Four Innovative Initiatives to Attract and Retain Diverse Women

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Here is an article written by Tina Vasquez (Los Angeles) for The Glass Hammer, an online community designed for women executives in financial services, law and business. Visit us daily to discover issues that matter, share experiences, and plan networking, your career and your life.” What makes this article especially valuable is the wealth of [.].

Are Your Employees Drivers or Victims of Process Innovations?

Harvard Business Review

To stay competitive, organizations need to continually find opportunities for innovation in key processes such as customer service and product development, and adoption of a new process almost always requires the implementation of new information technology.

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Today's Innovation Can Rise from Yesterday's Failure

Harvard Business Review

a Boston-based innovation management collaborative. We use this simple framework to determine the success of an innovative effort. In other words, successful innovation requires motive, means, and opportunity. The good news is that successful innovation has enduring value.

The Businesses That Platforms Are Actually Disrupting

Harvard Business Review

Powered by online technologies, they are sweeping across the economic landscape, striking down companies large and small. The businesses most at risk from platforms powered by rapidly improving online technologies aren’t, in fact, traditional businesses that sell products and services to consumers. But they also face significant risk from startups that use new technologies to operate more-powerful, more-efficient, and more-scalable platforms.

The Industrial Revolution That Never Was

Harvard Business Review

He had grown up in northwestern Germany, where his father owned mills that heated small amounts of charcoal and iron together to make steel that could be hammered and sharpened into knife blades. Standing inches from the hot coals, the ironmaker would reach in with a bar to push aside dirt and rock and lift the glowing mass of metal, called a bloom, on to an anvil where he could hammer out more impurities. Technology was part of the problem. Innovation Technology

A Survey of 3,000 Executives Reveals How Businesses Succeed with AI

Harvard Business Review

While it’s clear that CEOs need to consider AI’s business implications, the technology’s nascence in business settings makes it less clear how to profitably employ it. While investment in AI is heating up, corporate adoption of AI technologies is still lagging. We include five categories of AI technology systems: robotics and autonomous vehicles, computer vision, language, virtual agents, and machine learning.). Technology Data Digital Article

Make the Internet of Things More Human-Friendly

Harvard Business Review

When I grab a hammer to install shelving, the distinction between “hand” and “tool” recedes into the unconscious, while completing the job becomes the main object of my thinking; in function and thought, the tool is the extended hand when it works properly. As cognitive scientists put it things like hammers became a part of the body’s “extended periphery” and are “functionally a component of the [subjects’] smoothly coping IDS.”. Information & technology Internet Technology

Don't Put Your Competitiveness in Jeopardy

Harvard Business Review

— who use targeted technical innovation to cheat to compete from home against human contestants. People will constantly revise, enhance and extend their devices in a never-ending Red Queen's Race of innovative effectiveness. These are Jeopardy's John Henrys except that they aren't going to die or even get a headache by digitally souping up their "hammers" when they compete with a Watson. Competition Google Information & technology

Big-Project Engineers Have to Deal with Too Much Red Tape

Harvard Business Review

Nineteen days later, as rescue crews grew desperate, a 24-year-old field engineer named Igor Proestakis decided to travel to the site with what he hoped was a breakthrough idea: using a particular drilling technology, called cluster hammers, to cut through the collapsed rock. HBR STAFF.

Please Don’t Hire a Chief Artificial Intelligence Officer

Harvard Business Review

Every serious technology company now has an Artificial Intelligence team in place. As with earlier technologies, we are now hearing advice about “AI strategies” and how companies should hire Chief AI Officers. The very nature of the role aims at bringing the hammer of AI to the nails of whatever problems are lying around. This is not to say that you don’t need people who understand AI technologies.

From Zipcar to the Sharing Economy

Harvard Business Review

Avis has taken an interesting (and bold) step by acquiring Zipcar, absorbing an innovative but struggling competitor at what is likely to be seen as a bargain price while acquiring a small but desirable customer base and gaining a foothold in the rapidly growing world of collaborative consumption. True, they pioneered the creative use of technology to open up flexible new ways of renting a car.

Is America Losing Its Edge in Clean-Energy Tech?

Harvard Business Review

companies are outperforming their overseas counterparts: Clean-energy technologies. This healthy, innovative sector holds out vast promise, but missteps now could cost the United States its lead. has underwritten much of the technological innovation behind clean energy's progress. Fracking technology has been entirely funded, researched, and commercialized in the United States, with strong federal support, and is now being exported worldwide.

Have You Earned the Right to Lead? Ten Deeply Destructive Mistakes That Suggest the Answer Is No (and How to Stop Making Them)

Strategy Driven

In my book, I recount an incident that took place at a famous, fast-growing technology company. Because innovation requires it. But if your employees take a risk and fail, and you come down on them like a hammer, guess what?

The Guru's Guide to Creating Thought Leadership

Harvard Business Review

Shifting from Drucker's erudition and measured tone to Hammer's revolutionary and provocatively violent declarations ("don't automate, obliterate") was a bit dizzying. How do you produce an idea that changes the way people think and work?

Uniting the Religions of Process Improvement

Harvard Business Review

In addition to laying out an approach for making one-time improvements, Reengineering's high priest (the late Michael Hammer) had advice for organizations wanting to sustain improvement. Most missionaries of the BPM religion come from a heritage in information technology. What's more, the company helped develop Hammer's PEMM concept and is now training Lean managers. Brad Power is a consultant and researcher in process innovation.

Recruiting Strategies for a Tight Talent Market

Harvard Business Review

Following are three such innovative approaches for connecting with top talent. ” Such innovative solutions have paid off: Fortune magazine recently named Highfive to its list of the 10 Best Small Workplaces in Technology. “Feeling pinned down?”

What Good Is Impact Investing?

Harvard Business Review

And the beauty of innovative sectors such as impact investing is that we can experiment, collaborate and try to — even in a very small way — reconcile some of what didn’t work previously. I think a lot more investment decisions will have considerations about impact and the transparency and accountability that comes with technology and social media is going to propel that. Impact investing is on the rise. But, um, what is it?

Why Those Guys Won the Economics Nobels

Harvard Business Review

Shiller hammered away on this point in the ‘80s, and in fact Fama also published some of the same observations. That is, potentially amazing technology if you can only figure out how it works. Instead what he says is let’s have financial innovation that is actually helpful. His vision of financial innovation is that by designing the right instruments, you could help people be more rational, because you could focus their attention on the things that matter.