In the Media

Mentions & Appearances

What Would Sydney Do? The Road to Becoming a Superboss

Nov 10, 2020 // As a guest on the WWDD podcast, Sydney Finkelstein discusses his research examining the best business leaders in the world, the traits that make them great leaders, why developing talent is a common trait among them, and much more.
View at What Would Deepali Do?

5 Steps to Creating Learner-Centered Content on Social Media

Nov 18, 2020 // An article examining how to employ social media as a teaching tool highlights a Harvard Business Review article written by Sydney Finkelstein exploring how many of the best business leaders are also great teachers.
View at Entrepreneur

How You Can Be an Effective Finance Leader during Volatile Times

Oct 12, 2020 // As a guest on the CFO 4.0 Podcast, Sydney Finkelstein discusses how COVID has affected the lives of many finance leaders around the globe, how new finance leaders can make a great first impression, and much more.
View at CFO 4.0 Podcast

Deconstructing Buhari’s Priority Areas

Sep 08, 2020 // Mentions Sydney Finkelstein and his book, Think Again: Why Good Leaders Make Bad Decisions and How to Keep it from Happening to You, in an opinion piece examining the priorities of Nigerian President Muhammadu Buhari.
View at The Sun

How to Make a Culture of Lifelong Learning Stick in Your Business

Aug 11, 2020 // An article about how businesses can promote learning within their companies highlights research by Sydney Finkelstein examining “Teacher-Leaders”— managers that emphasize on-going, intensive one-on-one tutoring of their direct reports.
View at Forbes

Hidden Dangers of Investing in Zombie Companies

Jul 19, 2020 // Mentions research by Sydney Finkelstein exploring zombie companies—firms that don’t earn enough to cover interest payments and are kept alive in part by central banks.
View at CEO Magazine

Managing Talent

Jul 13, 2020 // Continued coverage of Sydney Finkelstein’s conversation with Knowledge@Wharton exploring how talent development and managing talent will be increasingly important in a post-COVID world.
View at The Economic Times

Why Nurturing Talent Will Help Companies Survive the Pandemic

Jun 29, 2020 // In a wide-ranging interview, Sydney Finkelstein discusses his research on the world’s best leaders, how the COVID-19 pandemic has impacted leadership, and more.
View at Knowledge@Wharton

Why Expertise Can Lead to Bad Decision-Making

May 07, 2020 // Features research by Sydney Finkelstein exploring the “expertise trap”— when specialists are so accomplished in their specific area that they develop blind spots that stop them from seeing new situations or coming up with innovative solutions.
View at European CEO

The Expertise Trap: When a Lot of Knowledge Is a Dangerous Thing

Mar 10, 2020 // Highlights research by Sydney Finkelstein examining the expertise trap and how it can be avoided. Finkelstein says that when someone becomes an expert in a given field they can become incurious, complacent, and overconfident.
View at Thrive Global

Goldman Sachs’ Outgoing HR Chief Says Any Leader Who Doesn't Wake up Every Morning Worried about Losing Top Talent Probably Isn't a Very Good Manager

Nov 05, 2019 // An article about how Goldman Sachs attracts and retains top talent highlights research by Sydney Finkelstein examining the traits of the best business leaders. Finkelstein finds that often the best managers recognize when it’s time to let go of a stellar employee who’s taking the next step in their career.
View at Business Insider

How Superbosses Lead Differently With Sydney Finkelstein

Oct 29, 2019 // “Spend the time to get to know your team members as persons, be genuinely interested in what they do. Help them develop skills,” says Sydney Finkelstein, discussing the skills and mindsets that define great leaders, as a guest on Loop Email’s “In the Loop” podcast.
View at Loop Email

Amy Jen Su on Being the Leader You Want to Be

Sep 30, 2019 // An interview with executive coach Amy Jen Su mentions Superbosses by Sydney Finkelstein.
View at Forbes

Here's What Elon Musk, Richard Branson, and 53 Other Successful People Ask Job Candidates during Interviews

Aug 22, 2019 // Mentions anecdotes from Superbosses by Sydney Finkelstein. One insight uncovered by Finkelstein is that superbosses are confident enough in their own abilities that they aren't worried about employees outshining them.
View at Business Insider

Colleagues, Community, Culture Are the “Location, Location, Location” of Satisfying Careers

Aug 21, 2019 // Mentions Sydney Finkelstein’s research examining the best managers in the world, which found that great bosses often encourage the success of future waves of talent.
View at Thrive Global

Simone Biles and the Power of Risk-Taking

Aug 16, 2019 // A leadership strategy article about the need to take risks cites Sydney Finkelstein’s June 2019 article in Harvard Business Review. “It’s important to push the limits of your comfort zone, even if there’s a danger you’ll fall on your face,” writes Finkelstein.
View at Forbes

Beware Those Employee Engagement Surveys—They Can Distract You from Your Career

Jul 15, 2019 // Highlights management research by Sydney Finkelstein which finds that the best managers are often those who take a personal interest in an employee’s present and future career goals.
View at Forbes

A Brief Exercise to Spur Innovation on Your Team

Jul 10, 2019 // “It’s easy for teams and organizations to fall into a pattern of reacting to change,” writes Sydney Finkelstein in an article about how to spur innovation. “But why can’t you be the aggressive, proactive ones? You can.”
View at Harvard Business Review

Coffee Tests and Jumbo Jets: Do Trick Questions in Interviews Drive the Best Talent Away?

Jun 11, 2019 // Features insights by Sydney Finkelstein about the unusual hiring practices of the world’s best managers, particularly Larry Ellison at Oracle.
View at Smart Company

Superbosses Playbook: Bureaucracy Busters

May 30, 2019 // “If excessive bureaucracy is slowing your team down, don’t simply enact reforms yourself — enlist your team to help solve the problem,” writes Sydney Finkelstein.
View at Better Humans