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Robo-bulldozers guided by drones are helping ease Japan's labor shortage

Welcome to the future of construction<p>Komatsu is the world’s second largest construction company, a venerable Japanese brand with 94 years of history that sells forklifts and bulldozers to customers around the globe. But in its home country, Komatsu has been struggling with an aging population, a …

Construction Industry

When Someone Gloms On to You at a Conference

Plunging into a roomful of strangers and making small talk isn’t for the faint of heart. So it’s easy to empathize with the person who, feeling shy or awkward or out of place, clings to the first person she sees at a conference. It only becomes problematic when the person they glom onto is you, and …

Networking

How Smart, Connected Products Are Transforming Companies

The evolution of products into intelligent, connected devices—which are increasingly embedded in broader systems—is radically reshaping companies and competition.<p>Smart thermostats control a growing array of home devices, transmitting data about their use back to manufacturers. Intelligent, …

Internet of Things

Design Thinking Comes of Age

There’s a shift under way in large organizations, one that puts design much closer to the center of the enterprise. But the shift isn’t about aesthetics. It’s about applying the principles of design to the way people work.<p>This new approach is in large part a response to the increasing complexity of …

Design

Staying Human in the Robot Age

In Don Siegel’s 1956 film shocker <i>Invasion of the Bodysnatchers</i> a California doctor becomes convinced that his patients are being taken over by alien replicants. They look the same; they’re just strangely emotionally absent. As those around him morph into their affectless lookalikes, it’s the …

London Business School

The Science of Sounding Smart

When you’re trying to convey the quality of your mind to your boss, or to a company that’s considering you for a job, your best ally may be your own voice.<p>Although some people may assume that their ideas and intellect would come across much better in written form, it turns out that using your voice …

Employment

Reinventing Performance Management

At Deloitte we’re redesigning our performance management system. This may not surprise you. Like many other companies, we realize that our current process for evaluating the work of our people—and then training them, promoting them, and paying them accordingly—is increasingly out of step with our …

Management

The Future of Work

According to academic entrepreneur & strategist Heather McGowan, a focus on certainty over creativity is coming at our peril.<p>Last month innovation strategist Heather McGowan gave an interesting talk at the Amplify Festival on "the future of work." I've had the pleasure of working with Heather in …

Higher Education

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How robots mess with our minds

Robots can make you do surprising things, says Alexander Reben, whose talking bots have elicited secrets from passers-by, festival-goers and even astronauts.<p>One day in April 2010, a man in his mid-30s happened to wander into the Media Lab at MIT in Boston and encountered a friend of mine. After …

Robots

Can you teach people to have empathy?

<b>Empathy is a quality that is integral to most people's lives - and yet the modern world makes it easy to lose sight of the feelings of others. But almost everyone can learn to develop this crucial personality trait, says Roman Krznaric.</b><p>Open Harper Lee's classic novel To Kill A Mockingbird and one …

Empathy

Getting involved in your industry does wonders for your career!

As a specialist in recruitment, I spend a lot of time talking to senior people within the industry about what they look for in their staff. There are …

Mentoring

A Look At The Tech That Could Mean We Never Have To Charge Our Phones Again

Technology that can wirelessly power our devices on the go could change our world. Imagine never having to plug in your cell phone again, or technology that continuously keeps your electronic car battery running.<p>According to Energous Corporation, that day is just around the corner. Energous’ WattUp …

Electronics

Mark Zuckerberg shows off Facebook's internet lasers

Most of us use Facebook to show off a new car, an engagement or a particularly notable lunch, but Mark Zuckerberg does it a bit differently. In a Q&A session yesterday Zuckerberg referenced his company's plans for using lasers to connect more areas to the internet, and today he posted a few …

The 5 Things That Employees Hate to Hear From New Managers

Leaders want to make their mark on operations, stamp their philosophical footprint on minds, leave their legacy on hearts and in hallways.<p>They hope …

Human Resources

Scientists have made the first fully functional artificial human brain cells

But there is more to the idea behind this synthetic neuron than simply proving that it can be done. The team reckons that in the future, it might be possible to actually use these devices in patients to replace damaged nerves, for example, to help treat injury or disease. They may also have a place …

Neuroscience

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% …

Employment

THE “CHAMELEON LEADERSHIP” EFFECT!

Hiring and leading people that mirror you is not only foolish….it’s dangerous. Yes, it’s extremely comfortable to bring on new hires that look like …

Be a Leader Who Can Admit Mistakes

This might sound obvious, but if you want to build a more engaged workforce you need to, well, engage. That means, whether you are a CEO or a frontline manager, you need to be working hard to connect, face-to-face, with your people. That can mean anything from walking around and making pit stops in …

Leadership

How to Work with People Who Aren’t Good at Working with People

Twenty five years after the term “emotional intelligence” was first introduced by academics, thousands of independent scientific studies have highlighted the importance of managing your own and others’ emotions in relation to career success, job performance, entrepreneurship, and leadership.<p>But …

Emotional Intelligence

Facebook says no sex apps on Oculus, but won’t discuss limits on violence

The Facebook-owned company will start selling its Oculus Rift virtual reality headset in the first quarter of next year. And it will operate its own app store (similar to Apple's app store) so you can download games and other engrossing apps that deliver the thrills of virtual reality. Oculus will …

Virtual Reality

Why The Future Of Work Is All About The Employee Experience

We have all heard of the customer experience which is defined as the resulting product when a customer interacts with your brand. We’re all familiar with both good and bad customer experiences and we go through one or the other on a near daily basis. A rude flight attendant, a printer that jams, …

The Workplace

Average Is Over: The Skills Required For Jobs Are Changing

“Welcome to the Hyper-Meritocracy,” Cowen writes in his latest book Average Is Over.<p>This is an important book. Cowen is his typical thought-provoking …

How to hire for personality and train for skills

Finding talent with the right skillset for your company is not nearly as difficult as finding the right personality fit. As important as skills and …

Why Betrayal Hurts So Much (and Who Seeks Revenge)

Everyone faces betrayal at some point in life. Perhaps it’s a romantic partner who cheats, or a friend who takes advantage of you. No matter how much …

Psychology

How to Document a Performance Review

<i>The annual performance review can be stressful. But while many managers focus their attention on what they’ll say in the face-to-face conversation, they forget the importance of documenting their impressions in the right way. The following piece, adapted from the book</i> Performance Reviews<i>, will help</i> …

Management

Celebrity Sightings of the Week: Pictures

Cambridge

The Gamification of a Successful Sales Culture

How one CEO turned a sales competition into the trip of a lifetime.<p>We've seen it time and time again: high-stress sales teams whose members ruthlessly stab each other in the back just to get ahead. Even though the company's revenue is technically the end goal, individual success is often put above …

Dominican Republic