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How do you know whether your decision is the right one?

<i>This column is part of Globe Careers' Leadership Lab series, where executives and experts share their views and advice about leadership and management. Follow us at</i> @Globe_Careers<i>. Find all Leadership Lab stories at</i> tgam.ca/leadershiplab<p>Most leaders feel a constant pressure to make decisions, often …

How BlackBerry blew it: The inside story

<i>This investigative report reveals that:</i><p><i>Shortly after the release of the first iPhone, Verizon asked BlackBerry to create a touchscreen “iPhone killer.” But the result was a flop, so Verizon turned to Motorola and Google instead.</i>• <i><br>In 2012, one-time co-CEO Jim Balsillie quit the board and cut all ties</i> …

Confessions of a porn junkie

Matt Pollack spent the better part of this century's first decade tracking and watching dirty movies. He'd wake in the morning thinking of porn, plan his day around acquiring and pleasuring himself to it, and eventually pass out with pornographic images still seared on his eyelids. His apartment …

Internal strife and opposing strategies lead to BlackBerry's downfall: report

An extensive report in today’s The Globe & Mail reveals the many fissures in RIM’s product strategy, and the deep gulf between then co-CEO’s …

Would you take advice from an 8-year-old entrepreneur?

I was speaking with a former teacher of mine who was now teaching Grade 3. She shared a story about a student running a lemonade stand in the gymnasium over lunch-hour to raise money charity.<p>He started marketing his lemonade stand to classmates within his grade and discussed his business in his …

Clay Christensen and Dominic Barton on Consulting’s Disruption

The HBS sage and McKinsey head discuss how to stay on top in a rapidly changing industry. For more, see the article Consulting on the Cusp of Disruption.<p>AMY BERNSTEIN: Welcome to the HBR IdeaCast from Harvard Business Review. I’m Amy Bernstein, and I’m here today with Clayton Christensen, professor …

The promise of peer-to-peer training

<i>Reprinted by permission of Harvard Business Review Press. Excerpted from</i> The Solution Revolution: How Business, Government, and Social Enterprises are Teaming Up to Solve Society's Toughest Problems<i>. © 2013 Deloitte Global Services Ltd. All rights reserved.</i><p>For centuries, most businesses operated …

76% of Companies Now Allow Employees to Bring Their Own Devices to Work

The trend to bring your own device to work continues to gain traction, the results of a new study suggest.<p>According to new research from Robert Half …

Closing the Chasm Between Strategy and Execution

Setting strategy is elegant. It’s a clean and sophisticated process of collecting and analyzing data, generating insights, and identifying smart paths forward. Done at arm’s length in an academic fashion, tight logic is the only glue needed to hold ideas together. The output is a smooth narrative …

The 96-minute rule, and other timely tips

Your work day today might be the traditional eight hours, or stretch to 10 hours or more. But imagine if only 96 minutes really counted.<p>What would you do in those 96 minutes, and how would you protect that precious time from external foes (colleagues, business partners, customers) and the foes …

Six ways to tame your stressed-out brain

It is late afternoon and a busy executive is trying to finish a project before she leaves to get her daughter from daycare. Already running late, she receives an urgent e-mail from her boss advising of a change in direction for a proposal due the next day. Just when she needs it most, her normally …

Syncapse bankruptcy puts social media marketers on edge

It wasn't long ago that Syncapse Corp., a Toronto-based social media marketing management company, was regarded as an international leader in the social media marketing industry.<p>The company raised a staggering $45-million, had offices in Toronto, London, New York, and India, boasted a client roster …

What Gen Y needs to know to become leaders

Much advice has been offered in recent years to managers who have to oversee millennials, a generation with a different attitude to the workplace. But now the tables are turning.<p>Millennials, also known as Generation Y, were born from 1981 to 2000, so the oldest ones have entered their thirties. …

Beyond the work programme: social enterprises get people back to work

Helping people return to, or stay in, work has been dominated by the Work Programme of late. But away from the large prime contractors working for payment by results, an innovative collection of social enterprises are showing that there is life – and a business model – beyond Iain Duncan Smith's …

A Full Breakdown Of How Samsung Is Whupping Apple In China

But time looks to be on the side of rival Samsung Electronics Co Ltd, which has been around far longer and penetrated much deeper into the world's most populous country.<p>Apple Inc this week said its revenue in Greater China, which also includes Hong Kong and Taiwan, slumped 43 percent to $4.65 …

Why Apple Has Failed to Win Over China

Apple’s strong quarterly sales were somewhat overshadowed by falling revenues in Greater China. Apple has slipped to 5th place by retaining 9% of the …

Six Fundamentals Every Entrepreneur Needs to Succeed

As an entrepreneur who founded and runs a successful and growing business, Getaroom, I see many entrepreneurs with great ideas but no clue how the business will be profitable. For certain websites or apps, if the idea is good enough you can get lucky and sell the business after you get a spike in …