5 must-read Harvard Business Review articles in November

5 must-read Harvard Business Review articles in November

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

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Harvard Business Review Top 5 articles for October 2015

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 November.

How to make meetings a safe space for honest conversation

Transforming meetings from places your employees have to be into somewhere they want to be requires two key ingredients: permission and safety. When done right, giving permission and creating safety can increase the freedom, candor, and quality of conversation in meetings, says corporate trainer Paul Axtell. It might sound simple, but it’s tough to get this right. For instance, on permission, the biggest mistake leaders make is assuming it’s already there. In this article, Axtell provides prescriptive advice and specific words to use to ensure teams feel allowed to share and the psychological safety they need to open up. Download this article for advice you can apply immediately to have more productive, enjoyable meetings. 

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6 tips for running offsites that aren't a waste of time

While there’s no shortage of ideas for how to make team offsites fun – from ropes courses to escape rooms – what managers really need are tips for making offsites “sticky.” “Team strategy offsite meetings are expensive and time-consuming,” writes Melissa Raffoni. “While these events can provide a great environment for team building and alignment, such benefits can be short-lived and easily lost when team members move back into their day-to-day operations.” In this article, Raffoni provides six tips for making sure your next event has a lasting impact with your team – from stating an objective up front, to making sure the right people are there, to what you should do when the event wraps up. 

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Stop lying to job candidates about the role

Leaders know how important it is to find the best talent to fill job openings. However, they are also tasked with making their organization look like an attractive place to work – and the competition for talent is fierce in IT. This can lead some hiring managers to downplay the challenges the candidate may face in the role and paint a rosier picture than new hires might otherwise see if they accept the position. The hiring mistakes that follow are lose-lose for everyone involved. In this article, Atta Tarki and Jeff Weiss argue for truth and transparency in job recruitment. They provide questions to ask during the interview stage that will help both the employee and the candidate determine if the job is right for each individual. 

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How to help your team with burnout when you're burned out

In the event of an emergency, all airplane passengers to know secure their own oxygen mask before assisting others. Managers can apply this same protocol to addressing burnout – in themselves on their team. “As a manager, you want to do right by your employees and support them through intense work periods so they don’t get burned out. But this can be a challenge when you’re feeling overly stressed yourself,” writes Rebecca Knight. That’s why, in this article, Knight’s first tip for managers in this situation is to make their own health a priority. Beyond that, she shares six more suggestions for leaders to overcome burnout with empathy and compassion, along with some helpful do’s and don’ts for stressed out teams. 

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Keep your company's toxic culture from infecting your team

“Culture is an incredibly powerful driver of human thought and behavior. It tells us what’s sacred and profane, right and wrong, good and bad. It provides guardrails that keep us in line and ensure we think, say, and do the right thing,” writes Annie McKee. These rules can feel so powerful that they end up overshadowing other values and cultures we hold dear – like those of our families and communities. And when those cultural rules are toxic, it can create issues in all aspects of our lives, McKee says. In this article, she offers three signs of a toxic work culture – and what individuals in that culture can do to reclaim their personal values. 

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

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