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Loss of meaning, loss of passion = brown-out

In addition to burn-out and bore-out, two professional afflictions born respectively from excess of work or boredom, there is a third pathology emerging. Caused by the demotivation that is provoked when daily tasks are plagued with absurdities, this condition is known as brown-out (literally, a drop in voltage in electrical power supply). How can you…

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Organizational stupidity: why you lose your critical thinking skills

Organizational stupidity can translate into a dangerous sense of futility that prompts even the brightest employees to abandon objectivity and silently accept absurd tasks. Organizational stupidity is a common hazard in many companies but — paradoxically enough — it can prove useful to maintaining a certain degree of cohesion. How can we explain the upsurge…

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Problems you’ll face in the future thanks to robotics, genomics, and big data

Displaced workers, designer babies, the death of privacy and proliferation of cybercrime… How will you and your business respond to a few of the most problematic issues that the industries of the future are going to raise? “For most of the world’s 7.2 billion people, innovation and globalization have created opportunity the likes of which…

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Here are 5 not-to-miss articles published in January! Topics covered include innovation, artificial intelligence, marketing, and more…

Here are five articles that stood out this month for their originality, relevance, and/or analysis. Happy reading! Innovation « The Most Innovative Companies of 2016 » (Fast Company) According to Fast Company, their list of the World’s 50 Most Innovative Companies in 2106 (first place goes to BuzzFeed) inspiringly reveals that « a new wave…

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Three leaders at the vanguard of the next economy

To see what leaders at the vanguard of the next economy are doing, we look to Foxconn’s CEO, one of the world’s biggest investors in robotics; to the leader of PGDx, a cancer genomics startup; and to the CEO of MFS Africa, a Pan-African FinTech company.   Dr. Luis Diaz fights cancer with revolutionary genomic…

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Putting a bit of agility into performance evaluations

Between now and the end of the year, 75% of European employees will have undergone an evaluation interview. And yet, if there is one thing on which everyone can agree, management and staff alike, it is that these annual reviews are often painful, even useless. Why, then, do we repeat them year after year? Arguably…

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How pride strengthens your leadership: motivation, efficiency, and influence

“Vanity is wanting to appear as though you are something; ambition is wanting to be something; self-regard is believing you are something; and pride is knowing what you are worth” — these words, attributed to the Polish statesman Edward Raczynski, reflect the ambiguity that persists around the concept of pride. Often confused with arrogance or…

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The next economy: A new wave of innovation is on its way

Famed American technology policy expert Alec Ross presents a panorama of the most important innovations set to drive economic and societal change for the years to come. 2017 will mark the eighth anniversary of Uber’s founding and the 20th anniversary of the victory of the chess-playing computer Deep Blue against the world’s reigning human champion,…

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Business Digest: HEC Paris’s preferred partner

The annual publication, Knowledge@HEC2016, produced in association with Business Digest, is out. It revisits a year of research and reflection at HEC Paris in marketing, finance, strategy, management, and more. The new edition covers subjects as varied as conformism and originality in strategy, activist influence, decision making and uncertainty, risk estimation, knowledge and creativity or…

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Can negative emotions like fear, anger, and sadness be useful at work?

The workplace is almost always an emotional minefield. If you are like most people, a typical day at the office raises all kinds of challenging, involuntary thoughts and feelings. The question is: do you have the “emotional agility” to put your inner turmoil to good use, or do you just run from it? “Given a…

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