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Recruiters Explain What The Worst LinkedIn Profiles Have In Common

Recruiters and hiring managers need to find your profile in the first place. Then they need to like what they see there.<p>Recruiters spend lots of time combing through LinkedIn profiles—possibly more than many would like. After awhile, they can start to blend together, which means that whatever you …

Airport Immigration Check Using Facial Recognition? Passports To Be Replaced With New Technology In Australia By 2019-2020

Australia’s international airports are in the process of automating 90 percent of air traveler processing by 2020 by implementing facial recognition …

6 Common Homebrew Myths with Denny Conn

<b>It was the best of times, it was the worst of times, it was the age of wisdom, it was the age of foolishness…</b>Although Charles Dickens was talking …

Beer

Oil price crash could get even worse in 2016

The epic oil crash could end next year. But before prices start climbing higher, they could go even lower.<p>It's been a catastrophic 18 months for crude oil, which has suffered a dramatic 68% plunge due to a massive supply glut. Oil fell to a fresh seven-year low below $34.50 a barrel on Friday.<p>The …

Oil

Five principles for great interface copywriting – GV Library

For many technology companies, design is mysterious. So when I work with startups, I try to demystify design by talking about processes and skills. …

Focusing on Customers: Three Reasons You Need an Experience Strategy | Mad*Pow

Contemplating the potential of a great product, service or process? Is there an opportunity for our organization to be better? Would change have a …

Customer Experience

When It’s OK to Ignore Feedback

TOM EVERSLEY<p>If we never listen to feedback, we’ll never improve. That’s certainly true, but in a world where everyone has an opinion (whether it’s about Hillary Clinton’s wardrobe or Ellen Pao’s leadership style), who should you actually listen to?<p>Over the past several months, I’ve appeared on more …

The Ultimate UX Design of the Perfect CTA Button

You're reading The Ultimate UX Design of the Perfect CTA Button, originally posted on Designmodo. If you've enjoyed this post, be sure to follow on …

Design

Setting the Record Straight on Negotiating Your Salary

You got the job. Now you’ve just got to settle the details, in particular how much you’ll get paid. If you’re like many people this gives you a pit in your stomach and sends you straight to the Internet (or a friend or a mentor) for advice. Are you supposed to negotiate no matter what they offer? …

3 Improv Exercises That Can Change the Way Your Team Works

What can leaders learn from improv comedians?<p>For five decades, The Second City comedy theatre and school of improvisation has been a launch pad for the leading comic performers of our times, from Alan Arkin to John Belushi, Gilda Radner to Tina Fey, and Steve Carell to Stephen Colbert, and many …

Avoiding Decision Paralysis in the Face of Uncertainty

The best leaders know how to keep moving forward in ambiguous situations. Whether it’s a shifting industry or a PR emergency, they’re expected to make decisions even in extremely uncertain circumstances.<p>For instance, when Brian Cornell took over as CEO of Target last year, he inherited several …

How Self-Service Kiosks Are Changing Customer Behavior

Soon, you may be able to walk into a McDonalds, tap your order on a “Create Your Taste” touch screen, and receive a burger adjusted to your specifications. Avocado and shaved parmesan on your sandwich? No problem.<p>McDonalds isn’t the first fast food chain to consider giving customers more control …

Ten Guidelines To Improve The Usability And Accessibility Of Your Site

Despite their differences, usability and accessibility sometimes go hand-in-hand. The World Wide Web Consortium defines accessibility as an …

We Need To Stop Pretending Work-Life Balance Is A Woman's Issue

It’s time for everyone to come out of the closet.<p>Not that closet. I’m talking about the white-collar trap where those of us who wish to have lives outside of the office hide our true feelings and instead fake like we’re working all the time. Most of us have a foot in that closet, pretending to some …

The Technology Trends That Matter to Sales Teams

The convergence of mobile, analytics, context-rich systems, and the cloud, together with an explosion of information, is transforming sales, and enabling buyers and salespeople to engage with each other in more effective and efficient ways. Recently, information technology research and advisory …

