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What You Need to Know to Get Into Business School

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It should have been straightforward for Ed Redden. A chemical engineering graduate from Notre Dame, he had spent the five years since college working at General Electric. He had risen quickly to lead a team of 55 employees across five manufacturing lines. He clearly had the knowledge and the skills to grow as a manager. To advance his career, he applied to business school. His applications racked...

The Power of Strange Job Titles

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In March this year Elon Musk and Tesla’s CFO received new job titles. Musk would no longer be merely Chief Executive Officer of the $650 billion car company. According to the company’s regulatory filing, his official title would also be “Technoking of Tesla.” Zach Kirkhorn, the company’s Chief Financial Officer, would receive the additional title “Master of Coin.” That term is used in George R.R...

Social Media is Good for Your Creativity

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Helen Ellis was struggling to write. After publishing her novel Eating the Cheshire Cat to positive reviews and good sales in 1998, she hit a block. Six years passed before she was able to complete her second novel, which failed to sell. A third also racked up rejections without attracting an offer. To focus on her writing, she quit her job. It didn’t help. No one wanted her fourth book either...

The Best Way to Motivate Your Team

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PruittHealth, an organization that operates about 100 nursing homes and assisted living centers, had a problem. Its workers were hesitant about taking a Covid vaccine. Care workers tend to be low-paid and are often distrustful of government. Many had already suffered from the disease, costing them sick leave and even vacation days. They weren’t in a rush to be the first to take a vaccine that...

Digital Art Gives Creatives New Opportunities… and New Gatekeepers

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On January 1, 1971, Henry Darger wrote an entry in his diary. “I had a very poor nothing like Christmas. Never had a good Christmas all my life, nor a good new year, and now… I am very bitter but fortunately not revengeful, though I feel should be how I am.” It was his last entry. Two years later, the hospital janitor died aged 81 at St. Augustine’s Home for the Aged. He was buried...

FIND YOUR FLOW

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It was the final of the 2015 women’s soccer World Cup. Fifteen minutes had passed and already the USA was leading Japan 3-0. Two of the goals had come from Carli Lloyd who had scored twice in the first five minutes of the game. Lloyd received the ball in the middle of her own half. She took one touch then another, caught up with the ball on the halfway line, glanced towards the goal, then belted...

Fill Your Company with Sludge

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It’s hard to avoid advertisements for Amazon Prime. If you’re not already a member, Amazon will ask why not whenever you open the website or browse Amazon videos on your television. Joining is as easy as pushing a button. Amazon, the inventor of the one-click purchase, makes buying smooth and easy. Nothing should get between a customer reaching for their wallet and the company charging their card...

Crowdsourcing for Innovation

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Boom! Studios should have little trouble turning ideas into products. The comic book and graphic novel publisher has a stable of award-winning work and licenses with WWE, Cartoon Network, and the Jim Henson Company. It also has agreements with 20th Century Fox and Fox Television to bring its comic book stories to both big and small screens. And yet when the company wanted to create a new comic...

What’s Really In a Name

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It was one of the biggest—and at the time, one of the most head-scratching—brand re-naming events ever. In 1993, rock star Prince declared that he was changing his name… to an unpronounceable love symbol. Faced with having to mime a combination of gender ideograms whenever anyone wanted to talk about the man behind Purple Rain and Sign O The Times, people soon started calling him “the artist...

Top the App Store in 2021

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For mobile app developers in 2009, life was easy. The iPhone was just two years old and had sold little more than 40 million units. The App Store had launched the year before, with an initial offer of just 500 applications. By November 2009, the store had generated two billion downloads from only 100,000 apps. The number of apps available varied from region to region though. So when Rovio, a...

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