Why Groups Struggle to Solve Problems Together

02/12/2019

Robert Warren/Getty Images Why are so many meetings so unproductive? Many professionals, fed up with calendars chock-full of long, disorganized, soul-bruising sessions, resort to uncharitable, even cynical explanations: But if we want an accurate, rather than merely cathartic answer to the question, we’d be wise to consider Hanlon’s Razor: Never attribute to malice that which […]

How PE investors can become more entrepreneurial in private equity

19/10/2019

  Historically, in a buoyant economic environment with ever-growing multiples, active management hasn’t always been required for private-equity (PE) firms to make healthy returns. Today, the economic underpinnings of PE deals have changed. There is a palpable sense in the market that deal prices have likely reached their peak. As competition intensifies, secondary and tertiary […]

Millennials are starting to get more involved in government, and the impact will be huge | World Economic Forum

05/10/2019

They are a few examples of how millennials are pushing innovation and getting involved in government. Around 30% of the world’s population is under the age of 30, yet young people don’t really have a voice in government leadership. Stereotypically, they aren’t supposed to care about government or even have a positive view of it […]

Artificial intelligence and war – Mind control

04/10/2019

THE CONTEST between China and America, the world’s two superpowers, has many dimensions, from skirmishes over steel quotas to squabbles over student visas. One of the most alarming and least understood is the race towards artificial-intelligence-enabled warfare. Both countries are investing large sums in militarised artificial intelligence (AI), from autonomous robots to software that gives […]

Thought AIs could never replace human imagination? Think again…

10/07/2019

Things have changed since then. Today’s AIs are much better at understanding what they see. It is not that AI has caught up with all of our human visual capabilities, but rather that the technology is developing in different ways. When we think AI, we think of pure automation. This is not true anymore. Did […]

What AI-Driven Decision Making Looks Like

09/07/2019

Daniel Sambraus/EyeEm/Getty Images Many companies have adapted to a “data-driven” approach for operational decision-making. Data can improve decisions, but it requires the right processor to get the most from it. Many people assume that processor is human. The term “data-driven” even implies that data is curated by — and summarized for — people to process. But to […]

5 futuristic ways to fight cyber attacks

16/06/2019

People today are increasingly reliant on smartphones, smart speakers and other gadgets. Most can’t imagine going more than a few hours without using a computer, and some of them spend most of their work days sitting in front of one. This shift towards a tech-centric culture means people are at a much higher risk of […]

Tortured by meetings

26/01/2019

MOST workers view the prospect of a two-hour meeting with the same enthusiasm as Prometheus awaited the daily arrival of the eagle, sent by the gods to peck at his liver. Meetings have been a form of torture for office staff for as long as they have pushed pencils and bashed keyboards. One eternal problem […]

How Retail Changes When Algorithms Curate Everything We Buy

07/01/2019

Biwa Studio/Getty Images Giant travel search engines such as TripAdvisor, Expedia, Kayak, and Google Flights have all but replaced travel agents as most consumers’ travel advisors. Soon, independent curating engines like these could trigger the next wave of disruption in retail. The first stage of the digital shopping revolution saved consumers time and money by […]

When No One Retires

21/12/2018

Some in the public and private sector are already taking note — and sounding the alarm. In his first term as chairman of the U.S. Federal Reserve, with the Great Recession looming, Ben Bernanke remarked, “in the coming decades, many forces will shape our economy and our society, but in all likelihood no single factor […]

Your business is doing well, what about your own mental health wellbeing?

17/12/2018

You’re running your own small business, raising and running out of cash, dealing with customers, building a team, growing before a competitor grabs the market. There’s never enough time in the day, and it can be difficult to turn off. During all this activity, do you have the chance to take a step back from […]

The Kinds of Data Scientist

29/11/2018

Executive Summary In 2012, HBR dubbed data scientist “the sexiest job of the 21st century”. It is also, arguably, the vaguest. To hire the right people for the right roles, it’s important to distinguish between different types of data scientist. There are plenty of different distinctions that one can draw, of course, and any attempt […]

Why saving the world starts with saving the Arctic

25/11/2018

Just prior to this year’s Arctic Circle Assembly – a gathering of leaders and experts held in Reykjavik – the UN, as if on cue, published daunting new estimates of the future impact of climate change on the Arctic. According to the report by the International Panel on Climate Change, a failure to limit global […]

Under-Management Is the Flip Side of Micromanagement — and It’s a Problem Too

24/11/2018

Chalermphon Kumchai/EyeEm/Getty Images Micromanagement gets most of the attention, but under-management may be just as big a problem. This is the term I’ve given to a constellation of behaviors that I’ve seen occurring together often during my 24 years in management: weak performance management, a tendency to avoid conflicts with employees, and generally lackluster accountability. […]

5 ways tech can transform the future of work in India

21/11/2018

Disruption is an opportunity for change – and the rapid technological advancement taking place now is one such opportunity for India. The transformations in business models, production processes and global value chains tat are enabled by technological adoption and digitization have the potential to reshape work in India for the better. The possibilities include creating […]

3 Ways to Build a Data-Driven Team

17/10/2018

Executive Summary As organization turbocharge their ability to gather more and more data, what matters most is having people who can ask the right questions of the data. Although people will differ in their general predisposition towards critical thinking, you can help them develop whatever potential they have if you put in place the right […]

5 ways you can prosper with millennials as a wholesale supplier

11/10/2018

Millennials are a challenging consumer base. Just when you ‘d gotten used to selling to one generation, with their worth systems and beliefs, a whole new one occurs and renders a lot of what you do relatively redundant. Millennials search for various things than the generation above them, or the generation above that. They desire […]

A growing number of people think their job is useless. Time to rethink the meaning of work

05/10/2018

A great deal has been written in recent years about the perils of automation. With predicted mass unemployment, declining wages, and increasing inequality, clearly we should all be afraid. By now it’s no longer just the Silicon Valley trend watchers and technoprophets who are apprehensive. In a study that has already racked up several hundred […]

What next? 4 ways to build a sustainable future

30/09/2018

Here are some of the biggest stories of the week: 1. We announced 100 Coalitions accelerating climate action and sustainable development “The implementation of the Sustainable Development Goals is an absolute must to ensure a peaceful and prosperous future for humankind. Governments are challenged to fulfil their commitments, but business has a key role to […]

LinkedIn Launches ‘New LinkedIn Groups Experience’

13/09/2018

“We’ve heard from all of you about how important LinkedIn Groups are to helping you build your professional communities. With your feedback in mind, we’ve rebuilt Groups from the ground up, making them available right in the main LinkedIn website and app. Why does this matter? Over the past year we’ve focused on bringing conversations […]

How New Technology Can Upend a Government

16/07/2018

Thousands of protesters demonstrate against a repressive regime after coordinating online. Counterinsurgency forces receive crucial tips through mobile devices distributed throughout the civilian population. Foreign agents flood social media platforms with targeted, divisive content ahead of a tense election. Over and over, changes in the flow of information — often enabled by developments in information […]