This May Be the Biggest Pay Off in a Competitive Advantage: Hire a Non-Conformist

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Hire a non-conformist. Why? Adam Grant, Wharton’s prolific professor, explains it’s imperative to have off-beat thinkers and doers on a company’s team. In an interview with First Round Capital, Grant outlines why it’s a strategic move for companies to hire “originals”. What is an “original”? According to Grant, originals are “people who go beyond dreaming up […]

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In the Age of AI, Is Business More Suited to Female Leaders?

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Artificial intelligence (AI) is already liberating us from the most tedious of tasks, like legal document analysis and streamlining farming processes. With more nut-and-bolt jobs being taken over, what are the essential skills needed to do business? Who are the people we should be cultivating for leadership in the AI era? University College London Professor

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Employees Like the Tech, But Why Aren’t They Convinced? It’s Called the Adoption Problem

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Companies are overhauling their entire product and marketing strategies to foster innovation and motivate their employees to embrace “digitalization”, as if it were some benevolent, corporate deity. The volume of magazines, newspapers, and experts churning out statistics about how businesses can only win when they digitize their day-to-day to make workflow more efficient. Robots can

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What Other People Think You Do: #BadStockPhotosOfMyJob

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At absence.io, we’re always working toward offering the planet’s smoothest absence management (read a few external reviews here). Companies like MyTheresa and Check24 trust us to build a (nearly) misunderstanding-proof system. After all, misunderstandings are bound to occur. It’s the defining physics of living life. Some misconceptions cause greater confusion than others. Some misinterpretations are well,

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When Apple Needs to Solve Employee Conflict, This is Their Go-To Method

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You’re rolling out a new department structure. The in-coming system keeps facing resistance. Employees are frustrated.  Besides daydreaming about the on-coming robot workforce, what do you do to solve employee conflict? Your effort to resolve the issues may become doubly complex by the diversity within the workforce. The communication style that may work for a

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These are the 5 Digital Products to Launch for Your Small Business

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Launching digital products remains at the top of the list for companies and their teams. If you’re looking to educate and support your audience—whether it’s employees or potential customers—you can generate confidence and value with only a few items. Really. If you’re spearheading a product challenge, you’ll need a list of potential digital products to

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Crypto-Compensation: Can You Pay Your Employees in Cryptocurrency?

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Cryptocurrency has been on the forefront, especially in the the last 12 months; should companies begin thinking about paying their employees with cash and cryptocurrency? Though “crypto compensation” has not exactly materialized into companies, it soon could be. Already in Japan, GMO Internet, a web-based business offers its employees a combination of cash and crypto.

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Global HR Talent Trends: Terrified of A.I., Companies Stop Talking and Start Doing

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Innovative action is at the top of the global talent agenda. For years, companies have talked about incorporating innovative practices, now they’re implementing. Why now? Two letters: A. I. With the onset of technology that will quickly diminish industries, companies need to brace themselves on all fronts, including talent. Artificial intelligence is already doing the

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Companies Making Creative Lunch Breaks the New “Free Lunch”

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Forget a sandwich and a Coke for lunch time. Some companies are aiming to do infuse creativity into a work staple: the lunch hour. Employers see doing lunch differently as an opportunity to boost employee satisfaction and add another dimension of culture. You’ve heard of the “free lunch” at work cafeterias—they’re great at boosting morale

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“Emotions Managed”: The Anti-Harry Potter Approach to Processing Employees’ Emotions

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Companies are mindfully tackling employee stress as a means for a greater mental health and to impact the bottomline. After all, $300 billion is lost annually due to employees feeling mentally taxed. Processing emotions in the workplace requires a multi-pronged approach. Let’s say it demands more than a Harry Potter, “mischief managed” course of action. One

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How Throwing Parties and Playing Video Games is Part of Your Career Development Plan

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It may seem doubtful, but throwing parties or playing video gaming may mean bigger strides in your career development plan. This emerging world of work does not necessarily mean allowing the robots to take over — it’s also about bringing skills, interests, and strengths from your personal life that can contribute to your professional success. According to

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Unlikely Workplace Friendships Happen : Yes, We’re (Friend)Shipping Kim Jong-un and Moon Jae-in

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When opposites attract, beautiful things occur. Think of toasted bacon in ice cream, or the romance developed by Meg Ryan and Tom Hanks’ characters in “You’ve Got Mail“. Or nuclear disarmament talks. Even in a seemingly-contrary place like work,  friendship grows. And the results are great: 75 percent of employees feel empowered to tackle any

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Collaboration Has a Lethal Blindside: 3 Steps to Keep Your Process Safe

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Is collaboration an integral part of how you do business? Are you managing the collaboration organization process effectively? Studies have shown if collaboration is not done correctly, it will produce weaker results. Sure, we’re told collaboration is often the best way to solve a prickly problem. People bring fresh insights to table, jostle ideas into action, and

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Can Small Business Owners Afford an Employee Mental Health Program? It’s Cheaper Than You Think

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“I need to rest”. We understand when this message arrives in our inbox from a colleague, after a surgery or a flu spell; we know a team member needs time off to process the death of a loved one; but why do we companies fail to understand the mind needs rest and attention? We’re living

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