Law, Management

Recent Read: “Can lawyers learn to go home and get more sleep?”

There’s an intersting story by Emma Jacobs on FT about the stress and lack of work-life balance in the law profession. Some highlights:   Intense competition, long hours, new technology and highly ambitious employees all contribute to the pressure. Competition from US firms has prompted UK law firms to raise pay for junior associates, offering […]

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Economics, History, Management, Society

Recent Read: “In order to understand the brutality of American capitalism, you have to start on the plantation.”

Don’t miss this impressive (and enlightening) article by Princeton’s Matthew Desmond from NYT’s new “1619 Project.” Some highlights:   Perhaps you’re reading this at work, maybe at a multinational corporation that runs like a soft-purring engine. You report to someone, and someone reports to you. Everything is tracked, recorded and analyzed, via vertical reporting systems, double-entry record-keeping […]

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Business, Culture, Management, Management Consulting

Corporate Personalities: The Good, The Bad and The Ugly

I’m often asked to list my favorite books for business leaders. While my list is made up of mostly business books, there are a few titles that come from different disciplines. One such book is Psychoanalytic Diagnosis: Understanding Personality Structure in the Clinical Process by Dr. Nancy McWilliams. In this excellent book for psychiatrists, Dr. McWilliams presents […]

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Culture, Education, Management, Society

The Myth of the Meritocracy (Part 2)

Last month I wrote a post about the way in which people from privileged backgrounds often receive tremendous advantages, which are invisible to the outside world. Little did I know that my argument was about to get a very public boost by a national cheating scandal that once again shows just how much the rich and powerful […]

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Education, Management

Recent Read: “The Future of Leadership Development”

The latest issue of Harvard Business Review has a strong piece by Mihnea Moldoveanu (Professor, Rotman School of Management) and Das Narayandas (Professor, Harvard Business School) on the future of leadership education. Their thorough analysis lays out the major forces driving a profound transformation in the way leadership (and indeed many other subjects) is taught in the […]

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Labor, Management, Technology

It’s Time to Talk About AI-Enabled Job Destruction

Last week Kevin Roose wrote an interesting piece on Davos and the reticence of most Western CEO’s to talk about their automation efforts and these efforts’ (very much intentional) elimination of human labor. The CEO’s at Davos, noted Roose, got very nervous when asked about AI-driven job destruction, so they prefer to use terms such as “the […]

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Culture, Labor, Management, Society

The Modern Workspace is a Mirror of Our Changing Conception of Capitalism

It’s not often that I come across great workspace insights in a conservative political journal, but that’s exactly what happened when I read Scott Beauchamp’s outstanding analysis of workspace history in the latest issue of American Affairs. Beauchamp’s well-written piece is an attempt to connect historical developments in workspace design with the changing conceptions of capitalism, and […]

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Economics, Management

Organizational Agility: An Optionality Perspective

Few terms generate as much debate in c-suites right now as Agile and agility. It seems that every week I find myself talking about this concept with an executive who wants to understand what these terms mean and what real value they can bring to a global organization. In some part this level of interest […]

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