• About the Author: Francesca Gino

    Francesca Gino is an associate professor of business administration at Harvard Business School. She is the author of the forthcoming book Sidetracked: Why Our Decisions Get Derailed, and How We Can St…

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13 Oct. 2017 | Comments (0)
Radical Transparency Can Reduce Bias — but Only If It’s Done Right
Bridgewater Associates, which was founded by Ray Dalio in 1975, is the largest hedge fund in the world, managing almost $160 billion. Its size and suc…

31 Aug. 2017 | Comments (0)
To Motivate Employees, Show Them How They’re Helping Customers
Think back to your first day on the job. If you’re like most people, you felt excited and were eager to get down to work. But, based on the results of…

12 Oct. 2016 | Comments (0)
When Networking, Being Yourself Really Does Work
Imagine you’re hanging out at a job fair, and you’ve identified a few key recruiters you’d like to approach. Or maybe you are attending your company’s…

24 Mar. 2016 | Comments (0)
Your Desire to Get Things Done Can Undermine Your Effectiveness
have two kinds of problems: the urgent and the important. The urgent are not important, and the important are never urgent. —Dwight D. Eisenhower Pre…

14 Oct. 2015 | Comments (0)
How to Make Networking at Conferences Feel Less Icky
Whether you like attending them or not, conferences offer great opportunities for networking. At conferences, you can extend your network by meeting n…

25 Sep. 2015 | Comments (0)
Explaining Gender Differences at the Top
Even in societies and organizations that value gender equality and invest in initiatives to reach it, women are underrepresented in most senior-level …

17 Sep. 2015 | Comments (0)
The Unexpected Influence of Stories Told at Work
I heard this story during my onboarding process when I worked as a research consultant at Disney Imagineering a few years ago. In the weeks after I he…

04 Sep. 2015 | Comments (1)
What Facebook’s Anti-Bias Training Program Gets Right
No matter how highly you think of your organization, chances are its members—including you—are biased in ways that harm both you and others. The conse…

05 Jun. 2015 | Comments (0)
Developing Employees Who Think for Themselves
The main operating model in management was to identify the best processes, or at least very good ones, and then have workers follow them to a tee. Res…

21 May. 2015 | Comments (0)
The Right Way to Brag About Yourself
While we are naturally nervous about revealing our weaknesses or outright bragging about our strengths, doing so often is more effective than saying t…

13 Feb. 2015 | Comments (0)
Ending Gender Discrimination Requires More than a Training Program
Some organizations actively attempt to raise awareness of potentially harmful gender biases through training programs and policies that favor gender e…

16 Jan. 2015 | Comments (0)
Identifying the Biases Behind Your Bad Decisions
Even though we know a lot about how biases like overconfidence, confirmation bias, and loss aversion affect our decisions, people still struggle to co…

19 Dec. 2014 | Comments (0)
How Unethical Behavior Becomes Habit
When a former client’s secretary was arrested for embezzlement, Bernie Madoff commented to his own secretary, “It starts out with you taking a little …

14 Feb. 2014 | Comments (0)
The Key to Making New Year’s Resolutions Stick
This time every year, millions of people across the globe commit themselves to the pursuit of virtuous goals, such as losing weight, being a more unde…

08 Jan. 2014 | Comments (0)
Be Grateful More Often
Although I didn’t move to the United States until I was an adult, every year I look forward to one of the most American of holidays: Thanksgiving. Tur…

27 Nov. 2013 | Comments (0)
How Anxiety Can Lead Your Decisions Astray
High-stakes decisions — which can range from starting a business to hiring or firing someone — have something in common: they involve high levels of u…

03 May. 2013 | Comments (0)
One Weird Trick to Save $345 Billion
According to a recent estimate, the gap between actual and claimed taxes due in the United States amounts to roughly $345 billion, more than half of w…

26 Apr. 2013 | Comments (0)
Can Light Make You More Honest at Work?
Although daylight saving time throws our circadian rhythms out of sync, the ongoing rationale for changing the world's clocks twice each year has been…

03 May. 2012 | Comments (0)
How Introverts Can Become Better Innovators
Whether you are trying to create a new product, solve problems more effectively, become the most successful company in your industry, or find creative…

11 Apr. 2012 | Comments (0)
People Are Irrational, But Teams Don't Have to Be
When most organizations design new work processes, they assume that team members will make the best possible use of them to improve team performance. …