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Patents Are Eating the World and Hurting Innovation

It’s been a busy month for intellectual property. In late May, the U.S. Senate failed to pass a reform bill aimed at curbing the influence of patent trolls. In early June, Elon Musk announced that Tesla would not initiate lawsuits with any firm that used its patents “in good faith.” Last week, the …

The Power of Meeting Your Employees’ Needs

What stands in the way of our being more satisfied and productive at work? That’s the fundamental question we sought to answer in a survey we conducted with HBR last fall. More than 19,000 people, at all levels in companies, across a broad range of industries, have so far responded to the questions …

Yukari Kane on Apple leadership styles: Jobs demanding, Cook inclusive, both intense

The <i>NY Times</i> has a brief interview with Yukari Kane, author of <i>Haunted Empire</i>, in which she contrasts the leadership styles of Steve Jobs and Tim Cook. Interestingly, while many see Cook as laid-back in contrast to the driven nature of the company’s co-founder, Kane says that both share an …

Center for Creative Leadership

CCL research reveals the 13 most important leadership competencies for leading a large division in an organization. Find out where you can improve. …

Leadership

There Is a Gap Between Our Leadership vision and Our Impact On Those We Lead (Friction Source #4)

The final and perhaps most damaging source of friction and drag that may be destroying value in your organization, and exhausting you in the process; <b>there is a gap between our leadership vision and our impact on those we lead</b> (Originally introduced in this blog; "The Gap: How to Unintentionally …

How to Disappear (almost) Completely: the illusion of privacy

Can anyone ever really leave the internet? And if you had the choice, is that something that you'd want to do? After all, abandoning the connected world might help you reclaim some privacy, but even if you smashed your PC, burned your tablet <i>and</i> tossed your smartphone, you might still not be able to …

Finding the Balance Between Coaching and Managing

Ask 100 people if they have good common sense, and more than 95% will tell you they do. Ask them if they are good coaches, and almost as many will say yes. Executives we talk to assume that if they’re good managers, then being a good coach is like your shadow on a sunny day. It just naturally …

Start with a Theory, Not a Strategy

Well-crafted strategies are road maps to places that yield competitive advantage and generate value for the firm. But once you’ve arrived, they don’t take you anyplace else. That’s a problem for companies under continual pressure from investors to find <i>new</i> sources of competitive advantage.<p>I recently …

How to Negotiate with Someone More Powerful than You

<i>HBR STAFF</i><p>Going into a negotiation with someone who holds more power than you do can be a daunting prospect. Whether you are asking your boss for a new assignment or attempting to land a major business deal with a client, your approach to the negotiation can dramatically affect your chances of …

Get Over Your Fear of Conflict

Most of us have some resistance to conflict. Instead of addressing issues directly, we try to be “nice” and end up spending an inordinate amount of time talking to ourselves or others — complaining, feeling frustrated, ruminating on something that already happened, or anticipating something that …

The NSA has collected 'millions' of faces from the web

The NSA isn't just interested in pure communications intelligence like call records; it wants to look for faces, too. Documents leaked by Edward Snowden reveal that the NSA has been using facial recognition software to scan the internet for portraits and match them with investigative data. The …

Manage Your Team’s Collective Time

Most professionals approach time management the wrong way. People who fall behind at work are seen to be personally failing—just as people who give up on diet or exercise plans are seen to be lacking self-control or discipline. In response, countless time management experts focus on individual …

Why Silicon Valley Rules Don’t Work for So Many Older Companies

We all have a lot to learn from the new generation of companies that have come out of the Silicon Valley revolution. Many of these entrepreneurial lessons have been codified in books, the new bibles for innovation — not just for entrepreneurs but also for managers looking to create new and …

Collective Genius

Google’s astonishing success in its first decade now seems to have been almost inevitable. But step inside its systems infrastructure group, and you quickly learn otherwise. The company’s meteoric growth depended in large part on its ability to innovate and scale up its infrastructure at an …

Technology Strategy No Longer Just an IT Responsibility

A new CA Technologies study confirms what many in the industry have suspected: Technology spend outside of the IT department is growing rapidly. As …

Innovation

Online Poll Finds 55% of Companies Feel Increased Customer Trust Is Number One Benefit of an Open Sustainability Communications Strategy – Press Releases on CSRwire.com

