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How these 3 startups are changing the trillion-dollar supply chain industry

It should be common sense that everything you use or wear had to be produced somewhere. From the iPhone you use to call friends to the pan you use to cook your meals, everything first started as a raw material.<p>While most people don’t think about what is involved in producing the products we use …

Startups

LinkedIn's CEO Jeff Weiner Just Shared Some Brilliant Career Advice | Inc.com

With a 97 percent employee approval rating on Glassdoor, LinkedIn's Jeff Weiner has developed a reputation as one of the most beloved CEOs in the world.<p>Weiner recently shared his advice on what it takes to reach employees on a deeper level:<p>"Inspire, empower, listen & appreciate. Practicing any one …

Leadership

Five Reflections From Supply Chain Planning Benchmarking

<i>Benchmarking is a measurement of the quality of an organization’s policies, products, programs or strategies against standard measurements. Business</i> …

LogDog Is A Mobile App That Helps Protect Your Online Accounts From Being Hacked

By some estimates as many as 1 in 4 people claim to have had one of their online accounts hacked, something that Israeli startup LogDog is on a mission to help stop. It offers a mobile app (currently Android, with iOS to follow soon) that promises to monitor an array of online accounts for …

9 Ways To Become a Thought Leader

Regardless of their specific area of expertise, thought leaders use similar strategies to achieve greatness.<p>According to Wikipedia, a thought leader "is recognized as an authority in a specialized field and whose expertise is sought and often rewarded." I've interviewed dozens of thought leaders …

Target will roll out RFID price tags to improve inventory management

The retail giant says that once completed in 2016, the rollout will be one of the largest implementations of RFID in the retail industry.<p>Target is …

How To Create A Morning Routine That Changes Your Life

Through high school and the first years of college I always had problems sticking to habits and getting things done.<p>I can still remember sleeping in …

Time Management

Personal Branding 101: Essential Guide For Job Seekers.

Employment

You Want Progress In Life? Stop Learning... Start Implementing

Your success in life is directly proportionate to your ability to take action and get stuff done.<p>But…<p>That is most likely the opposite of what you’ve …

Middle School

Why You’ll Hate the Apple Watch And The Important Business Lesson You Need To Learn

<b>Editor’s Note:</b> <i>Nir Eyal is the author of</i><i>Hooked: How to Build Habit-Forming Products</i> <i>and blogs about the psychology of products at</i> <i>NirAndFar.com</i><i>.</i><p>If you are among the 19 million people Apple predicts will buy an Apple Watch, I have some bad news for you — I’m betting there is an important feature …

Lowe's: The Home Improvement Retailer Of The Future

In other blogs I’ve looked at how cutting-edge companies like Amazon and Apple are getting closer to their customers by using consumer data to take the friction out of the purchasing process. That’s why you may be surprised that one of today’s leading lights in the retail space is actually a home …

Smart Homes

The Best Management Article Of 2014

Good news: Harvard Business Review has announced that Bill Lazonick is the 2014 HBR McKinsey Award winner for the best HBR article in 2014 for his brilliant, hard-hitting piece, “Profits Without Prosperity” (September 2014 HBR). Lazonick is a professor of economics at the University of …

Management

How to Design an Agenda for an Effective Meeting

We’ve all been in meetings where participants are unprepared, people veer off-track, and the topics discussed are a waste of the team’s time. These problems — and others like it — stem from poor agenda design. An effective agenda sets clear expectations for what needs to occur before and during a …

Management

To Be Successful, Do Only What You Do Best

Opinions expressed by <i>Entrepreneur</i> contributors are their own.<p>If there were some way for you to download decades of my experience in the business world and sort through the individuals who have had great success bringing real products to market, you’d find something very interesting.<p>You’d find a lot …

12 Habits Of Exceptional Leaders

One of the most popular <i>Dilbert</i> comic strips in the cartoon’s history begins with Dilbert’s boss relaying senior leadership’s explanation for the company’s low profits. In response to his boss, Dilbert asks incredulously, “So they’re saying that profits went up because of great leadership and down …

Self-awareness

How To Answer 'Who Else Are You Interviewing With?'

I used to teach a career strategy class to MBA students. When the MBA students went on job interviews, they almost always got the question “Which other companies are you interviewing with?”<p>The question popped out very organically in the interview conversations, like it wasn’t the slightest bit …

Employment

Infographic: Re-engineering The Supply Chain

How can consumer products companies balance the omni-channel opportunity with the need to drive profits? The answer may be found in re-engineering the supply chain.<p>It’s tempting to dismiss omni-channel as hype. The vast majority of consumer products businesses are focused on selling products via …

Manufacturing

Key Take-Aways From Gartner's 2015 Magic Quadrant For Business Intelligence And Analytics Platforms

Business Intelligence (BI) platforms grew 9% in 2013, and are projected to grow at a compound annual growth rate (CAGR) of 8.7% through 2018.<p>These and other insights are from the Magic Quadrant for Business Intelligence and Analytics Platforms (client access) written by Rita L. Sallam, Bill …

Big Data

Why Data Scientists Don't Have Time to Do Analysis

67% of the data scientists surveyed said cleaning and organizing data is among their most time-consuming tasks, and 40% said they don't have enough …

Top 50 Data Science Resources: The Best Blogs, Forums, Videos and Tutorials to Learn All about Data Science

The field of data science is constantly evolving and ever-advancing, with new technologies placing more valuable insights in the hands of modern …

Data Science

5 Simple Questions that Will Make You 5 Times More Successful

<i>Doing your best at this moment puts you in the best place for the next moment.</i><p>There’s nothing more disheartening than a perfectly healthy, reasonably …

Self-improvement

Staying Motivated After a Major Achievement

In 1993, after leading his country to an Olympic gold medal, winning his third NBA championship, and scoring more points than any player in the league for a seventh consecutive season, Michael Jordan announced his retirement from basketball. He was 30 years old.<p>“I just needed to change,” Jordan …

10 Tips for Leadership When You're Not the Boss | Inc.com

When founders and CEOs look to hire and promote managers, they want people who exhibit leadership. But how can you exhibit leadership if you're stuck in individual contributor roles? No one reports to you, and you're not even a project manager.<p>Good news is, leader isn't a title, it's a group of …

Leadership

What Is Strategy?

This article has benefited greatly from the assistance of many individuals and companies. The author gives special thanks to Jan Rivkin, the coauthor of a related paper. Substantial research contributions have been made by Nicolaj Siggelkow, Dawn Sylvester, and Lucia Marshall. Tarun Khanna, Roger …

The 7 Biggest Mistakes You Can Make as a Leader | Inc.com

Leadership is a tricky path, and for inexperienced leaders, it can be intimidating. While every person's leadership style is unique, and no approach to leadership is perfect, there are certain critical mistakes that can compromise the respect and effectiveness of your team. For the most part, the …

Team Building

How Designers Turn Data Into Beautiful Infographics

Behind the scenes of information architects’ creative processes.<p>The best infographics are clear, easy to digest, and eye-catching. But the process of distilling data into a neat little chart, bar graph, or venn diagram usually requires pages and pages of messy preparatory sketches, which are rarely …

How Neiman Marcus is harnessing its e-commerce firepower

Neiman Marcus is a glamorous name known for $10,000 designer evening gowns and luxury department stores displaying thousands of pieces of valuable …