Rory Smith

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Everyone Hates Setting Goals. Here's How Google Makes It Easier for Its Employees | Inc.com

It's that time of year--leaders everywhere are charging employees with the task of establishing goals for 2018. If you've never been through a structured process, this exercise can be daunting, and frankly, feel like a big waste of time. I can assure you, it's not.<p>Setting goals is critical. Goals …

Employment

Finding Your 'True North': How to Align Your Employees With Your Company's Goals

How can companies maximize output if they're clueless as to how individual employees are doing?<p>Opinions expressed by <i>Entrepreneur</i> contributors are their own.<p>The Rolls-Royce brand is synonymous with top-of-the-line engineering -- but that’s not the only secret to its success. Neil Crockett, chief …

How to Support Employees’ Learning Goals While Getting Day-to-Day Stuff Done

Many of the most successful people had to fight tooth and nail for opportunities to learn new skills and advance up the corporate ladder. That’s often because what they wanted to learn and achieve wasn’t in sync with what their bosses wanted for them. <i>You’re not a data scientist. You’re not cut out</i> …

iPhone 8 Rumor: Apple Still Struggling WIth Wireless Charging, 3D Sensor Software

The iPhone 8 is expected to be unveiled this September, but it looks like Apple is struggling to beat its deadline. A new report claims that Apple …

How Managers Drive Results and Employee Engagement at the Same Time

Is it possible to be a high-standards, results-driven leader while at the same time building an engaged, fun-to-work-with team? Many people would contend that doing either of these things well makes it almost impossible to succeed at the other. And yet our examination of 360-degree assessment data …

Get a 4-terabyte external hard drive for $119.99

Even as we shift to cloud-powered everything, there's a need for local storage. You've got ever-expanding music and photo collections, to say nothing of all that sweet video you're shooting with your new quadcopter. Heck, maybe you're still old-school when it comes to movies, ripping Blu-ray and …

Tilt-shift

Build a responsive site in a week: designing responsively (part 1)

• <b>Knowledge needed:</b> Intermediate CSS and HTML• <b><br>Requires:</b> Text editor, modern browser, graphics software• <b><br>Project Time:</b> 1 hour (5 hours total)<br>• Support file<p>It …

Build a responsive site in a week: typography and grids (part 2)

• <b>Knowledge needed</b>: Intermediate CSS and HTML• <b><br>Requires</b>: Text editor, modern browser, graphics software• <b><br>Project time</b>: 1 hour (5 hours total)<br>• Download …

Why I Like The Verbosity of Java

Java is too verbose, they say. You can find comparisons of Hello World programs that take 2 lines in ruby and 10 lines in Java, and in order to read …

Counterintuitive Advice For LinkedIn Users Part 3 - Stand Out And Promote

In Part 1 of this series, I focused on branding your profile and in Part 2 I discussed techniques for being found and using LinkedIn for research. In this final piece in the series, I share with you ways to differentiate your profile and maximize your hard work – repurposing it and getting others …

YC-Backed One Month Rails Teaches You How To Build Your Startup While You Learn To Code

If you build it, they will come. But what if you don’t know how to build it?<p>That was the problem facing Mattan Griffel, founder of a new YC-backed startup called One Month Rails that is launching today.<p>“I didn’t study computer science or anything, but I had this great idea for a startup,” he said. …

LinkedIn wants you to apply for jobs from your phone

Today, LinkedIn is giving its millions of mobile users the ability to apply for jobs from directly within its iOS and Android apps with just a few quick finger-taps.<p>The company said around one third of all its traffic comes from mobile devices right now, and those users aren’t just browsing through …

Cloud Cannon Turns Any Static Website Into An Editable Dropbox-Based CMS

Cloud Cannon is a CMS designed specifically for designers who know how to work with HTML, JavaScript, CSS and any static content. Instead of having to turn your beautiful designs into a dynamic CMS, you just have to put your files into a Dropbox folder — Cloud Cannon will take care of the rest in …

How to Write A Cold E-mail

First came cold calls, second came cold e-mails. Cold e-mailing is the most effective and untapped form of networking, not to mention the cheapest one (no networking events or country club fees). There are extraordinary people to meet, jobs to get, and advice to receive- it all can be a product of …

Small Business Survey: Growth Without Hiring, Thanks to Technology | Inc.com

Small businesses are in recovery. And, in a trend we’ve been following for more than a year, they’re growing without hiring, thanks in large part to adoption of technology.<p>The July results of the SurePayroll Small Business Scorecard further confirm this trend, showing small business hiring down …

Unlock Your Creative Genius: 4 Steps To Being Provocative With A Purpose

It’s time to abandon your fear of provocation. You can take risks, be bold, and be creative without sinking the ship–or your career. In fact, it’s what employers value most.<p>“Why?” is the question I never take for granted.<p>So when my 4-year-old daughter bombards me with the never-ending barrage of …

SEO is dead. Long live social media optimisation

Search engine optimisation (SEO) was always a flawed concept. At its worst, it means making web content less engaging for the reader but supposedly …

3 Free Gmail Plug-ins to Use Right Now | Inc.com

Being the CEO of my e-mail marketing company VerticalResponse, I'm always on the lookout for low-cost or free tools that can make my life and the lives of our customers better in small and big ways.<p>In our busy office, we use the heck out of Google, from Drive and the Calendar to Analytics. We've …

Apps

A Big-Screen Brand-Content Play: Behind Kokanee’s Cinematic Debut, “The Movie Out Here”

Canadian beer brand Kokanee and agency Grip transcend product placement and opt for a strategy wherein the movie is the campaign.<p>Features studded with product placement and off-screen brand tie-ins are commonplace in the film world. A movie–funded by a brand and created by an ad agency–as the …

Tableau takes its data-analysis software to the cloud

Advertisement<p>6 Comments<p>Tableau Software, the poster boy for next-generation analytics software and, now, Wall Street darling, is taking to the cloud …

AddThis Launches Smart Layers, Giving Websites Social And Personalization Tools That Adapt To Mobile

AddThis has released a new platform called Smart Layers, which it says can improve traffic and engagement by just adding a single line of code.<p>President and CEO Ramsey McGrory told me that Smart Layers both improves on the publisher tools that AddThis was already offering and introduces some new …

Google+ catches up to competition, lets you follow favorite websites with new button

It's hard to believe, but while Google+ has had share buttons and +1 buttons, its has never had a follow button that users could embed on their own webpages until today. Facebook and Twitter introduced their respective follow buttons in 2011 — Facebook's was once called a subscribe button. As one …

Google Will Soon Launch Google Web Designer, A Free HTML5 Development Tool For Creating Web Apps, Sites And Ads

Google will soon launch Google Web Designer, an HTML5 development tool for “creative professionals.” The service, Google says, will launch within “the coming months” and is meant to “empower creative professionals to create cutting-edge advertising as well as engaging web content like sites and …

How GE Uses Data Visualization to Tell Complex Stories

<i>GE, perhaps more than any other major company, is dedicated to the use of data visualization as a key part of its marketing and communications efforts. Stemming from our Insight Center on visualizing data, I spoke with Linda Boff, GE’s executive director of global brand marketing, about the</i> …

The Unexpected Antidote to Procrastination

A recent early morning hike in Malibu, California, led me to a beach, where I sat on a rock and watched surfers. I marveled at these courageous men and women who woke before dawn, endured freezing water, paddled through barreling waves, and even risked shark attacks, all for the sake of, maybe, …

Top 10 Computer Tricks Every Geek Should Know

We’ve talked before about the things every computer user should know how to do, but we geeks are special: we want to go above and beyond, to explore …