2018

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How to Prioritize Work When Everything Is #1

Liquid Planner Productivity

All projects—especially large, complex projects—need clear priorities. Easier said than done. You can count on technical projects, no matter how well-planned, to involve change orders, re-prioritization and the regular appearance of surprises. It’s just the natural order of things. But still. Knowing how to prioritize work affects the success of your project, the engagement of your team, and your role as a leader.

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Innovation Management ? Definition, Processes, Frameworks and More

Viima

Innovation, innovation, innovation! There’s hardly a business event or conversation you can have without hearing the term.

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What’s next for marketplace startups? Reinventing the $10 trillion service economy, that’s what.

Andrew Chen

[Dear readers, this essay is on the future of marketplaces. Is there still room for marketplace startups to innovate? We answer, emphatically, yes! Am excited to share a vision on the past and future of the service economy, in a collaboration by my a16z colleague Li Jin. From “Unbundling Craiglist” to “Uber for X” – we lay it all out in a single framework.

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Fundamental Attribution Error: Why You Make Terrible Life Choices

Nir Eyal

There I was, sitting in a packed movie theatre. I waited two years for this sequel and I’ve got enough popcorn and diet soda to last me a full three hours. Fifteen minutes into the movie, the hero and villain are facing off for the first time when a lady bursts into the theater. Trying […]. The post Fundamental Attribution Error: Why You Make Terrible Life Choices appeared first on Nir and Far.

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Change Management 101: A Practical 3 Part Guide

Implementing new tools or business processes in your organization? Lemon Learning put together a practical 3 part guide to prevent the pitfalls of change management. Drive a successful change management project from diagnosis through to measurement.

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How to Foster Belonging and Inclusion in the Workplace

BetterUp

Robin Ely and Fern Mandelbaum recently spoke in a fireside chat moderated by Ellen Levy at BetterUp Shift 2018. The event brought together the most innovative leaders and thinkers in HR and people development to discuss how to infuse greater meaning into the employee experience. Ely and Mandelbaum discussed some of the most effective practices for creating diverse and inclusive work environments, and recruiting diverse teams.

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Dan Schawbel | How Leaders Create Connections In Our Digitally Isolating World

Tanveer Nasser

Thanks to today's digital technology, we have so many different platforms and communication channels that make it easier to collaborate and connect with people outside of our office walls. But is that same technology making our workplaces feel less human? That's the question I examine in this episode of Leadership Biz Cafe with my guest, Dan Schawbel.

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Don't Let Your North Star Metric Deceive You

Brian Balfour

We’ve all heard the rallying cry of the “One Metric That Matters”. Choose your north star and focus. Grow 7% week over week. If you grow daily active users (DAUs), the rest will follow. But blindly buying into the concept of the one metric that matters (OMTM) is a fatal oversimplification. In a recent essay , Casey Winters, formerly Growth at Pinterest, says: “The search for one key metric for a complex ecosystem like Pinterest over-simplifies how the ecosystem works and prevents anyone from foc

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The Biggest Danger in Leadership

Leadership Freak

Self-importance is behind most of the stupid things leaders do. Self-importance keeps leaders ignorant and isolated. Self-importance blinds you to your weaknesses and distorts your view of strength in others.

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7 Key Advantages of Diversity in the Workplace and Why it Matters

Vantage Circle

If you are not living under a rock or have cut yourself out of this social world, then you must know the importance of diversity in the workplace. Bringing diversity in the workplace is not a trend to follow nor a quota a company needs to meet. It is also not only a social responsibility to practice diversity in the workplace. We intuitively know that it’s a pathway where every corporate need to walk along.

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An Alternative Approach to Dealing with the Inevitable Team Conflict

Liquid Planner Leadership

“The way a team plays as a whole determines its success. You may have the greatest bunch of individual stars in the world, but if they don’t play together, the club won’t be worth a dime.”—Babe Ruth ??. Among the many critical project success factors—detailed plans, accurate estimates, and clear communication—a strong, unified team is arguably one of the most important.

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The Key to Successful Projects: Resource Leveling in LiquidPlanner

Liquid Planner Productivity

There are lots of project management tools that make it easy for managers to overbook their teams, in addition to taking on project work that they don’t realistically have the resources to handle. Not only will teams burn out, but they probably won’t make their finish dates, either. As long as everyone on your team has entered their correct availability in LiquidPlanner, you won’t ever have to worry about overextending anyone (finish date included)!

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Every Day is New Year’s Eve

Kevin Eikenberry

Most everyone has things they do on or around New Year’s Eve. For most people, that includes some reflection on the past year and planning for the new year. All of which is fine, as far as it goes. Today, I share two ideas with you. First, if you are going to do that exercise, […]. The post Every Day is New Year’s Eve appeared first on Kevin Eikenberry on Leadership & Learning.

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The red flags and magic numbers that investors look for in your startup’s metrics – 80 slide deck included!

