“Lack of Competition Generates Hubris…”
Branko Milanović, photo by Alberto Cristofari /CONTRASTO/laif
Interview
“Lack of Competition Generates Hubris…”

…and unfortunately, this also applies to the economic system the world largely adopted and is now relying on: capitalism. The world’s leading inequality scholar, Branko Milanović talks about global income disparities, resurgent ideologies and the most promising strategies for dealing with both.

CURRENT AFFAIRS

And Related Compressed Knowledge

Think Like a Rower, and Other Life Lessons from Sports
Think Like a Rower, and Other Life Lessons from Sports

Organizations increasingly recognize lifelong learning as an economic imperative. But work-relevant learning does not stop at the end of the workday.

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.

Still Relevant

“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

“What Are the Seven Principles That Lead to More Effective Learning (And Teaching)?”
“What Are the Seven Principles That Lead to More Effective Learning (And Teaching)?”

And why are there actually seven and not five?

“What Can I Do Proactively To Keep My Skills Up To Date?”
“What Can I Do Proactively To Keep My Skills Up To Date?”

You know that constant upskilling and reskilling are a must if you want to remain in the workforce long-term. But what are your options for future-proofing your skill set?

Recent Reviews

Boxing for likes
Gary Vaynerchuk: Jab, Jab, Jab, Right Hook. How to Tell Your Story in a Noisy Social World. HarperBusiness, 2013.
Boxing for likes

Former wine video star, bestselling author and entrepreneur Gary Vaynerchuk tells you how to hit it big on social media.

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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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Paul J. Davies

How Wirecard Went From Tech Star to Bankrupt

Wirecard is the 2020 iteration of Enron-style corporate fraud on a colossal scale.

The Wall Street Journal
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Jathan Sadowski

Too Smart

Using your data makes technocrats and “digital capitalists” rich and empowers them to control you.

MIT Press
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Susan A. Ambrose, Michael W. Bridges, Michele DiPietro, Marsha C. Lovett and Marie K. Norman

How Learning Works

High school and college instructors will benefit from this clear, well-structured guide to teaching and learning.

Jossey-Bass Inc. Publishers
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Paul Ashcroft, Simon Brown and Garrick Jones

The Curious Advantage

An actionable guide to building an organizational culture of curiosity and learning.

Laiki Publishing
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Mehrsa Baradaran

The Color of Money

Black Americans have far less wealth than white Americans because the US economy is rigged.

Belknap Press
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Terrence J. Sejnowski

The Deep Learning Revolution

As a form of “deep learning,” machine learning in the 21st century will teach humans about themselves.

MIT Press
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REVIEWS

Our Independent Book Critiques

Boxing for likes
Gary Vaynerchuk: Jab, Jab, Jab, Right Hook. How to Tell Your Story in a Noisy Social World. HarperBusiness, 2013.
Boxing for likes

Former wine video star, bestselling author and entrepreneur Gary Vaynerchuk tells you how to hit it big on social media.

A towering presence
John Lewis: Across That Bridge. A Vision for Change and the Future of America. Hachette, 2017.
A towering presence

From a young sharecropper to a civil rights pioneer: John Lewis details his journey.

Cutting through the hokum
James Kwak: Economism. Bad Economics and the Rise of Inequality. Pantheon, 2017.
Cutting through the hokum

How does what you learned in Economics 101 apply to real life? James Kwak finds that it doesn’t apply at all, except in service to the wealthy and powerful.

A One-Man Whirlwind
Gary Vaynerchuk: The Thank You Economy. HarperBusiness, 2011.
A One-Man Whirlwind

Marketing guru Gary Vaynerchuk suggests you learn from him – and from your great-grandparents.

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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Arielle Pardes

An Ethics Guide for Tech Gets Written With Workers in Mind

Rank-and-file workers – more than CEOs – lead the drive for a more ethical approach to tech products.

Wired
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FEATURE
Ancient Buddhist Wisdom for Turbulent Times
Background
Ancient Buddhist Wisdom for Turbulent Times

Though timeless, the teachings of Buddhism are uniquely suited to cope with today’s fast-paced world.

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

SELECTED CHANNELS

Compressed Knowledge on the Latest Topics

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Discrimination

Discrimination hurts your people and your bottom line. Make personal advancement in your company dependent on performance, and don't let anyone hold people back because of their differences. Diversity leads to innovation and success, but discrimination is a dead end.

Zum Channel
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Workplace Skills

You can become more capable in any field by learning and practicing skills such as time management, decision making, or goal setting. Pull up your sleeves and get started!

Zum Channel
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Agility

What worked nicely yesterday may no longer work tomorrow. Learn how to make your organization agile – how to rapidly adapt to market and environmental changes in productive and cost-effective ways.

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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?

Zum Channel

New

Your Creative Recovery
Your Creative Recovery

How to get rid of that nasty little saboteur sitting on your shoulder preventing you from being truly innovative.

COLUMN

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

“How Do I Manage the Transition from Teammate to Manager?”
“How Do I Manage the Transition from Teammate to Manager?”

Meet Simona, 28, recently promoted to her first leadership role

“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.

SKETCH NOTES
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?

“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.

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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Emilio Granados Franco, Richard Lukacs, Marie Sophie Müller, Philip Shetler-Jones and Saadia Zahidi

COVID-19 Risks Outlook

COVID-19 is going to leave a lasting mark on the world – economically, politically and societally.

World Economic Forum
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Coping With Isolation

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

Isolation highlights the need to reach out.

>> 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.

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.

Zum Channel

getTogether

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).

“Should Leaders Study History Before Making Major Decisions?”
“Should Leaders Study History Before Making Major Decisions?”

Remember the usual climax of cheesy 1970s horror movie trailers, and that sinister male voice saying “But then…something went terribly wrong!”? If you want to avoid hearing this voice over and over for all your…

“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!

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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IN CONVERSATION

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.

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.