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How You Make Decisions Is as Important as What You Decide. Conventional thinking has suggested that leadership positions go to those who aggressively plan their careers with a keen eye for building the right skills to reach top jobs.

How You Make Decisions Is as Important as What You Decide

Others believe that leaders are born, not made. But according to research one of us (Julia) conducted for her book Pivot Points, the key differentiator between the career arc of someone who becomes a successful business leader and the average person is consistency in how the person makes major decisions. Zappos and the search for a better way to run a business. FORTUNE — When I first heard about Holacracy, a management system that online retailer Zappos plans to roll out across its organization this year, I was intrigued.

Zappos and the search for a better way to run a business

Holacracy had been described as an organizational approach in which everyone participates in shaping the company’s future. Here, I thought, might be a strategy to foster employee engagement and give managers a shot at really understanding employees’ capabilities. Brain balances perception and action when caught in an illusion. Two wrongs can make a right, at least in the world of visual perception and motor functioning, according to two University of Oregon brain scientists.

Brain balances perception and action when caught in an illusion

In a two-experiment study, published last month in the journal Frontiers in Human Neuroscience, UO neuroscientists Paul Dassonville and Scott A. Reed used eye-tracker technology in a dark laboratory to test a developing theory about how the brain determines the locations of nearby objects. Emotional Intelligence: The Social Skills You Weren't Taught In School.

You’re taught about history, science and maths when you’re growing up.

Emotional Intelligence: The Social Skills You Weren't Taught In School

Most of us, however, aren’t taught how to identify or deal with our own emotions or the emotions of others. Motivation Mystery: How to Keep Employees Productive. Zappos Knows How to Motivate Employees. Do you know how to motivate employees?

Zappos Knows How to Motivate Employees

Have you heard the saying that happy employees are productive employees? Zappos Uses Facebook To Drive Activity. Shell Eco-marathon diary, day three: ‘talent wins games, teamwork wins championships’ Three Emirati teams have travelled to the Philippines to compete against 126 other groups to find out who can build the most fuel-efficient car.

Shell Eco-marathon diary, day three: ‘talent wins games, teamwork wins championships’

One of the most amazing stories that I heard from the Shell Eco Marathon comes from a team from Saudi Arabia. In fact, Team Alfaisal demonstrated one of the most important elements to being innovative. They demonstrated teamwork. The team from Alfaisal University faced enormous challenges from the start. Their car was delayed which took away an entire day of preparation. Build a Positive Team and Family Spirit. Zappos Family Core Value #7: Build a Positive Team and Family Spirit At Zappos, we place a lot of emphasis on our culture because we are both a team and a family.

Build a Positive Team and Family Spirit

We want to create an environment that is friendly, warm, and exciting. We encourage diversity in ideas, opinions, and points of view. The best leaders are those who lead by example and are both team followers as well as team leaders. The best team members take initiative when they notice issues so that the team and the company can succeed. The best team members have a positive influence on one another and everyone they encounter. Welcome to Inc.com. Making Sense of Zappos and Holacracy. Earnings Preview: Nike's Strategy Should Keep Delivering Growth Across All Categories.

Zappos Family Core Values. How Nike Drives Innovation & Change. “One of my fears is being this big, slow, constipated, bureaucratic company that’s happy with it’s success.”

How Nike Drives Innovation & Change

–Mark Parker, CEO, Nike (Fast Company, June 2013) When an organization that depends on innovation has 44,000 employees, its CEO should be concerned about this. “Companies fall apart when their model is so successful that it stifles thinking that challenges it. Zappos says goodbye to bosses - The Washington Post. (Elizabeth Tenety/The Washington Post) Online retailer Zappos has long been known to do things its own way.

Zappos says goodbye to bosses - The Washington Post

The customer-service obsessed company calls its executives “monkeys,” has staffers ring cowbells to greet guests, and offers new employees cash to quit as a way to test their loyalty. The Las Vegas-based retailer is now going even more radical, introducing a new approach to organizing the company. It will eliminate traditional managers, do away with the typical corporate hierarchy and get rid of job titles, at least internally. 3 Key Digital Marketing Skills Students Don't Learn In College. If you’ve interviewed marketing candidates straight out of college, you’ve likely noticed a surprising trend.

3 Key Digital Marketing Skills Students Don't Learn In College

These rising young professionals may be sharp, thoughtful digital natives—but all too often, they don’t have the online marketing skills required in today’s marketplace. The reason? University marketing departments are behind the curve. The center of gravity for much of the marketing world has moved online. In my firm’s area of specialty, professional services, the landscape has changed quickly from one of brochures and direct mail to online content marketing and social media campaigns. Most businesses recognize that the rules are different than they were only a handful of years ago.

What Students Learn—And What They Lack Typically, university marketing programs offer courses in topics like marketing analytics, quantitative analysis, marketing research techniques, and marketing management.