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Why We Need to Outsmart Our Smart Devices

Image by Michail Sapiton<p>Most commentary about the Internet of Things assumes that we sacrifice privacy and security for huge efficiency gains. But …

Internet of Things

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 …

A 2×2 Matrix to Help You Prioritize the Skills to Learn Right Now

So much to learn, so little time.<p>The world is bursting with learning. There are several million business books, 3,000 TED talks, 10,000 MOOCs, hundreds of thousands of e-learning courses, and millions of self-published articles on platforms such as LinkedIn and Medium. The article you’re reading …

How to Work with Someone Who Isn’t a Team Player

Do you work with someone who isn’t a team player? Maybe they’re overly focused on completing and promoting their own work. Or they don’t chip in when …

Arianna Huffington

4 Mistakes That Kill Crowdsourcing Efforts

Back in 2011, crowdsourcing was fueling an explosion in open innovation. At that time, most Fortune 500 firms had launched crowdsourcing initiatives or partnered with startups in order to access outside innovators or co-create with customers. The providers of crowdsource solutions had their heyday. …

How to Ask for the Job Title You Deserve

Your job title isn’t everything — but it does matter. When you’re offered a new role, or have been in the same position for some time, how should you think about what title you deserve? How do you decide whether it’s worth negotiating? If you don’t think you can get a raise, should you even ask for …

Burnout at Work Isn’t Just About Exhaustion. It’s Also About Loneliness

More and more people are feeling tired and lonely at work. In analyzing the General Social Survey of 2016, we found that, compared with roughly 20 years ago, people are twice as likely to report that they are always exhausted. Close to 50% of people say they are often or always exhausted due to …

Research: When a Retail Store Closes, Crime Increases Around It

From Boston to Los Angeles, “mixed use” development, combining residential and commercial properties, is on the rise. The benefits that have been cited for colocating housing and retail establishments include reduced travel distances, more-pedestrian-friendly neighborhoods, and stronger local …

Handle Your Stress Better by Knowing What Causes It

No matter how brave, hardworking, and intelligent you may be, there comes a time when stress becomes overwhelming and you get triggered. Triggers are those things that cause you to have a knee-jerk reaction that may or may not be the best response to a given situation.<p>When you are triggered, the …

Only a few of my favourite things

Moving house forces us to see our possessions in a new light<p>I had expected moving house to leave me feeling disoriented. What I hadn’t counted on was …

When You Should Quit Your Job Without Having Another One Lined Up

People hate to resign without another job lined up. Not just because employers prefer to hire people who are working, but also because it feels like failure. It seems as if you “couldn’t take it.” But there are times when it is very important to just let go.<p>Here’s a personal example: My boyfriend …

Understand a New Job (Before You Accept It)

In the right role, you have a good shot at accomplishment and personal growth. In the wrong role, you may find disappointment. People can seek jobs …

Management

Don’t Let Shame Become a Self-Destructive Spiral

Steven, the VP operations of a media company, was asked to present on the organization’s digital transformation program to its top 100 executives during an annual strategy retreat. As public presentations had never been his forte, Steven spent an extraordinary amount of time preparing for the …

8 Ways Machine Learning Is Improving Companies’ Work Processes

Today’s leading organizations are using machine learning–based tools to automate decision processes, and they’re starting to experiment with more-advanced uses of artificial intelligence (AI) for digital transformation. Corporate investment in artificial intelligence is predicted to triple in 2017, …

Do You Know How Each Person on Your Team Likes to Work?

When we travel to a country that has a different culture than ours, many of us spend time learning ways to communicate and connect with the people there. We might look up the meanings of common terms and access maps of key attractions.<p>Similarly, when you first become a manager, it’s helpful to …

Should a CEO’s Bonus Be Based on Financial Performance Alone?

On November 9, 2016, the shareholders of Australia’s largest company, and the world’s tenth-largest bank, revolted. The Commonwealth Bank’s shareholders were reacting to the board’s annual Remuneration Report, which contained a recommendation that the CEO be granted a bonus based on what critics …

What Low Oil Prices Really Mean

Since the start of 2016, oil prices have swung between $27 and $42 per barrel, about a quarter of the 2008 peak crude oil price of $145. On February 16, oil ministers from Saudi Arabia, Russia, Qatar, and Venezuela agreed to a tentative deal to freeze their production in an attempt to boost prices. …

Seven Things Never, Ever To Say In A Job Interview

It is easy to get rattled on a job interview and blurt out something you didn’t plan to say.<p>That’s why it is vital to consciously calm and center yourself before and during every job interview.<p>As you stand in a lobby or sit waiting for your interviewer to fetch you, take deep breaths.<p>Follow your …

Employment

As Machines Take Jobs, Companies Need to Get Creative About Making New Ones

Jobs in retail, transportation, manufacturing, and agriculture are highly vulnerable to technological change. Retailers such as Macy’s and The Limited are closing hundreds of stores and cutting tens of thousands of jobs as people buy more and more products online, and others are testing robotic …

How to Improve Your Sales Skills, Even If You’re Not a Salesperson

At some point in your career, even if you’re not a salesperson, you’re going to have to sell something — whether it’s your idea, your team, or yourself. So how can you improve your sales skills, especially if you don’t pitch people often? What should you focus on first? And what should you do if …

8 Ways to Get a Difficult Conversation Back on Track

Despite our best intentions, conversations can frequently veer into difficult territory, producing frustration, resentment, and wasted time and effort. Take David, one of my coaching clients. Recently appointed to a business school leadership role, he was eager to advance his strategic agenda. …

How AI Is Changing Your Job Hunt

A few years ago, Jason Freeman was confronted by a classic hiring challenge. The 10-person startup he had founded, an online commercial real estate …

The man trap

Traditional ideas of masculinity persist in the workplace, even though men are now expected to do more of the household chores – and work longer …

Five Good Answers To 'Why Should We Hire You?'

Dear Liz,<p>I hate the job interview question “Why should we hire you?”<p>It sounds like they want me to compare myself to the other candidates.<p>How should I know why they should hire me? I don’t work for the company. They should hire whoever they want.<p>Do you have any suggestions for answering the …

Employment
Employment

Recessions Push People to Buy Cheap Things, Which Just Makes Everything Worse

The U.S. labor market is like an aging athlete; it is taking longer and longer to recover from recessions. It took two and a half years to regain the jobs lost during the 1990-92 recession. The next recession, which came in 2001, was short and mild (GDP barely fell), but it took four years for the …

Fuelling a fantasy

Artists have a love-hate relationship with the American Dream – a tension best captured by their prints<p>Behind a scaffold bearing huge neon letters …

A blinding lack of trust

Driving in Kenya is terrifying, and the reason for that shines a light on the dysfunction of many African cities<p>Driving at night is difficult …

Why More Executives Should Consider Becoming a CHRO

If you’re a business leader looking for an opportunity to have real impact on your company — and position yourself for the top job — which career path is best? CFO? COO? CMO? What if we told you that the CHRO role might be the best job you could ever have, with real opportunity for reshaping an …

Why You Really Need to Stop Using Public Wi-Fi

In today’s busy world, convenience seems to outweigh consequence, especially with how people use their mobile devices. Using free public Wi-Fi networks, for example, comes with any number of serious security risks, yet surveys show that the overwhelming majority of Americans do it anyway. In a …