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How to use ‘flywheel’ thinking to grow your business

When Lou Gerstner was brought in to revive IBM in 1993, the odds seemed against him. Everyone insisted bold action was needed, with the favoured step breaking the fabled giant into autonomous units.<p>But he seemed to dither. He felt IBM could benefit from having its many parts working together. He …

Brady Snubbed Eagles QB After Super Bowl Loss, Gisele Tried to Make Up for It Later With This Post

New England Patriots quarterback Tom Brady plopped down on the field when it became clear his team had lost Super Bowl LII to the Philadelphia Eagles.<p>…

Steve Jobs Practiced 1 Habit That Turned Good Presentations into Great Ones | Inc.com

Steve Jobs was a master showman. In my opinion, Jobs was the best business storyteller of our time. Every product launch was brilliantly performed. Every move, demo, image and slide was in sync and beautifully choreographed. If I sound like I'm describing a Broadway show, you're right. A Steve Jobs …

Public Speaking
Mentoring

How to Navigate the Politics of an Innovation Project

A middle manager at a global technology organization — let’s call her “Denise” — had a problem.<p>She’d come up with the idea of revamping the company’s inventory management approach by networking together “sleeping” resources. Specifically, she proposed a system that tracked the real-time inventory …

Innovation

Software developers and designers risk over-automating enterprises

Noted software design advocate and author says automation is taking away valuable human judgment. The goal of good software should be to amplify, not …

Testing The “Impossible”: 17 Questions That Changed My Life

<b>My life has been a series of questions and odd experiments. Here, horseback archery in Japan.</b> (Photo: David West)<p>The following is a sample chapter …

Mark Twain

Motivating Employees Is Not About Carrots or Sticks

Motivating employees seems like it should be easy. And it is — in theory. But while the concept of motivation may be straightforward, motivating employees in real-life situations is far more challenging. As leaders, we’re asked to understand what motivates each individual on our team and manage …

Employment

Here's Why Your Innovation Strategy Will Fail | Inc.com

,A decade ago, Apple looked unbeatable. It's launch of the iPhone completely revolutionized mobile phones and made good on Steve Jobs' vision of creating a hub of devices that connected people to technology. What's more, he did it with just a fraction of the research budget of other tech giants.<p>Yet …

Innovation

Why Tom Kelley of IDEO is the ultimate disciple of ‘design thinking’

In our 16th episode, we talk with Tom Kelly, a partner at IDEO, about the definition of innovation, how to take back your creative confidence, and the habits that can shape not only your current design team, but the up-and-coming design leaders of the world.<p>The word “innovation” has gotten …

Design

Linear Thinking in a Nonlinear World

Test yourself with this word problem: Imagine you’re responsible for your company’s car fleet. You manage two models, an SUV that gets 10 miles to the gallon and a sedan that gets 20. The fleet has equal numbers of each, and all the cars travel 10,000 miles a year. You have enough capital to …

Management

Three Questions I Ask Every Job Candidate To Test Their Soft Skills

If you don’t know how to probe for soft skills, you’ll never find them.<p>So-called “soft skills,” by many accounts, are in high demand and short supply. But one of the reasons why things like communication, critical thinking, attention to detail, and the like seem so hard to find among job candidates …

Employment

How two companies hooked customers on rarely used products

Larry Page, CEO of Alphabet (the company formerly known as Google), has a quirky way of deciding which companies he likes. It’s called “The Toothbrush Test.” According to the New York Times, when Page looks at a potential company to acquire, he wants to know if the product is, like a toothbrush, …

This 5-Step Method Will Tell You If Your Product Solves a Real Human Need | Inc.com

Design has quickly evolved from an aesthetic choice to becoming a revolutionary way to differentiate companies. Design thinking is now a proven approach to solving problems and producing innovations with a wide range of entrepreneurs and product creators. But it's not a slam dunk. The risk is that …

UX Design

Chief Executives Learn To Innovate By Thinking Like Designers

<i>The ubiquity of internet access has changed the rules of business.</i><p>The world wide web not only gave people a low-cost way to connect, but it …

Drones

What Great Listeners Actually Do

Chances are you think you’re a good listener. People’s appraisal of their listening ability is much like their assessment of their driving skills, in that the great bulk of adults think they’re above average.<p>In our experience, most people think good listening comes down to doing three things:<p>Not …

Public Speaking

A Watermelon Avocado Salad Perfect For Summer

Most of us eat watermelon by itself as a juicy fruit snack, but it also works well in savory salads. This recipe makes a great summer side dish or …

Goodhart’s Law and Why Measurement is Hard

The other day, I was failing to teach my 3-year-old son about measurement. He wanted to figure out if something would fit in an envelope, and I was …

Management

100 Ways to Eat Eggs

Eggs take to just about anything you throw at them—or rather, to anything you thrown them <i>in</i>. From crack and splat to whisk and pour, they're your best friend in the kitchen from high noon to night. There are very few other ingredients that are so versatile, that can be cooked in so many different …

Good Communication Requires Experimenting with Your Language

Consider a delinquent taxpayer who receives one of the following two letters in the mail:<p>Letter 1: <i>We are writing to inform you that we have still not received your tax payment of $5,000. It is imperative that you contact us.</i><p>Letter 2: <i>We are writing to inform you that we have still not received your</i> …

Management

The Best Free Online Courses for Professionals | Inc.com

It's never too late to invest in your career. Fortunately, we live in a time where we all have access to an elite education at our fingertips, not to mention completely free of charge. All you have to do is create a free account at Coursera, and you'll be ready to take your career into your own …

University of Michigan

14 Hangover-Helping Breakfast Recipe Ideas for New Year’s Day

While your New Year’s Eve plans are pretty solid at this point (one word: parr-tay), you may be forgetting one crucial thing: a fail-proof strategy for that inevitable slow-going morning after. If you can’t resist that champagne shower on NYE, then a hangover cure in the form of a New Year’s brunch …

Breakfast

17 Charts To Help You Eat Healthy

Everything you need to know from cutting out sugar to building a salad that doesn't suck.

The Best Secret Streets Around the World

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Travel

Can Your Employees Really Speak Freely?

Chances are, your employees are withholding valuable intelligence from you. Maybe it’s about a project that’s gone off track or a manager who’s behaving badly. Or maybe they’re not sharing their thoughts on ways the business could grow its sales or improve operations. No matter how open you are as …

Management

Tangy Bourbon BBQ Chicken Recipe - Chowhound

Tip<p>How to Store Chicken<p>Raw or cooked chicken can be stored in a refrigerator for a few days, though it’s important to prevent raw chicken juices from …

7 ways to nurture creativity

As a creative person at a startup or larger company, it feels surreal to do what you love and belong to a team that’s pursuing a worthwhile endeavor.<p>Chances are, you were hired because you possess the traits of ownership, autonomy, creativity, and grit. Owning your output, shipping on time, and …