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How Can You Tell If Someone Has True Leadership Skills? This Famous Study Narrows It Down to 1 Rare Trait | Inc.com

In Jim Collins' landmark book <i>Good to Great (</i>published in 2001)<i>,</i> his research team spent five years examining 1,435 "good" companies and discovered 11 unique companies from that bunch that transformed themselves into "great" companies, outperforming, at the time, the S&P 500.<p>Their secret formula? …

Leadership

Apple's ResearchKit expands internationally

MyHeart Counts is the first ResearchKit app to launch outside the US<p>Apple's ResearchKit apps aren't restricted to US users anymore. Starting today, people who live in Hong Kong and the UK will be able to access the MyHeart Counts app, which collects data on physical activity and cardiac risk …

IBM Buying Merge Healthcare For $1B To Bring Medical Image Analysis To Watson Health

IBM announced a huge deal today, agreeing to pay a billion dollars for Merge Healthcare, a medical imaging company it plans to fold into the Watson Health unit.<p>Merge’s technology is in use in 7500 healthcare facilities in the US, according to information supplied by IBM. The firm processes billions …

The Art of Evangelism

Nearchos Ntaskas<p>“Evangelism” became a business buzzword during the internet boom of the late 1990s. In fact, as Apple’s second software evangelist, I helped popularize the term. The idea is simple: Derived from a Greek word that means, roughly, “to proclaim good news,” evangelism is explaining to …

IBM's supercomputer wrote a cookbook, and it's coming out next week

The book, "Cognitive Cooking with Chef Watson," is a collaboration between IBM's Watson and the Institute of Culinary Education that goes on sale April 14.<p>But this is far from an ordinary cookbook. This will be the first cookbook that's co-created by computer algorithms.<p>Around three years ago, IBM …

Taking a Spin With FlyKly, the Bike Wheel That Does the Work for You (Video)

The FlyKly Smart Wheel meddles with your pedals.<p>Niko Klansek’s resolution to get healthier several years ago didn’t last much longer than his first bike ride to work, which left him panting and sweaty at the front door to his office.<p>But the experience inspired an idea that the Slovenian engineer …

This 6-step guide to getting rich is buried in a 78-year-old book

But perhaps none said it better than a book published in 1937.<p>Napoleon Hill, a Great Depression-era author and former advisor to President Franklin D. Roosevelt, interviewed "more than five hundred of the most successful men this country has ever known" to figure out the key to their good fortune. …

The Innovation Game: Adobe's New Strides To Keep Employees Engaged

Imagine you show up to work one day and someone asks you if you are interested in running with an idea that you have, “sure” you say. You are then given a little red box, inside you find a pre-paid credit card for $1,000, some notebooks, and an innovation guide that walks you through a six-step …

Innovation

The 4 Roles Every Leader Must Be Able to Play | Inc.com

As a leader, you're forced to play multiple roles within your teams and your organization as whole. No matter the size of a business, the services it provides, or the growth it's experiencing, the drive behind it comes from leadership. And because of the nature of how businesses are most …

Leadership

The Question That Improves Leader Effectiveness

Most of us would like to be seen as highly effective at whatever job we have. Beyond that, as we continue in any line of work, we’d like to know that we are not just treading water, but that we’re moving upstream and actually getting better at our work.<p>There are strong forces, however, that …

Leadership

A Dongle For Detecting HIV And Syphilis

Rapid, inexpensive, easy to use point-of-care (POC) diagnostic tests are critically important in stemming infectious diseases, particularly in developing countries. Researchers at Dr. Sam Sia’s Columbia University lab have invented a promising device that can detect both HIV and syphilis and have …

Public Health

Peter Thiel: People Are Scared Of The Future And Silicon Valley Doesn't Get It

Someone from the audience asked him what the one core insight into the universe he has that is most at odds with Silicon Valley conventional wisdom.<p>Thiel joked that there are a bunch of things that he believes are contrary to what people in the Valley believe, and that it would be "dangerous" to …

How to Tell if You’ve Made a Good Decision

Fifty years ago, after helping a bunch of nuclear engineers at General Electric figure out whether they should add a superheater to a new reactor, engineering professor Ronald Howard sat down to analyze what he’d just done. “Decision analysis,” he called it, and described it as “a logical procedure …

A Refresher on Net Present Value

Most people know that money you have in hand now is more valuable than money you collect later on. That’s because you can use it to make more money by running a business, or buying something now and selling it later for more, or simply putting it in the bank and earning interest. Future money is …

Bring Agile to the Whole Organization

Software has eaten the world. And as it continues to consume new and diverse industries it’s transforming the way business is done. We are all in the “software business” now, regardless of the product or service we provide, forcing us to reexamine how we structure and manage our organizations.<p>When …

Danny Macaskill: The Ridge

How Type-A People Can Play Nice with Others

People have always commented on the fact that I am highly driven – a “Type A” to a T. I set personal goals, manage multiple projects at once, and run at the speed of light. Sometimes, I feel like I am already in 2015<b>.</b> But what comes with this high-performing personality is the tendency to – let’s …

The Five Letters that Will Change the Data World: BYOBI

BYOBI is an acronym I first heard on a telephone call with a VP of Technology at a large corporation. The word is almost unknown today, but I think …

Data Goes Best With a Good Story (and Vice Versa)

Storytelling with data is having its moment in the journalism world. After leaving <i>The New York Times</i> last year, Nate Silver has launched his new data journalism venture with ESPN , former <i>Washington Post</i> blogger and columnist Ezra Klein is expanding his chart-filled approach beyond public policy at …

Please Stop Ideating

Surely it makes sense that the more ideas we have, the better our innovation track record will be. Not true, it turns out.<p>Firms that hold ideation sessions − those in which a group guided by outside consultants generate ideas for new products and services − generate little additional revenue from …

Forget the Strategy PowerPoint

I have for decades watched CEOs and other executives try to explain a corporate strategy to a small group of senior managers or to a much larger group of staff. For the most part, it has not been a pretty sight. In the case of senior managers, I usually hear 3 or 4 different interpretations of what …

Jerry Yang, Box, Workday Founders Invest In Disruptive Supply Chain SaaS Elementum

Elementum, a company that exited stealth recently to disrupt supply chain management, is announcing new investment from Box co-founder Aaron Levie,Yahoo co-founder Jerry Yang, Workday co-founder and co-CEO Dave Duffield, Silver Lake Partners co-founder and managing director Jim Davidson, and …

The Irresistible Power of Storytelling as a Strategic Business Tool

It’s not often that you hear Budweiser and Shakespeare mentioned in the same breath. But according to new research from Johns Hopkins University, the Bard’s deft application of storytelling techniques featured prominently in the beer company’s Super Bowl commercial.<p>In “Puppy Love,” a perfectly …

Don’t Let Your Career Cause Regrets in Your Personal Life

When I was in my early days as CEO of Quest Diagnostics, working hard to turn around a then-troubled company, my daughter suffered a life-threatening illness. She was a freshman in college in a distant city. As any parent would, I rushed to her bedside. As I stood there, contemplating her uncertain …

Seven Questions to Ask Your Data Geeks

Using data to manage is nothing new. But using big data to manage IS new, offering unprecedented challenges, opportunity, and risk. Senior executives need to learn and learn quickly. They must be prepared to ask penetrating questions when their data scientists bring them a new idea. Those who ask …

The big-data revolution in US health care: Accelerating value and innovation

Big data could transform the health-care sector, but the industry must undergo fundamental changes before stakeholders can capture its full value.<p><b>A</b> …

Digital Health