Women in Leadership and Advocating for Yourself

If you’re not at the table, you’re not in the conversation.  Yet for many women early in their career, stepping up to a seat doesn’t always come easily, according to Susan Cates, president of Executive Development and executive director of MBA@UNC at the University of North Carolina Kenan-Flagler Business School.

Characteristics of an Effective Team

In 2003, Slash, Duff McKagen and Matt Sorum of Guns N’ Roses; Dave Kushner of Danzig; and Scott Weiland of Stone Temple Pilots formed the hard rock, supergroup Velvet Revolver. With such talent, fan expectations were very high. The band’s debut album, “Contraband,” did well enough commercially, selling four million copies. Yet, hardcore Guns N’ Roses, Danzig and Stone Temple Pilots fans were left feeling high and dry. Something was amiss, they said, some indescribable quality common to all great bands: Velvet Revolver had no chemistry.

How to Build a Resilient Organizational Culture

A 2012 Towers Watson study found that in most organizations, only 35 percent of employees said they were engaged. In other words, 65 percent of employees have mentally checked out, causing productivity, innovation, and creativity to plummet.

Leadership Lessons from Jeff Bezos

Amazon is the largest online retailer in the world. But in 1995, when the company launched, it was an online book retailer. At the time, no one would have guessed that the small company selling books on the Internet would evolve into a the world's largest online retailer, selling everything from paperbacks to refrigerators.

Maximizing Millennials: The Who, How, and Why of Managing Gen Y

Millennials, also known as Generation Y, are entering the workplace in record numbers. They are idealistic, diverse, digitally-enabled, social and perhaps most importantly, ambitious. While these are all traits that can make a positive impact on your organization, it is a tall task to retain and motivate millennials for a variety of reasons.

When to lead by empowerment vs. When to be directive

Empowering leadership — the practice of sharing power with subordinates and allowing them to collectively make decisions — has long been touted as better for performance than a more directive approach.