#Adulting with Analytics: Comparing Analytics Maturity across Business Functions

Michael Sims's picture

What a strange phenomenon this concept of “adulting” is. Have you heard about this? Basically, avid social media users (read: millennials) are posting updates about or photos of themselves’ partaking in activities that are characteristic of adulthood and then tagging those posts with the term “adulting” (author’s note: on principle, I refuse to use that term without quotation marks).

Amazon Prime’s Random Approach To Productivity

Carla O'Dell's picture

Amazon.  The Behemoth of Booksellers.  The Disruptor of Retail.   The Patron Saint of the US Postal Service (their Prime saved USPS’s bacon).

Amazon. The Paragon of Predictive Analytics.  The Role Model of Recommendation Systems.

Given Amazon’s obsession with data and analytics, I was blown away when I saw this video of how Amazon arranges their Prime Now warehouse.

How Process Management is Like Teenage Boys?

Holly Lyke-Ho-Gland's picture

As many of you know by now, I’m the proud parent of a high school student, with all the joys and frustrations that entails. I was recently struck with how much being a parent is like managing a business. Think about it. There are:

  • performance measures to monitor—grades and standardized tests,

  • workflows to manage—time management and study habits, and

  • employees to engage—celebrating successes, keeping morale high, and working with my son to embrace changes to study habits and prioritizing assignments over video games.

Whether It's Diet or Data, Change is Change

Michael Sims's picture

I come from an Italian family. My mom, the undisputed matriarch of the family, was born in Italy and takes great pride in sharing her cultural heritage with my family, often in the form of delicious Italian food. Growing up, this made dinnertime a highlight of the day, as it was a golden opportunity to gorge on perfectly al dente pasta of every shape and size. All of this came to a screeching halt the day I decided to start a low-carbohydrate diet. 

Virtual Reality Needs to Go Social to Benefit KM

Carla O'Dell's picture

Driving a Rover on Mars? Touring Valen's Reef in the Bird’s Head Seascape international preserve? Reliving Hurricane Sandy as the waters rose? I had a chance to experience all three of these in virtual reality (VR) at the 2016 Aspen Ideas Festival. 

5 Tips From Adam Grant on How to Speak Up Without Getting Shot Down

Carla O'Dell's picture

Adam Grant is a supremely practical management guru with a well-deserved reputation based on his popularity as the youngest full professor at Wharton Business School, two best-selling books and a much-read Sunday New York Times contributor. (He might be the next Peter Drucker.) My very first BTBI interview was with Adam about his first best seller, Give and Take.

Is Attending Aspen Ideas Festival on Your Bucket List?

Carla O'Dell's picture

If attending the Aspen Ideas Festival isn’t on your bucket list, you might consider adding it.

Every summer, one thousand movers and shakers, CEOs, authors, politicians, pundits, and artists gather to share the biggest ideas of the day and seek solutions to the world’s pressing problems. I had the pleasure of attending this year in late June and wasn’t disappointed.

One Easy Tip to Be More Productive from Charles Duhigg

Carla O'Dell's picture

Being the head of a productivity center, I am on a lifelong quest to increase my own productivity and happiness. I never seem to get enough done: my “to do” list is always bigger than my “TA DA – it’s done!” list.

Leaders Beware The Next Big, New, Shiny Thing

Elissa Tucker's picture

Have you heard of the new phenomenon: The Digitally Deluded Leader? It’s the topic of APQC’s June Human Capital Management Webinar. This is a new topic for me and I am guessing it is also new to many APQC readers. So, I asked guest speaker Steve Hearsum of Roffey Park, an internationally renowned leadership institute based in the UK and Singapore, to participate in a brief interview. Read his thoughts on what digital means for leadership.

That Machine is a Better Storyteller Than Me

Carla O'Dell's picture

I am willing to bet that machines wrote some of the emails, spider crawls, and media alerts that come across your screen every day. A grizzled sports writer didn’t write the recap of the baseball game; most weather alerts and forecasts weren’t written by a meteorologist; financial analyses and stock market reports were not written by an intern or junior staffer.