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Rethinking Your Gap Year

Rethinking Your Gap Year

A gap year between high school and college can be a great idea for some students. Yet traditional gap year activities like tr...

6/30/2020 | 9 minute read

How Can an Individual Fight Systemic Injustice?

How Can an Individual Fight Systemic Injustice?

As many of us look at the news today and see the injustices that are happening in our country—police brutality, environmental...

6/26/2020 | 6 minute read

Announcing New Graduate and Undergraduate Certificates, Online Courses for 2020-21

Announcing New Graduate and Undergraduate Certificates, Online Courses for 2020-21

This year has already brought with it immense change. As we continue to forge ahead, Harvard Extension remains committed to b...

6/25/2020 | 7 minute read

Planning for Tomorrow’s Disruption

Planning for Tomorrow’s Disruption

Successful leadership in today’s fast-moving, global environment will require cultivating creative, flexible, and resilient t...

6/24/2020 | 11 minute read

Meet the Secondary School Program Deans

Meet the Secondary School Program Deans

Summer programs are often the first taste of college for high school students. Upon entering, students are eager to connect w...

6/04/2020 | 9 minute read

How to Promote Gender Diversity in Leadership

How to Promote Gender Diversity in Leadership

The key to achieving gender parity at all levels of an organization is to ensure the success of women leaders in the earliest...

5/29/2020 | 12 minute read

Advice From Our 2020 Graduates

Advice From Our 2020 Graduates

Completing a degree at Harvard Extension is no easy feat. It takes immense dedication, sacrifice, and passion for your field....

5/29/2020 | 11 minute read

Summer Activities That Will Boost A College Application

Summer Activities That Will Boost A College Application

For rising juniors and seniors in high school, the prospect of heading off to college in a year or two can be very exciting. ...

5/15/2020 | 9 minute read

Managing Your Career Development in Uncertain Times

Managing Your Career Development in Uncertain Times

Despite the negative economic forecasts, empowering yourself to take ownership of your career can—and should—continue. When l...

5/14/2020 | 8 minute read

6 Strategies for Staying Productive During the COVID-19 Crisis

6 Strategies for Staying Productive During the COVID-19 Crisis

The COVID-19 crisis is forcing us all to stay in and go online. But staying productive and on task while studying at home can...

4/01/2020 | 10 minute read

Why Gender Equity in the Workplace is Good for Business

Why Gender Equity in the Workplace is Good for Business

A growing body of research indicates a strong correlation between gender equity and organizational success. Yet, it also poin...

3/27/2020 | 8 minute read

3 Books to Help You Become a Power Negotiator

3 Books to Help You Become a Power Negotiator

Ready to elevate your negotiation game? For recommendations, we turned to Maurie Kelly, a researcher and instructor who speci...

3/24/2020 | 2 minute read

What's the Scoop? Students Reflect On Their Summer School Experience

What's the Scoop? Students Reflect On Their Summer School Experience

Students chat in this video about the things they brought and the memories they are taking back after finishing school.

3/18/2020 | 3 minute read

What's the Scoop? Students Chat About Academics

What's the Scoop? Students Chat About Academics

Students share their intellectual interests and talk about the academic experience at Harvard Summer School while enjoying th...

3/18/2020 | 2 minute read

Going the Distance: Why Online Learning Works

Going the Distance: Why Online Learning Works

There's no debate that online learning has become a staple of higher education. And today's online courses encompass a wide r...

3/17/2020 | 9 minute read

How to Implement Creative Marketing Strategies at Your Organization

How to Implement Creative Marketing Strategies at Your Organization

Your company or organization is losing market share, and you need some fresh ideas to turn things around. Your team gathers i...

3/17/2020 | 7 minute read

3 Speeches to Inspire Your Own Public Speaking

3 Speeches to Inspire Your Own Public Speaking

Delivering a speech can cause even the most confident among us to break a sweat. But there are many strategies you can use to...

