Bob Ryan

@ryanrb | Training Content Development Manager @Nokia Twitter: @bobryan21

Technological innovation is often simply an innovation in how we think about technology

It may slip our notice, but technological innovation is often reducible to an innovation in the marketing and conceptualization of technology. Take Viv, the new personal assistant from the makers of Siri. It promises to simplify the process of ordering pizza or buying cinema tickets, allowing its …

Innovation

Leaders Need To Make Employees Less Busy And More Productive

A public holiday might seem a strange time to be considering productivity. There again, maybe it is not. After all, sometimes you need to escape the hurly burly of the here and now to gain a clear sight of what needs to be done. This is especially true when it comes to that great issue of our time, …

Job Satisfaction

Why “Visual Design Solutions” Should Be on Your Bookshelf

Visual Design Solutionsby Connie Malamed @elearningcoach | TheElearningCoach.comYou might not be able to judge a book by it’s cover, but whether you …

Graphic Design

Responsive Design In Mobile Learning: 5 Reasons To Develop Mobile-Friendly Online Courses

5 Reasons To Use Responsive Design In Mobile Learning<p>Responsive design pertains to online training courses that are accessible on any mobile device …

You Can’t Lead a Team Well Without Building This

Think beyond your bottom line.<p><i>The Leadership Insiders network is an online community where the most thoughtful and influential people in business contribute answers to timely questions about careers and leadership. Today’s answer to the question: How do</i> <i>you prepare for a management role? is written</i> …

Management

The “Official” Theory of Learning

Here’s your Friday moment of EduZen to think about over the weekend…<p>Frank Smith’s The Book of Learning and Forgetting is one of those reads that had …

Learning

5 Of The Most Deadly Mistakes When Learning Something New

It’s always exciting to learn something new, whether it’s a foreign language, an instrument, or some kind of art.<p>But don’t let the excitement …

6 Secrets To Performing Better And Even Excelling At Work

http://www.fastcompany.com/3038591/secrets-of-the-most-productive-people/how-to-work-different-productivity-stylesWe’ve all read about the work hard …

Productivity

Why Every Company Should Have A No Meeting Day

I asked seven billionaires to give me their No. 1 piece of advice for productivity and time management. To my surprise, many referenced the evils of meetings, and it was Mark Cuban who told me, "Never take a meeting unless someone is writing you a check."<p>In his usual witty style, Cuban zeroed in on …

Time Management

Why Amazon is the king of innovation: Advantage, Alexa

When they write the business school case studies about innovation in the future, one story they're sure to spotlight is the Amazon Echo, better known …

Amazon

Bill Gates' Superpower for Business Success

Learn what one "superpower" Bill Gates recommends for you to be successful.<p>Imagine you were sitting in on an intimate conversation with Bill Gates as he and his good friend Warren Buffet spent the day sharing with you and a small handful of other ambitious people the secrets they had gleaned over a …

Bill Gates

Average People Are Productive, Successful People Are Learners

Too many productivity hacks can be a trap. Here's why.<p><i>This is a post from</i> <i>Michael Simmons</i><i>, co-founder of</i> <i>Empact</i><i>.</i><p><i>With</i> <i>Ian Chew</i><p>Let's face it, we love productivity! As a culture, we have a seemingly unending appetite for viral articles on productivity hacks.<p>And it's no wonder why! Given that we live in a …

Productivity

Is Apple really at the risk of becoming BlackBerry?

Noted developer Marco Arment said in a blog post this weekend that Apple is on track to fall into the same trap as BlackBerry.<p>Cue the sirens. As tech industry burns go, that’s a biggie. If there’s been a company that’s acted as shorthand for what a tech company doesn’t want to be -- fairly or not …

BlackBerry

Most Americans Don't Know About Ride-Sharing and the 'Gig Economy'

If you think ride-sharing and the gig economy are taking over the world, you might be living in a bubble.<p>New research from the Pew Research Center shows that ride-hailing and home-sharing and grocery delivery and shared office spaces remain unfamiliar phenomena to the majority of people in the U.S. …

Silicon Valley

A Chess Grandmaster Shares a Remarkably Effective Trick for Solving Any Problem

Have a complex problem? International chess grandmaster Maurice Ashley suggests trying this.<p>How do <i>you</i> go about solving problems?<p>My father grew up playing chess in his native Philippines, where the game is hugely popular. He became fairly skilled, and even won a few tournaments after immigrating to …

