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6 Ways to Be a Better Connector

In his international bestseller, The Tipping Point, Malcolm Gladwell describes Connectors as the people in a community who know large numbers of other people and are in the habit of making introductions. Gladwell attributes the success of Connectors to the fact that "their ability to span many different worlds is a function of something intrinsic to their personality, some combination of curiosity, self-confidence, sociability, and energy."

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Accuracy & Precision

In common usage, we often use accuracy and precision interchangeably to mean "exact" but in the world of project management (and certainly math) they mean very different things. The dart board images above illustrate the difference between the two concepts. The first thing you notice is that data can be simultaneously high …

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The Most Important Word in Hebrew

With today's global workforce, cultural differences in the workplace can be a challenge. Words or gestures can mean different things to different people, certain things are more or less appropriate to do,

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The Perfect Gift

Last week my 6-year old son came home from school with an "essay" in response to an assignment to "describe the perfect gift." He wrote:

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A Culture of Creativity & Getting Stuff Done

I often get asked, "what's Croatia like" which launches me into an effusive description of the land, the people, the economy and the culture. The facts about Croatia are interesting:

  • Population: 4.4 million
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UX Design: An Introduction

User Experience (UX) is more than creating a slick web page. It's about understanding your users and aligning their behaviors, goals and motivations with your business strategy. This presentation by ExtensionEngine Creative Director Scout Stevenson at the Harvard Innovation Lab outlines best practices surrounding the process and deliverables that are vital components for creating a positive web and mobile user experiences.

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HBS Launches New Ventures Competition

Harvard Business School recently launched its fourth annual alumni new ventures competition. I'm a huge fan of this competition having been a finalists judge the past two years and co-chair of the Boston chapter of the competition. What sets this competition apart from the plethora of others is its global reach, the scale of the enterprises that compete and the vast resources made available to all the competitors. The competition has two tracks: one for social ventures and another for for-profit businesses.

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Social Entrepreneurship at Harvard

Come join the launch of the second President’s Challenge at Harvard! Professor David Edwards of the School of Engineering and Applied Sciences will be speaking on the promise of social entrepreneurship. There will be food served, and students from across the University will be here to share ideas, find teams, and generally mix it up.

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Strategy Moves Toward Excess Capacity

15 years ago I took a management strategy class at Harvard Business School being taught by Professor Clayton Christensen who was mostly talking about disruptive innovation. At the time Christensen was wildly famous, at least as far as business thinkers can be. He had recently published Innovators Dilemma and was on the cover of popular business magazines. Now I had been cold-called three times in as many days so I was really paying attention. What Christensen then proffered was this gem of management advice, "strategy moves in the direction of excess capacity."

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Don’t Just Count Every Hour, Make Every Hour Count

Each day at ExtensionEngine we track about 1,000 hours of our employees' labor of love across about 40 billable client projects and another dozen or so non-billable projects that are for either sales, training, development, philanthropy, etc.. That works out to more than a quarter million hours …

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