Brian Lemond

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MIT's Mind-Blowing Solutions To the Nine Hardest Startup Problems

Deciding how big you want the company to be and change its strategy, organization, and processes while sustaining the culture.<p>If you aspire to be a successful startup leader, it helps to know how to solve the toughest challenges you'll face.<p>When I was a graduate student at MIT, professors …

Startups

If you’re the smartest person in the room, you’re probably not a good leader

I learned that there’s something wrong with feeling like the smartest person in the room from a man with a third-grade education—from my grandfather Luther, who along with my father founded the Dollar General Corporation, which I headed for 37-1/2 years.<p>It’s with more than a touch of shame that I …

Leadership

21 Questions Amazon Asks Its Job Candidates | Inc.com

• <b>Amazon goes to great lengths to ensure that they are hiring the right people.</b>• <b><br>We sifted through hundreds of Glassdoor reviews to find some of the company's toughest interview questions.</b>• <b><br>Questions about employee behavior and past performance were asked most frequently inside the interview rooms.</b><p>Amazon …

Employment

After a year as a CEO, I've learned 4 things matter more than anything else

It has been just over a year since I stepped into role of CEO at Affectiva — a roller coaster of a year but I've loved every second of it.<p>I co-founded Affectiva with Professor Rosalind W. Picard when we spun out of MIT Media Lab in 2009. I acted as Chief Technology and Science Officer for several …

A Designer Makes Her Living Room Feel "A Little More Us"

<b>Project by:</b> Fiona of Fiona Duke Interiors <b><br>Location:</b> Chelmsford — Essex, U.K.<p>Fiona purchased her home knowing they would have to invest in major …

What One Company Learned from Forcing Employees to Use Their Vacation Time

Have you ever felt burned out at work <i>after</i> a vacation? I’m not talking about being exhausted from fighting with your family at Walt Disney World all week. I’m talking about how <i>you knew</i>, the whole time walking around Epcot, that a world of work was waiting for you upon your return.<p>Our vacation …

The Ultimate UX Reading List to Take You to the Next Level

To paraphrase Antoine de Saint-Exupéry, a design can be considered perfect not when there is nothing more to add, but when there is nothing left to …

10 homes that make clever use of lightwells to bring daylight in

We've selected 10 popular projects from Dezeen's Pinterest boards that show how lightwells can be used to channel daylight down into parts of the …

20 Things the Most Valued Employees Do Every Day | Inc.com

Think about the best boss you've ever had. Now, think about the kind of employee that boss valued most.<p>Regardless of who that employee was, I think I can probably describe him or her. That's because the most valued employees have a lot in common, regardless of their jobs or the companies they work …

Leadership

The three words that make brainstorming sessions at Google, Facebook, and IDEO more productive

Brainstorming can be a tricky business. There’s the awkward silence when your boss asks a far-fetched question and no one knows how to respond. The fear that you’ll toss out an idea only to draw blank stares. The collective sense of disappointment when the whole team <i>wants</i> to help, but can’t come up …

Are microframes the future of wireframing?

Wireframes are dead! Interactive prototypes are everything! We’ve heard these shouts for at least the past seven years. If the popularity of these …

Designing a Visual System at Scale

About a year ago, I took on the challenge of leading the effort to design a cohesive visual system for all of Facebook’s business products — the …

What to Do When You Inherit a Team That Isn’t Working Hard Enough

Paula is a new manager. That’s the good news.<p>The bad news is that she was handed a leaky bag. The branch she will now manage has some long-standing norms she sees as unproductive and possibly unethical. Staff members routinely spend working hours on personal projects. Employees neglect customers to …

Ask These Power Questions To Make Meaningful Connections

Can one powerful question close a sale, engage a team member, or even strengthen your marriage?<p>To create a real and lasting connection, whether it’s in business or our personal lives, the key has always been in finding trust and common ground. By asking questions that allow people to open up and …

Leadership

Fuchsia, Google’s Experimental Mobile OS, Solves Glaring Problems That Apple Doesn’t Get

The “wall of apps” modality we’ve all reluctantly embraced isn’t scaling to the UX problems of today. Google has a solution.<p>Recently, I watched an eminent UX designer give a talk about the need for timelessness in digital design. He wanted to know: Why shouldn’t digital design be as long-lived and …

