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Simplify Outdated Corporate Processes

Unlike suburban housing developments or modern cities, organizations don’t grow with some sort of rational, master plan. They evolve naturally over time. In urban areas, this organic development leads to a chaotic mess of narrow, twisty, confusing streets and dead-ends instead of a broad, easy to …

Eight Essential Questions for Every Corporate Innovator

One of the first, and most lasting, pieces of career advice I received came from Linda Bush, my first project manager when I was a wee pup working at McKinsey & Company. “Ask a lot of questions,” Linda advised me. “You might think you are being annoying, but it’s the only way you learn. And trust …

Research Shows Which TV Ads Are Likely to Make Multitaskers Buy

Over the last few years, consumers have increased, not decreased, the time they spend watching television content. This might sound like good news for advertisers, save for two important caveats. First, while attention time <i>dedicated</i> to TV content has been rising, this is not the case for people</i> …

A Minimum-Wage Hike Could Help Employers, Too

President Obama’s State of the Union address tonight is expected to include a push to increase the minimum wage. A lot of companies that rely on low-wage workers are worried about that. It’s obvious to them that paying employees more will result in some combination of three outcomes: (a) profits …

Income Inequality Is a Sustainability Issue

This evening, President Obama will deliver his State of the Union Address, and it is widely reported that it will focus on the issue of income inequality. He will be “on trend,” as they say in fashion — in recent months, leaders from the new Mayor of New York to the Pope have also been vocal on the …

Big Data’s Dangerous New Era of Discrimination

Congratulations. You bought into Big Data and it’s paying off Big Time. You slice, dice, parse and process every screen-stroke, clickstream, Like, tweet and touch point that matters to your enterprise. You now know exactly who your best — and worst — customers, clients, employees and partners are. …

HBR’s Guide to Obama’s 2014 State of the Union

Last night, President Obama laid out a set of goals and proposals for his next year in office, with a substantial portion of the speech focusing on business and economic issues. He mentioned a number of themes that we cover regularly here at HBR: the minimum wage, inequality, women in the …