The Art of the Chart: 5 Keys to Stunning Data Visualization

The Art of the Chart: 5 Keys to Stunning Data Visualization

Since William Playfair created the first modern charts in the late 18th and early 19th century, the field of data visualization has come a long way, and a bevy of specialized and nuanced visualizations have been developed. This means that for every kind of story you’d like to tell with your data, “There’s a Chart for That.” 

In this article, we share some tips and tricks you can use right away to make your next paid marketing report a stunner.

How Blockchain Can Stop Digital Ad Fraud

How Blockchain Can Stop Digital Ad Fraud

Digital marketers’ interest has been piqued by blockchain’s potential to put a serious dent in ad fraud—which will cost brands $19 billion worldwide this year, according to Juniper Research.

How to Be Creative

How to Be Creative

You know how you’ve got this image of the creator as a somewhat crazy, slightly unbalanced person lost in his or her own head? I have great news. You are one, too! Everyone – adults and children alike – has a creative streak. But while most of us have a spirit of invention, major or minor, for too many of us it lies dormant even though it can be awakened with the simplest of acts. Follow these steps to find your inner writer, composer, finger painter, chef, lyricist, entrepreneur, filmmaker, comedian, politician or professional Tweeter.

How the Eagles Followed the Numbers to the Super Bowl

How the Eagles Followed the Numbers to the Super Bowl

The Eagles’ shrewd application of analytics to everything from roster management to in-game strategy helped propel them to a 13-3 record and a berth in Super Bowl LII against the New England Patriots. 

Data Can Enhance Creative Projects — Just Look at Netflix

Data Can Enhance Creative Projects — Just Look at Netflix

With the recent explosion of shows produced by Silicon Valley companies like Amazon and Netflix comes a fear that entertainment will increasingly be shaped by analysts crunching numbers rather than creatives following their artistic vision. But in fact, data-driven platforms are giving high-quality, innovative entertainment a place to shine.

How to Break Up With Your Phone

How to Break Up With Your Phone

How many people on their deathbeds do you think are going to say, “I wish I’d spent more time on Facebook”? Keep asking yourself the same question, again and again and again: This is your life. How much of it do you want to spend on your phone?

How to Cultivate Gratitude, Compassion, and Pride on Your Team

How to Cultivate Gratitude, Compassion, and Pride on Your Team

Leaders want teams that work hard and persevere in the face of challenges. But it’s not enough to nurture grit among your employees. You also need to encourage grace – decency, respect, and generosity, all of which mark a person as someone with whom others want to cooperate. 

Why We May Soon Be Living in Alexa’s World

Why We May Soon Be Living in Alexa’s World

When Amazon unveiled Alexa three and a half years ago, it was roundly jeered. Now, against all expectations, even though she’s sometimes unpredictable and unpolished, Alexa is here to stay. And that may be underplaying it; people in tech have recently begun to talk about Alexa as being more than just part of a hit gadget.

The Best Companies to Work For Are Beating the Market

The Best Companies to Work For Are Beating the Market

We often hear that nice guys finish last, or at least that it takes a degree of ruthlessness to make it in corporate America. But a new analysis of the data shows that it might actually be the nice bosses who propel their companies to the greatest heights.

5 Ways to Get Over Your Fear of Public Speaking

5 Ways to Get Over Your Fear of Public Speaking

We all want to be good public speakers. But for many of us, fear inevitably gets in the way. The good news is you don’t have to overcome your fear in order to be a great public speaker; it never goes away entirely. Instead, the goal is to have less fear.

How to Get Your Team to Follow Through After a Meeting

How to Get Your Team to Follow Through After a Meeting

Any team leader knows that it’s what happens between project meetings that makes or breaks a project. And yet it’s often challenging to keep a team motivated and focused on getting agreed upon tasks done. Ideally you’ve checked that everyone is aligned and agreed on next steps but assigning tasks and deadlines is usually not enough.

Keep Track of Your Work Accomplishments Throughout the Year

Keep Track of Your Work Accomplishments Throughout the Year

When it comes time for your annual review or you want to ask for a raise, you likely know that you’ll need to back up your request for more money or a better title with examples of your good work. Here are ways to keep track.

Become a Better Listener by Taking Notes

Become a Better Listener by Taking Notes

Team dynamics can make or break a meeting. Have you ever been in a meeting where people interrupt each other, introduce new ideas when they should be building on the conversation, and repeat someone else’s point just to be heard? These communication issues waste time and energy, and usually lead to more meetings to correct misunderstandings, reiterate decisions, or soothe hurt feelings and interoffice tensions.

How to Run a More Effective Meeting

How to Run a More Effective Meeting

We’ve all been stuck in a bad meeting. You arrive on time only to have the meeting start 10 minutes late. The agenda? Unclear. The person in charge? Also. Some people start to offer ideas, others shoot them down. Nothing is really decided and the meeting wraps up, as you silently lament the lost hour. There is a better way. These tips and strategies can work for anyone, regardless of title.

The Right Way to Start a Meeting

The Right Way to Start a Meeting

We all know there’s a price to pay for a making bad first impression: A limp handshake conveys low confidence; a wrinkled suit makes you seem lazy; oversharing comes across as emotional instability. But do you ever think about the first impression your meetings make?

