A Fresh, Fast, and Fun Way to Focus Your Team

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Ask each member of your team to write you a letter, as if it were January 2018. If you’re like most managers, you’re neck deep in performance agreements, stretch goals, and the dance between managing your boss’s expectations and warning your team not to sandbag.

Improve Marketing Emails to Boost Sales

Strategy Driven

Business users sent and received on average 121 emails a day in 2014, and this is expected to grow to 140 emails a day by 2018.

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New Ways to Minimize Financial Concerns that Erode Employee Performance

Strategy Driven

A 2013 Towers Watson survey found that the percentage of employers expecting voluntary benefits to be very important to their rewards strategy will jump from 21% in 2013 to 48% in 2018.

The Definitive Guide to Enterprise-wide Analytics Alignment

The Kini Group

Another 24% of companies plan to make the transition by 2018. Is the next statement true or false? Enterprise-wide analytics is REALLY difficult. It’s difficult to set up, difficult to maintain, and difficult to determine its impact on the business. What do you think?

What a Changing NAFTA Could Mean for Doing Business in Mexico

Harvard Business Review

Mexico’s fast-approaching July 2018 general election, of which the populist leftist candidate Andrés Manuel López Obrador is the current frontrunner, is further making the case for incremental investments by multinationals corporations. YOY in 2017–2018. In this case, NAFTA negotiations remain undecided beyond Mexico’s 2018 elections, but the populist surge fails to materialize in the country and the center-right PAN narrowly defeats López Obrador.

What’s Holding Women Back in Science and Technology Industries

Harvard Business Review

Bureau of Labor Statistics projects that SET jobs will increase by 17% between 2008 and 2018, a growth rate nearly twice that of non-SET employment. Virginia Rometty at IBM. Marillyn Hewson at Lockheed Martin. Meg Whitman at HP. Ellen Kullman at DuPont. Marissa Mayer at Yahoo.

To Make Better Decisions, Combine Datasets

Harvard Business Review

Stringer’s website observes that “These costs are projected to rise over the next four years to $782 million by FY 2018, a figure that is greater than the FY 2015 budget for the Parks Department, Department of Aging, and New York Public Library combined.”.

The Global Rise of Female Entrepreneurs

Harvard Business Review

million new jobs to be created in the SME sector by 2018 will be created by woman-owned SMEs. Women''s entrepreneurship has hit a media tipping point.

Health Care Providers Must Stop Wasting Patients’ Time

Harvard Business Review

By the end of 2018 it will be 50%. In 2014 Jess Jacobs, a director in an innovation lab, started blogging about her experience as she received treatment for two rare diseases. Jess was trained as a Six Sigma Green Belt. So unlike your average patient, she described one 12-hour wait in the ER as having a “7% process cycle efficiency.” ” Likewise, she determined that just 29% of her 56 outpatient doctor visits were useful.

What’s Wrong with the FAA’s New Drone Rules

Harvard Business Review

According to the Consumer Electronics Association , drone shipments will increase from 250,000 units in 2014 to nearly a million by 2018.

Is the LinkedIn Acquisition Microsoft’s Attempt to Build Its Own Alphabet?

Harvard Business Review

The only numbers we have so far is that the companies expect $150 million in annual savings by 2018. Microsoft’s acquisition of LinkedIn is big and bold — and likely to be consequential. Precisely how consequential and in what way is still a puzzle to observers.

4 Hard Questions to Ask About Your Company’s Purpose

Harvard Business Review

The Volkswagen leadership set a new overarching goal for the company: to become the world’s largest automaker by 2018. jennifer maravillas FOR HBR. In the early 1930s, cars in Europe were still a luxury for the rich.

How We Think About Innovation at Cisco

Harvard Business Review

In the manufacturing sector alone, market intelligence firm IDC expects the IoT market to grow to about $100 billion by 2018, a five-year combined annual growth rate (CAGR) of 18%. No one doubts that the future belongs to the Internet of Things.

4 Steps for Thinking Critically About Data Measurements

Harvard Business Review

” The last time November 2 fell on a Friday was in 2012, and the next time is in 2018; essentially, the clock was off by about three years and eight minutes! HBR STAFF. Managers use measurements every day to guide their analyses, decisions, and planning.

Actually, You Should Check Email First Thing in the Morning

Harvard Business Review

It’s estimated that by 2018 the average employee will send and receive 140 messages per day.

