Business

What 20 Years as a Remote Organization Has Taught Us About Managing Remote Teams

In his 1974 interview with ABC News, science fiction author Arthur C. Clarke painted a picture of how computers would change our way of life by the year 2001. One of his many extraordinarily accurate predictions: “Any businessman, any executive, could live almost anywhere on Earth and still do his …

Leadership

Companies Are Bad at Identifying High-Potential Employees

A high-potential employee is usually in the top 5% of employees in an organization. These people are thought to be the organization’s most capable, most motivated, and most likely to ascend to positions of responsibility and power. To help these employees prepare for leadership roles in a …

Leadership

Sorry But Successful People Don't Care About Your Brilliant Idea

Having an idea is so close to nothing that nobody who has actually done anything cares about your idea.<p>Ideas, ideas, ideas.<p>Everybody has an idea that they want to get off the ground. Everybody thinks his or hers is the greatest undiscovered secret mankind doesn’t yet know about.<p>I wish I could have …

Entrepreneurship

Stop Blaming Managers for the Shortcomings of Workers

For a decade, I taught a variety of business and economics courses to MBA students. Central to classes such as entrepreneurship and innovation, …

Employee Engagement

This New Technology Simplifies "Proof of Concepts" For Both Startups And Enterprises

A new platform for both running and discovering PoCs seeks to disrupt the PoC ecosystem, and solve several significant problems.<p>One of the biggest challenges facing technology startups (and many other technology companies) is getting established businesses to run "Proof of Concepts" - that is, …

Innovation

‘So much of it is a con’: Confessions of a veteran ad tech developer

Programmatic has been extolled for its efficiency, but for the latest in our anonymous Confessions series, we talked to a skeptical digital industry …

Digital Advertising

20 Things Successful Entrepreneurs Never Say

Are your thoughts keeping you from ultimate success?<p>What separates the best entrepreneurs from the rest? Their mindset. While other people complain and let their negative thoughts get to them, remarkably successful entrepreneurs are steadfast in only thinking and saying things that serve them.<p>If …

Success

Nine Words And Phrases To Avoid When You're Negotiating A Salary

One word that will never help your cause is "sorry." Here are eight others.<p>You’re 96% sure that you're ready to schedule a meeting with your boss to ask for a raise. Or perhaps you’re nearing the end of the job interview process and an offer is in sight. However, if you’re like me, you have …

Employment

Everyone Likes Flex Time, but We Punish Women Who Use It

Offering flexible workplace schedules seems like a no-brainer. Work has become more flexible — tied less to specific times and places — and gender roles have changed. Letting employees shift their hours to accommodate hectic life schedules makes sense. Surveys show that flex time ranks high on the …

The Workplace

6 Things Every Manager Wants from Employees

No matter the company, industry, or geography, this is what every competent manager looks for in his or her direct reports.<p>Each job comes with its own set of requirements, but there are a few universal things every manager looks for in an employee.<p>To impress your manager and earn a reputation for …

Leadership

4 Ways To Spot 401(k) Rip-offs

When you buy just about anything these days, it’s easy to go online to price compare. You know pretty quickly whether you’re getting a good price.<p>But 401(k)s are a different beast. Although the government requires disclosure on fees, it’s not easy to tell whether you’re paying too much. Millions …

Retirement

Donald Trump, the master of unreality, must be resisted at every turn

What the US president says and what he tweets can only be countered effectively if we take it seriously and resist it<p>In barely a month, the new US president has managed to spread chaos and uncertainty – and a degree of fear that would make any terrorist proud – at a dizzying pace. Not surprisingly, …

Joseph Stiglitz

The German supermarket known for creating amazing viral ads has a new commercial about losing weight

You might not know German supermarket Edeka, but you may remember the retailer's ads.<p>From its 2015 Christmas commercial depicting an old man faking his own death in order to get his family together, to last year's festive effort that reminded parents that the best gift for their children is simply …

Advertising

How to Be Better at the One Trait All Truly Great Leaders Possess

Leadership means having the ability to listen to others. Find out how you can become a better listener.<p>The act of listening is pretty simple.<p>Ok, technically it's not that simple, but I don't want to get into the actual logistics of sound waves and how you detect them. I just mean when you listen to …

