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6 Steps to Make Your Strategic Plan Really Strategic

Why is it that when a group of managers gets together for a strategic planning session they often emerge with a document that’s devoid of “strategy”, and often not even a plan?<p>I have one such document in front of me as I write this. It starts with a “vision” statement, moves on to “strategic …

Management

This Can-Do Pool House Cleverly Goes From Private to Party Mode

Built to weather a harsh, mountain climate, this sleek pool house in Park City, Utah, transitions easily from private guesthouse to party central.<p>Salt Lake City–based designers Jamie Bellessa and David Clyde have recently completed the interiors of a relaxed, yet stylish, pool house for a …

Salt Lake City

Imagine It Forward: Courage, Creativity, and the Power of Change

From one of today’s foremost innovation leaders, an inspiring and practical guide to mastering change in the face of uncertainty. <br>The world will …

A Study of 140,000 People Says Walking This Much Per Week Adds Years to Your Life

It's less than you think.<p>Human beings are not sloths. "We need to move," Harvard psychiatrist John Ratey has explained. "It's only 10,000 years ago that we were hunter-gatherers and we moved anywhere from 10 to 14 miles a day."<p>Which might sound kind of alarming to you.<p>While we all know that too …

American Cancer Society

Design Thinking Comes of Age

There’s a shift under way in large organizations, one that puts design much closer to the center of the enterprise. But the shift isn’t about aesthetics. It’s about applying the principles of design to the way people work.<p>This new approach is in large part a response to the increasing complexity of …

This Elegant Californian Prefab Minimizes Site Disturbance

Thanks to its modular construction, a modern retreat treads lightly on the pristine landscape.<p>When Clive McCarthy and his wife, Tricia Bell, were on the hunt for an escape from San Francisco, they found the perfect spot for their second home three hours north of the Bay Area on a 64-acre site in …

Architecture

Amazing Prefab Cabins From Around The World

How many times did you feel like you wanted to just get away from everything and everyone and to spend some time in a small cabin in the middle of …

How blockchain will transform the e-commerce industry over the next few years

Blockchain technology should be considered the most disruptive technology invention of the fourth industrial revolution. The world has never seen a technology as powerful as blockchain technology and it could potentially impact all sectors of the economy complete will transforming it through top …

11 Branded Content Masterminds Who Are Elevating the Art of Marketing

Whether creating viral videos or bringing the potency of journalism to corporate content, each of the creators honored in this year’s Adweek Creative …

How You Can Improve UX with Microinteractions. Part II

In the first part of the article, I talked about the definitions and types of microinteractions and why they work for your product UX. Here, I will …

Ideo redesigns the dreaded annual review

And they didn’t even make an app for that.<p>No one likes annual reviews: They’re structured, overly formal, and they make it difficult to get real feedback that you can act upon. At major law firms, which are notoriously hierarchical, reviews can be even more stilted and ineffective.<p>The multinational …

Design

5 Marvelous Prefab Homes in Michigan

These homes in the Great Lakes State will have you reconsidering the possibilities of prefab design.<p>Prefabricated and modular homes, known for their time- and cost-efficiency, are becoming increasingly popular across the U.S. Today, we turn the lens on modern prefab homes in the great state of …

Prefab Homes

Life after getting swallowed by an $8 billion company

The consulting firm McKinsey acquired Lunar, one of Silicon Valley’s oldest design firms, in 2015. Now, Lunar partner John Edson talks about life after acquisition–and what it means for the future of design.<p>Lunar was a perennially award-winning design consultancy, known for blurring the lines …

Design

What Is Li-Fi? The New Alternative To Wi-Fi

Li-Fi is likely to reshape the world in ways Wi-Fi didn’t, by transmitting data through lamps, streetlights, and more.<p>Philips Lighting just unveiled a small coup. It’s providing internet to an entire office in France with nothing but its lights. That’s right, a company known for LED bulbs and …

The Psychology of choice: Why less is more - user experience design, ux, service design and usability blog

