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IBM's CMO commands a team of 5,500 marketing experts — here’s why she made them behave like computer programmers

When Michelle Peluso joined IBM two years ago as chief marketing officer, she decided to completely revamp the way people worked. If she was going to move the storied media company's 5,500-person global marketing team forward, she thought, they would have to be more agile, or rather, Agile.<p>Agile is …

Project Management

Microsoft is making the Windows command line a lot better

Windows is finally going to catch up to a 40-year-old Unix feature.<p>One of the sore points of the Windows command-line environment is that the …

Here's What You Really Need to Know About Blockchain

Eliminating information bottlenecks is how blockchain will truly make an impact<p>In 1970, a scientist at IBM Research named Edgar F. Codd make a remarkable discovery that would truly change the world. Though few realized it at the time, including at IBM, which neglected to commercialize it. It was …

Giving employees meaningful development opportunities doesn’t have to be expensive

A millennial, a GenXer, and a baby boomer all walked into a bar.<p>No, really! It happened last night. I was the GenXer.<p>The millennial was talking about how he wanted to find a job where he could have “real impact.” The Boomer rolled his eyes, and actually said, “I hate managing millennials.”<p>The …

Employee Engagement

How Blockbuster, Kodak and Xerox Really Failed (It's Not What You Think)

The roots of disruption are always more complex it first appears<p>Go to just about any conference today and you will hear a familiar tale of woe. A once great corporation, which had dominated its industry, fails to adapt and descends into irrelevance. The protagonists of these stories always come out …

What You're Willing To Tolerate Sets The Tone For Your Company Culture

I’m obsessing lately about a presentation Harvey Goldberg gave on leadership. He asked a simple question: “What do you <i>expect</i> from your people?” Then he asked, “Now, what do you <i>tolerate</i> from them?” He then drew the two squares above and said, “What you tolerate is what you will get, and that becomes …

Team Building

1 Lesson from the James Comey Interview Leaders Absolutely Cannot Ignore

Forget what the ex-FBI director said about Trump. Remember what he said about hubris.<p>Everybody's talking about James Comey's explosive interview with ABC News' George Stephanopoulos. But while there were lots of juicy facts and blistering opinions, one statement stood out to me. You might have …

How to Increase Your Company's Growth With This 1 Weird Scientific Truth

The best leaders tell the best stories, and those stories are always emotional.<p>We have all been there before. Where the odds were against us and our team.<p>Teams need leaders. This is true with any team. Just ask the Philadelphia Eagles. Once their star QB got injured they were not supposed to make …

15 Books Every First-Time Manager Should Read

Just got promoted to your first leadership role? Here's what you need to read now.<p>What's social media good for? That might be a hotly debated topic at the moment, but one thing's for sure -- your online friends and followers are certainly a great place to turn if you need book recommendations.<p>Just …

How To Heal A Dysfunctional Company Culture With Emotionally Connected Leadership

Few moments in life are more rewarding and exciting than being named CEO of a major national brand company. Moving into the corner office can represent the capstone of years of diligent service, either in the company you’re going to lead or one that you’ve known and admired for much of your life. …

Leadership

15 books world-famous CEOs think everyone should read in their lifetime

<i>The</i> <i>Insider Picks</i> <i>team writes about stuff we think you'll like. Business Insider has affiliate partnerships so we get a share of the revenue from your purchase.</i><p>There's a reason the most successful people in our society are often the most voracious — or dogged — readers.<p>Think about how many new ideas …

Bill Gates

The Brilliant, Honest Way This Governor Handled the Hurricanes Is the Best Leadership Lesson of 2017

In bringing the worst, disasters can bring out the best.<p>I was born on St. Thomas, in the U.S. Virgin Islands. This year, my father survived both hurricanes--Irma and Maria--on the island. One of his biggest takeaways? The leadership displayed by the governor of the Virgin Islands, Kenneth …

10 logo design trends that will dominate 2018

The logo design industry is changing at a lightning-fast speed. What was trendy five years ago may not even ring a bell today. As methods of attracting customers become more effective, logo design must keep up the pace. New ideas develop so fast, designers have a hard time following …

Employees Say This 1 Thing Would Make Them Work Harder (And 6 Reasons Why Managers Won't Do It)

