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FOCUS: Artificial Intelligence

“When You Talk to People About Fairness, the Conversation Immediately Becomes Political”
Michael Kearns and Aaron Roth
“When You Talk to People About Fairness, the Conversation Immediately Becomes Political”

Computer scientists Michael Kearns and Aaron Roth research how computer programs can affect our lives. Even when written without malice, algorithms have the potential to treat people unfairly or violate their privacy. How do you get algorithms to be decent?

The Future of Work

“That Normal Does Not Exist Anymore.”
“That Normal Does Not Exist Anymore.”

As the world strategizes on what the “New Normal” should look like, Vlatka Hlupic argues that humane, social-minded companies will survive in the post-pandemic world. How can we become part of a company that is a force for good?

Q&As

“How Do I Use Data (Science) to Solve Real-World Problems?”
“How Do I Use Data (Science) to Solve Real-World Problems?”

It sounds complicated. It is. But with these five steps, you can do it.

“Is Remote Work Here to Stay?”
“Is Remote Work Here to Stay?”

Yes. And here is everything you need to know to be successful (even after a pandemic) – whether as an organization, manager or employee.

“How Do I Ensure That My Business Continues?”
“How Do I Ensure That My Business Continues?”

In these times, nothing is certain – right? Let’s prove that wrong!

Making Sense of Today
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Maxwell Strachan

You’re Not Going Back to Normal Office Life for a Long, Long Time

Those now working from home may never return to the office.

Vice News
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Lisette Sutherland and Kirsten Janene-Nelson

Work Together Anywhere

Remote work was once just another option. Now it’s a matter of life or death.

Wiley
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Kristin A. Sherry

Your Team Loves Mondays...Right?

Gallup found that 50% of 7,200 associates who quit their jobs left because of their managers.

Black Rose Writing
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Keenan

Gap Selling

“Gap selling” helps salespeople overcome errors and improve results.

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Hal Gregersen

Questions Are the Answer

Bold questions can lead to great innovations and are essential to human progress.

HarperBusiness
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Thomas Piketty

Capital and Ideology

According to economist Thomas Piketty, all regimes try to legitimize inequality through ideology.

Belknap Press
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COLUMN

What's New In "New Work"

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Corporate Culture

Your organization's atmosphere, culture and communication affect its success. They shape engagement, productivity, drive and collaboration. Today’s high fliers – Google is the most famous example – build their image on these factors. How can you make your culture good – and how good can you make it?

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New

Design Your New Normal
Design Your New Normal

Now is the time to evaluate what you have learned under the extraordinary pressure of the last weeks – and use that knowledge to influence the future of your organisation.

Recent Episodes

EXPERT WEBINAR

Under Pressure: Working Under Extreme Conditions (and as Remote as It Gets)

DIGITAL TRANSFORMATION

Basics, Insights and Answers

What's Next?

The Future of Remote Work Is Here
The Future of Remote Work Is Here

Retaining flexible workplace practices in the post-pandemic era

How the Pandemic is Accelerating Digital Transformation
How the Pandemic is Accelerating Digital Transformation

The coronavirus pandemic and the need to avoid person-to-person interactions has pushed us further into a digital world. The crisis will have lasting effects on the way we work, do business and interact with each…

All About AI – Part I: What is AI, Anyway?
All About AI – Part I: What is AI, Anyway?

There’s a lot of talk about artificial intelligence these days, but what is AI exactly? Does a spellchecker qualify as AI? What about your voice assistant? Or the chess computer that can easily beat any…

Deep Dive

“When You Talk to People About Fairness, the Conversation Immediately Becomes Political”
Michael Kearns and Aaron Roth
“When You Talk to People About Fairness, the Conversation Immediately Becomes Political”

Computer scientists Michael Kearns and Aaron Roth research how computer programs can affect our lives. Even when written without malice, algorithms have the potential to treat people unfairly or violate their privacy. How do you get algorithms to be decent?

