How Retro – Yahoo CEO Elminates Working Remotely

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Has Yahoo been neglecting their management development or incentive program? It’s 2013. Uncategorized management Remote Teams ROWE Technology Telecommuting YahooHigh tech companies are supposed to be at the leading edge right? So why did Yahoo’s new CEO just turn the clock back to 1985 and require all of their employees to come into the office ? I can think of a few reasons – what do you think? Workforce Reduction – Don’t like the new policy?

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GC17: Can Gamification Truly Drive and Measure Sales Productivity? | with Mike Smalls from Hoopla

Engaging Leader

More than $9 billion is spent on sales contests and incentive programs each year, yet most sales managers have no way to measure the impact of these programs. More than $9 billion is spent on sales contests and incentive programs each year, yet most sales managers have no way to measure the impact of these programs. Mike has more than 25 years of experience in the technology industry as a sales executive at several startups, and as a leader of a variety of teams at larger companies.

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How Retro – Yahoo CEO Elminates Working Remotely

Survive Your Promotion

Has Yahoo been neglecting their management development or incentive program? It’s 2013. Uncategorized management Remote Teams ROWE Technology Telecommuting YahooHigh tech companies are supposed to be at the leading edge right? So why did Yahoo’s new CEO just turn the clock back to 1985 and require all of their employees to come into the office ? I can think of a few reasons – what do you think? Workforce Reduction – Don’t like the new policy?

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GC21: Gamifying Consumerism at Healthcare University | with Clayton Nicholas

Engaging Leader

After honing his expertise in general management, marketing, strategy and sales techniques across healthcare and information technology sectors, Nicholas now leads marketing and public relations functions while helping to drive strategy and […]. Previously, he founded and sold incentives company Giving Tree, LLC and led marketing, strategy and sales functions at Healthways and IBM.

HR Innovation is Best Achieved Internally

LDRLB

The book is available for free at www.HowManyTheBook.com Naga Siddharth heads HR for the Cloudnine group of hospitals in India and is a Human Technology Innovator according to him.]. Solution: The innovation was a 10% incentive to nurses based on the number of cases handled by the unit they worked in. The incentive was given based on the actual number of worked days in a month. The HR competency bit was about having an understanding of compensation and incentive systems.

10 Practices That Drive Innovation

LDRLB

In summarizing their findings, here are 10 human capital practices that drive innovation: Use Technology to Collaborate and Share Knowledge. Collaboration drives creativity and innovation, and social media and conferencing technologies can help bring people together (or virtually together) more often for that collaboration. The jury is still deliberating the influence of incentives on creativity, but their use in organizations sends a signal that innovation is valued.

Competitive Advantage from the Bottom of the Pyramid

LDRLB

Ajay is a technologist and business strategist who often obsesses over issues that range from the impact of technology on disruptive business models to entrepreneurship and impact investing. Sponsoring local football events, utilizing tax incentives and setting up local manufacturing plants on subsidized government land has brought about brand ownership with locals. [Editor''s Note: This is a guest post from Ajay Swamy.

Retain Your Top Performers

Marshall Goldsmith

Innovative high-technology corporations are currently paying employees large bonuses to recruit top talent. Many downsizing packages give all employees with similar experience the same incentive to leave. Leaders are debating the changing nature of work and the perceived decline in job security (the lifelong career at a benevolent company is a fading memory) and the erosion of corporate loyalty.

The Best of September 2013

Harvard Business Review

Feature Triple-Strength Leadership Nick Lovegrove and Matthew Thomas Nick Lovegrove and Matthew Thomas Managing resource constraints, controlling health care costs, implementing smart-grid technologies — these are challenges that can’t be addressed unless government, business, and NGOs work together.

Solving the Internet's Congestion Problem

Harvard Business Review

Do we need a new set of incentives that can help manage the internet's growth? Or do we need better technologies that can be more efficient at using the internet we've already got? Only through technology do we have the power to solve the problems facing the internet, while preserving its ultimate value. One of the best technologies that we can apply to the issue of internet congestion is something called distributed computing. Internet Sustainability Technology

How Marketers Can Avoid Big Data Blind Spots

Harvard Business Review

It launched a campaign using Facebook advertising, contests, sponsored blogs, photo-sharing incentives, and shared shopping list apps. Information & technology Marketing If you were looking for a theme song that captures marketing today, you could do worse than pick Queen’s anthem “Under Pressure.” Marketing is under pressure to show results, cut costs, and drive growth. Marketers should welcome it.

