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  • What Top Sales Teams Have in Common, in 5 Charts

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    Steve W. Martin
    23 Jan 2015 | 8:57 am
    New research shows what differentiates the best sales organizations.
  • How to Trick Yourself into Doing Tasks You Dread

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    Alexandra Samuel
    23 Jan 2015 | 9:02 am
    Four types of rewards that work.
  • Match Your Productivity Approach to the Way You Work

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    Carson Tate
    27 Jan 2015 | 7:00 am
    Within weeks of starting my first job out of college, I was sent to the in-house time management training program. I dutifully attended the class and used the planner as instructed. But as the weeks went by, I noticed that my productivity hadn’t improved. And I wasn’t the only one. As I looked around at my colleagues, I noticed that many of them were really struggling with the system. The reason is simple: there is no one-size-fits-all approach to productivity. Time management programs focus almost entirely on how to plan and exercise control over the minutes, hours, and days you…
  • 445: Innovation Needs a System

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    22 Jan 2015 | 12:22 pm
    David Duncan, senior partner at Innosight and coauthor of "Build an Innovation Engine in 90 Days," explains how to organize corporate creativity.
  • Investors Fawning over Uber Should Recall AOL’s Stumbles

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    Rita Gunther McGrath
    9 Jan 2015 | 6:52 am
    Digital start-ups aren’t always as “transformative” as they seem.
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  • Match Your Productivity Approach to the Way You Work

    Carson Tate
    27 Jan 2015 | 7:00 am
    Within weeks of starting my first job out of college, I was sent to the in-house time management training program. I dutifully attended the class and used the planner as instructed. But as the weeks went by, I noticed that my productivity hadn’t improved. And I wasn’t the only one. As I looked around at my colleagues, I noticed that many of them were really struggling with the system. The reason is simple: there is no one-size-fits-all approach to productivity. Time management programs focus almost entirely on how to plan and exercise control over the minutes, hours, and days you…
  • How to Handle Losing a Major Client

    Karen Firestone
    27 Jan 2015 | 6:00 am
    You never want to receive an unexpected email from a very important client that reads “I need to talk to you at 2:30 today.” Particularly if he’s never sent you anything like that before.  But one morning last month, that was the message that landed in my inbox. My heartbeat quickening, I replied, “Of course, I’ll be here.” In my profession, investment management, we are judged on one of two metrics: performance and professionalism. As CEO, I am our firm’s toughest critic, but I know from examining published data from my peers that our…
  • Get More Done During Your Commute

    Peter Bregman
    27 Jan 2015 | 5:00 am
    By now, we all know multitasking doesn’t work. Our brains are incapable of focusing on more than one thing at a time. We might think we’re multitasking as we scan our email while on a conference call, but we’re not. We’re actually switch-tasking – quickly shifting attention from one thing to another and then back again — diluting our focus and losing precious seconds each time we switch. Those seconds add up to many hours of wasted time every week. So why do so many of us still try to multitask? We’re too busy with too much to do and too little…
  • When Do Regulators Become More Important than Customers?

    Michael Schrage
    26 Jan 2015 | 10:00 am
    While working with a huge Russian hydrocarbon company in Texas last year, our innovation conversation quickly zeroed in on customers. Who was the energy giant’s most important customer? Which customer had the biggest impact on new value creation? What customer would matter most in five years? The wide-ranging English/Russian debate raged for 20 minutes. Then one of the engineering executives, a fracking enthusiast and unconventional extraction technologies champion, spoke up. The answer, he declared, was now obvious. The company’s most important customer — by far — was…
  • Assessment: What’s Your Personal Productivity Style?

    Carson Tate
    26 Jan 2015 | 9:28 am
 
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    HBR IdeaCast

  • 445: Innovation Needs a System

    Harvard Business Review
    22 Jan 2015 | 12:22 pm
    David Duncan, senior partner at Innosight and coauthor of "Build an Innovation Engine in 90 Days," explains how to organize corporate creativity.
  • 444: What Still Stifles Ambitious Women

    Harvard Business Review
    15 Jan 2015 | 7:00 am
    Pamela Stone, professor at Hunter College, on the surprising findings from a massive study of MBAs.
  • 443: How to Negotiate Better

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    8 Jan 2015 | 1:49 pm
    Jeff Weiss, author of the "HBR Guide to Negotiating" and partner at Vantage Partners, explains how to prepare to be persuasive.
  • 442: Skills We Can Learn from Games

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    30 Dec 2014 | 6:00 am
    Andrew Innes, game designer, product manager, and author of "What Board Games Can Teach Business."
  • 441: The Condensed January-February 2015 Issue

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    19 Dec 2014 | 9:34 am
    Amy Bernstein, editor of HBR, offers executive summaries of the major features.
 
