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Care.com’s Sheila Lirio Marcelo: Overcoming the ‘Imposter Syndrome’

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Care.com CEO Sheila Lirio Marcelo told the audience at a recent Wharton conference how women can become better leaders by grappling with their insecurities.

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The Internet of Things Will Change Your Company, Not Just Your Products

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I have had a front row seat as companies have struggled to enter the emerging world of the Internet of Things — first, 10 years ago as a vice president at Ambient Devices, an MIT Media Lab spinoff that was a pioneer in commercializing IoT devices, and then as a consultant.

One of the biggest obstacles is that traditional functional departments often can’t meet the needs of IoT business models and have to evolve. Here are some of the challenges that ...

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My Dentist 3D Printed My Crown

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As a tech junkie and geek wannabe I’ve been paying attention to 3D printing and the exploding maker movement. When I say paying attention, I mean reading about it, watching hackers and hobbyists make stuff, and wondering if there is more to the technology than the brightly colored plastic tchotchkes cluttering my desk. 3D printing really hasn’t affected me yet. That is until I recently chipped a tooth and had no choice but to visit my family dentist. It was ...

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Stop Calling People Out

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Pretend that you occasionally lose your temper in meetings, and my aim is to get you to change. The next time I see you lose your cool, I say one of two things:

Hey, timeout. You just did it again — you lost your temper with Mario. This is the third time I’ve seen you do this in the last two days. C’mon, this behavior HAS to stop.

or:

Hey, can we chat for a sec? I noticed you ...

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Engaging in a Vice Can Stimulate Creativity if It’s Framed as a Duty

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In contrast to the belief that autonomy energizes us and heightens our well-being, researchers in Hong Kong found that people experience increased vitality and show greater creativity after being directed to do something — specifically, engage in a (very mild) vice. Participants who were assigned to buy a celebrity photo album (that’s the vice), as opposed to a computer-programming tutoring book, and then asked to write an ad for a bike were judged to show better creative performance than those who ...

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What It Will Take to Change the Culture of Wall Street

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William C. Dudley, the president of the Federal Reserve Bank of New York, gave a speech Monday in which he used the word “culture” 45 times. Here’s how he defined it:

Culture relates to the implicit norms that guide behavior in the absence of regulations or compliance rules—and sometimes despite those explicit restraints. … Culture reflects the prevailing attitudes and behaviors within a firm.  It is how people react not only to black and white, but to all of the shades of ...

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Myths About Entrepreneurship

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Linda Rottenberg, author of Crazy Is a Compliment, on what it really takes to start a business.

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Bring Your Own Persona: Rethinking Segmentation for the New Digital Consumer

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New products like Apple Pay are exposing user preferences for payments and sharing data. That means companies should re-think how they segment their digital consumers, writes Scott Snyder in this opinion piece.

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Why We Need to Outsmart Our Smart Devices

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Most commentary about the Internet of Things assumes that we sacrifice privacy and security for huge efficiency gains. But what if the notion underlying that tradeoff — the idea that more connectivity always means greater efficiency — is flawed? What if indiscriminate information sharing has the same drawbacks with devices as it does with people?

Research shows, after all, that privacy is a source of productivity in organizations. And excessive transparency — in a totally open work environment, ...

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Radical Innovation, Part I: Unleashing Creativity

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You can’t legislate innovation. But companies can either actively encourage it or “take whatever creativity exists in an organization and kill it very quickly,” says Kimberly A. Wagner.

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