Sean Mahdi

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FinTech Can Help Increase Financial Literacy

Technology continues to revolutionize the financial services landscape. From mobile payments, app based investing platforms, to online banking solutions, financial technology (FinTech) has revolutionized not only how consumers receive financial services but also how they expect to receive such …

Stress Leads to Bad Decisions. Here’s How to Avoid Them

A senior sales executive I’ll call Daniela was frustrated. She’d been working on delegating more to her team. To her dismay, many were struggling to take on the levels of freedom she’d offered — even though they’d asked for more responsibility. Exasperated, she vented to me, “I thought delegating …

Management

How GE Appliances Built an Innovation Lab to Rapidly Prototype Products

Many large companies yearn to rekindle the innovative magic of entrepreneurship, but very few actually succeed. The reasons have been well documented and include:<p>Large, established companies answer to investors who value predictable, consistent financial results, and so are intolerant of the risks …

Innovation

The Financial Industry Needs to Start Planning for the Next 50 Years, Not the Next Five

Despite rapid innovations in data processing and machine learning, many businesses have yet to make the leap from the Industrial Age to the information age, and the gap between technological and organizational progress is widening. Closing this gap requires much more than short-term fixes, like …

Innovation

Three Steps for Remembering Everything You Need To

<b>Question</b>: <i>What steps can we take to improve our memories</i>?<p><b>Gary Small</b>: Our research group at UCLA has looked into ways to improve memory and our work …

The Brain

6 Essential Statistics on Population Growth from Hans Rosling

The world is going to miss Hans Rosling, the preternaturally entertaining Swedish statistician who died in February 2017. The man had a brilliant way …

Brad Templeton: How Bitcoin Disrupts the Finance Industry

<b>Brad Templeton:</b> So there are a couple of things to tell people about Bitcoins. I actually try to help them explain how it works because that does …

Bitcoin

There's a Major Problem with AI's Decision Making

For eons, God has served as a standby for “things we don’t understand.” Once an innovative researcher or tinkering alchemist figures out the science …

Artificial Intelligence

A New Management Style for a New Workforce

<b>Jane Hyun:</b> So, flex is the art of switching between leadership styles in order to better effectively communicate with people who are different from …

Leadership

The 4 Types of Innovation and the Problems They Solve

One of the best innovation stories I’ve ever heard came to me from a senior executive at a leading tech firm. Apparently, his company had won a million-dollar contract to design a sensor that could detect pollutants at very small concentrations underwater. It was an unusually complex problem, so …

Innovation

Uber Can’t Be Fixed — It’s Time for Regulators to Shut It Down

From many passengers’ perspective, Uber is a godsend — lower fares than taxis, clean vehicles, courteous drivers, easy electronic payments. Yet the company’s mounting scandals reveal something seriously amiss, culminating in last week’s stern report from former U.S. Attorney General Eric …

Corporate Culture

Liberal Arts Majors Are the Future of the Tech Industry

Alexei Vella<p>College students who major in the humanities always get asked a certain question. They’re asked it so often—and by so many people—that it should come printed on their diplomas. That question, posed by friends, career counselors, and family, is “What are you planning to do with your …

Is There a Platform in Your Product?

Five of the 10 most valuable companies in the world today—Apple, Alphabet, Amazon, Facebook, and Microsoft—derive much of their worth from their multisided platforms (MSPs), which facilitate interactions or transactions between parties. Many MSPs are more valuable than companies in the same …

Customers

A Short History of Radio Explains the iPhone’s Success

The iPhone roared into the marketplace 10 years ago today, and overwhelmed the wireless world. The smartphone’s iconic social significance has been duly noted. What has escaped attention is that the device burst into a sector long insulated from the slightest threat of disruptive innovation. The …

Telecoms

Motivating Employees Is Not About Carrots or Sticks

Motivating employees seems like it should be easy. And it is — in theory. But while the concept of motivation may be straightforward, motivating employees in real-life situations is far more challenging. As leaders, we’re asked to understand what motivates each individual on our team and manage …

