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The Missing Half of the Education Debate

As employers, as citizens, and as parents, executives the world over are increasingly becoming concerned about the education systems, especially post-high school, that are supposed to prepare young people for work and life. The crescendo of concern is shaping public discourse, policy debate, and …

What is... a brand?

Branding – it’s a well known term everyone has heard of that covers many aspects of marketing – which we’ve delved into with some of our blog …

Infographics

How Successful People Start Their Day: The Best Morning Routines for Feeling Great and Getting Work Done

Whether you’re a morning person or a night owl, we all start our day at some point. And we all seem to start it differently.<p>Some of us hop online to …

What Your Boss Really Wants from You

It’s 1958, and Patricia Bays Haroski, a State Farm Insurance Company employee, wants people to formally recognize their boss on October 16th. Her goal? Improve the relationship between bosses and their direct reports. That date? She apparently picked it because it was her father’s birthday, and she …

Should MBAs Learn to Code?

<i>This post was originally published on the author’s blog. It has been edited slightly.</i><p>“Should I learn to code?”<p>MBAs who lack programming skills often ask this question when they pursue careers in technology companies.<p>Bloggers like Yipit co-founder Vin Vacanti have shared views on the payoff from …

Customer Service in the Age of the Internet of Things

Today, innovative customer service means being able to contact a company on multiple platforms — not just by phone, but via email, web, Twitter, Facebook, and mobile devices. However according to ABI Research, by 2020 more than 20 billion additional devices will be wirelessly connected to physical …

7 Steps to Becoming an Idea Entrepreneur

Have an idea that will change behavior in your company or in the world? Here's what you need to do.<p>Every so often a disruptive idea will come along that shifts the mindset of thousands of people. Where do these ideas come from? How do their creators breathe life into them, gaining followings that …

Entrepreneurship

Google’s CIO on How to Make Your IT Department Great

Running an IT department is hard enough under any circumstances, but imagine doing it at one of the world’s preeminent technology companies. Your customers aren’t haplessly trying to set up their voicemail; they’re experts in technology and expect it to work.<p>In that sense, you might think Ben …

A Better Way to Tackle All That Data

The single biggest challenge any organization faces in a world awash in data is the time it takes to make a decision. We can amass all of the data in the world, but if it doesn’t help to save a life, allocate resources better, fund the organization, or avoid a crisis, what good is it? Hampered by a …

Seven Tips for Shifting a Mindset in Your Organization

We’re all fascinated by new ideas and how they can grab hold of us, influencing how we think and affecting how we take action. How does Atul Gawande (the checklist doctor) get inside my head, when others don’t? Why does Gwyneth Paltrow make me adjust my behaviors, when others can’t?<p>In business, …

IT on Steroids: The Benefits (and Risks) of Accelerating Technology

In 1998, RIM launched the BlackBerry. A year later, the second version got a full keyboard. Apparently, that was the feature users had been waiting for. Demand for the BlackBerry 850 soared. By 2004, RIM had acquired 1 million subscribers and only three years later surpassed the 10 million mark. In …

To Move Ahead You Have to Know What to Leave Behind

Decisions are the most fundamental building blocks of successful change in our organizations, our teams, and our careers. The faster and more strategically we stack those blocks, the faster and more successfully we achieve change. Yet, change efforts often stall precisely because those decisions …

Move Beyond Enterprise IT to an API Strategy

For the vast majority of organizations, the IT function’s focus has been inside the enterprise. They might allow some occasional website browsing by employees (though many sites are banned), and perhaps an inbound website or intranet for customers to enter an order. The focus, however, has been on …

Avoiding the Schizophrenic IT Organization

A pharmaceuticals company we’ve been studying decided to deploy more than 20,000 iPads and other mobile devices to the global sales force to improve its engagement with doctors in emerging and developed markets. Over the next two years, this change in how sales people interact with customers will …

Innovation Isn’t an Idea Problem

When most organizations try to increase their innovation efforts, they always seem to start from the same assumption: “we need more ideas.” They’ll start talking about the need to “think outside the box” or “blue sky” thinking in order to find a few ideas that can turn into viable new products or …

Connect, Then Lead

<b>Is it better to be loved or feared?</b><p>Niccolò Machiavelli pondered that timeless conundrum 500 years ago and hedged his bets. “It may be answered that one should wish to be both,” he acknowledged, “but because it is difficult to unite them in one person, it is much safer to be feared than loved.”<p>Now …

Three Differences Between Managers and Leaders

A young manager accosted me the other day. “I’ve been reading all about leadership, have implemented several ideas, and think I’m doing a good job at leading my team. How will I know when I’ve crossed over from being a manager to a leader?” he wanted to know.<p>I didn’t have a ready answer and it’s a …

Throw Conventional Marketing Tactics Out The Window

When I was first starting my business, I was bombarded with information about how to market and advertise myself.<p>You’ve probably heard a few of these …

Marketing