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IT Has To Deliver Great Tools — and Teach People to Use Them

In a workplace that is increasingly collaborative and knowledge-intensive, many CIOs plan to create value by delivering these capabilities effectively. No wonder collaboration and analysis tools make up the single largest category of IT project spend. But much of this value is being lost because …

Is Airbnb The Next eBay, Uber The Next Amazon?

Are Airbnb and Uber the next big pillars of Internet commerce?<p>In the next wave of technology, Airbnb could be the next eBay and Uber could be the next Amazon, according to Jeremiah Owyang, an analyst and partner at Altimeter Group.<p>While these changes could be years away–Airbnb and Uber declined to …

The Man Who Pressed His Luck ... and Won

In 1984, ice cream truck driver Michael Larson set a record by winning $110,237 (a combined total of cash and non-cash prizes) in one appearance on …

A Question That Can Change Your Life

For years I’ve exercised every day — doing weights, cardio, yoga — but despite my continuous effort, I haven’t seen much change.<p>Until a few months ago.<p>Recently, my body has changed. My muscles are stronger, more defined, and I’ve lost five pounds along with a visible layer of fat. So what did I do …

The Building Blocks of Successful Corporate IT

The job of Chief Information Officer has never exactly been easy. But massive disruptions in business models, technology, and the work force have been throwing up massive new challenges for CIOs and other technology leaders.<p>Their organizations face disruption from both traditional and …

The Future of Corporate IT Looks a Lot Like Google

They tweet. They showroom. They pin and like and yelp. And whenever they do, customers accelerate corporate IT’s biggest challenge: to rethink and reinvent itself. The implications stretch beyond any one hot seat in the C-suite.<p>More than ever, customer experiences are based on a foundation of …

Your Company Is Only as Good as Your Writing

Good writing: Businesses claim to practice it, support it, and value it. But more often than not, their money isn’t where their mouth is. Poor grammar and jargon-riddled writing are rampant. We’re great at inventing terms — the instruction manual for my toaster refers to the lever that pops up the …

How Microsoft spent a decade asleep on the job

Once upon a time, a young man named Bill had a vision. He saw "a PC on every desk, and every machine running Microsoft software". And lo, it came to …

Your App Is Slow Because Our World Is Ending

The meatiest article I ran across on the Internet this week was also–maybe–a harbinger of doom for life as we know it. I mean Drew Crawford’s superb piece <i>Why mobile web apps are slow</i>. It’s long, and somewhat dense, but definitely worth reading if you’re technical enough to follow along.<p>Its upshot: …

Are You Data Driven? Take a Hard Look in the Mirror.

The term “data driven” is penetrating the lexicon ever more deeply these days. Data Driven was the title of my latest book, and recent academic work shows that companies that regard themselves as “data driven,” are measurably more profitable than those that aren’t. So becoming data-driven is …

We All Need Friends at Work

Survey after survey shows that employee engagement at work is at an all-time low. One way to help improve engagement at work is to foster friendships. We all know them: the good old fashioned friendships created when we chit-chat, hang-out, joke, and have fun with co-workers.<p>Tony Hsieh, the CEO of …

The Escalating Cost of Software Malice

Malicious attacks by hackers: At first they were an irritating oddity, but they’ve surged so much over the past few years that now they’re the most common cause of data breaches among U.S. companies. Because these incidents are hard to discover and combat, they’re also now the most costly form of …

Make Good Decisions Faster

In her recent HBR article “Transient Advantage,” Rita Gunther McGrath describes how “fast and roughly right decision making will replace deliberations that are precise and slow.” While most leaders couldn’t agree more, the challenge is <i>how</i>? How do you know the difference between “roughly right” and …

The Next Big Opportunity for Startups

When I made the transition two years ago from working with a 100 year-old organization — one I had called home for almost eight years — to working with companies sometimes less than 100 hours old, I assumed I would see tremendous differences.<p>In my early career, I had experienced the textbook …