3/17/2020 | 4 minute read

3 Effective Strategies to Manage Workplace Conflict

3 Effective Strategies to Manage Workplace Conflict

We've all likely encountered conflicts in the workplace that affect our morale, limit our productivity, and may even lead us ...

3/17/2020 | 6 minute read

10 Tips for Improving Your Public Speaking Skills

10 Tips for Improving Your Public Speaking Skills

Snakes? Fine. Flying? No problem. Public speaking? Yikes! Just thinking about public speaking—routinely described as one of t...

3/17/2020 | 5 minute read

10 Emerging Skills for Professionals

10 Emerging Skills for Professionals

The professional world is always evolving, and today that evolution is largely spurred by advances in technology. Despite thi...

3/17/2020 | 8 minute read

Lifelong Learning: The Evolving Future of Higher Education

Lifelong Learning: The Evolving Future of Higher Education

Traditionally, a person could expect to work in the same field, using essentially the same skills, for 40 years. Today, howev...

1/23/2020 | 5 minute read

Active Learning Challenges Old Education Models

Active Learning Challenges Old Education Models

What you can expect from an active learning classroom, why the method benefits students, and how people can prepare for a vir...

10/01/2019 | 9 minute read

How to Improve Your Emotional Intelligence

How to Improve Your Emotional Intelligence

Today's in-demand skills are increasingly technical in nature. However, there's a corresponding need for the uniquely human a...

8/26/2019 | 12 minute read

Financing Your Education: Getting Started

Financing Your Education: Getting Started

It's a big step: returning to school. Especially if you're going back after several years in the workforce. What makes it eve...

5/22/2019 | 7 minute read

Using Your New Skills for Internal Job Mobility

Using Your New Skills for Internal Job Mobility

Going back to school to earn a degree or certificate is an exciting time. You get to build expertise and make new professiona...

4/29/2019 | 7 minute read

L&D for Middle Managers: Finding the Right Programs

L&D for Middle Managers: Finding the Right Programs

Middle managers are often the linchpins of an organization, relaying messages and communicating goals between executives and ...

4/26/2019 | 6 minute read

Future-Proof Job Skills: What Employees Need to Know

Future-Proof Job Skills: What Employees Need to Know

The Fourth Industrial Revolution is upon us. Are you ready for it? For people mid career, keeping job skills up to date has a...

4/12/2019 | 11 minute read

Business Applications for Artificial Intelligence: An Update for 2020

Business Applications for Artificial Intelligence: An Update for 2020

Discussion of artificial intelligence (AI) elicits a wide range of feelings. On one end of the spectrum is fear of job loss s...

3/18/2019 | 12 minute read

How to Set Goals and Achieve Balance—in and Outside the Classroom

How to Set Goals and Achieve Balance—in and Outside the Classroom

Many adults returning to school after a hiatus are managing multiple commitments. At first, it may seem impossible to achieve...

2/27/2019 | 8 minute read

What You Should Know When Considering a Graduate Program

What You Should Know When Considering a Graduate Program

Pursuing a graduate degree is a big commitment. Aside from the many practical considerations, the decision to earn a master's...

1/15/2019 | 7 minute read

How Students Balance Full-Time Work and School

How Students Balance Full-Time Work and School

Earning a degree is one way to get on a path toward a more gratifying career. But it presents a dilemma for those who need to...

1/07/2019 | 13 minute read

The Surprising Reason We Don’t Keep Our Resolutions (and How to Overcome It)

The Surprising Reason We Don’t Keep Our Resolutions (and How to Overcome It)

It’s that time of year again—when we channel our long-held aspirations into shiny New Year’s Resolutions. Filled with outsize...

1/07/2019 | 7 minute read

The Value of a Graduate Certificate

The Value of a Graduate Certificate

Graduate studies can open the door to a more fulfilling career. It can provide personal enrichment for people who want to exp...

