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How Modi Can Deliver on the Promise of ‘Make in India’

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The Indian government has launched a “Make in India” campaign to boost manufacturing and jobs — but the key question is: Will companies bite?

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How to Choose the Right References

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You aced the last round of interviews and now your prospective employer wants to check your references. Who should you ask? Which people can best vouch for you? Will they be able to describe all your relevant qualities and skills and explain why you’re a fit for the new job?

What the Experts Say
One of the biggest mistakes jobseekers make is failing to understand “how incredibly important references are,” to the hiring process, says Claudio Fernández-Aráoz, a senior adviser at ...

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Before You Respond to that Email, Pause

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Someone sends you an email message or a text, and you’re unsure how to respond.  It’s about a complex negotiation, or a politically sensitive situation. Or maybe it’s just from a person who unnerves you.

For a moment, you pause. But for most of us, most of the time, that pause doesn’t last long. Instead we react, feeling the need to immediately craft a response. And often we then hit “send” without fully thinking. The result: an awkward or incomplete message ...

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Why ESPN Won’t Pull an HBO

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When HBO and CBS announced they’d offer paid apps that would allow viewers to completely bypass TV and stream their content directly to their preferred device, it was hard not to see the moment as dominos starting to fall. Everyone from disruptive innovation theorists to cheapskate AppleTV-streaming hipsters has been salivating over the unbundling of cable for years. Aereo’s lost legal battle? A bump in the road on the inevitable way to a la carte TV.

It’s widely accepted that ...

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Get Buy-in for Your Global Strategy with Local Partners

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I never considered myself an “ugly American,” but my UK colleagues apparently thought otherwise.

Just before I moved to the UK to head up marketing for KFC International in Europe and Africa, Pepsico had bought out our joint venture partner in the UK. I was part of the new management team that was going to try to turn around a 60-year-old business that had been declining for 10 years.

Because most of the UK KFC system was franchised, it was important ...

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Hovering Over a Touch-Screen Keyboard Has Its Consequences

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Desktop-computer keyboards allow you to rest your hands on the keys as you type, but touch-screen keyboards, such as on many tablets, are less forgiving: They require you to keep your fingertips off the screen to avoid accidentally activating the keys. Thus the upper-back muscles that support your arms are more active when you type on a touch screen than when you use a standard keyboard, which could lead to chronic shoulder problems, according to research reported in the Wall ...

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To Fight Ebola, Stop Pointing Fingers

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The burgeoning Ebola crisis hit home for Americans the other week with the death of a Liberian man in Dallas. Blunders in the treatment of Thomas Eric Duncan put two well-intentioned nurses at risk and potentially exposed many others. These developments unraveled the projected confidence of leading physicians and officials of the Center for Disease Control that the disease was a low-risk threat to our country with its advanced medical systems.

The recent Congressional hearing was predictably all finger-pointing and demands ...

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Is It Time for Your ‘Careercation’?

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Burned out from the experience of starting and running two entrepreneurial ventures, David Niu set out on a journey to recharge.

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Can We Quantify the Value of Connected Devices?

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In the 1990s, Procter & Gamble’s Product Supply Organization kicked off a major Reliability Engineering program, much like the efficiency initiatives of companies such as Toyota. They institutionalized the use of data collection systems in their manufacturing facilities to understand how products and machines would “behave” and could be optimized. By collecting machine failure data via manual sources as well as PLCs (programmable logic controllers), they were able to plot statistical distribution curves that predicted the failure rates of ...

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Watch: Mastering the Five Skills of Disruptive Innovators

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Have you mastered the five skills that distinguish innovative entrepreneurs and executives from ordinary managers?

In The Innovator’s DNA, co-authors Jeffrey Dyer, Hal Gregersen, and Clayton Christensen (The Innovator’s Dilemma, The Innovator’s Solution) built on what is known about disruptive innovation to show how individuals can develop the skills necessary to move from idea to impact.

Through their research on the world’s best innovators—including leaders at Amazon, Apple, Google, Skype, and Virgin Group—these authors have identified five key skills that differentiate great ...

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