Harvard Business Review

Tech firms are forgetting about STEM and focusing on STEAM

It was recently thought that four subjects alone could spur innovation by bringing order and logic to creative thinking: Science, technology, engineering, and math—fields known to much of the modern world by their acronym STEM. But STEM is already passé.<p>A new acronym has come to the fore, pioneered …

Education

AI Weekly: Musk and Zuck are missing the point

Tesla CEO Elon Musk and Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg had a little tit-for-tat this week over artificial intelligence. Does it represent an existential threat to humanity, as Musk argues, or does it hold great promise to improve our lives, as Zuckerberg believes?<p>On a Facebook Live broadcast, …

Artificial Intelligence

Is America Encouraging the Wrong Kind of Entrepreneurship?

Last month economist William Baumol passed away at the age of 95. His death was universally mourned by members of the economics community, many of whom shared the view that he had passed before receiving a much-deserved Nobel Prize. One of us (Robert) had the great privilege of working with him, …

Social Justice

Two Types of Diversity Training That Really Work

One of the most common ways that companies attempt to address organizational diversity is through formal training. Yet research on the effectiveness of such programs has yielded mixed results: Some studies show that diversity training is effective, others show it’s ineffective, and still others …

Diversity

Nearly Half of Companies Say They Don’t Have the Digital Skills They Need

The companies that think their employees’ digital IQs are unimportant are probably few and far between. After all, in just one decade the concept of “digital” has changed from a niche skill set to something that’s mandatory for virtually all blue-chip companies. If you don’t feel that your …

Pew Research Center

Being Too Busy for Friends Won’t Help Your Career

Friendship matters.<p>Everything we do to succeed in our careers is improved when we’re supported by a foundation of strong, stable friendships. Basic research tells us this is so, yet many who focus on their careers run the risk of losing touch with their closest social connections.<p>Psychologists …

Relationships

The 4 Types of Project Manager

Few issues garner more attention among top executives than how best to grow their organizations. However, few executives work systematically with the types of employees they need to realize various growth opportunities. Your organization’s growth opportunities fall into four different categories, …

Business Development

3 Mistakes Executives Make When Telling People That They’re Leaving

Senior leaders in Silicon Valley are among the best-educated, most sophisticated, and savviest executives you’ll find anywhere. Yet over the course of placing senior high-tech leaders in new positions over the past 14 years, I’ve seen far too many make fundamental mistakes that cast a cloud over …

Management

New study shows what our bosses are not giving us at work

Employee engagement is the difference between seeing your work as a job or as a career. If you’ve ever worked in an office counting down the hours …

The Workplace

The Case For Checking Email First Thing In The Morning

Email can be a distracting time sink for any office worker. But sometimes, it's best to get it out of the way. Over at Harvard Business Review, …

Productivity

How Initial Coin Offerings Sidestepped Traditional Disruption Models

Medici Ventures' Steve Hopkins dissects developments in blockchain, arguing that the tech's use for fundraising sets the stage for massive …

Bitcoin

Keeping Your Strategy Meetings Focused on the Long Term

Mauricio is president of the European operation for a Fortune 500 manufacturing firm, and his firm has had its trials lately. The company recently took a hit on the stock market. One of its major suppliers is under an ethics investigation resulting in significant delays. And a very visible …

Management

Business Travel Is Expected To Grow Amid High Uncertainty — Meetings Innovation Report

The Future of Meetings & Events<p>We’re presently living in an era of duality. Globally, economic growth forecasts are trending upward, while at the …

Business Travel

Build Your Portfolio Career

<b>Kabir Sehgal,</b> a corporate strategist, Grammy-winning producer, investment banker, bestselling author, and military reserve officer, talks about building and thriving in a portfolio career. He discusses the benefits of pursuing diverse interests, the tradeoffs and productivity discipline demanded by …

Your Mobile Strategy Can’t Just Be About Phones

Ten years ago, Apple released the first iPhone. This set into motion a cycle of innovation and transformation that has touched nearly every business in the world in some way or another. The size and scope of the opportunities the mobile revolution has created for businesses is hard to overstate. …

Mary Meeker

What BMW’s Corporate VC Offers That Regular Investors Can’t

In 2012, one of us — Gregor Gimmy, a California-based serial entrepreneur and former IDEO consultant — accepted a new role at BMW’s corporate R&D headquarters. Gimmy’s task was clear but highly demanding: to reimagine the way BMW innovates.<p>At the time, BMW had no dedicated, company-spanning unit to …

