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  • The Sales Director Who Turned Work into a Fantasy Sports Competition

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    Ethan Bernstein
    27 Mar 2015 | 7:00 am
    Now that everything we do at work can be observed, measured, tracked, and reported — thanks to sensing technologies and cheap processing power — more organizations are relying heavily on “the data” to manage employees’ performance. They’re striving to assess people strictly on merit: how productive they are, how well they collaborate, how much value they create. As human beings, we’re naturally biased in how we perceive others’ competence and worth. Analytics can help correct that problem, but sometimes even the data doesn’t seem fair.
  • 456: Your Brain's Ideal Schedule

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    26 Mar 2015 | 2:19 pm
    Ron Friedman, Ph.D., author of "The Best Place to Work," on how to structure your day to get the most done.
  • When Learning at Work Becomes Overwhelming

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    David DeLong
    20 Mar 2015 | 9:20 am
    Ask these three questions to avoid burnout.
  • How Singapore Became an Entrepreneurial Hub

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    Scott Anthony
    27 Feb 2015 | 12:36 pm
    Things are heating up in the former “Singa-bore.”
  • Patriot Devin McCourty helps opens new Bob’s store – WMTW Portland

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    25 Mar 2015 | 10:34 pm
    WMTW Portland Patriot Devin McCourty helps opens new Bob's storeWMTW Portland"Bob's has always been a very team-oriented company,” said Jennifer Hennessey, Bob's district manager. “Red Sox, Patriots, you name it, we carry it all. We do a great business with it. They have all supported us and we try to support them. It's really …and more »
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  • The Sales Director Who Turned Work into a Fantasy Sports Competition

    Ethan Bernstein
    27 Mar 2015 | 7:00 am
    Now that everything we do at work can be observed, measured, tracked, and reported — thanks to sensing technologies and cheap processing power — more organizations are relying heavily on “the data” to manage employees’ performance. They’re striving to assess people strictly on merit: how productive they are, how well they collaborate, how much value they create. As human beings, we’re naturally biased in how we perceive others’ competence and worth. Analytics can help correct that problem, but sometimes even the data doesn’t seem fair.
  • Case Study: Is It Teasing or Harassment?

    Dianne Bevelander
    27 Mar 2015 | 6:00 am
    “My, my, how tiny you are! You must be the smallest woman on earth. Hello, Dot!” These were the first words Jack Matthews spoke to Sema Isaura-Mans. Editor’s Note This fictionalized case study will appear in a forthcoming issue of Harvard Business Review, along with commentary from experts and readers. If you’d like your comment to be considered for publication, please be sure to include your full name, company or university affiliation, and e-mail address. Sema, a finance manager at the Dutch-British financial services consultancy Dirksen-Hall, had recently…
  • Relearning the Art of Asking Questions

    Tom Pohlmann
    27 Mar 2015 | 5:05 am
    Proper questioning has become a lost art. The curious four-year-old asks a lot of questions — incessant streams of “Why?” and “Why not?” might sound familiar — but as we grow older, our questioning decreases. In a recent poll of more than 200 of our clients, we found that those with children estimated that 70-80% of their kids’ dialogues with others were comprised of questions. But those same clients said that only 15-25% of their own interactions consisted of questions. Why the drop off? Think back to your time growing up and in school. Chances are…
  • What Young vs. UPS Means for Pregnant Workers and Their Bosses

    Liz Morris
    26 Mar 2015 | 1:11 pm
    The U.S. Supreme Court case decided this week makes it significantly more likely that pregnant women denied workplace accommodations will succeed in their legal claims against the employers who denied them. The Court’s decision in Young v. UPS holds that there may be some situations in which employers can accommodate some groups of employees, without also accommodating pregnant employees, but then creates a test so strict that it in effect eliminates employers’ ability to do just that. Peggy Young, the plaintiff in the case, worked for UPS as a pickup and delivery driver. When she…
  • How CMOs and CROs Can Be Allies

    Benjamin Ellis
    26 Mar 2015 | 10:00 am
    Chief Marketing Officers (CMOs) and Chief Risk Officers (CROs) may seem to have little in common. The CMO has historically focused on driving growth and brand engagement; the CRO has typically focused on safeguarding the bottom line and minimizing unwanted exposure. But the advent of Big Data, sophisticated modeling techniques, and robust algorithms are opening a door to cooperation and opportunities that have never been possible before. Both practices have long developed insights into their customers based on data and analytics. But in the aftermath of the financial crisis, risk managers…
 
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  • 456: Your Brain's Ideal Schedule

    Harvard Business Review
    26 Mar 2015 | 2:19 pm
    Ron Friedman, Ph.D., author of "The Best Place to Work," on how to structure your day to get the most done.
  • 455: Blue Ocean Strategy and Red Ocean Traps

    Harvard Business Review
    19 Mar 2015 | 2:51 pm
    Renée Mauborgne of INSEAD explains how a landmark idea is evolving. She is coauthor, along with W. Chan Kim, of "Blue Ocean Strategy, Expanded Edition (2015)."
  • 454: The Condensed April 2015 Issue

    Harvard Business Review
    17 Mar 2015 | 3:13 pm
    Amy Bernstein, editor of HBR, offers executive summaries of the major features.
  • 453: Set Habits You'll Actually Keep

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    12 Mar 2015 | 2:47 pm
    Gretchen Rubin, author of "Better than Before: Mastering the Habits of Our Everyday Lives," explains that you've got to know your habit-setting style.
  • 452: Goldie Hawn on Female Leadership

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    5 Mar 2015 | 1:55 pm
    The Hollywood icon explains why she moved from acting to producing and directing, then launched a foundation that teaches mindfulness to kids.
 
