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Kenya's $13 billion railway project is taking shape

<b>(CNN) —</b> It's been billed as the most ambitious project in Kenya since it gained independence in 1963.<p>Now, the first section of the east African nation's $13.8 billion railway is nearly finished.<p>Originally planned to link Mombasa and Nairobi, the decision was made to extend the line to the market …

Elon Musk Learning Hard Lessons in Energy Storage Market

Image source: Tesla Motors.<p>When <b>Tesla Motors</b> launched the Powerwall energy storage product last year, it was considered a product that would let people use electricity they generated and also have a stable backup source of power. Early indications are that the fast-cycling 7 kWh model is doing well …

Because National Governments Won’t, Cities Are Pushing Zero-Energy Buildings

By Johanna Partin and Michael Shank3 minute Read<p>There is a movement happening all across America that few people are talking about. And while it may …

Green Living

Exemplary natural reserve completed in Sharjah replaces a sprawling rubbish dump

Believe it or not, this sprawling natural reserve in the UAE was once a wastewater and rubbish dump. Dubai-based X Architects, the new visitor center …

Data scientist Hilary Mason wants to show you the (near) future

If you want to get a jump on the latest developments in machine intelligence, head down to where Manhattan's Lower East Side borders Chinatown, a …

Recommended Reading for Startup Founders, Part I

I frequently receive requests for recommendations on quality reading material for startup founders. Over the years I’ve put together a list of books …

Peter Thiel

This is how the world's first Hyperloop might actually look

A team of students from MIT have won a competition to design pods for the still-unbuilt Hyperloop transportation system.<p>More than 100 university …

Building Infrastructure for More Inclusive Communities

A conversation with Ryan Gravel, creator of the Atlanta BeltLine, on his new book Where We Want to Live.<p>As the creator of the Atlanta BeltLine project, Ryan Gravel is partly responsible for one of the most successful sustainability efforts in recent history. Starting as the subject of Gravel’s …

Our unlimited vacation policy failed, so we mandated vacation instead

When Travis CI turned into a business with employees, one of our ideas was to not constrain people in how much time they take off for vacations. We didn’t track the days people were taking off, and as the people running the company, we didn’t actively encourage people to take times off. In short, …

The limits of “unlimited” vacation « Jacob Kaplan-Moss

<b>Obligatory Disclaimer:</b> <i>this post discusses unlimited vacation policies. My employer (Heroku) has one such policy. However, this post isn’t really</i> …

Mercedes-Benz Unveils Self-Driving Luxury Vehicle Concept at CES 2015

Only weeks after Google officially unveiled their self-driving car prototype, Daimler AG and Mercedes-Benz chose this year's Consumer Electronics Show in Las Vegas to debut the F 015 Luxury in Motion, a concept vehicle that can operate entirely without a driver behind the wheel.<p>Futuristic in …

CES

Billy Crystal imagines Robin Williams in heaven: Read the script here

When the world suddenly lost Robin Williams in August at the age of 63, friends and fans of the comedian were heartbroken. So was Billy Crystal, his …

The Five Most Disruptive Innovations At CES 2015

Once again, we scoured the edges of the 2.2 million square feet of exhibit space at this year’s Consumer Electronics Show looking for what we call Big Bang Disruptors.<p>Those are the innovations that enter the market both better and cheaper than existing products or services, creating the greatest …

The Work-Life Strategies that Really Matter

Every year for the last decade, I’ve spoken to MBA graduates returning for their one-year reunions. As predictable as the annual return of swallows …

The End Of Middle Managers (And Why They'll Never Be Missed)

Last week I talked about eliminating managers. What is it like to run a company with no managers at all? I promised to cover the subject this week in more depth.<p>In our opinion, a company needs <i>leaders</i>—not <i>managers</i>. From the top down, every employee has the opportunity to lead, starting with the …