12/18/2018 | 10 minute read

5 Strategies for Academic Success: Using Your Strengths

5 Strategies for Academic Success: Using Your Strengths

The start of the semester can be a hectic time. You’re juggling your career, classes, family, and friends. Deb Levy, a certif...

10/01/2018 | 8 minute read

Tips for How to Succeed as an Online Student

Tips for How to Succeed as an Online Student

Taking a single course, starting a degree program, or completing a graduate certificate? These helpful tips can help you succ...

8/23/2018 | 11 minute read

Challenges to Managing Virtual Teams and How to Overcome Them

Challenges to Managing Virtual Teams and How to Overcome Them

In theory, virtual teams give employers the chance to build a dream team without boundaries. For employees, it offers the fre...

8/23/2018 | 30 minute read

Summer Seminars at Harvard Summer School

Summer Seminars at Harvard Summer School

Whether you're a Harvard student staying near campus over the summer or you’re visiting from another university for an immers...

4/06/2018 | 3 minute read

Capturing the Summer School Experience on Video

Capturing the Summer School Experience on Video

"This environment—filled with excitement about education—expanded my view of politics, neurology, law, the Japanese language,...

1/18/2018 | 7 minute read

Developing My Interests and Study Skills

Developing My Interests and Study Skills

"Being here in the summer totally solidified the fact that I wanted to be here. I love Cambridge. I love the square. I love e...

12/04/2017 | 7 minute read

Introducing Handprints: A Net-Positive Approach to Sustainability

Introducing Handprints: A Net-Positive Approach to Sustainability

Let's take a deep breath and think about the big picture for a moment. Specifically, let's think about how our presence here ...

11/30/2017 | 6 minute read

Green Chemistry and the Future of Sustainability

Green Chemistry and the Future of Sustainability

In an era when toxic substances turn up in everything from our sofa cushions to packaged macaroni and cheese, chemistry has e...

10/18/2017 | 14 minute read

Thinking About Tomorrow to Prepare for Today

Thinking About Tomorrow to Prepare for Today

One need only reflect on a short list of nearly obsolete items—folding maps, camera film, VHS tapes—to consider how powerful ...

9/27/2017 | 4 minute read

Three Common Sales Management Challenges—and How to Approach Them

Three Common Sales Management Challenges—and How to Approach Them

The success of a sales organization depends on the quality of its leadership. Sales managers often need to juggle competing d...

6/20/2017 | 4 minute read

They Studied What?!?

They Studied What?!?

You know where these people are now, but do you know where they started? Take a look at where these A-listers hit the books.

3/21/2017 | 9 minute read

Where to Start with African American Literature: A Faculty-Curated List

Where to Start with African American Literature: A Faculty-Curated List

In honor of Black History Month, Harvard lecturer Giovanna Micconi discusses the importance of diverse literature and shares ...

2/16/2017 | 9 minute read

Be My Global Valentine: Expressions of Love Around the World

Be My Global Valentine: Expressions of Love Around the World

Te amo. Je t’aime. Ich liebe dich. Ti adoro. Ana Uhibbuka. Wo ai ni. We have a thousand ways to say "I love you"—and even mor...

2/09/2017 | 4 minute read

Inclusive Language in Four Easy Steps

Inclusive Language in Four Easy Steps

Today's workforce is diverse. Take a look at the country's most successful businesses, and it's unlikely you'll find cookie-c...

2/08/2017 | 7 minute read

Tackle this Semester with 5 Game-Changing Study Tips

Tackle this Semester with 5 Game-Changing Study Tips

Prepare for your most successful semester by mentally suiting up like a pro-athlete. Consider these five tips as a playbook f...

1/26/2017 | 3 minute read

4 Tips for Spotting a Fake News Story

4 Tips for Spotting a Fake News Story

The last few years have been newsworthy, to say the least. An unprecedented American election, Brexit, earthquakes, and outbr...

