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Apple files patent for wireless iPhone camera remote

<b>Apple has filed a patent for a remote control that will let you take photos from an iPhone without needing to touch the handset itself.</b><p>The patent, as …

Remote Controls

Is Work-Family Conflict Reaching a Tipping Point?

<b>Stewart D. Friedman</b>, Wharton professor and author of <i>Baby Bust</i>, presents new research.<p>SARAH GREEN: Welcome to the HBR IdeaCast. I’m Sarah Green. I’m talking today with Stew Friedman of the Wharton School. His most recent book is Baby Bust- New Choices for Men and Women in Work and Family. Stew, …

What’s Holding Women Back in Science and Technology Industries

Virginia Rometty at IBM. Marillyn Hewson at Lockheed Martin. Meg Whitman at HP. Ellen Kullman at DuPont. Marissa Mayer at Yahoo. Phebe Novakovic at General Dynamics. The presence of these women would imply that science, engineering, and technology (SET) industries welcome women.<p>The fact is, senior …

Can Design Save Silicon Valley?

The tech titans of Silicon Valley are actively circling the strategic value of design. I didn’t take their interest seriously until I saw the news in December that John Maeda, the former President of the Rhode Island School of Design, joined venerable VC firm Kleiner Perkins. He’s the Valley’s …

Which Women Are Rising to the Top?

It’s the responsibility of management to tackle gender diversity, Avivah Wittenberg-Cox recently wrote on this site. Stop blaming women for what they do or don’t do, she argues, and train leaders to manage and develop a more balanced workforce. She makes a great point. Any cultural shift goes much …

The CEO of Automattic on Holding “Auditions” to Build a Strong Team

Photography: Liz Caruana<p><b>The Idea:</b> In its early years, Automattic relied on traditional résumé screening and interviews to do its hiring. But over time Mullenweg came to focus on tryouts, in which final candidates are paid to spend several weeks working on a project.<p>Automattic employs 230 people. …

How to Have Friends at Work When You’re the Boss

Girish* is a client of mine who runs a 500-million-dollar business. He gets stellar reviews and is seen as a high potential successor to the CEO.<p>But he has a friend problem.<p>Several of his direct reports are close friends and he doesn’t hold them accountable in the same way he does his other direct …