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When to Schedule Your Most Important Work

When to Schedule Your Most Important Work | Jesse Jacoby & Emergent | Organization, People, and Change | Scoop.it
If you work with a team, chances are your inbox is often flooded with invitations. Internal meetings, client conference calls, the occasional lunch request.
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The Cost of Combining the CEO and Chairman Roles

The Cost of Combining the CEO and Chairman Roles | Jesse Jacoby & Emergent | Organization, People, and Change | Scoop.it
Will Netflix’s shareholders be sorry that they voted to let Reed Hastings carry on as both CEO and chairman?
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For Breakthrough Innovation, Focus on Possibility, Not Profitability

For Breakthrough Innovation, Focus on Possibility, Not Profitability | Jesse Jacoby & Emergent | Organization, People, and Change | Scoop.it
More than 15 years after its founding, Google remains a company that inspires profound admiration — and at times, a bit of confusion.
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How to Succeed in Business by Bundling – and Unbundling

How to Succeed in Business by Bundling – and Unbundling | Jesse Jacoby & Emergent | Organization, People, and Change | Scoop.it
Much of the business story of the digital age so far has been about taking products and institutions apart — unbundling them. Music CDs were unbundled into MP3s that were sold (and illicitly downloaded) individually.
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Say No Without Burning Bridges

Say No Without Burning Bridges | Jesse Jacoby & Emergent | Organization, People, and Change | Scoop.it
Many of us don’t like to say no to a coworker or a boss—for instance, when the boss asks for a tighter deadline, or a team member needs a longer one—because we’re worried about damaging the relationship.
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Align Your Impact and Intent

Align Your Impact and Intent | Jesse Jacoby & Emergent | Organization, People, and Change | Scoop.it
All leaders leave a lasting impact. What's yours? And is it the legacy you want?
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It’s Time for a New Partnership Between Labor and Management

It’s Time for a New Partnership Between Labor and Management | Jesse Jacoby & Emergent | Organization, People, and Change | Scoop.it
Lloyd Blankfein recently told a TV audience that income inequality is “very destabilizing” and that “too much of the GDP over the last generation has gone to too few of the people.” When even the CEO of Goldman Sachs is worried about inequality,...
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Instinct Can Beat Analytical Thinking

Instinct Can Beat Analytical Thinking | Jesse Jacoby & Emergent | Organization, People, and Change | Scoop.it
Researchers have confronted us in recent years with example after example of how we humans get things wrong when it comes to making decisions.
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Your Company Is Not a Family

Your Company Is Not a Family | Jesse Jacoby & Emergent | Organization, People, and Change | Scoop.it
When CEOs describe their company as being “like family,” we think they mean well. They’re searching for a model that represents the kind of relationships they want to have with their employees—a lifetime relationship with a sense of belonging.
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Two Kinds of People You Should Never Negotiate With

Two Kinds of People You Should Never Negotiate With | Jesse Jacoby & Emergent | Organization, People, and Change | Scoop.it
The first thing negotiation experts teach is to “separate the people from the problem.” The vast majority of the time, this is sound advice. But as a psychologist, I know that approximately 1% of the time, people are the problem.
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Are Resumes Passé? Enter the EQ Test

Are Resumes Passé? Enter the EQ Test | Jesse Jacoby & Emergent | Organization, People, and Change | Scoop.it
Companies are increasingly turning to emotional intelligence tests to help assess job candidates -- but can they really replace the traditional measures for whether someone is a "good fit”?
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Case Study: Is It Ever OK to Break a Promise?

