Unplug from Technology!

Career Advancement

Technology is a good servant but a bad master.”. If, like Vincent, you’re staying too connected, consider these tips for unplugging from technology after work or even during the workday. Try taking mini breaks from technology during work.

A Modest Proposal: Eliminate Email

Harvard Business Review

But as the Big Blue engineers discovered three decades ago, this technology is not passive; it instead actively changes what we mean by “real work.” It instead just emerged as an instinctual reaction to a disruptive new technology. HBR staff.

Don’t Propose Marriage to a Customer Who Wants a Fling?

Harvard Business Review

Marketing organizations need to reorient themselves so that they can use their powerful customer-relationship-management technologies to capture and make good use of relationship data and, ultimately, become good relationship partners with consumers.

Evaluating Your Strengths

Survive Your Promotion

This framework is useful for analyzing many different types of scenarios including new product proposals, individual contributors and vendors, but in this case we will use is as a self evaluation tool. What technology could make you more effective/efficient? Survive Your Promotion!

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Can Technology Reinvent Education?

Harvard Business Review

Editor's note: This post is part of a three-week series examining educational innovation and technology, published in partnership with the Advanced Leadership Initiative at Harvard University. In 1994, IBM posed a deceptively simple set of questions to district superintendents and chief state school officers: Is there a long-standing barrier to school improvement that you think can be addressed by emerging technology to accelerate the pace of reform and support student achievement?

Clever Solution to a Corrupt Choice

Tony Mayo

He proposed that he would forget the debt if he could marry the merchant’s daughter.

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All Boards Need a Technology Expert

Harvard Business Review

Like almost every other major industry today, banking relies on hugely complex, enormously expensive technology. I discovered that only one bank had a board member with some direct experience in technology and in that case it was as a sales executive. Jennifer Maravillas FOR HBR.

Transformational Entrepreneurship: Where Technology Meets Societal Impact

Harvard Business Review

I see the two movements of Technology Entrepreneurship and Social Entrepreneurship beginning to converge into a promising solution. I propose we call it "Transformational Entrepreneurship."*. has come from high-growth technology companies.

A 5-Part Process for Using Technology to Improve Your Talent Management

Harvard Business Review

At the law firm Allen & Overy, the idea of replacing traditional, annual performance appraisals with a technology-enabled continuous feedback system did not come from human resources. In an era of transformative cognitive technologies like AI and machine learning, it’s become obvious that people, practices, and systems must become nimbler too. Working with new technologies in new and nimbler ways creates the need for additional innovation in talent practices.

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Is Technology Really Helping Us Get More Done?

Harvard Business Review

Twenty years ago, new office technologies like email and teleconferencing contributed to a dramatic boost in productivity. Companies have continued to invest in new technologies for white-collar workplaces, but the benefits are no longer visible. A Luddite’s Proposal.

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Be a Millenial Who Shines at Work

Nathan Magnuson

Don’t change your mindset, but take the time to listen and ask questions before proposing sweeping changes in new environments. Proposals that would otherwise work fall apart when the initial assessment is slightly off. 2015 was a big year for Millenials.

Why Technology Won’t End the Marketing Hierarchy

Harvard Business Review

Rather than being destroyed by digital technology, they’re strengthened by it. Technologies have allowed the marketing organization to become more efficient and effective. They didn’t take into account the hierarchy’s ability to adapt with the aid of information technology.

How Mobile Technologies Are Shaping a New Generation

Harvard Business Review

Technology, of course, has also been a powerful influence on the Re-Generation, so much so that Bill Gates proposed that we call this next wave Generation I, for Internet. But that's not to say that the Re-Generation hasn't been shaped by a major technology leap forward: in their case, they are the first unconscious participants in an era when everyone has access to everything, everywhere, at every time. Mobile technology. Generational issues Social media Technology

6 Digital Trends Are Poised to Transform How We Work - SPONSOR CONTENT FROM DXC TECHNOLOGY

Harvard Business Review

In addition to the digital tools entering the workplace now, several technologies and trends on the horizon have the potential to further transform the way we work and interact with others. Online virtual assistants, such as Amy or Andrew at x.ai, schedule meetings based on calendars and preferences, propose a range of times by email, negotiate with (human) administrative assistants as needed, and send invitations.

