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10 Things You Should Stop Doing In 2015 To Save More

Was one of your New Year resolutions to save more money in 2015? After the holidays most people’s bank balances are suffering, but the New Year can …

Microsoft readies new free version of its Power BI business intelligence service

Microsoft is planning to introduce a free version of its Power BI business-intelligence tools/service, and will cut prices on its new, fully featured …

Power BI

5 Powerful Habits That Drive Every Great Leader to Success | Inc.com

If you take a look inside most any management textbook, you'll find that there are four classic functions of management that have been written about for decades: plan, organize, lead, and control.<p>While I personally believe that these functions still do have their place in business, they don't …

Leadership

10 Reasons for Taking Out a House Mortgage

There are many great advantages of owning a home, but, frankly, some go unappreciated or underreported. If you’re a first-time home buyer, it’s …

Personal Finance

5 Signs You Have No Money Management Skills

Good money management is about more than just being able to afford the essentials. It’s about being able to cope with the unexpected and grow your …

6 Best Personal Finance Podcasts

Podcasts are a great way to get the latest information on your favorite finance and banking topics. Unlike a blog post, you can listen to a podcast …

How the Internet of Things Changes Business Models

As the Internet of Things (IoT) spreads, the implications for business model innovation are huge. Filling out well-known frameworks and streamlining established business models won’t be enough. To take advantage of new, cloud-based opportunities, today’s companies will need to fundamentally rethink …

Relax, You Have 168 Hours This Week

There are 168 hours in a week; this is immutable truth. That sounds like a lot, but is it really enough time to cover the demands of a successful career, family involvement, and everything else that makes up a fulfilling life? Let’s do the back-of-the-envelope calculation.<p>Starting with those 168 …

If You’re Always Working, You’re Never Working Well

In early April a series of reports appeared online in the United States and the United Kingdom lamenting the “lazy French.” A new labor law in France had apparently banned organizations from e-mailing their employees after 6 p.m. In fact, it turned out to be more a case of “lazy journalists” than …

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 …

What Big Data Needs to Do to Grow Up

We are in an Information Revolution — and have been for a while now. But it is entering a new stage. The arrival of the Internet of Things or the Industrial Internet is generating previously unimaginable quantities of data to measure, analyze and act on. These new data sources promise to transform …

5 Ways to Create A Stronger Self

I loathed myself.<p>I am a wimp. Or at least I have been one. My wimp-like behavior crossed many situations in my life. From talking to a crowd to …

11 Financial Books Every Young Person Should Read

Those of you who are seeking investing enlightenment are not going to find much of it on the web.<p>I suggest you log off, power down your computer, and read some books. Take your time. The months you spend perusing this list will be well spent.<p>I'd recommend reading at least the first four books …

Investing

An Introduction to Data-Driven Decisions for Managers Who Don’t Like Math

Not a week goes by without us publishing something here at HBR about the value of data in business. Big data, small data, internal, external, experimental, observational — everywhere we look, information is being captured, quantified, and used to make business decisions.<p>Not everyone needs to become …

Why Your Analytics are Failing You

Many organizations investing millions in big data, analytics, and hiring quants appear frustrated. They undeniably have more and even better data. Their analysts and analytics are first-rate, too. But managers still seem to be having the same kinds of business arguments and debates — except with …

What Makes Big Data Projects Succeed

In conversations with executives, many of the same misconceptions about big data projects — and what makes them successful — keep coming up. To help clear the air and foster a better understanding of what makes big data initiatives succeed, here are some of the key things I’ve learned from …

3 Telltale Signs You're On The Wrong Career Path

If I were to distill my five years of working as a career coach into one simple lesson, it would be this: The knowledge of your best career path will not magically drop into your brain one day in a blazing flash of insight. Instead, it’s something you will discover incrementally, over time, through …

Blog

Should Your Website Be Using Adaptive Design?

In today’s multiscreen world, 27% of all web traffic comes from smartphones, tablets, and various other devices. And if your business depends on the web for revenue, then you likely know about responsive web design — which automatically adjusts layouts to fit different screen sizes. Responsive …

Leading Like Nelson Mandela

How and Why to Be a Leader (Not a Wannabe)

We need a new generation of leaders. And we need it now.<p>We’re in the midst of a Great Dereliction — a historic failure of leadership, precisely when we need it most. Hence it’s difficult, looking around, to even remember what leadership is. We’re surrounded by people who are expert at winning — …

6 Ways Agile Keeps Projects on Track

Categories: Agile<p>Using an agile approach allows project managers to spot right away when things are falling behind.<p>Here's how:<p><b>1. Different levels of</b> …

Essentials of Successful Project Schedule Planning: Part I

Categories: Project Planning<p>Technically speaking, the project schedule is a key project planning component. But practically speaking, simply creating …

Three Timeless Project Management Rules

We all seem to have our own set of "durable" project management rules. We rely on them again and again to help guide us to a successful project …

Three Reasons to Dim Project Stoplights

Hardly a project status report goes published without at least one stoplight indicator. As the name suggests, stoplight indicators show the status of …

Data is Worthless if You Don’t Communicate It

There is a pressing need for more businesspeople who can think quantitatively and make decisions based on data and analysis, and businesspeople who can do so will become increasingly valuable. According to a McKinsey Global Institute report on big data, we’ll need over 1.5 million more data-savvy …

To Guide Difficult Conversations, Try Using Compassion

“Oh no, here comes another one of <i>those</i> conversations,” you say to yourself.<p>You know what I’m talking about — we all have to face them from time to time, and they can be the bane of a leader’s existence. Imagine that you’re leading a project and one member of your group has been aggressive and …

What Inspiring Leaders Do

What do top executives want from their leaders? IBM recently asked this question of 1,700 CEOs in 64 countries. The three leadership traits that most mattered were the ability to focus intensely on customer needs, the ability to collaborate with colleagues — and the ability to inspire.<p>Our own …