How Investors React When Companies Announce They’re Moving to a SaaS Business Model

Harvard Business Review

For example, in 2014 IDC estimated that more than one-quarter of enterprise applications would be offered with the SaaS model by 2018, up from one-sixth in 2013. On April 23, 2012, Adobe Inc. launched a Software-as-a-Service (SaaS) subscription version of its key product line, Creative Suite, causing its net income to plummet by almost 35% percent the following year. Yet by April 2016 Adobe’s stock price had nearly tripled from its value four years earlier.

EU Proposes 40 Percent Quota for Women on Supervisory Boards

Women on Business

State-owned companies would be required to introduce the quotas by 2018 to set an example for other firms.” NEWS AND INSIGHTS UPDATE: A European Union (EU) proposal could require that corporate boards include 40% women by 2020.The draft law is expected to be published in October and includes sanctions for companies that don’t comply, including fines, exclusion from government tenders, and a ban on public subsidies. Aoife White explains on Bloomberg Businessweek: “Some 13.7

EU Proposes 40 Percent Quota for Women on Supervisory Boards

Women on Business

State-owned companies would be required to introduce the quotas by 2018 to set an example for other firms.” NEWS AND INSIGHTS UPDATE: A European Union (EU) proposal could require that corporate boards include 40% women by 2020.The draft law is expected to be published in October and includes sanctions for companies that don’t comply, including fines, exclusion from government tenders, and a ban on public subsidies. Aoife White explains on Bloomberg Businessweek: “Some 13.7

What the Trump Administration Needs to Do About Health Care

Harvard Business Review

The new administration should not back away from current goals to, by the end of 2018, shift half of Medicare fee-for-service payments to alternative models that explicitly reward value. On January 20 Donald Trump will be sworn in as the 45th president of the United States. How exactly he and the Republican-controlled Congress will reshape U.S.

Do Doctors Get Worse as They Get Older?

Harvard Business Review

In response, the ABIM announced it would offer a new assessment option starting in January 2018, allowing doctors to be recertified through shorter, but more frequent, assessments. A debate has erupted within medicine over how to ensure that physicians maintain their clinical skills throughout their careers. The American Board of Internal Medicine (ABIM) has long required internists to pass Maintenance of Certification exams every 10 years to keep their board-certified status.

The Potential and Pitfalls of Doing Business in Cuba

Harvard Business Review

While we expect the first to occur by 2018, the Cuban government has already begun to slowly move toward unifying its two currencies.

Complying with Family-Friendly Leave Policies Is Not Enough

Harvard Business Review

New York recently became the fifth state to pass paid parental leave. Obviously, this action has major implications for U.S. employers, since the United States is the only developed nation without paid maternity leave.

The Fight Against Zika Can’t Wait for a Vaccine

Harvard Business Review

Candidate vaccines for Zika won’t begin large-scale trials until 2017 and, assuming they work safely, would not be available until 2018 or later. As Congress plays politics over emergency funds requested months ago , Zika is on the verge of spreading across the United States.

Navigating the Complexities of Doing Business in Russia

Harvard Business Review

the re-election of Putin in 2018) and foreign policy over domestic reforms, such as fighting corruption, that could lead to an improved business environment. Jennifer Maravillas for HBR. From the conflict in Ukraine, to Russian meddling in U.S. and European elections, to management of the Syrian War, it’s clear that relations between the West and Russia have become increasingly hostile.

Six Numbers Reveal the Booming Business of Auto-Analytics

Harvard Business Review

By 2018, 485,000,000 wearable computing devices will ship globally, including smart watches and smart clothing, according to ABI Research.

What Your Moonshot Can Learn from the Apollo Program

Harvard Business Review

SpaceX, taking a page from NASA’s playbook, just announced that it will fly tourists around the moon in 2018.). Project Apollo Archive/NASA. In January Google ended Project Titan, an initiative to blanket the earth in Wi-Fi with the help of solar-powered drones. It was the latest in a series of Google’s moonshot projects being closed. With the announcement, some in the media concluded that the Google moonshot was essentially dead.

If Democrats Want to Challenge Trump, They Need a New Strategy

Harvard Business Review

But to win in the 2018 midterms and the 2020 presidential election, the opposition does not need to convince everyone who voted for Trump. To succeed, the opposition needs to treat each of these four types differently, with an eye to how they will affect Trump’s popularity by the 2018 and 2020 elections.

