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The Future of Work With Seth Godin. HR Leaders and Managers Will Not Like This

Your employees have already been through elementary and high school. According to Seth Godin, the workforce of today needs guidance carving out their own path -- not another grade school teacher.<p>Many people have a limited view of work. Digging ditches and moving heavy stuff is only a small slice of …

Leadership

Obama on what the Situation Room is like offers advice anyone can use to make hard decisions

When Barack Obama had to make big decisions during his time as president, he would assemble a team to confer with him in the White House Situation …

Osama Bin Laden

5 Tips to Ensure Your Remote Employees Are Productive

Remaining productive when dealing with remote workers is challenging.<p>The digital revolution has done a lot for productivity. From project management apps to communication platforms, software has continuously helped teams work smarter and become more organized. It has also given rise to the remote …

27 Incredibly Useful Things You Didn’t Know Chrome Could Do

Give your internet experience a jolt of fresh energy with these easily overlooked features, options, and shortcuts for Google’s browser.<p>These days, a browser is more than just a basic navigator for the web. It’s effectively a second desktop—a gateway to countless apps, sites, and services. And …

What 40 Years of Research Reveals About the Difference Between Disruptive and Radical Innovation

<i>“If you went to bed last night as an industrial company, you’re going to wake up this morning as a software and analytics company.” Jeff Immelt, former CEO of General Electric</i><p>The second wave of digitization is set to disrupt all spheres of economic life. As venture capital investor Marc Andreesen …

Your Guide to Innovating Like Amazon: Focus on Inspiring People

It won't be as easy as 1-Click, but doing these three things can help you build an Amazon-worthy culture of innovation.<p>Innovation is imperative for long-term success, but most companies struggle to maintain an innovative approach over the long haul.<p>Innovation ultimately is driven by the individual …

How Modern Infrastructure And Machine Intelligence Will Disrupt The Industry

Modern infrastructure and machine intelligence are two trends that will have an impact on every entity of the industry including platform companies, independent software vendors, global system integrators and emerging startups.<p>The convergence of modern infrastructure and machine intelligence will …

Artificial Intelligence

Thirteen Lessons Of Innovation To Guide You Through 2018

What you can learn from this year’s exciting crop of World’s Most Innovative Companies.<p>I got my first glimpse of Apple’s newest product as the sun was coming up. It was just after 7 a.m. on a Wednesday in January, two days after Apple executives, including CEO Tim Cook, began moving into Apple …

The Evolution of UX Process Methodology

The UX Process is Confusing, Even to Most Designers<p>In the beginning there was Donald A. Norman, and he created the idea of user experience design.<p>I …

Project Management

How Can You Better Engage Your Remote Workers? 6 Ways.

Empower your team with the support they need to feel included and collaborate across the miles.<p>Opinions expressed by <i>Entrepreneur</i> contributors are their own.<p>Remote work has become popular for a reason: Businesses can widen their talent searches when they don’t limit their workforce to a small …

11 most read Deep Learning Articles from Analytics Vidhya in 2017

Introduction<p>This is that time of year, when you reflect on the year gone by. 2017 has been a year of growth for us at Analytics Vidhya. By any means …

Open Innovation Generates Great Ideas, So Why Aren’t Companies Adopting Them?

Today, many companies see open innovation — a process for sharing knowledge and ideas with other organizations — as a core part of their strategy for developing new offerings. Examples include L’Oréal working with Renault on an electric “spa” concept car and auto-parts makers Delphi and Mobileye …

3 Things AI Can Already Do for Your Company

In 2013, the MD Anderson Cancer Center launched a “moon shot” project: diagnose and recommend treatment plans for certain forms of cancer using IBM’s Watson cognitive system. But in 2017, the project was put on hold after costs topped $62 million—and the system had yet to be used on patients. At …

MIT's automated machine learning works 100x faster than human data scientists

Auto Tune Models (ATM) is an automated system that beats human-designed machine learning solutions for 30% of datasets tested.<p>Building a slide deck, …

