On the diminishing importance of company homepages, John Brandon of Inc. writes: “There is a new Web, and it’s the Web of social media and links, not the Web of domains and dot.coms. At some point, we either accept this new reality and figure out how to make it work with online searches, ads, marketing and video feeds or just sit and listen to crickets chirping when no one types in the domain anymore.” More tips


Ask "Z"

Ask "Z"

Getting the bosses to quiet down

Q. The loudest people here are the two directors who rule the roost. They have booming voices that you can hear a mile away. When they walk down the hall, everyone stops working because their conversation is so distractingly loud. How can I tell them to quiet down?

Leadership Library: Weekly Feature

Leadership Library: Weekly Feature

An interview with leader Mark Hellerstein

Mark Hellerstein served as the CEO of oil and gas company St. Mary Land & Exploration Co. from 1995 to 2007. Hellerstein describes how he became a successful corporate leader, as well as an award-winning ventriloquist.

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

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Use 20/10/70 rule to woo staffers

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Jack Ma: 'The Steve Jobs of China'

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Ask what the future must hold

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