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Leading Teams

Racing to Win: The Conquest of the South Pole

Nancy F. Koehn | Posted 03.12.2014 | Business
Nancy F. Koehn

Last week, as 52 passengers were rescued from a ship stuck in Antarctic ice for 10 days, I was reminded of an earlier expedition to the dangerous, seductive and, at the time, largely unchartered continent of Antarctica: the race to discover the South Pole.

Rejection Is Critical for Success

Ron Ashkenas | Posted 06.06.2012 | Business
Ron Ashkenas

Rejection often triggers painful emotional doubts about our own competence, so we either try to avoid it or pretend that it doesn't matter. A more constructive approach is to remember that rejection can be beneficial.

The 'No Whining' Rule for Managers

Ron Ashkenas | Posted 01.30.2012 | Business
Ron Ashkenas

Given these basic human dynamics, most of which are unconscious, it's often easier to talk to colleagues about what somebody else is doing wrong. At worst we'll get sympathy. At best, we'll convince someone else to take care of the problem.

Teams That Only Think They Collaborate

Ron Ashkenas | Posted 07.27.2011 | Business
Ron Ashkenas

Like death and taxes, one of the inevitable realities of organizational life is the periodic "team challenge."