Konrad Zagzebski

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10 Principles for Leading Through Change: A Navy SEAL's Approach

Dealing with change can suck on any battlefield. Here are 10 principles for success.<p>It wasn't long after I left the SEAL Teams, attended graduate school and started my first company that I realized <i>change</i> is a consistent reality in today's more volatile and disruptive business landscape. It affects …

Leadership

Why the Best Salespeople Are Masters of These 3 Skills (It's Not Just About Listening) | Inc.com

All the experts agree, the number one sales skill every professional needs is the ability to listen. Listening is the starting point for all learning, for understanding, and for relationships.<p>Listening is helpful when done right. Most sales professionals don't, I didn't.<p>The hard truth is listening …

Selling

Any Startup Can Blow Up Their Website Traffic for Free With a Single Blog Post. Here’s Exactly How To Do It

Here’s the situation. You run a startup. You have a website. And your website has basically no traffic. Except your mom. (Thanks, mom.) Like any …

Marketing

Google Spent 2 Years Studying 180 Teams. The Most Successful Ones Shared These 5 Traits | Inc.com

Over the years, Google has embarked on countless quests, collected endless amounts of data, and spent millions trying to better understand its people. One of the company's most interesting initiatives, Project Aristotle, gathered several of Google's best and brightest to help the organization …

Study Skills

A couple swears by a yearly 4-page 'relationship contract' — here's what psychologists have to say about it

For all the emphasis we place on romantic relationships, they seem to involve a lot of guesswork.<p>Look at the language we use to describe love: Instead of choosing to love someone, you <i>fall</i> for them. When you're attracted to someone, you say you're <i>into</i> them. Spontaneity is key too — dates and …

University of Washington

How Can You Tell Someone Has True Leadership Skills? Look for This 1 Rare Sign | Inc.com

Ever been in an important meeting where a topic on the agenda causes tension that you can cut with a knife? Instead of colleagues speaking up to solve an issue, you get poker faces and eyes looking down to avert what nobody wants to deal with.<p>The same is true when it comes to having those tough …

Transparency
Leadership

Jeff Bezos explains the perfect way to make risky business decisions

Bezos was explaining how he goes about running the massive company Amazon has become — 341,000 employees — like a startup.<p>That's a concept he calls Day 1. The Day 1 mantra is so top of mind for him that the building he works in is named Day 1, "and when I moved buildings, I took the name with me," …

Startups

This Yale Psychologist Says Carrots And Sticks Don't Motivate

It’s the age-old question: How do you build a workplace culture where employees are intrinsically motivated? Somewhat surprisingly, although overwhelming research speaks against traditional systems of rewards and recognition, so many companies continue wasting money on what has proved not to …

Employee Engagement

Internet Of Things Will Revolutionize Retail

• 70% of retail decision makers globally are ready to adopt the Internet of Things to improve customer experiences.<br>• 73% of retailers rate managing big data as important or business-critical to their operations.<br>• 78% of retailers say it is important or business-critical to integrate e-commerce and …

Internet of Things
eCommerce

3 Of The Toughest Interview Questions And How To Answer Them

Don’t sweat it if you don’t know the exact number of fire hydrants in L.A. The question is about more than counting.<p>Job interviews can feel a lot like going on blind dates with prospective employers. While there is plenty of advice for how to answer both the most common and the most annoying …

Employment

AI and automation are about to implode blue collar jobs

And Trump doesn’t even have the beginnings of a plan.<p>It is difficult not to view Donald Trump’s administration, regardless of its politics, as …

Artificial Intelligence

7 dramatic home library ideas

Yes, please<p>When you can’t visit grand libraries with stunning architecture whenever you want, the next best thing might be a spectacular display of books right at home. Indeed, for bibliophiles with a design bent, building a home library might mean ditching generic bookshelves for clever built-in …

Architecture

A 23-year-old college dropout just opened a robot-powered coffee kiosk in San Francisco

Henry Hu, 23, hates waiting in lines at coffee shops. The college dropout and recipient of the prestigious Thiel Fellowship throws back about five cups of coffee a day on average.<p>Thanks to his new invention, other coffee fiends in San Francisco can now get their fix in seconds.<p>The robot, which is …

