assistance and a pathway to self-sufficiency.

When Jeremias Ngwenya opened his eyes one morning last March in Mozambique, he remembers exactly how he felt. He rested upon a soft, white mattress with a faded blue flower print, just underneath a teal-colored mosquito net. Small rays of sun burst through the uneven spaces in the walls of tethered reeds surrounding him. “When […]

What to Do When You’re Feeling Distracted at Work

We all struggle with focus. But these 8 steps can help you get back on track.

Sometimes there’s so much going on in your life and the broader world that you can’t focus. How can you get back to feeling productive? Feeling distracted and unproductive is something most people struggle with, says Susan David, founder of the Harvard/McLean Institute of Coaching. Especially because most of us are constantly bombarded by news […]

5 Interview Questions for Hiring Better People

To identify job candidates who have substance and not just smarts, here are better questions to ask.

While the number of questions that can be asked on a job interview are infinite, almost all of them fall into one of two categories: questions about competency or questions about character. Competency questions are aimed at establishing a person’s skills, abilities and qualifications. Character questions are intended to illuminate their intrinsic values and personality. […]

Our Top 5 Leadership Articles of 2017

A year-end look at the best leadership content from Longitudes.

Of all the trends shaping the world of tomorrow, leadership is arguably the most popular topic on Longitudes. With macro forces disrupting all industries and companies of all sizes, leadership has never been in more demand. During the past 12 months, we’ve focused on a number of questions leaders confront every day: How do you build […]

Leaders: Do You Fear the Future?

Seizing the day is not a recipe for business success. Leaders must confront their fears of the future and turn them into something positive.

If you don’t have some fear about the future, you’re not paying attention. But fear is not a bad thing. It’s what you do with your fear that can turn bad. In a world of disruptive opportunity, leaders will need to learn how to practice voluntary fear exposure. They will need safe zones to practice […]