Vikram Ghatge

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The 24 Rules for Success Left Behind by a Legendary Wall Street Banker

14. "Have some fun—but not all the time!"<p>Richard Jenrette, who co-founded the investment bank Donaldson, Lufkin & Jenrette in 1959, spent four …

CES 2018: 20 most innovative gadgets at show

LAS VEGAS — The trade portion of the Consumer Electronics Show will open Tuesday, but we've got a sneak peek at some of the coolest technology set to debut there.<p>Each year, the Consumer Technology Association, which stages the CES, selects 20 products for the CES Innovation Awards, "honoring …

CES

8 Technologies and Platforms Every Forward-Thinking Marketer Needs to Know

From IBM’ssouped-up supercomputer Watson to Google’s tricked-out, self-driving cars, marketers are navigating a new wave of tech services and …

7 Traits You Need to Be a Highly Effective Leader | Inc.com

Leadership is not something we're born with--it's a set of skills we learn. Some specific skills and traits seem to be especially important to successful leaders, who carry them regardless of the company, team or organization they're leading.<p>Here are seven of the top traits that make some leaders …

Leadership

What's Your Leadership Style? 3 Questions to Ask

Do you want to be an inspiring leader, but are afraid of becoming an obnoxious boss?<p>Many of the professional women I speak with tell me they feel they are ready to become better leaders, but they don't know where to start.<p>They struggle with an underlying fear of being labeled inflexible, difficult …

This Digital Design Agency Creates User-Friendly Experiences for Big Brands

<b>Specs</b> <b><br>Who</b> (L. to r.) Creative director Mark Jarecke, design director Mike Lee and strategy director Elizabeth Stafford <b><br>What</b> Digital design studio <b><br>Where</b> …

Are You Trading the Customer Experience For More Digital?

Photo Credit: Pexels.com CC0 License<p>In my opinion, the customer experience is sorely lacking in businesses and has been trounced by the overwhelming desire for more digital. That's the headline. With more and more digital tools becoming available to businesses, I sense the "checkbox" approach to …

Ad Age Digital Conference: Top Marketing and Creative Execs on Why Consumer Experiences Are Key

During the "From Ads to Experiences" discussion at Ad Age's Digital Conference Tuesday, panelists made it clear that today's consumers are drawn more …

How Social And Digital Create The New Retail Experience

Perhaps I am aging myself with this small confession, but I might have watched <i>Pretty Woman</i> with Richard Gere and Julia Roberts more than once. Remember when Vivien (Roberts) is unleashed on Rodeo Drive with a credit card and carte-blanche spending? The joy and excitement the audience feels with …

Customer Experience

How to See Through These 3 Hardball Negotiation Tactics

In my new book Negotiating the Impossible, I offer numerous principles and tactics for negotiating effectively when things get ugly — especially when you don’t have sufficient “money or muscle” to use as leverage. This could be a deadlocked deal, an escalating conflict, or any situation where there …

The End of Solution Sales

The hardest thing about B2B selling today is that customers don’t need you the way they used to. In recent decades sales reps have become adept at discovering customers’ needs and selling them “solutions”—generally, complex combinations of products and services. This worked because customers didn’t …

Honor 5X is coming to the US for $199.99

It’s been rumored for quite some time, and it’s finally official – Huawei has just announced that the Honor 5X will soon be available for purchase in the United States on Amazon. First announced back in November 2015, the Honor 5X sports some decent specifications, a premium build and a relatively …

Samsung quietly announces Chromebook 3, promises better battery life

Lightweight laptop will be available early this year<p>Samsung this week announced the Chromebook 3, quietly unveiling its new laptop after the company's press conference at CES. The 2.5-pound laptop has an 11.6-inch display with 1366 x 768 resolution, and is powered by an Intel Celeron N3050 CPU. …

