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These Movies Are Way Kinkier Than Fifty Shades Freed

When <i>Fifty Shades of Grey</i> was published in 2011, you couldn't go more than a few feet without seeing someone reading it (or reading it behind another …

What Is Strategic Agility?

As I suggested here and here, the subject of Strategic Agility is important because it’s central to the key business issue: how to make money from Agile? If the Agile movement is only about creating great workplaces for software developers (also important!) but doesn’t generate better business …

Innovation

A step-by-step guide to get richer, healthier, and happier in 31 days

If you don't yet have a plan for 2018, you might be in trouble.<p>Lucky for you, we've already made a plan for you. Above is our 31-day guide to starting off a healthy, wealthy, happy year. Each day is accompanied by a task, along with a quick explanation, below, of why it's important.<p>Read on to find …

11 Dirty Movies On Netflix That Actually Tell A Good Story

We're currently living in a truly golden digital age, ladies and gentlemen. One where filth, raunchiness, sauciness, and unadulterated erotica is but …

Kanban Boards are a Design Challenge

I recently shared an older post on UX work and Kanban boards.<p><b>Where Do We Put The UX Tasks?</b><i><br>In my career I’ve heard this conversation play out over and</i> …

Boring Staff Meetings? Do This 1 Thing to Improve Every Meeting From Now On

You don't have to suffer through the same dull routine. This approach will transform your next meeting.<p>What's the most boring hour you spend at work every week? There are so many possibilities that it's difficult to pick just one--but chances are that a meeting makes the list. And it's even more …

Demonstration

How devops changes monitoring

Devops is in many ways a modern evolution born out of the old way of doing things. Waterfall development methodologies were too slow, deployments to …

Forget Budgeting: Here Is A Smarter, Easier Way To Control Your Spending

<i>Let’s face it: budgeting is a real pain. That’s why Andrew Sivertsen, a partner and senior financial planner in the Quad Cities office of The Planning Center, advocates another way to control your money. A much easier way. His prescription:</i><p>Just saying the word “budget” is enough to cause your gut …

Microsoft CEO Satya Nadella Just Gave the Best Leadership Advice in 7 Words

No wonder Amazon's Jeff Bezos tried to poach him.<p>Well, I have to admit one thing today:<p>I underestimated what Satya Nadella could do for Microsoft.<p>When he first became Microsoft's CEO, the tech giant was in a mess.<p>Not only was it losing to its biggest competitors, there was a lot of infighting.<p>But …

Satya Nadella

The 7 Books Microsoft CEO Satya Nadella Says You Need To Lead Smarter

The well-read CEO recommends books that have informed his own thinking and that of his team at Microsoft in formulating the company’s turnaround.<p>If you spend time with Satya Nadella—as I did on several occasions this year while researching our new cover story on the dramatic impact he’s had on …

Satya Nadella

A Simple Way to Be More Assertive (Without Being Pushy)

In the workplace, we all run into conflict. Many of us would love to speak up and assert ourselves to correct it. And, in a perfect world, it would be easy. You could finally tell that colleague who keeps interrupting you exactly how you feel. You could give him a piece of your mind, releasing the …

Self-help

Amazon's Jeff Bezos Just Offered a Master Class in Attracting Millennials (in 2 Words)

It's easy when you know how.<p><i>Absurdly Driven</i> <i>looks at the world of business with a skeptical eye and a firmly rooted tongue in cheek.</i><p>Millennials are people, too.<p>Some find this hard to remember, as the slightly younger, occasionally more bearded crowd are smeared with a group name that makes them …

Jeff Bezos

Google is sharing its management tools with the world

Speaking at his alma mater in January, Sundar Pichai, Google’s low-profile CEO, revealed his key to effective management: “Let others succeed.”<p>Enacting Pichai’s advice is easier said than done. But Google is sharing some tools that might help. Its Re:Work blog is offering a series of instructive …