1/23/2017 | 9 minute read

3 Things to Know Before Setting a Goal

3 Things to Know Before Setting a Goal

Muhammad Ali once said, "What keeps me going is goals." But what keeps a goal going? Before setting an objective, it helps to...

1/10/2017 | 5 minute read

It’s Never too Late to Change Careers

It’s Never too Late to Change Careers

"New Year, new you. By 27 years old, I had a desk overlooking New York’s Soho neighborhood and an impressive client roster."

1/09/2017 | 10 minute read

Welcome Authenticity, Prepare for Innovation

Welcome Authenticity, Prepare for Innovation

There’s been a lot of chatter about authenticity in the workplace. Academic journals and business websites tout the importanc...

12/05/2016 | 6 minute read

6 Tips for Service Members Going Back To School

6 Tips for Service Members Going Back To School

Adam Fullerton, Marine Corps reservist, offers advice on how to pursue a degree as an active military officer or veteran. 

11/30/2016 | 7 minute read

Assessing Your Emotional Intelligence: 4 Tools We Love

Assessing Your Emotional Intelligence: 4 Tools We Love

What separates good performers from great performers in the workplace? While IQ and technical savvy contribute to success, ma...

11/18/2016 | 3 minute read

How Cyberspace is Transforming International Security

How Cyberspace is Transforming International Security

An expert explores the complexities cyber introduces in the national security landscape.

10/20/2016 | 17 minute read

The Perks of Procrastination

The Perks of Procrastination

For the procrastinators in our midst who often succumb to deadline-induced stress, it may be surprising to discover that proc...

10/19/2016 | 4 minute read

How to Use Real Estate Trends to Predict the Next Housing Bubble

How to Use Real Estate Trends to Predict the Next Housing Bubble

"The next major bust, 18 years after the 1990 downturn, will be around 2008, if there is no major interruption such as a glob...

10/18/2016 | 12 minute read

Exposing Bias: Race and Racism in America

Exposing Bias: Race and Racism in America

"If I can inspire deep critical thinking on some of these issues, if I can get people to think more like a social scientist o...

10/18/2016 | 19 minute read

Forget Work Perks. Millennial Employees Value Engagement.

Forget Work Perks. Millennial Employees Value Engagement.

The future is here: millennials have taken over the workforce. They are tech savvy, adaptable, and creative. But they also ha...

9/26/2016 | 10 minute read

3 Ways to Boost Productivity with a Morning Ritual

3 Ways to Boost Productivity with a Morning Ritual

Our bodies have limited reserves for fueling our productivity. Studies have shown that when our energy and self-control are d...

9/21/2016 | 4 minute read

Fall into Healthy Habits After Summer

Fall into Healthy Habits After Summer

Here at Harvard, summer is coming to a close. As the season changes, daylight disappears sooner, corduroys replace swimsuits,...

9/21/2016 | 8 minute read

Harvard Summer: A Photo Essay

Harvard Summer: A Photo Essay

Brent is earning a master's degree at Harvard Extension School. He lives in Austin, Texas, and comes to Cambridge periodicall...

9/15/2016 | 7 minute read

Solving the Problem with Problem-Solving Meetings

Solving the Problem with Problem-Solving Meetings

Your team is facing a complex problem. So you gather everyone for a meeting, only to spend hours disagreeing on the ideal sol...

9/15/2016 | 7 minute read

5 Books for Aspiring Consultants

5 Books for Aspiring Consultants

In the spirit of back-to-school, we've curated several professional reading lists that will be featured throughout the next m...

9/15/2016 | 3 minute read

10 Soft Skills Every IT Professional Should Develop

10 Soft Skills Every IT Professional Should Develop

Even in the most technical fields today, soft skills are in high demand. In fact, a Harris poll of hiring managers revealed t...

