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 …

Psychology

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 …

Management

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 …

Profit

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 …

Leadership

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 …

10 Genius Exercises You Aren’t Doing

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, …

The 2-Question Performance-based Interview for Assessing Anyone for Any Job

<i>“How could people I knew who were top performers be judged as failures, misfits and incompetent within 30 minutes by people who didn’t know them at</i> …

Employment

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 …

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Trouble Making Decisions? Read This!

Decisions can be overwhelming. Should I start my own business? Should I try online dating? Should I go for a promotion? Should I move to a new city? Should I go back to school? Sometimes just the sheer magnitude of the decision puts you off from doing anything at all. This can go on and on for some …

The Five Characteristics Of An 'A' Player

For many startups, hiring the best and the brightest is not an option — it’s an absolute necessity. You’ve probably heard this sage, albeit generic advice before: “Only hire ‘A’ players.” Of course! Who doesn’t want “A” players? Who doesn’t want people who have the talent, skills and drive to make …

Change Doesn't Happen Overnight: It Happens In These Five Stages

Although circumstances often change in the blink of an eye, people tend to change at a slower pace. Even the most motivated people who welcome change often encounter stumbling blocks that make transformation more complicated than they’d originally anticipated. Whether you’re hoping to lose weight, …

Windows Phone 8.1 videos detail Start Screen backgrounds and Lumia 630

Microsoft is planning to unveil Windows Phone 8.1 at its Build developer conference next Wednesday, but two video leaks are detailing some of the expected announcements today. While several Windows Phone 8.1 features — including Cortana and Action Center (notification center) — have leaked on video …

A Must-Stay-and-Experience: La Mamounia Hotel and Spa, Marrakech, Morocco

I must admit, <b>La Mamounia</b> is truly one of the most exquisite hotels I have ever been to and experienced. With its alluring Hispano-Moresque architecture, the setting is intimate, and yet it’s a very grand hotel. The environment is regal—every detail, small to large—and the interior design is so …

5 Tips to Building an Employee Referral Program

As a business owner, your employees are your most important customers. Without engaged, passionate staffers, a business will struggle to succeed. …

Read Satya Nadella's first letter to employees as Microsoft's CEO

CEO calls for focus as he warns that "our industry does not respect tradition — it only respects innovation."<p>It's official, Satya Nadella is Microsoft's next CEO, and on his first day on the job he's sent a letter to the whole staff. In the letter, Nadella speaks of what he thinks makes Microsoft a …

The Complete Quantitative Guide To Judging Your Startup

Raising capital from investors is often a frustrating experience. While part of that frustration will always be present when working on high-risk projects, a lot of the aggravation comes from the lack of clear signposts that allow founders to judge their company’s performance. The reality is, most …

Can there be a Microsoft without Bill Gates?

The answer is yes, of course. This multi-billion-dollar juggernaut will roll along regardless of who’s chairing the board. The bigger question is …

NSA reportedly planted spyware on electronics equipment

A new report from Der Spiegel, based on internal National Security Agency documents, reveals more details about how the spy agency gains access to computers and other electronic devices to plant backdoors and other spyware.<p>The Office of Tailored Access Operations, or TAO, is described as a "squad …

Surveillance

Is It Science Fiction?

When I tell someone I'm a writer, the first question they always ask is, "What sort of books do you write?"<p>"Science fiction," I say. Then I pause.<p>When I hear "sci-fi," I think Space. Time travel. Spock. Serenity. The TARDIS. I think of my favorite young adult sci-fi: <i>Across the Universe</i> by Beth …