Mehdi Ebrahimian

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The Two Big Ways Power Transforms a Person

Anecdotal evidence certainly <i>suggests</i> that the old cliché about power corrupting people is true. Stories about unethical, dishonest leaders appear in the newspapers — and the history books — with alarming regularity. But do we really know if people in positions of power behave more unethically than …

Cybersecurity’s Human Factor: Lessons from the Pentagon

The vast majority of companies are more exposed to cyberattacks than they have to be. To close the gaps in their security, CEOs can take a cue from the U.S. military. Once a vulnerable IT colossus, it is becoming an adroit operator of well-defended networks. Today the military can detect and remedy …

When Sales Incentives Should Be Based on Profit, Not Revenue

Most sales forces link some portion of salespeople’s pay to sales metrics. For example, they pay a commission on the revenues salespeople generate or a bonus for achieving a territory sales quota. This proven “pay for performance” approach motivates salespeople to work hard and drive sales …

Be a Leader Who Can Admit Mistakes

This might sound obvious, but if you want to build a more engaged workforce you need to, well, engage. That means, whether you are a CEO or a frontline manager, you need to be working hard to connect, face-to-face, with your people. That can mean anything from walking around and making pit stops in …

How the 'Internet of Things' will impact consumers, businesses, and governments in 2016 and beyond

For more than two years, BI Intelligence has closely tracked the growth of the IoT. Specifically, we've analyzed how the IoT ecosystem enables entities (i.e. consumers, businesses, and governments) to connect to, and control, their IoT devices in 16 environments, including manufacturing, the …

Internet of Things

10 Genius Exercises You Aren’t Doing

These movements can make your workout—and your body—better

10 Mindsets That Will Radically Improve Your Performance

Success is something all career-driven individuals desire yet it eludes many people — at least at the levels desired. Why are some businesspeople …

Self-improvement

How CEOs Waste 70% of Their Time Each Day

First Round Capital Partner Bill Trenchard says that CEOs spend the majority of their workdays inefficiently. These nifty tips can help.<p>More than half of your workday could be spent more effectively. While that's hard a hard pill to swallow, you're not the only one who can stand to gain from a …

Time Management

Selling an Android Phone? Your Data May be Recoverable

If you’re thinking of selling your business smartphones because you’ve upgraded or switched to new ones, you’ll instinctively think to wipe the data …

The Cost of Continuously Checking Email

Suppose each time you ran low on an item in your kitchen—olive oil, bananas, napkins—your instinctive response was to drop everything and race to the store. How much time would you lose? How much money would you squander on gas? What would happen to your productivity?<p>We all recognize the …

When We Learn From Failure (and When We Don’t)

When do you pass the buck and when do you take the blame? New research shows most of us only cop to failures if they can’t be attributed to something – or someone - else. But when we dodge accountability, we prevent ourselves from learning.<p>In their recent HBS working paper, Christopher G. Myers, …

Google Will Be Better Off Minus Google+

Google+ as we know it appears to be finished. Vic Gundotra, the executive in charge, is leaving the company, and TechCrunch says big changes are afoot. The three-year-old social network is being redefined — demoted? — from a product to a platform, and Google will stop trying to infuse it into all …