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We’ve taken the Android version of Safari Queue out of beta, and it is now available for everyone in the Google Play Store. The Android version of Queue is the newest addition to our lineup of native apps, joining the recently launched iOS version.

The Safari Queue app syncs with your new Safari queue, granting you offline access to books and videos. In previous apps, we’ve imposed limits on the number of items you could read/watch offline, but with Safari Queue, we’ve removed those restrictions. Many of our customers asked us to give them the freedom to read and watch things offline, so this app was designed to support as many titles as your device can hold. Read more »

Posted by & filed under Business, Content - Highlights and Reviews, leadership, leading teams, managing people, managing yourself.

It’s amazing the amount that managers have to learn when they begin a new position. Whether it’s a big promotion within the company or a new job with a new employer, new leaders rarely have a meaningful grasp of the circumstances they will be entering until they are already there. That’s a problem: unknown politics, misunderstood expectations, and relationships that often need to be built from scratch all stand in the way of anyone’s ability to be effective in a new leadership role. It’s a challenge even experienced leaders face, often time and again throughout their careers.

It doesn’t have to be this way.  In his Safari Original short ebook, Your Critical First 10 Days as Leader, leadership scholar and author Eric McNulty lays out a simple action plan for any leader to hit the ground running — or least jogging — right away. Eric’s focus is on relationships; after all, managing people is what leadership is all about. Read more »

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One of the big challenges our customers are asking us to help them solve is developing a new generation of leaders and managers — especially those moving from technology into their first leadership roles. Many of those managers are literally part of the next generation. Millennials are now a plurality in the workforce, and as a group value (and expect) training and development support from their employer (obligatory Mary Meeker reference below).

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When business leaders hear the word “sustainability,” they often think “expense.” Sustainability feels like the right thing to do, but only once all other business needs have been met. Unfortunately, this perspective misses the more important issue: sustainability is a core strategic asset.

Not only can a focus on sustainability generate cost savings and drive revenue growth, it provides the opportunity for key organizational investments and innovations. Perhaps nowhere is this more the case than in the area of energy reduction.

Companies of all different sizes and industries are now realizing the value of investing in energy reduction strategies. Consider DuPont’s Bold Energy Plan, which helped the chemical giant reduce costs by hundreds of millions while helping to transform its reputation from massive polluter to innovator.

So, how does a company get started on reducing energy and cutting costs? Here are three steps to developing an effective energy reduction program: Read more »

Posted by & filed under Business, Content - Highlights and Reviews, entrepreneurship, hardware, innovation, lean startup.

The Hardware Startup Cover

Over the past five years, we’ve begun to witness the emergence of Maker pros: entrepreneurs who started out as hobbyists and now want to turn their creations into full-fledged companies. The difference between a project and a product is the difference between making one and making many.

To turn a project into a company, the product has to be scalable. “Making many” has traditionally been a problem of cost and accessibility; it’s historically been both expensive and difficult to manufacture. Growing a company further requires keeping costs low enough to profit, setting up distribution channels, and managing fulfillment. Over the past few years, several trends have combined to create an environment that’s mitigated those problems. This has resulted in the growth of a hardware startup ecosystem.

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How many of you have written a web dev job description with a requirement like, “Must have a Comp. Sci degree or equivalent”?  How many times did you hire somebody who had the skills, but didn’t have the degree … because let’s be honest, how many web dev positions actually require a background in building compilers?  What are the chances that your job description just discouraged an otherwise great developer from applying because they have a History degree?

One of the most rewarding aspects of my job as a Software Engineering Manager at  Safari is my role in recruiting for our various development teams.  I’ve enjoyed meeting some really great, smart, and helpful people, but it is, nonetheless, a challenge.  A particular hurdle that we’ve had to tackle is building diversity within Safari.

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Creating a Fast Chef Development Environment

I recently had a six-hour flight across the country to visit our Boston office, and thought I’d get some work done using the Internet on the plane. I was trying to debug why a Chef community cookbook (‘application_python’) wasn’t working for me. The airplane wireless was fairly slow, which made pulling down packages and Chef cookbooks from the Internet during  kitchen test iterations too painful to bear.

It was the first time I’ve had Cookbook Karma hit me in the face at 30,000 feet: Why hadn’t I optimized this sooner?

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By Theodore Kinni

Theodore Kinni has written, ghosted, or edited more than 20 business books. He was book review editor for strategy+business for 7 years.

There’s been a lot written about the power of storytelling in business. In fact, the concept has become mainstream enough that one company recently hired a bestselling novelist as its chief storytelling officer.

Stories can be used for lots of purposes in business. Annette Simmons calls out six of them in Whoever Tells the Best Story Wins: How to Use Your Own Stories to Communicate with Power and Impact : “who am I” stories; “why I’m here” stories; “vision” stories; “values in action” stories; “teaching” stories; and “I know what you’re thinking” stories.

As a leader, you can pick and choose among these different types of stories, but in Your Leadership Story: Use Your Story to Energize, Inspire, and Motivate, Timothy J. Tobin, Marriott International’s vice president of global learning and leadership development, makes a pretty compelling argument that you should always start with a story that is about yourself. Crafting such a story is as much about clarifying how you view your self and your situation as it is about communicating who you are to others.

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