Want More Diverse Senior Leadership? Sponsor Junior Talent.

Leadership

Sponsorship is emerging as a valuable tool for increasing diversity in an organization’s senior ranks. The authors define sponsorship as “a helping relationship in which seHernior, powerful people use their personal clout to talk up, advocate for, and place a more junior person in a key role.” In this piece, they define a number of specific do’s and don’t’s that …

The questions every corporate innovation leader asks about culture, answered

Leadership

In part four of #FutureProofonCulture, we put some of the most common culture questions to a renowned expert in organisational behaviour BY THOMAS BROWN / 30 NOVEMBER 2021 Creating an innovation culture is a complex task of orchestrating people, teams and mindsets, and no matter how many management books you read it is always unpredictable.  There are certain aspects that seem to …

The 3 Phases of Making a Major Life Change

Leadership

The lockdown that we’ve all just lived through created a period during which a lot of people had the opportunity to reflect on plans for a career change. But reflection alone doesn’t get people very far. Those who are mostly likely to act during this kind of period are those who actively engage in a three-part cycle of transition — …

Five leadership skills for the future

HERMINIA IBARRA Leadership WOL

Today, and even more so in the years ahead, we need leaders who can help transform their firms—so they become more agile, more innovative, more digitally savvy, more customer-centric, more inclusive, and more human. The problems to be solved—and opportunities to be seized—increasingly present what Harvard Kennedy School professor Ronald Heifetz calls “adaptive challenges,” complex situations in which there isn’t …

The Leader as Coach

HERMINIA IBARRA Leadership HBR

Once upon a time, most people began successful careers by developing expertise in a technical, functional, or professional domain. Doing your job well meant having the right answers. If you could prove yourself that way, you’d rise up the ladder and eventually move into people management—at which point you had to ensure that your subordinates had those same answers. As …

Take a wrecking ball to those iconic practices

HERMINIA IBARRA Leadership SMR

Here’s what today’s leaders need to do to knock down obstacles to cultural change. Editor’s note: This article is part of a new MIT SMR series about how leadership is evolving in a digital world. Most leaders today are trying to do the same things: help their organizations become more agile, more innovative, more digitally savvy, and more customer-centric. Sooner or later, though, …

Leading law firms in the digital age

HEIDI K GARDNER AND HERMINIA IBARRA Leadership HBR

Law firm leaders must figure out how to guide their organisation through the inevitable process of digital transformation. Leveraging outsiders’ experiences, modernising systems and piloting new approaches, and instilling a learning culture are all essential – but not easy – steps for digital leaders. Artificial intelligence and other emerging digital technologies are undoubtedly poised to disrupt the business models of …