Recent Read: “A More Beautiful Question” by Warren Berger

In the world of business, as in many others, answers (and answerers) get all the glory. We like answers: they give direction, settle arguments, erase doubts, and do many other useful things. Questions, especially in business, are not so popular. Strong questions can confuse direction, start arguments, give birth to doubts, and generally annoy (managers

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The W: A Weekly Reading List

In this week’s edition…”slack strategy” increases innovation…Australia’s technology divide…Amazon’s in a big battle with their HQ location around housing…is creativity inherent to mood disorders…economies are churning jobs of mass uselessness…what happened to authenticity…and more.     Business & Economics Killing Strategy: The Disruption Of Management Consulting   As Soren Kaplan pointed out in Inc, management consulting

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LSE: Rising US income inequality: the disproportionate gains of the highest earners

A recent London School of Economics blog post by Kevin J. Lansing and Agnieszka Markiewicz continues to detail how rising income inequality in the U.S. continues to change the economic composition of the country. Some highlights:   The increase in U.S. income inequality since 1970 largely reflects gains made by households in the top 20 per

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Bain Has Seen the Future of Labor and It’s Not Pretty

As we look around our world today, it’s easy to see many forces changing our economic and social models. We all know technology, income inequality and shifting political movements will create a world different from the one we have lived in for the past few decades. Analyzing each of these issues is difficult enough. Trying

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WaPo: China and India have 70 million more men than women. The consequences are far-reaching.

Don’t miss an outstanding set of articles by Simon Denyer and Annie Gowen in WaPo about the consequences of longstanding bias against female babies in China and India. This is not a new issue, of course, and the warnings about the eventual price that would be paid for centuries-old prejudices have been coming for a long time. Now that

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WaPo: The unspoken factor in Amazon’s search for a new home: Jeff Bezos’s support for gay rights

Interesting WaPo piece in the weekend edition about the role that LGBT rights might be playing in the Amazon HQ2 decision. Seems a but speculative to me but an interesting read nonetheless. Some highlights:  As Amazon executives recently toured finalist locations to help select what they’ve dubbed HQ2, they asked public officials about what sort

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Why Facebook can’t be fixed: Part 2

I recently wrote a post claiming that it’s not possible to fix Facebook’s serious, and dangerous, flaws by merely tweaking or adjusting the current business. I argued that there are inherent flaws in the company’s platform, business model and leadership that that make it impossible to fix this platform without starting again from scratch. I hardly

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McKinsey: Economic Conditions Snapshot, March 2018

McKinsey has just released it’s latest Economic Outlook report. Some highlights of what is always a must-read:   Respondents around the world are sanguine about the current state of the global economy and their economies at home, according to McKinsey’s newest survey on economic conditions.1But as they look ahead, they are less likely to expect

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