Sean Lefever

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What Everyone Gets Wrong About Change Management

Corporate transformations still have a miserable success rate, even though scholars and consultants have significantly improved our understanding of how they work. Studies consistently report that about three-quarters of change efforts flop—either they fail to deliver the anticipated benefits or …

You Just Hired Someone and They're Not Productive Yet. Here's Why

The key to new employee productivity is participation. Addressing these concerns during onboarding can build their confidence.<p>We all expect our new employees to hit the ground running. To gauge their progress, we now measure "time to productivity"--a metric that has become one of the primary …

Employment

How to Write Great Agile User Stories

User stories are a valued component of agile or scrum development. In project management, user stories helps keep teams focused on the end goal of …

How to Grow Into Leadership – 2 Simple Steps

Have you ever wonder what it takes to move from being a great individual contributor to a manager? Or wondered how to transition to managing a larger …

This App Turns Your iPhone Into A Dash Cam With Machine Vision

Our smartphones have become powerful enough to start understanding the physical world around us using their cameras and sensors. And mobile apps are just beginning to take advantage of these capabilities.<p>A new free iPhone app, called Nexar, wants to use computer vision to understand the road. …

Dashcam

New Ways to Teach Young Children to Code

Even parents who don’t know programming are using games, apps to teach basic skills<p>Filip Icev, 10, writes code on his laptop at his home in Kirkland, Wash., using a visual-programming language called Scratch.<p>Annabel Clark for the Wall Street Journal<p>1 of 9<p>•••••<p>By<p>Sue Shellenbarger<p>Sue Shellenbarger<p>The …

Kids

Before a Meeting, Tell Your Team That Silence Denotes Agreement

HBR STAFF<p>The meeting seemed to go smoothly. Bill, the executive vice president of sales at a global company, had gathered his extended leadership team — a group of more than 20 people — and outlined his latest plan to reconfigure the sales organization. When he asked if anyone had concerns, there …

Why It Makes Sense for Managers to Go Slow to Go Fast

When it comes to organizational change, allowing sufficient time to gain attention and approval will increase your odds of success.

Success

Apple made more revenue from iPhone in a single quarter than Google has ever made from Android

The lawsuit between Oracle and Google is inadvertently revealing some confidential information about the companies. It has already been disclosed that Google paid Apple a $1 billion fee in 2014 to keep Google as the default search provider for iOS Safari, as well as a revenue sharing agreement …

App Store

Facebook users upload so many videos, it had to invent a whole new system to deal with them

Luckily for Facebook's dedicated users, the Streaming Video Engine, as it's called, was able to be put in place behind the scenes, without anyone ever noticing.<p>All users know is that their videos are getting uploaded and ready for viewing up to 10 times faster than they were before.<p>This new …

Virtual Reality

How To Really Drive Organizational Change

Much has been written about organizational change, how to compel people to change and how to lead change, with the majority of it focusing on finding the right motivation or creating a compelling vision that somehow creates a “shock and awe” effect to suddenly have people “see the light.”<p>I want to …

Here's What World Leaders Think Is the Greatest Risk for 2016

Some of the world’s most powerful people are worried about the environment, finally.<p>Climate change ranks as the No. 1 concern of global leaders, …

Davos must confront a world at a tipping point

The founder of the World Economic Forum says global leaders need to adapt to ever-faster change<p>‘I can show you the letter if you like”, says Klaus Schwab, founder of the World Economic Forum, with evident satisfaction. The letter is from Christiana Figueres, the UN climate change chief, and it’s …

Daily Sales Minute from Dreamforce Day 3

The American Association of Inside Sales Professionals (AA-ISP) annual Leadership Summit is coming up in Chicago, April 21-22, offering the best …

Mobile Devices

Inventory Reduction

Reduced Days-on-Hand by 57% Reduction of 40 days versus 15 days<p>BUSINESS SITUATION<p>An Automotive OEM had excess dealer inventory of vehicles equipped …

Improve Sales Knowledge Retention

Eliminate the “Forgetting Curve” even with high employee turnover and a complex product<p>BUSINESS SITUATION<p>Client was introducing a new, high-end …

Salesforce

Gamivation: Training Organizations to Learn,Compete and Win

Ray Wezner, Co-founder and COO<p>“Tell me and I forget, teach me and I will remember, involve me and I will learn” -- Said by Benjamin Franklin, this is …