Goal Setting

The Science of Pep Talks

Alexei Vella<p>Erica Galos Alioto stands in front of 650 sales reps in the New York office of Yelp, the online review company, wearing a pair of shiny gold pants that she calls her lucky LDOM pants. LDOM is Yelp’s acronym for “last day of the month,” and for Alioto, senior vice president for local …

Leadership

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Lapa Ceiling Fan

A continuing desire to add value along with design resulted in Modern Fan Company’s distinctive Lapa fan. The Lapa’s optional light is housed in …

How to Manage Projects Using an Online Kanban Board

Once you understand the concept behind what a Kanban board is, take a moment to learn more about how they can help you plan and manage projects in a …

Biggest developments in fintech in 2016

To get to grips with one of the 21st century’s biggest changes in digital – especially in regards to finance and investment – is no easy task for any …

Financial Services

Looking To Integrate Blockchain Into Your Business? Here's How

Companies in financial services, healthcare, energy and other industries are sprinting to begin adopting blockchain — the technology behind Bitcoin that promises to improve efficiency in numerous processes, plus create new business opportunities. But many are doing so simply because of fear of …

Blockchain

HBR's Embrace Of Agile

The article, “Embracing Agile,” in the current issue of <i>Harvard Business Review</i> by Darrell K. Rigby, Jeff Sutherland and Hirotaka Takeuchi is a landmark in the history of management, not just the history of Agile and its major variant, Scrum.<p>In 2011, I wrote: “If there was a Nobel Prize for …

Project Management

Lean Innovation: Design Thinking Meets Lean Startup For The Enterprise

Innovation is often born from individuals who view design as a way to shape forward-thinking ideas. While design alone can’t deliver the promise of innovation, frameworks—such as design thinking and lean innovation —provide methodologies and a mindset that are required for customer-centric …

Aligning Your Organization with an Agile Workforce

<i>Leaders recognize that lean and agile business strategies require new ways of accessing talent to fill critical gaps — without necessarily bringing on more full-time employees. But most organizations aren’t set up for getting the most out of non-traditional employment relationships. In this excerpt</i> …

Management

10 Lessons Learned by An Agile Coach in 2015

Hi guys,<p>During last weeks I had an opportunity to do a personal retrospective about my own learnings in 2015 and I must admit that 2015 was rich in …

Technology is disrupting the financial services industry — here's how

Technology is upending workflow and processes in the financial services industry. Tasks once handled with paper money, bulky computers, and human interaction are now being completed entirely on digital interfaces. Given how pervasive financial services are across the globe, the disruption …

3 Books That Can Help You Be Better in 2016, and Beyond

<b>The Productivity Project</b>, Chris Bailey<p>For one year, Bailey, a Canadian business school grad, structured his life around a single obsession: improving …

Building Flat Organizations with Cross-functional Teams and Fewer Managers

“Hierarchical organizations can't react to new market opportunities and changes fast enough, this impedes the company’s survival in the long run”, …

DevOps at Seamless: The Why, How, and What

The key thing about DevOps is understanding under which circumstances it should be introduced to your organization.<p>Starting with “why” is crucial as …

Management

Lean Knowledge Work

The Toyota Production System is arguably the most important invention in operations since Henry Ford’s Model T began rolling off the production line. It has spawned numerous approaches to improving operations, all based on the same principles: relentless attention to detail, commitment to …

Seven Books Every MBA Student Needs to Read

The MBA Startup Reading List<p>I consider myself incredibly fortunate to have spent my summer in Palo Alto, California, interning on the data science …

Silicon Valley

Is Something Lost When We Use Mindfulness as a Productivity Tool?

I came to mindfulness as a healing practice after overcoming an addiction to Adderall during my junior year of college. I found myself in this situation because I thought that using Adderall to help me focus was no big deal — an attitude shared by 81% of students nationwide.<p>Adderall simply seemed …

Mindfulness