Body Language

Wal-Mart’s ‘test lab’ a sign of the franchise’s fresh future

An affluent suburb of Hamilton, Ont. is ground zero for Lee Tappenden’s discount store of the future.<p>The chief executive officer of Wal-Mart Canada Corp. is touring a supercentre in Ancaster that is designed for the digital age. It makes big bets on some of the retailer’s top categories, such as …

eCommerce

Commodities Have Been Down So Long It May Be Time To Snap Them Up

The post-crisis years have not been good for real assets, the catchall term for commodities, energy, real estate and other investments based on selling real things instead of clever ideas. But with signs of inflation emerging and the Trump rally pushing stocks to levels not seen since the tech …

Stocks

On Economic Arrogance

According to press reports, the Trump administration is basing its budget projections on the assumption that the U.S. economy will grow very rapidly over the next decade — in fact, almost twice as fast as independent institutions like the Congressional Budget Office and the Federal Reserve expect. …

Opinion

Mark Cuban Says This Will Be the No.1 Job Skill in 10 Years

It's not coding.<p>Study after study has shown that millions of jobs are at risk of becoming automated in the coming years.<p>And the U.S. is not prepared, …

Employment

Warren Buffett's Kraft Heinz may not be done shopping

<b>New York (CNN) —</b> Kraft Heinz has put its plans to buy British and Dutch food and personal care products conglomerate Unilever back on the shelf after Unilever turned down its $140 billion bid.<p>But the ketchup and macaroni and cheese king could still be interested in shopping for another big maker of …

Markets

Why Every Entrepreneur Should Watch Netflix's Documentary Series 'Abstract'

Being an entrepreneur is as much art as it is science.<p>If you haven't touched a crayon since elementary school, Netflix's new documentary series <i>Abstract: The Art of Design</i>, probably isn't at the top of your queue. But as an entrepreneur, you may want to watch it anyway. Through eight episodes, the …

Entrepreneurship

New Data on Impact of Office Design and Décor

We’ve known about the importance of work environments for some time now. In a 2003 survey by Management Today, 97 percent of respondents said they …

The Workplace

Chinese Bank Cleanup Plan Could Leave a Mess

China’s battle with risky credit products endures with no victory in sight. It may only get tougher.<p>In its quarterly report published over the weekend, the People’s Bank of China said wealth-management products—a form of shadow financing, mostly stashed away off banks’ balance sheets—continued to …

Banking

Uber Scrambles To Investigate Shocking Sexual Harassment Claim

Uber moved quickly over Presidents’ Day weekend to respond to a former employee’s claim that the company’s human resources department ignored multiple instances of sexual harassment and discrimination.<p>On Monday, Uber cofounder and CEO Travis Kalanick sent a company-wide email describing the …

Uber

Dear President Trump: Those jobs aren’t coming back, and why would we want them to?

<i></i>Dear Mr. President,<p>Those jobs aren’t coming back, and why would we want them to? There are so many better jobs going begging…<p>Mr. President, we followed your campaign closely (who didn’t?), especially the part about bringing jobs back. We know by this you mostly implied assembly line factory workers …

Employment

10 jobs that will make you happy and rich

Many people believe a happy career and a fat paycheck are mutually exclusive, but online jobs community CareerBliss has found that these two things can go hand in hand.<p>CareerBliss compiled its new list of jobs that can make you happy <i>and</i> rich by analyzing more than 20,000 employee reviews of …

Employment

China's Millennials Are Hustling for Part-Time Gigs Instead of Traditional Jobs - Bloomberg

With a fur-lined jacket and a Miu Miu shoulder bag, Zhang Chen isn’t your traditional Chinese migrant worker. She huddles with about 40 others in the …

China

Inside Forbes' lean approach to creating stories for social media

With social platforms sending only a piddling amount of revenue back to publishers, some media companies are rethinking the idea of hiring costly …

Advertising Industry

Why You Shouldn't Buy Oil

Oil has a historically low correlation to the USD.<p>Inventories and net non-commercial positions have hit new all-time highs.<p>I don't like the oil …

Stocks

Warren Buffett's annual letter will be released on Saturday

Investor Warren Buffett plans to release his annual letter to Berkshire Hathaway shareholders on Saturday.<p>Buffett's letter is always well-read …

Warren Buffett

7 Steps To Turn Around ANY Failing Startup

I’m the guy that gets the call when a business is in trouble…<p>… when a business is on the verge of bankruptcy.<p>Friends call me.<p>Banks call me.<p>If I’m …

Entrepreneurship