Tips on career rebounds for French socialists and CEOs alike

Herminia Ibarra Career Management,   Leadership The Financial Times

Herminia Ibarra of Insead on Arnaud Montebourg’s business school reinvention and other comebacks. Teaching at France’s Insead business school, I’ve had a ringside seat this term for an intriguing career U-turn. One of my pupils on the advanced management programme was Arnaud Montebourg, the former French economy minister who was this year ousted from President François Hollande’s cabinet. Mr Montebourg, …

The Authenticity Paradox

Herminia Ibarra Leadership Harvard Business Review

Authenticity has become the gold standard for leadership. But a simplistic understanding of what it means can hinder your growth and limit your impact. Consider Cynthia, a general manager in a health care organization. Her promotion into that role increased her direct reports 10-fold and expanded the range of businesses she oversaw—and she felt a little shaky about making such …

Forget Mozart, companies now prefer a steady Salieri as CEO

Herminia Ibarra Leadership The Financial Times

The pendulum seems to be swinging away from egocentric, inspirational stagecraft. It used to be that calling someone a “good manager” was to damn with faint praise. But we may have had a surfeit of charisma and be ready for some nuts-and-bolts leadership. Sanofi’s Chris Viehbacher is the latest larger-than-life chief executive to be ousted by his board for a …

What the Scarcity of Women in Business Case Studies Really Looks Like

Lesley Symons and Herminia Ibarra Women & Work Harvard Business Review

“The school owed you better, and I promise it will be better,” Harvard Business School Dean Nitin Nohria told an alumni audience in January, acknowledging and apologizing for the school’s problematic past concerning gender equity. He then pledged to double the number of business case studies that feature a woman as the protagonist up to a level of 20% over …

How Companies Are Putting Managers in a Bind

Herminia Ibarra Career Management,   Leadership The Wall Street Journal

Businesses Are Giving Bosses New Responsibilities but Not Training Them for Those Roles Businesses are putting managers in a tough spot: They’re forcing bosses to take on many new responsibilities – but they’re not training them to get those jobs done. With competition fierce and the business climate changing rapidly, companies are telling their leaders that it’s no longer enough …

Inclusive Leadership: Unlocking Diverse Talent

Herminia Ibarra and Nana von Bernuth Leadership,   Women & Work INSEAD Knowledge

Gender diversity can be a polarising topic in big companies. Swiss Re holds some important lessons on how to foster a diverse environment with flexibility and inclusiveness for everyone. Nia Joynson-Romanzina, the head of Global Diversity and Inclusion at Swiss Re, likens people in her organisation, and beyond, to icebergs. Not because they’re cold but because there is a diversity …

Hiring and Big Data: Those Who Could Be Left Behind

Herminia Ibarra Career Management Harvard Business Review

Recruiters, HR managers, and investors have always sought better ways of identifying who fits and has potential, and how to allocate opportunities to them. Big data holds the promise of not only vastly improved efficiencies but also bringing greater objectivity to our very unconsciously biased human decision-making. And without a doubt, predictive “people analytics” are starting to transform how employers …

Conquering Gender Bias

Herminia Ibarra and Benjamin Kessler Women & Work INSEAD Knowledge

A lurking “second-generation gender bias” is slowing women down by dissecting their behaviour and hobbling their advancement. Companies will have to switch tactics to take on this more subtle phenomenon. If celebrity culture were a true reflection of women’s progress, one would have to call 2013 a very bad year for the glass ceiling. Marissa Mayer, CEO of Yahoo!, and …

How to Break Through a Career Impasse

Herminia Ibarra Career Management,   Leadership Harvard Business Review

Many of the successful managers and professionals who come back to business school at mid-career are looking for more than honing their leadership skills. Many are stuck in their careers. They’re looking for direction and support for the changes they long to make in the near future. But, their networks just keep dragging them back to the past – and …

Six Ways to Grow Your Job

Herminia Ibarra Career Management,   Leadership Harvard Business Review

In today’s resource-constrained environment, many of us are delivering 120% on the current demands of our job—but devoting little time to developing ourselves further or positioning ourselves for a future move. As one of my executive MBA students recently told me, “I know that I have to carve out more time to think strategically about my business, but all my …