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  • How Singapore Became an Entrepreneurial Hub

    Scott Anthony
    27 Feb 2015 | 12:36 pm
    Things are heating up in the former “Singa-bore.”
  • The Chief Innovation Officer’s 100-Day Plan

    Scott Anthony
    17 Sep 2014 | 10:00 am
    Congratulations! Your energy and track record of successfully launching high-impact initiatives scored you a plum role heading up innovation. Expectations are high, but some skeptics in the organization feel that innovation is an overhyped buzzword that doesn’t justify being a separate function. So, what can you do in your first 100 days to set things off on the right track? Over the past decade we’ve helped dozens of leaders through their first 100 days. Based on our experience, augmented by in-depth interviews with a few of the most seasoned practitioners with which we have worked, we…
  • How to Market Test a New Idea

    Scott Anthony
    3 Sep 2014 | 5:00 am
    “So,” the executive sponsor of the new growth effort said. “What do we do now?” It was the end of a meeting reviewing progress on a promising initiative to bring a new health service to apartment dwellers in crowded, emerging-market cities. A significant portion of customers who had been shown a brochure describing the service had expressed interest in it. But would they actually buy it?  To find out, the company decided to test market the service in three roughly comparable apartment complexes over a 90-day period. Before the test began, team members working on the idea had built a…
  • Why Would Amazon Want to Sell a Mobile Phone?

    Scott Anthony
    16 Jun 2014 | 12:06 pm
    If you believe the rumors, Amazon.com is going to enter the mobile phone business this week, with most pundits guessing that a mysterious video suggest that it will release a phone with novel 3-D viewing capabilities. There are obvious reasons for Amazon to be eying the category. The mobile phone industry is massive, with close to 2 billion devices shipped annually and total spending on wireless-related services of more than $1.6 trillion across the world. As mobile devices increasingly serve as the center of the consumer’s world, their importance to a range of companies is increasing. What…
  • No Innovation Is Immediately Profitable

    Scott Anthony
    13 Jun 2014 | 8:00 am
    The meeting was going swimmingly.  The team had spent the past two months formulating what it thought was a high-potential disruptive idea. Now it was asking the business unit’s top brass to invest a relatively modest sum to begin to commercialize the concept. Team members had researched the market thoroughly. They had made a compelling case:  The idea addressed an important need that customers cared about. It used a unique asset that gave the company a leg up over competitors. It employed a business model that would make it very difficult for the current market leader to respond. The…
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    Shoes Count

  • Patriot Devin McCourty helps opens new Bob’s store – WMTW Portland

    25 Mar 2015 | 10:34 pm
    WMTW Portland Patriot Devin McCourty helps opens new Bob's storeWMTW Portland"Bob's has always been a very team-oriented company,” said Jennifer Hennessey, Bob's district manager. “Red Sox, Patriots, you name it, we carry it all. We do a great business with it. They have all supported us and we try to support them. It's really …and more »
  • Brown Shoe Company Announces Licensing Agreement with Diane von … – MarketWatch

    25 Mar 2015 | 6:37 pm
    Brown Shoe Company Announces Licensing Agreement with Diane von …MarketWatchBrown Shoe Company is a $ 2.6 billion, global, footwear company whose shoes are worn by people of all ages, from all walks of life. Our products are available virtually everywhere – in the over 1,200 Famous Footwear and Naturalizer retail stores we …and more »
  • The Best Office-Appropriate Shoes For Men – Footwear News

    25 Mar 2015 | 6:30 pm
    Footwear News The Best Office-Appropriate Shoes For MenFootwear NewsDressing for the office while maintaining your personal style can be a serious challenge, but FN has the shoes you can wear for any corporate environment (whether you're working in finance or a more creative field). Most office dress codes have …
  • Remember the reason for the season – Hays Daily News

    25 Mar 2015 | 12:36 pm
    Remember the reason for the seasonHays Daily News1When I saw my granddaughter Stanna's new shoes, they remind me of the patent leather shoes I received at Easter time when I was her age, 11. Easter time always meant a … The Lenten season begins with Ash Wednesday. Lent is defined in dictionary as …
  • Meet M.Gemi, The Shoe Startup For Carrie Bradshaws On A Budget – Fast Company

    25 Mar 2015 | 3:39 am
    Fast Company Meet M.Gemi, The Shoe Startup For Carrie Bradshaws On A BudgetFast CompanyNow M. Gemi, an American-born women's footwear brand with Italian bona fides, is vying for that same shelf space. The company, which launches today, has found a way to deliver luxury-quality shoes at a fast-fashion pace and a fraction of the price by …and more »
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