Dominic Lim

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How to Respond to an Offensive Comment at Work

Your colleague says something that immediately makes you feel uncomfortable. He thinks he’s just being funny, but the comment is inappropriate — maybe even offensive, sexist, or racist. What should you say or do if you find yourself in this situation? Is there a way to draw attention to the comment …

In a Difficult Conversation, Listen More Than You Talk

When Jared walked into a meeting to discuss a new marketing approach for a product, the conversation didn’t play out well. Five minutes into the dialogue, the product manager, Françoise, started interrupting him with questions he was planning to address later in the pitch. As the conversation ran …

Do You Understand What Accountability Really Means?

Every leader I’ve ever met sees accountability as a foundational ingredient in a healthy and sustainable culture. The problem is, as is often the case with leadership and management ideas, we use the word without really understanding what it means.<p>Usually, we make the mistake of holding on to one …

Three Ways To Make Your Entire Team More Creative

Boosting your own creativity is one thing; changing how a group thinks is another. But these psychological findings may hold the key.<p>Uber. Airbnb. Electric vehicles. Self-driving cars. Buses that can drive over traffic. Pretty much everything Steve Jobs created at Apple since the iPod. These are …

Why Deep Learning Is Suddenly Changing Your Life

Illustration by Justin Metz<p>Decades-old discoveries are now electrifying the computing industry and will soon transform corporate America.<p>Over the …

The Science of Swear Words (Warning: NSFW AF)

<i>Editor's note: The following excerpt from a book about swear words contains many, many swear words. Some of them are pretty ugly, but it's all in the</i> …

Why 4 a.m. Is the Most Productive Hour

Tackle personal tasks before sunrise; find focus before distractions begin<p>Most people who wake up at 4 a.m. do it because they have to—farmers, flight attendants, currency traders and postal workers. Others rise before dawn because they want to.<p>Russ Perry, the 33-year-old Scottsdale, Ariz., …

Trading

An Energizing 12-Minute Workout to Wake You Up

When it comes to exercise, caffeine has its benefits, but it also has some drawbacks (like possibly feeling more jittery than energized). So if a cup …

The Secrets of Great Teamwork

Today’s teams are different from the teams of the past: They’re far more diverse, dispersed, digital, and dynamic (with frequent changes in membership). But while teams face new hurdles, their success still hinges on a core set of fundamentals for group collaboration.<p>The basics of team …

Assess Whether You Have a Data Quality Problem

Decision makers, leaders, data scientists, and managers often must make quick assessments about whether they can trust a set of data, whether they can include it in an analysis, or whether they need it to take a new direction. While there are thousands of variants, their basic question is, “Do I …

3 Ways to Stop Yourself from Being Passive-Aggressive

HBR STAFF<p>When I walked into our small apartment-building gym at 7:30am Monday morning, there was a yoga mat and foam roller lying in the only open space where I was planning to do my workout. Mary* was running on the treadmill.<p>“Hi Mary. Is this yoga mat yours?” I asked her.<p>“Yes,” She replied, “I’ll …

Avoid Burnout by Asking This Question

Vincent Tsui for HBR<p>In the late 1990s I began an undergrad business degree program at Queen’s University in Kingston, Ontario. After nearly flunking Economics 101 and striking out with a majority of sports and teams, I finally found my home among a group of interfaculty misfits at the Golden Words …

Do You Really Need to Hold That Meeting?

“Let’s schedule a meeting” has become the universal default response to most business issues. Not sure what to do on a project? Let’s schedule a meeting. Have a few ideas to share? Let’s schedule a meeting. Struggling with taking action? Let’s schedule a meeting.<p>Although scheduling a meeting <i>can</i> be …

The Hidden Benefits of Short-Term Business Travel

Much has been written about long-term expatriate assignments, but for many of us, a more common “assignment” is the short-term business trip — that four-day jaunt to Dubai or the there-and-back trip to Buenos Aires. Too often, these whirlwind treks leave us numb. As we move from one hotel chain to …

3 Ways to Stay Calm When Conversations Get Intense

It’s not easy to stay cool and engaged when things get heated in meetings, negotiations, or difficult conversations. We’ve all been there. You might say something that you later regret, or get stuck on one point trying to prove that you’re right, ultimately losing sight of the bigger picture. Maybe …

A Post-Human World Is Coming. Design Has Never Mattered More

Designers will play a crucial role in shaping our post-human future. Our lives may depend on it.<p><i>Digital Design Theory</i> (Princeton Architectural Press, 2016) is available on Amazon.<p>Futurist experts have estimated that by the year 2030 computers in the price range of inexpensive laptops will have a …

5 Ways to Make the Best Infographics, According to This 'DataViz Geek'

To judge a chart's value, you need to know more--much more--than whether you picked the best colors or labeled your axes correctly.<p>How do you know you're using the right chart to make your point?<p>In his recently released book, <i>Good Charts</i>, Scott Berinato, a self-described "dataviz geek" and a senior …

How IDEO Designers Persuade Companies to Accept Change

HBR STAFF<p>Every design project extends beyond the brief. No matter how straightforward and discrete a project seems at first, it will unfold in the context of a complicated, networked, and messily human organization. That means that part of a designer’s job must be to design tools, conversations, …

10 video games so good we didn't want them to end

When Keith Stuart wrote of the emotional impact of finishing a great and involving game, our readers responded in kind<p>When Keith Stuart finished the Uncharted series, he found the game and its characters had got under his skin. After spending years with Nathan Drake and his partner Elena, he found …

Surprisingly, These 10 Professional Jobs Are Under Threat From Big Data

When you read or hear news stories about the imminent takeover of robots and algorithms that will eliminate jobs for human workers, many times the first examples given are blue-collar jobs like factory workers and taxi drivers. And you may have mentally congratulated yourself because your …

Machine Learning

Superforecasting: How to Upgrade Your Company’s Judgment

Imagine that you could dramatically improve your firm’s forecasting ability, but to do so you’d have to expose just how unreliable its predictions—and the people making them—really are. That’s exactly what the U.S. intelligence community did, with dramatic results. Back in October 2002, the …

University of Chicago

The Science of Smart Hiring

Finding great new workers is hard. A little bit of empiricism can help.<p>In the summer of 2006, Todd Carlisle, a Google analyst with a doctorate in organizational psychology, designed a 300-question survey for every Google employee to fill out, The New York Times later reported.<p>Some questions were …

Can we trust robots to make moral decisions?

Last week, Microsoft inadvertently revealed the difficulty of creating moral robots. Chatbot Tay, designed to speak like a teenage girl, turned into a Nazi-loving racist after less than 24 hours on Twitter. “Repeat after me, Hitler did nothing wrong,” she said, after interacting with various …

Inside the Artificial Intelligence Revolution: A Special Report, Pt. 2

It’s a weird feeling, cruising around Silicon Valley in a car driven by no one. I am in the back seat of one of Google’s self-driving cars – a …

5 Steps to Investing Your Energy More Wisely

It was another conversation about Donald Trump. Or Ted Cruz. Maybe it was about Hillary Clinton. Honestly, I can’t remember. What I do remember is that it was heated, frustrating, and tiring.<p>A few hours later I was still thinking about it and still annoyed. On the one hand, I didn’t like the other …

Signs You Might Be a Toxic Colleague

No one likes a toxic coworker. Even the most difficult people themselves would probably be the first to agree.<p>Which raises a question: If you were “toxic,” would you even know it? Is it possible that <i>you</i> are the one wreaking havoc on your team, making everyone else less productive and more miserable?<p>…

How Leaders At Google, BuzzFeed, And More Make Decisions

We’ve culled the best practices of leaders of all types of organizations to learn how they make better decisions.<p>Good decision making is a critical skill at any stage of a career. But it’s not easy to master. Studies have shown that it’s a complex process that involves evaluating both cognitive and …

Signs That You Lack Emotional Intelligence

In my ten years as an executive coach, I have never had someone raise his hand and declare that he needs to work on his emotional intelligence. Yet I can’t count the number of times I’ve heard from people that the one thing their colleague needs to work on is emotional intelligence. This is the …

Stop Paying Executives for Performance

For chief executives and other senior leaders, it is not unusual for 60-80% of their pay to be tied to performance – whether performance is measured by quarterly earnings, stock prices, or something else. And yet from a review of the research on incentives and motivation, it is wholly unclear why …

A Modest Proposal: Eliminate Email

HBR staff<p>In the early 1980s, IBM decided to deploy an internal email system. In typical careful IBM fashion, they began by measuring employee communication, so they could estimate how many messages would be sent on the new system. Based on this research, IBM provisioned a $10 million mainframe to …