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What Breaking the 4-Minute Mile Taught Us About the Limits of Conventional Thinking

The sad news of the passing of Roger Bannister, the first human being to run a four-minute mile, got me thinking about his legacy—not just as one of the great athletes of the past century, but as an innovator, a change agent, and an icon of success. As it turns out, when he broke through a …

Marathons

Whiteboard Session: 4 Things Successful Executives Do Differently

Whiteboards

Crisis Converted: Visibility

Imagine you are the supply chain manager at a major food distribution company. You’re running refrigerated trucks all over the country. Each filled with 35 tons of your most sensitive asset, perishable fruits, and vegetables. And, you just lost track of part of your fleet.

Trucks

Celebrating Republic Day in India: Pictures

Transportation (India)

613: Controlling Your Emotions During a Negotiation

Emotional Intelligence

What It Takes to Become a Great Product Manager

Because I teach a course on product management at Harvard Business School, I am routinely asked “What is the role of a product manager?” The role of product manager (PM) is often referred to as the “CEO of the product.” I disagree because, as Martin Eriksson points out, “Product managers simply …

Product Management

Can You Be a Great Leader Without Technical Expertise?

There is a broad assumption in society and in education that the skills you need to be a leader are more or less transferable. If you can inspire and motivate people in one arena, you should be able to apply those skills to do the same in another venue.<p>But recent research is rightly challenging …

Leadership

Research: If You Position Products as a Set, People Are More Likely to Buy Them All

It’s no secret that people like to finish things; there’s something deeply and inexplicably satisfying about crossing the last item off a to-do list or acquiring the final piece of a collectible set. But just how far are people willing to go to achieve “completeness”? Recent research I conducted …

Framing

Why You Should Charge Clients More Than You Think You’re Worth

One of the most challenging decisions freelancers, solopreneurs, and independent consultants face is how much to charge for their time and expertise. What if people complain that you’re overpriced — or, even worse, walk away from a deal with you entirely? But the answer isn’t swinging to the other …

Entrepreneurship

The Tragic Crash of Flight AF447 Shows the Unlikely but Catastrophic Consequences of Automation

The tragic crash of Air France 447 (AF447) in 2009 sent shock waves around the world. The loss was difficult to understand given the remarkable safety record of commercial aviation. How could a well-trained crew flying a modern airliner so abruptly lose control of their aircraft during a routine …

Meteorology

How Systems Engineering Can Help Fix Health Care

When an aircraft manufacturer decides to create a new model, it doesn’t ask pilots and crew to identify the best cabin, wings, jet engines, and other parts, and then put all the pieces together. A plane developed that way wouldn’t fly. The company begins with a goal, such as safely carrying 250 …

Medical Technology

11 Jaw-Dropping Examples of Portrait Photography

When you think of what makes a portrait visually impactful, what comes to mind?For me, I’d have to say it’s how the shot is framed.I know that might …

Landscape Photography

Why Sports Are a Terrible Metaphor for Business

Here in the United States, we’re just days away from Super Bowl Sunday. The buzz around the biggest game in America’s biggest sport is, as always, about more than football. It’s also about business and leadership. Does the Patriots’s consistent excellence over the last 15 years offer insights on …

Leadership

Giving a High Performer Productive Feedback

Giving feedback, particularly constructive feedback, is often a stressful task. As counterintuitive as it may seem, giving feedback to a top performer can be even tougher. Top performers may not have obvious development needs and in identifying those needs, you can sometimes feel like you’re being …

7 Memes That Sum Up Life With A Big Butt And Thighs

We love body shapes of EVERY size. Because, <i>every</i> bod’ is beautiful.<p>Most curvy girls will probably agree, as much as we might love having a little …

Curvy

Memes That Tell The True Story of Having Thanksgiving With Your Family

But everyone obviously comes much earlier than expected:<p>A family specialty.<p>Or you’re finishing up emails while you hear everyone downstairs, …

Employment

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