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  • About the Author: Julia Kirby

    Julia Kirby is an editor at large for HBR. She is coauthor with Chris Meyer of the forthcoming Standing on the Sun.

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29 Oct. 2017 | Comments (0)
Meaningful Work Should Not Be a Privilege of the Elite
It is hard for anyone to be against the idea of inclusive prosperity. Of course the bounty produced by economic growth should be broadly shared. But the devil is in the details, and when people advocate for inclusive growth they don’t always have the same things in mind.

12 Jun. 2015 | Comments (0)
An Inside Look at Facebook’s Approach to Automation and Human Work
I sat down with Jay Parikh, the company’s Vice President of Engineering, to discover what his priorities might suggest more broadly about the future of operations. An edited version of our conversation follows.

06 Feb. 2015 | Comments (0)
4 Reasons to Kill the Office Holiday Party—and One Reason to Save It
Quite possibly, we have Dickens to thank for the enduring tradition of the office holiday party. But has that institution become as anachronistic as a 19th-century industrial mill? Perhaps it’s time to rethink the point of the holiday party, and whether it’s having its desired effect.

28 Jan. 2015 | Comments (0)
Clay Christensen on Peter Drucker
On the eve of the 6th Annual Global Drucker Forum in Vienna, where Professor Christensen will provide a keynote address, I asked for a preview of the territory he will cover. The following is a lightly edited transcript of our conversation.

25 Nov. 2014 | Comments (0)
Warren Bennis, Leadership Pioneer
The sad news came over the weekend that Warren Bennis has died. For us at HBR it is the loss of a long-time author and friend. Many, many more will miss him, too, as a teacher and adviser.

23 Jul. 2014 | Comments (0)
Better Management Could Spur a New Era of Economic Growth
There’s more to progress than technological innovation. Breakthroughs can also result from innovations in management.

29 May. 2014 | Comments (0)
Make the Right Decisions About Your Company’s Sustainability Efforts
It’s vital that companies manage their impact on the planet. But with myriad choices for how to do so, and long lists of stakeholders to please, managers struggle with a basic question: How do we decide which projects to green-light?

17 Sep. 2013 | Comments (0)
Steve Ballmer’s Big Lesson for the Rest of Us
The business media lit up over the weekend with the news that Steve Ballmer, the college friend who worked alongside Bill Gates to build Microsoft and was heir to the CEO job, will step down within a year.

21 Sep. 2012 | Comments (0)
Can Big Data Smoke Out the Silent Majority?
We're now in an era when "big data" yields real insight into people's attitudes and probable actions, at the household level, whether they choose to air them or not. That is a huge benefit to marketers.

05 Jul. 2012 | Comments (0)
UK's Say on Pay Measure an Important Milestone
Institutional shareholders are now realising what personal investors have actually understood for a long time—that executive pay matters and they need to take more attention of the general conditions of the economy and how their employees are getting on.

27 Apr. 2012 | Comments (0)
We're All on Billie Jean's Team Now
You might think of Billie Jean King as a standout individual performer—who can forget how she went to battle on behalf of her gender against that consummate chauvinist Bobby Riggs? But even as a player, she always competed on teams. She's really all about teamwork.

16 Apr. 2012 | Comments (0)
Leadership's Full Measure
Sometimes, the measures managers use to guide their decisions stop making sense. Managers are being influenced by the wrong metrics and making decisions that actually leave us worse off.

30 Dec. 2011 | Comments (0)
Make Sure You’re Engaging Your Top Talent
My theory is that talent seeks out the top items on that menu, and to the extent that it finds them, will tolerate meager helpings on the lower items.