Top 5 Harvard Business Review articles of 2018

Top 5 Harvard Business Review articles of 2018

Check out these five thought-provoking HBR articles, curated especially for CIOs and IT leaders

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January 02, 2019

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. The five articles below were our most popular HBR articles featured in 2018, so we're bringing them back through the month of January.

Happiness traps: How we sabotage ourselves at work

In this article, author Annie McKee points out that “close to two-thirds of employees in the United States are bored, detached, or jaded and ready to sabotage plans, projects, and other people” in their jobs. She challenges the reader to question why there is so much chronic unhappiness at work. McKee examines the three most common happiness traps – ambition, doing what’s expected of us, and working too hard – and the three emotional intelligence competencies that can help employees break free from happiness traps and cast off an outdated mindset. 

Download: "Happiness traps: How we sabotage ourselves at work"

How to spot a machine learning opportunity, even if you aren’t a data scientist 

“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 that 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. 

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Emotional intelligence has 12 elements. Which do you need to work on? 

The best managers often have high levels of emotional intelligence, or EI. But a common misconception persists that EI is all about being kind, respectful, and sensitive to the needs of others. According to authors Daniel Goleman and Richard E. Boyatzis, that’s too narrow a definition. In order to excel, leaders need to develop a balance of strengths across the suite of 12 EI competencies. When leaders take the time to better understand their EI strengths and where they have room to grow, excellent business results will follow. This Harvard Business Review article provides more insight on this topic.

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What to do when you don’t feel valued at work

When you feel like your hard work isn’t appreciated or even noticed, key questions often arise. Such as – Am I good enough? Will I advance in this company? Should I move on? Before jumping ship, Rebecca Knight, author of this HBR article, suggests finding a few subtle ways to “toot your own horn” to get the recognition you deserve. She offers five ideas to try before looking for a new job. Download this article for Knight’s essential do's and don’ts and case studies that help illustrate her tips in action.

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How to control your emotions during a difficult conversation

If just the thought of initiating a tough conversation with a colleague or family member makes your palms sweat, try taking a new approach. In this article, Amy Gallo, a contributing editor at Harvard Business Review, explains why difficult conversations trigger our natural fight or flight response – and offers five simple tips that can help you keep your cool. These strategies not only benefit the person employing them, but also can make the conversation a little easier and more productive. From practicing mindfulness, to reciting a helpful mantra, to the importance of taking a break when conversations get heated, these practical tips are essential tools in building your emotional intelligence

Download: "How to Control Your Emotions During a Difficult Conversation"

Bonus: 2018 top research report

Transformation Masters: The new rules of CIO leadership

Are you leading by an outdated rulebook? To transform and compete in the face of disruption, top CIOs and CDOs – true transformation masters – are rewriting the rules of IT leadership. Download this report to learn their secrets for breaking down walls, resetting expectations, and leading in a completely new model.  

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Carla Rudder is a writer and content manager on The Enterprisers Project.

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