5 must-read Harvard Business Review articles in February
Check out these five thought-provoking HBR articles, curated especially for CIOs and IT leaders
Each month, through our partnership with Harvard Business Review, we refresh our Business Library for CIOs with five new HBR articles we believe CIOs and IT leaders will value highly. These curated pieces are available now through the end of February.
Multiteaming, the organizational practice of having people assigned to multiple projects simultaneously, has its benefits – and its setbacks. Mark Mortensen and Heidi K. Gardner studied collaboration in hundreds of teams over the last 15 years and found that multiteaming is “practically ubiquitous” in today’s economy. In this Harvard Business Review article, they present several ways that both team and organizational leaders can anticipate the challenges of multiteaming and better capitalize on its many benefits.
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When it comes to mindfulness – in the workplace and in life – there’s a lot of hype. Daniel Goleman, author of this HBR article, “used the most rigorous scientific standards to sift through the sea of publications on mindfulness and other kinds of meditation” and found that a mere one percent of thousands of articles fit the gold standard for medical research. In these studies, Goleman found four real benefits of mindfulness. In this article, he dives into the business implications of each of these benefits and makes a strong case for why a meditation habit could pay off.
“Every company wants to be at the forefront of its industry and on the cutting edge of innovation. And for that, you need highly creative employees,” writes Emma Seppala in this Harvard Business Review article. Seppala spoke with innovative leaders across industries and found four key ways executives are putting creativity into practice. In this article, she shares their advice and tips for stepping out of your comfort zone, giving yourself room to think, learning about things beyond your niche, and identifying useful constraints.
In this Harvard Business Review article, Rebecca Knight explores how unconscious racism, ageism, and sexism play a role in the hiring process, and the key strategies leaders must employ to reduce these biases. Drawing from expert advice, Knight outlines critical, actionable steps to overcome bias, starting with awareness training and better job descriptions and extending throughout the interview process. She then presents two case studies that that exemplify these approaches in action. Download this article to learn more.
“Having an intuition for how machine learning algorithms work – even in the most general sense – is becoming an important business skill,” writes Kathryn Hume in this Harvard Business Review article. Hume makes the case that all business stakeholders should take responsibility for spotting AI opportunities, especially considering data scientists are in short supply at many companies. In this article, she provides a simple math equation and a step-by-step guide that anyone can use to determine where AI may be able to help.
CEOs increasingly want their IT teams to generate revenue for their organizations. In new research, Harvard Business Review Analytic Services interviewed 15 prominent CIOs who are using IT to drive revenue. In this report, you'll learn their strategies for turning IT into a revenue generator, including four essential skill sets.