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Myths have developed around and researchers have studied how the human brain juggles creativity and organization. Popular theory tells us that the left brain is structured and logical, while the right brain is artistic and imaginative, and that all human beings use predominantly one side of the other.
Working in a creative field means challenging that theory, or else challenging the schedules and deadlines that managers impose on writers, designers and other creatives. As a project manager in a UX design agency, as well as a writer, I believe it is necessary to challenge both the assumptions about schedules and the belief that creativity implies disorganization.
Could Facebook be the next DropBox? The social media site announced Thursday that Groups will have the ability to share files.
Did you know that infographics are 30 to 40 times more likely to be viewed and shared vs. text? At least that’s the claim that Easel.ly makes on its homepage. The new site, a project in beta, makes it super easy to use drag-n-drop templates to create beautiful infographics for free. A demo video is embedded.
Performance management systems in India face serious questions about their credibility, according to a study. Many employees doubt whether such systems effectively identify superior performance or properly reward it.
With much of the developed world mired in slow growth and fiscal austerity, many companies find the strong economies and rising incomes of certain emerging markets quite attractive. But there’s a catch: talent is increasingly difficult to find and hold onto in such countries as Brazil, Russia, India, and China (BRIC). And the talent shortage will only worsen over the next decades as multinationals pursue their localization strategies and locally based challengers continue their ambitious expansion.
The shortage applies up and down the ranks of employees, though the challenge for employers takes a slightly different shape in each group:
When you run some of the biggest and best presses in town, it’s hard to imagine them ever going silent. Brian Kibby of McGraw-Hill, well known textbook publisher, would be happy to shut them down tomorrow if the need arose. He doesn’t want to pay the costs of printing, paper, and distribution. He just wants to push the ebook industry into the future.
Kibby has worked in textbooks for most of his career. As the group president, he has seen the movement from “dead tree” to augmented learning experience that purports to connect the net with the standard learning experience. However, new technologies are placing McGraw-Hill – and a number of educational competitors – on a path towards completely bookless learning. This reduces costs on the one hand and improves retention on the other. It is, in short, a win-win… if it works.
Kibby and I talked about the future of ebooks, the current status of ereading on campus, and whether I can still return my old textbooks that I forgot to sell in college.
Facebook is launching a new App Center, "a place to find social web, desktop, and mobile apps" -- and not just Facebook apps.
The App Center will bring Facebook’s 900 million users all the best in iOS apps, Android apps, web apps, mobile web apps, and even desktop apps. “The goal is to solve the app discovery problem… based on what you and your friends enjoy,” a Facebook rep told VentureBeat in a phone chat today.
A Wall Street Journal task force of business, government and academic leaders created a tool kit for organizations and individuals to use in removing obstacles to women in the economy..
Our industry works on the Internet. All day. This in and of itself leads to major distractions – one minute you’re conducting a keyword analysis and the next you’re watching some YouTube video of cats, when really, you don’t even really like cats or the whole online craze over them.
There’s countless resources to help with productivity, from how-to articles and tools to productivity coaches and consultants. Well, Simply Business, did its best to cull together those articles and tools, drawing from some of the industry’s leading experts. You can find tools, articles, videos, and interviews in the below interactive piece that takes you through productivity for five different niches:
Thirty-three years ago, James Dyson set out after an unusual dream: to create the ultimate vacuum cleaner. Here's how he turned that vacuum into a billion-dollar business.
A new study by Stanford psychologist Paul O'Keefe suggests that the culture of our learning and working environments can have long-term effects on our goals and motivation.
It's true that as you get older, your brain's processing speed begins to slow, and your memory may occasionally short out, says Margaret Gatz, PhD, professor of psychology, gerontology, and preventive medicine at the University of Southern California. But researchers have recently made some surprising discoveries about what's really happening in our heads as we age: "We are identifying ways in which older minds hold their own against younger ones and even surpass them," Gatz says. Here, 10 ways you get smarter as you go.
Gallup's chief economist has this advice for business leaders: There's going to be a lot of emotional volatility surrounding the political economy this election year. Try to avoid getting caught up in it.
The digitisation of manufacturing will transform the way goods are made—and change the politics of jobs too.
The first industrial revolution began in Britain in the late 18th century, with the mechanisation of the textile industry. Tasks previously done laboriously by hand in hundreds of weavers’ cottages were brought together in a single cotton mill, and the factory was born. The second industrial revolution came in the early 20th century, when Henry Ford mastered the moving assembly line and ushered in the age of mass production. The first two industrial revolutions made people richer and more urban. Now a third revolution is under way. Manufacturing is going digital. As this week’s special report argues, this could change not just business, but much else besides.
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VersaHub is a platform for remote work teams and telecommuters. It provides remote collaboration, task management, telepresence and performance tracking features.
As innovation is a necessity for any organization today, the ability to assess and measure the progress and impact of your innovation efforts might be a true source of competitive advantage. This in-depth article offers fresh experiences, best practice and insights from how a number of multinational companies within the MedTech, telecom and manufacturing industries are working with establishing and implementing innovation measurement programs.
The Facebook Platform, which goes live today, means you can use lots of cool new applications within Facebook. We’ve tested most of them, as well as gathering together all the announcements made today. Here are more than 30 of the best, with more being added as they are announced – come back later for updates. More than 70 partners have already signed on.
Through his example, Starfleet's finest Captain has something to teach us about leadership. Here are five lessons to take on your own voyages.
Some 40 million workers across advanced economies are unemployed. With many nations still facing weak demand—and the risk of renewed recession—hiring has been restrained. Yet there are also long-range forces at play that will make it more difficult for advanced economies to return to pre-recession levels of employment in the years to come. As a result, we see that the current disequilibrium in many national labor markets will not be solved solely with measures that worked well in decades past.
To help develop appropriate new responses, MGI examines five trends that are influencing employment levels and shaping how work is done and jobs are created: