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How Successful People Stay Calm

How Successful People Stay Calm

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Surabhi Sheth Surabhi Sheth
6 months ago
Taking time to contemplate what you’re grateful for isn’t merely the “right” thing to do. It also improves your mood, because it reduces the stress hormone cortisol by 23%. Research conducted at the University of California, Davis found that people who worked daily to cultivate an attitude of gratitude experienced improved mood, energy, and physical well-being. It’s likely that lower levels of cortisol played a major role in this.
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Digital-age transportation

Digital-age transportation

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Surabhi Sheth Surabhi Sheth
1 year ago
In Europe, Project SUNSET is exploring the impact that incentives and gamification might have.
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We can think about it in terms of a points system a bit like air miles, and the idea that you accrue points by making sustainable choices or choices that are in line with your higher level objectives within the transport system,”
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What may be most intriguing about the project is that it is being spearheaded by players and firms in the information realm. They include providers of location-based services and mobile-phone operators, as well as local and national governments and university research centers.
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The EU-run project arises from a belief among European transport thinkers there that the spread of technologies putting users at the center of the transportation system will ultimately offer only marginal improvement to overall mobility unless individual choices can be brought into line with broader system-level objectives.
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The project will connect urban mobility managers with users—and users with one another—through a smartphone app, allowing users to receive information tailored to their particular travel behavior; the more they use the app, the more it learns about their mobility patterns.
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Users will be able to share information about their own experiences on roads or transit, and track their progress in meeting particular goals—walking more, say, or reducing carbon emissions.
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The fate of the newspaper: Exclusive interview with Jacek Utko | TED Blog

The fate of the newspaper: Exclusive interview with Jacek Utko | TED Blog

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Surabhi Sheth Surabhi Sheth
1 year ago
My work is more structured than work by designers with more artistic backgrounds. As I said in my presentation, you must work with both function and form. You must always ask why something looks the way it does: What is the purpose of this object or building or product?
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personal way is important. When you use teamwork, the message becomes not so clear anymore. There’s a compromise between 20 opinions, and you can see that comp
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Global Economic Outlook, Q3 2013: United States

Global Economic Outlook, Q3 2013: United States

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Surabhi Sheth Surabhi Sheth
1 year ago
The unwelcome news that the United States only grew by 1.8 percent in the first quarter of 2013, rather than the 2.4 percent growth that was previously estimated, is a reminder that 2013 is a year of transition.
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NAR Survey of Home Buyers and Sellers Shows Dual Income Couples Fueling Market

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Surabhi Sheth Surabhi Sheth
1 year ago
Sixty-five percent of all buyers are married couples, 16 percent are single women, 9 percent single men, 8 percent unmarried couples and 2 percent other; percentages of single buyers were slightly higher in 2011
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First-time home buyers* edged up to a 39 percent market share in the past year from 37 percent in the 2011 study.  Long-term survey averages show that four out of 10 buyers are typically first-time buyers, who are critical to a housing recovery because they help existing home owners to sell and make a trade.
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The study shows the median age of first-time buyers was 31 and the median income was $61,800.
age and income demography of first time home buyer
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Innovation: A chimera no more

Innovation: A chimera no more

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Surabhi Sheth Surabhi Sheth
1 year ago
Like the old chestnut of the bumblebee’s flight, innovation seems to work in practice but not in theory
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The service revolution: Manufacturing’s missing crown jewel

The service revolution: Manufacturing’s missing crown jewel

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Surabhi Sheth Surabhi Sheth
1 year ago
ord’s assertion, unfortunately, appears to have gone unheard by many of today’s manufacturing companies, who consider themselves designers and producers of tangible products rather than providers of integrated solutions to customers’ broader needs. Too often, manufacturers view their service operations as ancillary businesses separate from and by no means equal in strategic or operational importance to the “core” product business.
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Growth’s triple crown: Growth, profits and returns?

Growth’s triple crown: Growth, profits and returns?

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Surabhi Sheth Surabhi Sheth
1 year ago
Unlike triple crowns in sports, we are not interested in performance over a single year. And when picking any particular period of time—five, ten, or some other number of years—we cannot help but make arbitrary choices that threaten to materially bias our results.
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If We Can Put a Man on the Moon: Getting Things Done in Government

If We Can Put a Man on the Moon: Getting Things Done in Government

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Surabhi Sheth Surabhi Sheth
1 year ago
o gain popular support, she’s wielded her considerable charm—the bill is distributed to members with a pink cover—and even organized a “Million Dog March” in Washington, led by her Chihuahua, Bruiser.
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he vast power of the state will now be working to ensure that, in this case, no Chihuahuas will be harmed in the making of your mascara.
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Gold rush: Protecting value in the digital world

Gold rush: Protecting value in the digital world

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Surabhi Sheth Surabhi Sheth
1 year ago
The Internet gold rush began 165 miles southwest of Sutter’s Mill in Mountain View, where Netscape was formed and its browser opened the Internet to mainstream consumers.
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It’s a mad, mad, mad, mad world: The rationality of reckless risk-taking

It’s a mad, mad, mad, mad world: The rationality of reckless risk-taking

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Surabhi Sheth Surabhi Sheth
1 year ago

In the 1963 madcap comedy film from which this article draws its title, starring Milton Berle, Sid Caesar, Ethel Merman, Phil Silvers, Spencer Tracy, Mickey Rooney and just about everyone else you can think of from that era, the characters pursue increasingly outrageous schemes in order to secure a $350,000 windfall (about $3.2 million in today’s dollars).

The film is engaging, funny and memorable – it’s a staple of pop culture references, cropping up in everything from Remington Steele to The Simpsons.  Its appeal lies not so much in the ridiculousness of the characters – little more than a group of well-intentioned and utterly reasonable passers-by – or their objective, which is reasonable enough. Rather, it lies in how the absurdity of the circumstances creates what appear to be outlandish behaviors, which ultimately redound to the discredit of the hapless participants: By turns, they end up in plane crashes, blowing up gas stations, nearly drowned, and ultimately in the hospital prior to getting shipped off to jail. They are blamed for all manner of unfortunate mishaps when really it was the circumstances that drove the outcomes, and the comedy lies in the unfairness of their punishments.

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Cyber crime fighting

Cyber crime fighting

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Surabhi Sheth Surabhi Sheth
1 year ago
Cyber crooks stole 3.6 million social security numbers and nearly 400,000 credit card numbers and tax data from South Carolina Department of Revenue computers, saddling the state with $20 million in cleanup costs so far.1  Better security is not going to come cheap. According to Bloomberg, financial services firms will have to boost annual average cyber security spending 13-fold to nearly $300 million each to fend off 95 percent of cyber attacks.2
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Courting the candidate-customer

Courting the candidate-customer

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Surabhi Sheth Surabhi Sheth
1 year ago
Beyond the need to tend the pipeline, we have also seen that impressions are increasingly important. As indicated in Deloitte’s* September 2012 Talent 2020 report, potential employees are more inclined now than in the past to work for companies that have a reputation for being a good employer.2 Given this trend, organizations are beginning to develop talent acquisition programs that cast themselves in a positive light among potential employees. They are designing recruitment experiences that benefit candidates from start to finish—even in cases where they do not culminate in a job offer. By developing programs from the candidate-as-customer perspective, these companies aim to strengthen their brands as employers of choice among employees as well as prospective employees. For example, a large international retailer is positioning employees as brand ambassadors by encouraging them to post key openings on their LinkedIn pages. Employees receive a monetary reward for hired candidates that they referred directly or indirectly through their social networks.3
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Decision quality: Improving value from capital allocation

Decision quality: Improving value from capital allocation

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Surabhi Sheth Surabhi Sheth
1 year ago
The company was underperforming its industry peers, so the CEO established targets for improved performance. However, upon reviewing their portfolio of capital projects, he noted a lack of consistency and rigor across the many business cases. Some cases appeared overly optimistic, most of them did not provide much insight into how risks could hurt project performance, and they all seemed to use different forecast assumptions—sometimes even different forecasts for interest and foreign exchange rates.
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Big data 2.0

Big data 2.0

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Surabhi Sheth Surabhi Sheth
1 year ago
While acknowledging that companies may be at many points along their data journey, research suggests the primary focus of big data applications has been on the first category of applications, and that the time is ripe to look more closely at the second two.
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In Christensen’s terminology, the bulk of today’s big data applications are generally sustaining, in that they merely improve existing products with the goal of making more profits from higher-end customers.
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A recent survey of more than 100 CIOs across multiple industries and geographies showed that big data—including its applications to business and the technologies to realize knowledge discovery—is expected to be one of the top three most disruptive technologies in 2013, third only to cloud deployment and mobile enablement.1
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Each of the three strategies discussed offers big data opportunities in the right business context. Business leaders can ask themselves a number of questions to determine if they are positioned to tap into the positive disruptive potential of these strategies.
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Product strategy:
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What Darwin can teach government: Harnessing “positive deviants” to help solve vexing problems within your organization

What Darwin can teach government: Harnessing “positive deviants” to help solve vexing problems within your organization

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Surabhi Sheth Surabhi Sheth
1 year ago
Darwin’s notion of “survival of the fittest” can apply to organizations as well as to species. A workforce may go through an evolutionary process driven by individuals with unusual but favorable behaviors. These successful outliers, or “positive deviants,” diverge from the norm, but their practices can result in positive outcomes and enable their survival in the workplace.
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Leaders can identify these “rebels with a cause” within an organization, figure out the specific behaviors that contribute to their success, and diffuse their wisdom across the entire workforce. The first step is to use measurable performance data to help identify outliers. Once an organization has found them, observational field studies and interviews can help uncover how they achieved success when their peers or neighbors did not. Finally, the organization can use carefully designed interventions and grassroots activities to transform positively deviant behaviors into standard operating procedures.
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Focusing on the few: How careful observation of family life helped tackle child malnutrition in rural Vietnam
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