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In America, Labor Is Friendless

I imagine that labor is feeling quite wistful about Labor Day 2014. It has been a while since labor, especially organized labor, has had much to celebrate. And the prospects going forward aren’t particularly bright.<p>Real wages for production and non-supervisory workers have declined since the …

How Apple Uses Picasso To Teach Employees About Product Design

Apple uses Picasso’s The Bull to teach new hires to think like Steve Jobs.<p>Founded by Steve Jobs in 2008 as a way to train future employees to think more like him, Apple University is an internal program that not only indoctrinates new employees into Cupertino’s business culture, it also teaches new …

The slippery slope of getting away with small stuff

Ask anyone to name someone who has committed unethical acts at work and it won’t take long for them to come up with a list.<p>There’s master Ponzi schemer Bernie Madoff, New York Times plagiariser Jayson Blair, and the list goes on.<p>While most people who cross the ethical line won’t steal billions of …

Behavior

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 …

Millennials don’t need your condescension, they need higher wages

The meme about Millennials living in their parents’ basements is overblown, thanks to the Census’ quirky definition of “parents’ basements.” (It includes college dorms.)<p>Americans love to wax histrionic about young people, and it would be cruel for me to deprive them of a beloved national past-time …

Demographics

18 Things Highly Creative People Do Differently

This list has been expanded into the new book, "Wired to Create: Unravelling the Mysteries of the Creative Mind," by Carolyn Gregoire and Scott Barry Kaufman.<p>Creativity works in mysterious and often paradoxical ways. Creative thinking is a stable, defining characteristic in some personalities, but …

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. …

Why We’re More Creative When We’re Tired, And 9 Other Surprising Things About How Brains Work

You may be hardwired as an introvert or an extrovert. But don’t worry, there are ways to change how our brains work.<p><i>Editor’s Note: This is one of the most-read leadership articles of 2013. Click here to see the full list.</i><p>One of the things that surprises me time and time again is how we think our …

The lies, myths and half-truths ruining your career

Is it possible that there are basic myths and lies that are ruining your life, holding back your career or justifying an unhappy or unfulfilled life?<p>The little things we believe or tell ourselves can go a long way toward derailing our success, according to several LinkedIn Influencers, who weighed …

World Economic Forum

40 Tutorials and Techniques for Creating Business Logos

A logo alludes to its company’s identity in its appearance and visual impact; that’s how it starts branding. Seeing how important it is, we designers …

How to ditch the 9-to-5 life

Long before Douglas Gan launched VanityTrove, a beauty sampling website for Asian consumers, he started tinkering with a web-hosting company as a side business.<p>As a high school student, Gan used his spare time to create a fledgling internet business that helped him learn the ropes without the …

Entrepreneurship

The world's strangest work laws

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21st-Century Talent Spotting

A few years ago, I was asked to help find a new CEO for a family-owned electronics retailer that wanted to professionalize its management and expand its operations. I worked closely with the outgoing chief executive and the board to pinpoint the relevant competencies for the job and then seek out …

The Problem With a Degree From a Top University | Inc.com

Do you look back on your solid and sensible choice of university and think, <i>What if I’d reached for the stars and gotten into an Ivy instead?</i> Or maybe your kid is starting the college admissions marathon, and you’re wondering just how hard you should push her to get into that dream university?<p>If …

College & University

14 Inspiring Graduation Speech Quotes You Should Know | Inc.com

The best, most inspiring advice you can give anyone graduating this year is to become an entrepreneur in his or her own life. That's because the true definition of entrepreneurship has to do with the pursuit of opportunity, as opposed to simply running a business.<p>For the class of 2014, therefore, …

University of Pennsylvania

Is your job at risk from robot labor? Check this handy interactive

In the second machine age, robots will perform tasks once thought to require uniquely human abilities, like driving our taxis and filleting our fish. But not all jobs will be equally affected by automation. The interactive plot above attempts to sort out the differences.<p>We compared three variables …

Handy

Si cobra el subsidio de paro tiene más difícil colocarse | Economía | Cinco Días

En España hay 3,6 millones de parados de larga duración, que llevan más de un año desempleados. Y de este colectivo, cuatro de cada diez son de <i>muy</i> …

Using Simple Math, An Expert Proves You're Passing on Top Talent | Inc.com

Even the very best recruiters are going to make a mistake from time to time. And even a razor-thin margin of error can have a big effect on making sure your company is identifying top talent. Here's the math to prove it.<p>This logic problem comes from the forthcoming book from Harvard Business Review …

Employment

Be lucky - it's an easy skill to learn

Those who think they're unlucky should change their outlook and discover how to generate good fortune, says Richard Wiseman<p>A decade ago, I set out to investigate luck. I wanted to examine the impact on people's lives of chance opportunities, lucky breaks and being in the right place at the right …

Behavior

4 Systems Jack Daly Says You Must Have to Build an Amazing Culture | Inc.com

You can't have a successfully growing company without a solid, sustainable culture. Master coach Jack Daly has finally put the keys to building an incredible culture into his wonderful new book, <i>Hyper Sales Growth: Street-Proven Systems & Processes; How to Grow Quickly & Profitably</i>.<p>Management is …

Employee Engagement

3 Innovative Methods to Prevent Leadership Blind Spots | Inc.com

<i>"The important and difficult job is never to find the right answers, it is to find the right question." Peter Drucker,</i> The Practice of Management <i>(1954)</i><p>When Clayton Christensen, the famed Harvard Business School professor, was an MBA student at the school, he had a habit of writing down the best …

Innovation

Making your business lean might be a surefire way to lose customers

Recently, I lost my wallet and had to replace a couple of bank cards (a situation millions of people face yearly). The first bank I called required me to slowly navigate through an automated system with an endless succession of prompts, while I grew increasingly frustrated and weary. Finally—after …

Management

What countries around the world give their citizens for having children

Almost half of the world faces the same demographic problem: not enough babies are being born to keep up with an aging population. As a result, countries have been trying all kinds of measures to get their citizens in the mood for procreating. Japan is spending about ¥3 billion ($29.3 million) on …

Pregnancy

Companies have turned killing time into an art form

Technologies like email and videoconferencing, designed to save time, end up helping people waste more of it. A new study by Bain & Company published at the Harvard Business Review finds that the way we order our lives and structure our companies, and particularly our meetings, wastes a spectacular …

Research

Winning over a hostile audience

Ross Monaghan used to have the thankless task of explaining to local residents why mobile phone towers might soon by towering over their back gardens, as part of his job in the telecommunications business.<p>Sometimes, his fellow executives didn't help.<p>"I once (saw) a senior executive turn up to an …

General Motors

The Indispensable Power of Story

Some people have a way of making the complex clear. They know who they are, why they do what they do, and where they want to go. Because they have internalized all this, they are able to sharply crystallize ideas and vision. They speak in simple, relatable terms. And they can get a <i>lot</i> …

El joven que encontró trabajo en la Fórmula 1 haciendo coches de papel

Paul Bischof reconoce que su caso es muy, muy raro. A los ocho años, su padre le regaló un modelo de papel para montar. Al poco tiempo, comenzó a …