9/14/2016 | 11 minute read

A Day in the Life of a Secondary School Program Student

A Day in the Life of a Secondary School Program Student

Michelle Tong spent her childhood in the Boston area, while her parents studied at Harvard and MIT. So when she began looking...

9/14/2016 | 10 minute read

How to Effectively Curate Your Career

How to Effectively Curate Your Career

From news to entertainment to social media personas, we are constantly curating the world around us to reflect and refine our...

8/26/2016 | 6 minute read

Father and Son Reflect on Summer School Experiences

Father and Son Reflect on Summer School Experiences

"This program taught me how to adapt to a more rigorous course load, which has been really helpful for my high school experie...

8/10/2016 | 7 minute read

Why Marketers Should Start Thinking Like Designers

Why Marketers Should Start Thinking Like Designers

The greatest challenge for marketers today is keeping customers engaged. It's no longer enough to build awareness. You need t...

7/29/2016 | 4 minute read

How to Lead Successful Innovation: Lessons from Experts

How to Lead Successful Innovation: Lessons from Experts

Your firm's ability to innovate again and again is critical to its success—just as it has been for Intuit, Apple, Google, and...

7/29/2016 | 12 minute read

Why Consultants Value the Balanced Scorecard

Why Consultants Value the Balanced Scorecard

Revenue numbers may speak to the current health of a company, but assessing qualitative factors like employee morale and cust...

7/19/2016 | 1 minute read

What Could Go Wrong? How to Manage Risk for Successful Change Initiatives

What Could Go Wrong? How to Manage Risk for Successful Change Initiatives

Every change initiative comes with inherent risk. But too often we shy away from exploring the potential pitfalls at the outs...

7/12/2016 | 6 minute read

A Checklist for Building High-Performing Teams

A Checklist for Building High-Performing Teams

To build high-performing teams today, managers must have a comprehensive understanding of the gaps they're trying to fill for...

6/24/2016 | 2 minute read

Highlights from Opening Weekend

Highlights from Opening Weekend

With suitcases and sunscreen in tow, over 2,600 students from around the world arrived on campus for Harvard Summer School's ...

6/22/2016 | 3 minute read

Learning to Speak the Language of Computer Science

Learning to Speak the Language of Computer Science

Cloud computing, technology stack, agile development, encryption. As a business leader, you've discussed projects and initiat...

6/17/2016 | 4 minute read

Four Steps to an Effective Innovation Process

Four Steps to an Effective Innovation Process

For any growth company, the process of innovation can be both exciting and daunting. Your team has no shortage of ideas, but ...

6/14/2016 | 2 minute read

Struggling to Engage Your Audience? Be Inclusive

Struggling to Engage Your Audience? Be Inclusive

One of the easiest ways to bond with your audience is to use inclusive pronouns like we, our, and us—instead of you and your.

5/31/2016 | 2 minute read

7 Essential Items for Your Summer at Harvard

7 Essential Items for Your Summer at Harvard

You've registered for your course, submitted your housing request, and now you're ready to pack your bags for your summer in ...

5/16/2016 | 4 minute read

Divergent vs. Convergent Thinking: How to Strike a Balance

Divergent vs. Convergent Thinking: How to Strike a Balance

We've all seen this happen: an idea is placed on the table, and immediately our analytical lens zeros in—we don't have the bu...

5/10/2016 | 2 minute read

Create the Road Map to Your Academic—and Social—Success

Create the Road Map to Your Academic—and Social—Success

"Before you begin your journey at Harvard Summer School, here are some 'travel tips' that my clients and students have found ...

4/19/2016 | 3 minute read

How Self-Awareness Makes You a Better Manager

How Self-Awareness Makes You a Better Manager

Becoming a truly effective manager requires a great deal of self-reflection, observation, and growth.

3/08/2016 | 4 minute read

Far from Home: My Journey to Harvard from Dubai

Far from Home: My Journey to Harvard from Dubai

"I initially signed up for a physics course, but in the first class I knew it wasn't for me. I found that computer science wa...

2/17/2016 | 4 minute read

Cut the Clutter: 17 Phrases to Omit from Your Writing Today

Cut the Clutter: 17 Phrases to Omit from Your Writing Today

You may believe that only journalists, novelists, and other writing professionals should concern themselves with honing their...

2/04/2016 | 7 minute read

6 Tips to Start Your Semester Off Right

6 Tips to Start Your Semester Off Right

Maintaining a balance between work, school, and life is important – especially when getting back into the classroom.

1/22/2016 | 6 minute read

A Summer with Faculty, Friends, and Fireworks

A Summer with Faculty, Friends, and Fireworks

"I feel like this experience really prepared me for college. It was just the right combination of school and fun!" said Maddi...

12/17/2015 | 5 minute read

To Conquer Stress: Manage Mood, Mindset, and Sleep

To Conquer Stress: Manage Mood, Mindset, and Sleep

In this article life coach Deb Levy explores three keys to success during stressful times. Levy is the principal of Coaching ...

12/14/2015 | 4 minute read

Make Your Speech All about the Audience

Make Your Speech All about the Audience

The key to delivering a successful speech is showing your audience members that you care about them. You don't want listeners...

11/30/2015 | 8 minute read

Summer Jobs for Harvard Students

Summer Jobs for Harvard Students

Every summer, Harvard Summer School recruits Harvard undergraduate and graduate students to enhance the experience of more th...

11/24/2015 | 5 minute read

Striking a Strong Balance

Striking a Strong Balance

"The most enriching part was just having that Harvard college experience—to be on the campus of a school that’s so highly pra...

11/09/2015 | 6 minute read

Why Cybersecurity Skills Are in Demand

Why Cybersecurity Skills Are in Demand

Technology instructors and experts Scott Bradner and Benoit Gaucherin explain the growing problem of cybersecurity and the pu...

10/30/2015 | 8 minute read

What Kind of Problem Solver Are You?

What Kind of Problem Solver Are You?

Today's professionals are under pressure to keep the ideas coming and to deliver new products, services, and organizational c...

10/16/2015 | 8 minute read

10 Tips for Responsibly Borrowing Via Student Loans

10 Tips for Responsibly Borrowing Via Student Loans

If you’re thinking about returning to school, you may have concerns about how best to finance your education. There’s no deny...

10/07/2015 | 6 minute read

How to Adopt a Coaching Mentality and Practice

How to Adopt a Coaching Mentality and Practice

As the famous adage goes, people leave bosses not companies. As a manager, you may excel at directing projects, solving probl...

9/18/2015 | 5 minute read

Managing When Cultural Differences Are Invisible

Managing When Cultural Differences Are Invisible

As globalization marches on, experts are lining up to help us understand foreign cultures. But the advice often hovers on the...

8/20/2015 | 6 minute read

Students Reflect on the Inaugural Harvard Pre-College Program

Students Reflect on the Inaugural Harvard Pre-College Program

During summer 2015, high school students from around the country participated in Harvard Summer School's first ever Pre-Colle...

8/18/2015 | 6 minute read

8 Ways to Enjoy a Harvard Summer

8 Ways to Enjoy a Harvard Summer

Already dreaming about summer? Check out the ways you can leave your winter woes behind with a memorable summer at Harvard.

7/31/2015 | 8 minute read

A History of Harvard in Symbols

A History of Harvard in Symbols

Guest post by Christina Hodge, senior curatorial assistant at the Peabody Museum and Summer School instructor of Icons: A Mat...

7/31/2015 | 7 minute read

7 Tips to Survive Organic Chem

7 Tips to Survive Organic Chem

Are you ready to learn a year's worth of organic chem in seven short, glorious weeks? Organic Chemistry is a substantial, yet...

