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Meet Wayne, the World's Most Rotten VP of Product

Brian de Haaff | Posted 07.01.2015 | Technology
Brian de Haaff

It's hard to escape FIFA these days. The arrests of several officials on corruption charges have made global headlines for the past few months now. Clearly this is bigger than soccer. The "bad boss" narrative has mass appeal, whether you care about the World Cup or not.

Want to Lead? Enable Others to Flourish

Faisal Hoque | Posted 06.29.2015 | Business
Faisal Hoque

A growing body of research shows how the correlation between monetary wealth and self-reported happiness drops off over time. Our treatment of each other as humans is what ultimately brings success.

How to Run an Effective, Efficient Meeting Without Wasting Everyone's Time

Pam Stucky | Posted 06.26.2015 | Business
Pam Stucky

I forget how much I hate meetings until I have to go to one, like I did yesterday. And let me tell you, I have some serious meeting-related peeves. I'll bet I'm not alone.

Hey Boss -- My Product Strategy Is Telling you "NO!"

Brian de Haaff | Posted 06.26.2015 | Technology
Brian de Haaff

Here is how it goes down. You turn the corner and the big boss (who never uses the product or speaks with customers) says "I have a great new idea for a feature."

The Links Between Women Leaders' Stress, Men's Attitudes, and a Negative Workplace Culture

Douglas LaBier | Posted 06.26.2015 | Business
Douglas LaBier

Despite strides towards more inclusiveness and integration of women into leadership roles, the context of the organization's culture is key. Especially important is the how men's view of women in these roles affects them.

Barbara Corcoran's Office: A Pallet for Success

Linda Lauren | Posted 06.25.2015 | Business
Linda Lauren

In my efforts to work with color for the benefit of my clients, I often pay special attention to what connects people to success. I have found that the colors we choose to surround ourselves with (and wear) can become a clear indication of how we experience happiness in our lives.

Can Leaders Really Inspire People?

Susan Fowler | Posted 06.25.2015 | Business
Susan Fowler

Most books and articles on how to inspire people provide insufficient advice on how to actually do what they are suggesting, let alone an explanation of why the ideas work. This is what I find missing -- an underlying theory of inspiration.

The Product Manager vs. the Product Marketing Manager

Brian de Haaff | Posted 06.24.2015 | Technology
Brian de Haaff

Although the two roles differ (leading the product vs. leading the go-to-market), the intersection of the two positions is critical to delivering a successful product.

How FOMO Can Sneak Up on You

Deirdre Maloney | Posted 06.23.2015 | Healthy Living
Deirdre Maloney

If we really want to be intentional in our lives, if we really want to stick to decisions about our success and happiness, then we must be OK with not being a part of everything... of anything other than what's going on for us right now.

U.S. Patent and Trademark Office CIO: IT Must Be Agile, Productive and Customer-Focused

Vala Afshar | Posted 06.23.2015 | Technology
Vala Afshar

The USPTO's mission was defined in the United States Constitution, where our forefathers designed a system to protect intellectual property. The basic concept was that as an inventor you should profit from your ideas.

What Are Gen Zers Looking For In a Boss?

Bruce Tulgan | Posted 06.23.2015 | Business
Bruce Tulgan

Gen Zers, what I call the "second wave" Millennials born between1990-99, will never be content to labor quietly and obediently in a sink-or-swim environment.

Successful Leadership Retreats

Todd Lapidus | Posted 06.19.2015 | Business
Todd Lapidus

Strategic leadership retreats are best when simple in design. Sometimes we outsmart ourselves creating complexity when a straightforward approach is better for the purpose at hand. With a clear roadmap it is much easier for everyone involved to pay attention and contribute.

Employees versus Teams

Gregory P. Demetriou | Posted 06.19.2015 | Business
Gregory P. Demetriou

In the world of business, there is no clearer divide than that between an employee and a team member. Employees punch in, set about their assigned ...

Birthing a new brand

Gregory P. Demetriou | Posted 06.19.2015 | Business
Gregory P. Demetriou

Over time, changes have had a deep impact on our business. More recently, our growth has accelerated, leaving the economic gloom behind. Our current s...

5 Steps to Turning Around a Faltering Business

Gabriel Bristol | Posted 06.18.2015 | Business
Gabriel Bristol

While there may not be any one single reason companies struggle, over the years I have developed a five-step formula that has proven successful for turning around a variety of faltering businesses across a variety of industries.

We Were Never Their Age - An Ode to Interns and Recent Grads

Margaret Ruvoldt | Posted 06.18.2015 | Business
Margaret Ruvoldt

To many companies, this time of year brings a group of interns and recent college grads into the ranks of employees. Some interns are returning from last semester or last summer while others are new.

Oracle CIO: To Develop IT Agility, You Must Simplify, Standardize and Centralize

Vala Afshar | Posted 06.17.2015 | Business
Vala Afshar

If you are interested in large-scale IT operations, leadership and innovation then Mark Sunday is the perfect CIO to connect with and learn from.

5 Lines Employees Hate to Hear From New Managers

Dianna Booher | Posted 06.16.2015 | Business
Dianna Booher

All too often, however, they start out with similar comments -- lines that set their employees up for disappointment and disengagement rather than the intended positive pat on the back and productivity boost.

On Alternative Ways of Living Sustainably: Lessons From Solidarity & Social Economy in Madrid

Gaia Paradiso | Posted 06.16.2015 | Green
Gaia Paradiso

The majority of times we think we are not free to think of the world as a unity of people all working towards human development, evolution and res-publica, which- as the Greeks taught us- means contributing to the development of the society's state of the art.

How Job Seekers Can Get Around This Common Problem

S. Kumar | Posted 06.16.2015 | Business
S. Kumar

Even most standard online applications allow you to make a personal statement in a comment box, so use that to help the reviewer understand why your track record, no matter how diverse or indirect, has honed you into the type of professional they're looking for.

Even Smart Leaders Make These Mistakes

Adam Grant | Posted 06.16.2015 | Business
Adam Grant

Recently, I had the pleasure of hosting Jack and Suzy Welch for a lively conversation about their new book, The Real-Life MBA. Based on decades of experience leading and writing about companies, they highlighted six common leadership blunders.

Be a Micro-Collaborator and Not a Micromanager

Samuel 'Gentoku' McCree | Posted 06.18.2015 | Business
Samuel 'Gentoku' McCree

No two words quite as horrifying to most of us than those of "micro manager." If you've ever worked for a micro manager, then you know that it sucks the joy out of everything you do.

There's a Reason They Call It Work - Ten Lessons from the Trenches

Joyce Maroney | Posted 06.15.2015 | Business
Joyce Maroney

When I think about my 36 year long career (so far), there are a lot more highlights than low lights. Here are ten lessons that have helped me navigate the world of work. I'd love to hear from you what I missed.

5 Ways Women Can Develop Leadership Skills

Dr. Bernice Ledbetter | Posted 06.16.2015 | Women
Dr. Bernice Ledbetter

Remember, your leadership is needed, you don't have to be perfect to be a leader, you just have to be passionate and authentic. The key is to seek out the resources you need, permit yourself to pursue a leadership position and empower yourself to seize it.

USCIS CIO: Design a User-Centric Digital Transformation Strategy

Vala Afshar | Posted 06.12.2015 | Business
Vala Afshar

Mark Schwartz, Chief Information officer of the United States Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS), is applying lean methods to reduce the distance between his internal customers and external citizens to the IT organization.