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10 Must-Ask Questions To Supercharge Your Leadership

<i>David Hassell is the CEO of 15Five. This post originally appeared on the 15Five blog.</i><p>I used to imagine that I could peer into the silent void of a discussion with an employee and their thoughts and feelings would magically pop in my head. It never happened.<p>We are in the employee feedback business. …

Generating Data on What Customers Really Want

At a fundamental level, the decisions managers make about revenue and profits fall into two categories—those related to growth and those related to cost reduction. Both types are meant to increase margins. But how data are used in each decision-making process is completely different.<p>Cost reduction …

What Does Success Mean to You?

How do you know if you’re successful? Do you rely heavily on objective metrics such as your job title, the size of your bank account, or the colleges your children are getting into? Or do you focus more on the subjective, such as the satisfaction of solving thorny problems at work, the joy of …

Take a Walk, Sure, but Don’t Call It a Break

Every weekday morning, I take a three-and-a-half mile walk around my neighborhood, in pretty much whatever weather my New England town throws at me. I split an apple and give half to each of the horses at the corner of Cross Street. The sounds of their chomps and slurps fill me with vicarious …

8 Successful Entrepreneurs Give Their Younger Selves Lessons They Wish They’d Known Then

Execs and investors from Pandora, IDEO, Andreessen Horowitz, SoundCloud, and Kleiner Perkins, among other masters of disruption, share the wisdom they’ve gathered on the way to the top.<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>Looking …

Track Down

Spend 40% Less Time in Meetings–And Get A Life Instead

It’s time to get your unruly schedule under control–so you can spend your time where you want to spend it.<p>Six months ago, Gregg Renfrew found herself in a common predicament. This serial entrepreneur, who sold The Wedding List to Martha Stewart in 2001, and recently started a natural beauty …

Time Management

How Automattic Grew Into A Startup Worth $1 Billion With No Email And No Office Workers

Automattic is so unusual, it's the subject of a new book "The Year Without Pants" by its employee Scott Berkun. Berkun is a former Microsoft employee who documented how Automattic grew into a 190-employee company with a $1 billion valuation, while nearly all employees work from home.<p>Even though the …

Startups

Forget Click-Through Rate: 10 Metrics To Track For Display Advertising

<i>"Data-Driven Thinking" is written by members of the media community and contains fresh ideas on the digital revolution in media.</i><p><i>Today’s column is</i> …

Programmatic Panel: Getting To The Nitty-Gritty of RTB And Viewability Challenges

A panel covering RTB and “viewability” played to a packed room atop the Gansevoort Park Hotel in New York last night.<p>What commenced was a …

Good Companies Are Storytellers. Great Companies Are Storydoers

Discussions about story and storytelling are pretty fashionable in marketing circles. I have ambivalent feelings about this. On the one hand, as a lifelong advocate for the power of story in business, I find this very encouraging. For all companies, having a story and knowing that story are crucial …

Now That We Have All These Devices, It’s Time For Them To Truly Work Together

Cross-platform is the buzzword of all the big tech companies now. During every Google earnings call, like clockwork, CEO Larry Page dedicates considerable time discussing the company’s focus on making sure users have a seamless experience and equal access to services as they switch between devices. …

Why Purely Virtual Teams Don't Work

Ten years ago today, on April 1, 2003, these things did not exist: facebook, youtube, twitter, linkedin. Google had not yet gone public, and Wikipedia was in its infancy. The smartphone was just coming into the market with limited capability.<p>The phrase “cloud computing” didn’t come into common …