Interview

"Many people are underestimating the pace and scope of change and aren’t thinking correctly about how it will appear this time." (Richard Baldwin; Photo by Tmi Kimmo Räisänen)
Richard Baldwin by Tmi Kimmo Räisänen
“Almost everyone’s job will be changed by this.”

Economist and bestselling author Richard Baldwin believes that many business leaders and politicians continue to grossly underestimate the impact of digital change. Here, he explains how to position yourself correctly in competition with “Globots.”

#getTogether

Quick Fix

“What Does It Take to Become a Digital Leader?”
“What Does It Take to Become a Digital Leader?”

One abstract to rule them all.

COLUMN

The Most Important Decisions in Life Should Not Be Taken Alone. We're Here to Help!

“How Do I Create a ‘Better’ Website?”
“How Do I Create a ‘Better’ Website?”

Meet Julia, 26, software developer

“What Is the Most Enjoyable Version of Lifelong Learning?”
“What Is the Most Enjoyable Version of Lifelong Learning?”

Meet Bob, 74, retired telephone man

“A New Logo… by the End of Next Week?”
“A New Logo… by the End of Next Week?”

Meet Carl, 48, designer (and part-time artist)

TAKE A BREAK!
A Word about Bad Books
A Word about Bad Books

On the road to curating good books for our readers, we’ve learned a bit about bad ones. Click here for the abstract.

CORONAVIRUS

Relevant Knowledge About COVID-19 and the Effects of the Pandemic

Updates

FOCUS: 2019-20 Coronavirus Outbreak
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FOCUS: 2019-20 Coronavirus Outbreak

Where does the virus come from? How dangerous is it? How can you prevent contracting it? And when will a vaccine be available? Here are the daily updates.

After the Lockdown

Your “Back to the Office” Guide
Your “Back to the Office” Guide

Here’s how to get back on track after a business interruption.

Ain’t Nobody Here
You want your employees to feel comfortable on their first day back in the office? Well, here, consider to go in with dumpsters, crowbars and chainsaws.
Ain’t Nobody Here

Currently, many offices are empty. This will soon change. Did your organization use the time to bring the place up to date? Did you, as a leader, realize long-cherished office dreams or at least make small optimizations? If not: Here are a few tips on how to make your employees happy when they return.

Half of US Workers Have Become Home Office Converts
Half of US Workers Have Become Home Office Converts

After weeks of being confined to their home offices, how do US office workers feel about going back to a traditional work setting? getAbstract has conducted a survey to find out – and its results are surprising.

How Pandemics Change the World
How Pandemics Change the World

The COVID-19 outbreak will not only have a direct impact on our lives and economies now – the consequences will continue to preoccupy us for several years, if not decades.

Best Practice

Working from Home with Kids

Feature

Exploring the Wonderland of  Child-Led Learning
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Exploring the Wonderland of Child-Led Learning

The many hours of lockdown-induced downtime offer an opportunity for your children to let their natural curiosity take them places they may otherwise not have discovered.

Stay Fit

“What Does a Healthy Life Look Like?”
“What Does a Healthy Life Look Like?”

Two cornerstones of a physically and mentally healthy life are healthy eating and exercise habits. In the current crisis, especially if you’re working from home, paying proper attention to them can be a struggle. Take heed of these insights from our library to stay healthy and fit.

Coping With Isolation

Of Viruses, Vulnerability and Superheroes
Of Viruses, Vulnerability and Superheroes

Isolation highlights the need to reach out.

“Locked Up: How Do I Prepare My Family and Myself for a Coronavirus Quarantine?”
“Locked Up: How Do I Prepare My Family and Myself for a Coronavirus Quarantine?”

You can still make the best out of this period of isolation.

“How Can I Cope With a Possible Loss of Control in My Professional or Private Life?”
“How Can I Cope With a Possible Loss of Control in My Professional or Private Life?”

Sometimes things don’t go as planned. No matter!

“How Do I Overcome Fears and Get Ahead?”
“How Do I Overcome Fears and Get Ahead?”

Fear is a bad adviser. Fortunately, there is good advice to get rid of it.