How CFOs Can Take the Long-Term View in a Short-Term Economy

Harvard Business Review

In 2012, John Deere CEO Samuel Allen began releasing long-term, aspirational revenue targets for 2018. Investors are increasingly seeking firms with long-term growth strategies, rather than ones focused on managing short-term earnings to boost the stock price.

Using Big Data to Make Wiser Medical Decisions

Harvard Business Review

Our IT leaders also served on Obama Administration committees that wrote requirements for patient-generated health data into 2018 federal health care IT regulations, thereby ensuring the concept’s longevity.

Outsider CEOs Are on the Rise at the World’s Biggest Companies

Harvard Business Review

” With Iger’s contract ending in 2018, the company said its board “will broaden the scope of its succession planning process to identify and evaluate a robust slate of candidates for consideration.”

Sub-Saharan Africa’s Most and Least Resilient Economies

Harvard Business Review

The chart below shows the resilience index (x-axis) paired with three-year average GDP growth (y-axis), while the size of the bubbles represent our projections for the size of these economies in 2018. The past year has been difficult for many markets in Sub-Saharan Africa (SSA).

Make the Most of Scarce Data-Mining Talent

Harvard Business Review

By 2018, the United States alone could face a shortage of as many as 190,000 people with deep analytical skills according to a study by the McKinsey Global Institute. The immense promise of big data to reveal new opportunities and deliver practical business results has so far been focused on technologies and models, and less on the human challenges of staffing roles and processes to take advantage of big data’s promise.

3 Keys to Shifting How We Pay for Health Care

Harvard Business Review

By 2018, declared the Department of Health and Human Services back in January, half of all Medicare payments will be tied to value. In 1998, Ben Lecomte became the first person to swim across the Atlantic. It took him 73 days to complete the 3,716-mile journey.

Google Glass Isn’t the Future of Wearables

Harvard Business Review

Pricey (and for now, socially awkward-looking) HUDs will likely be a sliver of the nearly half-billion units that will ship by 2018. Everybody is hopping on the wearables bandwagon. Since the publication of my HBR article on wearables , I’ve been asked a number of follow-up questions from executives, tech analysts, and most especially from entrepreneurs. Though the questions vary, they generally fall into three buckets.

Using IoT Data to Understand How Your Products Perform

Harvard Business Review

And our own survey of 795 large companies (average revenue of $22 billion) in North America, Europe, Asia-Pacific, and Latin America found average per-company spending on IoT initiatives — $86 million in 2015 — was projected to grow to $103 million by 2018.

Even Cement Can Be Special

Harvard Business Review

In 2013, profit margins are projected to increase for the first time in many years and new patented products like TX Active and i.light are expected to account for 30% of total turnover by 2018. Companies in commoditizing industries tend to follow one of two strategies: either they try to find new services to offer around the product or they compete on price. The one certain outcome of these two strategies, of course, is to accelerate the commoditization process itself.

Just How Risky Is Entrepreneurship, Really?

Harvard Business Review

Few law students even get the chance to buy the losing lottery ticket: the government estimates that 215,417 jobs for attorneys will open between 2008 and 2018 and in the same decade , there will be over 430,000 new legal graduates so only half will get to practice in their chosen field (at substantial opportunity and tuition costs).

Where Both the ACA and AHCA Fall Short, and What the Health Insurance Market Really Needs

Harvard Business Review

S&P viewed the 2017 premium increases as one-time pricing corrections and expected that 2018 increases would be much lower. The question of whether the United States will have functioning markets where individuals can buy health care insurance lies at the heart of the current debate about repealing and replacing the Affordable Care Act (ACA).

Bots That Can Talk Will Help Us Get More Value from Analytics

Harvard Business Review

Gartner predicts that by 2018, advanced NLG will be integrated into the majority of smart data discovery platforms and that 20% of business content will be generated by machines. Over the past few years, much has been made of the rise of big data. And yet research from TDWI states that at organizations where 50% of employees have access to business intelligence tools, only 20% of that group actually use them. Part of the problem is that systems are often hard to use.

Brexit Could Deepen Europe’s Digital Recession

Harvard Business Review

Brexit, as the British referendum to exit the EU is widely called, has caused turmoil in politics and stocks and head-shaking among the UK’s partners. All of this, of course, comes on the heels of many overlapping crises afflicting Europe.