Tuesday 25th January 2022
  • Leadership Training Shouldn’t Just Be for Top Performers

    Senior leaders often receive most of their leadership training during the final chapters of their careers, when they have the most experience. Organizations also go to great lengths to conduct annual performance and talent reviews to identify high-performers and high-potentials (HiPos) and offer them ample development. In both scenarios, the individuals who receive the most development are also the ones who arguably need it the least. We call this the leadership development paradox.

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  • The Three Internal Barriers to Deep-Tech Corporate Venturing

    Research points to three barriers to deep-tech corporate venturing success that chief innovation officers can overcome.

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  • Opinion: The pandemic turned LinkedIn into one of the wildest places on the internet

    COVID-19 is raging again, but you would barely know it scrolling through LinkedIn. Inside the social network for business professionals, everyone is constantly humbled, thrilled or honoured. Occasionally, they’re all three at the very same time.

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  • Silicon Valley’s New Obsession

    A group of tech founders, crypto billionaires, and star scientists is launching a fleet of science labs.

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  • Starting a New Job? Take Control of Your Onboarding

    If you want to excel in your new job, you can’t rely on your company’s onboarding process to prepare you. You need to take control of your integration. Start by cultivating connections up, down, and across. Spending time early on to figure out who the influencers are in relation to your role, and getting to know them face-to-face, can pay big dividends down the road. Ask your boss questions to better understand how you will be evaluated and to identify early wins. Look for projects that will motivate the team, can be achieved quickly, and deliver operational or financial results. It’s also important to build trust. Be honest about the challenges you see.

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  • Make 2022 Happier and More Productive by Adopting a Seasonal Routine

    Here on Inc.com, and on many other business websites, we devote a lot of space to daily routines. We catalog the schedules of the super successful and suggest hacks or tweaks that might improve your daily rhythm. Sometimes we even expand the concept and talk about weekly routines as well. 

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  • How to Design a Better Hiring Process

    Many standard interview processes rely on outdated behavioral questions like “What are your greatest strengths and weaknesses?” to evaluate prospective hires. But more often than not, these types of questions fail to reveal useful information about a candidate’s competencies. A better approach is to immerse job candidates in unconventional scenarios to gather the most useful insights about their critical-thinking abilities, tech savviness, and interpersonal skills. For example, if you want to test their ability to prepare, let them know the questions you’ll ask beforehand. If you want to test their technical skills, give them a problem to solve in real-time. And if you want to see if they’ll be a good cultural fit, have them play an interactive game with your employees.

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  • Research: How Entrepreneurship Can Revitalize Local Communities

    Much has been written about the potential for entrepreneurship to spur economic growth — and yet time and time again, we’ve seen business-driven revitalization programs fail to make a real, lasting impact on their local communities. What will it take to foster ventures that actually revive the economies in which they’re founded? The authors discuss the results of an eight-year investigation into two organizations that took opposing approaches to supporting entrepreneurs in Detroit. They argue that if the goal is to harness the power of entrepreneurship to revitalize impoverished places, business leaders and policymakers must shift away from a focus on scaling up, and that they must instead encourage founders to “scale deep” — that is, to grow slowly and become strongly embedded into the local economy, rather than growing as quickly and broadly as possible. This means investing not only in ventures that offer strong financial returns, but also in those that lift up their communities to achieve sustained self-reliance.

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  • Sensemaking for Sales

    The amount of product and service information available to B2B customers—reports, blogs, display ads, email marketing, and more—has become overwhelming, leading to indecision and a sharply reduced likelihood of making a substantive purchase.

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  • Game Studios Are Turning Play Into Work

    On new year's day, Square Enix president Yosuke Matsuda published an open letter. In it, he professed his love for blockchain technology and non-fungible tokens (NFTs), joining Ubisoft, Peter Molyneux, and Stalker 2 developer GSC Game World in similarly popular interventions. He said he hoped that the technologies become a “major trend in gaming going forward.” The letter went over as well as you might expect.

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