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When you’re on a job hunt, the more information you can get or extrapolate about your hiring manager’s pain points, the better. At the same time, the employer is trying to get information about you.
Do your research and understand the reason for the question. Understanding their questions should guide your job search tactics.
The amount you used to make is not an indication of the value you can add to a different company.
godaddy won't air its super bowl spot showing a puppy sold online.
GoDaddy CEO Blake Irving says that the pooch came to them from "a reputable and loving breeder in California," and has become a member of the company as the "chief companion officer."
What do you think? Ad Age is running a poll: Was this just a cynical advertising stunt?
On the same day it released its 2015 Super Bowl ad online, GoDaddy quickly responded to a wave of criticism from dog advocates and said it would not air the spot on the game.
GoDaddy used social media to get feedback. They actually listened to criticism from the public and plans a quick switch to its Super Bowl ad.
There is a time to sell to Mr. Rational (See-Analyze-Buy) and a time to appeal to Mr. Intuitive (See-Feel-Buy). Do you know how to tell the difference?
Struggling toy maker Mattel Inc. said Bryan Stockton had resigned as chief executive and chairman amid disappointing preliminary fourth-quarter results.
Mattel's strategic choice to stay with a traditional product line up has been struggling to connect with parents and children over the past year.
They failed to listen to the voice of their customers. They did not see beyond past success and missed important signals of consumer and social change.
Parents and kids buying behavior reflect a new societal direction. Roles and expectations are changing and parents are less apt to buy whatever toy companies choose to deliver.
How out of touch is Mattel? Consider their "I Can Be a Computer Engineer" Barbie book that offended many parents. The book became a collector’s edition for all the wrong reasons.
Wait and see what lesson Mattel learned.
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Healthcare.gov was secretly telling marketers if you smoke. It has since stopped.
The same government that requires compliance with HIPAA and HITECH also sent applicant's zip code, income level, smoking status, pregnancy status and more to marketers.
Maybe a breach of privacy. Definitely a breach of trust.
More here:HealthCare.gov Sends Personal Data to Dozens of Tracking Websites
Procter & Gamble's former CEO offers simple but useful tips for better discussions at work and elsewhere.
Some of us make the mistake of advocating our positions so much that we fail to listen to what other smart people think. That is a soliloquy, not a conversation.
If this is the default means of communication, you are missing good ideas. Others may perceive you as a bully.
You may be smart, but other people stop listening because they have to defend against you. Over time, they are likely to avoid working with you.
Avoid the scorn of co-workers. Try this technique called assertive inquiry, based on the work of Chris Argyris, an organizational learning theorist at Harvard Business School.
Sometimes a consumer won't be able to describe the need clearly but if you can figure out how to best provide the right service, you'll score the business.
Successful salespeople work for their customer. Help them to see, feel, and then buy. By the way, everyone is in sales.
What did these top companies do to achieve such a high level of success? Here are the 3 best practices that these all-star sales forces have in common, as well as ways to implement them in your company.
The last step in the strategy choice cascade is the most neglected. Without SMART management systems, your strategy is no more than a wish list.
There are goals, but there are no supporting structures, systems, and measures to assess or guide progress. Goals may, or may not be achieved.
Manage up! Get the boss to buy what the customer wants.
Encourage managers to listen for leads, signs of business change.
Expect them to create value, not just manage day-to-day operations.
Teach them to raise ideas, concerns and warnings.
Train Sr. Management to listen to those who are in contact with the customers. This is a culture change for most companies!
Some people criticize Obama for being too professorial. But actually, he’s the only professor in the country who still won’t use digital technologies to get his points across.
Call your audience to action. A picture speaks a thousand words. Grab attention by presenting in a way that speaks to your audience.
Making small changes to your job can help you fall in love with it all over again and reignite your passion.
Are you ready to let workers change the content of their job description?
For an employee to be engaged, there needs to be a few core things that are taken care of. Employees need to feel like they’re respected, that they’re part of the team, and that their ideas matte…
10 good reasons why you should invest in your people and in management's people skills.
No, China did not just attack the United States. Two major news accounts on Twitter were hacked.
What would happen if your customers believed everything they read on your site? Worse, what would happen if they did not trust what they read on your site?
So, this guy made a program that interacts with his home microwave, and which can be controlled remotely. Guaranteed you want some of the features built into this brilliant home-mod
Q. What happened when someone put Raspberry Pi into a microwave?
A. Innovation the big experts are sure to copy.
User mods of video games were one thing. User mods of home appliances showing industry bigwigs that innovation will happen with or without their participation?
Welcome to the Internet of Things actually useful to the Consumer.
SpaceX launched a Falcon 9 rocket that successfully put a Dragon cargo capsule in orbit on Saturday, but its unprecedented attempt to land the uncrewed rocke...