7/31/2015 | 8 minute read

3 Tips to Prepare for Life After College

3 Tips to Prepare for Life After College

Arguably, the main purpose of college or university is to prepare yourself for a career. But sometimes undergraduates can stu...

7/31/2015 | 3 minute read

Take a Chance: Advice for Future Harvard Summer School Students

Take a Chance: Advice for Future Harvard Summer School Students

Guest post by Hanne Twedt Berli, 2013 and 2014 Summer School student.

7/31/2015 | 9 minute read

How to Find a College Prep Program or High School Internship

How to Find a College Prep Program or High School Internship

High school students today face real challenges as they prepare for the future. Admission to college and entry into the workf...

7/31/2015 | 4 minute read

Helping Transform Healthcare in Kenya

Helping Transform Healthcare in Kenya

Natalie Doyle attended the Harvard Summer Program in Kisumu, Kenya, in 2012 when she was a 21-year-old Harvard College studen...

7/31/2015 | 4 minute read

The 3 Lies of Harvard

The 3 Lies of Harvard

The John Harvard statue is a mainstay of Harvard Yard. Every day, students rub his toe on their way to class, hoping that it ...

7/31/2015 | 3 minute read

What's the Scoop ... About the Summer School Community?

What's the Scoop ... About the Summer School Community?

Ice cream and summertime go together like two peas in a pod. So what better way to get to know students on campus but over th...

7/31/2015 | 2 minute read

What's the Scoop? Faculty Discuss Their Academic Passions

What's the Scoop? Faculty Discuss Their Academic Passions

Faculty share how they discovered their interest in the subject they now teach, and why they enjoy teaching Summer School stu...

7/31/2015 | 2 minute read

Tools and Strategies for Succeeding as a Distance Student

Tools and Strategies for Succeeding as a Distance Student

Degree program admissions director Kimberly Parke and several Extension School alumni explain the benefits and challenges of ...

7/29/2015 | 13 minute read

Making Change Happen: Five Keys to Driving Successful Change Initiatives

Making Change Happen: Five Keys to Driving Successful Change Initiatives

Organizations of all types initiate change for good reasons. From the C-suite to the front lines, people and teams figure out...

7/27/2015 | 6 minute read

Emotional Intelligence Is No Soft Skill

Emotional Intelligence Is No Soft Skill

Despite a bevy of research and best-selling books on the topic, many managers still downplay emotional intelligence as a "tou...

7/06/2015 | 10 minute read

How to Ace an Interview

How to Ace an Interview

An interview can be a nerve-wracking experience. In this video, Linda Spencer, associate director the Office of Career Servic...

5/08/2015 | 11 minute read

5 Tips for Changing Careers

5 Tips for Changing Careers

Considering a career change can be daunting. Linda Spencer, associate director of the Office of Career Services, provides fiv...

5/08/2015 | 7 minute read

How to Communicate More Effectively in the Workplace

How to Communicate More Effectively in the Workplace

Anyone who has collaborated with colleagues on a group project knows just how hard it can be to share and receive ideas. To m...

5/04/2015 | 5 minute read

Successful Social Media Marketers Focus on Customer Needs

Successful Social Media Marketers Focus on Customer Needs

In the digital marketing arena, the adage "content is king" has become a mantra. But it's no longer enough to create fresh, c...

4/02/2015 | 8 minute read

Mastering the Basics of Communication

Mastering the Basics of Communication

Every good leader has something to say. Yet, many of us don't take the time to polish and shape how we communicate those idea...

2/25/2015 | 6 minute read

4 Ways Creative Thinking Drives Professional Success

4 Ways Creative Thinking Drives Professional Success

"We are going to reimagine every unloved product in people’s lives!" That's the line that yielded the equity the founders of ...

1/26/2015 | 6 minute read

Preparing for Graduate School with Summer Study at Harvard

Preparing for Graduate School with Summer Study at Harvard

Preparing for graduate school? By carefully selecting your Harvard Summer School courses and taking advantage of University r...

