To Handle Increased Stress, Build Your Resilience

To Handle Increased Stress, Build Your Resilience

Wherever you live or work, stress is on the rise. According to the International Labour Organization, workers in developed and developing countries are facing increasing strain at work. The onslaught of mounting stressors include global challenges, such as climate change, terrorism, and political turmoil – as well as personal and professional challenges, such as illnesses, job changes,…

Steps to Take When You’re Starting to Feel Burned Out

Steps to Take When You’re Starting to Feel Burned Out

Being burned Being burned out hurts. When you burn out at work, you feel diminished, like a part of yourself has gone into hiding. Challenges that were formerly manageable feel insurmountable. It’s the opposite end of the spectrum from engagement. The engaged employee is energized, involved, and high-performing; the burned-out employee is exhausted, cynical, and…

The Challenge of Rebuilding U.S. Domestic Supply Chains

The Challenge of Rebuilding U.S. Domestic Supply Chains

Summery: Massachusetts-based Shawmut scrambled to expand production to meet the soaring demand for N95 masks and hospital gowns during the pandemic. Its experiences illustrates a crucial point that policymakers should take to heart: Once a country loses its industrial commons points — the capabilities needed to support the development and production of many goods —…

You Don’t Have to Be CEO to Be a Visionary Leader

You Don’t Have to Be CEO to Be a Visionary Leader

Summary. Creating a unifying vision for an organization is a fundamental skill for leaders. A simple, bold, inspirational vision can feel almost magical: it brings people throughout the company together around a common goal and provides a focal point for developing strategies to achieve a better future. Unfortunately, however, building a vision has become more…

Cross-Silo Leadership

Cross-Silo Leadership

How to create more value by connecting experts from inside and outside the organization Though most executives recognize the importance of breaking down silos to help people collaborate across boundaries, they struggle to make it happen. That’s understandable: It is devilishly difficult. Think about your own relationships at work—the people you report to and those who report…

The Psychology Behind Effective Crisis Leadership

The Psychology Behind Effective Crisis Leadership

Summary.  It is often said that a strong vision makes a good leader. But in a crisis, people don’t need a vision to inspire them–they’re already raring to act. Instead, they need what psychologists call “holding”–leaders who acknowledge their emotions and give them a sense of context and reality. Holding allows people to channel their desire…