Life Cycle of Social Media Development

Modern Servant Leader

Here are the stages I proposed for her: Infancy. Technology "Life Cycle" Adolescent Adulthood Childhood Development Infant Leader Social Media A good friend and leader in her own field, asked advice on starting her social media engagement.

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New Leadership Literacies

Lead Change Blog

Noted futurist Bob Johansen, author of The New Leadership Literacies , envisions that, through technology and digital interconnectivity, future organizations will become distributed, not just decentralized, and be required to “shape shift” in the midst of disruptive market conditions.

“Goodbye Mr. Jones”: The End of the Dow as an American Index

Mills Scofield

This is taken from The Intercollegiate Finance Journal (IFJ) is an undergraduate student-run journal about how current finance, economics, business and technology issues affect students'' lives. Is the concept of national corporations and financial indices outdated? Perhaps!

Different Ways to Promote Creativity in the Workplace

Strategy Driven

Always be open to their suggestions and encourage them to propose new ideas. In order to make the most of the tools and technology that your employees use, make sure to confirm that they foster creative thinking in every way.

Are You Ready for that Next Black Swan? – Reflecting on the woes of The Gap

First Friday Book Synopsis

When I ask people to name three recently implemented technologies that most impact our world today, they usually propose the computer, the Internet, and the laser. All three were unplanned, unpredicted, and unappreciated upon their discovery, and remained unappreciated well after their initial use. They were consequential. They were Black Swans. Nassim Nicholas Taleb, The […]. Randy's blog entries

Tesla's Model S: Technology Outruns the Business Model

Harvard Business Review

It has received numerous automobile awards , and it integrates many of the latest technological advances in electric powertrains and charging technologies. The innovativeness of Tesla's technology is not matched by the innovativeness of its business model.

Is Yours An Email or Bust Organization? It's Time to Consider Fresh Options


One of the most famous ban attempts was from global technology firm Atos, which has been working to eliminate internal company email among employees through a multi-year process (employees still send external emails to people outside the company).

LeadershipNow 140: August 2018 Compilation

Leading Blog

When Proposing Change, Try Reducing the Threat Level First by @artpetty. 12 Technology Categories That Will Transform Careers by futurist @DanielBurrus. Here are a selection of tweets from August 2018 that you might have missed: 16 Lessons From Kobe Bryant’s Visit With Nick Saban And Their Message For Young Leaders by @BrianKDodd. The Best Way to Offer An Opinion On Anything by @LollyDaskal. Even In This Cynical World, Trust Is Worth It by @RandyConley. Who Asks For Feedback?

The Communication Secrets to Get from Good to Great

Leading Blog

N EW TECHNOLOGIES are shifting the way we work and interact. Jobs are being eliminated, and industries are being disrupted as we try to come to grips with how this technology is changing us and how we can use it.

Why Leaders Need to Think More Like Professional Gamblers

Leading Blog

O NE OF the unfortunate side effects of living in an age of accelerating technology is having to deal with increased uncertainty. When faced with uncertainty, how should leaders react? Should they make a big bet, hedge their position, or just wait and see?

The Leadership Lab

Coaching Tip

Leaders schooled in rational, left-brained thinking need to adapt to changing political, social and technological forces. It proposes a cyclical rather than linear model, which calls for less prediction of one outcome and greater preparation for many outcomes.

Improve The Quality Of Entrepreneurial Negotiations With Teamwork and Brainstorming

Strategy Driven

We recommend using two simple ground rules: offer no judgments on the quality of what is being proposed (during brainstorming) and don’t worry about attribution. No judgment means that when one person proposes an idea, no one should judge it as good or bad at that moment. (In

What Business Leaders Can Learn from JFK’s Powerful Speech that Brought Us to the Moon

Great Leadership By Dan

He described in detail the breakneck pace at which technology was evolving, likening 50,000 years of human history to fifty years. Guest post from Dick Richardson: A simple definition of leadership is “Leadership is influencing others to do what they would not do if left to their own accord.”

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Right Leadership, Right Model

Great Leadership By Dan

Morgan : A few decades ago, when time was still a gentle concept, companies just rocked along in their comfortable hierarchies, everything centralized, proposals moving up the chain of command and decisions moving down at approximately the speed of glue. Guest post from Charles D.

