Tag Archives: Leadership

Ferguson: America’s cultural segregation fault lines


BOOK REVIEW

Habits of the Heart (pdf), Author: Robert Bellah.

The Big Sort: Why the Clustering of Like-Minded America Is Tearing Us Apart, Authors: Bill Bishop and Robert Cushing.

By Neal Gabler – We don’t live in America anymore. We live in thousands of Americas, many no farther away than our computer screens and the Internet. These are self-identified Americas.

But there is another, more pernicious effect of cultural segregation. It shrinks the world rather than enlarges it — reinforces what already is, circumscribes people within their own worldview.

In a segregated world, especially the virtually segregated world we now have thanks to the Internet, we need never leave our own cultural ghetto. more> http://tinyurl.com/kewk6pl

Why An Anti To-Do List Might Be The Secret To Productivity


By Joel Gascoigne – My approach with the Anti-To-Do List is to have not just a single list each day, as many of us do now (our to-do list), but to have two.

The idea of the Anti-To-Do List is that it is the account of progress for that day. In some ways it’s a “Done” List.

This is really powerful, because you can always look back at your Anti-To-Do List and see how much you’ve got done (even if the items weren’t on your todo list). more> http://tinyurl.com/llr3ag8

Surveillance and the Creative Mind


By T.A. Ridout – Throughout human history, those who question conventional wisdom or existing power structures have frequently made those invested in the status quo vengeful, from Galileo, to Martin Luther King Jr., to Ai Wei Wei.

Despite paternalistic assurances that Americans have no reason to fear their own government, caution is warranted.

The pattern of deception by U.S. executive branch officials makes it hard for reasonable people that are paying attention not to be skeptical of their latest pronouncements. Though the risk is not high, it would be naïve to assume there is no danger at all.

Recent U.S. history paints a clear picture of abuses by law enforcement and intelligence agencies, often with the approval of politicians. Arbitrary and illegal exercise of government power happens in the United States, as it does everywhere. more> http://tinyurl.com/lxscm2l

How Watson Changed IBM


By Brad Power – IBM, a company with a long and successful tradition of internally-focused R&D activities, is adapting to this new world of creating platforms and enabling open innovation.

So how does it work?

With multiple business models. Mike Rhodin, IBM’s senior vice president responsible for Watson, told me, “There are three core business models that we will run in parallel.

The first is around industries that we think will go through a big change in “cognitive” [natural language] computing, such as financial services and healthcare.

The second is where we see similar patterns across industries, such as how people discover and engage with organizations and how organizations make different kinds of decisions.

The third business model is creating an ecosystem of entrepreneurs. We’re always looking for companies with brilliant ideas that we can partner with or acquire. more> http://tinyurl.com/lp6cnqp

Argentina’s Exchange Offer May Not Be Clever Enough Yet


By Matt Levine – And the other day Argentina’s government introduced a bill in parliament to do a debt exchange to get around Judge Griesa’s orders, which he specifically told it not to do.

So yesterday (Aug 21) the holdout bondholders went to court to try to get Judge Griesa to hold Argentina in contempt, and Judge Griesa basically said (pdf), well, this is pretty contemptuous, but he still didn’t hold Argentina in contempt.

Because what good will that do? They’ve ignored him so far. more> http://tinyurl.com/ld2uzqs

Wrecking an Economy Means Never Having to Say You’re Sorry


By Dean Starkman – The megabanks are finally feeling the hurt for the depredations of the mortgage era. That’s what the government, and some in the financial press, too, would have us believe.

There’s a much deeper problem here, however, and one that has received far less attention:

Not only has the Department of Jus­tice (DOJ) failed to build any criminal cases for financial-crisis misdeeds, but it’s also now settling with these banks without even filing civil complaints.

A complaint is the cornerstone of civil litigation, the foundation for even routine lawsuits.

One of its primary benefits—and of adversarial legal proceedings generally—is that a complaint can bring huge amounts of previously undisclosed information into the public record. more> http://tinyurl.com/paqp7yc

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From CEO ‘Takers’ To CEO ‘Makers’


By Steve Denning – The rotten foundations of shareholder value theory in the writings of Friedman and Jensen are now lost to the public view.

Business schools in particular have a responsibility to stop teaching shareholder value in their core curriculum to their students and start systematically teaching the better idea: the primary purpose of the corporation is to serve customers’ interests.

Business schools must recognize that it is not enough to teach Customer Capitalism as an optional subject. Textbooks that teach shareholder value theory as a basic assumption must be discarded. more> http://tinyurl.com/pe3bvbb

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