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Porch.com Scores Big Win With Lowe’s Partnership

Finding the right professional for home improvement projects isn’t exactly easy and most homeowners are pretty anxious about who gets to work on their homes. That’s why Angie’s List can charge for its service, for example. Many homeowners, however, also ask for recommendations in the stores they …

Which Came First: The Human or the Algorithm?

One thing is for certain: society’s reliance on human judgment, unaided by computers, is going to decrease. This point is made forcefully in a recent post here at Harvard Business Review by MIT’s Andrew McAfee, and in Average Is Over, the latest book by economist Tyler Cowen.<p>But machine …

Five New Year’s Resolutions Every Leader Should Make

Looking ahead to 2014, one of the most urgent issues will be a new war for talent: not yesteryear’s broad-based need for <i>all</i> top talent but an increasing demand for the <i>right</i> kind of talent. For leaders, this means a new urgency in targeting, nurturing, and advancing top talent in their organization. …

Why Big Data Will Power The World

Big Data will power the world as it is not just about harvesting data but more about the different relationships you can start to see when you …

When You Criticize Someone, You Make It Harder for that Person to Change

“If everything worked out perfectly in your life, what would you be doing in ten years?”<p>Such a question opens us up to fresh possibilities, to reflect on what matters most to us, and even what deep values might guide us through life. This approach gives managers a tool for coaching their teams to …

What Change Agents Value at Work

When it comes to change management, half the battle is making sure you have the right leaders in place. And that means looking carefully at their competencies, behavioral styles, and values.<p>To help with that challenge, my colleagues and I have created a change-agent profile. In our work assessing …

Make Sure Your Dream Company Can Find You

It used to be that if you wanted to work for a certain company, you went in for an informational interview or waited for a job opening and submitted your resume. These days, you may be better off liking the company on Facebook or joining their Google+ page. That’s because smart companies are no …

Find the Coaching in Criticism

Feedback is crucial. That’s obvious: It improves performance, develops talent, aligns expectations, solves problems, guides promotion and pay, and boosts the bottom line.<p>But it’s equally obvious that in many organizations, feedback doesn’t work. A glance at the stats tells the story: Only 36% of …

A Winning Culture Keeps Score

People often think of corporate culture as “soft” because it involves squishy things like values and expectations. That’s true as far as it goes—but winning cultures have a hard, metrics-driven element as well. A culture that feels upbeat and positive but doesn’t contribute to profitable growth or …

Conflict Strategies for Nice People

Do you value friendly relations with your colleagues? Are you proud of being a nice person who would never pick a fight? Unfortunately, you might be just as responsible for group dysfunction as your more combative team members. That’s because it’s a problem when you shy away from open, healthy …

The Perils of Self-Promotion

When Promote Yourself: The New Rules for Career Success landed on my desk last September, I groaned. Did the world really need it? Don’t we have enough ambitious workers leaning in so far that they’re toppling out of their desk chairs? Enough “thought leaders” selling dubious credentials and …

Building a Feedback-Rich Culture

As an executive coach and an experiential educator, I’m a passionate believer in the value of interpersonal feedback. To become more effective and fulfilled at work, people need a keen understanding of their impact on others and the extent to which they’re achieving their goals in their working …

The Secret to Delighting Customers

What motivates employees to go above and beyond the call of duty to provide a great customer experience? Disney tells a story about a little girl visiting a theme park who dropped her favorite doll over a fence. When staff retrieved the doll, she was covered in mud, so they made her a new outfit, …

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Business Intelligence 2013: Tale Of Two Worlds

BI giants IBM, Microsoft, Oracle, and SAP grew little in 2013, but nimble, visual-data-discovery leaders Tableau, TIBCO Spotfire, and QlikTech …