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Make A Plan

Fail To Plan Is To Plan To Fail
“By failing to prepare, you are preparing to fail.” — Benjamin Franklin “If you are failing to plan, you are planning to fail.” — Tariq Siddique Well, it is the New Year in many parts of the world, so why not make a plan for the...
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The Danger When Managing The Little Lies

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But testing the truth of what appears obvious is kind of what science is all about, and the latest study, conducted by researchers from University College London and Duke University, set out to test whether telling small lies really did pave the way for telling...
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Recognizing The Disconnects In Common Wisdom

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Employers are recognizing the disconnect between college and career readiness. Google, for instance, changed its hiring strategies after Laszlo Bock, senior vice president of people operations, analyzed their data and found no correlation between job performance and an employee’s GPA, SAT’s, or college pedigree. Google...
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Refactoring Stream-Of-Thought Management

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Refactoring not only helps improve the mechanical quality of code; it also helps you learn from your code. When refactoring, you converge on better models. Right now, your code works, but it may feel tense, even a bit brittle. Refactoring reveals the implicit model, which...
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Whatever Triggers Our Attention Go For It

Whatever Triggers Our Attention Go For It
[Anouk] Wipprecht finds that her keys to success are curiosity, being willing to work across disciplines, and having a clear mission. “Whatever triggers your attention, go for it,” she says. “A lot of engineers ask me,” ‘How do I do design?’ I say, just go...
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The Trouble With Targets Is Having A Target

The Trouble With Targets Is Having A Target
Whether the demand is for capping the rise in Earth’s temperatures, creating therapies to halt  memory loss in the elderly or expanding farm output to meet the world’s growing population, the answer is the same: Set targets. The urge to target is varied and insistent...
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The Work Hard, Add Value, Be Rewarded Paradox

The Work Hard Add Value Be Rewaded Paradox
Who doesn’t want recognition for their hard work and contributions? Early in my career I wanted to believe if you worked hard, and added value, you would be rewarded. I wanted to believe in the utopian ideal that hard work, discipline, and contributions were the...
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Chowing Down On Employees’ Brains

Chowing Down On Employees Brains
When BAE learns that an employee with deep institutional knowledge plans to retire, whether in a few months or a couple  years, a knowledge transfer group of about a half-dozen people of varying ages working in the same area is formed.  The teams meet regularly...
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We Have To Find A Way To Learn From Winning

We Have To Find A Way To Learn From Winning
“You have to find a way to learn from winning,” said Brad Frost, women’s hockey coach at Minnesota.”It’s a lot easier to lose and learn.”  Frost’s team racked up victory after victory in 2013.  Without any losses to reflect on, though, Frost decided to rethink...
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First Have An Idea Then Mine Your Data

First Have An Idea Then Mine Your Data
“There’s a creative moment when you think of a hypothesis, maybe it’s that interest rate data drives” currency rates, she says. “So we think about that first before we mine the data.  We don’t mine the data to come up with ideas.” Lady Braga Steps...
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Lessons Learned From Fighting Ebola

Lessons Learned From Fighting Ebola
[Doctors Without Borders] is able to move so swiftly, in large part, because of its decentralized structure, which is more akin to a guerilla network than a top-down corporation. How To Manage A Plague, Bloomberg Businessweek, Nov 17, 2014. Contrary to such notable initiatives such...
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It’s Simple, Just Look At The Results

Its Simple Just Look At The Results
“I was very worried when an insider was chosen as the new CEO.  I was especially worried when suboptimal execution continued:  missed delivery dates, buggy products, weak marketing.”  The Rise And Fall of BlackBerry: An Oral History. Bloomberg Businessweek, Dec 9, 2013. The product looks...
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