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Sometimes “Small Data” Is Enough to Create Smart Products by Praful Saklani | July 19, 2017

https://hbr.org/2017/07/sometimes-small-data-is-enough-to-create-smart-products

Highlights:
- When it comes to extracting intelligence by applying AI to data, context matters. In other words, you can build the biggest data lake imaginable, but if you don’t know what you’re trying to find and you don’t have the right data to do it, then you’re not going to get where you want to go.

The Best Data Scientists Get Out and Talk to People by Thomas C. Redman | January 26, 2017

https://hbr.org/2017/01/the-best-data-scientists-get-out-and-talk-to-people

Highlights:
- Great data scientists know the only way to acquire this smorgasbord of information is to go get it. So they spend time on the road with truckers, probe decision makers, wander the factory floor, pretend to be a customer, ask experts in other disciplines for help, and so forth. They delve deeply into processes of data creation and the complexities of measurement equipment. They ask old hands how their recommendations will be used, what the likely results are, and what can go wrong.

What’s the Endgame for Social Media? by Clara Shih | 1:00 PM January 9, 2014

http://blogs.hbr.org/2014/01/whats-the-endgame-for-social-media/

Highlights:
- In summary, the third wave of social business will move from enabling the few (i.e., the few marketers who manage corporate social media accounts) to mobilizing the many (i.e., the entire workforce and the “feet on the street”) to authentically engage at a personal and local level. After all, people buy from people, not companies. People trust individuals, not corporations. It’s the way business has always been done, but now social business complements traditional methods and allows for companies and their employees to manage and measure this engagement at scale.
- Authenticity has become a prerequisite to doing business in this new era, and empowering employees to use social media for business will be the number one way companies stay relevant and top of mind.
- As the pace of technological innovation continues to accelerate and the use of social media expands, 2014 is sure to be even more disruptive than…

How to Have a Year That Counts by Umair Haque | 4:08 PM January 9, 2014

http://blogs.hbr.org/2014/01/how-to-have-a-year-that-counts/

Highlights:
- So stop. Stop scurrying. Stop chasing. Stop worrying, envying, hoarding, scheming.

You’re free. (You always were.) And you have a choice–and a chance. At making it all count. Not just this year. But every instant. Every moment. It. Your life. You.

Here’s a great secret: you don’t only live once. You live an uncountable multitude of times; a lifetime in every day. And that’s more than enough for anyone.

And so.

The question isn’t if you’re going to die. It’s whether you’re going to live.

Why Our Brains Like Short-Term Goals By Monica Mehta | January 3, 2013

http://m.entrepreneur.com/article/225356

Highlights:
- The more times you succeed at something, the longer your brain stores the information that allowed you to do so well in the first place. That’s because with each success, our brain releases a chemical called dopamine. When dopamine flows into the brain's reward pathway (the part responsible for pleasure, learning and motivation), we not only feel greater concentration but are inspired to re-experience the activity that caused the chemical release in the first place.
- This is why the cultivation of small wins can propel you to bigger success, and you should focus on setting just a few small achievable goals. While your ambitions can remain grand, setting the bar too high with goals can actually be counterproductive. Each time we fail, the brain is drained of dopamine making it not only hard to concentrate but also difficult to learn from what went wrong.

Why Not Take a Year Off to Work in Government? by Jennifer Anastasoff and Puja Sangar | 9:00 AM January 1, 2014

http://blogs.hbr.org/2014/01/why-not-take-a-year-off-to-work-in-government/

Highlights:
- The opportunity to explore something new and find new paths to leadership. After spending a decade and more building a practice as a lawyer, investment banker or other professional, many of our fellows wanted to solve new challenges and find new ways of being relevant. As one remarked, “After eight years, I had built the foundation and expertise in markets and finance. It was time for me to explore paths to leadership in other contexts.”
- The opportunity to regain a sense of purpose and passion about their work. Many fellows said that they were at a point in their careers where their personal achievements were not enough, and they wanted use their skills to make a difference in their communities. As one put it: “I was curious about finding a professional path that would tap into my energy, excitement, and motivation to make a difference and get things done.”
- The opportunity to make a big impa…

THE ONE CONVERSATIONAL TOOL THAT WILL MAKE YOU BETTER AT ABSOLUTELY EVERYTHING by Shane Snow | December 17, 2012

http://www.fastcompany.com/3003945/one-conversational-tool-will-make-you-better-absolutely-everything

Highlights:
- Don’t Ask Multiple-Choice Questions
When people are nervous, they tend to ramble, and their questions tend to trail off into series of possible answers. (“What’s the most effective way to find a good programmer? Is it to search on Monster or to go on LinkedIn or to talk to people you know or … uh... uh... yeah, is it to, um...is there another job site that’s good ...?”)
- Questions that start with “who,” “what,” “where,” “when,” “how,” or “why” have high probability of thoughtful responses, whereas those that begin with “would,” “should,” “is,” “are,” and “do you think” can limit your answers. (Of course, if you’re trying to limit an answer to “yes” or “no,” you can do that, but if you’re seeking advice or stories, opt for open-ended questions.)