Consultants: Resistance Is Futile

N2Growth Blog

The first item on the agenda was a proposal by ACME Consulting. Without in depth knowledge of the work in process and its impact, it was way too easy for NIH leadership to put on their blinders and buy in to ACME’s proposal.

Guest Post: Watch Out for Flying Monkeys!

Lead on Purpose

With over 20 years of technology industry experience, he has a fresh and current perspective in leading product management teams and has a gift for taking conceptual ideas and turning them into strategic reality using methods based on market sensing best practices.

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WorkFlow Optimization Begins with You: 3 Types of Software No Business Owner Should Forget to Implement

Strategy Driven

Bill Gates and Paul Allen shared a passion for computers and technology, and Microsoft is the result of their work. Project management software can create a proposal for a customer which can lead to a purchase order. Optimize the Workflow of any Business with Software Implementation.

Taking Chances to Lead Change in the 21st Century: Why It’s Cool Not to Be So Cool

Great Leadership By Dan

So much is unknown, and the new is everywhere--new technology, new economic models, new politics, new cultural norms, and new products and services. Guest post from Julie Benezet: The internet changed all the rules.

France Makes Move to Ban Work Email and Phone Calls After Hours


You could just see the collective smirk – coupled with envy – on the faces of American workers over the weekend, in response to a French proposal allowing some technology workers to sign off from emails and smartphones after 6 p.m. For now, the French proposal awaits government approval. The pact allows a segment of technology workers to turn off if they want to, but it’s not required. Those lucky French workers.

France Makes Move to Limit Work Email and Phone Calls After Hours


You could just see the collective smirk – coupled with envy – on the faces of American workers over the weekend, in response to a French proposal allowing some technology workers to sign off from emails and smartphones after 6 p.m. For now, the French proposal awaits government approval. The pact allows a segment of technology workers to turn off if they want to, but it’s not required. Those lucky French workers.

The Pivot Point of Organizational Change

Leading Blog

If this is the case, then the challenge is to identify those attachments and the impact the proposed change will have on them, and design a solution around them—introducing changes will maintaining healthy attachments. Those replacements could be “a leader, a favored object, a method of communication, a continuing education series, a technology, a colleague, a culture, or any combination of these items.” We know that the vast majority of organizational change initiatives fail.

What Makes P&G Great?

In the CEO Afterlife

No matter what they do, from technology to advertising, they believe that it is not as good as it can be or as good as it ought to be. The organization is structured in a way that almost every proposal requires concurrence from a peer.

Understanding The Power Of Our Words

Tanveer Naseer

I imagine for some of you, your answer would be the personal computer and all the technological marvels that now make up our digital world. If I were to ask you what you thought was the greatest invention in human history, what would be your reply?

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How Impactful Is Machine Learning In Today’s Business World?

Strategy Driven

Since 2012, with the proliferation of Python in general software development, Machine Learning has become the biggest trend in the technology world.

Leading Virtual Teams: 12 Powerful Ways to Lead a Team You Can’t See

RapidStart Leadership

One of several fun ideas proposed by Lucid involves taking a picture of your shoes. Technology enables us to do more in less time with teams that can be many places at once. How do you lead a team that’s not there?

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3 Valuable Insights Leaders Can Learn From Neuroscience

Tanveer Naseer

Breakthroughs in human brain research (using conventional experimental psychology research in addition to relatively new technologies like CT scans and magnetic resonance imaging) are revealing new insights about cognitive processes.


Coaching Tip

Technology, globalization, economic shifts and geopolitical shocks have set in motion a continuous onslaught of radical, discontinuous change in the global business environment. In Cragun and Sweetman's book, " Reinvention: Accelerating Results in the Age of Disruption," the authors propose a simple formula, common principles, and set of tools for individuals and organizations facing disruptive and radical change.

How To Simplify The Way We Work

Tanveer Naseer

Indeed, one of the hallmarks of our digital age is the pursuit of simplification – where we use our smartphones and other technological devices to help us simplify both the way we work and how we get things done.

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15 Nuggets of Wisdom From 15 Entrepreneurs

Terry Starbucker

“Be sure to look at ideas from the other (customer) side” – Ken Barker , CEO of Crailar Technologies , who is developing (get this) the first natural fiber alternative to cotton that the clothing industry has ever had. What are the secrets to entrepreneurial success?