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New Managers: Embrace Your Rookie Status

When you transition from team member to manager, you aren’t just moving to a higher league; you’re playing in an entirely new game. How do you avoid mistakes? By embracing your rookie status.<p>My research team and I did an extensive study of how inexperienced professionals perform relative to their …

Leadership

China’s Slowdown: The First Stage of the Bullwhip Effect

For the last two months, global supply chains have been experiencing the first stage of a bullwhip effect triggered by uncertainties about the severity of China’s economic slowdown. While the contractions in business activity along global supply chains will cause companies to cut capital …

Stock Markets

Get Buy-in for Your Global Strategy with Local Partners

I never considered myself an “ugly American,” but my UK colleagues apparently thought otherwise.<p>Just before I moved to the UK to head up marketing for KFC International in Europe and Africa, Pepsico had bought out our joint venture partner in the UK. I was part of the new management team that was …

Before You Respond to that Email, Pause

Someone sends you an email message or a text, and you’re unsure how to respond. It’s about a complex negotiation, or a politically sensitive situation. Or maybe it’s just from a person who unnerves you.<p>For a moment, you pause. But for most of us, most of the time, that pause doesn’t last long. …

Put Yourself in Your Colleague’s Shoes

I start my mornings with a run around Central Park in New York City. Over the last 18 months, it’s become more like dodging the cyclists as I make my way around the loop than going for a relaxing jog. Cursing, flipping the bird – even a near miss – are regular occurrences as these two groups of …

Back in the Day, You Only Needed to Be Smart; Now You Need a Degree

In the 1980s, rapid technological growth in the U.S. raised the relative importance of on-the-job training, in comparison with classroom learning, and thus increased the value of employees’ cognitive skills. But in the 2000s, technological change has slowed, and work environments have become more …

The Ice Bucket Challenge Won’t Solve Charity’s Biggest Problem

I love the Ice Bucket Challenge. Period. It’s a collective expression of love in a world with far too little of it. It has generated public tears in an age with far too few of them. It restores faith. It connects. And, as of last week, it raised more than $100 million for the Amyotrophic Lateral …

The Smart Key Chain Will Store Your Files, Check Your Email, And Find Your Keys

Because <i>everything</i> is getting smarter, it would be silly to think that keychains would be exempt.<p>The Smart Keychain has four uses in one small package: USB file storage, upcoming calendar alerts, incoming email notifications, and a key locator.<p>The file storage bit, to me at least, is kind of a joke …

Why Mobile Isn’t as Huge as It’s Hyped to Be (Yet)

<i>Christof Wittig is founder and CEO at</i> <i>LiquidM</i><i>, a white-labeled Mobile Advertising Management Platform (MAMP).</i><p>Mobile is huge, tech pundits say. But most of them miss the fact that mobile <i>advertising</i> isn’t growing anywhere near the pace of mobile adoption.<p>As Mary Meeker’s 2014 Internet Trends Report …

Everything You Need to Know About Giving Negative Feedback

There’s a lot of conflicting advice out there on giving corrective feedback. If you really need to criticize someone’s work, how should you do it? I dug into our archives for our best, research- and experience-based advice on what to do, and what to avoid.<p>Never, ever, ever feed someone a …

Reinvent Your Company by Reassessing Its Strengths

Strategic consistency is the hallmark of many great companies. Southwest Airlines’ decades-long strategy of ”short-haul, high-frequency, point-to-point, low-fare service” produced what was not only one of the best-performing airlines in the U.S. over the last half-century, but also one of the …

Women, Find Your Voice

A senior manager is asked to give up an executive committee seat because the CEO wants to shrink the group’s size and plans to retain only “the most engaged” members.<p>The leader of a $50 million division is passed over for promotion to the C-suite after failing to fully participate in strategic …

Asian Leaders Value Creativity and Intuition More than Europeans Do

Do leadership styles differ around the world? This is one of the questions explored by our recent International Business Report. We asked 3,400 business leaders working in 45 economies to tell us how important they believe certain attributes are to good leadership.<p>Patterns in their responses point …

Google Data Shows That Around 50% Of Email Exchanges Aren't Encrypted

Google<p>Google announced today that it has added a "Safer Email" section to its Transparency report. This section will help keep track of the percentage of incoming and outgoing email that's encrypted — or not encrypted.<p>Encryption is a common process of encoding messages so that they can't be read by …

Microsoft reportedly plans to launch Office for Android ahead of Windows 8 version

As noted by ZDNet, Microsoft seems to be considering putting the release of the Android version of its popular Office productivity suite ahead of the build for the company’s own Windows 8 operating system. Apparently the Windows version has been pushed back to 2015, while the Android variant is …