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The Right Way to Unplug When You’re on Vacation

Vacations are for unplugging: we all need to escape the daily grind from time to time, after all. But that doesn’t have to mean unplugging from the entire internet. In fact, you may have a more enjoyable and meaningful vacation by staying connected-as long as you’re staying connected to fun, …

Design Offices to Be More Like Neighborhoods

As more people flock to urban areas (about 80% of the U.S. population lives in cities), government officials and academics are becoming more interested in the study of urban space. This has coincided with a boom of new methods to study cities on a macro scale – but many of these techniques can also …

Pushing the Limits of Personalization

Google’s newly acquired Nest thermostat tracks people’s movements around their house and “learns” how warm they like to keep the rooms. Facebook offers an app that turns on the microphone of a person’s device and listens to the sounds it picks up, apparently to better target music and TV choices. …

Sales Still Matters More than Social Media

It’s become commonplace for observers to tout the transformative potential of digital technologies and bemoan the allegedly slow pace at which companies support these initiatives. Two recent blogs published by HBR.org are representative and, I believe, wrong.<p>Walter Frick, an HBR editor, contrasts …

Bring Out the Best in Your Team

When teams form to take on tasks, they are seldom able to tap the full knowledge of every member, in large part because the most confident, outgoing people get the most airtime, even if they’re not the most expert. Meanwhile, the real experts take a backseat and therefore have a limited impact.<p>But …