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Mentions & Appearances

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.
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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.
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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.
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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.
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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.
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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.
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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.
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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.
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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.”
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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.
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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.
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To Reduce Stress, Try Adopting the “Five ‘Ates” Approach

May 29, 2019 // Highlights research by Sydney Finkelstein which found that the best managers are also great delegators.
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Rise of the Next-Gen Bank CEO

Apr 30, 2019 // “There’s always been a lot of variation with respect to how CEOs treat people and how they think about employees,” says Sydney Finkelstein. “What’s changed is that those CEOs who spend less time on talent and people issues today are going to pay a bigger price than they ever did before.”
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Don’t Be Blinded by Your Own Expertise

Apr 19, 2019 // “When we begin to identify as experts, our outlook can narrow, both in daily work and in times of crisis,” writes Sydney Finkelstein in Harvard Business Review.
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Are You a Confident or Overconfident Boss? Here’s How to Tell

Feb 24, 2019 // Four questions to ask yourself to make sure cockiness isn’t interfering with your—and your team’s—performance.
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Fortune India

Feb 08, 2019 // Mentions Sydney Finkelstein in an article about the role a board plays in monitoring strategy, talent, and culture. In his book Superbosses, Finkelstein makes the case for giving talent and leadership succession highest priority for companies.
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What Kind of Boss Are You?

Feb 08, 2019 // An excerpt from The Superbosses Playbook, a new companion workbook to Superbosses, by Sydney Finkelstein. In the excerpt, Finkelstein illustrates how managers should approach hiring and working with subordinates that perform at their level, challenge them, or even outshine them.
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How to Be a Good Boss (That People Actually Want to Work For)

Jan 16, 2019 // Quotes Sydney Finkelstein in an article about how to treat employees and provide support. Finkelstein says that managers should focus on developing high potential employees by helping them be the best versions of themselves and leveraging their skills — without retention being the focus.
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3 Lessons Startups Can Learn From Silicon Valley

Nov 16, 2018 // Mentions Sydney Finkelstein in an article highlighting three lessons startups can learn from Silicon Valley success stories. One lesson is to focus on employee growth rather than retention, an idea Finkelstein espouses in his book, Superbosses.
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"Proud of the Work"

Nov 01, 2018 // In an interview with Harvard Business Manager, Sydney Finkelstein, the Steven Roth Professor of Management, discusses his book Superbosses, what makes a good leader, and how leaders can find success.
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