Did you ever give an employee a false deadline (a small lie) to ensure his project comes in on schedule? Clever strategy, isn’t it? Bad move. When you stoop to lies—big, small or white—you erode one of the most precious, but fragile, components of leadership: your integrity.


Ask "Z"

Ask "Z"

Ally with leaders who embody core values

Q. Our core values are integrity, fairness, blah, blah, blah. You see these core values everywhere—on the wall in our lobby, on our screen-savers, at the end of emails. Yet the CEO ignores the values by yelling at underlings and cutting corners. Why should I honor them if he doesn’t?

Leadership Library: Weekly Feature

Leadership Library: Weekly Feature

Salary Negotiating 101

Boost your career earnings, negotiate a raise and strike the best deal by using this guide.

Best of the Blogs

Best of the Blogs

Creative networks

Taking a “systems approach” to creativity means operating within a domain—like trucking—in a field—transportation—with a network of professionals and gatekeepers. Without a network, creative work won’t last.

Program on Negotiation at Harvard Law School

Negotiation Coach

Should you stay or should you go?

Q: As a senior manager at my company, I have spent most of the past year trying to settle litigation with another company in our industry. We are about to go into our third mediation session in a few weeks. However, I have just been promoted to a job where I will have responsibility for a larger portfolio. It will include the litigation, but someone else will now have day-to-day responsibility for it. Should I bring her to the mediation with me? Maybe she should go instead of me?

Marie McIntyre, Ph.D.

Ask the Workplace Coach

A career path stifled by a common company policy

Q: “My manager says she wants to help me get promoted, but she doesn’t seem to be doing anything about it. For the past two years, she has said that my position should be reclassified as an assistant director. However, our company requires assistant directors to have people reporting to them, and I don’t have any employees. When I first came to work here, I supervised five people, but now I’m in a program manager position which has no staff. If my boss truly cared about my advancement, I believe she would either get an exception made to the policy or reorganize to give me some employees. What can I do about this?” Held Back

Ask what the future must hold

Feb. 11, 2016

To create a compelling future that your followers can buy into, here are some essential questions that have to be answered.

Unleash your inner Ferrari

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A presentation expert gives these tips on how to captivate your audience in public and in meetings.

'The Onion Madonna' of physics

Feb. 8, 2016

The child of a doctor and a piano teacher, Maria Goeppert-Mayer was born in Ger­­­­­­many, immigrated to the United States and became only the second woman, after Marie Curie, to win a Nobel Prize in physics. Goeppert-Mayer’s work in­­volved discovering how the nucleus of an atom is arranged in a series of shells.

2 lessons from tech's leaders

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The information technology industry idolizes its leaders. And why not? Its leaders include Bill Gates, Andy Grove and Steve Jobs.