The One Thing I Say That Gets Employees to Speak Up | Inc.com

One of the things I learned about myself after I started JazzHR in 2009 was that to some people I can be quite intimidating. Every leader underestimates how intimidating they are -- every single one -- but in my case I was incredibly blind. I came from the design industry where blunt talk was …

Leadership

Revenue Is Not a KPI, but These Six Measures Are

Most CEOs, CFOs, and financial analysts will tell you that revenue is a KPI (it's really not), second only to profit (which is also not a …

When My Employees Ask Me for a Raise, I Always Tell Them This | Inc.com

Startups often house a recognizable cast of characters.<p>In my current version, I play the part of the seasoned veteran. Even though, and don't tell my people this, I don't really have it figured out either.<p>I'm the CEO. And, as many startups do, we carry a bench of 20-somethings, 30-somethings, and …

Startups

7 Worst Mistakes Bad Bosses Always Make | Inc.com

Do you think you're a great boss? Probably--most people do. But there are some extremely common mistakes that keep good bosses from being great bosses. There's a good chance you're doing at least some of these things wrong--even though you have the best possible intentions. Make enough of them, and …

6 Tips To Bring Back Open Thinking

Do you ever stop to consider what it means to think openly? Wasn’t that your basic education at school and what your parents told you to do? Whatever happened to that?<p>The question is important because today, more than ever, we are urged to be creative in our jobs. If you cannot think openly, how …

Management

The Biggest Takeaways from Jeff Bezos' Annual Letter

It's Day One at Amazon… again.<p>When Jeff Bezos speaks, investors should listen. Look no further than <b>Amazon</b>'s (NASDAQ:AMZN) recent returns as proof …

This Major Change Is Coming to Computer Design, Says Head of Amazon Alexa

Every few years, a big shift in how we interact with computers arrives. In the 1970s we swapped out punch cards for terminals, and then moved on to …

How to tackle design debt

Most projects have design debt. Like technical debt, design debt is the natural decay that accrues as a project matures—new features are added, old …

UX Design

WTF is zero rating?

Whenever you watch a video, post a picture, or send a message, the bytes that make up that item are analyzed and tallied by your internet provider. Once enough of them pile up, you’ve reached your data cap — annoying, right?<p>But what if some of those data-heavy apps and services just didn’t count …

Science Says This Mistake Makes You 34 Times Less Persuasive (You Do It Every Day) | Inc.com

Email has many advantages. It's cheap, far-reaching, asynchronous, and easy to tinker with and test. Plus, it helps phone-phobic Millennials avoid the terror of actually calling someone or risking an in-person rejection.<p>But one sad fact remains about many professionals' communication medium of …

Self-improvement

10 key lessons I learned from reading 40 books last year

In 2016, I discovered the library by our new home. It's been amazing! I've been able to avoid buying books while being able to read them.<p>Finding the library coincided with a lot of travel across the world. Throw on top of that a lot of time assisting startups, VestedWorld's world-changing …

A Surprising (and Controversial) Predictor of High-Performing Teams Has Resurfaced | Inc.com

Gallup recently issued their <i>2017 State of the American Workplace</i> report, complete with its list of top predictors of engagement/performance/productivity. The list was populated with the usual predictable indicators such as: "I know what's expected of me at work", "I have the materials/equipment I …

Leadership

‘Failure and innovation are inseparable twins’: Amazon founder Jeff Bezos offers 7 leadership principles

You don’t choose your passions; your passions choose you. Be stubborn on your vision, but flexible on details. Failure is necessary for invention. …

15 Must-Watch Anime Series for Comic Book Fans

There are a variety of reasons to love comics, and it’s easy to see why they have such massive fan appeal. Whether it’s the compelling storylines, …

How we launched our startup without any technical knowledge

For as long as I can remember, I’ve felt the pain of being a ‘non-technical’ founder working on a technical startup.<p>When I first got started in entrepreneurship, it seemed like everybody in the world was pushing me to become a coder. But I sucked at it. Badly.<p>“75% of European digital ecosystem is …