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Management by Imitation

Walter Isaacson’s biography Steve Jobs has been deservedly widely praised. It does a masterful job of making you feel as though you have had a chance to appreciate the demons and angels of its subject’s character and how those spirits, malicious and...

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Jones vs. Anastasijevic

I live with a dark secret: I took my husband’s difficult-to-pronounce surname—pronounced ROO-ta-man—because of my organization’s payroll system. When I got married a decade ago, I wanted to embrace my 1990s version of Lilith Fair feminism and hyphenate our names; however, at the time, the payroll-services firm that my company used allowed for only...

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Science, Philosophy, and Faith

Debates within a management team, wherever they fall on the scale from “by-your-leave” polite to bench-clearing hockey brawl, are often characterized by a remarkable oversight: The discussants neglect to specify precisely what they are quarreling about...

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The Culture Myth

The ancient Maya culture is known for its advancements in language, religion, and science. Deep in the heart of the Yucatán Peninsula, the Maya created a written alphabet, developed a mathematical system, and understood complex scientific principles such as astronomy. Did you send your kids down to Mexico on spring break? Chances are, in between beers...

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The Mismeasure of Management

As with so much of the human condition—and perhaps everything of any material moment—wisdom defies a single summarizing bromide and instead finds expression in the collision of two contradictory aphorisms. He who hesitates is lost, but haste makes waste. Out of sight, out of mind, while absence makes the heart grow fonder. So with the question of...

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Criminal, Past

I have a confession to make: I have never been arrested.

Long before the days when it became trendy for suburban girls to pierce their faces and break their fathers’ hearts, I affected my own ridiculous persona and raged against the machine. I shaved my head, wore stupid clothes, and generally tried to cause...

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Advice on Good Advice

Identifying the drivers of superior long-term performance is a sufficiently fundamental question to have spawned a genre of business books. These “success studies” seek to uncover the causes of success by studying companies that have succeeded...

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Relatively Right vs. Wholly Wrong

Recently, over two consecutive days, I had the opportunity to work with the management team of a global multibillion-dollar company that occupies the commanding heights of its industry, and then a six-person startup that has yet to see its first dollar of revenue. These two sets of conversations so close together were for me a powerful reminder of a very...

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When Equality Doesn't Abolish Unfairness

I recently met a CEO of a consulting firm in Minnesota who is very proud of the fact that—despite rising medical costs and the inconsistent political, economic, and social landscape in America—his company offers health-insurance benefits to same-sex couples.
“I am doing something the government can’t do,” he told me. (Or, rather, won’t do.)...

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Looking for Leaders

THERE IS NOTHING HOTTER OR TRENDIER in human resources than leadership development. With baby boomers’ impending retirement and an ongoing war for talent, executives and HR-leadership teams are falling over themselves to find and develop the next generation of smart and innovative leaders who can fill technical roles, manage complex teams, and...

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