Here are choice articles on hot leadership topics culled from the business schools, the business press and major consulting firms, to start off your work week. I’m pointing you to articles about leadership, strategy, industries, innovation, women and work, and work and learning now and in the future. Highlights include leadership’s most important secret, why organizations need Chief Knowledge Curators, what’s new with the Internet of Things. a strategist’s guide to artificial intelligence, how women make big decisions, the emotional sophistication tomorrow’s leaders will need, and how to determine if your company’s diversity training is making you more biased.
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Thinking about Leadership and Strategy
“One of the most controversial theories in business management is again boiling over. Should management put the shorter-term interests of shareholders over the longer-term needs of the company? What do YOU think? asks James Heskett.”
“This is not your average story about business leadership. But it illustrates one of the crucial concepts every truly great leader knows.”
“Organizational knowledge is like currency. When spent the right way, the dividends compound like the fastest growing interest.”
Industries and Analysis
“Digital technologies are causing disruption across the global automotive industry. From digital engineering and 3-D printing to smart sensors and the Internet of Things (IoT), digital is poised to disrupt automotive R&D, manufacturing, sales, marketing and post-purchase services.”
“Today, manufacturers’ customers have constantly evolving requirements, and collaboration is vital to keeping pace with their needs. It provides a way to bring together critical skills, market knowledge, technologies and infrastructure to provide the products and solutions, as well as ongoing innovations that customers want. Thus, manufacturers in the United States need to embrace collaboration to thrive in an increasingly demanding global marketplace.”
“Therein lies the problem for America’s retailers. Not every mall or shop is dying. For now, store-occupancy rates are healthy. Nor have consumers stopped shopping. But they are spending money in new ways to the benefit of other businesses, such as restaurants, hotels and e-retailers, in particular Amazon. As a result, a giant established industry is descending into crisis.”
Innovation and Technology
“Adoption of the Internet of Things is proceeding more slowly than expected, but semiconductor companies can help accelerate growth through new technologies and business models.”
“As the conceptual side of computer science becomes practical and relevant to business, companies must decide what type of AI role they should play.”
“Throughout history, scientific revolutions have been launched when new tools make possible new measurements and observations, e.g., the telescope, the microscope, spectrometers, DNA sequencers. They’ve enabled us to significantly increase our understanding of the natural world around us by collecting and analyzing large amounts of data. Our new big data tools now have the potential to usher an information-based scientific revolution on just about any domain of knowledge, – including people, and their varied interactions, organizations and institutions, – given our ability to now gather valuable data on almost any area of interest.”
Women and the Workplace
“Kathleen O’Connor, Visiting Associate Professor of Organisational Behaviour at London Business School and Erica Dawson from Cornell University, both psychologists and experimental researchers, were curious. Interviewing women of all ages, from recent graduates in their early twenties to retirees in their seventies, they heard how women made decisions that changed their lives – and ended up happier as a result.”
“‘Second generation’ bias erects powerful but subtle and often invisible barriers for women that arise from cultural assumptions and organizational structures, practices, and patterns of interaction that inadvertently benefit men while putting women at a disadvantage.”
“Although diversity and inclusion training is prevalent in corporate America, its impact is inconsistent. According to the evidence, sometimes the programs even have the opposite effect of what they intend. One 2016 study of 830 mandatory diversity training programs found that they often triggered a strong backlash against the ideas they promoted. ‘Trainers tell us that people often respond to compulsory courses with anger and resistance,’ wrote sociologists Frank Dobbin and Alexandra Kalev in the Harvard Business Review, ‘and many participants actually report more animosity toward other groups afterward.’”
Work and Learning Now and in the Future
“Modern organizations have begun to adopt the silicon valley-like strategy of forming small, cross-functional teams to address bold business challenges and produce high impact results. Below are some steps to take to start creating pods and increasing teamwork in the workplace:”
“The current cynicism about humanity’s value within organisations is the result of the no-emotions-allowed business culture that has been the global norm for generations. With so many companies treating people like instrumental (human) resources, is it any wonder we feel inferior to machines, which have no emotions to suppress?”
“Pew Research Center and Elon University surveyed 1,408 people who work in technology and education to find out if they think new schooling will emerge in the next decade to successfully train workers for the future. Two-thirds said yes; the rest said no. Following are questions about what’s next for workers, and answers based on the survey responses.”
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