AI Dominated 2017. Here’s What’s Coming Next

Experts predict where AI will go in 2018–and the role designers are destined to play.<p>Artificial intelligence was one of the hottest topics of 2017. AIs developed new languages in which to converse; the debate raged over whether AI will automate our jobs or augment our skills; and the insidious ways …

5 Key Artificial Intelligence Predictions For 2018: How Machine Learning Will Change Everything

During 2017 it was hard to escape predictions that artificial intelligence is about to change the world. In 2018, this is unlikely to change. However, an increased focus on repeatable and quantifiable results is likely to ground some of the “big picture” thinking in reality.<p>Don’t get me wrong - in …

Artificial Intelligence

7 Storytelling Structures to Improve Your Presentations (Infographic)

What your favorite plots and your next business presentation should have in common.<p>Giving presentations, whether during meetings with co-workers or to potential new clients, can often seem intimidating. But luckily, there are tried and true ways to organize your information so that it is both easy …

The dataset snowball effect: How AI is changing SaaS

From machine learning-powered fraud defense on Shopify to Salesforce’s Einstein, over the past couple of years, SaaS industry leaders have invested heavily in artificial intelligence R&D and have rapidly acquired AI companies to give themselves a lead over the competition.<p>Thanks to cloud computing …

After the hackathon: Five ways leaders can drive meaningful outcomes

There is no shortage of businesses that are building innovation teams and studios to get ahead on the competitive curve. Whether in-house or …

UX Design

This 4-Letter Acronym Will Revolutionize the Way You Think About Leadership | Inc.com

She walked into my office and slumped into a chair.<p>"You don't have a clue do you?" she asked in an exasperated tone, with a few extra "colorful" words thrown in for emphasis. I didn't quite follow her line of reasoning. I was managing a large team of designers, writers, and usability experts. We …

Leadership

The Hidden Pitfall of Innovation Prizes

Although companies use crowdsourcing more and more to fill their innovation pipeline, it is not so easy to get people to submit their ideas to online innovation platforms. Our data from an online panel reveal that 65% of the contributors do not come back more than twice, and that most of the rest …

Starting An Innovation Lab? Avoid These Pitfalls

If you work for a big, established company, you’ve probably been noticing the sudden rise of a new trend: the innovation lab. Companies as diverse as Delta Air Lines, Target, Google, Pfizer, Marriott, Autodesk, Fidelity Investments, Ford, Verizon, and Stanley Black & Decker are jumping on the …

Innovation

Bringing design sprints and product development together

We have what we’d like to think is a pretty badass product development process at New Haircut—and we keep it that way through constant and obsessive …

Easy Customer Success Playbooks You Can Quickly Automate

These days, the practice of Customer Success finds itself at an interesting crossroad. The importance and responsibility of the field are growing, …

Digital Leadership Is Not an Optional Part of Being a CEO

Being a CEO is harder than ever. The rapid pace of change in business and technology means that more and more companies will find themselves being disrupted. In fact, our latest research with MIT, in which we interviewed more than 1,000 CEOs (from 131 countries and 27 industries, in organizations …

Want to Be a Better Innovator? Suit Up | Inc.com

A colleague of mine asked me a great question this morning. I accidentally found myself writing the following article as my response.<p>"<b>What is the biggest obstacle to innovation in a company?"</b><p><b>Metrics that Matter.</b><br>You can't manage what you don't measure, and most innovation efforts judge themselves by …

Why Your Company Isn't Innovating

The answer could be sitting in front of you. Literally.<p>Growing businesses have to innovate at a speed and scale that outpaces the competition. So why do so many organizations have only a small number of innovators? A recent HBR article has some interesting conclusions. If your hunch is that your …

Innovation

Debunking Five Myths of Corporate Culture

Recently, I read an article about the number of ad agencies trying to attract younger talent by copying the tactics of Silicon Valley startups. The …

How to Build Trust With Your Remote Team

Building trust with your remote team ensures project success. Without it, project failure rate would be higher.<p>You run a business or you manage a …

To Increase Sales, Get Customers to Commit a Little at a Time

Most sales models include a conversion funnel in which reps try to convert a marketing-generated lead into a prospect and then a customer through sequential steps. In this model, sales people are expected to make the process as friction-less as possible for the potential buyer and to close the deal …