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Just Adding a Chief Data Officer Isn’t Enough

Harvard Business Review

To do so, you need clarity around how the CDO will work with the rest of the top management team as well as incentives that support collaboration across the top executives and senior managers — something that goes beyond equity compensation. Brad Peters, CEO of Birst, a business intelligence company, raised the issue of incentives and structure with me in an interview at Saleforce.com’s Dreamforce conference. Technology

The Mobile Shopping Life Cycle

Harvard Business Review

Marketers will have to create value for consumers, to provide an incentive for them to leave their location "turned on" in any given app. With what is known as proximity marketing , marketers can use various technologies to interact in real time with customers, with the potential to move to real-time pricing. Consumers already can scan barcodes on products and receive on-the-spot price comparisons with easy-to-use but sophisticated technologies.

Embrace the Complexity of Cyber Defense

Harvard Business Review

Widespread use of antivirus, intrusion detection technologies, improved cryptography algorithms, and methods for blacklisting infected web sites are just a few examples of how technical advances have improved cyber defense. These types of cyber-issues must be addressed not only with technological solutions, but also on the social, political, and policy levels. Information & technology Managing uncertainty Risk management

Just Make a Decision Already

Harvard Business Review

In researching Why Quitters Win , I came to recognize the three primary sources of decisiveness — nature, training, and incentive — and also how you can manipulate them to claim an advantage for yourself and your organization. Decisive By Incentive. In 2006 Agilent Technologies CEO, Bill Sullivan decided that his managers’ decisions were not keeping pace with the rapid industry changes.

Solving the Internet's Congestion Problem

Harvard Business Review

Do we need a new set of incentives that can help manage the internet's growth? Or do we need better technologies that can be more efficient at using the internet we've already got? Only through technology do we have the power to solve the problems facing the internet, while preserving its ultimate value. One of the best technologies that we can apply to the issue of internet congestion is something called distributed computing. Internet Sustainability Technology ISP

Reinventing the To-Do List: A Multi-billion Dollar Opportunity

Harvard Business Review

They’ve little incentive to squander your time or their credibility. Managing yourself Social media Technology Gotta love Dan Markovitz’s post decrying to-do lists. Contrarian, yes. But it unfortunately ignored the digitally-enhanced tomorrow made possible by the very device you’re reading this on. To-do lists, in fact, will likely be the internet’s next multibillion dollar global innovation.

Culture Counts

Leading Blog

New forms of stimulus and incentives should be created to appeal to these technologically savvy, bright and environmentally conscious young minds. He is the former Chief of News and Public Affairs at Stanford University Medical Center and is the author of Real Leaders Don’t Boss (Career Press, 2012) and Leadership Requires Extra Innings (with Second City Publishing Services, 2013). * * * Like us on Facebook for additional leadership and personal development ideas.

Tackling the “Hotspotter” Patient Challenge

Harvard Business Review

As health care reform rolls forward and provider incentives move towards fixed payments, these high-cost and high-utilizing patients will become the five-alarm fire for all care providers for one simple reason: There will be no commensurate revenue offset. Health Information & technology Operations

Four Things the Private Sector Must Demand on Cyber Security

Harvard Business Review

Economists point to problems of collective action and misaligned liability rules that actually reduce the incentives for firms to invest sufficiently and efficiently in protecting the network. Government Information & technology Risk management On Friday, May 31 at the Shangri-La Security Dialogue in Singapore, US Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel said that cyber threats posed a "quiet, stealthy, insidious" danger to the United States and other nations. Wait a minute.

Little Data Makes Big Data More Powerful

Harvard Business Review

But thanks to the combination of mobile, social, and cloud technologies, it''s easier than ever to gain insight into our own behavior. New research shows that people who use tracking technologies are more likely to be successful in losing weight and getting in shape. Furthermore, the sense of shared purpose and the greater transparency and control give individuals greater incentive to share information and participate in energy saving initiatives.

