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Strategic CIO

September, 2017

  • 17 September

    Motivate Staff the Jack Ma Way?

    No, Apple did not have the biggest conference this week. It was definitely Alibaba, whose chairman Jack Ma grooved to Michael Jackson in full costume for his employees at their annual conference. The next time you are looking to get your team excited, definitely (maybe?) draw inspiration from this performance.

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  • 17 September

    Lab-Created Underwear Will Alleviate Your Back Pain

    Feeling the aches and pains of age? This exoskeleton from Vanderbilt University is aiming to take the pressure off of your back with technology that fits under your clothes.

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  • 17 September

    We’re Getting Close to Electric Flying Cars

    Faster trains and Hyperloops are cool, but a promise that has gone undelivered for too long is flying cars. Check out this electric flying car that takes off like a helicopter and then zips off into the sky.

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  • 17 September

    Create Slides People Will Remember

    How many millions of hours of human life have been wasted on boring presentations? Use these tips from Harvard Business Review to create better slideshows that keep people engaged.

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  • 17 September

    How Women Can Speak Up for Themselves in Negotiations

    CEO Gail Federici has been described as “deceptively sweet,” and it is a loaded phrase. She explains what the problem is with this description as she articulates how women can better speak up for their own interests during meetings and negotiations.

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  • 17 September

    4 Confidence-Building Action Steps for the Shy

    A perfect video for a Sunday morning, Antonio of Real Men Real Style relays some tips that the shy can use to build up their confidence and take charge of their lives. He conveys his tips through a comfortable narrative that makes it all memorable.

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  • 10 September

    Leadership Lessons from General James ‘Mad Dog’ Mattis

    If there is someone you can trust for your leadership advice, it’s the U.S. Marines. This interview with General James ‘Mad Dog’ Mattis highlights several memorable leadership insights. It has a military slant to it of course, but the principles are applicable in many situations.   (Go to the actual YouTube site for this one, as it contains a list of all of the questions Mattis answers.)

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  • 10 September

    Explaining the Equifax Data Leak

    Equifax is one of the last companies you would want to hear has fallen victim to a major hack, but it happened. This video from TechCrunch explains that Equifax’s reaction to the hack has been sluggish at best and negligent at worst. Heed this as a warning of how not to handle customers.

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  • 10 September

    Who Can We Trust with Digital Ad Reach?

    Facebook thinks its ads can reach roughly 10 million more people than even exist in the United States census. This shows that digital advertising metrics are prone to serious errors, either from how they were built, or from the insidious presence of bots.

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  • 10 September

    Using Teamwork to Build Cities with Lego and Augmented Reality

    Teamwork solves everything, eventually. This video from Wired demonstrates the processes that MIT uses in its teamwork in order to produce awesome innovations such as, uh, Lego cities.

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  • 10 September

    Why You Should Promote from Within

    In just 46 seconds, CEO Tom Gimbel makes a compelling, no-nonsense case for how promoting from within can benefit the whole organization.

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  • 10 September

    Why Smart People Ignore Good Advice

    Have you ever disregarded someone’s advice and later thought to yourself, “Wow, I really should’ve listened to that person”? This video explains quickly and succinctly why you made the choice you did, so that maybe next time you’ll think twice about ignoring good advice.

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  • 3 September

    How to Make Hard Choices

    Hard choices are hard for very good reasons, but if you frame them in the right ways, you can alleviate the pressure. If you have a few minutes, watch this TED talk that could expand your perspective wide open.

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  • 3 September

    Wal-Mart, Google Team Up to Take on Amazon

    Amazon wants to sell you the moon without you having to leave your house. Wal-Mart and Google are teaming up to offer the same experience—with maybe more efficiency? Never underestimate the power of a good business partnership.

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  • 3 September

    Riding a Roller Coaster While Wearing a VR Headset

    Many people love roller coasters. Many people love virtual reality. Somebody decided to put them together. Enjoy this video, and then consider how VR might create marketing experiences in your business that are perhaps a bit more practical.

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