5 must-read Harvard Business Review articles in December

5 must-read Harvard Business Review articles in December

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

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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 December.

8 ways leaders delegate successfully

Delegating can have a huge impact on productivity, morale, and team commitment. Yet leaders at all levels struggle with this skill. They may resist handing off responsibilities they’ve owned for years. Or they might think delegating is taking the lazy route. Or perhaps they never learned how to delegate in the first place, points out Deborah Grayson Riegel in this HBR article. The fix for leaders is to first understand where their resistance comes from, then take steps to shift their behaviors. In this article, she outlines eight best practices of leaders who delegate successfully. Download for tips you can begin to use today.

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The wrong ways to strengthen culture

Improving organizational culture is a monumental challenge for leaders – one they are willing to spend an average of $2,200 on per employee each year, according to a recent study by Gartner. But no matter how many consultants, surveys, and workshops they bring in, their efforts are thwarted by three common missteps. This article from Harvard Business Review dives into each of these mistakes – from using “squishy” language to describe culture, to measuring culture change efforts with data alone. The article also includes a Q&A with Oscar Rivera, the first-ever chief culture officer for CMI, about the challenges of changing a culture of 37,000 employees – and how he measured the success of his efforts.

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3 questions hiring managers want you to answer

In this article, Art Markman pinpoints one of the most frustrating aspects of job hunting: “Even though your application materials reflect your lifetime of experience, a few hours of interaction with a recruiting team often ends up being the determining factor in whether you actually get hired,” he writes. Markman’s advice is to go into the interview prepared to answer the questions they may not overtly ask, but undoubtedly want to know. What will it be like to work with you? Can you learn? Do you take initiative? He offers helpful tips on how and when to address each of these questions throughout the interview – and how you can address prospective employers’ concerns before they even have them.

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Digital doesn’t have to be disruptive

Most business leaders believe they need digital transformation, but they struggle to grasp what they means for their company and how to turn it into an action plan. Without clear answers, it’s easy to assume that digital transformation must involve a radical disruption of the business, complete with significant new investments in technology, the acquisition of tech start-ups, and other huge initiatives. This is a myth, according to the authors of this HBR report, Natan Furr and Andrew Shipilov. Rather than “out with the old, in with the new,” succeeding in this era is more about “transforming the core using digital tools and discovering and capturing new opportunities enabled by digital,” they write. Download this article for insights and real-world examples from their work with more than 60 companies and senior business leaders.

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3 simple habits to improve your critical thinking

A lack of critical thinking can cause leaders to jump to their first conclusions, neglect opposing viewpoints, or make hasty decisions simply because they are simply not thinking through pressing issues. Improving your critical thinking can have a significant impact on your business and in your career – and, fortunately, anyone can get better at this skill. In this article, Helen Lee Bouygues teaches readers how to deliberately improve three critical thinking skills: how to question assumptions, reason through logic, and diversify thought. Download this article for her practical tips.

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Executive's guide to real-world AI

Is your company ready and willing to pursue artificial intelligence? New research from Harvard Business Review Analytic Services explains how to move past the hype and lay a true foundation for AI. Featuring interviews and case studies from top technology executives at companies including Adobe, 7-Eleven, Bayer Crop Science, Caesar's Entertainment, Capital One, Discover, Equifax, and Raytheon, this report will arm you with practical examples of how you can get started with AI and begin building an advantage over your competitors.  

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