Throughout history, the world has seen incredible change thanks to great ideas. These insights often seem to come out of nowhere. Not simply minor updates to current inventions or ways of thinking, but truly transformative ideas that change the course of human history. But where do they come from? That’s exactly the question Steven Johnson explores in Where Good Ideas Come From: The Natural History of Innovation.
Fitness trackers have become popular devices to help us get off our butts and get in better shape. More than 43.8 million fitness gadgets have been shipped worldwide and that number only continues to grow. With so many strapping on these modern fitness coaches, we should be in shape in no time. The problem is, fitness trackers frequently fail to get us fit. Find out why.
The internet has changed everything in our world, especially the way we work. Where few use to be able to dream of working from home or anywhere they pleased, the internet now makes it possible to put in a days work from anywhere on the planet you work best.
But while a growing number of workplaces are allowing employees to work remotely, there are still those that aren’t okay with the idea. Here’s why some bosses aren’t cool with employees working remotely.
Launching a startup is difficult. You need explosive growth to gain the scale to gather the interest of investors and make your business thrive in this tough new world. But the growth that would satisfy a typical business simply isn’t enough for most startups. To achieve the kind of growth startups need to succeed, you need something that propels you ahead at exponential speeds. Something that gives you an explosion right off the line. Traction: How Any Startup Can Achieve Explosive Customer Growth shows you how to achieve that kind of growth.
It started with Mother’s Day and Father’s Day. The story goes that when Hallmark wanted to fix slow sales during months between real holidays they simply created their own holidays to boost their business. It worked. Americans now spend more than $33.9 billion every year between these two holidays (with spending on mom at $21.2 billion being almost double dad at $12.7 billion). Using the internet to spread the word, the practice have grown, and it seems every day is a new National [Insert Anything] Day. Here’s why it’s both stupid and brilliant.
“Don’t bring me problems; bring me solutions.” If you’ve been in the business world for a while, you’ve most likely heard the phrase plenty. Companies believe the phrase helps inspire employees to take initiative and solve problems. It should cut complaining and focus people on finding solutions to their problems. The problem is, it’s bad for business.