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How Microsoft CEO Satya Nadella did what Steve Ballmer and Bill Gates couldn’t

It's been an eventful couple of years.<p>Microsoft has grown its crucial cloud business, released Windows 10 to a much better reception than its loathed predecessor, launched a bunch of great apps for iPhone and Android, and generally made people like it a lot more.<p>But the real victory of Satya …

Microsoft Office

Priscilla Shunmugam

<b>Opinionated, with a savvy business head firmly on the shoulders of a design maven, Priscilla Shunmugam is the founder of local womenswear label Ong</b> …

Hong Kong

Why The Shape Of A Company’s Logo Matters

Welcome to a world in which curves are a good thing.<p>Think about the iconic brand names you know: Apple, Target, McDonald’s, Gap. What images come to mind? For many of us, probably their logos. That’s because whether it’s an apple or big golden arches, a logo is crucial to a company’s identity. Now, …

Graphic Design

Uber's Rebranding Reveals Everything That's Wrong With Uber

It all starts with atoms and bits. Seriously.<p>Uber, Uber, Uber. When will you learn?<p>If you haven't heard, the company that everyone loves (or hates, depending on which side of the fence you're on) unveiled a complete rebrand yesterday.<p>My take? It reveals Uber's true colors. And they're not very …

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Why Uber's New Logo Is a Mistake

Earlier this month, Uber unveiled a new look, including, among other things, a new app logo. In a complete departure from its original icon featuring …

Graphic Design

Alcohol brands are struggling to attract the millennial Brat Pack

<i>Christopher Ross on Big Booze's Brat Pack, and how we got here.</i><p>In the ultimate 1980s teen angst film, John Hughes' <i>The Breakfast Club</i>, five high school students belonging to different social cliques—"a brain, a beauty, a jock, a rebel and a recluse"—are forced to spend a day together under one roof …

Alcohol

McDonalds adapting globally to cultures

In Middle East it has adapted to the needs of the locals and introduced Mc Arabia which is a chicken grilled sandwich served on a flatbread as Arabs …

Ask the Etiquette Expert: How Should I Prepare for My First International Business Trip?

<b>Question:</b><p>Diane, I'm going on my first international business trip and don't have the foggiest idea of where to begin. Any tips?<p><b>Answer:</b><p>Taking care of details before you depart can make the difference between a smooth trip and a traveling nightmare. Here are a few first steps to get you started on …

Meet the schoolyard entrepreneurs that graduated to build an international business

Educational platform Firefly was built by two GCSE students. Their first supporter was their physics teacher, but soon they were being pulled out of …

Virgin Australia B737 International Business Class review

Hi Frugalistas! Many readers will know I’m a regular traveller on Virgin Australia. I’m a big fan, and have reviewed both the International and Coast …

Lego becomes world's biggest toymaker

Buh-bye Barbie. Hello Lego!<p>Danish toy manufacturer Lego Group has taken the title of the biggest toymaker in the world in terms of revenue and profit. The popular Lego movie helped propel sales 11% higher in the first six months of the year.<p>"We are thrilled by the reception of the Lego Movie …

Your Company’s Purpose Is Not Its Vision, Mission, or Values

We hear more and more that organizations must have a compelling “purpose” — but what does that mean? Aren’t there already a host of labels out there that describe organizational direction? Do we need yet another?<p>I think we do, and I’ve pulled together a typology of sorts to help distinguish all …

To Make Better Decisions, Combine Datasets

A complicated system is somewhat like a complicated recipe.<p>You know what the outcome will be because you understand what will cause what — combine a given number of ingredients together in a certain way, put them in the oven, and the results will be consistent as long as you repeat the same …

5 Essential Communications Skills to Catapult Your Career

Developing great communication skills is a key to professional success.<p>Communication skills have always been instrumental for senior leaders. But they’ve become equally important for aspiring leaders.<p>Professionals today are expected to show polished “executive” communications skills earlier in …

Learn from Your Analytics Failures

By far, the safest prediction about the business future of predictive analytics is that more thought and effort will go into prediction than analytics. That’s bad news and worse management. Grasping the analytic “hows” and “whys” matters more than the promise of prediction.<p>In the good old days, of …

Facebook’s Zuckerberg Says WhatsApp Could Reach Three Billion Users

Mark Zuckerberg says a tie-up with Facebook could help messaging service WhatsApp reach two to three billion users, but that it would remain an independent service.<p>Facebook agreed in February to pay $19 billion in cash and stock for WhatsApp, which had around 450 million users at the time. The deal …

MSN Messenger — Which Once Had 330 Million Users — Has Finally, Completely Died

At its peak, MSN Messenger had 330 million users worldwide. For scale, that's about three times <i>greater</i> than the current number of Snapchat users and about three quarters of the number of all current Gmail users.<p>For a time, MSN Messenger was <i>the</i> instant message platform of choice and its death will …

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Pernod Ricard reconnects brand and local teams to win customers ‘in the last 3 feet’

en_GB<p>article<p>After ten years of aggressive acquisitions, Pernod Ricard’s bloated size weighed on revenue growth in 2013. Armed with a three-pronged …

Snapchat Steps On Twitter’s Toes, Lets You Follow Remote Events Live

Snapchat has just updated its app with a brand new Live section that will incorporate Our Story into everyone’s feed, regardless of location. Our Story is a Snapchat product that lets users contribute snaps to a single Story (or, thread of snaps) from a single event.<p>The product first launched back …

How to Work with Someone You Hate

Working with someone you hate can be distracting and draining. Pompous jerk, annoying nudge, or incessant complainer, an insufferable colleague can negatively affect your attitude and performance. Instead of focusing on the work you have to do together, you may end up wasting time and energy trying …

What Gets in the Way of Listening

As your role grows in scale and influence, so too must your ability to listen. But listening is one of the toughest skills to master — and requires uncovering deeper barriers within oneself.<p>Take, for example, our client, Janet, a successful principal in a management consulting firm. She recently …

Making Your Strategy Work on the Frontline

Even the most brilliant strategy is worth nothing if it isn’t executed well, especially by your front line — the employees who interact daily with your customers. Unfortunately, these employees are regularly asked to execute strategies that others developed and that they may not understand, never …

The Art of Crafting a 15-Word Strategy Statement

In the January issue of HBR, Roger Martin sets out some rules for avoiding common mistakes in strategy making. As he writes in “The Big Lie of Strategic Planning“, the first rule is “keep the strategy statement simple.” Rather than a long, often vague document, the company’s strategy should …

The Best “Management Lessons” Story You’ll Ever Read

A Roll of the Polyhedral Dice<p>Everything I Need to Know About Management I Learned from Playing Dungeons and Dragons<p>Quartz<p>Such as: Often, the best candidate for a given job isn’t the person who’s most skilled at fulfilling its primary requirement, but instead is a more well-rounded individual, a …