7/31/2014 | 3 minute read

Gender Inequality and Women in the Workplace

Gender Inequality and Women in the Workplace

Women have made great strides in the workplace, but inequality persists. The issue of equal pay is still a hot-button topic. ...

7/31/2014 | 5 minute read

Top Skills Every PR Professional Should Have

Top Skills Every PR Professional Should Have

Communications professions are more dynamic today than they have ever been. And with the shifting media landscape, the pletho...

7/31/2014 | 5 minute read

Are You Competitive or Accommodating as a Negotiator?

Are You Competitive or Accommodating as a Negotiator?

Do you tremble with fear at the thought of asking for a raise? Or do you get an adrenaline rush when you think about going he...

5/21/2014 | 5 minute read

4 Financial Concepts Every Manager Should Know

4 Financial Concepts Every Manager Should Know

When you understand a company's functioning, you are in a better position to succeed in either a vertical or horizontal caree...

4/16/2014 | 2 minute read

Innovation Strategy: 4 Key Tactics of Top Growth Companies

Innovation Strategy: 4 Key Tactics of Top Growth Companies

What can we learn about innovation and growth from the most successful growth companies? Global competition and a weak econom...

1/23/2014 | 10 minute read

How to Recognize & Improve Your Default Public Speaking Settings

How to Recognize & Improve Your Default Public Speaking Settings

Every time you deliver a speech, you are, in fact, leading. Whether you are a student, an executive, a politician, or a profe...

12/04/2013 | 6 minute read

Want to Be a Stronger Leader? Challenge Your Assumptions

Want to Be a Stronger Leader? Challenge Your Assumptions

The most successful leaders ask a lot of questions. Purposeful inquiry can open minds to new opportunities, ideas, and soluti...

10/10/2013 | 2 minute read

Creating a Positioning Statement? Position the Problem, Not The Product

Creating a Positioning Statement? Position the Problem, Not The Product

Positioning is arguably the most critical element of company strategy. Before you can win business with customers they need t...

8/01/2013 | 4 minute read

The Paradox of Leadership

The Paradox of Leadership

According to a recent survey, there are more than 15,000 books on leadership in print. Articles on leadership number in the t...

7/03/2013 | 3 minute read

Product Development Should Focus on Customer Needs

Product Development Should Focus on Customer Needs

As an advisor to mid-size companies, I continue to be struck by how few leaders make it a strategic priority to talk with the...

4/04/2013 | 5 minute read

Customer Needs Should Drive Innovation

Customer Needs Should Drive Innovation

In the middle ages, theologians debated the number of angels that could dance on the head of a pin. In the modern era, entrep...

2/19/2013 | 4 minute read

Six Words to Boost Your Creativity

Six Words to Boost Your Creativity

Contrary to popular belief, creativity is not a talent given to a select few. It is a process and a set of learnable skills. ...

1/17/2013 | 2 minute read

Tips on Public Speaking: Eliminating the Dreaded "Um"

Tips on Public Speaking: Eliminating the Dreaded "Um"

It is difficult for me to watch political speeches. After all, I know that I am going to hear one alarming word over and over...

10/22/2012 | 5 minute read

A Strategic Approach to Managing Yourself and Others

A Strategic Approach to Managing Yourself and Others

Albert Einstein once said, "Politics is more difficult than physics." The same might be said of the practice of management.

9/04/2012 | 3 minute read

How to Write a Great Resume and Cover Letter

How to Write a Great Resume and Cover Letter

What makes a great résumé and cover letter? Linda Spencer, associate director and coordinator of career advising at Harvard E...

7/17/2012 | 3 minute read

6 Tools Every Business Consultant Should Know

6 Tools Every Business Consultant Should Know

Business experts have a number of tools at hand to analyze company performance. Here are six frameworks that consultants and ...

1/31/2012 | 5 minute read

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