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Do grades matter? Depends if you’re asking Google or Goldman Sachs

Goldman Sachs and Google are both thought of as companies that compete for talent. But they have different ways of spotting it.<p>One of the best-known—and surprising—results of Google’s internal research into hiring and success is that academic track records don’t really matter. In a New York Times …

Why Do We Get So Emotional About Brands?

Honestly, it’s puzzling that an inanimate, imaginary thing such as a brand should seem to have gender.<p>But obviously brands do send out gender signals, and sometimes they’re quite strong. In fact, recent research shows that the more intense the gender signals, the greater the brand value — so not …

Time Management Training Doesn’t Work

Nicholas Blechman for HBR<p>Today, knowledge workers use devices and platforms we wouldn’t have dreamed of 15 years ago, in workspaces we probably didn’t see coming, either (goodbye, private offices; hello, telecommuting).<p>But while work has changed, the training we get about how to manage our time …

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Angie's List Cites Anti-Gay Law In Halting Indiana Expansion

Angie’s List, a company that publishes consumer reviews of local<br>businesses, announced Saturday that it decided to stop a planned<br>expansion project at …

Technology and Persuasion

Persuasive technologies surround us, and they’re growing smarter. How do these technologies work? And why?<p>GSN Games, which designs mobile games like …

A man was detained at the Canadian border for refusing to give up his phone password

Can border agents compel you to unlock your iPhone? A new case in Canada is testing out the law, with potentially serious repercussions. On Monday, a Quebec man named Alain Philippon refused to give the unlock code to his BlackBerry at the Canadian border, and was detained on charges of hindering …

Oracle's now dumping Java crapware bundles on your Mac, too

Since megayachts aren't going to buy themselves, Larry Ellison's Oracle has been picking up extra cash for years by slipping adware to Windows users via its ubiquitous Java software. If you felt smug because you were on a Mac, guess what! Installing Java on your OSX-equipped MacBook could now lead …

5 Unnecessarily High-Tech Ways To Order A Pizza

Everything short of pizza that orders itself<p>If there is one thing that has driven humanity forward in the last several centuries of technological progress, one thing that we've striven for above all others, one thing to which we bring our ingenuity and prowess to bear upon with laser-like focus, it …

Where the Digital Economy Is Moving the Fastest

The transition to a global digital economy in 2014 was sporadic – brisk in some countries, choppy in others. By year’s end, the seven biggest emerging markets were larger than the G7, in purchasing power parity terms. Plus, consumers in the Asia-Pacific region were expected to spend more online …

Making the Consensus Sale

Sales reps have long been taught to seek out the executive who can single-handedly approve a deal at a company. But whether they’re selling to a customer with 50 employees or 50,000, reps today rarely find a unilateral decision maker. More often, they discover that the authority to make decisions …

Gamification Can Help People Actually Use Analytics Tools

If you’re trying to use advanced analytics to improve your organization’s decisions, join the club. Most of the companies I talk to are embarked on just such a quest. But it’s a rocky one.<p>The technological challenge is hard enough. You have to identify the right data and develop useful tools, such …

How to Drive Your Team Crazy With Your Next Brainstorming Session

A quick guide to brainstorming gone wrong.<p>How many times have you suffered through a brainstorming session that caused your eyes to roll? When the team is supposedly brainstorming but you desperately want to get out your phone or get back to your desk to do some real work, you know something has …

And the Number One Issue Facing Most Entrepreneurs in 2015 Is...

There's a problem brewing in 2015 for most entrepreneurs. Fortunately, there's something you can do about it before it's too late.<p>Imagine you are sitting at an airport, waiting for your plane.<p>A call comes in on your iPhone. (You can swap in your own phone here if you need a better mental picture.) …

17 Percent of Employees Would Rather Watch Paint Dry Than Attend Meetings

Try these alternatives instead.<p>They may be called "status meetings" "check-ins" "team meetings" or "updates." You may have them once a month, once a week, once a day, or once every quarter. They all have one thing in common: Your employees hate them.<p>It might surprise you to learn just how much. In …

Fantastically Wrong: The Bizarre Mirages That Once Scared the Bejesus Out of Sailors