Letting employees know that you appreciate them is far more crucial than you think.<p>Contrary to popular belief, fear isn't the strongest motivator.<p>81 percent of respondents to Glassdoor's <i>Employee Appreciation Survey</i> said they're motivated to work harder when their boss shows appreciation for their …

A Mind-Bending Translation of the New Testament

David Bentley Hart’s text recaptures the awkward, multivoiced power of the original.<p>In the beginning was … well, what? A clap of the divine hands and a poetic shock wave? Or an itchy node of nothingness inconceivably scratching itself into somethingness? In the beginning was the Word, says the …

New Testament

Want to Be a Great Leader? Follow Satya Nadella's 3 Rules for Extraordinary Success

The best leaders know that they must start the new game before the old game has finished.<p>Microsoft CEO Satya Nadella is one of the most transformative leaders on the planet. He understands that success doesn't happen overnight. Rather, you must think long-term, plant seeds for the future and start …

Demystifying Blockchains

So, what exactly is a “Blockchain” ?<p>“A blockchain is a cryptographically secure, decentralized ledger of all transactions across a peer-to-peer …

26 of the best business books you can read, from the CEOs and execs who can't put them down

Highly successful people typically work hard, practice the right habits every day and strive for self-improvement, with the latter often coming in the form of a book. If reading is something you're willing to do to sharpen yourself, take some suggestions from more than two dozen executives who have …

Self-improvement

React Native + SignalR + .NET Core with dotNetify

<i>Simple, lightweight, yet powerful way to build real-time React-based apps on cross-platform C#/.NET back-end.</i><p>DotNetify is a free, open source project …

Creative ways to boost employee morale

Employee happiness is one of the biggest things every company should focus on.<p>Considering that a happy team is a productive one, as well as the fact that people are the most important aspect of any firm, it makes no sense why more businesses don’t try and capitalize on such a crucial element. While …

How Concrete Cemented Its Place in History

The Undercover Economist explains why this ancient building material came to dominate the world today—and why that could be a problem in the future.<p>Editor's Note: This article has been adapted from “Fifty Inventions That Shaped the Modern Economy.”<p>About 15 years ago, poor families in the Coahuila …

24 favorite books of executives, founders, and CEOs that everyone should read

The most successful people often are serious about self-improvement, which can come in the form of a good book. Here are two dozen excellent reads recommended by founders, executives, and other high achievers.

I've held 1,000 interviews, and I've found only 4 questions truly matter

Hiring the best talent is a massive and never-ending challenge. It's hard to hire your first employee, it's hard to hire your 50th employee, and it's still hard to hire your 500th employee.<p>If you're just starting your company, you may as well get over the fact that you'll likely lose sleep over …

Employment

18 quick and easy daily habits that can significantly improve your life

The best approach is to start small.<p>In the Quora thread "What are some good 'mini habits' to practice each day?" readers shared the simple habits you should follow every day to become a happier, healthier, or more productive person.<p>The best part is, each one takes only a few minutes to …

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26 signs you're a good boss — even if it doesn't feel like it

It's not always easy being in charge.<p>Managing others comes with a ton of pressure. And when you're in a management position, it can be difficult to evaluate how you're doing.<p>Are you striking the right balance between commanding respect and appearing accessible? Are your employees responding well to …

Employment

The secret to mastering your time is to systematically focus on importance and suppress urgency

Oliver Emberton said that. It's profound and so true. Urgency wrecks productivity. Urgent but unimportant tasks are major distractions.<p>Last-minute distractions are not necessarily priorities.<p>Sometimes important tasks stare you right in the face, but you neglect them and respond to urgent but …

Time Management

Here Are 5 Company Outings Your Team Will Actually Enjoy

Over the years, corporate bonding and company outings have been viewed in a negative light. They’re often seen as cheesy, wasteful, and forced. But, there’s certainly a great deal of value to be extracted from them. Erase the negative stigma of company outings by choosing events that your team will …

How to Gamify Your Business to Energize and Engage Your Staff

The concept of gamification has taken over hiring, education, and even Harvard's library. It works because it's engaging and fun. Society has adapted to the Internet in thousands of ways, with social sharing and collaboration at the center of our relationships.<p>Nearly two full generations have grown …

Everything I Know About Leadership I Learned from Star Trek

It’s <i>Star Trek</i>’s 50th anniversary, and while I could wax rhapsodic about the impact the show had on me, one thing that persists, even now, every day, …