Employment

When AI Becomes the New Face of Your Brand

In the world of marketing, brand anthropomorphism can be a powerful mechanism for connecting with consumers. It’s the tactic of giving brand symbols people-like characteristics: Think of Tony the Tiger and the Michelin Man. Today some companies are taking brand anthropomorphism to a whole new level …

Chatbots

To Make Better Choices, Look at All Your Options Together

We make thousands of decisions every day. Some are fairly simple — we decide when to wake up, what to have for breakfast, what to wear to work, which email to reply to — while others are more complex, requiring us to weigh different options. For example, when buying a laptop, we want to compare …

Batteries

Why the FCA's verdict on the UK investment industry matters

The City regulator has delivered its final verdict on Britain’s investment landscape in a move that marks the end of an 18 month probe and the greatest shake-up to the UK’s institutional investment landscape in at least a generation.<p>Among the outpouring of reactions, accounting giant EY said this …

Science Knows the 2-Step Process for Breaking the Bad Habits Holding You Back

Bad habits are terribly persistent, until you learn where the weak links are.<p>3 min read<p>Opinions expressed by <i>Entrepreneur</i> contributors are their own.<p>Bad habits can be like weeds in the garden, you get rid of them for a while, but they come right back. In order to successfully break a bad habit, you …

Social Media

CHATBOTS EXPLAINED: Why businesses should be paying attention to the chatbot revolution

<i>This is a preview of a research report from Business Insider Intelligence, Business Insider's premium research service. To learn more about Business Insider Intelligence, click here.</i><p>Advancements in artificial intelligence, coupled with the proliferation of messaging apps, are fueling the …

Chatbots

Bill Gates believes Africa needs an "energy miracle"

<b>Microsoft founder and latter-day philanthropist Bill Gates delivered a talk at the University of Pretoria in South Africa on Sunday, and used it to</b> …

GE wants to use CO2 pollution to make huge solar batteries

Two big problems have been vexing environmental scientists for decades: How to store solar energy for later use, and what to do with CO2 that's been captured and sequestered from coal plants? Scientists from General Electric (GE) could solve both those problems at once by using CO2 as a giant …

UK lagging behind other countries in digital skills, Barclays report finds

Worldwide study finds that while 39% of Brazilians think they could build a website, only 16% of British workers feel the same<p>Only 16% of workers in the UK would be comfortable building a website, compared with 39% in Brazil and 37% in India, according to a report, which warns that Britain’s …

United Kingdom

Disrupting Utilities

Contact us<p><b>Steve Jennings</b> <br>UK Leader of Industry for Energy, Utilities and Resources, PwC United Kingdom<br>Tel: +44 (0) 7704 564 513 <br>Email<p><b>Richard Hepworth</b> …

United Kingdom

Brexit & HE: will there still be access to finance at an affordable price?

By Daniel Earle<i>This is part of a series of blogs that consider the implications of the vote to leave the European Union on the UK higher education</i> …

To Foster Innovation, Connect Coworkers Who Share Aspirations

There are three types of identities we all have as human beings. Identities of origin we are given at birth: gender, race, or religion among others. Later, we form identities of growth, those in which we seek to satisfy our emotional needs, based on our likes and dislikes. Finally, as we become …

Management

Why You Should Always Go Off-Script in a Job Interview

You’ve just landed an interview for your dream job. If you’re like most people, you’ll spend hours, perhaps days, preparing for that interview. You’ll research the company and industry, anticipate the questions you’ll be asked, and rehearse the perfect answers. You’ve probably followed all the …

Employment

Distributed Energy: Small assets with big potential for UK electricity market - Energy Spotlight

By Ronan O'Regan, Director, Renewables<p>Distributed Energy (DE) is going to play a key role in the future UK energy landscape.<p>Centrica’s purchase of …

Designing a Bias-Free Organization

Iris Bohnet thinks firms are wasting their money on diversity training. The problem is, most programs just don’t work. Rather than run more workshops or try to eradicate the biases that cause discrimination, she says, companies need to redesign their processes to prevent biased choices in the first …

Human Resources