Featured Leadership Articles


An Executive Guide to the Summer 2019 Issue

MIT SMR‘s Summer 2019 issue takes a closer look at the cultural changes adopting AI may require.


Older and Wiser? How Management Style Varies With Age

As managers get older, they are more likely to work through others and focus on the big picture.


A New Era for Culture, Change, and Leadership

A new leadership model advocates organizations built on close relationships, openness, and trust.


Leading to a Better LIfe

AI Can Help Us Live More Deliberately

AI spares us from many mundane, time-consuming, nerve-wracking annoyances. The problem is, such annoyances play a key adaptive function by helping us learn to adjust our conduct in relation to the world around us. But AI designers can tackle that problem through system enhancements. By incorporating cognitive speed bumps, they can prompt users to engage in reflective thought rather than “outsourcing” cognitive, emotional, and ethical labor to software.

Let Your Mind Wander

Leisure time does two important jobs for us. Recharging is the obvious one. But it can also heighten our powers of creativity, given the cognitive benefits associated with letting our minds wander — and that gives us an edge over AI in the battle for jobs. Kellogg professor Adam Waytz makes this research-based argument in “Leisure Is Our Killer App,” the lead article in MIT SMR’s package on talent in a digital age. Check it out, along with the other pieces, in the fall issue of the magazine.


Performance Management


Does AI-Flavored Feedback Require a Human Touch?

Companies must choose whether humans or machines should get the last word on employee performance.


Performance Management for Successful Teams

This webinar discusses how to reduce bias in data-driven performance evaluation.


New Ways to Gauge Talent and Potential

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Digital tools are making the hiring process easier and more precise — despite their limitations.


Is HR Missing the Point on Performance Feedback?

HR’s move away from traditional performance reviews is a mistake that will backfire.


Communication in the Workplace


Employee Development

Train Your People to Think in Code

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The future of work will entail thinking not just analytically, but also algorithmically — so companies need to retrain workers for writing code, not formulas. Organizations that manage to make code the natural language for diffusing analysis across their organizations can often grow and innovate faster than their peers.

Career Management Isn’t Just the Employee’s Job

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Now that companies have replaced rigid hierarchies with flatter, more fluid structures to promote agile ways of working, they have also made it harder for employees to chart a path for growth and advancement. This challenge is also a concern for employers, who must — for the sake of engagement and retention — show high performers how they can progress within the organization. Analytics can help highlight opportunities for getting ahead.


Future of Work

Research on the ever-changing nature of leadership looks at the evolving mindsets and skills executives need to keep pace with changes in our fast-evolving world. Through a series of regular blogs and a forthcoming report and interactive experience, the research focuses on the specific attitudes and behaviors that distinguish the best leaders.

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Make Gender Equality a Value, Not a Priority

To make gender equality a reality, organizations need to shift their thinking about what it means to them — that is, to make it part of their company’s values and a permanent driver of culture rather than a mere priority that might change in time. Lessons can be learned from the energy sector, which saw a cultural shift take place around another crucial workplace issue: safety.