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Tracked Since Birth: The Rise Of Extreme Baby Monitoring

Does tracking a baby’s every movement, cry, and wet diaper mean happier parents and healthier infants, or are we turning our kids into Tamagotchis for no reason?<p>Elle Lucero has been tracked since birth.<p>For the first 10 months of her life, her mother, Yasmin, kept detailed records of Elle’s sleep …

Parenting

When Organizational Memory Stands in the Way

Your company’s organizational memory might be holding it back. Consider the following parable:<p>Two monks — one old and one young — were walking to a village far from their monastery. Along the way they saw a beautiful, young woman waiting at the edge of a stream, too afraid to cross. The young monk …

When Crossing Cultures, Use Global Dexterity

Picture the following: Greg O’Leary, a 32-year-old mid-level manager, is in Shanghai for the first time to negotiate a critical deal with a distributor. To prepare himself for the trip, Greg has learned some key cultural differences between China and the U.S. — about how important deference and …

How You Can Benefit from All Your Stress

You are stressed — by your deadlines, your responsibilities, your ever-increasing workload, and your life in general. If you are like me, you even stress about how much stress you’re feeling — worrying that it is interfering with your performance and possibly taking years off of your life.<p>This …

A Simple Ritual for Harried Managers (and Popes)

Pope Francis and I have something common. He was a Jesuit seminarian; so was I. He eventually became a Jesuit superior, bishop, and now Pope. I eventually discerned that my path in life was not the priesthood, and, after six years of seminary, I traded in my priestly garb for pinstripes and entered …

Corporate Strategy Is a Fool’s Errand

Most corporations consist of multiple divisions, which set their own strategy (what we generally refer to as “business strategy”). But more often than not, these dvisions have very little to do with one another. Take Philips Electronics with its lighting, medical equipment, and consumer electronics …

Why Organizations Are So Afraid to Simplify

While most managers complain about being overloaded with responsibilities, very few are willing to give up any of them. It’s one of the great contradictions of organizational life: People are great at starting new things — projects, meetings, initiatives, task forces — but have a much harder time …

How Criticizing in Private Undermines Your Team

You are holding your weekly team leadership meeting. You are discussing with your direct reports how to handle the project delays that have caused the team to miss its quarterly numbers. You know that Ted — one of your direct reports — contributed to missing the numbers by missing two key …

Great Leaders Use Honesty to Help Their Successors

Jack Ma, the founder and long-time CEO of Chinese web company, Alibaba, recently announced that he is stepping down as CEO, and now we have learned that Jonathan Lu Zhaoxi will become chief executive of the company in May. Alibaba is an incredible success story. The company began in 1999 and last …

The Most Effective Strategies for Success

For years, I’ve been trying to convince people that success is not about who you <i>are</i>, but about what you <i>do</i>.<p>Roughly two years ago, I wrote about the “Nine Things Successful People Do Differently,” which became HBR’s most-read piece of content over that time span. It was a list of strategies, based on …

Creating Social Change with Social Media

#GivingTuesday began with a simple question: On the heels of Black Friday and Cyber Monday, could we trigger a new day of giving after two days of getting?<p>People all over the country came together to answer that question with a resounding “yes,” and social media certainly helped us get there. But …

How to Use Temptation to Strengthen Your Willpower

I was running a leadership offsite at The Allison Inn and Spa in Oregon — one of my favorite hotels — and the food, as always, was exquisite. The carrot cake at lunch was so delicious that I ate two pieces. And when the staff brought out big, thick, gooey, homemade cookies during a break, I was …

A Data Scientist’s Real Job: Storytelling

Every morning at DoSomething.org, our computers greet us with a report containing over 350 million data points tracking our organization’s performance. Our challenge as data scientists is to translate this haystack of information into guidance for staff so they can make smart decisions — whether …

Where does Microsoft expect to find its next $1 billion business?

Microsoft is looking at its appliance, cloud and big data products and services as its most likely to be added to its billion-dollar business …

Microsoft Windows

Microsoft rides APAC big data, BI waves

Region's "huge" demand for business intelligence and big data management tools to gather real-time insights give Redmond opportunity to cash in with …

Big Data

How Microsoft Can Save Windows RT

Evidence abounds that Windows RT, Microsoft's version of Windows 8 for ARM-based devices like tablets, is in trouble. It’s time for Microsoft to take …

Microsoft tells US employees moving to UK: Leave your guns at home

Computer giant Microsoft has reportedly issued a series of guidelines for US employees moving to Britain, including a recommendation to leave their …

Surface Sales Estimates Are Bleak, Microsoft Thinks Better Marketing Will Save the Day

Predictions and estimates offered last week for the early sales numbers for Microsoft’s Surface tablet line don’t paint a very pretty picture. They’re pretty bleak in fact – especially considering how heavily hyped and marketed the Surface RT and Surface Pro have been.<p>Here’s some details from a …

Marketing

The new-look Microsoft: More integration needed if 'devices plus services' is to succeed

Devices and services are the future for Microsoft. But what will that strategy look like? And how can the company sell more Surface …

Selling

What Microsoft CEO Steve Ballmer Told Yammer Cofounder David Sacks

When Microsoft was considering acquiring Yammer, Ballmer told Sacks a story that gives insight into how the Microsoft CEO sees the company’s future in the enterprise space.<p>Call it a Trojan Horse strategy: The tens of millions of users who take their mobile devices to the office–iPhones, iPads, …

Startups

Microsoft defends Windows RT, says strategy ‘just gets stronger over time’

Following reports of lackluster sales of the Surface RT tablet and other Windows RT devices, Microsoft is speaking up in defense of the version of …

Microsoft teasers, tips and tidbits: 5 things to know now

Microsoft has had a busy week, judging from the breadth of the buzz about the company’s next ventures. Windows 8 is shipping on all its myriad platforms, so now what?<p>Plenty, say a mix of official and clandestine sources. Microsoft has more in store for Windows 8, including technology to help make …

Microsoft hires former Oracle exec to run North American sales

A former Oracle channel exec joins Microsoft to head up North American sales, while a veteran software development architect moves on to teaching …

Programming

Microsoft Endlessly Disappoints With 'New' Windows Phone Apps

Microsoft has breathlessly announced several new game titles for Windows Phone 8. And once again, Redmond continues to disappoint.<p>But then, we're …

Microsoft calling next-gen Office ‘Gemini,’ may debut Windows-8-style Word & more this fall

While “Blue,” the code-name for the next release for Windows and several other Microsoft products, has been getting a lot of play lately, the new generation of Office has been labeled as “Gemini.”<p>ZDNet’s Mary Jo Foley writes today that Gemini encapsulates the next generation of updates for Office …

Microsoft will rebrand itself with three, 60-second commercial spots

Microsoft is one of those companies that faces a bit of an image problem with the public. Let’s be honest, you and I live in somewhat of a …

Top 10 Underhyped Windows Apps

Some apps are essential, and everyone who's anyone knows to have them on their computer. Some apps, however, are fantastic, yet fly under the radar. …

Now Available in the Windows Phone Store: Lync 2013 App

The Lync 2013 app for Windows Phone is here!<p>As someone who is always on the go and can’t always be tied to my desk, I use the Lync 2013 for Windows …

Five Reasons Intelligent Systems are Growing in Korea

Posted By <b>SeongJin Kang</b><i><br>Windows Embedded Business Lead for Korea</i><p>The information-technology market is expected to grow continuously here in Korea, …