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

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 Dos and Don’ts and case studies that help illustrate her tips in action. 

Why even senior executives need a side hustle
By Dorie Clark

Think the gig economy is only for college kids or freelancers? Think again. In this HBR article, Dorie Clark makes a compelling case for why even senior leaders who want to stay in their steady corporate jobs should consider taking on a side job. From speaking to coaching to creating a new product or service, Clark offers five reasons why these and other endeavors can enhance your career. She writes, “Even if you love your job and keep it forever, a small dose of entrepreneurship can teach you new skills and enrich your perspective, making you that much more indispensable at work.” Download this article for her tips. 

Emotional intelligence: How to beat the stress and distraction cycle
By Kandi Wiens

Focus is a key to success. But for busy executives with overwhelming workloads, it can be hard to maintain. Kandi Wiens, author of this HBR article, writes, “When we can’t focus at work because of distractions, it may lead us to feel stressed about not being productive, which then causes us to focus less, further feeding the cycle. Unfortunately, most of us don’t notice our focus declining until we become completely overwhelmed.” Fortunately, emotional intelligence can help break this cycle. Wiens breaks down the critical EQ competencies you can employ to manage your stress and get your focus back. 

4 ways to get critical feedback from your team
By Ron Carucci

Just because you get a formal feedback review from your team at the end of the year doesn’t mean you are self-aware. In fact, the anonymous nature of a formal review process can obstruct genuine critique and cause further strain on relationships between leaders and followers, suggests Ron Carucci in this HBR report. Rather than wait until the annual feedback review, Carucci suggests four actions leaders can take to gain a better understanding of how they are truly perceived by their teams. Download this article for tips you can put into practice immediately to become a more self-aware leader. 

How to stop doubling down on your failing strategy
By Freek Vermeulen and Niro Sivanathan

“Escalation of commitment,” or holding on too long to a strategy that was once successful, is a common contributing factor in a company’s ultimate failure, according to Freek Vermeulen and Niro Sivanathan, authors of this HBR article. It can create reinforcing biases that can sway a leader’s judgment and cause them to ignore signals that their old business tricks are no longer working. But businesses can reduce their risk of falling into the escalation trap. Vermeulen and Sivanathan describe six practices to implement in the decision-making process that can help managers to more objectively and explicitly consider alternative strategies and perspectives.

15 top CIOs share wisdom on creating revenue
By Harvard Review Analytic Services

How do you please the CEO? Generate new revenue streams for the business. Abbie Lundberg interviews CIOs from organizations including CVS Health, GE, and Liberty Mutual, and explores their proven strategies. Get our Harvard Business Review Analytic Services study.

Download the full report: "Revenue-Generating CIOs: Smart Strategies to Grow the Business"

The Open Organization Guide to IT Culture Change
By The Open Organization

The pace of business is accelerating, and organizations are demanding more from their information technology teams. They need IT departments that act as hubs of innovation, not just cost centers.

In The Open Organization Guide to IT Culture Change, more than 20 contributors from open source communities, companies, and projects offer hard-won lessons and practical advice for creating a more open IT department—one that can deliver better, faster results and unparalleled business value. We invite you to download the guide now.

IT as the new strategic revenue driver
By The Enterprisers Project

Increasingly, IT leaders are being seen as revenue generators for their organizations. It’s by no means a new mandate, but it’s one that’s gaining steam as IT’s role takes on even more prominence in organizations. In this roundtable discussion, three leading IT executives share why they believe IT needs to shed the cost center mentality and become top-line producers. 

Competing for IT's most elusive resource: Talent
By The Enterprisers Project

Talent shortages in IT are nothing new. In fact, CIO Magazine devoted a special issue to the topic in the early 1990s. Even with recent technology slowdowns and whole layers of the IT stack being abstracted at a dizzying pace, the unemployment rate for most IT jobs remains close to zero. Skilled technologists are being recruited in the same way sports prodigies are, often after their first year of college. To look for solutions in this talent-constrained environment, The Enterprisers Project gathered four top IT executives from the Greater Atlanta area for dinner and an evening of conversation. Download the roundtable for the conversation highlights. 

Surviving the IT talent crisis
By Harvard Business Review Analytic Services

Surviving the IT talent crisis has become a critical component in a company's ability to compete and succeed in the digital economy. CIOs must collaborate with HR leaders to overhaul legacy approaches to finding, attracting, and retaining IT talent that is capable of keeping up with the demands of digital transformation, according to new research by Harvard Business Review Analytic Services.

Learn practical, actionable advice from CIOs and business leaders who are defining the new best practices for IT talent management. Download the full report: “IT Talent Crisis: Proven Advice from CIOs and HR Leaders.”

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