Ten Steps to Planning an Effective Cyber-Incident Response

With cyber criminals successfully targeting organizations of all sizes across all industry sectors, organizations need to be prepared to respond to the inevitable data breach.<p>A response should be guided by a response plan that aims to manage a cyber security incident in such a way as to limit …

You Have No Control Over Security on the Feudal Internet

Facebook regularly abuses the privacy of its users. Google has stopped supporting its popular RSS feeder. Apple prohibits all iPhone apps that are political or sexual. Microsoft might be cooperating with some governments to spy on Skype calls, but we don’t know which ones. Both Twitter and LinkedIn …

10 Body Parts You Could Do Without

Looking to shed some pounds? You can start by losing that spare rib!<p>1. THIRD EYELID<p>That tiny fold on the inside corner of your eye is a leftover of …

IT in the Cloud Era

An interview with <b>Aaron Levie</b>, cofounder and CEO of Box. Follow him on Twitter at @levie.<p>JUSTIN FOX: Welcome to the HBR IdeaCast, from Harvard Business Review. I’m Justin Fox, and I’m talking today with Aaron Levie, who is co-founder and CEO of the cloud storage company Box. Aaron also happens to be …

How Drucker Thought About Complexity

Throughout his life, Peter Drucker strived to understand the increasing complexity of business and society and, most importantly, the implications for how we can continue to create and deliver value in the face of complexity. I have long been influenced by Drucker’s work. In the 1960s and 1970s, he …

Fewer U.S. Males Are Working, and It’s Not Just Because of the Economy

Disability is contributing to a steady decline in the number of men in the American workforce: In 2012, <b>3.1%</b> of working-age males were receiving federal disability benefits, up from <b>1.9%</b> in 1982, according to National Academy of Social Insurance data cited by CNN. Other factors in the decline, aside …

Rethinking Security for the Internet of Things

Cyber attacks, once primarily directed against networks to steal confidential information and wreak virtual havoc, have begun to expand and are now directly affecting the physical world. For example, the recent hacking of the Associated Press’s Twitter account by the Syrian Electronic Army and …

Reinvent Your Company Through Culture

In both C suites and boardrooms, discussions about business performance usually center on topics like market momentum, M&A opportunities, capital management, and productivity enhancements. While these factors are important, in my experience they are best leveraged when employees are engaged, …

Is Anyone Really Responsible for Your Company’s Data Security?

Protecting a company’s critical information is a value proposition. Trade secrets, confidential business plans, and operational security depend on it. Losing that kind of information can mean a plunge in stock price and market share. So who’s responsible for information security in your company?<p>To …

Cyber Security in the Internet of Things

Every enterprise will be affected by the Internet of Things (IoT), the growing phenomenon by which not only people, but also “things” — vehicles, commercial and industrial equipment, medical devices, remote sensors in natural environments — are linked to networks that are connected to the internet. …

The Cognitive Bias Keeping Us from Innovating

Any five-year-old has no trouble turning an old blanket and a couple of chairs into an impenetrable fort. But as we get older, knowledge and experience increasingly displace imagination and our ability to see an object for anything other than its original purpose. This is called Functional …

How Managers Should Use Data

11 Products Made by Prisoners

Prisoners make millions of license plates each year. But what else do they make for us?<p>1. Books for the Blind<p>There are 36 prison Braille-writing …

Forget dowries: Chinese men have to pay up to $24,000 to get a bride

China’s recent crackdown on luxury goods may be overlooking a wildly popular big-ticket item: brides.<p>Shanghai grooms typically have to pay their would-be wives a “bride price,” which startsat 100,000 yuan ($16,300). That’s according to a national map (registration required) of bride prices—a kind …

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Automatically Tweet During Your Account's Optimal Time With New FollowerWonk & Buffer Partnership

Today, one of the most popular social media scheduling tools, Buffer, has teamed up with the also-popular Twitter Analytics tool Followerwonk. The …

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