We’ve all been there… sat in a meeting with stakeholders as one person after another insists that their content needs adding to the user interface …

UX Design

Twenty Goals That Are Just Plain Better Than “Growing Revenue”

Dear Marketers,<p>I know how important it is to you to grow revenue. I also know how that focus will help expand your remit — to align with your …

Brightwood Cabin

Mount Hood Village, Oregon<p>In form, this cabin is a simple bar of cedar and glass running along the length of an old logging road. Anchored into the hillside, a sweeping concrete wall serves as the main organizing spine to the home, holding back the earth. Entering the interior space of the cabin, …

Architecture

Here's how to find out if your employer can spy on your Slack conversations

Slack caused a bit of a panic last week when it warned users of updates that could allow employers to access and download conversations — including those sent via direct message or in private channels.<p>In an email, Slack noted the changes to both its Privacy Policy and a preexisting tool for …

Slack

Guerrilla research: quick, not dirty

The term guerrilla is a play on the ‘impromptu’ nature of this research methodology, in which you are out in the ‘wild’ — talking to real people on …

The Internet of Growing Things

Connected sensors and big data are changing how farmers grow crops and raise livestock—making food safer and better for everyone.<p>The Internet of Things (IoT) is turning the ancient practice of farming into precision agriculture. Sensors implanted in the soil can tell you when and where to irrigate. …

Have Smartphones Destroyed a Generation?

More comfortable online than out partying, post-Millennials are safer, physically, than adolescents have ever been. But they’re on the brink of a mental-health crisis.<p>One day last summer, around noon, I called Athena, a 13-year-old who lives in Houston, Texas. She answered her phone—she’s had an …

Parenting

Create a Growth Culture, Not a Performance-Obsessed One

Here’s the dilemma: In a competitive, complex, and volatile business environment, companies need more from their employees than ever. But the same forces rocking businesses are also overwhelming employees, driving up their fear, and compromising their capacity.<p>It’s no wonder that so many C-Suite …

Duolingo data shows this is the fastest way to learn a new language

Language-learning app Duolingo recently combed through a mountain of user data to find the best times each day to practice a foreign language. Its findings were published today at <i>Quartz</i>.<p>The findings essentially mirrored a 2016 study that showed the positive effect on sleep between practice …

Duolingo

Get back to basics: New Forrester report lays out priorities for mobile marketers

Marketers are encouraged to shore up their mobile programs and not to be distracted by the "shiny objects" of emerging tech.

14 Stephen King quotes about writing you totally need to hang on your wall

The first Stephen King book I ever read was <i>The Girl Who Loved Tom Gordon</i>. I was still in my teens, and my gran — a huge King fan herself — thought it …

The unbeatable advantage of Apple and Amazon

There are a handful of companies that have an unbeatable advantage — the fiduciary moat.<p>In finance world, when you hire an advisor who is a fiduciary — he’s legally bound to put your financial interests ahead of his.<p>There are many paths to business success and financial models that go with it. You …

Financial Services

BMW hopes AI-managed electric bike roads will ease traffic

In some cities, the most common electric vehicles are likely to be two-wheelers like bikes and motorcycles. But cities aren't really designed for them -- you have to compete with cars on the road and at charging stations. BMW and Tongji University think they can do better: they've developed a …

Broken (formerly Untitled)

The ultimate, 3500-word, plain English guide to blockchain

Unless you’ve been hiding under a rock, I’m sure you’ve heard of Bitcoin and blockchain. After all, they are one of the most trending topics these days  —  the ultimate buzzwords of the year. Even people who’ve never mined cryptocurrency or understand how it works, are talking about it.<p>My …

The Rise of Behavioral Economics and Its Influence on Organizations

Richard Thaler, the University of Chicago professor who just won the Nobel Memorial Prize in Economic Sciences, has inspired scholars across different disciplines and fundamentally changed the way we think about human behavior. He is considered the father of <i>behavioral economics</i> — a relatively new …

Behavioral Economics