San Francisco

Don’t Get Trampled: The Puzzle For “Unicorn” Employees

<i>As a product-obsessed entrepreneur and investor, I rarely focus on financing mechanics in the start-up world. It tends to be a binary outcome, and</i> …

Instead of Optimizing Processes, Reimagine Them as Platforms

Process optimization can transform user experience. <i>Rethinking</i> process optimization — visualizing processes as platforms — can transform your business model.<p>One applications outsourcing team, for example, proposed a clever UX tweak to help optimize a global fulfillment process their company managed …

Innovation

Stanford students are using lean startup principles to help fight ISIS

The ISIS beheadings of journalists James Foley and Steven Sotloff. The radicalization of San Bernardino shooters Syed Farook and Tashfeen Malik. The Orlando nightclub massacre. Social media, encrypted messages, or online propaganda from ISIS played a role in these horrific events and countless …

Terrorism
Leadership

Top Ten Business Books Of 2016

If you haven’t found that perfect gift for your boss, co-worker, customer or client, it’s not too late. Perhaps this list of my favorite business books from this year will give you the idea you need.<p>As I started to write this article, I was staring at a stack of books I read – and a few I just …

Books

A leading expert says procrastination has almost nothing to do with will power

According to psychologist Tim Pychyl, a leading expert on procrastination from Carleton University, the fickle habit goes much, much deeper.<p>At its heart, Pychyl tells Business Insider, procrastination is an emotional issue.<p>"We could both put something in our schedule, and then we get there and we …

Procrastination

Hardware is the ‘necessary evil’ for Snapchat, Google and Microsoft to reach a brighter future

Snapchat, an internet social messaging company, started selling high-tech sunglasses. Google, a search advertising company, started selling the Pixel phone. And Microsoft, a software company, started selling the Surface Studio PC.<p>The internet and software giants are suddenly hot for hardware — a …

Selling

3 Ways to Better Understand Your Emotions

Dealing effectively with emotions is a key leadership skill. And naming our emotions — what psychologists call <i>labeling</i> — is an important first step in dealing with them effectively. But it’s harder than it sounds; many of us struggle to identify what exactly we are feeling, and often times the most …

Self-help

The top 5 must-know retail trends in mobile and social marketing

Growth in smartphone and social-media usage is setting the basis for all types of retail-marketing trends.<p>For example, devices and platforms are used as consumer touch points for retailers and measure the return on investment of social channels.<p>Beacons — in-store devices that wirelessly beam …

Marketing

8 leadership lessons from the book Facebook's HR chief recommends to all new managers

It's a term based on Marcus Buckingham and Curt Coffman's 1999 bestselling management guide "First, Break All the Rules." The coauthors were Gallup analysts at the time and drew insights from 25 years of Gallup studies of 80,000 managers across 400 companies.<p>They "broke all the rules" of convention …

Social Media

How to get a job at Netflix, and what it's like to work there

This culture was outlined in a famous 2009 slide deck by CEO Reed Hastings that summarized Netflix's management philosophy.<p>And though the company has morphed since then, diving into original content and expanding across the globe, it has maintained a commitment to that culture.<p>That means that …

Reed Hastings

The Secret Power Of Amazon’s Dash Buttons: Not Sales, But Data

Making money from instant-order buttons is probably less important than deciphering people’s buying habits.<p>One year after launch, Amazon’s Dash Buttons continue to bewilder.<p>The palm-sized, battery-powered buttons, announced last year just before April Fool’s Day, allow users to order goods from …

eCommerce

The best new portfolio sites, June 2016

Greetings, readers! Summer is here. It’s time to beat the June heat by staying inside where the air conditioner is. While you’re there, have a look …

UI Design

From the Community: Flip2Mail by Flip2Mail Inc.

<b>UPDATE (7/27/16):</b> We regret to inform you that Flip2Mail service shuttered on 7/21/16. Here’s a note from founder Ron Oliver:<p><i>It’s been our pleasure to serve you a daily digest of your favorite Flipboard magazine,</i><i>but unfortunately, we haven’t met our business goals.</i><i>As Flipboard’s biggest fans and</i> …