Your Smartphone Works for the Surveillance State

Harvard Business Review

Technology, on the other hand, makes it much easier. And that means that in many respects, what has emerged today is almost more pernicious; because that same technology has effectively turned not just some, but every single person you communicate with using technology — your acquaintances, your colleagues, your family and your friends — into those equivalent informants. But the technology alone isn''t the problem. Government Information & technology

Health Insurance Exchanges Fulfill Both Liberal and Conservative Goals

Harvard Business Review

Left to voluntary action, system-wide reforms, such as the adoption of health information technology and new provider payment practices that lower costs and increase quality of care, will proceed with glacial slowness. They can advertise such information to help consumers make informed choices or, more aggressively, require plans to offer incentives for people to use high-quality, low-cost health care services and providers.

Making Decisions Together (When You Don’t Agree on What’s Important)

Harvard Business Review

Jon: Some interesting conflicts come up with companies in the technology sector. Then there’s the myth that you can structure incentives to eliminate conflict. Most strategic initiatives are run by teams whose members are drawn from around the company — from different functions, different business units, sometimes different countries. When it’s time to make decisions, these teams often run into trouble because individual members’ interests aren’t perfectly aligned.

Uber’s “Price Gouging” Is the Future of Business

Harvard Business Review

Uber has quickly become one of the hottest startups in the technology sector. Technology is disrupting the taxi industry by making it easier to use medallion-less car services. Satellite technology allows riders to track the impending arrival of their car and the transaction is cashless. Of course, drivers have an incentive to provide great service because at the end of each trip, passengers rate them on a scale of 1 – 5 (with 5 being the best).

Forget Business Plans; Here’s How to Really Size Up a Startup

Harvard Business Review

Financial incentives are the key tools used to implement a strategy. How firms incent their employees–especially the sales team—and how they incent their customers and the marketplace are the true effectuation of their strategy. Am I incented to be constantly closing deals or delaying until new sales periods? Am I incented to buy one service or product over others, or a combination of products?

At Last, a New Business Model for Tesla

Harvard Business Review

Almost four months back, on this blog, we called for Tesla to complement the path-breaking technology in the Model S sedan with an innovative business model to match ( Tesla''s Model S: Technology Outruns the Business Model ). First, we often see that groundbreaking technology rarely achieves mass adoption without a corresponding innovation in the business model around the sale/use of the technology.

Emerging Market Firms Need a Diaspora Strategy

Harvard Business Review

democratized communication technologies like Skype) and more physical touch points (e.g. However, there are two important stages of innovation that do help push emerging markets up that ladder: one involves borrowing developed market technologies and knowledge and adapting them to form new domestic industries (addressing domestic non-consumption); the other involves taking existing domestic technologies or products and exporting them to developed markets.

Look Beyond Your "Social Media Presence"

Harvard Business Review

But some 70% of the extra profit to be made through social technologies has nothing to do with marketing. Examples of enterprise social-technology use are cropping up all the time: TD bank relies on a social network for employee communication, and at Unisys, social communities provide specialized expertise to resolve technical problems. To get the most out of social technologies, known collectively as Enterprise 2.0,

The Reality of What Makes Silicon Valley Tick

Harvard Business Review

They are taken to school on how to create innovation clusters in their geographies, and too often they come away with surface-level solutions: bring in venture capitalists, create incubators, provide incentives for universities and labs to commercialize their technologies, build a robust IP system, establish liaison offices in Silicon Valley. Noisebridge photo by Dylan Hendricks, 2013. For any one of us, the "reality" of a situation is just what we choose to pay attention to.

The Downside of Health Care Job Growth

Harvard Business Review

Unfortunately, health care as an industry continues hiring far faster than demand is growing, adding 119,000 new workers in the first half of 2013, for example, with little increase in patient volume. We can also surmise that the improvement needed will take decades and must be sustained by economic incentives that are aligned with productivity far more strongly than they are today.

A Role for Specialists in Resuscitating Accountable Care Organizations

Harvard Business Review

A lesson learned in the 1990s, but apparently now forgotten, is that specialist incentives and behavior play a much larger role in care redesign than is currently accounted for by most ACOs. Furthermore, incentives compel specialists toward procedure-oriented (and thus expensive) workups, sometimes looking for low-probability events and performing unnecessary tests. Health information technology will support these new partnerships and foster team-based care.