Andrew Chen

Growing startups and evaluating startups share common skills. Earlier this year, I joined Andreessen Horowitz as a General Partner, where I focus on a broad spectrum of consumer startups: marketplaces, entertainment/media, and social platforms. This was a big moment for me, and the result of a long relationship that began a decade ago, when Horowitz Andreessen Angel Fund funded a (now defunct) startup I had co-founded.

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Social Media has the “Exact Same Negative Effect on Depression” as Eating Potatoes

Nir Eyal

It feels impossible to tell if the technology our kids use should be celebrated or feared. A few years ago I wrote a book, Hooked, about how technology can be used to change our habits. I intended the book to teach startups how to build healthy habits, but now I’m not so sure. With headlines […]. The post Social Media has the “Exact Same Negative Effect on Depression” as Eating Potatoes appeared first on Nir and Far.

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Josh Bersin on the Importance of Talent Management in the Modern Workplace

BetterUp

Josh Bersin, Founder and Principal of Bersin by Deloitte, recently spoke at BetterUp Shift 2018 , an event which brought together the most innovative leaders and thinkers in HR and people development to discuss how to infuse greater meaning into the employee experience. In this exclusive recap of his presentation, Bersin shares his insights on how the world of work is changing, as well as where HR will fit in.

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Exhaustion is Not a Status Symbol

Agile42

In her book, The Gifts of Imperfection: Let Go of Who You Think You're Supposed to Be and Embrace Who You Are , Brene Brown shares her 10 Guideposts of Wholehearted Living. Number 7 on that list is “ Cultivating Play and Rest: Letting Go of Exhaustion as a Status Symbol and Productivity as Self-Worth ”. This resonates strongly with the 8th agile principle about sustainable pace.

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Kim Cameron On Mastering Your 1-on-1 Meetings

15Five

What separates high performing organizations from all the rest? Research shows that quality 1-on-1 meetings — those indispensable conversations between managers and employees — are a huge factor! One-on-ones can range from dreaded, “check-the-box” status updates to energizing, even life-changing conversations. As we’ll see below, science shows the best conversations have several things in common.

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Top 7 Traits of Successful Sales Managers

LSA Global

The Pressure to Succeed. Wouldn’t it be nice to know the traits of successful sales managers? Sales managers have an awesome responsibility. They must motivate their team to achieve very concrete sales targets and do so under the constant pressure of executives who are impatient with excuses and for whom failure is no option. The Job of a Sales Manager.

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How to Infuse Heart into Soul-Sucking Organizations

Leadership Freak

Heartless leaders build soul-sucking organizations. Leaders learn how to think with their heads in school. But, leaders who think with their hearts build vibrant organizations. Results.

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9 Tips To Build a Healthy Work Relationship With Your Employees

Vantage Circle

A healthy work relationship with your employees not only creates a positive work environment but also helps in the growth of an organization. Not much is talked about Boss-Employee Relationship. Like any other relationship it also has many wavelengths and needs a proper flow to sustain and grow. ‘A Harvard Business Review survey reveals 58 percent of people say that they trust strangers more than their boss’.[ Source- Forbes ].

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How startups die from their addiction to paid marketing

Andrew Chen

[Originally tweetstormed at @andrewchen , Follow me for more!]. Many of the biggest implosions in recent history – especially ecommerce – have been due to startups getting addicted to paid marketing while fooling themselves on Customer Acqusition Costs. As spend scales, it always gets more expensive and harder to track – never less.

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Distinction Bias: Why You Make Terrible Life Choices

Nir Eyal

There I was, looking at an enormous wall of television screens. Each one flashed the exact same scene? —? a beautiful flower slowly blooming to reveal each petal, pistil, and stamen in exquisite super high definition detail. It was downright sexy. But now it was time to make my choice. Would I buy the $400 […]. The post Distinction Bias: Why You Make Terrible Life Choices appeared first on Nir and Far.

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How Bad is Tech Use for Kids, Really?

Nir Eyal

It feels impossible to tell if the technology our kids use should be celebrated or feared. A few years ago I wrote a book, Hooked, about how technology can be used to change our habits. I intended the book to teach startups how to build healthy habits, but now I’m not so sure. With headlines […] The post How Bad is Tech Use for Kids, Really? appeared first on Nir and Far.

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The Power User Curve: The best way to understand your most engaged users

Andrew Chen

[Today we have an essay on one of the common frameworks we use to analyze investments at Andreessen Horowitz: The Power User Curve. I worked closely with Li Jin, a partner on the investing team, to collect our ideas into this essay which she wrote. You can follow @ljin18 on Twitter for more thoughts. -Andrew]. The importance of power users. Power users drive some of the most successful companies — people who love their product, are highly engaged, and contribute a ton of value to the netwo

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Required reading for marketplace startups: The 20 best essays

Andrew Chen

The current generation of marketplace startups has been incredibly successful. Airbnb, Lime, Uber, Lyft, Instacart, etc. I’ve been doing a broad survey of the best writing on this topic and wanted to share my list of 20 best links I’ve seen. Marketplaces at Andreessen Horowitz. We look at a lot of marketplace startups at Andreessen Horowitz @a16z – and we fund a lot of them!

