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What We Often Get Wrong About Automation
Katsumi KASAHARA/Getty Images When leaders describe how advances in automation will affect job prospects for humans, predictions typically fall into one of two camps. Optimists say that machines will free human workers to do higher-value, more creative work. Pessimists predict massive unemployment, or, if they have a flair for the dramatic, a doomsday scenario in which humans’ only job is to serve our robot overlords. What almost everyone gets wrong is focusing exclusively on the idea of automation “replacing” humans. Simply asking which humans will be replaced fails to acco [...]
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5 Ways Your Data Strategy Can Fail
Mint Images/Getty Images There are plenty of great ideas and techniques in the data space: from analytics to machine learning to data-driven decision making to improving data quality. Some of these ideas that have been around for a long time and are fully vetted, proving themselves again and again. Others have enjoyed wide socialization in the business, popular, and technical press. Indeed, The Economist proclaimed that data are now “the world’s most valuable asset.” With all these success stories and such a heady reputation, one might expect to see companies trumpeting sust [...]
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Which Types of Companies Are Adding Women to Their Boards, and Which Aren’t
Thomas Barwick/Getty Images California recently passed a law requiring public firms headquartered in the state to include at least one woman on their boards by the end of 2019. The proposal has led to criticism that board quotas have unintended consequences. Others have claimed that a quota might be necessary to combat the glacial pace of voluntary change in boardrooms. Our contribution is to bring hard data to pinpoint where regulators and commentators might want look to address gender disparity. In particular, we have gathered data on every board appointment and resignation filed with the S [...]
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3 Ways to Give Your Readers a Fresh Take on a Well-Worn Idea
The post 3 Ways to Give Your Readers a Fresh Take on a Well-Worn Idea appeared first on ProBlogger. Today’s post is by ProBlogger writing expert Ali Luke Whatever topic you write about, you’ve probably seen a lot of ideas that have already been done to death. If you’re in the weight loss niche, you might have seen a dozen posts on “How to beat the weight loss plateau”. If you’re in the freelancing niche, you’ve probably come across quite a lot of advice on “Should you charge per project or per hour?”. And if you blog about pregnancy and babies, you’ve probably read post af [...]
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How Amazon’s Higher Wages Could Increase Productivity
Justin Sullivan/Getty Images Amazon recently made headlines by announcing that it would voluntarily increase its minimum hourly wage to $15. With a federal minimum wage of only $7.25, this pledge might seem like a curious decision — especially for a company as laser-focused on cost containment as Amazon. But thinking only about the costs involved in raising wages misses a key issue: pay hikes can also boost workplace productivity. Given Amazon’s well-deserved reputation as a data-driven (and long-term oriented) company, you can bet that Amazon’s management team has done [...]
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Make Data a Cornerstone of Your Team
If you were entering the job market in the early 90s, most job descriptions included “Macintosh experience” or “excellent PC skills” in their preferred qualifications. This quickly became a requirement for even the most non-technical jobs, forcing people across every industry and age group to adapt with the changing times, or risk getting left behind. Today, the bar for computer proficiency is set much higher. There’s an ever-increasing demand for people who can leverage software to analyze, understand, and make day-to-day business decisions based on data. Data Sc [...]
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A New Hospitalist Model for Managing High-Cost, High-Need Patients
A partnership between the Boston Medical Center and Commonwealth Care Alliance, a community-based health care organization, provides a promising new hospitalist model for inpatient treatment of complex care patients — patients with extensive, persistently expensive medical needs. Complex care patients typically have complicated medical histories, functional limitations or disabilities, numerous medications prescribed by multiple outpatient providers, and social drivers of illness. Providing hospital inpatient treatment for them is challenging. For example, the increasingly prom [...]
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We Deserve Better Than “Attagirl”
From the Women at Work podcast: Listen and subscribe to our podcast via Apple Podcasts | Google Podcasts | RSS Download the discussion guide for this episode Join our online community Download this podcast Hearing your manager say you’re doing a great job is, of course, lovely. But without examples of your greatness in action, or suggestions for how to be even better, you don’t have the information you need to keep improving. Studies have found that women tend to get feedback that’s vague or tied to their personalities, which doesn’t boost our perfor [...]
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What to Do When You’re Covering for Colleagues — and Can’t Keep Up
The summer vacation season may be behind us, but the holidays are right around the corner. And soon enough your colleagues may be asking you to cover for them while they’re away. All of a sudden, you’re juggling not only your normal work but also someone else’s. That’s potentially more email, more tasks, more meetings, and more searching for answers to questions about items outside of your normal day-to-day. You want to help where you can and act like a team player. But sometimes it feels overwhelming. You can’t keep up on everything the way that you usually [...]
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The Scale of the Climate Catastrophe Will Depend on What Businesses Do Over the Next Decade
Shana Novak/Getty Images This week brought some sobering news on the near future of our planet and species. The Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) issued an important new report about how dire the consequences of climate change are becoming, and how fast we need to move to avoid the worst. The report’s beginnings trace back to 2009, when the annual UN global climate conference resulted in an agreement that the world should hold warming to 2.0°C (3.8°F) — a level that seemed politically feasible, but still leads to vast damage, including the death of al [...]
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The Power of Curiosity
Francesca Gino, a professor at Harvard Business School, shares a compelling business case for curiosity. Her research shows allowing employees to exercise their curiosity can lead to fewer conflicts and better outcomes. However, even managers who value inquisitive thinking often discourage curiosity in the workplace because they fear it’s inefficient and unproductive. Gino offers several ways that leaders can instead model, cultivate, and even recruit for curiosity. Gino is the author of the HBR article “The Business Case for Curiosity.” Download this podcast [...]
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