“How Can I Combat Loneliness as a Remote Worker?”
“How Can I Combat Loneliness as a Remote Worker?”

Admit to and be pro-active about your feelings of loneliness.

“How Do You Make Remote Learning Fun and Successful?”
“How Do You Make Remote Learning Fun and Successful?”

It’s just you and a computer screen. Yes, you can learn this way, but you will need fellow travelers to keep you on track.

Related Summaries

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Politico Magazine

Coronavirus Will Change the World Permanently. Here’s How.

As with Sept. 11, 2001 and the 2008 financial crisis, the COVID-19 pandemic will change how people live.

Politico Magazine
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Cassie Kozyrkov

Smarter COVID-19 Decision-Making

As the world panics over the COVID-19 pandemic, how can you remain rational and make the right decisions?

Medium
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Emily Bazelon

Restarting America Means People Will Die

The coronavirus pandemic makes it difficult to consider America’s future.

New York Times Magazine
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Alanna Shaikh

Why COVID-19 Is Hitting Us Now – and How to Prepare for the Next Outbreak

COVID-19 won’t be the world’s last outbreak, so governments need to be ready for the next one.

TED Conferences LLC
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Lisa Rabasca Roepe

What Does the Coronavirus Pandemic Mean for Your Job Search?

Can your job search survive the coronavirus pandemic?

The Muse
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SPOTLIGHT
IN CONVERSATION

With Leading Scientists in Their Field

“We Lead the World in Science, and We Also Lead the World in Opposition to Science”
Jared Diamond, American historian and anthropologist, Pulitzer Prize-winning author, and UCLA professor, playing piano in the living room of his home in the Bel-Air neighborhood of Los Angeles; photo by Damon Casarez /Redux/laif
Interview
“We Lead the World in Science, and We Also Lead the World in Opposition to Science”

Jared Diamond, world-famous historian of societal crises and collapses, currently lives in self-imposed quarantine in California. When he’s not writing papers on the birds of New Guinea or playing Beethoven sonatas on the piano, he is concerned about the effect the current pandemic will have on his country and the world. What gives him hope?

“The Emergence of Liberty Is Perhaps Even More Surprising than Economic Growth.”
“The Emergence of Liberty Is Perhaps Even More Surprising than Economic Growth.”

To get an idea of the political construction of the world of tomorrow, one has to travel back in time – sometimes a few thousand years. Renowned MIT economist Daron Acemoğlu talks about the making and the most interesting findings of his new book.

“Public Attention Is Not Awarded Rationally. It Has To Be Carried by a Story”
Robert J. Shiller, Kai Nedden/laif
“Public Attention Is Not Awarded Rationally. It Has To Be Carried by a Story”

In his new book, economist and Nobel laureate Robert Shiller argues that he and his fellow dismal scientists need to look beyond the usual data point: Stories are what really drive decisions to spend, save or speculate.

SPECIAL: CLASSIC ADVICE

The Greatest Books of All Time (And Their Collected Knowledge for Everyday Life)

How to Thrive in the Face of Adversity
Classic Advice
How to Thrive in the Face of Adversity

It is an odd comfort to know that the human species has survived plagues, pestilence, wars and sundry other disasters for as long as humankind has walked the Earth. Here are 5 lessons on how to move forward!

Denmark Ranked Least Happy Country (in 1603)
Denmark Ranked Least Happy Country (in 1603)

William Shakespeare’s The Tragedy of Hamlet Or: Why Revenging Your Dead Father Could Damage Your Health

Misery in Bohemia
Misery in Bohemia

Kafka’s The Metamorphosis Or: How Not to Wake Up Feeling Like a Pest

The 1845 Tiny Home Craze
The 1845 Tiny Home Craze

Henry David Thoreau’s Walden Or: How to Escape the Rat Race (and Make Peace with Woodchuck Cravings)

Why Read Classics?
Why Read Classics?

We are asked this question again and again, especially by business customers. So, we’ll give the answer in a monthly column – and with one of the greats of literature.

