People & Productivity

How can companies fill human resource needs when generational gaps and a shrinking labor pool make it difficult to find and retain qualified talent? For answers, turn to these briefings, packed with proven strategies currently in use by some of today's most successful companies.

Creativity: The Pixar Process

With fascinating insights about the creative process at Pixar and Disney, Ed Catmull reminds us that whatever conclusions we have drawn, we need to hold them lightly. Though they may have been right at one time, that doesn’t mean they are right today.

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Rookie Smarts: Reclaim Your Competitive Edge

Based on years of research, Liz Wiseman offers keen insights into how thinking like a rookie can reinvigorate your competitive edge in the workplace.

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Happiness Matters

Tony Hsieh discusses the different ingredients used by Zappos.com to build a long-lasting enduring brand, including the importance of customer service and company culture.

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Diversity: Helping Outsiders Become Insiders

Greg Walton shares research on a number of simple interventions that have had a remarkably positive effect on the performance – and social satisfaction – of both women and minorities.

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Managing the Millennials

New generations entering the job market have always caused disruption for coworkers and created challenges for managers from previous generations. The Millennials now entering the job market are no different. Alec Levenson’s research of over 40,000 employees, comparing Millennials to Generation X, shows significant differences in their needs for flexibility, team cohesion, and supervisor support and appreciation.

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Creative Confidence

David Kelley, founder and chair of IDEO, discusses human-centered “design thinking,” which requires building empathy for the end-users of whatever product, service or environment you are creating. But empathy alone is not enough. If you want to innovate routinely, you must have a process.

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Minimizing Gender Biases in the Workplace

We unconsciously use cognitive shortcuts, including gender stereotypes, and unfortunately, these stereotypes bias our evaluations and often give men the edge. Drawing from compelling research, Dr. Correll explains how we can minimize gender bias.

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The Innovation Engine

Why do we need creativity? Dr. Seelig’s model for the “Innovation Engine” allows us to alternate between discovery and invention by incorporating the internal strengths of imagination, knowledge and attitude along with the external forces of habitat, resources and culture.

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Reinventing the Way We Do Business

An insightful interview in which Ed Whitacre shares, vividly, leadership lessons learned and the core management principles that catapulted him to 17 years as chairman and CEO of AT&T and, temporarily lured out of retirement, as chairman and CEO of General Motors Co.

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Building a Winning Team

Jon Gordon's strategies for successfully uniting teams build on the premise that communication is key.

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Mining Talent

George Anders reveals why traditional hiring approaches are not designed for revealing the talent that fosters exceptional productivity and lasting success.

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