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Flipboard’s Quest To Save Online Publishing—And Itself

With Flipboard 4.0, Mike and Marci McCue grapple with an alt-fact, ad-saturated internet using a mix of mobile tech, AI, and print-era publishing aesthetics.<p>The iPad was a futuristic gadget when it debuted in April 2010, but the apps it presented offered a rather nostalgic revival of traditional …

What’s Still Missing From The AI Revolution

AI is full of promise–and potential dangers. Five key challenges lie ahead, according to IBM Watson’s former general manager.<p>Artificial intelligence is a young field full of nearly unlimited potential that remains largely misunderstood by most people. We’ve come a long way since Watson won Jeopardy …

What To Do When You’re Passed Over For A Promotion

Sometimes hard work isn’t enough. Here’s how to move on after the sting of not getting promoted.<p>Didn’t get the promotion you wanted? That doesn’t mean you have to quit.<p>Being passed over for a promotion is a huge disappointment. While your first reaction may be to hit the nearest job-search site, …

The Irresistible Allure of Pre-crastination

There’s a fairly common maxim that “He who hesitates is lost.” It’s a curious proverb, not only because its origins are murky, but also because it might just be really bad advice for productivity. Recent research suggests that rushing to complete projects might actually harm our productivity, a …

Why Certain Managers Thrive in Tough New Jobs

Why do some managers seem to enjoy unpleasant on-the-job learning experiences while others just want to quit? Emotional intelligence has something to do with it, according to a study of managers by Yuntao Dong of the University of Connecticut. The researchers found that a highly unpleasant …

Voices from the Front Lines

Photography: Studio Tomás Saraceno © 2013<p>Artwork: Tomás Saraceno, In Orbit, 2013<p><i>Visit Erin Meyer’s article “Navigating the Cultural Minefield” (HBR May 2014) and use the interactive map to compare cultures on eight key dimensions. You can also take this self-assessment to see where you fall on each</i> …

Sales Still Matters More than Social Media

It’s become commonplace for observers to tout the transformative potential of digital technologies and bemoan the allegedly slow pace at which companies support these initiatives. Two recent blogs published by HBR.org are representative and, I believe, wrong.<p>Walter Frick, an HBR editor, contrasts …

The 5 Most Common Negotiating Mistakes

Some people possess natural negotiation chops. The rest of us just need practice.<p>Negotiating can be uncomfortable: standing up for yourself, asking for what you want, and trying to get a better price, terms, and condition often feels confrontational–and most of us avoid confrontation.<p>“You have to …

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The Big Lie of Strategic Planning

All executives know that strategy is important. But almost all also find it scary, because it forces them to confront a future they can only guess at. Worse, actually choosing a strategy entails making decisions that explicitly cut off possibilities and options. An executive may well fear that …

Are You Confusing Strategy with Planning?

Most people agree that the two strongest human urges are survival and procreation, but there is very little consensus on the next most powerful. I believe it’s the need to succeed. Humans hate to fail — hate it more than almost anything else.<p>But what about all the people in the world who apparently …

When You Think the Strategy is Wrong

Chances are that at some point in your career you’ve been asked to implement a strategy that was developed by someone other than yourself. A manager’s job is to implement that strategy, and to be sure that her team, unit, or department executes well. But what if you believe the strategy you’ve been …

The Heretic’s Guide to Getting More Done

Are you working endlessly but not accomplishing all you want? Mystified that continuous attention to work is not resulting in satisfactory progress toward your goals? So focused on work that you’re not thinking about or doing much else? If so, you may not be giving your brain the benefit of …

Why Your Long-Term Goals Are Going Nowhere

Forget long-term goal setting. Develop good habits instead. Turn your goals into habits to make them more achievable.<p>For years, I’ve had a wooden giraffe statue on my office bookshelf. A birthday gift from my father, the giraffe was a reminder of a long-term goal I’ve had since I was 25 years old: …

Doing Laundry In NYC Sucks–Can FlyCleaners Make It More Seamless?

