The Power of Thought. How Critical Thinking Can Help Your Business (external link)
Interview to Gerald Zaltman
Knowledge@Wharton – February 14, 2019

“Many people work on their goals by engaging in positive actions — hitting the gym, planning a trip or taking guitar lessons. But they may be overlooking one of the most important tools for effecting change – the power of thought. Harvard Business School professor emeritus Gerald Zaltman recommends exercises called “think keys” to tap into the conscious and unconscious dynamics of the mind.”

Want to Foster Prosperity? Focus on Market-creating Innovations (external link)
Interview to Clayton M. Christensen
Knowledge@Wharton – February 14, 2019

“China has slashed extreme poverty from some 66% in 1990 to under 2% today. Clayton Christensen, a professor at Harvard Business School, an expert on innovation and one of the authors of The Prosperity Paradox, says China’s prosperity comes from its market-creating innovations that have made products and services affordable and accessible. Christensen believes that other nations can replicate such success. “

Making Civic Engagement Efforts Work (external link)
Authors: Hollie Russon Gilman & Elena Souris
Stanford Social Innovation Review – February 12, 2019

When city government officials combine technical expertise with a real understanding of local residents’ lives, they stand to create truly effective policy. That diligence, however, requires time, money, and a willingness to experiment—resources municipalities usually have in short supply—and as a result, it can seem unrealistic.
But experiments with civic engagement, outreach, and philanthropic models in Philadelphia show it’s possible to make real progress despite these constraints”

How Can We Tax Footloose Multinationals? (external link)
Author: Joseph E. Stiglitz
Project Syndacate – February 13, 2019

“Apple, Google, Starbucks, and companies like them all claim to be socially responsible, but the first element of social responsibility should be paying your fair share of tax. Instead, globalization has enabled multinationals to encourage a race to the bottom, threatening the revenues that governments need to function properly.”

Do Machine Dream? (external link)
Author: Dave Perkon
Control Design – February 11, 2019

“Technology will leave you behind if you try to stop it. Will automation and robots replace personnel? What is the reality of automation’s effect on jobs in the manufacturing industry, and how is machine control affecting it? A machine builder’s or system integrator’s or automation supplier’s opinion might vary from that of the masses.”

Competitive advantage with a human dimension: from lifelong learning to lifelong employability (external link)
Authors: Beth Davies, Connor Diemand-Yauman, and Nick van Dam
McKensey Quarterly – February, 2019

“As AI-enabled automation advances, organizations should embrace “lifelong employability,” which stretches traditional notions of learning and development and can inspire workers to adapt, more routinely, to the evolving economy.”

The straightforward guide to digital transformation (external link)
Authors: Francesca Cassidy
Raconteur – February 14, 2019

“Only eight per cent of CEOs believe their business model will survive the current levels of large-scale digital disruption.
That’s according to research by work management platform, Workfront. Chief executive Alex Shootman knows the pressure businesses are under, “and yet there is still a lot of confusion as to what digital transformation actually means.”
This guide will explain how to set goals and lay the groundwork for digital transformation, cover four possible transformation methods, explore the impact such projects have on company culture, and establish what can be learnt from high-profile digital transformation failures.”

Can We Really Test People for Potential? (external link)
Author: Reb Rebele
MITSloan Management Review – February 12, 2019

“Have you ever taken an aptitude or work personality test? Maybe it was part of a job application, one of the many ways your prospective employer tried to figure out whether you were the right fit. Or perhaps you took it for a leadership development program, at an offsite team-building retreat, or as a quiz in a best-selling business book. Regardless of the circumstances, the hope was probably more or less the same: that a brief test would unlock deep insight into who you are and how you work, which in turn would lead you to a perfect-match job and heretofore unseen leaps in your productivity, people skills, and all-around potential.”

These 4 trends are shaping the future of your job (external link)
Authors: Sean Fleming
World Economic Forum – February 4, 2019

“Whether you’re an optimist pointing to predictions of job creation or you’ve been worrying that a robot might be after your job, one thing is for certain. The world of work is going through a period of arguably unprecedented change at the hands of machines; automation and artificial intelligence (AI) are the new kids on the employment block.
Employers need more from their people than ever before if they are to stay relevant and competitive.”

4 myths about manufacturing in the Fourth Industrial Revolution (external link)
Authors: Ian Cronin et al.
World Economic Forum – February 11, 2019

“Like all good industry trends, the Fourth Industrial Revolution (4IR) for manufacturing has come to mean many things. While most would agree that it involves the incorporation and interconnectivity of new technologies across production systems, questions remain around the business case to actually implement these solutions.”


Douglas Rushkoff – How to be “Team Human” in the digital future

Humans are no longer valued for our creativity, says media theorist Douglas Rushkoff — in a world dominated by digital technology, we’re now just valued for our data. In a passionate talk, Rushkoff urges us to stop using technology to optimize people for the market and start using it to build a future centered on our pre-digital values of connection, creativity and respect. “Join ‘Team Human.’ Find the others,” he says. “Together let’s make the future that we always wanted.”

This talk was presented at a TED Salon event given in partnership with Samsung.