Category Archives: Leadership

How to Save Ukraine


By Keith Darden – Inattention to Ukraine’s internal demons reflects a dangerous misreading of current events; the struggle between Russia and the West has been a catalyst, but not a cause.

The protagonists in this conflict are subnational regions.

The EU association process, and especially the protests, repression, and revolution that followed, activated very deep and long-standing divisions between them.

Unless Kiev deals with its regions and installs a more legitimate, decentralized government, Ukraine will not be won by the East or the West. It will be torn apart.

Kiev needs to transfer some very substantial powers, including those over education, language, law, and taxation, to the regions. more> http://goo.gl/N0fbWm

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The Role For The Business Press As Watchdog And Think Tank


By Paul Glader – News organizations could do a better job of labeling and explaining the difference between news and opinion. And news organizations should recognize their potential to expand their opinion and analysis role.

Employing more experts and producing new kinds of reporting and analysis is a smart way forward for news organizations. more> http://tinyurl.com/p7xpwoh

How GE Plans to Act Like a Startup


By Liz Stinson – Last year, the aviation engineers at General Electric found themselves with a jet engine bracket problem.

GE turned to GrabCAD, an online community of more than a million engineers and designers, and presented a challenge: Whoever could redesign a bracket that reduced the most weight while still supporting the engine would win $7,000.

More than 1,000 entries came in, with the winning design by M Arie Kurniawan a young Indonesian engineer who reduced the weight by a whopping 84 percent, to .72 pounds. more> http://tinyurl.com/nm7kyb8

The Most Valuable Management Degree Doesn’t Exist


By Adam Grant – Once upon a time, the field of medicine was riddled with danger. Doctors made up cures based on individual experience, inflicting horrors on patients—lobotomy, anyone?

Everything changed with the advent of evidence-based medicine.

With randomized, controlled trials and careful longitudinal studies, we learned about effective treatments and risky behaviors.

Today, the field of management is not far from where doctors were before evidence-based medicine.

We have leaders and managers choosing practices based on their own intuition and experience, when it’s much more reliable and valid to make decisions based on many data points and experiences. more> http://tinyurl.com/nouuytj

Heartbleed’s Password Heartbreak


BOOK REVIEW

The Story of an Accidental Revolution, Author: Linus Torvalds.

By Leonid Bershidsky – Linux [2, 3] creator Linus Torvalds wrote, “in a society where survival is more or less assured, money is not the greatest of motivators. It’s been well-established that folks do their best work when they are driven by a passion.”

Two conclusions follow.

First, where there are people passionate enough about a product to work for free, others will claim their work and use it for profit because they are equally passionate about money.

Second, open-source software will never be painstakingly debugged: No one is passionate about that kind of drudgery.

This does not mean commercially-produced software is free from bugs, but at least paid developers bear responsibility for the products. more> http://tinyurl.com/kxt58eg

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