Having an aspiration, or big hairy ass goal, is more powerful than the pride of achieving a single mission.
Yes, we have to meet our daily obligations. Do not let that keep us from aspiring to new heights.
In this case, SpaceX has both. They achieved their mission for NASA. They still have an aspiration for the future. Win-Win.
With the right leadership, people are inspired to take on new responsibilities and to be accountable.
People may work in cubicles in different parts of the world. They still strive to achieve something bigger than themselves.
Have you reached for the stars, but still got todays work done?
If you have ever been part of something like that, share your story. Inspire someone today.
How do we win against cybercrime? Take a cue from renowned former GE chief exec Jack Welch and start with a clearly-defined mission.
There are some interesting ideas here.
Focusing on threat containment relegates cybersecurity to a supporting role in a business. Nice, but it does not get you a seat at the big table.
That is not to say anything bad about security folks. The stereotype of cybersecurity as spies or data cops is out of date and holds practitioners back.
To win, businesses must recognize the contribution of any department in generating or at least recognizing opportunity.
There is a difference between the person who protects the gold and the one who finds new gold. Find new gold.
Security needs to recognize its potential. There is room for security folks who find new ways to use data to further the business goals of an organization.
Staying in the shadows, protecting against bad guys will not create value. Learn business strategy and lead others to a new place. Be the one in the business facing, or better still business-leading role.
Cybersecurity needs to be recognized as a business role. Be that person. Play to win!
SpaceX engineers prepared a Falcon 9 rocket for launch, with plans to land the rocket booster on a barge for future reuse
I, for one, am happy to see that Elon Musk may finally have a strategy to differentiate SpaceX from its competitors.
Reusable components could change the game.
His previous strategy was whining that the government would not break the rules for him. It may be a very good thing, for the industry, that he seems to have moved on.
Earn your place. That is the American way. Good luck tomorrow!
There are questions about whether the costs of refurbishing a used engine for reuse will actually be cost-effective. Watch for what happens after a successful landing.
SpaceX's Falcon 9 rocket launch has been rescheduled for Saturday, Jan. 10 at 4:47 a.m. EST (0947 GMT).
The launch webcast will begin at 3:30 a.m. EST (0830 GMT). WATCH LIVE SATURDAY @ 3:30 am ET: SpaceX to Launch Dragon, Reusable Rocket Test
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Morgan Stanley has a new kind of data breach: a rogue 30-year old employee named Galen Marsh.
Business transformation should always include a review of data security and privacy practices.
Blaming rogue employees is easy. Shame on him!
Proper asset management would have prevented a newly promoted employee from seeing and copying 10% of the company’s customer database records.
Shame on management! This wound was self-inflicted.
Having proper management systems in place is one of the must-haves for any business.
Identify lapses in management early. Investors should ask to see that due diligence for the transformation was adequate.
In data breaches, the media and management tend to focus on technical controls. Policy and hardware are easy to change. Transforming corporate culture is another matter.
Privacy breach reporting standards are easier to manage than the oversight requirements from the SEC in their trading business.
The problem now is more trust than security policy.
The broader question is “How will the 1% react to the breach of trust?” Every incident has the potential to change the legal landscape.
A breach of big dollar investors can create a greater sense of urgency than a state full of the politically unendowed.
All organizations are political – and to some degree, they always will be.
Outdated command and control management tactics pit employees against each other. This creates toxic, internally focused organizations.
Good leaders understand there are more players in the game today. They motivate team performance and organizational effectiveness.
Why? Shareholders and customers have more power. They are talking about your company on social media. They do not care about internal squabbling.
Motivate employees to beat the competition and serve the customer. Manage process and lead people.
Top 5 five most in-demand executive positions for 2015, spanning all industries, are as follows: Chief...
Times have changed. Modern organizations seek to create partnerships with stakeholders to achieve a shared picture of the future. Can you sit at this table?
The slumping fast-food giant unveiled a new, "love"-focused ad campaign
Is love a better business strategy for McDonald's? Watch them try to sell it to consumers and shareholders.
Office gatherings need to be reinvented for today’s diverse workplaces
If employee engagement is part of your 2015 strategy, this is worth a look.
Is “Ho, Ho, Ho” turning into “Oh no”?
The people that make up your organization are now more diverse that ever. It may be time to take a new look at the traditional office get-together.
Understand life from your employees’ point of view. Are they showing up because they want to be there or just because it is expected?
If you are going to spend the money, make it an enjoyable experience. People bond more often when they are led instead of being pushed.
United Airlines and Orbitz are suing Skiplagged, a small startup founded by Aktarer Zaman, that helps travelers hack the airlines' opaque pricing schemes to..
Creating barriers to entry of new competitors that force change is an old trick.
It preserves old ways of doing business. The question is does it create any value for consumers?