Michael Haggerty

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A Test to Weed Out Consultants You Shouldn’t Hire

We’ve seen a lot of consulting “misses” over the years — polished management products and services that fail to achieve what the clients want. Often it’s because executives recruit their consultants the wrong way.<p>They usually start the search sensibly — looking for recommendations from respected …

25 Books on Persuasion, Influence and Human Behavior

<i>Gregory Ciotti is the marketing director at Help Scout. This post originally appeared on the Helpscout blog.</i><p>Reading good books remains the supreme “life hack”—knowledge that often took years to assemble can be consumed in mere hours.<br>I can’t think of a single better way to empower your learning (and …

This Harvard-Educated Monk Is Reintroducing Buddhism To The Western World

Hwansan Sunim had a pretty typical suburban American childhood. Born to Korean-American parents in Westchester County, N.Y., he grew up in Irvington, an idyllic small town on the Hudson River.<p>Though Sunim strived to be a model student for his parents and get accepted to a good college, he said he …

Why Would Amazon Want to Sell a Mobile Phone?

If you believe the rumors, Amazon.com is going to enter the mobile phone business this week, with most pundits guessing that a mysterious video suggest that it will release a phone with novel 3-D viewing capabilities.<p>There are obvious reasons for Amazon to be eying the category. The mobile phone …

In Defense of Routine Innovation

Almost every discussion of innovation today inevitably turns to the topic of “disruption.” Academics write about the power of <i>disruptive innovation</i> to transform one industry after another. Consultants have set up practices to focus specifically on helping companies become disruptive innovators. …

MOOCs’ disruption is only beginning

Journalists, as 2013 ended, were busy declaring the death of MOOCs, more formally known as massive open online courses. Silicon Valley startup …

3 Ways Emerging Technology Is Changing How CIOs Do Business

The explosion of the use of mobile devices, the cloud and other emerging technologies in the workplace has greatly affected the day-to-day responsibilities of a CIO. To lead effectively, CIOs must be able to evaluate the potential of a new technology, communicate the risks and rewards effectively …

The 'Circle Of Competence' Theory Will Help You Make Vastly Smarter Decisions

<i>"I'm no genius. I'm smart in spots—but I stay around those spots."</i><i><br>— Tom Watson Sr., Founder of IBM</i><p>The concept of the "Circle of Competence" has been used over the years by Warren Buffett as a way to focus investors on only operating in areas they knew best. The bones of the concept appear in his …

Self-improvement

The Industries Apple Could Disrupt Next

After an unprecedented decade of growth, analysts wrote off 2013 as a year to forget for Apple. Most pundits agreed on what was wrong — a lack of breakthrough innovation since the passing of founder Steve Jobs. But in our view, Apple faces a deeper problem: the industries most susceptible to its …

Customer Complaints Are a Lousy Source of Start-Up Ideas

Consider this situation. A good friend of yours calls you one day to pick your brain about an innovative business idea. He’ll only consider pursuing this opportunity if you give him a positive review. This particular friend is unemployed at the moment, and he plans to invest most of his savings in …

Join the fight against extreme poverty

<i>created with assistance from Kelly Hauser</i><p>One of poverty’s cruelest ironies is that in many countries across the world, the hungriest people are …

Skoll | Social Entrepreneurs Driving Large Scale Change

Field Notes: Foundation for Ecological Security and the Greening of Rajasthan<p>Lucien ChanSkoll Foundation<p>From Direct Action to Advisory Services: A …

Our Economic Malaise Is Fueling Political Extremism

The head of the fourth biggest and fastest rising political party in the world’s second most powerful economy is a racist. An aide to the Prime Minister of one of the world’s most promising societies is caught on camera kicking a protestor to the ground. The world’s largest democracy proudly elects …

Meditation and the art of helping MBA students to become mindful

Most business school professors teach subjects such as brand marketing, derivative analysis or supply chain management. Laurence Freeman teaches …

Mindfulness

Writing Tips: How to Come Up With 50 Topic Ideas in 30 Minutes

Opinions expressed by <i>Entrepreneur</i> contributors are their own.<p>The core issue for many content marketers is this: How do I come up with article topics? Without topics, you have no articles, no content, and therefore no content marketing. It’s obvious that we need to figure out how to come up with …

Track Down

Universities must opt for radical not incremental innovation

Some of the business world’s most respected voices have tried to draw attention to the new and growing demands of an era loosely characterised by the …

Innovation

Premise of ‘creating shared value’ risks misleading MBA students

Anyone with even a passing interest in corporate social responsibility cannot have failed to notice the buzz that has built up around the idea of …

CSR