Case Study: Is It Ever OK to Break a Promise? | Jesse Jacoby & Emergent | Organization, People, and Change | Scoop.it
Editor’s note: This fictionalized case study will appear in a forthcoming issue of Harvard Business Review, along with commentary from experts and readers.
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CEOs Sometimes Need Outside Help

CEOs Sometimes Need Outside Help | Jesse Jacoby & Emergent | Organization, People, and Change | Scoop.it
We know we want leaders who are smart, decisive, transformative, and possessed of a singular vision.
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Don't Let the Short-Term-Long-Term Tension Drag Your Strategy Down

Don't Let the Short-Term-Long-Term Tension Drag Your Strategy Down | Jesse Jacoby & Emergent | Organization, People, and Change | Scoop.it
How to navigate the twin demands of current performance and future investment.
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The Only Viable Strategy Is Adaptation

The Only Viable Strategy Is Adaptation | Jesse Jacoby & Emergent | Organization, People, and Change | Scoop.it
Most managers take it for granted that the world has become much more volatile and complex and that we need to constantly adapt.  The days when we could simply plan and execute are long gone.
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Cultivating Strong Project Sponsorship

Cultivating Strong Project Sponsorship | Jesse Jacoby & Emergent | Organization, People, and Change | Scoop.it
As discussed in Secrets to Business Transformation Success, successful projects are characterized by six things: a well-defined governance structure, strong sense of urgency, active sponsorship from leaders, engagement across all organizational...
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Competing for Talent in Every Geography

Competing for Talent in Every Geography | Jesse Jacoby & Emergent | Organization, People, and Change | Scoop.it
In the late 1990s, Steven Hankin of McKinsey provoked a lot of discussion when he coined the phrase “the war for talent.” As the phrase became more popular (and was elaborated in a book), others used it to warn corporations of impending talent...
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How to Help an Underperformer

How to Help an Underperformer | Jesse Jacoby & Emergent | Organization, People, and Change | Scoop.it
As a manager, you can’t accept underperformance. It’s frustrating, time-consuming, and it can demoralize the other people on your team. But what do you do about an employee who isn’t performing up to snuff?
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The Occasional Project Manager

The Occasional Project Manager | Jesse Jacoby & Emergent | Organization, People, and Change | Scoop.it
In this new series, we address the Occasional Project Manager, a professional found in thousands of organizations, working on a variety of initiatives with minimal guidance.
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Second Thoughts about Bad Bosses

Second Thoughts about Bad Bosses | Jesse Jacoby & Emergent | Organization, People, and Change | Scoop.it
Susan Cramm, author of 8 Things We Hate about I.T.: How to Move Beyond the Frustrations to Form a New Partnership with I.T.
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Managing a Team Across 5 Time Zones

Managing a Team Across 5 Time Zones | Jesse Jacoby & Emergent | Organization, People, and Change | Scoop.it
It’s 5:00 pm at my house in Nederland, Colorado, and I remember that I have a 6:00-7:30 pm team meeting.  I need to plan the family dinner around it.  I head to the kitchen to prep a chicken and vegetables, timing them so they will roast and rest...
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How to Scale Up Excellence in an Organization

How to Scale Up Excellence in an Organization | Jesse Jacoby & Emergent | Organization, People, and Change | Scoop.it
Stanford's Robert Sutton discusses the mind-set and strategies of companies that are most adept at building and spreading high standards.
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Strategy Isn’t What You Say, It’s What You Do

Strategy Isn’t What You Say, It’s What You Do | Jesse Jacoby & Emergent | Organization, People, and Change | Scoop.it
You sometimes hear managers complain that their organization has no strategy. This isn’t true. Every organization has a strategy: its strategy is what it does.  Think about it.
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Let’s Be Honest About Lying

Let’s Be Honest About Lying | Jesse Jacoby & Emergent | Organization, People, and Change | Scoop.it
If lying — or even just exaggerating a bit — would help your team win, would you do it? More provocatively: should you do it?
Consider the case study unfolding right now in Brazil at the World Cup.
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Six Ways To Enhance Organizational Structure

Six Ways To Enhance Organizational Structure | Jesse Jacoby & Emergent | Organization, People, and Change | Scoop.it
The productivity of a work group seems to depend on how the group members see their own goals in relation to the goals of the organization.
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