Hall of Fame

5 Surprising Steps to a More Effective To-Do List

<b>Ah, the to-do list.</b><p>Lately, I've had dozens of calls from high-achievers (a Head of School, a university athletic coach, a tech industry Chief Marketing Officer) asking me for specific instructions for keeping a more effective to-do list. Ineffective task lists trigger overwhelm, and these folks …

Productivity

The Surprising Thing Strong Leaders Know That Weak Leaders Don’t

Perfect isn’t productive.<p><i>The Leadership Insider network is an online community where the most thoughtful and influential people in business contribute answers to timely questions about careers and leadership. Today’s answer to the question: How do you embrace imperfection as part of professional</i> …

Leadership

Can a morning routine make you better at your job?

While some people struggle to make it out of bed on time, there are others who manage exercise, language lessons and more – all before work.<p>Tim Powell isn’t a morning person. Which is surprising, because most days he gets up before 6am.<p>On weekdays, while most of us are still asleep, he wakes up at …

Job Satisfaction

Inbox Zero is BS

It’s happened to me more than once lately: A friend sees the glaring red number on my iPhone’s email icon (2,052, if you must know) and their eyes do …

Productivity

6 Brain Science Surprises about Being Creative

Researchers who study creativity say a lot of what we think we know is wrong.<p>Most of us are always looking for ways to be more creative. Creativity is the basis of innovation, doing new things, breaking ground, and going places you've never been. There's plenty of advice available, but it comes …

Science

Which degree will make you a better leader?

Humanities graduates display better leadership skills in several key areas than those with a business degree, according to a study from a global …

Leadership

How to Break Your Addiction to Work

For many of us, working simply feels good. But just because it feeds your ego or makes you feel important, that doesn’t mean it’s actually good for you. How do you break the cycle of working long hours at the office and constantly checking email at home? How do you persuade those around you — …

Mindfulness

GE's Immelt Signals End To 7 Decades of Globalization

GE’s CEO attacks protectionism, and signals a big change in the company’s globalization strategy.<p>General Electric CEO Jeffrey Immelt, in a speech that may signal an end to seven decades of globalization, said his company is making a “bold pivot” in strategy as a response to rising protectionist …

Globalization

The Right Way to Delegate & Get Awesome Results

Let’s admit it: Delegating is tough. Because it requires transferring some of your work to someone else and trusting they’ll do it well and on time, …

Management

Learning Just Became Fun Thanks To Unimersiv and Virtual Reality

Look, let’s just state the facts: for a lot of children – and more than a few adults – learning new things can be a bit on the boring side. Sure …

Learning

4 Sh*tty Work Situations That Get Better When You Speak Up

No doormats here.<p>Those long, arduous workdays when you <i>just. can't.</i> with overly cutthroat colleagues or a boss who piles on the menial tasks? Unfortunately, they're par for the course.<p>But that doesn't mean you need to grin and bear it. Sure, an easy-going attitude and ready smile go a long way in …

Human Resources

5 Tech Trends That Will Change How We Work Forever

The workplace is rapidly evolving, but is your company staying ahead of the curve?<p>To you and me, the transformation seems gradual. Your business acquires more sophisticated tools, walls begin to disappear and fax machines vanish.<p>First, your workforce trades in their pressed suits for business …

Human Resources

50 thoughts that can motivate you to do anything

Motivation can be hard to come by, especially in the face of challenges or difficult work.<p>When you're thinking about implementing that new idea, or starting that new company or beginning that new regimen — this is the new year, after all — it's easy to talk yourself into procrastinating.<p>Or worse, …

Motivation

5 reasons I'll never work in an office again

Watching Silicon Valley giants race to create bigger and better headquarters is stressful to me for two reasons:<p>I know that I’ll probably never in my life work anywhere that nice.<br>• I don’t really get it.<p>No, seriously, hear me out. These mega-companies are constantly competing to offer better …

Productivity

When Your Boss Is Terrible at Leading Meetings

If you think that your boss is ineffective at leading meetings, you are not alone.<p>Few managers or supervisors have mastered the art of meetings and even fewer organizations have made it a priority. Add to that the fact that leaders are busy — and often don’t have the time to prepare adequately — …

Leadership