Can Social Media Make Customers More Civilized?

Harvard Business Review

That may be a powerful incentive for better behavior. Insurance companies increasingly use clever technologies to segment their customers. Social media often make it a little too easy for good people to behave badly. Think, for example, of the nastier comments one sees on this site.) When those good people are your customers or clients, those consequences can be excruciating and expensive. Some customers, alas, aren''t above being bullies, blackmailers and/or jerks.

How Corporate Venture Capital Helps Firms Explore New Territory

Harvard Business Review

Corporate R&D too often focuses on refining technologies that are already in use. And it''s true that if companies aren''t careful, their internal venture capitalists can become entangled in the agendas of various corporate stakeholders or demotivated by inadequate or poorly designed financial incentives. A good idea faces so many obstacles en route to market today that it''s a wonder we have any innovative products at all.

How Corporate Venture Capital Helps Firms Explore New Territory

Harvard Business Review

Corporate R&D too often focuses on refining technologies that are already in use. And it’s true that if companies aren’t careful, their internal venture capitalists can become entangled in the agendas of various corporate stakeholders or demotivated by inadequate or poorly designed financial incentives. A good idea faces so many obstacles en route to market today that it’s a wonder we have any innovative products at all.

The Problem with Price Gouging Laws

Harvard Business Review

Discourages Businesses from Boosting Supplies: If prices are capped, there''s little incentive for businesses to hustle to increase supplies. As a society, we want incentives, for instance, that divert gas tanker trucks from neighboring unaffected states to disaster areas where fuel is in short supply. Prices are kept in-check and just as importantly, there are financial incentives for retailers to entrepreneurially boost stocks.

The Bias Undermining Your People Analytics

Harvard Business Review

This bias also explains why a CFO may be perceived as cheap by disposition or why a team might attribute its internal conflicts to incompatible personalities instead of resulting from organizational incentives to compete rather than collaborate with one another.

Stop Paying Entrepreneurs in Lip Service

Harvard Business Review

When it comes to attracting talent, Chicago recently launched a technology fellowship to provide financial incentives for young technologists to stay in the city. Municipally funded technology fellowships and other programs like these could do cities a world of benefit in incentivizing local talent to stay local. On an average day, a couple of start-ups will receive their first round of institutional funding in California, Massachusetts, or New York.

How to Have the IT Risk Conversation

Harvard Business Review

But being able to talk about IT risk is essential if you are going to make the right decisions about how you use technology in your business. It''s easy to think it''s an incentive problem. But this incentive answer is only partially correct, if at all. I run a course at the MIT Sloan School called Essential IT for Non-IT Executives. Every time my colleagues and I come to the end of the course, we ask people what they considered the most important thing they learned.

How a Game Got Our Global Employees to Collaborate

Harvard Business Review

In the spirit of true online game design, we incorporated challenges, rules, points, badges, leaderboards, social media and, most importantly, incentives. For decades companies like ours have tried and failed to solve collaboration problems using technology or policy changes to mandate behavior. VJ, an engineer in India working on a development project, is trying to resolve technical issues within a software application.

Why Europe's Carbon Woes Matter to the Whole World

Harvard Business Review

This has drastically reduced the incentives for them to invest in or deploy clean-energy technologies or to modernize their energy-infrastructure assets. Pricing carbon remains the only scalable, long-term solution to providing incentives for shifting the global economy to a more sustainable energy mix.

The Surprising Power of Business Experiments

Skip Prichard

When I published my first book Experimentation Matters: Unlocking the Potential of New Technologies of Innovation in 2003, I made a prediction: digital experimentation tools not only had the potential to revolutionize a company’s R&D, but they could also transform entire industries by shifting experimentation—and thus innovation—to users and customers. For centuries, we’ve built and organized scientific and technological knowledge through testable explanations and predictions.

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Research: Middle Managers Have an Outsized Impact on Innovation

Harvard Business Review

Are incentives effective? The rest is due to exogenous factors such as changes in technology and the marketplace, as well as some of the natural variation in any creative products). Just the mention of “middle managers” is enough to make people’s eyes roll back. But these supposedly boring cogs of the corporation, these objects of derision in Dilbertland, can have a profound impact on innovation and performance.