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What Research Tells Us About How Women Are Treated at Work

We publish a lot of articles based on new research (you may have noticed). This year, some of our most viewed and shared stories were based on studies about women — and, more specifically, stories looking at differences in how men and women are treated, and behave, at work. I’ve summarized six …

CEOs Should Stop Thinking That Execution Is Somebody Else’s Job; It Is Theirs

The common perception is that strategy is done at the top of the org chart, and execution is done below. It is exactly the opposite – let me explain why.<p>First, I should explain that I have always hated the use of the term “execution.” Its common definition is fundamentally unhelpful, and …

One Year After India Killed Off Cash, Here’s What Other Countries Should Learn from It

Almost a year ago, the Indian government rolled out an unprecedented policy move. Arguably, it was a time when the country was poised for economic success. With $9.49 trillion in purchasing power parity, it was the third-largest (in PPP terms) and the fastest-growing large economy in the world. On …

An Email From Elon Musk Reveals Why Managers Are Always a Bad idea | Inc.com

Survey.com's annual "Wasting Time at Work" report revealed that if you eliminate managers completely, you remove 75 percent of the reasons someone will leave your company. There is a simple reason for that. They're in the way, literally. Elon Musk knows that, and isn't alone.<p>Before Elon Musk, There …

Tesla

This Facebook Exec’s Secret To Keeping Her 400-Person Team Focused

Product VP Fidji Simo has found weekly check-ins for setting her own intentions can radiate outward, keeping everyone chasing the same goal.<p>Fidji Simo polled her team at Facebook about her top skill as a manager, and there was quick and enthusiastic consensus: Simo has the uncanny ability to juggle …

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 …

Psychology

What One Company Learned from Forcing Employees to Use Their Vacation Time

Have you ever felt burned out at work <i>after</i> a vacation? I’m not talking about being exhausted from fighting with your family at Walt Disney World all week. I’m talking about how <i>you knew</i>, the whole time walking around Epcot, that a world of work was waiting for you upon your return.<p>Our vacation …

When AI Becomes the New Face of Your Brand

In the world of marketing, brand anthropomorphism can be a powerful mechanism for connecting with consumers. It’s the tactic of giving brand symbols people-like characteristics: Think of Tony the Tiger and the Michelin Man. Today some companies are taking brand anthropomorphism to a whole new level …

Six Tips For Nailing Your Chatbot Content Strategy As A Competitive Advantage For The Future

Chatbots have received somewhat of a mixed response since they hit the market at scale – both praised for the ease with which they can offer customer service for instance, yet critiqued for their lack of true intelligence.<p>This is something we’re working towards, according to Ben Parr, co-founder of …

Chatbots

Your Brain Can Only Take So Much Focus

The ability to focus is an important driver of excellence. Focused techniques such as to-do lists, timetables, and calendar reminders all help people to stay on task. Few would argue with that, and even if they did, there is evidence to support the idea that resisting distraction and staying …

A Face-to-Face Request Is 34 Times More Successful Than an Email

Imagine you need people to donate to a cause you care about. How do you get as many people as possible to donate? You could send an email to 200 of your friends, family members, and acquaintances. Or you could ask a few of the people you encounter in a typical day—face-to-face—to donate. Which …

Google gives everyone machine learning superpowers with TensorFlow 1.0 - ExtremeTech

By on February 17, 2017 at 10:30 am<p>This site may earn affiliate commissions from the links on this page. Terms of use.<p>It wasn’t that long ago that …

How Spotify Balances Employee Autonomy and Accountability

Autonomy may be the single most important element for creating engagement in a company. How can anyone feel engaged, let alone inspired, if she feels that some supervisor is always looking over her shoulder? But autonomy is a double-edged sword. On the one hand, it spurs creativity and involvement. …

Ugly Ceiling Tiles Made Over Into Sleek Wireless Chargers

The buildings of the future might charge electronics, no cables or adapters needed.<p>At the Consumer Electronics Show in Las Vegas this week, Washington-based tech company Ossia unveiled a drop-ceiling panel that can charge electronics within a 30-foot range wirelessly. While furniture, accessories, …

The Neuroscience of Trust

Companies are twisting themselves into knots to empower and challenge their employees. They’re anxious about the sad state of engagement, and rightly so, given the value they’re losing. Consider Gallup’s meta-analysis of decades’ worth of data: It shows that high engagement—defined largely as …

Employee Engagement

Amazon’s new grocery store project removes checkouts and lines

Amazon has announced a new project which removes the checkout process from grocery shopping. Titled Amazon Go, Amazon will open a (brick and mortar) grocery store in 2017 in which customers can use a smartphone app to automatically pay for goods in something it’s calling “just walk out” …

eCommerce

Apple Strategy 2017. Very important change to iPhone coming.