Father's Day: 20 uplifting quotes

Why It Pays To Be Nice, According To Science

If you've been watching <i>Game of</i> <i>Thrones</i> (come on, you've had plenty of time to catch up), then you know there are really only two options in life: kill …

This 2-year-old disc jockey is becoming a phenomenon in South Africa

At a shopping mall appearance, a crowd gathers around the young boy as he bops his head to the beat, his large headphones slipping off. Adults whip out their cellphones to capture the moment while children just stare.<p>His mother, Refiloe Marumo, credits his father's decision to buy an iPad for his …

SEC launched extensive probe to identify sources in Reuters stories | Reuters

NEW YORK/WASHINGTON (Reuters) - A U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission watchdog conducted an extensive, months-long investigation to find out who had leaked information that appeared in two Reuters stories published last autumn, but it was unable to identify the sources, according to a report of …

A Little Meditating Helps You Make Better Business Decisions

Research participants who had spent just 15 minutes in “mindfulness” meditation, focusing on their breathing, were <b>77% more likely</b> than others to resist what’s known as the “sunk-cost bias,” the tendency to stick with a less-than-optimal strategy merely because a lot of money has been sunk into it, …

If You’re Not Helping People Develop, You’re Not Management Material

Skilled managers have never been more critical to the success of firms than they are today. Not because employees can’t function without direction, but because managers play a vital role in talent management. Gone are the comprehensive career management systems and expectations of long-term …

What People Really Care About When They Meet You: Are You a Good Person?

When people meet you, their impressions are formed more by their perceptions of your moral character than by your personal warmth (or lack thereof), suggests research by Geoffrey P. Goodwin, Jared Piazza, and Paul Rozin of the University of Pennsylvania. For example, in one study, research …

Three Long-Held Concepts Every Marketer Should Rethink

One of the strongest held beliefs among marketers is that brand plays an important—even crucial—role in consumer decision-making. But recent developments in consumer electronics should make us all stop and think. Consider two examples: Roku, a virtually unknown brand, captured significant market …

Life is Luck — Here’s How to Plan a Career Around It

Daniel Kahneman has claimed the following as his favorite equation:<p><i>Success = talent + luck</i><p><i>Great success = a little more talent + a lot of luck</i><p>Kahneman’s implication is that the difference between moderate and great success is mostly luck, not skill. Chance plays a much greater role in our careers …

Every Leader’s Real Audience

You deliver a big public speech to a group of potential investors who can make or break your results. You prepare it knowing that it could be a milestone in the turnaround of your institution. But who else is listening most intently? Your own team of implementers. They couldn’t care less about …

Three Questions to Advance Your Career

In most organizations, professionals who want to move up get lots of feedback. Did you hit your numbers? Make your budget? How did you perform in managing a major project? Many companies provide you with so-called 360-degree feedback based on anonymous surveys from your boss, peers, and direct …

How to Write a Cover Letter

No one likes job hunting. Scouring through online jobs boards, spiffing up your résumé, prepping for grueling interviews — none of it’s fun. But perhaps the most challenging part of the process is writing an effective cover letter. There’s so much conflicting advice out there, it’s hard to know …

Your Weakness May Be Your Competitive Advantage

Midway through the workshop I was teaching on professional reinvention, I gave participants an assignment: create a narrative citing your professional strengths. After the break, a woman named Alison raised her hand. “This one was difficult for me,” she said. “I thought about what was special about …

How Intuit Innovates by Challenging Itself

We know that questioning can trigger innovative thinking. But the key—and challenge—to truly changing the status quo is identifying the <i>right</i> question. In a collaboration to determine just how disruptive leaders find these compelling questions, Professor Clayton Christensen and I conducted nearly 40 …

Develop Strategic Thinkers Throughout Your Organization

In study after study, strategic thinkers are found to be among the most highly effective leaders. And while there is an abundance of courses, books, articles and opinions on the process of strategic planning, the focus is typically on an isolated process that might happen once or twice per year. In …