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Retiring Google CFO Writes The Best 'Spend More Time With Family' Memo Ever

After more than six years in the job, Google Chief Financial Officer Patrick Pichette today announced plans to retire, and he did it with customary style.<p>As Pichette wrote in a post on Google+, he wants to spend more time with his family–in particular his wife Tamar, since their two children are …

Middle Age

3 things you didn't know about Marissa Mayer

Business Insider's chief correspondent Nicholas Carlson reveals the three most surprising facts he learned about the "geek queen of Silicon Valley" while researching his book, "Marissa Mayer and the Fight to Save Yahoo!"<p><i>Produced by Alana Kakoyiannis</i><p><b>Follow BI Video:</b>On Facebook

Marissa Mayer

Ubisoft's tablet video game combats lazy eye condition

<b>Ubisoft has announced it is working on a video game to combat an eye disorder that can cause reduced vision.</b><p>Dig Rush is designed to be played on tablets by people diagnosed as having Amblyopia - also known as "lazy eye".<p>The condition affects an estimated one in 50 children, according to the NHS, …

Leveraging Enterprise Architecture for Success

As the business world continues to digitize and grow in complexity, many businesses will need to avail themselves of "enterprise architecture"—the …

The dangers of specialism-trolls in enterprise-architecture – Tom Graves

As cross-domain generalists, how can we best cope with narrow-focus specialists who insist that their own domain is the only one that matters?<p>This is …

Increasingly, enterprise architecture looks outward

The rise of public cloud adoption and digital channels is pushing enterprise architecture far beyond the bounds of the enterprise. Is it time for a …

Value Chains and Value Streams: Strategic Maps Are Better For Project Inception

I was working on some training materials this week, and I needed to whip up as-is and to-be business process maps. These would be used to help …

Project Management

The Rise (and Likely Fall) of the Talent Economy

When Roberto Goizueta died of cancer in 1997, at the age of 65, he was a billionaire. Not bad for a Cuban émigré who had come to the United States as a teenager. He was by no means the first immigrant to America to become a billionaire, but the others had made their fortunes by founding and …

Life’s Work: An Interview with Bobbi Brown

Photography: Spencer Heyfron<p>Bobbi Brown launched a cosmetics line in 1991 because she was sick of red lipstick. Four years later, Estée Lauder acquired the “natural look” brand, offering her both cash and creative control. The brand remains an industry leader, with Brown—a multitasking mother of …

LEGO’s Girl Problem Starts with Management

This summer, LEGO launched a minor revolution. It introduced professional women – scientists, no less – into its latest toy line aimed at girls. The new figurines – called “minifigs” by Lego die-hards – feature a female palaeontologist, an astronomer, and a chemist. They sold out on the first …

Why Terrorist Groups Are So Bureaucratic

I typed the words into the pristine white search field, hoping they didn’t land me on the NSA’s no-fly list: “How to manage a terrorist organization.”<p>There is a lot of academic work out there on what constitutes terrorism; the psychology of terrorists and terrorist acts; and the military precepts …

People Are More Selfish and Dishonest After Doing Math

Research participants who had spent 15 minutes solving math problems were <b>4 times</b> more likely to lie for personal gain in an ethics game than those who had answered randomly selected verbal questions from a standardized test, says a team led by Long Wang of the City University of Hong Kong. The act …

The Transparency Trap

Artwork: Michael Wolf, The Transparent City 75, 2008, France<p>“Transparency” is a watchword in management these days, and it’s easy to understand why. After all, if people conduct their work in plain view, won’t they be more open and accountable? Won’t they flag and fix problems more easily, and …

The Chief Innovation Officer’s 100-Day Plan

Congratulations! Your energy and track record of successfully launching high-impact initiatives scored you a plum role heading up innovation. Expectations are high, but some skeptics in the organization feel that <i>innovation</i> is an overhyped buzzword that doesn’t justify being a separate function. So, …

Workers Don’t Have the Skills They Need – and They Know It

How do workers feel about the adequacy of their skills? Until now, few studies have examined their views. Today, a survey of employees is being released that provides strong confirmation of the notion that employees need better skills to do their jobs well, especially skills related to …

Putting Sales at the Center of Strategy

For many years Document Security Management (a pseudonym) had a thriving business in retrieving and shredding or securely storing organizations’ documents. Executives and their assistants loved its one-stop-shopping value proposition, and the sales force cultivated deep relationships with them. By …

Innovation, Then and Now

In the second episode of Halt and Catch Fire, AMC’s new show about the birth of personal computing, the protagonist encourages his two recruits—a hardware engineer and a coder—to ignore a recent setback and keep working to build a new kind of PC. “I thought that maybe we could do this precisely …

Capture More Value

When Switzerland-based Vestergaard introduced its LifeStraw technology, it proved it could innovate. LifeStraws remove 99.99999% of bacteria and 99.9% of protozoan cysts from contaminated water. The product is a favorite of aid organizations: Over the past decade, LifeStraws have been distributed …

The Disruption Myth

The idea that businesses are more vulnerable to upstarts than ever is out-of-date—and that’s a big problem.<p>In the late 1970s, Dick Foster, a fast-rising young management consultant at McKinsey, began to notice something at once unsettling and exciting. McKinsey and other consulting firms spent most …

Why major creative breakthroughs happen in your late thirties

James Murphy, the former frontman of the band LCD Soundsystem, made what he called the biggest mistake of his life at 21, when he turned down a writing job on a sitcom that was about to launch.<p>The sitcom’s name was <i>Seinfeld</i>.<p>Instead, he lurched around, working as a bouncer and later a DJ before …

Creativity

How Philosophy Makes You a Better Leader

The goal of most executive coaching and leadership development is behavior change—help the individual identify and change the behaviors that are getting in the way of, and reinforce the behaviors associated with, effective leadership. But what about the beliefs and values that <i>drive</i> behavior?<p>The …

A Process for Human-Algorithm Decision Making

Think for a moment about how an organization makes a decision. First come the <i>facts</i>, the data that will inform the decision. Using these facts, someone formulates <i>alternative courses of action</i> and evaluates them according to agreed-on criteria. The decision maker then <i>chooses</i> the best alternative, and …

To Change Employee or Customer Behavior, Start Small

Across industries, organizations can greatly benefit from making tiny changes in their processes to take into account how employees and customers really behave — including not liking being told what to do. Our research and that of others has discovered that even some small tweaks can have a big …

Mobile Money Is Driving Africa’s Cashless Future

The evolution of African markets faces significant barriers: cost, distance, and a lack of infrastructure. Less than 30% of the population have bank accounts, and even fewer have credit cards. Informal retail and cash purchases are the norm, and that has its risks and costs. The amount of cash in …