Venture Capital

How Tribalism Hurts Companies, and What to Do About It

A strange thing happens just before mile marker three in the London Marathon. With approximately 40,000 runners participating in one of the world’s largest charity fundraising events, crowd control necessitates that there be three different starting points. Just before the three-mile marker, these …

Management

11 Keys to Mastering Difficult Conversations

Source: RawPixel<p>As a happiness and workplace well-being researcher, I hear this question all the time: what's the best way to master difficult …

Happiness

How Not to Advocate for a Woman at Work

In a conversation last Sunday with CNN’s Jake Tapper, Anthony Scaramucci, the new White House communications director, described Sarah Huckabee Sanders, the new White House press secretary, in favorable terms, using words like “authentic” and “phenomenal.” However, in just 60 seconds of a 26-minute …

Sexism

What Does It Take to Be a High Performing Company in a Disruptive World?

There was a time when a company's success came down to its experience, size and scale. Not anymore.<p>Today, you can be a completely new entrant to the market, a small, nimble startup like Airbnb once was, and still sweep away the larger, more established competitors before they even know it. This is …

Risk Management

Baidu’s former chief scientist says companies need an AI strategy now

Five years from now, company leaders will be looking back and wishing they developed an artificial intelligence strategy sooner, according to one of the veterans of the field.<p>Andrew Ng, the cofounder of Coursera and the former machine learning chief at Chinese tech powerhouse Baidu, said that he …

Artificial Intelligence

7 unconscious mistakes that make you waste money on food

It happens to the best of us: You go to the grocery store and get so excited by all that gleaming summer fruit that you buy a bunch, then let half of …

Frugal Living

How The New Google Feed Can Outperform Facebook

Last week Google launched a personalized “feed”, a very smart move as it positions the company to compete with other social feeds like Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram. To try it, activate the feed in the Google mobile app and you will see a personalized stream of stories and videos, based on your …

Google

How to Decide Which Tasks to Delegate

<i>Ping!</i> Something needs your attention. Is it an email? A tweet? A text? A reminder on your phone? A calendar invite? <i>Ping!</i> Another one. <i>Ping!</i> There’s that sound again. Or maybe it’s a visual cue, an ever-ascending ticker count on your app icons or inbox.<p><i>Quick, why don’t you just respond right now?</i> …

Time Management

Your Customers Still Want to Talk to a Human Being

The rise of the internet has opened up new possibilities for communicating, from emailing and blogging to mobile video chatting and exchanging GIFs over messaging apps. This digitization has not been limited to consumer interactions. Most businesses now communicate with their customers through …

Marketing

How AI Will Change the Way We Make Decisions

With the recent explosion in AI, there has been the understandable concern about its potential impact on human work. Plenty of people have tried to predict which industries and jobs will be most affected, and which skills will be most in demand. (Should you learn to code? Or will AI replace coders …

Intelligence

Artificial Intelligence, Real Food

Chef Watson can’t chop, dice, or julienne. “He” has no taste buds or appetite. But ask the chef for a recommendation on cooking with green olives, and his knowledge is vast, incorporating data points from a library of recipes and an encyclopedia of flavor profiles.<p>One of the early applications of …

Artificial Intelligence

Barron’s taps new editor-in-chief from Harvard Business Review

Barron’s magazine on Tuesday announced it has hired Katherine Bell, an editor at Harvard Business Review, to be the publication’s next editor-in-chief.<p>Dow Jones Media Group management, which oversees Barron’s and other publications including MarketWatch, said that Bell will lead the newsroom and …

Journalism

A Refresher on Marketing ROI

Companies spend a lot on marketing communications. In fact, global spending on media is expected to reach $2.1 trillion in 2019, up from $1.6 trillion in 2014. But is all that money well spent? And more fundamentally, does marketing actually work? Marketing ROI analysis can help answer those …

Digital Marketing

Small Talk Is an Overrated Way to Build Relationships with Your Employees

The relationships that you form with each of your direct reports are central to your ability to fulfill your three core responsibilities as a manager: Create a culture of feedback, build a cohesive team, and achieve results collaboratively. But these relationships do not follow the rules of other …

Employment