Aidan Rigney

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The Differences Between Busy vs. Productive People

Are You a Busy Donkey or a Productive Unicorn?<p>The quest to being more effective at work has hatched misconceptions about what having a productive workday really means. It has also led most people into thinking that being busy is tantamount to being productive.<p>Here are some valuable insights into …

Are You Listening? Top 10 Things Employees Wish They Could Tell Their Boss

Looking for commitment over compliance? Here is what your employees want from you the most.<p>How do you get from a mission statement or a good set of principles to a productive and loyal organization? The answer lies in your willingness and ability to be supportive. To show that you are there to get …

Why Financial Institutions Are Turning To Chief Data Officers To Generate More Value Out Of Data

In a conversation recently with MicroStrategy CMO Mark Gambill, he walked through the rationale for the rise of a newer type of role—the Chief Data Officer. As part of that conversation, we discussed what the CDO role is and how it adds value above and beyond the CMO and CIO roles. Below are …

Financial Services

To Improve Employee Communication, Try These 5 Fresh Approaches | Inc.com

I often facilitate focus groups with employees to ask them what they think about the current state of internal communication.<p>As you might expect, employees are eager to share their feedback--and tell you what they would change about the way their organization communicates. But there's one issue …

This Elon Musk Email to Tesla Employees Is a Powerful Lesson in Authentic, Heartfelt Leadership | Inc.com

Elon Musk is one of the world's most popular entrepreneurs. As the guiding force behind Tesla, SpaceX, and OpenAI -- not to mention helping to found PayPal -- he tackles some of the biggest challenges.<p>That includes some of the biggest leadership challenges.<p>Who better to know that than Daniel Coyle, …

Tesla

The 1 Quality You Need Most In a Mentor (That Most People Try to Avoid) | Inc.com

Having a mentor can have a tremendous impact on your career. The right one can help guide you through complex situations, work on self-growth and development needs, advocate for you and more. Most people with positive views of their mentor tend to have relationships with them that are very …

Leadership

My Best Advice For Entrepreneurs - Find A Mentor. This Is Why And How.

Being an entrepreneur is, by definition, a journey into the unknown. Every day will throw something new at you – a new challenge, a new problem, a new possible solution. This uncertainty is partially why being an entrepreneur is so exciting – you never know from which direction the next challenge …

Entrepreneurship

Signs of a bad boss

If you fantasize about quitting on the regular, that's not a good sign."Horrible Bosses"/Warner Bros. Pictures<p>If you contemplate handing in your two weeks' notice every time you talk to your boss, you're not alone.<p>A global poll from job-search site Monster found that 32% of employees say they have …

How to Become the Magnetic, Confident Person You've Always Wanted to Be

Traditionally, those with power and influence in the workplace are portrayed as overly dominant and coercive with a disregard for those around …

University of California

Finally, Some Answers From Equifax to Your Data Breach Questions

In the last few days, several hundred of you have sent me questions or tweeted about the Equifax breach and its credit freeze process. I don’t blame you, given that you’ve melted their websites and phone banks since the company announced last week that up to 143 million people may have had their …

18 Questions the Best Leaders Use to Develop, Engage, and Retain Their Staff | Inc.com

One of the primary reasons employees become disengaged is that they feel undervalued and that their manager is not taking an interest in their career development. When I ask the leaders I coach why they don't do this, they say it's because they lack the time, or there aren't that many opportunities …

Employee Engagement

Jeff Bezos outlines his methods for “high-velocity decision-making”

Amazon CEO Jeff Bezos wants his $430 billion publicly traded company to behave with the urgency of the startup it once was.<p>To make sure he acts quickly, he follows a set of guidelines for “high-velocity decision-making” he laid out in his annual letter to shareholders. He urges his employees to …

Management

Why Tim Cook is Steve Ballmer and Why He Still Has His Job at Apple

What happens to a company when a visionary CEO is gone? Most often innovation dies and the company coasts for years on momentum and its brand. Rarely does it regain its former glory.<p>Here's why.<p>---<p>Microsoft entered the 21st century as the dominant software provider for anyone who interacted with a …

How to Effectively Evaluate Your New Product Idea | Inc.com

As I often say, licensing is a numbers game. To become successful, you'll need to invent idea after idea. Beyond that, you'll need to get good at determining which of your ideas to move forward with. You probably love all of your ideas. I love mine, too. But my thinking is, why commit to a …

5 Ways Introverts Become Highly Successful Entrepreneurs | Inc.com

The image of the outgoing, gregarious, never-met-a-stranger entrepreneur is a common one. That's especially true when many successful entrepreneurs appear to have pushed through obstacles and setbacks by force of personality alone.<p>So being an extrovert is a prerequisite for being a great …

The Last Days Of Marissa Mayer?