Why Centimeter-Accurate GPS in Your Phone Is Such a Big Deal

Super-accurate GPS is way more awesome than you'd think<p>The GPS on your incredible pocket supercomputer is a modern miracle, but it's far from perfect. We've all had Google Maps tell us that we are somehow walking <i>between</i> two streets. But new dirt cheap, centimeter-accurate GPS could fix all that and …

Gear & Gadgets

How Pixar Fosters Collective Creativity

<b>♦ Listen to Ed Catmull discuss managing creativity.</b><p>A few years ago, I had lunch with the head of a major motion picture studio, who declared that his central problem was not finding good people—it was finding good ideas. Since then, when giving talks, I’ve asked audiences whether they agree with …

How to Negotiate for Vacation Time

<i>Marisa recently received a job offer from a major food service retailer to lead their continuous improvement group. Having previously worked for a small consulting company, where schedules were entirely self-directed, she’s unclear about how to negotiate benefits with a large company that seems to</i> …

To Stay Focused, Manage Your Emotions

A leader’s most precious resource is not their time. It’s their <i>focused attention</i>. Time merely passes, while focused attention makes things happen. When we’re able to gather and direct our attention toward a particular task or interaction, we can have a significant impact in a minimal amount of …

The Best Digital Strategists Don’t Think in Terms of Either/Or

It has become an axiom that “strategy is about making hard choices,” as we have been advised for over 20 years by leading thinkers including Michael Porter and Roger Martin. But our work with a community of senior executives in the Bay Area suggests that today’s market leaders are following the …

75% of Cross-Functional Teams Are Dysfunctional

When I was in the midst of researching what caused cross-functional teams to succeed — and finding that many of them failed — I discovered a deeply dysfunctional development project in a huge multinational IT company. The company had invested $100 million in the project, which involved three …

The 6 Most Common Innovation Mistakes Companies Make

The problem was clear. The executive team of a consumer healthcare company had concluded that the rise of new competitors meant the company needed to up its innovation game. The company had spent the past two decades focused on implementing Six Sigma processes across the enterprise and it was …

Ace the Assessment

Ryan Chapman<p>If you thought your test-taking days ended when you left school, think again. Recent research shows that about 76% of organizations with more than 100 employees rely on assessment tools such as aptitude and personality tests for external hiring. That figure is expected to climb to 88% …

Leading People When They Know More than You Do

If you’re a manager in a knowledge-driven industry, chances are you’re an expert in the area you manage. Try to imagine a leader without this expertise doing your job. You’ll probably conclude it couldn’t be done. But as your career advances, at some point you will be promoted into a job which …

We Can’t Recall Logos We See Every Day: An Interview with Alan Castel

<b>The research:</b> UCLA professor Alan Castel and his colleagues asked more than 100 students to draw the Apple logo from memory. Although many were Mac and iPhone users and most were reasonably confident they could accurately complete the task, only one person did. When participants were asked to pick …

Embrace (in)consistency

Consistency is a powerful thing. As humans we subconsciously expect harmony and order in our everyday interactions. There’s a reason every stop sign …

The Psychology of UX

<b>The Psychology of UX</b><p>Vanessa Carey, Caplin Systems, http://www.caplin.com/<p>Ever since I found the blog 'What Makes Them Click' [1] by Susan Weinschenk, …

4 Common User Interface Patterns You Should Be Using

“There are only patterns, patterns on top of patterns, patterns that affect other patterns. Patterns hidden by patterns. Patterns within patterns. If …

UI Design

The Exact Number of Emails You Should Check Every Day to Avoid a Stress Meltdown

Science has finally determined how often you should really be checking your inbox<p>Most of us check our email too often. According to one study, three-quarters of U.S. workers respond to an email within an hour of receiving it, and 81% of us are checking work mail outside the office, either on …

Why You Should Ignore UX Best Practice

I’m often asked the question: “is <i>this</i> best practice?”Not to be pedantic, but what is UX best practice anyway? What does this term mean? Does the …

UX Design