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  Working remotely two to three days a week, the best option

Mireia Las Heras; Júlia Gifra Only 12% of workers want to work remotely every day. And when working remotely an optimal two to three times a week, employees' productivity and work quality are boosted by almost 20%, according to a new report. Read article

  The upsides of downward deference

Sebastian Reiche; Tsedal Neeley Leaders who find themselves out of their element can get ahead by deferring to subordinates. Here we explain how power can come from letting it go. Read article

  Your move: how chess gives strategies for life

IESE Insight Chess is enjoying a renaissance, as people search for new forms of escapism during lockdown. But for Robert Katende in Uganda, the game never went out of style. Indeed, it's his strategic tool to inspire people with hope of a better life. Read article

  CEOs on what they've learned after a year of COVID-19

IESE Insight How has the pandemic affected your industry? We asked CEOs in a variety of fields about how their leadership has changed after facing extraordinary challenges over the past 12 months. Each offers three hard-won pieces of advice. Read article

  5 characteristics of the new ideal worker

Mireia Las Heras; Nuria Chinchilla; Grau, Marc For organizations to thrive in the 21st century, the needs of the new ideal worker must be understood. That means grappling with questions of work-life balance, as well as gender and leadership, in a meaningful way. Read article

  Sabine Mueller: "Diversity and inclusion must be organizational cornerstones"

The CEO of DHL Consulting discusses digital readiness, resilience and agility, and says establishing a truly diverse and inclusive workplace will require a complete overhaul of how we currently do things. Read article

  Women on Spanish boards: 30% goal for IBEX-35 companies reached

Atrevia; IESE Women hold 31.2% of the board seats for Spain's most visible companies: members of its IBEX-35 index. For the rest of the country's listed companies, the figure falls to 22.9%, according to an annual study of women's representation on Spanish boards. Read article

  How to bring a playful mindset to work

Mireia Las Heras Would you like to enjoy your work more? Set goals, reframe tasks, compete with yourself, look for fun and experiment to keep improving. Those who manage to bring playfulness to work tend to be more creative and enjoy better relationships with colleagues and clients. Read article

  How to open up to fruitful conversation

Santiago Álvarez de Mon In his latest book, Santiago Álvarez de Mon encourages his readers to broach those important conversations that are still pending -- whether in a professional, personal or family realm. Read article

  How to design a hybrid sales strategy

Cosimo Chiesa, Íñigo Gallo Iñigo Gallo asks his colleague Cosimo Chiesa about three key building blocks of a hybrid sales strategy -- a strategy that has become a necessity in lockdown times and offers advantages once the current storm has cleared. Read article
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