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Find the Weak Link in Your Supply Chain

A big challenge in today’s world of far-flung, complex supply chains is the limited understanding of the impact on your operations of unexpected disruption at one supplier’s site. To address this issue, my colleagues William Schmidt of Cornell, Yehua Wei of Duke, and I developed a method to help …

Reinventing Performance Management

At Deloitte we’re redesigning our performance management system. This may not surprise you. Like many other companies, we realize that our current process for evaluating the work of our people—and then training them, promoting them, and paying them accordingly—is increasingly out of step with our …

12 ways to become a skilled conversationalist - Michael Gregory II - Writer. Introvert. Random Thinker

A major problem that’s sweeping society is engaging in simple conversations. Most people aren’t given any proper training in this area and for those …

An Introduction to Investing in Notes: Learn to "Be the Bank"

The general concept of investing makes perfect sense: It is the art of using money to make more money. So, how does this simple idea so often get …

8 Must-have Cheat Sheets for Web Designers and Developers

As a web designer or developer, it’s nearly impossible to remember multiple programming languages, frameworks, and keyboard shortcuts to various …

Why It’s Dangerous to Love Your Boss

Bad bosses drive us nuts. Great bosses, on the other hand, are, well…great! They treat us with respect, develop our skills, and help us achieve our goals. They’ve got a sense of humor and know how to cheer us up. They inspire us and help us refocus when things go wrong. They’re fun to hang out …

Inner and outer joins SQL examples and the Join block

In this post I'll show you how to do all the main types of Joins with clear SQL examples. The examples are written for Microsoft SQL Server, but very …

SSAS Books

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What High Performers Want at Work

A high performer can deliver 400% more productivity than the average performer.<p>Despite this, when most managers look at workforce statistics, all employees tend to be lumped together into a category so broadly defined that it becomes difficult to take meaningful decisions. If your average employee …

A Primer on Measuring Employee Engagement

Much has been studied about the impact of employee engagement on company performance, and there is general agreement that increased engagement drives results: Gallup, for example, suggests a 20% or better boost to productivity and profitability for companies with high engagement. Such companies, …

6 spending habits of the very rich

It doesn't matter how rich you are, poor spending habits can quickly drain even the most well-funded bank account.<p>Even wealthy shoppers with money to burn need to watch their spending.<p>"Price tags still matter," said Amy Salinger, a personal stylist who works with several multi-million-dollar …

Going Over Your Mobile Phone Data Plan This Month? Save Money With This Simple Trick!

All of our mobile phones beeped or buzzed at the same time from an incoming text message. It was a single message from AT&T broadcast to all the …

Personal Finance

Want to read quicker? There's an app for that

Last month, I messed around with a site that told me I read at 889 words per minute. I didn't believe it; I might be fast, but I'm not that fast. However, a new app is promising I could get faster, provided I'm prepared to get "spritzing".<p>Here's how it works. When we're reading normal text, claims …

Gupta: 'I am doubling down' on medical marijuana

It's been eight months since I last wrote about medical marijuana, apologizing for having not dug deeply into the beneficial effects of this plant and for writing articles dismissing its potential. I apologized for my own role in previously misleading people, and I feel very badly that people have …

When a Company Is No Longer That into You

Companies are often better at romancing than they are at long-term commitment.<p>I entered a relationship with Lowe’s almost four years ago. Sure, we’d been acquaintances. I’d seen it when I went to the store next door. I even visited once to buy a hard-to-find light bulb.<p>But then I bought a …

Sustainable Business Initiatives Will Fail Unless Leaders Change Their Mindset

Ten years ago, sustainability issues were not considered business issues. But today, most major corporations have a sustainability function. Increasingly, companies are applying data-driven methodologies such as carbon footprinting, product indexing, lifecycle analysis, and ecosystem services …

The First Step to Being Powerful

“I am such a big failure. I can’t believe that I’ve made this mistake and it’s cost me months and months of time. I might never recover…What an idiot to not see that one coming.” On and on, he went. In distress, my colleague was clearly suffering because of a recent fiasco.<p>Seeking counsel, he had …

Five Ways to Innovate Faster

One of the most common complaints senior executives have about disruptive innovation is its seemingly snail-like pace. How is it, they wonder, that it takes us forever to pursue ideas that promise to create new markets when the world seems to be innovating at a dizzying pace?<p>This frustration is …

A Performance-Appraisal Conundrum: What Would You Do?

After 30 years of consulting, I thought I had run across every question regarding performance management. But a client recently came up with an intriguing query that I hadn’t encountered before.<p>Bob wrote:<p>Sometimes it happens in our business that a management employee may be involved in a …

Read Fiction and Be a Better Leader

An interview with <b>Joseph Badaracco</b>, Harvard Business School professor.<p>SARAH GREEN: Welcome to the HBR IdeaCast from Harvard Business Review. I’m Sarah Green. I’m talking today with Harvard Business School professor Joseph Badaracco. One of his courses that he teaches at HBS revolves around …

The Most Effective Ways to Make It Right When You Screw Up

After promising your boss you would complete an important assignment on time, you realize you’re behind and it’s going to be late. You unintentionally leave a colleague out of the loop on a joint project, causing him or her to feel frustrated and a bit betrayed. On the subway, you aren’t paying …

Connect, Then Lead

<b>Is it better to be loved or feared?</b><p>Niccolò Machiavelli pondered that timeless conundrum 500 years ago and hedged his bets. “It may be answered that one should wish to be both,” he acknowledged, “but because it is difficult to unite them in one person, it is much safer to be feared than loved.”<p>Now …

How and Why to Be a Leader (Not a Wannabe)

We need a new generation of leaders. And we need it now.<p>We’re in the midst of a Great Dereliction — a historic failure of leadership, precisely when we need it most. Hence it’s difficult, looking around, to even remember what leadership is. We’re surrounded by people who are expert at winning — …

Good Leaders Don’t Use Bad Words

During a painfully dull futures workshop Down Under, a simple word change helped transform a stagnant discussion.<p>The facilitator, with a world-class flair for bafflegab and platitude, had asked the group to envision products customers might desire a decade hence. The conversation regurgitated …

Why We Need to Redefine Intelligence

An interview with <b>Scott Barry Kaufman</b> adjunct assistant professor of psychology at New York University and author of <i>Ungifted: Intelligence Redefined</i>.<p>SARAH GREEN: Welcome to the HBR IdeaCast from Harvard Business Review. I’m Sarah Green. I’m talking today with Scott Barry Kaufman. He’s on the faculty …

The Smartest Leaders Make Their Own Opportunities

We all know no one posts the best jobs. The really juicy positions usually get handed around like a treasured prize within social networks. Maybe you’ll see a notice on LinkedIn, or a posting on your alumni listserv — but probably not. The most exciting jobs have an infinite number of aspirants, so …

You Make Better Decisions If You “See” Your Senior Self

<b>The finding:</b> Many people feel disconnected from the individuals they’ll be in the future and, as a result, discount rewards that would later benefit them. But brief exposure to aged images of the self can change that behavior.<p><b>The research:</b> Hal Hershfield ran fMRI scans on subjects and found that …

Leading with conviction

Put yourself in the shoes of the decision maker, and decide what you would do if you were that person. This is not about figuring out what arguments …