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  • Investors Fawning over Uber Should Recall AOL’s Stumbles

    Rita Gunther McGrath
    9 Jan 2015 | 6:52 am
    Digital start-ups aren’t always as “transformative” as they seem.
  • To Make Better Decisions, Combine Datasets

    Rita Gunther McGrath
    4 Sep 2014 | 6:00 am
    A complicated system is somewhat like a complicated recipe. You know what the outcome will be because you understand what will cause what — combine a given number of ingredients together in a certain way, put them in the oven, and the results will be consistent as long as you repeat the same procedure each time. In a complex system, however, elements can potentially interact in different ways each time because they are interdependent. Take the airline control system—the outcomes it delivers vary tremendously by weather, equipment availability, time of day, and so on. So being able to…
  • Management’s Three Eras: A Brief History

    Rita Gunther McGrath
    30 Jul 2014 | 8:00 am
    Organization as machine – this imagery from our industrial past continues to cast a long shadow over the way we think about management today. It isn’t the only deeply-held and rarely examined notion that affects how organizations are run. Managers still assume that stability is the normal state of affairs and change is the unusual state (a point I particularly challenge in The End of Competitive Advantage). Organizations still emphasize exploitation of existing advantages, driving a short-term orientation that many bemoan. (Short-term thinking has been charged with no less than a chronic…
  • The Origins of Discovery-Driven Planning

    Rita Gunther McGrath
    29 May 2014 | 6:00 am
    When HBR asked us to write about the origins of discovery-driven planning, we had to laugh. It all started back in the mid-1990s, with Rita’s “flops” file – her collection of projects that had lost their parent company at least US$50 million. (Perfume from the people who make cheap plastic pens, anyone? How about vegetable-flavored Jello?) As we studied those failures, a pattern became clear to us. The projects were all being planned as if they were incremental innovations in a predictable setting: The assumption was that the organizations launching them had a rich platform of…
  • Research: Most Large Companies Can’t Maintain Their Revenue Streams

    Rita Gunther McGrath
    26 Dec 2013 | 6:00 am
    My research finds strong evidence that the majority of large companies do not successfully maintain their current revenue streams, let alone grow them over time. My “growth outliers” project looked at publicly traded firms with market capitalizations of greater than US 1 Billion as of 2009, using data from Capital IQ.  I found that in the period from 2000 to 2009, over half of the firms in the sample shrunk their revenue by 10% or more in at least one of those years, clear evidence of eroding competitive advantage. In that same study, there is also striking evidence of the rise of global…
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  • Cuban Reggaetón Singer Who Fled U.S. Flaunts Bling, Gets Arrested in Havana – Billboard

    26 Jan 2015 | 8:37 am
    Billboard Cuban Reggaetón Singer Who Fled U.S. Flaunts Bling, Gets Arrested in HavanaBillboardHis abundant Facebook gallery shows a house with a swimming pool and jacuzzi, designer shoes, a collection of colognes and other symbols of his high life in Cuba. He recently announced he'd be performing with … Born Cheri Dalton, Abiodun is accused …and more »
  • A History Major Watches ‘The Man in the High Castle’ – Newsweek

    25 Jan 2015 | 2:32 pm
    Newsweek A History Major Watches 'The Man in the High Castle'NewsweekAs he speaks, flakes of what looks like ash float down from above. A member of the resistance in New York is … By stepping into Oskar's fictional shoes, I was forced to think about past as present. I'll admit I have always loved history, but the …
  • Walk into local shop for exclusive leather footwear products – Waterloo Record

    25 Jan 2015 | 1:40 pm
    Walk into local shop for exclusive leather footwear productsWaterloo RecordAs well as being a certified Rieker retailer, the shop carries other “off-the-rack” inventory, including Blundstone, the popular Australian boot for people who work and play on their feet. With your comfort in mind, we also have a selection of …
  • Why Vince Camuto Was a True Shoe Visionary – Racked National

    25 Jan 2015 | 10:35 am
    Racked National Why Vince Camuto Was a True Shoe VisionaryRacked NationalIn 2005, he launched MTV reality show star Jessica Simpson into fashion by way of trendy (and walkable!) platform shoes, turning her trademark into a million dollar lifestyle brand in less than a decade. Likewise, designer Tory Burch knew she had a leg …Legendary Shoe Designer Vince Camuto Dies at 78, Jessica Simpson Pays …InStyleJessica Simpson pays tribute to late design partner Vince CamutoSFGate (blog)Designer Vince Camuto Dies — Jessica Simpson Grieves Loss of Mentor and…
  • Sheriff’s Lt. Rupnik’s Santa stint may end with retirement – The Sheboygan Press

    24 Jan 2015 | 10:38 pm
    The Sheboygan Press Sheriff's Lt. Rupnik's Santa stint may end with retirementThe Sheboygan Press'Lara Croft and the Temple of Osiris' launch trailer. Action/Adventure game "Lara Croft and the Temple of Osiris" was released in December 2014 for PC, ….. Senators trash-talking ahead of Packers championship bid. Jan. 15, 2015, 4:16 p.m.. 'In My …
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