Tsedal Neeley

Expert in Globalisation & Digital Transformation, Award Winning Author

why book tsedal?

  • Harvard Business School professor specialising in global leadership and virtual collaboration
  • Author of “Remote Work Revolution”, shaping the discourse on modern workforce dynamics
  • Renowned for research on technology’s impact on cross-cultural communication and organisational behavior

Biography

Tsedal Neeley is the Naylor Fitzhugh Professor of Business Administration, Senior Associate Dean of Faculty Development and Research Strategy, and Faculty Chair of the Christensen Center for Teaching and Learning at the Harvard Business School. Recognised as a Top Voice on LinkedIn in remote work and one of the 100 people transforming business who are innovating, sparking trends, and tackling global challenges by Business Insider, her work focuses on how leaders can scale their organisations by developing and implementing global and digital strategies. She regularly advises top leaders who are embarking on virtual work and large scale-change that involves global expansion, digital transformation, and becoming more agile.

She is the co-author of the book, The Digital Mindset: What It Really Takes to Thrive in the Age of Data, Algorithms and AI, which introduces the “30% rule”–the minimum threshold that gives us just enough digital literacy to understand and take advantage of the digital threads woven into the fabric of our world. Her book, Remote Work Revolution: Succeeding from Anywhere, provides remote workers and leaders with the best practices necessary to perform at the highest levels in their organisations. Her book, The Language of Global Success: How a Common Tongue Transforms Multinational Organisations chronicles the behind-the-scenes globalization process of a company over the course of five years. She has also published extensively in leading scholarly and practitioner-oriented outlets such as Academy of Management Journal, Organisation Science, Management Science, Journal of International Business, Strategic Management Journal and Harvard Business Review, and her work has been widely covered in media outlets such as CNBC, Bloomberg, BBC, CNN, Financial Times, NPR, the Wall Street Journal, and the Economist. Her HBS case, Managing a Global Team: Greg James at Sun Microsystems, is one of the most used cases worldwide on the subject of virtual work.

Tsedal has popular online courses including Remote Work Revolution for Everyone and Leading in a Remote Environment (with Ronald Heifetz). She co-chairs the executive offering, Leading Global Businesses, which helps top leaders develop emerging and mature market strategies in a global and increasingly digital economy. She also teaches extensively in executive programs such as the Harvard Business Analytics Program.

She has previously been the course head for the first-year required Leadership and Organisational Behaviour course in the MBA program that focuses on how to lead effectively; the curriculum addresses group behavior and performance, organisation design, change and how to align people behind a common vision.

Prior to her academic career, Tsedal spent ten years working for companies like Lucent Technologies and The Forum Corporation in various roles, including strategies for global customer experience, 360-degree performance software management systems, sales force/sales management development, and business flow analysis for telecommunication infrastructures. A sought-after speaker with extensive international experience, she is fluent in four languages. She holds a patent for her software simulation on global collaboration and is a member of Rakuten People & Culture Lab Advisory Board.

Tsedal is a recipient of the prestigious Charles M. Williams Award for Outstanding Teaching in Executive Education and the Greenhill Award for outstanding contributions to Harvard Business School (two-time recipient). She serves on the Board of Directors of Brightcove, Brown Capital Management, Harvard Business Publishing and the Partnership Inc.

Tsedal received her Ph.D. from Stanford University in Management Science and Engineering, specialising in Work, Technology and Organisations. Tsedal was named as one of the Top Management Thinkers in the World by Thinkers50, honoured as a Stanford Distinguished Alumnus Scholar and was a Stanford University School of Engineering Lieberman award recipient for excellence in teaching and research.

Topics

It’s About Leading a Global and Digital Inclusive Organisation

Inclusive is global. Divides in business are real: digital, linguistic, and cultural. When your business needs to work, thrive, and lead people who are different from each other, how do you make the most of your team’s differences? In this talk, Neeley will show the policies and practices that determine success (or not) when negotiating business divides. Professor Neeley also utilises case studies from Harvard Business School in her presentations.

Remote Work Revolution

The rapid and unprecedented changes brought on by Covid-19 have accelerated the transition to remote working, requiring wholesale migration of nearly entire companies to virtual work, leaving managers and employees scrambling to adjust. In this talk, Neeley will show organisations how to lead virtually, keep teams motivated, find the right digital tools, and maintain employees’ productivity.

The Language of Global Success

For nearly three decades, English has been the lingua franca of cross-border organisations. However, global businesses face daily challenges with linguistic and cultural misunderstandings. So what are the best corporate strategies for leading teams in linguistically and culturally diverse companies so they can thrive? In this talk, Neeley shares how organisations can integrate language and communication effectively to set up their teams for success.

Digital Transformation

Technology is constantly changing how we work. Digital transformation applies to everything a company does from how they strategically address and implement internal processes to interactions with customers to all lines of business and communication. In this talk, Neeley shares how organisations can lead through digital change while upscaling their workforce to prepare for future challenges. This interactive presentation also utilises case studies from Harvard Business School.

Diversity, Inclusion, and Your Business

The most diverse companies are the most innovative. Despite the benefits of diversity, many employees find themselves left behind when it comes to leadership roles and inclusion. In this moderated session, Neeley talks about what companies can do to implement cultural change so they can succeed and everyone can thrive.

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Resources

Books

Book Cover of Remote Work Revolution by Tsedal Neeley
Book cover of The Digital Mindset by Tsedal Neeley
Book cover of The Language of Global Success by Tsedal Neeley

testimonials

“Through examples and deeply researched insight, Remote Work Revolution details how to build and lead a culture of trust and inclusivity across distributed teams and time zones. It’s about what it takes to truly work together while being apart.”

Eric (CEO of LTSE)

“I often talk about the importance of trust when it comes to work: the trust of your employees, and building trust with your customers. This book provides a blueprint for how to build and maintain that trust and connection in a digital environment.”

Eric S. Yuan, Founder & CEO of Zoom

“Tsedal was brilliant and all you can ask for in terms of collaboration, content and performance!”

Spotify

“Neeley draws on her nearly 2 decades of research to answer the critical questions regarding how we best build productive and enjoyable virtual routines into our post-COVID-19 professional lives. Few of us are going to the way we worked. Read her book and begin to prepare for the other side of this pandemic now.”

Larry, CEO of GE