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Compressed Knowledge on the Latest Topics

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2019–20 Coronavirus Pandemic

Coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19) is an infectious viral respiratory disease caused by severe acute respiratory syndrome coronavirus 2 (SARS-CoV-2), also known as “novel coronavirus.” Reports in December 2019, from Wuhan, China, first cited the disease, which has spread globally, resulting in the 2019–20 coronavirus pandemic that affects people and businesses worldwide.

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Working from Home

Remote work has been a trend long in the making, and indeed the current Coronavirus pandemic has forced many to work from home. The advantages for employees, companies and society are plentiful: save time commuting, cut greenhouse gas emissions, relieve traffic congestion, increase employee satisfaction, increase workforce diversity, save money on office space and much more. But remote work also comes with its challenges – for leaders as well as employees. Learn how to structure your day, organize your communication, build trust and foster team spirit.

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Innovation

Innovation is arguably the most crucial and, at the same time, the most elusive skill to master for any business. Systematically developing novel products, services and processes to stay ahead of the competition requires concerted action on virtually all levels of your organization. Join the vanguard!

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LEADERSHIP

Wanna Grow a Leader?

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Leadership

One for all and all for one: This strategy only works if you set a good example as a leader. Learn how to stimulate your employees so they perform to the best of their abilities.

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Crisis Management

If your organization faces a crisis – whether a public health emergency, a natural disaster, or a public relations or product calamity – you often can make it better or worse for your people by how you manage it before, during and after. Eventually, a crisis will hit. You won’t be able to prevent it, but you can prepare for it, overcome it and emerge stronger.

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The "New Normal"

“Performance Reviews: How Do I Give the Right Feedback in the Current Exceptional Situation?”
Performance reviews: Make a directional decision - or at least cause one. There are in fact more than only two ways to proceed. / Photo: Jon Tyson at Unsplash
“Performance Reviews: How Do I Give the Right Feedback in the Current Exceptional Situation?”

You have three options.

Q&As

“As a Manager, How Can I Learn a ‘Hands Off’ Approach?”
“As a Manager, How Can I Learn a ‘Hands Off’ Approach?”

(without having my anxiety go through the roof in the process).

“The Boss Knows Best, Right?”
“The Boss Knows Best, Right?”

Well, strictly “top down” still may work in website menus, but not in digitalized business-structures.

“How Do I Ensure That My Business Continues?”
“How Do I Ensure That My Business Continues?”

In these times, nothing is certain – right? Let’s prove that wrong!

“What Does It Take to Become a Digital Leader?”
“What Does It Take to Become a Digital Leader?”

One abstract to rule them all.

Top Summaries

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Robert J. Anderson and William A. Adams

Mastering Leadership

This can be your leader development book for life. It’s a bold promise, but this work delivers.

Wiley
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John C. Maxwell

Leadershift

John C. Maxwell says leaders can deal with baffling new challenges by making important “leadershifts.”

HarperCollins Leadership
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Steven G. Rogelberg

The Surprising Science of Meetings

Save time and energy by facilitating better meetings. (Hint: the best ones are 48 minutes long.)

Oxford University Press (USA)
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Gretchen Anderson

Mastering Collaboration

Formal collaboration inside organizations seldom works. Here’s what does.

O’Reilly Media
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Stephen R. Covey

The 7 Habits of Highly Effective People

To be highly effective, just initiate, focus, prioritize, connect, cooperate, improve yourself and let others win. Whew.

Free Press
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Jean Dahl

Leading Lean

Deloitte’s lean management expert Jean Dahl explains how to use lean processes to create lean leaders.

O’Reilly Media
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In Conversation

“People Who Don’t Feel Respected Will Not Want to Show Up Every Day and Contribute to Your Organization.”
Thought leaders
“People Who Don’t Feel Respected Will Not Want to Show Up Every Day and Contribute to Your Organization.”

A millennial herself, Crystal Kadakia provides globally relevant insight into her generation in her book, The Millennial Myth. Here, she shares some of her thoughts on how to attract millennial talent.

getTogether

Related Abstract

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Patrick Hollingworth

The Light and Fast Organisation

To deal with the VUCA world, apply the “alpine style” to your organization.