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Why Do Google and Apple Want You to Use Your Phone Less?

Nir Eyal

This week Apple follows Google by announcing features to help people cut back on their tech use. Why would the companies that make your phone want you to use it less? If tech is “hijacking your brain” with their “irresistible” products, as some tech critics claim, why are these companies now acting against their own […]. The post Why Do Google and Apple Want You to Use Your Phone Less?

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DAU/MAU is an important metric, but here’s where it fails

Andrew Chen

How DAU/MAU got popular. DAU/MAU has been a popular metric because of Facebook, which popularized the metric. As a result, as they began to talk about it, other consumer apps came to often be judged by the same KPIs. I first encountered DAU/MAU as a ratio during the Facebook Platform days, when it was used to evaluate apps on their platform. This metric was always impressive for Facebook because it’s always been high.

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Peak-end rule: Why You Make Terrible Life Choices

Nir Eyal

It’s New Year’s Eve. There I am on the dance floor – it’s teeming with people and there’s hardly space to breathe. Loud thumping music pierces my eardrums and I have no idea where my friends are. Then, the guy next to me takes a misstep, spills an entire cup of beer down my shoulder. […]. The post Peak-end rule: Why You Make Terrible Life Choices appeared first on Nir and Far.

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How Netflix’s Customer Obsession Created a Customer Obsession

Nir Eyal

Nir’s Note: This guest post is by Gibson Biddle, former VP at Netflix and CPO at Chegg. Gibson is speaking at the Habit Summit in San Francisco on April 11th. In 2005, as I joined Netflix as VP of Product, I asked Reed Hastings, the CEO, what he hoped his legacy would be. His answer: “Consumer science.” […]. The post How Netflix’s Customer Obsession Created a Customer Obsession appeared first on Nir and Far.

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Kids’ Video Game Obsession Isn’t Really About Video Games. It’s About Unmet Psychological Needs.

Nir Eyal

Many parents are concerned with their child’s seemingly obsessive video game play. Fortnite, the most recent gaming phenomenon, has taken the world by storm and has parents asking whether the shooter game is okay for kids. The short answer is yes, Fortnite is generally fine. Furthermore, parents can breathe easier knowing that research suggests gaming […].

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The Startup Brand Fallacy: Why brand marketing is mostly useless for consumer startups

Andrew Chen

Brand marketing is mostly useless for consumer startups. Startups build a great brand by being successful, finding product market fit and scaling traction, etc. But it’s not a real lever. Let’s not mix up correlation with causation! If this seems contrarian to you, it’s because there’s a vast ecosystem of consultants, agencies, and other middlemen who are highly incentivized to have you spend $ and effort on non-ROI/non-performant activities.

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Choose Your Focus Because Your Eyes Control Your Tongue

Leadership Freak

Teams and organizations move in the direction of the words they use. The most important thing I can say about your tongue is it’s a rudder. 7 powers of words: Words determine direction.

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Why “Uber for X” startups failed: The supply side is king

Andrew Chen

Remember all the “Uber for x” startups? A few years ago a ton of “Uber for x” startups got funded, but very few of them – maybe none? – worked out. It sounds good but ultimately most failed on the supply side. Let’s explore why. Rideshare has better economics, at the same acquisition cost. Rideshare is special. Acquiring a broad base of labor for driving is expensive, often $300+.

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The Five Purposes of Listening

Leadership Freak

The most neglected work of leadership is listening. The reason? It’s hard work. If leadership is about others, listening is about leadership. 4 reasons you hate to listen: A squirrel’s attention span.

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Conservation of Intent: The hidden reason why A/B tests aren’t as effective as they look

Andrew Chen

When a +10% isn’t really a +10%. OK, this is an infuriating startup experience: You ship an experiment that’s +10% in your conversion funnel. Then your revenue/installs/whatever goes up by +10% right? Wrong :(. Turns out usually it goes up a little bit, or maybe not at all. Why is that? Let’s call this the “ Conservation of Intent.” The difference between high- and low-intent users.

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Kids’ Video Game Obsession Isn’t Really About Video Games. It’s About Unmet Psychological Needs.

Nir Eyal

Many parents are concerned with their child’s seemingly obsessive video game play. Fortnite, the most recent gaming phenomenon, has taken the world by storm and has parents asking whether the shooter game is okay for kids. The short answer is yes, Fortnite is generally fine. Furthermore, parents can breathe easier knowing that research suggests gaming […] The post Kids’ Video Game Obsession Isn’t Really About Video Games.

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