LONDON, Apr. 24 /CSRwire/ - The hour long in-depth debate, hosted by Ethical Corporation, focused on ways companies can build an authentic dialogue …

Employee Engagement

Saving Our Cities: Creating a Sustainability Engagement Plan

<b>By Peter Bakker</b><p>Addressing the complex problems of the 21st century requires a new solutions toolbox. Innovation will be absolutely essential and …

Sustainability

Why Is Facebook Blue? The Science Behind Colors In Marketing

Turns out, something as simple as tweaking the color of a button changes user behavior or endears people to your product. Buffer’s Leo Widrich explains the importance of color in website and brand design.<p><i>Editor’s Note: This is one of the most-read leadership articles of 2013. Click here to see the</i> …

Yahoo is Making The Push for Tighter Integration in Apple’s iOS

• Home<br>• Apple<br>• iOS<br>• News<br>• Yahoo is Making The Push for Tighter Integration in Apple’s iOS<p>Chris Hauk - Apr 17, 2014<p>Yahoo CEO Marissa Mayer is reportedly …

Lenovo's Plans To Acquire IBM's X86 Server Business Could Be Its Best Strategic Decision Yet

It has been a little over three months since Lenovo and IBM agreed to an acquisition of IBM’s x86 (Intel-based) server business. I’ve held back writing on this because I first wanted to talk with many of IBM’s ecosystem partners, their competitors, IBM, and of course, Lenovo. After talking with …

What Makes the Best Infographics So Convincing

A great infographic is an instant revelation. It can compress time and space. (<i>Good gosh – Usain Bolt is</i> that <i>much faster than all the other 100-meter gold medalists who’ve ever competed?)</i> It can illuminate patterns in massive amounts of data. <i>(Sure, we’re spending much more on health care and</i> …

Forget the Strategy PowerPoint

I have for decades watched CEOs and other executives try to explain a corporate strategy to a small group of senior managers or to a much larger group of staff. For the most part, it has not been a pretty sight. In the case of senior managers, I usually hear 3 or 4 different interpretations of what …

The Right Colors Make Data Easier To Read

What is the color of money? Of love? Of the ocean? In the United States, most people respond that money is green, love is red and the ocean is blue. Many concepts evoke related colors — whether due to physical appearance, common metaphors, or cultural conventions. When colors are paired with the …

Markets await Apple and Facebook earnings amid tech bubble warning

Hedge-fund manager David Einhorn declared on Tuesday, in a letter to investors in his Greenlight Capital, that “we are witnessing our second tech bubble in 15 years.”<p>On Wednesday, after the markets close, Apple and Facebook will report their latest quarterly figures. The timing seems appropriate. …

Here's Amazon’s Content Strategy Explained In One Paragraph

Why is Amazon paying for more exclusive content? Topeka Capital analysts Victor Anthony explains it in one paragraph:<p>Amazon's successful foray into devices (e-Readers, tablets, streaming boxes, and a rumored phone) is about driving digital media content sales, but also about driving customers to …

UK gears up for £200bn investment boom

Britain's biggest businesses are preparing to invest £200bn over the next two years as they seek to benefit from the recent upturn in economic growth.<p>A survey by accountants Deloitte found 80% of companies with a turnover of more than £1bn intend to invest this year, with close to 70% earmarking at …

Facebook creates Internet.org alliance to reduce price of mobile data plans to 1% of current price - ExtremeTech

By on August 21, 2013 at 9:48 am<p>This site may earn affiliate commissions from the links on this page. Terms of use.<p>In one of the most admirable but …

Internet

Simplify Outdated Corporate Processes

Unlike suburban housing developments or modern cities, organizations don’t grow with some sort of rational, master plan. They evolve naturally over time. In urban areas, this organic development leads to a chaotic mess of narrow, twisty, confusing streets and dead-ends instead of a broad, easy to …

The cloud-fueled disruption of business analytics is coming

Advertisement<p>0 Comments<p>Credit: Shutterstock/Wavebreakmedia<p>Try to name an industry that hasn’t been disrupted by cloud technology. Enterprises now …

What Great Leadership Looks Like

If you’re lucky, you’ve experienced it yourself: when there’s great leadership, we flourish. “As social animals, we need leaders that make us feel that we’re moving forward, that our efforts have value to a greater cause, and that someone is watching out for us,” says Simon Sinek, author of the new</i> …