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“How Do I Address Wrong Things the Right Way?”
“How Do I Address Wrong Things the Right Way?”

Speaking up and saying “no” sounds easier than it is – especially in economically uncertain times.

“How Do I Hire (and Onboard) People Without Meeting Them in Person?”
“How Do I Hire (and Onboard) People Without Meeting Them in Person?”

A world with fewer office jobs is not a world with fewer jobs.

CURRENT AFFAIRS

And Related Compressed Knowledge

Kick Off Your Staycation – the Right Way
Kick Off Your Staycation – the Right Way

This summer, many will forgo traveling to a vacation destination. Still, you will need to take some time off. Learn how to maximize the benefits of your staycation – and return to work feeling more rejuvenated than if you had taken that voyage.

Column

Deutsche Thoroughness
Deutsche Thoroughness

As a German who chose to live in the United States for a while, the first thing you miss is not the good old Schwarzbrot – it’s the art of engineering.

Q&As

“How Can I Stop Racism in My Workplace?”
“How Can I Stop Racism in My Workplace?”

Three steps you should take seriously if you care about a corporate culture that works for all.

“How Can You Make Consumption Sustainable?”
“How Can You Make Consumption Sustainable?”

It has been suggested that if everyone on planet Earth lived the way we do in the developed world, we would need four planets. Present-day consumerism is unsustainable – but how can it be replaced?

“How Do I Welcome Back Furloughed Employees?”
“How Do I Welcome Back Furloughed Employees?”

Put simply: Be warm and mindful.

“What Is the Best Way to Start the Day?”
“What Is the Best Way to Start the Day?”

Believe it or not: The first hour of your day, whatever time it may occur, paves the way for the remainder. Here is how to spend it right.

Recent Reviews

Talking in Code
Reshma Saujani: Brave, Not Perfect. Currency, 2019.
Talking in Code

Accepting your shortcomings and missteps is the path to success.

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Knowledge Containers

Digital Transformation
Digital Transformation

Knowledge Container

Leadership
Leadership

Knowledge Container

New Work
New Work

This series offers context and applicable reading material to help companies and individuals navigate the new normal and prepare for the future in three steps: Adapt, Transform, Reinvent.

New Frontiers
New Frontiers

Knowledge Container

MAKING SENSE OF TODAY
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Jackie Jenkins-Scott

The 7 Secrets of Responsive Leadership

A strategist offers a comprehensive and entertaining introduction to responsive leadership.

Career Press
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John C. Maxwell

The Leader’s Greatest Return

John C. Maxwell teaches you how to handle leadership development.

HarperCollins Leadership
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Gary P. Pisano

Creative Construction

How can large corporations succeed at innovation?

Public Affairs
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Darrell M. West

The Future of Work

Rapid technological change could revolutionize economic policy for the better or for the worse.

Brookings Institution Press
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Michelle P. King

The Fix

Stop trying to fix yourself. It’s not you that’s broken; it’s your workplace.

Atria Books
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Michael Hageloh

Live From Cupertino

Behind Apple’s phenomenal success was a selling machine that marketed human potential over hardware.

Post Hill Press
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NEW: REVIEW SECTION

Our Independent Book Critiques

Talking in Code
Reshma Saujani: Brave, Not Perfect. Currency, 2019.
Talking in Code

Accepting your shortcomings and missteps is the path to success.

A Communicative Introvert
Diane Weston: Small Talk. How to Start a Conversation, Truly Connect with Others and Make a Killer First Impression. Monkey Publishing, 2019.
A Communicative Introvert

Master the art of small talk by giving your complete attention to others and truly listening.

Are We Punishing the Poor?
Nicholas D. Kristof, Sheryl WuDunn: Tightrope: Americans Reaching for Hope. Knopf, 2020.
Are We Punishing the Poor?

Nicholas D. Kristof and Sheryl WuDunn detail how US life expectancy is declining as misguided government policies punish the poor. The Pulitzer Prize-winning co-authors weave history and policy analysis into profiles of working-class Americans.

Rockonomics
Alan B. Krueger: Rockonomics. Currency, 2019.
Rockonomics

According to the late economist Alan B. Krueger, America’s music scene stands as a metaphor for the US economy. Consider, for example, that for every platinum-selling artist, millions of musicians never earn a living wage. Krueger notes that the US economy…

FEATURE
On the (Economic) Effects of Immigration
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Background
On the (Economic) Effects of Immigration

The US government suspended many employment visas through the end of 2020. Does that make economic sense?

DIGITAL TRANSFORMATION

Basics, Insights and Answers

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?

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…

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.

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

Featured Summary

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David Carmona

The AI Organization

The AI revolution will redefine your organization.

O’Reilly Media
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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)

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.

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?

Zum Channel

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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 Contributions

SKETCH NOTES
SPECIAL: CLASSIC ADVICE

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

Sleeping with the Fishes
Sleeping with the Fishes

Jules Verne’s Twenty Thousand Leagues Under the Sea Or: How to Escape a Madman Offshore

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

CUSTOMER WEBINAR

How Danone Drives Learner Engagement

AFTER THE PANDEMIC

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

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?

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

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

FOCUS: Career Derailment

“You’re fired!”
“You’re fired!”

How to not only cope with a layoff, but turn it into an opportunity.

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.

Featured Summary

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Clive Thompson

What If Working from Home Goes on…Forever?

The pandemic forced workers home, but high productivity and cost savings may keep them there.

New York Times Magazine
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Coping With Isolation

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

Isolation highlights the need to reach out.

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.

SPOTLIGHT
SELECTED CHANNELS

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.

Zum Channel
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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.

Zum Channel
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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!

Zum Channel

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.

Zum Channel
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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.

Zum Channel

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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.

“How Do I Hire (and Onboard) People Without Meeting Them in Person?”
“How Do I Hire (and Onboard) People Without Meeting Them in Person?”

A world with fewer office jobs is not a world with fewer jobs.

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).

“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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Roger Dooley

FRICTION

Eliminate the friction in your business and life processes.

McGraw-Hill Education
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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.”
Interview
“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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TOP TEN
Our Most Popular Books
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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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Talk

Kai Strittmatter, Foto Anton Turovinin (Piper Verlag)
Kai Strittmatter by Anton Turovinin (Piper Verlag)
Background
“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.

New Summary

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Kai Strittmatter

We Have Been Harmonised

The rise of tech-enabled totalitarianism in China threatens more than its own citizens’ freedom.

Old Street Publishing
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QUICK FIX

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.

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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.

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.