The Pros and Cons of Competition Among Employees

Competition between employees is an inescapable part of most people’s work lives. Whether overtly or otherwise, most companies create a dynamic in which employees compete against each other for recognition, bonuses, and promotions. After a close look at workplace policies across corporations, banks, law firms, and tech companies, the New York Times called grueling competition the defining feature of the… Continue reading

The Busier You Are, the More You Need Quiet Time

In a recent interview with Vox’s Ezra Klein, journalist and author Ta-Nehisi Coates argued that serious thinkers and writers should get off Twitter. It wasn’t a critique of the 140-character medium or even the quality of the social media discourse in the age of fake news. It was a call to get beyond the noise. For Coates, generating good ideas… Continue reading

6 Companies Reveal How Their Unique Cultures Make Them a Success

Every business is different — from how they are run, who they hire and what their products or services are. Inevitably, this means each culture is not only unique, but requires something special to make the company a success. For instance, personal finance website The Penny Hoarder believes its success comes from a transparent culture. Whereas, HR company Gusto, thinks… Continue reading

How to Get on the Shortlist for the C-Suite

The career question I hear most often from rising senior leaders is this: “How do I get on the C-suite shortlist?” The management literature is overflowing with advice on becoming the boss. Yet the path narrows significantly as executives ascend closer to the top slots. Having played a role in many C-suite successions, I’ve found there’s no one-size-fits-all approach. All… Continue reading

Uber and Other Tech Companies Could Make Simple Changes to Avoid Driving Away Their Female Engineers

On February 19 former Uber employee Susan Fowler wrote an explosive blog post describing her time as an engineer at Uber. She described severe sexual harassment, a hostile HR department that would not or could not help her, and a toxic work environment that eventually pushed her to leave the company. Her essay has received nationwide attention — and alarm.… Continue reading