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Smartphones May Be Inspiring Millennials To Cook More

Who needs a sous-chef when you have a smartphone?<p>A new study released by Google found that millennials are turning to their mobile devices at every step of the culinary process -- from finding inspiration for meals to keeping track of recipes and purchasing ingredients.<p>Fifty-nine percent of 25- to …

The Art of Giving and Receiving Advice

Seeking and giving advice are central to effective leadership and decision making. Yet managers seldom view them as practical skills they can learn and improve. Receiving guidance is often seen as the passive consumption of wisdom. And advising is typically treated as a matter of “good …

Choose the Right Innovation Method at the Right Time

In the industries plagued by the most uncertainty, how do companies hold on to their ability to innovate? And how do they achieve, and keep, an innovation premium in the market?<p>We found that managers who help their firms create and maintain an innovation premium use a different set of tools than …

Intuit’s CEO on Building a Design-Driven Company

Timothy Archibald<p>When Scott Cook cofounded Intuit, in 1983, many other companies were already offering software to help people track their finances. In fact, at least 46 similar products launched before Quicken, the product Cook created, which is why we sometimes joke about how instead of having …

Your Elevator Pitch Needs an Elevator Pitch

Ah, the elevator pitch. A favorite tool of the networking masses. A rite of passage of sorts. You’ve heard the scenario: you step into an elevator and go up one floor. The elevator doors open and in walks the client of your dreams. They start some small talk and ask, “What do you do?” and you’ve …

Working Too Hard Makes Leading More Difficult

In 2007, the same day Steve Jobs introduced the first iPhone and the same year Twitter debuted at SXSW, executive coach Marshall Goldsmith published a book called <i>What Got You Here Won’t Get You There</i>.<p>In it, Goldsmith makes the case that many of the behaviors that initially propel high-achievers up …

The Authenticity Paradox

Authenticity has become the gold standard for leadership. But a simplistic understanding of what it means can hinder your growth and limit your impact.<p>Consider Cynthia, a general manager in a health care organization. Her promotion into that role increased her direct reports 10-fold and expanded …

The Electricity-Generating Bicycle Desk That Would Power the World

The story of Pedal Power's bike machine is spreading quickly. The two-man company has more than tripled its crowd-sourced fundraising goal, and its bike desk is being used to power laptops, grind grain for beer, and churn butter.<p>Does one of your colleagues have a standing desk? Maybe even a …

5 Reasons to Never Eat Lunch At Your Desk Again

Eating lunch at your desk is terrible for you, but almost all of us do it. Here are five very convincing reasons to actually take a lunch break.<p>David Drake has committed what many would consider unthinkable, if not impossible: the San Francisco software engineer has openly declared that he’s never …

How Etsy’s Creative Director Uses Intricate To-Do Lists To Free Up Big-Idea Brain Space

Etsy’s Randy Hunt uses insanely thorough lists to remind himself to do everything from taking out the garbage, to meeting Noam Chomsky–all in the interest of unlocking creative ideas. Here’s how you can steal his approach.<p>“You could use a pad of paper if you wanted to, although that would be kind …

The #1 Feature of a Meaningless Job

Ask people what they want in a job, and meaningfulness looms large. For decades, Americans have ranked purpose as their top priority—above …

How Ideo Helped Reinvent The Pillbox

A truly idiot-proof way to remember to take your meds.<p>Take all of the pills in your medicine cabinet that you have to track–the prescription drugs you need to remember to take two or three times a day, the multivitamins and fish liver pills you’re not sure make a difference–and imagine that instead …

8 Secrets to Building a Stunning LinkedIn Profile

Sometimes, defeat turns into opportunity.<p>Years ago, I attended a writers' conference and pitched an article to a magazine editor. He didn't take it, but he was friendly, gracious and polite.<p>I saw him on LinkedIn a couple years later, and at first hesitated to reach out. After all, he probably …

The Big Barrier to High-Value Health Care: Destructive Self-Interest

In the mid-Atlantic region of the United States, an effort is under way to get insurers, providers, employers, and unions to cooperate in creating a system that can reduce total health care costs and premiums while achieving better outcomes. Our organization — the Institute for Healthcare …

The Five Traps of High-Stakes Decision Making

At some point most executive teams will make a bet-the-company decision. Sometimes they’ll make the right one and will be handsomely rewarded. Southwest’s decision in 2007 to hedge against increases in the price of jet fuel proved remarkably prescient. But sometimes the big decision will go …

Why Governments Should Get Behind Ridesharing

While the sight of an oversized fuzzy pink moustache adorning the grill of a car would amuse most people, some see it not only as a threat, but as something that could lead to the collapse of an entire industry. The moustache is the trademark of Lyft — one of many ridesharing companies that have …

Dave Eggers Wrote the Best Business Book of the Year

Though it’s a work of fiction and not a guidebook full of practical checklists, Dave Eggers’ <i>The Circle</i> may be the most provocative business book you’ll read this year. It challenged me deeply, especially in the areas I’ve focused on for HBR—auto-analytics, wearable computing, and social technology. …

Can Rand Paul Learn to Tell the Truth?

The Kentucky senator and presidential hopeful has charisma, fundraising power, and new ideas. Now if can only resolve his sticky habit for bending the facts.<p>LOUISVILLE, Kentucky — Rand Paul was talking with University of Louisville medical students when one of them tossed him a softball. "The …

10 Little-Known Apps That Entrepreneurs Can’t Live Without

Everybody knows Evernote and Dropbox. Here’s a sneak peek at the next wave of productivity apps that top entrepreneurs like Tim Ferriss, Seth Godin, and Guy Kawasaki are working with daily.<p>Recently something terribly obvious–yet powerful–occurred to me: If you want to achieve things that no one …