Author: Matt Simon. Matt Simon Science<p>Date of Publication: 01.28.15.<p>Time of Publication: 6:30 am. 6:30 am<p>Jesuit priests aren’t especially known for …

What HoloLens Has That Google Glass Didn’t

I admit that when Microsoft unveiled its holographic computing engine at its Windows 10 event last week, I didn’t pay much attention. Despite some positive press, it felt too much like Google Glass (and skepticism of that platform looks increasingly warranted) and reminded me of many past gee-whiz …

Stop Using Your Inbox as a To-Do List

Do you leave emails in your inbox so that you remember to read or tackle them? If so, you’re using your email to manage your tasks—and those are actually two very different things. Using a separate task manager, one that ties in closely with your email, can help you spend less time sifting through …

A Step-by-Step Plan to Improve CMO-COO Collaboration

A traveler arrives in a foreign country and attempts to use his credit card to make a purchase. It is the same card he used to buy the plane ticket and book the hotel. While this would seem sufficient to alert the bank to his impending trip abroad, “transaction denied” flashes across the terminal …

When to Sell with Facts and Figures, and When to Appeal to Emotions

When should salespeople sell with facts and figures, and when should we try to speak to the buyer’s emotional subconscious, instead? When do you talk to Mr. Intuitive, and when to Mr. Rational?<p>I’d argue that too often, selling to Mr. Rational leads to analysis paralysis, especially for complex …

4 Ways to Make Conference Calls Less Terrible

No one wants to sit on a boring conference call, especially when they have other work to do. But that’s the reality for a lot of people, at least according to recent InterCall research on the rise of mobile conference calls and employee conferencing behavior. With 82% of employees admitting to …

3 Questions to Get the Most Out of Your Company’s Data

Our world is sentient. Websites watch where we look. Mobile applications keep track of our response times. Companies learn which buttons we like to press and which we don’t. With cameras, microphones, and thermometers, the human race is giving inanimate objects everywhere eyes, ears, and skin. And …

The Behaviors that Define A-Players

Individual contributors sometimes ask themselves, “What will it take for others to recognize my potential?” They may simply want acknowledgement of the importance of the work they do. Or they may aspire to move into management. In some cases, they’ve been told that they’re doing fine and have been …

NetSuite CMO to Adapt Company’s Marketing to New Customers

Cloud-based financials software and enterprise resource planning (ERP) specialist NetSuite announced that it has appointed Fred Studer, a global …

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Working adults are too busy emailing to care about social media

This new Pew Research survey might explain why the most active people in your Facebook friends list are your grandparents and selfie-loving high school cousin. The research firm asked over a thousand adults online what role technology plays in their work lives, and according to the results, those …

Why even engineers think working from home is a bad idea

It seems intuitive that engineers and computer scientists would prefer working from home, since tasks like writing complex computer code require intense, solitary focus. But a debate started on Y Combinator’s Hacker News, the popular forum for tech types, has raised the question of whether, despite …

The Strategic Mistake Almost Everybody Makes

“It is simple math,” the strategist said in a tone that sounded suspiciously similar to how I explain things to my six-year-old daughter. “Decreasing churn by a percent — a single percent! — creates tens of millions of dollars of value. A point of market share creates five times that amount. Our …

Technology’s Impact on Workers

Summary of Findings<p>The internet and cell phones have infiltrated every cranny of American workplaces, and digital technology has transformed vast …

Where Will Data Integration Work Go as IoT Takes Off in 2015?

<b>Creating an App-Centric Network for the Internet of Things</b><p>“The Internet of Things will bloom,” Monte Zweben predicted via an email to me. “IOT will …

Internet of Things

Why Oracle is targeting the CRM market for its growth

<i>Key takeaways from Oracle's 2Q15 earnings (Part 5 of 13)</i><p>(Continued from Part 4)<p>Oracle’s strategic acquisitions enable it to strengthen its position …

T-Mobile's John Legere posts bold predictions for 2015, including claim to 3rd place

T-Mobile's brash CEO has been shaking things up in the US wireless industry and that has been a good thing for all subscribers. His antics will …

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