The company behind this dry cleaning and laundry service app hopes to clean up in a market ripe for disruption.<p>If you live in New York City, you know how to pronounce Houston Street, the very best taxi-nabbing strategies, and that doing something as simple-seeming as laundry can actually be as …

“Social Media Doesn’t Sleep”: How This Local Shop Cranked Sales From $63K To $7 Million

From tweeting to photographing models herself to customer service, Diana Harbour is re-defining what it means to be hands-on. Here are the secrets to social selling she’s learned with The Red Dress Boutique.<p>Less than a decade ago Diana Harbour was toiling away in a cubicle, crafting corporate-ese …

The $1M-A-Month Business Behind Your Favorite Twitter Accounts

If you’re one of the 1.14 million followers of the @HistoryInPics Twitter account, which posts delightfully obscure pictures of historical subjects and events, you may have asked yourself, “Are they making any money off this?”<p>The answer is yes. Quite a bit of money. The account is one of 200 across …

Why Work Is Lonely

There is an old cartoon I often show to the managers I work with. It portrays a smiling executive team around a long table. The chairman is asking, “All in favor?” Everyone’s hand is up. Meanwhile, the cloud hovering above each head contains a dissonant view: “You’ve got to be kidding;” “Heaven …

4 Habits Of The Most Resilient People

When the going gets tough, what makes some bounce back while others fizzle out? Firing the naysayers in your head, surrounding yourself with a “board of advisors,” get cozy with the unknown.<p>The sad truth is, nobody’s life is perfect. When the going gets tough, what separates those who can hold …

The (Not So Difficult) Trick To Get Your Emails Read

To stand out in a flooded inbox, you need to begin with the end.<p>We spend hours sorting through the 150 billion or so emails that ricochet around the Internet every day. So which ones get the click?<p>Popular email clients like Gmail show the first 50 or so characters of the body copy in the inbox …

How Internet Ads Work

One of the most complex computational networks on the planet is responsible for showing you annoying banner ads. Yup, even ours.<p>Look to the top of the page. See that banner ad? Believe it or not, that hasn’t just been randomly squirted out to you. It is a calculation made by one of the most complex …

What Executives Really Need to Know About the “Emerging Markets Crisis”

As currencies and stock markets have tumbled in emerging markets, the business media has been dominated by cries of an “Emerging-Markets Crisis.” Corporate executives would be well served to turn off the television. Multinational companies do have their work cut out for them, and should take a …

Strategy in a World of Constant Change

Am I the only person to be getting a bit weary of hearing it repeatedly asserted that we’re living in a world of constant, accelerating change? That competitive advantages are becoming ever more transient and that the secret to survival will be to the ability to transform on a dime? Otherwise, what …

The American Way of Hiring Is Making Long-Term Unemployment Worse

<i>There are currently more than 4 million Americans who have been unemployed for 27 weeks or more. This figure doesn’t include those who work part-time or on contracts — or those who, discouraged, have simply stopped trying. Many of them are older and well educated, and their situation doesn’t seem</i> …

Parents May Be Your Secret Weapon For Recruiting and Retaining Millennials

A recruiter at a well-known Fortune 10 company told me this story: She was getting ready for a phone interview with a new college graduate. But when she dialed into the conference number at the scheduled time, instead of the candidate, there was an older woman on the line.<p>The female caller …

A Winning Culture Keeps Score

People often think of corporate culture as “soft” because it involves squishy things like values and expectations. That’s true as far as it goes—but winning cultures have a hard, metrics-driven element as well. A culture that feels upbeat and positive but doesn’t contribute to profitable growth or …

What Marketers Misunderstand About Online Reviews

When Jonney Shih told his colleagues that he wanted his contract-manufacturing firm to develop and sell laptops under its own brand name, Asus, most of them thought he was nuts. Asustek had been founded in 1989 in Taiwan, and Shih was now its chairman; it was a successful manufacturer of other …

When You Criticize Someone, You Make It Harder for that Person to Change

“If everything worked out perfectly in your life, what would you be doing in ten years?”<p>Such a question opens us up to fresh possibilities, to reflect on what matters most to us, and even what deep values might guide us through life. This approach gives managers a tool for coaching their teams to …

How an Auction Can Identify Your Best Talent

My children go to public school in New York City. As in many school systems across America, parents help raise vital funding each year to complement the often scarce resources provided by the public school system. In my community, the biggest fund-raising event of the year is the annual school …

Overcoming Feedback Phobia: Take the First Step

<b>Situation 1: Asking for it</b><p>You’re sitting at your desk when an e-mail pops up from your boss that cryptically states, “Please come to my office; we need to talk.” What’s the first thing you think?<p>For most people it’s, “Oh no – what did I do now!” or “Good gosh, what went wrong!” Of course it <i>is</i> …