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In Performance Reviews, Women are Criticized for Personality Rather Than Performance

August 28, 2014 There are countless explanations for the extreme paucity of women in the top ranks of companies, in technology and beyond. A study of performance reviews by linguist and Amazon executive Kieran Snyder for Fortune reveals that even in strongly positive reviews, women are much more likely to receive critical feedback. ...

Job Requirements Are Mostly Fiction and You Should Ignore Them

August 27, 2014 In job searches, people frequently look at the listed requirements, see a gap, and move on, fearing rejection and not wanting to waste the employer’s time and their own. They’re making a big mistake, and potentially holding their careers back. A job posting doesn’t describe a real person. It describes ...

For Coders, Tests Will Replace Resumes and Interviews

August 21, 2014 FROM NEXTGOV arrow Companies mostly guess at the quality of potential hires. They rely on exaggerated resumes, and often unreliable references. Most people aren’t especially good at interviewing, and are prone to bias. Even with exhaustive pre-screening, many interviews end up being a waste of time on both ends. HackerRank, a Bangalore and ...

The Seven Signs That You Work Too Hard

August 18, 2014 Many people proudly describe themselves as workaholics, part of a modern culture where long hours and no free time are a sign of being successful and needed. But the term describes a real—and sometimes dangerous—addiction. Workaholism is defined by a recent paper as ‘‘being overly concerned about work, to be ...

Watson, the IBM Supercomputer, Might Replace the Loudmouth in Your Business Meetings

August 4, 2014 FROM NEXTGOV arrow While plenty of modern conference rooms are outfitted with technology, IBM is imagining a future in which computers figure into office meetings not only as tools but as active participants. According to the MIT Technology Review, IBM is testing the idea at a lab where everything said in a demo ...

Watson, the IBM Supercomputer, Might Replace the Loudmouth in Your Meetings

August 4, 2014 While plenty of modern conference rooms are outfitted with technology, IBM is imagining a future in which computers figure into office meetings not only as tools but as active participants. According to the MIT Technology Review, IBM is testing the idea at a lab where everything said in a demo ...

How to Run a Team of People Who Never See Each Other

July 25, 2014 Millions of people make a living without ever setting foot in an office. Particularly in technology, companies are moving away from just outsourcing rote tasks to remote workers and toward building entirely distributed teams. One leader is Elance-oDesk, the largest online marketplace for freelance talent. In addition to providing a ...

Scheduling Business Calls Days in Advance Should Be Banned

July 11, 2014 The all-to familiar business ritual of setting up a phone call, where it takes a day-long series of emails and calendar checks to even agree in a time, is the worst type of procrastination: the kind that makes you feel as if you’ve done something productive. Scheduled business calls should ...

This Is Bill Gates’ Favorite Business Book of All Time

July 11, 2014 Bill Gates’ favorite business book of all time has been out of print, is nearly half a century old, and is entirely different from the how-to-manage guides that top many other lists. It’s Business Adventures, a collection of some of the best of long-time New Yorker writer John Brooks’ wonderfully ...

How to Avoid Having to Fire Your Best Employees

July 10, 2014 In his recent New York Times musings about the struggles of small business ownership, suburban Philadelphia furniture manufacturer Paul Downs described his firing of an employee who had been with him for 20 years.That provoked a great deal of criticism from readers and fellow business owners, to which Downs responded ...