When Mentorship Crosses Cultures, Both Sides Learn


Jelena Zikic is an Associate Professor at York University. In her research and practice, she explores a combination of career and life transitions of diverse populations.

Everyone knows that mentoring relationships are one important avenue for professional learning. Young people are taught to seek out senior executives in their organization, function, industry, or geographical location who can help them learn the ropes, share knowledge, teach new skills, broaden their network and, in some cases, fast track their careers. Less talked about, but just as important, are the benefits and learning that mentors can derive from mentees. Continue reading

Stop Paying Executives for Performance

     
Dan Cable (top left) is professor of organizational behavior at London Business School.
Freek Vermeulen (top right) is an Associate Professor of Strategy and Entrepreneurship at the London Business School. He is the author of the book Business Exposed: The Naked Truth about What Really Goes on in the World of Business.

For chief executives and other senior leaders, it is not unusual for 60-80% of their pay to be tied to performance – whether performance is measured by quarterly earnings, stock prices, or something else. And yet from a review of the research on incentives and motivation, it is wholly unclear why such a large proportion of these executives’ compensation packages would need to be variable. First, the nature of their work is unsuited to performance-based pay. Continue reading

Why Biometrics Are Ready For Prime Time

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A Team Capital interview with Christopher Richard, CEO and Yves Chemla, CTO of United Biometrics on cybersecurity. United Biometrics recently obtained a European patent to secure its multi-biometric authentication platform for mobile and fixed devices.

“Apple and Samsung have already integrated the fingerprint identification on their mobiles,” says Christopher Richard. The CEO of United Biometrics sees this as the start of a new generation of cybersecurity. Continue reading

5 Emotional Mistakes That Destroy Teams

Teamwork is critical to success, but too many teams become dysfunctional when members don’t have proper emotional intelligence. By Will Yakowicz 

Will_Yackowicz_Portrait-_59790Success in our society is usually credited to the CEO, the president, the general, the hero who grew up an orphan and made it to the top all alone. Teamwork, though, is vastly underrated. If you want your company to be successful, you need to make sure your employees can function well together. Continue reading

The trouble with being too confident