8 Ground Rules for Great Meetings

8 Ground Rules for Great Meetings

 

If you want your team to be effective, you need meeting ground rules — and you need agreement about how to use them. 

Lessons From Spotify

Lessons From Spotify

The power of the record labels and the resultant linkage of Spotify’s marginal costs to its overall revenue certainly makes Spotify a unique case compared to most zero marginal cost venture-backed companies.

BMW Films

BMW Films

Launched in 2001, BMW Films’ “The Hire” was a series of eight groundbreaking online short films "that helped define branded entertainment." Each film was a unique story, with David Fincher and Ridley and Tony Scott acting as executive producers. Available only online and released four years before the invention of YouTube, the films were critically-acclaimed and fifteen years later still have a cult following. 

Bad Actors Are Using Social Media Exactly as Designed

Bad Actors Are Using Social Media Exactly as Designed

When Russia manipulates elections via Facebook, or ISIS recruits followers on Twitter, or racist landlords deny rentals to blacks and then offer them to whites through Airbnb, commentators and companies describe these activities as “manipulation” or “abuse” of today’s ubiquitous websites and apps. But it’s not. It’s simply using those platforms as designed.

Ray Dalio: His Key Principles For Living A Successful Life

Ray Dalio: His Key Principles For Living A Successful Life

Ray Dalio, author of Principles: Life and Work and founder and co-chairman of Bridgewater Associates, on how he broke into the financial industry, overcame early life challenges, his key principles that led to the success of his firm, how he builds strong teams through radical transparency, why he created baseball cards for employees and his best advice.

AI Has a Hallucination Problem That's Proving Tough to Fix

AI Has a Hallucination Problem That's Proving Tough to Fix

Tech companies are rushing to infuse everything with artificial intelligence, driven by big leaps in the power of machine learning software. But the deep-neural-network software fueling the excitement has a troubling weakness: Making subtle changes to images, text, or audio can fool these systems into perceiving things that aren’t there.

Tech Is Transforming the Role of CMO. Here Are 20 Execs Driving the Innovation

Tech Is Transforming the Role of CMO. Here Are 20 Execs Driving the Innovation

These days, if you’re going to successfully market goods or services to digitally savvy consumers, you better be skilled at using the latest technologies and hippest channels to forge meaningful messages that delight and inspire. Dennis Maloney, Domino's digital chief, and the 19 other pivotal players profiled in the article fulfill the promise of fusing tech innovation with marketing smarts to drive interest and sales. 

Why You Need an Untouchable Day Every Week

Why You Need an Untouchable Day Every Week

Neil Pasricha’s solution for increasing creative output by flagging days on your calendar when you would be completely unreachable by the rest of the world. 

How to Make Work Better

How to Make Work Better

A how-to guide for New York Times subscribers that shows what every worker can do to help workplaces be places we want to work. 

5 Ways to Counteract Your Smartphone Addiction

5 Ways to Counteract Your Smartphone Addiction

 

We are living in an era of technology obsession and smartphone addiction. I hear it all the time: “I can’t go anywhere without my phone” or “I feel anxious when I’m not able to check email” or “If I’m not on my social feeds, I feel like I’m missing out.”

Meet Is Murder

Meet Is Murder

Early this year in the sun-streaked offices of Spring, a handsomely capitalized shopping start-up in Manhattan’s Flatiron district, Octavian Costache, the company’s chief technology officer and one of its founders, claimed a spot near the bright new kitchen to make a speech at a weekly all-hands meeting.

19th Birthday

19th Birthday

Dear Friends,

Nineteen years ago, we arrived in Jordan’s apartment in San Francisco with a “borrowed” laptop, two desks, one chair, and enough work to get us through the next three months. 

Yikes! A Bad Hire Costs a Company How Much?

Yikes! A Bad Hire Costs a Company How Much?

TV Glenn was joined by Jeff Rosenblum, co-author of Friction, one of the books Glenn has asked his staff to read while shifting the company in a new direction. Rosenblum talked about the vast importance of hiring well and how this small step can drastically change the overall effectiveness of a company.

Jeff Rosenblum joins Cheddar TV to speak about his book, Friction

Jeff Rosenblum joins Cheddar TV to speak about his book, Friction

Broadcasted from the New York Stock Exchange, Jeff Rosenblum defines passion brands on Cheddar TV.  "A Passion Brand is a brand people love at an almost irrational level. It's the brand that gets tattooed on customers' arms. It's the brand that charges exorbitant prices, yet produces unwavering loyalty. They do this by helping their customers fulfill their dreams and aspirations." 

What's Behind A Winning Brand on Yahoo Finance

What's Behind A Winning Brand on Yahoo Finance

According to Jeff Rosenblum, author of Friction: Passion Brands in the Age of Disruption, the brands that inspire love at an almost irrational level outperform the competition as much as 8 to 1 over a 10-year period.

Brush Stokes Podcast

Brush Stokes Podcast

Jeff Rosenblum, author of Friction, argues that brands don’t simply need clever messages or new, shiny technologies. They need a fundamental change in strategy.