Apple Strategy 2017. Very important change to iPhone coming.<p>I’m inside Tim Cook’s head but I really wonder what’s going on inside Mark Zuckerberg’s …

16 analytic disciplines compared to data science

What are the differences between data science, data mining, machine learning, statistics, operations research, and so on?<br>Here I compare several …

Machine Intelligence Will Let Us All Work Like CEOs

When I started my career I was astounded by how superhuman some Fortune 500 executives were. It seemed they were magicians. Every time they answered an impromptu question, the response was refined. Every email they sent was worded perfectly, every decision they made based on deep market knowledge …

Ideo: Is Jazz School The Next Great Innovation Incubator?

Musicians have the kind of mind-set that could fuel the creative economy, writes Ideo partner Michael Hendrix.<p>Two musicians stood before the audience, each watching the other’s eyes. With a nod of the head their performance began. They moved effortlessly through their cues, gesturing subtly to …

What a Minor League Moneyball Reveals About Predictive Analytics

HBR STAFF<p>The book <i>The Only Rule Is It Has To Work</i> is the true story of how a couple of clever quants, Ben Lindbergh and Sam Miller, tried to bring sabermetric superiority to the Sonoma Stompers, a minor league baseball team nestled in California’s wine country. The self-described “statheads” have …

How to Do A/B Testing: A Checklist You'll Want to Bookmark

Planning to run an A/B test? Bookmark this checklist for what to do before, during, and after the test to get the best results.

A Map Of How Emotions Influence Our Lives, Commissioned By The Dalai Lama

When the Dalai Lama teams up with a top psychologist, who teams up a top data viz firm, you get the Atlas of Emotions.<p>The five circles slowly pulsing on my screen are meant to visualize the entire core of human emotion. Fear. Disgust. Anger. Sadness. Enjoyment.<p>Reductive? Yes. But that’s exactly the …

How Leaderless Groups End Up with Leaders

HBR STAFF<p>We’ve always known that communication is an important leadership skill. But most leadership research and advice is centered on what leaders say and how they say it, not on the underlying neural processes that govern communication between people.<p>A new finding in brain science reveals a …

The Benefits of Peer-to-Peer Praise at Work

In <i>The Happiness Advantage</i>, I describe an experience with a leader at a Fortune 100 company who told me, “We don’t need a happiness program, we <i>pay</i> people to be engaged.” This is a surprisingly common refrain from unenlightened leaders, an assumption based upon the belief that pay equals engagement. …

Europe’s new laws could cost you 4% of your revenues

What’s 4% of your company’s global annual revenues? Are you prepared to pay this amount in fines?<p>This is what you might face if you’re not paying attention to new data privacy developments in Europe, as penalties for mishandling European citizen data apply to all companies, not just those …

How The Super Bowl Became A Platform For 'Hearables'

The day before the biggest event of the year, hundreds of people young and old gathered at a college campus on the outskirts of San Francisco’s celebratory bustle . There were no big signs, no music, and no paparazzi–just a platform stage, a few chairs and people anxiously awaiting their chance to …

Silicon Valley

A new MIT computer chip could allow your smartphone to do complex AI tasks

The Eyeriss chip claims to reduce power usage tenfold, so deep learning tasks won't kill your iPhone battery<p>Yesterday, a team of researchers from MIT introduced a new computer chip optimized for deep-learning, an approach to artificial intelligence that is gaining popularity. The chip, dubbed …

Machine Learning

Just 6 Seconds of Mindfulness Can Make You More Effective

Some days it’s really draining to be a senior executive. You sit in meetings for hours on end, and every decision you need to make is difficult — all of the easy decisions have already been made at levels below you. On those days, you know you could be a much more effective leader if you could …

How RFID Technology Improves Hospital Care

When redesigning the new and expanded emergency room at the Mayo Clinic’s Saint Marys Hospital in Rochester, Minnesota, Mayo leaders didn’t just want to add more rooms and square feet. They saw it as an opportunity to completely transform the operation to improve care and the patient experience and …