5 must-read Harvard Business Review articles in January

5 must-read Harvard Business Review articles in January

Check out our most popular HBR articles from 2019

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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. The curated pieces below were the most popular HBR articles that we shared with our readers in 2019. 

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

One of the big traps of emotional intelligence is believing that as long as you are kind, respectful, and sensitive to the needs of others, you will excel in your career. While those traits are indeed important, it’s too narrow a definition of emotional intelligence, according to authors Daniel Goleman and Richard E. Boyatzis. Goleman and Boyatzis outline 12 competencies of emotional intelligence and argue that leaders must work to develop a balance of strengths across them all – from empathy and self-awareness to influence and teamwork. When all 12 characteristics are in harmony, excellent business results will follow, they claim. Download this Harvard Business Review article for their advice.

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How to motivate yourself when you're just not feeling work

Effective self-motivation sets high-achieving professionals apart, but most people struggle with this from time to time. Maybe you've been hitting "snooze" on an achievable goal for a while now. One reason it’s tricky: Motivation is highly personal. What works for you may not work every time – and may not work at all for someone else. However, after 20 years of research into human motivation, Ayelet Fishbach and her team uncovered four sets of tactics that work for most people, most of the time. In this Harvard Business Review article, Fishbach digs into each of these tactics – and how you can use them to make self-motivation a consistent part of your day-to-day.

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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. In this article, 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.

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How to manage disorganized people

“Even if you’re not the type of person with a tidy desk and an ordered to-do list, it can be frustrating – not to mention stress-inducing – to manage someone who’s disorganized,” writes Rebecca Knight in this Harvard Business Review article. Beyond a minor annoyance, disorganized employees could cause problems, such as by missing deadlines, making a bad impression on customers, or burdening co-workers. Through interviews with author Elizabeth Grace Saunders and HBR professor Linda Hill, Knight outlines their advice for managers in the form of seven practical strategies for handling disorganized employees with empathy and understanding. Knight also shares examples of these do’s and don’ts in action. Download the article to learn more.

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How to read the room before a meeting or presentation

What do you do before a big presentation? Get some water, go over your notes, check the slides one last time, etc. – right? As important as these last-minute preparations are, experts suggest you should also tune into what’s happening in the audience: Their sidebar conversations, facial expressions, posture, and body language can speak volumes about whether your big meeting or presentation will sink or swim. In this article, Rebecca Knight highlights five ways speakers can more accurately read the room and set themselves up for a successful talk or event. Download this article for tangible do’s, don’ts, and case studies that demonstrate Knight’s practical tips in action.

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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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