<i>This story appears in the December 14, 2015 issue of FORBES.</i><p>The late October offsite meeting for more than 120 of Yahoo’s top executives at the Park Central Hotel in San Francisco started well enough. The first day jumped from strategy sessions to upcoming product discussions. But on day two, when …

Advertising

8 Surprising Secrets From the DevOps Team Behind Twitter, AirBnB & Uber | Inc.com

Remember when Twitter used to stall? You knew you were sunk when you got the blue whale of death.<p>Jack Dorsey, CEO at Twitter, wanted to slay that fail whale, said Paul Reese to me yesterday as we toured the Chicago location of Pivotal Labs. "His team at Twitter was busy fighting the front lines, so …

Love Your Ex-Employees and They’ll Love You Back

Much as war is too important to leave to the generals, love is too precious to entrust to the romantics. So don’t. Organizations looking for their people to love them better be pragmatic about their idealism. To do “what it really takes to become a company employees love” requires leaders to ask, …

7 Super Negative Employees You Should Fire Right Now | Inc.com

For some reason, many employees think they're doing you a big favor by gracing you with their presence each day on the job--whether they're actually contributing value to your organization. In my experience, it's the negative ones who think they're doing you the biggest favor, and often they're the …

Employment

Analysis Group’s CEO on Managing with Soft Metrics

Ken Richardson<p>My father is an economist at Yale, which I attended as an undergraduate. I was in the throes of adolescent rebellion, so I wanted nothing to do with economics—I didn’t take a single course in the subject. After graduation I went off to Harvard Law School, and then I practiced law for …

IBM cuts down IT support staff w/ Mac deployment, says 5% of Mac users call help desk vs 40% for PCs

Deploying Macs to employees has helped IBM significantly reduce its IT staff and cut down on time and costs, the company’s VP of Workplace-as-a-Service Fletcher Previn explained at a recent talk during the JAMF Nation User Conference (JNUC). Previn offered some insight into how offering Macs has …

Facebook goes down for the third time in 3 weeks

<i>This post was updated at 1:45 p.m. PT</i><p>Facebook's app and website appear to be slowly coming back online after both went down for many users Monday …

Mark Zuckerberg

Beyond agile: Reorganizing IT for faster software delivery

The integration of software development with IT operations can rev up companies’ delivery of new applications. But this approach may not be right for …

Assessing the Sins of Volkswagen, Toyota, and General Motors

Something seems to have gone seriously awry in the global auto industry. First, highly revered Toyota was accused of selling cars with unintended acceleration problems that the company failed to take seriously for over one year. Then General Motors had a faulty ignition switch that led to hundreds …

The Promise Of 5G

Hossein Moiin Contributor<p>Hossein Moiin is executive vice president and CTO of Nokia Networks.<p>The evolution of personal communication has fundamentally altered the everyday lives of most people on our planet. Armed with a smartphone connected to a seemingly infinite ocean of information, …

How to Manage People Who Are Smarter than You

The best managers hire smart people to work for them. But what if your direct reports are smarter than you? How do you manage people who have more experience or more knowledge? How do you coach them if you don’t have the same level of expertise?<p><b>What the Experts Say</b> <br>Getting promoted to a job that …

In big move, Accenture will get rid of annual performance reviews and rankings

As of September, one of the largest companies in the world will do all of its employees and managers an enormous favor: It will get rid of the annual performance review.<p>Accenture CEO Pierre Nanterme told The Washington Post that the professional services firm, which employs hundreds of thousands of …

Employment

Deepening dependency on technology raises risk of breakdowns

Technology has become so indispensable that when it breaks down, people's lives go haywire, too.<p>Computer outages at United Airlines, the New York …

Delivering an Effective Performance Review

It’s performance review season, and you know the drill. Drag each of your direct reports into a conference room for a one-on-one, hand them an official-looking document, and then start in with the same, tired conversation. Say some positive things about what the employee is good at, then some …