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Why Do Employees Quit on Their Bosses? Because They Never Get Asked These Important Questions | Inc.com

For nearly five decades now, ever since Robert K. Greenleaf wrote his seminal essay "The Servant as Leader," leadership thinkers have attempted to replicate, rehash, and reinterpret the concepts of great leadership.<p>Stripped down to its basic and most practical form, leadership has always been and …

Employee Engagement

What is the Design Process?

<b>We want to see your design process.</b><br>— Said every interviewer, their voices echoing into the abyss.<p>A d<i>esign process</i> defines every designer’s journey to …

UX Design

Here's Why Your Innovation Strategy Will Fail | Inc.com

,A decade ago, Apple looked unbeatable. It's launch of the iPhone completely revolutionized mobile phones and made good on Steve Jobs' vision of creating a hub of devices that connected people to technology. What's more, he did it with just a fraction of the research budget of other tech giants.<p>Yet …

Innovation

7 Emotional Intelligence Mistakes That Make Millennial Leaders Look Really Unprofessional | Inc.com

Although being a leader requires many strong traits, it could be argued that the most important of them all is empathy--the ability to understand and react correctly to what other people are feeling. In fact, 91% of adults reported that they found interpersonal communications to be a huge barrier …

Leadership

6 Traits Of Great Design Leaders

Being a good designer is only a start.<p>Countless companies advertise their design bona fides. Fewer live it. As the business world shifts focus from engineering and marketing to design and user experience, design leaders play an increasingly crucial role in shaping their companies’ future. But what …

Design

It's never okay to be 'just okay' at your job

If you are one of those people who gets out of bed every morning to make a difference, your commitment to entrepreneurship is alive and well. And if your energy is rooted in audacity, you're ahead of the game. Some may consider audacity to be a negative concept associated with attitude or edge, but …

Leadership

Why ' Work-Life Balance' Talk Might Make Us More Stressed Out

Do you snicker when you hear the term "<i>work-life balance</i>?" As if. That elusive Zen zone can provoke anxiety, especially to those of us whose perfectionism tells us if we try harder, we'll find it. After 55 minutes of trying to force myself to relax in last week's yoga class, I finally found almost …

Work-life Balance

How Android gets to 100% market share

Matt Heiman Contributor<p>Matt Heiman is an investor at Greylock Partners.<p>More posts by this contributor:<p>Predicting success in startup consumer brands<br>• Why ‘TAM’ doesn’t matter to me<p>Android already commands over 80 percent of the mobile OS market share globally, and just under 60 percent in the US. But …

Mobile

Your Innovation Team Shouldn’t Run Like a Well-Oiled Machine

Most innovation teams inside large companies are set up to operate like well-oiled machines. They move in a specified direction at a predictable speed. Since the early 1900s, this model has been the prevailing paradigm for how organizations are designed and run.<p>The problem is that while this …

Management

Why Curious People Are Destined for the C-Suite

When asked recently to name the one attribute CEOs will need most to succeed in the turbulent times ahead, Michael Dell, the chief executive of Dell, Inc., replied, “I would place my bet on curiosity.”<p>Dell was responding to a 2015 PwC survey of more than a thousand CEOs, a number of whom cited …

Leadership

15 Qualities You Need to Develop Mental Toughness | Inc.com

We all reach critical points in our lives where our mental toughness is tested. It might be because of a toxic friend or colleague, a dead-end job, or a struggling relationship.<p>Whatever the challenge, you have to be strong, see things through a new lens, and take decisive action if you want to move …

Emotional Intelligence

What Leaders Need To Do To Fix Broken Work-Life Balance

You can say that you value work-life balance, but your actions speak louder than your words.<p>Melinda Lehman was busy. As one of the founding partners at Happen, a global innovation strategy agency, she was in the midst of expanding its North American presence. Lehman tells <i>Fast Company</i> she was “going …

Work-life Balance

Brick-and-mortar retailers are betting on these 5 in-store technologies to win back shoppers

To catch up with changing consumer behavior, physical retailers are adopting digital technologies — from beacons to interactive fitting rooms — to keep customers engaged and coming back for more. These in-store technologies are interactive, productive tools designed to catch the attention of …

eCommerce

Many CEOs Aren’t Breakthrough Innovators (and That’s OK)

