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New Leaders Need More Than Onboarding

An executive we’ll call Lucas Jacobsen was ready for a new challenge. So after more than a decade at a Fortune 100 diversified manufacturing firm, where he had risen to lead product development in the power systems division, he decided to move on. He accepted an offer to head up R&D at Energix, a …

Dobby’s foldable pocket drone is the perfect mix of portability and functionality

Most consumer drones available on the market today fit in one of two categories: full-fledged UAVs like DJI’s Inspire, Phantom or Mavic, or portable “selfie” drones like Hover that prioritize size and convenience over features.<p>So what about “in-between” drones? Drones that are easy to carry, …

Self-flying taxi to transport passengers in Dubai

An autonomous drone that can transport humans will start ferrying passengers around Dubai this summer.<p>The head of Dubai's transportation agency said that self-flying taxis would start taking people across the city starting from July.<p>The city will use the Ehang 184 for the airborne service. The …

Drones

Spanner, the Google Database That Mastered Time, Is Now Open to Everyone

About a decade ago, a handful of Google's most talented engineers started building a system that seems to defy logic.<p>Called Spanner, it was the first …

Databases

Rough Day at Work? Exercise and Sleep Are the Best Ways to Shake It Off.

A new study shows that getting enough exercise and shut-eye will stop your temper from getting the best of you.<p>We all have those days when the stresses of work follow us home.<p>But a recent study published in the <i>Journal of Applied Psychology</i> has found that two simple activities -- exercise and sleep …

12 Ways to Identify the Future Leaders of Your Company Right Now | Inc.com

Let's face it: At the core of every successful company is a team of good leaders making good decisions.<p>When you set out to identify future leaders to move your company forward, do you know what to look for? Could you easily identify what each of their futures holds?<p>Better yet, if you're not a …

Leadership

Most Reorgs Aren’t Ambitious Enough

For many executives, the concept of organization design is an oxymoron. They are so consumed by working <i>in</i> the organization that they lack the patience to work <i>on</i> the organization. They don’t do the intricate, complex work of configuring their organization to execute strategy. Instead, they shift …

Replacing The User Story With The Job Story

I’ve written about the problem with user stories before. At the time, I found it better to just have the team talk over proposed changes to the …

Date-Input Form Fields: UX Design Guidelines

<b>Summary:</b> Date-entry fields must be unambiguous and support task completion by using the right design pattern. Small design changes can prevent big …

Speed up your team with a service blueprint

I’ve been working with a number of cross-functional product teams over the last year, and I’ve found there are a number of challenges which make …

The end of UX and birth of product design

Last week, we relaunched our website. It was a ton of work – we spent 6 months on it, starting with the exact same processes we bring to our clients. …

How To Make Any Job More Meaningful

You don’t have to be curing cancer to feel good about your work. You just need to rethink how you approach your days.<p>When new grads think about their career options, many envision a dichotomy: you sell your soul for a paycheck, or you do meaningful work while living on rice and beans.<p>The reality is …

How to Know When To Leave Your Job

Stay too long or leave too soon and you might regret it. Here’s how to tell when it’s time to go.<p>Most of us have done it—stayed in a job so long we started getting complacent, or worse. Then there’s the reverse problem—leaving a job too early and ending up with something that isn’t what we hoped …

11 Offbeat And Revealing Interview Questions

Struggling to find the right candidates for your high-intensity startup? You might not be asking them what you really need to know.<p>Working for an early-stage startup can be hard. New companies need teams that are agile and active, resilient in the face of setbacks, and cool under pressure. Startup …

Great Teams Are About Personalities, Not Just Skills

At the start of 2016 Google announced that it had discovered the secret ingredients for the perfect team. After years of analyzing interviews and data from more than 100 teams, it found that the drivers of effective team performance are the group’s average level of emotional intelligence and a high …

