As usual, the topics that most preoccupied our authors and readers reflected our shared anxieties: the pressures exerted on our businesses by technology and the global economy — no end to economic uncertainty, the need to make sense of vast amounts of data, the problem and opportunity of disruptive innovation; as well as perennial personal worries — finding work that matters, never getting enough done.
We hope you’ll find some insights here you may have missed the first time around, and that they’ll help you make 2013 a productive and innovative year for your company and yourself.
Innovation, Especially the Disruptive Kind, Seemed as Difficult as Ever
Why Big Companies Can’t Innovate
Who Cares If Samsung Copied Apple?
Which Best Practice Is Ruining Your Business?
How Introverts Can Become Better Innovators
Pig Wings: Creating Demand in a New Category
Why We Can’t See What’s Right in Front of Us
It’s Still Tough to Get Hired (and to Quit)
I Won’t Hire People Who Use Poor Grammar. Here’s Why.
(This was by far the most commented-upon post of the year.)
Find a Job Using Disruptive Innovation
Jeff Dyer and Hal Gregersen
Looking for a Job When You’re No Longer Young
The U.S. Needs to Make More Jobs More Creative
We Contemplated Winning and Losing
Ten Reasons Winners Keep Winning, Aside from Skill
Rosabeth Moss Kanter
When My Business Failed
J.C. Penney: Ditch the Risky Pricing Strategy
None of Us Thought We Got Enough Done
The Magic of Doing One Thing at a Time
(The most-read post of the year.)
Boring Is Productive
Robert C. Pozen
The Responsiveness Trap
Stop Email Overload
The Disciplined Pursuit of Less
We Sought Balance and Meaning in Our Work Lives
Making the Choice Between Money and Meaning
Be Proud of Your Accomplishments, Not Your Affiliations
Moving Around Without Losing Your Roots
How to Attend a Conference as Yourself
Just How Powerful Are You?
And Obsessed About What We Could and Couldn’t Measure
Big Data’s Management Revolution
Erik Brynjolfsson and Andrew McAfee
The Science of Building a Scalable Sales Team
Leadership’s Full Measure
Chris Meyer & Julia Kirby
The Hard Science of Teamwork
Alex “Sandy” Pentland
The Analytics Lesson from the Obama Campaign
an interview with Andy McAfee by Sarah Green
Are Women Better Leaders than Men?
Jack Zenger and Joseph Folkman
It’s More Important to Be Kind Than Clever
Happy New Year, from all of us at HBR.