Shreyas Dhore

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Who’s Afraid of Data-Driven Management?

From a management perspective, making decisions based on data is a clear win. Yet it’s often difficult to adopt a data-informed culture. In every organization, there are teams and employees who embrace this transition, and those who undermine it. To convert your biggest data skeptics, the first …

8 Of Google’s Craziest Offices

Google is known for its zany office designs, from stroopwafel ceilings to slides to scooters. And you thought your office’s foosball table was cool.<p>While most of us 9-to-5ers hunch over in boxy, fluorescent-lit cubicles, feeling lucky if our office has a snack machine, the Google employees of the …

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How China’s Growth Imposes Costs on the Rest of the World

It has long been assumed that China’s economic growth creates upward pressure on the price of oil, but to what extent? A team led by John Beirne of the European Central Bank estimates that the impact was about <b>1%</b> of the global oil price in 2011 and will rise to <b>3% to 4%</b> by 2030. If China’s economy …

Delivering an Effective Performance Review

It’s performance review season, and you know the drill. Drag each of your direct reports into a conference room for a one-on-one, hand them an official-looking document, and then start in with the same, tired conversation. Say some positive things about what the employee is good at, then some …

14 Things Successful People Do On Weekends

Spencer Rascoff is only 37. Yet the Harvard grad and father of three has already accomplished so much.<p>He cofounded Hotwire.com and served as a VP for Expedia; he held the roles of CFO, vice president of marketing and COO at Zillow; and in 2008 Rascoff was promoted to chief executive of the popular …

Find the Coaching in Criticism

Feedback is crucial. That’s obvious: It improves performance, develops talent, aligns expectations, solves problems, guides promotion and pay, and boosts the bottom line.<p>But it’s equally obvious that in many organizations, feedback doesn’t work. A glance at the stats tells the story: Only 36% of …

People Don't Leave Companies -- They Leave Leaders!

I have employed thousands of people over the years. And every time one resigned, a little part of me died. (Okay, I lie. I have actually danced a celebratory jig around my desk on the odd occasion, but that's another post!)<p>Mostly, my natural reaction has always been a human one I suppose. "What …

How much or too little? Assigning a dollar value to big data

<i>Alex Romanov is president and CEO of iSIGN.</i><p>Mention the idea of buying or selling data and it’s likely that a clandestine scenario is envisaged.<p>Case in point: Andrew Cole, a spokesman for the Colorado Secretary of State, confirmed in August that his state sold business information to marketers …

Effective Leaders Let Their Emotions Show

The recent farewell speech by outgoing Microsoft chief executive Steve Ballmer has attracted considerable attention. Not so much for what he said but for how he said it. Ballmer ignored the usual sombre approach to such occasions and instead took the stage in barn-storming style and told a …

The Most Successful Leaders Do 15 Things Automatically, Every Day

undefined<p>Leadership is learned behavior that becomes unconscious and automatic over time. For example, leaders can make several important decisions about an issue in the time it takes others to understand the question. Many people wonder how leaders know how to make the best decisions, often under …

Four Tips for Better Strategic Planning

<i>This post was coauthored by Logan Chandler.</i><p>No great strategy was born without careful thought. That’s why the process of planning a strategy itself is an important vehicle for setting priorities, making investment decisions, and laying out growth plans. But for many companies, the activity has …