A 3-Step Plan for Turning Weaknesses into Strengths

Yan Wang, the former CFO of VitalSmarts, didn’t survive Mao’s China by taking outlandish risks such as questioning those in positions of authority. As our CFO, she did impeccable work with the highest ethical standards. But challenging the status quo was deeply unsettling to her — especially if it …

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 …

HR’s Vital Role in How Employees Spend Their Time, Talent, and Energy

HR’s value and efficacy is a favorite topic of debate in business. Complaints about HR include things from weak, reactive business partnering to poor talent recruitment and development, from time-wasting processes to incomprehensible communications. I don’t intend to defend HR or provide guidance …

Why Uber and Airbnb Needed a Different Kind of CEO

Since their founding less than a decade ago, Uber and Airbnb have wrangled with regulators, challenged the taxi and hotel industries, earned extraordinary valuations from venture capital investors — and fundamentally transformed the way people think about urban transportation and travel. In his new …

Team BlackSheep’s Vendetta is a fast racing drone with a high learning curve

Drone racing as a sport is taking off, with teams, sponsors and television networks all getting in on the action of this developing scene. There’s a professional drone racing league, live streaming and even drone-racing simulators, where drone-pilot hopefuls can try emulating the real thing.<p>But …

Employer Brand vs. Consumer Brand: What’s the Difference?

Branding has been a buzzword for a while now—a hot one—but employer branding as a concept? That’s still relatively new. Many companies know they …

New Year – New Employees: Energize Your Recruitment Marketing Strategy in 2017

As we prepare for the upcoming year, talent management may be the last thing on your mind. We still have many Sunday night football games, …

7 Insanely Powerful Lessons My Mentor Taught Me (Which I Didn't Realize Until Later)

This wisdom changed my life.<p>Having a mentor is more than an opportunity. A true mentorship is one filled with emotional investment--a desire in the mentor to see their knowledge manifest in another, and an ambition from the student to take each lesson to heart. In a true mentorship the student …

Motivation

China overtakes the U.S. in iOS App Store revenue

China has now overtaken the U.S. to become the largest market in the world for App Store revenue, according to a new report out this morning from app intelligence firm App Annie. The country earned over $1.7 billion in Q3 2016, which puts it ahead of the U.S. by over 15 percent. The U.S. had been …

Why Tim Cook is Steve Ballmer

What happens to a company when a visionary CEO is gone? Most often, innovation dies and the company coasts for years on momentum and its brand. Rarely does it regain its former glory.<p>Here’s why.<p>Microsoft entered the 21st century as <i>the</i> dominant software provider for anyone who interacted with a …

Shifting trends and priorities are set to transform the growing mPOS ecosystem

When mobile-point-of-sale (mPOS) devices first entered the market, they were extremely disruptive, because they provided an attractive, accessible, and affordable ways for merchants of all types to begin accepting card payments easily.<p>Now that consumers expect cards to be accepted everywhere they …

Google Opens Classroom, Its Learning Management Tool, To All Teachers

Back in May, Google announced the limited preview of Classroom, a tool that aims to make it easier for teachers to stay in touch with their students and to give them assignments and feedback. Google says more than 100,000 educators from 45 countries signed up to try it since then. Today, it is …

4 Steps to Having More “Aha” Moments

The owner of a graphic design firm worries that her clients have dried up despite her best efforts. Even a seemingly bulletproof marketing plan that worked in the past is now yielding crickets. What should she do? And how exactly should she go about deciding what’s best for her business?<p>Your …

The Key to Adaptable Companies Is Relentlessly Developing People

There are organizations that are great at what they do, that are relentless at it. But it turns out there are very few that are great and relentless at people development. When it comes to preparing organizations for a complex, high-speed future, many people who work in those organizations, or in …

Corporate VCs Are Forgetting Their Purpose

Tim Bradford<p>Most people are familiar with the traditional approach to venture capital: An investment firm carefully parcels out capital to a portfolio of start-ups, knowing that most will fail—but that with luck, the financial returns from the handful of winners will make the exercise extremely …