Wiley
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Our Most Popular Books
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Our Most Popular Books

Time to highlight some of the most successful titles from our library!

>> NEW FRONTIERS

Series: Ten Big Questions That Will Preoccupy Public Dialogue

We live in revolutionary times – at once deeply unsettling but also filled with the potential of transforming human lives for the better. This series introduces you to ten big questions that will preoccupy public dialogue of the near future.
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Your Solution, Only Two Clicks Away

“How Can I Get My Financial Life in Order?”
“How Can I Get My Financial Life in Order?”

In need of a financial road map, but no idea where to start? There you go!

“How Do I Gain Energy and Enjoy Better Health?”
“How Do I Gain Energy and Enjoy Better Health?”

No Sweat: Find your motivation and set goals!

“How Can I Improve My Ability to Remember?”
“How Can I Improve My Ability to Remember?”

Implement a seven-step program to control and optimize your memory!

FEATURES
FOCUS: Climate Change
Female lion walking in Savannah field in Nairobi national park, Kenya.
FOCUS: Climate Change

Perhaps this year, after all the attention garnered by climate strikes in 2019, will be the year of practicable proposals for climate solutions. The effects of lockdowns, such as hugely improved air quality in many countries, could contribute to this debate.

Photo by Martin Sanchez on Unsplash
Photo by Martin Sanchez on Unsplash
Books of the Year 2019

Invisible women, 25 pairs of shoes, and the long-awaited end of unnecessary meetings – here are this year’s reading recommendations from different departments at getAbstract.

TALKS

DEMOCRACY

“The Emergence of Liberty Is Perhaps Even More Surprising than Economic Growth.”
“The Emergence of Liberty Is Perhaps Even More Surprising than Economic Growth.”

To get an idea of the political construction of the world of tomorrow, one has to travel back in time – sometimes a few thousand years. Renowned MIT economist Daron Acemoğlu talks about the making and the most interesting findings of his new book.

NEW WORK

“People Who Don’t Feel Respected Will Not Want to Show Up Every Day and Contribute to Your Organization.”
“People Who Don’t Feel Respected Will Not Want to Show Up Every Day and Contribute to Your Organization.”

A millennial herself, Crystal Kadakia provides globally relevant insight into her generation in her book, The Millennial Myth. Here, she shares some of her thoughts on how to attract millennial talent.

INNOVATION

Efosa Ojomo, Clayton M. Christensen and Karen Dillon
Efosa Ojomo, Clayton M. Christensen and Karen Dillon
“When the Foreign Aid Industry Primarily Focuses on Empowering Entrepreneurs, It Will Win the Fight Against Poverty.”

In one of his last interviews, economist Clayton M. Christenen, who passed away in January, argues that only innovation can lift nations out of poverty.

CHINA

Kai Strittmatter, Foto Anton Turovinin (Piper Verlag)
Kai Strittmatter by Anton Turovinin (Piper Verlag)
“We Can No Longer Afford the Naivety When It Comes to China Under Xi Jinping”

The "Middle Kingdom" is back. But not the way one had imagined in the West: While the Chinese economy is growing, the freedoms of the population are dwindling, says China expert Kai Strittmatter.

WORKPLACE

“I’m Resurrecting Thinking”
“I’m Resurrecting Thinking”

In his book Open to Think, Dan Pontefract offers strategies for cutting through the clutter, thinking more clearly and making better decisions. His prescription: be more deliberate with your time.

ECONOMICS

“You Can Watch the March of Ideas from the Minds of Economists and into Our Lives.”
“You Can Watch the March of Ideas from the Minds of Economists and into Our Lives.”

After decades of free-market policies in the United States and Britain, working-class voters are in full revolt. In The Economists’ Hour Binyamin Appelbaum surveys the last half-century and sees an obvious path from the economics of Milton Friedman, Arthur Laffer and others to today’s disgruntled masses.