Fitbit has seen sales and profit decline since Apple introduced a smartwatch and marketed it as a health-tracking device, but Fitbit is hoping to rebound by beating Apple on price and partnering with health care providers, writes Mark Sullivan. Fitbit bought Twine Health as it looks to become integrated with caregivers' monitoring of patients, providing sleep data and other uses.
When explaining a complicated subject, determine what parts matter most to the audience and focus on them, writes Ian Altman. "By knowing your audience, simplifying the information you present and drawing parallels to things that are known, you can explain difficult concepts with clarity and ease," he writes.
Ted Farnsworth, CEO of Helios and Matheson Analytics, the parent company of MoviePass, says MoviePass can lose money because the eventual goal is to guarantee box office numbers for its own films. MoviePass is more concerned about "customer service, growth, how to handle growth, the options, like bringing on a guest plan, a family plan, those things," he says.
More than 300 years ago, English poet laureate John Dryden decided ending a sentence with a preposition was "not elegant." It's thought Dryden based this belief on prepositions preceding nouns in Latin, but why it became a fixed grammatical rule in English is uncertain.
A DDI study finds leaders are more successful overcoming disruption when they accept that they have to constantly anticipate it, write Audrey Smith of DDI and Stephanie Neal of the Center for Analytics and Behavioral Research. They offer advice for developing a leadership mindset and organizational structure that are prepared to leverage disruption successfully.
A jury has awarded $1.1 million to the former clinical director of the Hanna Boys Center in Sonoma, Calif., who says he was wrongfully terminated after he raised concerns including bullying and drug use at the center. Tim Norman worked for more than three decades at the facility, which is affiliated with the Diocese of Santa Rosa.
No one can agree on how many types of smiles there are, with researchers over the past 45 years suggesting three main styles all the way up to more than 50. Cosmetic surgeons use three key types with their patients, writes Neil Steinberg.
If you evaluate yourself based on your title or profession, try thinking instead about what you do for others and what that means to you, writes Naphtali Hoff. "[W]hen a person chooses to identify first by who they are as people and what motivates them in the service of others, they can more easily and confidently move forward," he writes.
The first steps to take in a crisis include gathering the facts and committing to telling the truth internally and then externally, writes David Grossman. "No matter how successful the leader, there is one common truth -- communication is a learned skill," he writes.