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Your Data Should Be Faster, Not Just Bigger

It’s universally acknowledged that Big Data is now a fact of life, but while large enterprises have spent heavily on managing large <i>volumes</i> and disparate <i>varieties</i> of data for analytical purposes, they have devoted far less to managing high <i>velocity</i> data. That’s a problem, because high velocity data …

Big Data

Most HR Data Is Bad Data

How good a rater do you think you are? If you were my manager and you watched my performance for an entire year, how accurate do you think your ratings of me would be on attributes such as my “promotability” or “potential?”<p>How about more specific attributes such as my customer focus or my learning …

Human Resources

What Research Tells Us About Making Accurate Predictions

“Prediction is very difficult,” the old chestnut goes, “especially about the future.” And for years, social science agreed. Numerous studies detailed the forecasting failures of even so-called experts. Predicting the future is just too hard, the thinking went; HBR even published an article about …

Machine Learning

The Ideal Work Schedule, as Determined by Circadian Rhythms

Humans have a well-defined internal clock that shapes our energy levels throughout the day: our circadian process, which is often referred to as a circadian rhythm because it tends to be very regular. If you’ve ever had jetlag, then you know how persistent circadian rhythms can be. This natural — …

Employment

How to Make Yourself Work When You Just Don’t Want To

There’s that project you’ve left on the backburner – the one with the deadline that’s growing uncomfortably near. And there’s the client whose phone call you really should return – the one that does nothing but complain and eat up your valuable time. Wait, weren’t you going to try to go to the gym …

What Maslow’s Hierarchy Won’t Tell You About Motivation

At some point in their careers, most leaders have either consciously — or, more likely, unwittingly — based (or justified) their approach to motivation on Maslow’s Hierarchy of Needs. Maslow’s idea that people are motivated by satisfying lower-level needs such as food, water, shelter, and security, …

Relax, You Have 168 Hours This Week

There are 168 hours in a week; this is immutable truth. That sounds like a lot, but is it really enough time to cover the demands of a successful career, family involvement, and everything else that makes up a fulfilling life? Let’s do the back-of-the-envelope calculation.<p>Starting with those 168 …

A CEO Stepped Down This Week to Spend More Time With His Children. Yes, That CEO Is a Man

A Better Life<p>The Greatest Memo About Work-Life Balance Ever?<p>The Washington Post<p>Max Schireson, the chief executive of database company MongoDB, was working the typical “crazy full-time” hours of a CEO. He was on pace to log 300,000 air miles this year — not unusual for a top executive who commutes …

So You Want to Join a Board

Many senior managers desire — and are qualified — to join a board. And many companies around the world would greatly benefit from infusions of fresh talent and insight into their boards. Yet all too often board positions go to people who are already serving on other boards. So how can you, a …

The Leaders Who Make M&A Work

Despite the popularity of growth strategies based on mergers and acquisitions, the challenges of execution are substantial—40% to 80% of mergers fail to meet objectives.<p>To understand the high failure rate, prior researchers have examined financial characteristics, capability matches, and human …

The CEO of Williams-Sonoma on Blending Instinct with Analysis

Photography: Stephanie Diani<p><b>The Idea:</b> Thanks to its catalog heritage, the retailer was well positioned to collect and use data from customers and other sources. Now it has reorganized to take its analytics to a whole new level.<p>As I walk each day into the Williams-Sonoma headquarters on San …

What People Are Really Doing When They’re on a Conference Call

If you’re reading this while on a conference call — perhaps even in the loo — you’re not alone. It turns out many U.S. employees would rather do just about anything rather than listen intently to their coworkers from a remote location.<p>According to InterCall, the world’s largest conference call …

Just Thinking You Slept Poorly Can Hurt Your Performance

<b>The study:</b> Colorado College professor Kristi Erdal and psychology student Christina Draganich tricked subjects into believing that the quality of their previous night’s sleep could be determined by measuring their brain waves. Those randomly selected to be told that they’d had a below-average …

Why Saving Work for Tomorrow Doesn’t Work

Do you frequently tell yourself that you’ll do better “next time” and then don’t change when the time comes? Do you often decide to do something “later” only to find that it never gets done?<p>If you answered “yes” to either one of these questions, you’re probably ignoring the fact that your behavior …

This Is How Retailers Are Using Social Media In Stores To Drive Sales

Nordstrom recently announced that it's installing video monitors in more than 100 of its stores to display products being shared on social shopping app Wanelo. "It's a purely customer-driven strategy," said Bryan Galipeau, Nordstrom's social media director, in a press release. "We take a snapshot …

eCommerce

Staples' Tom Stemberg Advises Businesses to Avoid the 'Amazon Effect' | Inc.com

<i>In the '80s and '90s, Staples founder Tom Stemberg was a big-box pioneer. Those days seem distant, says Stemberg, now 65 and a VC at Highland Capital. His portfolio includes sporting-goods chain City Sports and yoga brand Lululemon. "Terrestrial, mundane businesses," as Stemberg explains to</i> Inc.</i> …

eCommerce

Major E-Commerce Brands Are Suddenly Opening Brick-And-Mortar Stores

Recently, Bonobos raised $55MM largely to accelerate its foray into "Guideshops." Other e-commerce innovators such as Warby Parker, Trunk Club, Nasty Gal and Bauble Bar are all expanding into physical store fronts. Expect more announcements soon, not only from earlier stage companies, but from …

eCommerce

Why You Should Blow Off the Retail Sales Report -- Yet Again

And sales at bars and restaurants dipped 0.3%. About the only bright spots were clothing (+0.8%) and drugstores (+0.9%). The 0.9% climb in non-store …

How Coca-Cola Stock Will Satisfy Investors' Thirst for Profit

NEW YORK (TheStreet) – Global beverage giant <b>Coca-Cola</b> (KO) will report financial results for its second quarter on Tuesday. The company's investors …

We Could Be Minutes, Hours, Days, Weeks Away From a Huge Pandora Announcement

NEW YORK (TheStreet) -- You may or may not recall an article I wrote about <b>Pandora</b> (P) in February. It was actually, in part, an article about an …

GoPro Jumps as Analyst Coverage Supports Vision of Next Big Thing

NEW YORK (TheStreet) - GoPro (GPRO) was continuing its fast-paced ascent Monday as the point-of-view camera maker received more support from …

The 10 Timeless Productivity Hacks

Here are the 10 timeless work habits or productivity hacks that will make you more productive today.

Reinventing the Chief Marketing Officer: An Interview with Unilever CMO Keith Weed

<i>A marketing revolution is under way and nowhere is that more visible than in the CMO’s transforming role. Unilever CMO Keith Weed embodies this new order as an architect and leader of the firm’s plan to double revenue while halving its environmental impact. In this edited interview, Weed describes</i> …

The Daily Routines Of 26 Of History’s Most Creative Minds

10 p.m. to 7 a.m.: Sleep. 9 a.m. to 5 p.m.: Be a genius.<p>Even Beethoven and Balzac had just 24 hours in a day. How did history’s most prolific minds schedule their greatness? Based on research from Mason Currey’s <i>Daily Rituals: How Artists Work</i> (which we covered previously here), a new interactive …

Creativity

How 6 Countries Compare on Executive Gender Balance

All countries are not equal – in gender as in much else. Our Annual Country Scorecards show how national culture and legislation impacts companies’ progress on gender balance. Where many European and North American companies have been on a slow but steady gender-balancing journey, big business in …