33 HBR Blog Posts You Should Read Before 2013

’s editors have compiled a list of some of our — and your — favorite of the nearly 2000 we published in 2012.

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 ; 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
Maxwell Wessel

Who Cares If Samsung Copied Apple?
James Allworth

Which Best Practice Is Ruining Your Business?
Freek Vermeulen

How Introverts Can Become Better Innovators
Francesca Gino

Pig Wings: Creating Demand in a New Category
Eddie Yoon

Why We Can’t See What’s Right in Front of Us
Tony McCaffrey

It’s Still Tough to Get Hired (and to Quit)

I Won’t Hire People Who Use Poor Grammar. Here’s Why.
Kyle Wiens
(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
Anne Kreamer

How to (Finally) Quit Your Job

The Robots Coming for Your Job

The U.S. Needs to Make More Jobs More Creative
Roger Martin

We Contemplated Winning and Losing

Ten Reasons Winners Keep Winning, Aside from Skill
Rosabeth Moss Kanter

When My Business Failed
Dan Pallotta

J.C. Penney: Ditch the Risky Pricing Strategy
Rafi Mohammed

None of Us Thought We Got Enough Done

The Magic of Doing One Thing at a Time
Tony Schwartz
(The most-read post of the year.)

Boring Is Productive
Robert C. Pozen

The Responsiveness Trap
Sarah Green

Stop Email Overload
Amy Gallo

The Disciplined Pursuit of Less
Greg McKeown

We Sought Balance and Meaning in Our Work Lives

Making the Choice Between Money and Meaning
Umair Haque

Be Proud of Your Accomplishments, Not Your Affiliations
Daniel Gulati

Moving Around Without Losing Your Roots
Gianpiero Petriglieri

How to Attend a Conference as Yourself
Peter Bregman

Just How Powerful Are You?
Nilofer Merchant

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
Mark Roberge

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

What Does Nate Silver’s ‘80.9% Chance of Winning’ Mean, Anyway?
Justin Fox

Are Women Better Leaders than Men?
Jack Zenger and Joseph Folkman

It’s More Important to Be Kind Than Clever
Bill Taylor

Happy New Year, from all of us at HBR.


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