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How to Head Off Communication Breakdowns

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How people and groups work together (or don’t) is just as important to organizational effectiveness as using the right strategy or being efficient at execution. But most managers and executives handle corporate interaction and communication in a very erratic way, which in turn can harm the results of the overall strategy. Check out the latest business-analysis jobs. In order to avoid this outcome, managers and executives should incorporate interaction planning into their management approach. The planning needs to happen at… continue…

Windows 10 for Businesses: Questions Abound

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In a bid to jog adoption of Windows 10, Microsoft has promised that every consumer currently running Windows 7 or 8 on their PC will receive a free upgrade to the new operating system once it comes out. That’s a pretty good deal not only for your average consumer, but also the small businesses that could benefit from upgrading one or two systems for free. Microsoft also promised to treat Windows 10 more like a service, with regular security and… continue…

Attracting Top Engineers in a Competitive Market

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Ron Pragides rode the wave of IPOs at Salesforce and Twitter, but wanted to grow a team at a company with a less-certain future. He was the very first engineer at Austin-based Bigcommerce’s San Francisco office, and the company’s third hire in the area. His team outgrew its original office in 10 months, forcing them to move to another space in SoMa (otherwise known as South of Market, for those who don’t live in the Bay Area). Click here to… continue…

Amazon WorkMail Seeks Business Email Crown

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As if it didn’t have enough going on already, Amazon has decided to plunge into the corporate-email game. Amazon’s cloud-based WorkMail boasts all the features that corporate email users expect, including public folders, distribution lists, calendar sharing, Out-of-Office messages, and more; it works with Firefox, Chrome, Safari, and other popular browsers. Inboxes can store up to 50GB of messages and attachments, while individual messages can total up to 30MB. The platform costs $4 per month per seat, or $6 if… continue…

Daily Tip: Think Like a Scientist

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How often do you receive productivity tips from one of history’s legendary scientists? Over at LifeHacker, there’s an interesting rundown of the advice that Carl Sagan offered over the years for squeezing the most out of your efforts. As befitting an analytical thinker, one of the top points is diversifying your knowledge base: Maintaining a curiosity in subjects outside your field of mastery can pay off by enlarging your skill set and boosting your overall knowledge. Maintaining a scientist’s mindset… continue…

What Makes a Great Software Developer?

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What does it take to become a great—or even just a good—software developer? According to developer Michael O. Church’s posting on Quora (later posted on LifeHacker), developers who want to compete in a highly competitive industry should be unafraid to learn on the job; manage their careers aggressively; recognize under- and over-performance (and avoid both); know the politics of software development (which he refers to as “CS666”); avoid fighting other people’s battles; and physically exercise as often as possible. Click… continue…

Daily Tip: The Upside of the ‘Hybrid’ Job

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While most of us would be perfectly fine with sticking to one job, many folks find themselves taking on more of a “hybridized” role at work, often juggling responsibilities that, once upon a time, might have been handled by two (or more) people. We all know the programmer who’s also a manager, or the app developer who doubles as a social-media maven. In startups, this hybridization is particularly acute, with people taking on multiple roles in order to keep the… continue…

Apple Exec’s $73 Million Pay Hints at Salary Gap

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How much did Apple CEO Tim Cook take home last year? Roughly $9.22 million, according to Apple’s recent Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) filing (PDF), but even that wasn’t the highest amount paid to any of the company’s officers. Angela Ahrendts, senior vice president of retail and online stores, pulled down $73.3 million. Ahrendts’ eye-popping compensation derives largely from stock awarded to her upon joining the company in May 2014. The award was compensation for what she would have earned… continue…

The State of D in 2015

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A large company can push a programming language into the proverbial limelight: just look at C#, Java, and Objective-C and Swift. But a few programming languages can punch above their weight without any help from prominent companies or developers. While some of these languages achieved early success only to fall by the wayside (e.g., Delphi), one language that has quietly gained popularity is D, which now ranks 35 in the most recent Tiobe Index. Why D? Inspired by C++, D… continue…

Daily Tip: The Virtue of In-Person Meetings

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There are more ways to e-communicate than ever: Email, instant messaging, and specialized collaboration software all ensure that even the most far-flung employees can share information. Those tools make it tempting to never pick up a phone or schedule a face-to-face meeting ever again. But phone and in-person meetings aren’t totally obsolete for good reason: Sitting across from someone, it’s very easy to cover a multitude of issues quickly. What might take 30 emails to resolve can often be settled… continue…