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Stephen Hawking: The afterlife is a fairy tale (but your brain might go on)

In the next life, we will all correct the things we got wrong in this one.<p>We'll be better, nicer people, calmer and more knowing. Or we'll be horses in a field, grazing away our days.<p>Please, keep fantasizing. But it isn't going to happen. At least according to Stephen Hawking.<p>He knows that many …

The Evolution Of Strategy

When we think of great strategists in history, from Sun Tzu to Alexander the Great to Napoleon to Patton, we think of master chess players, leaders who personify timeless principles and can think two or three moves ahead.<p>Strategy is the sexy part of business, where boring Word documents and endless …

How I Got My Team To Fail More

Business-school literature has long stressed the importance of taking risks and encouraging rapid failure. In the real world of quarterly numbers, though, embracing failure mostly remains a throwaway line in CEO speeches.<p>At PBS Digital, we went beyond corporate lip service and demanded failure from …

HR for Neophytes

It’s a worldwide trend that has been under way for nearly a decade: Responsibility for talent management is shifting from HR to frontline executives. The transition is driven partly by cost cutting—head counts in HR departments fell sharply during the Great Recession—but it is also fueled by the …

Harvard Biz Review on Twitter: "Everything you know about consulting is going to change http://t.co/BOMgBxmVrU @claychristensen @DinaSWang http://t.co/Wq4uh4V5Hf"

Replying to @<b>HarvardBiz</b><p>RT @<b>HarvardBiz</b>: Everything you know about consulting is going to change http://s.hbr.org/162SqFl …

Six Ideas Driving The Future Of Innovation

“We are continuously faced by great opportunities brilliantly disguised as insoluble problems,” auto-industry guru Lee Iacocca, once said.<p>What a great way to see change. Iacocca’s formulation struck me recently while I was writing up a study of CIO and Chief Innovation Officer viewpoints. To …

Behind the mask: How a 'Star Wars' fan became Boba Fett

Three types of people generally inhabit costuming (cosplay) culture: those who buy elementary outfits from places like Party City; those who pursue advanced costumes that tally up hundreds of dollars; and truly dedicated folks like Andrew Miller, who invested hundreds of hours into creating his own …

Sleep Deprivation Makes Us Appear Unattractive and Sad

New research says people are skilled at recognizing faces as tired. Compared to well-slept subjects, the sleep-deprived were perceived as having "darker circles under the eyes, paler skin, more wrinkles/fine lines, and more droopy corners of the mouth."<p><i>“Only the perishable can be beautiful, which</i> …

To Ward Off Diabetes, Eat Whole Fruit, Shun Fruit Juice

Blueberries, grapes, and apples offer the strongest health benefits.<p><b>Science is finding more health benefits from blueberries—but raising more concerns about fruit juice. According to a new study by Harvard University researchers, eating whole fruits helps ward off diabetes, while drinking juice can</b> …

Who Wastes The Most Time At Work?

A year ago my friend Russ Warner, CEO of ContentWatch, collaborated with me on the article Employees Really Do Waste Time At Work. The interest in that article continues to grow to this day. Today he shared his updated perspective. The verdict: We’re even worse off than before.<p>The distractions are …

Never Give Stores Your ZIP Code. Here's Why

Why do merchants sometimes ask us for our ZIP code when we buy something?<p>I recently visited the Mob Museum in Las Vegas, an interesting addition to Sin City’s attractions. I paid my admission with a credit card, prompting the museum ticket seller to ask me: “What’s your ZIP code?”<p>When I paused for …

The Elephant In The Marketing Room

<i>“Although many of us may think of ourselves as thinking creatures that feel, biologically we are feeling creatures that think”<br>—Jill Bolte Taylor</i><p>I was …

Data is the most underutilized asset in marketing

According to a new study on data-driven marketing by Teradata Applications (the artists formerly known as Aprimo), <b>45% of marketers believe that data</b> …

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3 Ways to Secure Customer Satisfaction and Loyalty With Accountability

The following is a Best of 360Connext post.As Dr. Phil likes to say, “People do what works.” If it works to ignore loyalty, people will continue to …

Don’t Let Them Underestimate You

We all hope our resume and experiences will speak for themselves. But a friend of mine — a 40 year-old former special agent and combat veteran — recently emailed me about a persistent problem. “When I contact leaders in my industry, they almost always agree to talk,” he told me. “But some have been …

Will the Internet Destroy the Stock Market?

Last week, the NASDAQ exchange froze for three hours due to a faulty connection. On Monday, Europe’s largest derivatives market shut down for an hour because of a glitch. Last month, 14,000 people in rural Iowa lost internet access after a minor car crash crushed a cable. In 2011, the entire …

How to Manage Someone You Don’t Like

Everybody complains about incompetent bosses or dysfunctional co-workers, but what about irritating direct reports? What should you do if the person you manage drives you crazy? If the behavior is a performance issue, there’s a straightforward way to address what’s irking you — but what do you do …

Office Politics for the Pros

<b>Karen Dillon</b>, author of the <i>HBR Guide to Office Politics</i>, talks with <b>Dorie Clark</b>, author of <i>Reinventing You</i>.<p>SARAH GREEN: Welcome to the HBR IdeaCast from Harvard Business Review. I’m Sarah Green. I’m in the studio today with Karen Dillon and Dorie Clark to talk about office politics. Karen is the …

What Stops Leaders from Showing Compassion

Most good people want to act compassionately at work. And recent research suggests that compassion also creates positive outcomes in organizations: People who experience compassion feel more committed to the organization and feel more positive emotions at work; when people receive bad news that is …

With Labor Costs Easing, U.S. Companies Invest Less in Technology

American labor costs have been so well contained of late that the proportion of nonfarm business revenue going toward wages, salaries, and benefits hit a record low <b>57.9%</b> in the first quarter of 2012, the most recent period for which figures are available, says the <i>Wall Street Journal</i>. A decade …

Steve Ballmer’s Big Lesson for the Rest of Us

The business media lit up over the weekend with the news that Steve Ballmer, the college friend who worked alongside Bill Gates to build Microsoft and was heir to the CEO job, will step down within a year. Ballmer, whose skills were in many ways complementary to Gates’, took the helm of an already …

To Go from Big Data to Big Insight, Start with a Visual

Although data visualization has produced some of the most captivating artistic displays in recent memory, some of which have found their way into exhibits at the New York Museum of Modern Art and countless art installations around the world, business leaders are asking: is data visualization …

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Design Your Top Jobs to Appeal to the Goals of Top Talent

A few leading-edge companies are making real progress in increasing the proportion of women in their executive ranks by turning the problem on its head. Rather than focusing their efforts on fitting the candidates to the jobs (through, say, more mentoring and training), they are taking practical …

The Problems with Incubators, and How to Solve Them

There is a very real knowledge gap in the early stage start-up game, on both sides of the table. First-time entrepreneurs lack the seasoning to captain a steady ship through turbulent waters. Inexperienced friends and family (and, increasingly, crowdsourced investors) lack the ability to gauge the …

Triple-Strength Leadership

A decade ago Coca-Cola faced a major crisis in South India. The government and several NGOs objected so strongly to its water consumption that it was banned from soft-drink production in the region. The company uses water not just in the drink itself but also in the manufacturing process. Making a …