Innovation is widely regarded as important to long-term business performance. However, CEOs often don’t have the career background and education that would equip them to personally lead the process of new product development. We’ve found that CEOs of big pharmaceutical companies, for example, are …

Innovation

Jeff Bezos’ email to his employees shows Amazon’s leadership problems are only beginning

Just as The New York Times<i>’</i> scathing indictment of Amazon and its workplace culture hit the internet earlier this month—before the print edition was even in many readers’ hands—Amazon’s CEO Jeff Bezos sent a memo to his employees in an effort to contain the impact. Perhaps admirably, he …

The Pace of Technology Adoption is Speeding Up

Many people suggest that rates of new product introduction and adoption are speeding up, but is it really, across the board? The answer seems to be yes. An automobile industry trade consultant, for instance, observes that “Today, a typical automotive design cycle is approximately 24 to 36 months, …

Why Great Leaders Get Angry--and Show It | Inc.com

Think about remarkably successful entrepreneurs. They're logical. They're rational. In the face of crisis or danger or even gross incompetence, they remain steely-eyed, focused, and on point.<p>They don't get angry--or at the very least they don't <i>show</i> their anger.<p>Unless, of course, they happen to be …

Self-help

7 Great Pieces of Career Advice No One Ever Told You | Inc.com

Career advice is in no short supply. In fact, you could probably spend the duration of your working life simply reading through the tips and advice already online. But as in all areas of life, the more common something is, generally speaking, the lower its value.<p>Many oft repeated truisms are more …

Employment

Disney's $1 Billion Bet on a Magical Wristband

If you want to imagine how the world will look in just a few years, once our cell phones become the keepers of both our money and identity, skip …

Walt Disney Company

10 Quick Tips to Be a Better Boss | Inc.com

It takes more than one person to make a company successful--great businesses thrive because of outstanding teamwork. It might be easy to bring a group of people together, but creating a cooperative and cohesive <i>team</i> of people, one that's working for a common goal, isn't so simple. It takes good …

Team Building

How to Stop Micromanaging Your Team

Micromanaging is a hard habit to break. You may downplay your propensities by labeling yourself a “control freak” or by claiming that you just like to keep close tabs on your team, but those are poor excuses for excessive meddling. What can you do to give your people the space they need to succeed …

Leadership

Game on: How chess computers became logistics masterminds

When Victor Allis helped found the software firm Quintiq in 1997, not many people shared his belief that artificial intelligence could plan a …

Artificial Intelligence

Google confirms Life Sciences as the first new company under the umbrella of Alphabet

It will work on contact lenses that can monitor your health and magnets that swim in your blood<p>Google co-founder and Alphabet president Sergey Brin published a blog post this morning announcing Life Sciences as the first new company created under the Alphabet umbrella. The move was expected, as …

Life Sciences

How To Lead Collaboratively

You don’t lead alone, so stop pretending you do.<p>Isaac Newton famously said that if he had seen far, it was “by standing on the shoulders of giants.” Dramatic as that statement is, it’s a poor model for understanding leadership. Leaders don’t rise above everyone else. The best leaders achieve what …

Leadership

What You're Really Telling People When You're 'Just' a Minute or Two Late | Inc.com

The dog escaped and you had to corral her back into the house before you could get on the road.<p>Argh! Road construction. Add another 10 minutes to the trip.<p>You spilled coffee on your pants -- now you'll need to swing by the office and change.<p>That colleague or client you were meeting at 9 a.m.? Yeah, …

Marissa Mayer

Great UX Doesn’t Guarantee a Great Customer Experience

It’s one thing to create a great looking product that’s easy to use. It’s another to create a great experience that continues to improve, delight, and expand in scope over time. The first is user experience. The second is customer experience.<p>The two are often used interchangeably. But generally, …

Customer Experience

The top 5 industries for disruptive growth in 2015 (infographic) | Inc.com

Here are the top five sectors Inc. 500 CEOs say are ripe for disruption:<p>Health Care<p>It’s hard not to see the potential. Americans spent $2.9 trillion on health care in 2013; how many people do you know who are happy with what they get for their portion of that figure? Still, two huge challenges …

Apple Pay