How to Make Your Matrix Organization Really Work | MIT Sloan Management Review

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A matrixed structure—where teams report to multiple leaders or where there is dual or multiple managerial accountability and responsibility—is used in many organizations. But for a matrix structure to be effective, several factors must be considered. This article provides four elements of a matrix structure that must be in balance. The four components include: 1) where people report …

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Layoffs Are Painful. But You Can Communicate Them Compassionately | Harvard Business Review

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As many organizations are considering or implementing reductions in force or layoffs, HR leaders and HRBPs are tasked with helping managers prepare for these difficult conversations. This HBR article shares considerations for planning and implementing a communication plan —with compassion— when going through reductions/layoffs. One point made—and which has played out publicly over the last few …

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The Five Stages of DEI Maturity | Harvard Business Review

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This HBR article describes the five stages of an organization’s diversity, equity, and inclusion (DEI) journey. The five stages and their descriptions include: 1) Aware. DEI is new to my organization, and we are just becoming aware of its importance. 2) Compliant. DEI in my organization is focused on compliance with EEOC and other legal requirements. 3) Tactical. DEI has been …

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What Enables an Effective Organizational Culture? | 3 Articles From MIT Sloan Management Review

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Most leaders understand the importance of organizational culture. Yet, far fewer are making meaningful progress in improving aspects of culture that matter most. To help leaders draw from data-based employee insights on what enables an effective culture, MIT Sloan Management Review has published a series of research articles from MIT SMR/Glassdoor Culture 500 and other …

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Report: Hybrid Work Is Just Work. Are We Doing It Wrong? | Microsoft Work Trend Index Pulse Report

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As the workforce becomes increasingly hybrid, leaders must develop the skills and mindset to lead in this environment. This new 27-page Microsoft Work Trend Index Pulse report points to three urgent pivots that every leader should make to navigate this new work landscape. The report is based on survey responses from over 20,000 people in 11 …

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The Moments That Matter for Culture in the Hybrid World | Gartner

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As organizations continue to navigate from predominantly in-person work to hybrid or remote work, a segment of leaders remains skeptical about these work arrangements. According to a Conference Board report on 2022 CEO and C-Suite priorities, 46 percent of surveyed CEOs expect that hybrid work models will decrease the strength of their organizational culture. One of the main reasons cited …

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Beyond “Agree to Disagree”: Why Leaders Need to Foster a Culture of Productive Disagreement and Debate | BCG Henderson Institute

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In 2016, I wrote an article, Identifying Leadership Capabilities That Drive Business Performance, which includes four steps for identifying the leadership capabilities most critical to an organization. Six years have passed since I wrote the article, and while some leadership capabilities have remained consistently important in organizations, others have become increasingly critical. As executive teams reevaluate …

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Six Potential Indicators of Proximity Bias in the Workplace | Brian Heger

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I made a post last week on how proximity bias (PB) can unfairly influence talent decisions. PB happens when one views workers that spend more time in a company-designated office location— or are in proximity to decision-makers— more favorably than their remote counterparts. For example, in performance reviews or talent review assessments, PB can lead …

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Diversity, Equity & Inclusion Planning Template for Human Resources Leaders | Gartner

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Many leaders promote diversity, equity, and inclusion (DEI) in their organizations. Yet they often struggle to make meaningful progress in DEI. Although there are various reasons DEI efforts lack impact, one fundamental barrier is an unclear DEI strategy, actions, and accountability. This Gartner resource provides CHROs and DEI leaders with a one-page editable template (p.7) …

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Gartner’s August HR Leaders Monthly on Human Leadership | Gartner

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Employees continue to think more intentionally about what they want from their work and other areas of life as part of what some have dubbed “The Great Reflection.” And while “leaders” can be categorized as “employees,” the focus on employee preferences often fails to emphasize that leaders are also re-prioritizing what they want from work and …

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