Dave Ulrich on the Future of Human Resources

Today, I spoke to Dave Ulrich, who is a Professor at the Ross School of Business, University of Michigan, a partner at the RBL Group, and Executive Director of the RBL Institute. His latest book is called <i>HR from the Outside In: Six Competencies for the Future of Human Resources</i>. He studies how …

How Microsoft's human resources culture drove away talent

The idea for today's off-topic note came to me when I read "Microsoft's lost decade", an aptly titled Vanity Fair story. In the piece, Kurt Eichenwald tracks Microsoft's decline as he revisits a decade of technical missteps and bad business decisions. Predictably, the piece has generated strong …

The Future Of Work: Job Hopping Is the 'New Normal' for Millennials

The average worker today stays at each of his or her jobs for 4.4 years, according to the most recent available data from the Bureau of Labor Statistics, but the expected tenure of the workforce’s youngest employees is about half that.<p>Ninety-one percent of Millennials (born between 1977-1997) …

Jobs Require More Education, Training: Achieve And Society for Human Resource Management Survey

<i>This piece comes to us courtesy of The Hechinger Report's Community College Spotlight blog.</i><p>Employers are demanding more education and technical training, according to a survey of human resource professionals by Achieve and the Society for Human Resource Management (SHRM).<p>Compared with 10 years ago, …

Big Data in Human Resources: Talent Analytics (People Analytics) Comes of Age

Gartner expects the market for BigData and analytics to generate $3.7 Trillion in products and services and generate 4.4 million new jobs by 2015. While most of the talk is about applying BigData to marketing and consumer businesses, there is an even bigger opportunity to apply BigData to Human …

Human Resource Management Basics

Fundamental Information About the Human Resource Management Function<p>Share<br>• Flip<br>• Pin<br>• Share<br>• Email<p>Updated October 17, 2016<p>Are you looking for basic …

It's Time For Companies To Fire Their Human Resource Departments

In an experiment that involved sending out more than 2,500 resumes either with or without photos of the applicant, economics researchers Bradley Ruffle at Ben-Gurion University and Ze’ev Shtudiner at Ariel University Centre sought to answer the question of whether being good looking could help you …

A digital approach to human resources

As competition for critical resources intensifies, managers, employees and job candidates are demanding more from human resources.<p>Human capital management (HCM) software is designed to help companies manage work forces dispersed around the world, improve human resource processes and enhance …

Don't Know What to Ask Human Resources Professionals? -- 5 Killer Questions to Ace Screening Interviews

<i>by Melissa Llarena</i><p>Oh, the awful, painful, repulsive HR screening interview. Root canals are more fun than screening interviews with human resources professionals. As a career coach, I have conducted thousands of mock interviews for anxious job candidates who are about to step into a room with human …

Lessons For Human Resource Departments, From The Huffington Post

As a big fan of <i>The Huffington Post</i>, I recently found myself comparing the sleek, social site to many of the corporate learning programs I see in the marketplace, and wondering what the latter could learn from Huff Po’s history.<p>Since its start in 2005, <i>The Huffington Post</i> has been a game changer in …

How big data will impact employment and human resources

<i>This post was authored by Sandeep Chand, Director of Research & Development at iCIMS. iCIMS is the leading provider of innovative Software-as-a-Service (SaaS) talent acquisition solutions.</i><p>There is a growing awareness among decision makers of what big data is, what it can do, and why it’s …

Human Capital Management And The Future Of Work

The future of work has changed due to a series of market disruptions that have thrust Human Capital Management (HCM) into a curious position of attention. According to Shawn Price, president of SuccessFactors, responsible for the end-to-end business of the people pillar for SAP Cloud globally, …

IHTM: From Sex in the Stairwell to Cocaine Off an Intern, My Crazy-Ass Stories From Working In Human Resources

My name is Kristin, and I’m a former human resources exec. That’s right: I spent about 15 years in human resources after taking a strange turn early in my career. I’m not here to bash my former HR/personnel department brethren. I’m here to do a soul cleanse and dish all the crazy stuff I had to …