Javier Vidal-Quadras Torras

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A Refresher on Storytelling 101

At bedtime, I tell stories to my godchildren, Anna and Noah, when their parents invite me to care for them. Their capacity for stories amazes me. They beg for “just one more” and then “just one more.” It seems we are wired to enjoy a well-told story.<p>And as we grow up, we do not lose our thirst for …

Why the Lean Start-Up Changes Everything

Launching a new enterprise—whether it’s a tech start-up, a small business, or an initiative within a large corporation—has always been a hit-or-miss proposition. According to the decades-old formula, you write a business plan, pitch it to investors, assemble a team, introduce a product, and start …

The Discipline of Teams

Early in the 1980s, Bill Greenwood and a small band of rebel railroaders took on most of the top management of Burlington Northern and created a multibillion-dollar business in “piggybacking” rail services despite widespread resistance, even resentment, within the company. The Medical Products …

Estas son las 36 preguntas que conseguirán que te enamores

Mandy Len Catron publicó el 9 de enero un artículo en <i>The New York Times</i> (que hemos traducido en <i>Verne</i>) y en el que narra cómo se enamoró con ayuda de …

These are some of the cool things Airbnb is doing to learn more about you

More than 25 million people in 190-plus countries have used its service, helping it reach a massive $13 billion valuation.<p>One of the biggest reasons for its rapid growth is its strong data science technology. By collecting and analyzing its massive trove of data, Airbnb is able to make better …

Natural Language Processing

'Shark Tank' investor Kevin O'Leary shares the best advice he's ever received

O'Leary, an investor on the hit show "Shark Tank," briefly worked at Nabisco after receiving his MBA in 1980, but decided to build his own television production company, Special Event Television. There was a point when there was "a huge problem" with the business and his partner and cofounder Gerry …

Degrees don’t matter anymore, skills do

If I were to make a nomination for the most destructive belief in our culture, it would be the belief that some people are born smart and others are born dumb. This belief is not only badly off target as a shorthand description of reality, it is the source of many social pathologies and lost …

Education

Steve Jobs Used This Simple Productivity Hack To Hone Apple's Focus

Jobs gave him and Yahoo's top executives a simple but profound piece of advice.<p>At an off-site meeting with about 200 Yahoo execs, Jobs explained in a presentation that many companies will make a list of 10 things they want to achieve in a year, but "the smart companies will take that list and …

Bureaucracy Must Die

Almost 25 years ago in the pages of <i>HBR</i>, C.K. Prahalad and I urged managers to think in a different way about the building blocks of competitive success. We argued that a business should be seen as a portfolio of “core competencies” as well as a portfolio of products. By building and nurturing deep, …

Experiment with Organizational Change Before Going All In

Think about the last time you considered introducing a significant change in your enterprise with the intention of improving organizational effectiveness. Maybe you were contemplating a change in employment policies such as flextime or one in customer-facing processes such as a new billing system. …

¿Por qué los videojuegos de acción mejoran tu cerebro?

¿Te consideras un fanático de la Xbox, la Play Station o la Wii? ¿Aprovechas un descanso en tu jornada laboral o de estudio para jugar videojuegos? …

How to Make Yourself Work When You Just Don’t Want To

There’s that project you’ve left on the backburner – the one with the deadline that’s growing uncomfortably near. And there’s the client whose phone call you really should return – the one that does nothing but complain and eat up your valuable time. Wait, weren’t you going to try to go to the gym …

15 Android Apps That Will Make Your iPhone Friends Jealous

Today, most apps launch on both Android and iOS, but the most interesting Android apps are exclusive to Android because they do something Apple wouldn't allow.<p>From an app that lets you message your friends while still watching Netflix to an app that lets you hack your smartphone's LED lights for …

Apps

When a Simple Rule of Thumb Beats a Fancy Algorithm

For a retailer, it’s extremely useful to know whether a customer will be back or has abandoned you for good. Starting in the late 1980s, academic researchers began to develop sophisticated predictive techniques to answer that question. The best-known is the Pareto/NBD (for negative binomial …

This 3-In-1 'Ultimate Laptop Workstation' Works As Advertised, And Also Improves Your Posture

If there's one ironic drawback to most laptops, it's that you can't use them directly on your lap for an extended amount of time. Without proper ventilation, they get too hot, which is bad for the computer, and bad for you.<p>So I was interested in the BasePro, a so-called "ultimate laptop …

How to Tip When Traveling Around the World

There is nothing more vexing than trying to figure out who to tip, how much, and when—especially when you're in a foreign country. You’ll come face …

Hospitality

The Best Leaders Are Insatiable Learners

Nearly a quarter century ago, at a gathering in Phoenix, Arizona, John W. Gardner delivered a speech that may be one of the most quietly influential speeches in the history of American business — a text that has been photocopied, passed along, underlined, and linked to by senior executives in some …

240 cursos universitarios, online y gratuitos que inician en septiembre

Un increíble abanico de propuestas en cursos online y gratuitos veremos a lo largo de septiembre, tanto en español como en otros idiomas. Las …