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How to unplug and take a vacation (yes, even you)

Workplace stress exacts a toll on your physical and psychological health and presents economic costs for your organization. Hence the importance of taking time off. But in today’s “always-on” work culture, sometimes this is easier said than done.     Due to the increasingly intrusive nature of email, electronic devices, social media, and the 24-hour…

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Summer reading list – 10 books you mustn’t miss!

Here is our selection of 10 of the best business books published so far in 2017 to add to your summer reading list. Topics covered include team management, resilience, transformation, motivation, blockchain, platform companies and more… We are certain that at least one of these books is right for you. From the whole team at…

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Poet wanted: the job of tomorrow ?

As new technologies are used 
to boost performance, measure outcomes and control the proper execution of company processes, how can humans find a sense of meaning in their work? Does the automation of the workplace signal the end of the dominance of human intelligence, which will now play second fiddle to pure analytical thinking? This…

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[Interview] Resilient leadership at Facebook, because the work is never done

In the spring of 2016, Caryn Marooney was diagnosed with breast cancer just as she stepped in to manage Facebook’s entire communications team. One year later, she shares what she’s learned about resilience and the power of asking for help as a leader.   In early spring 2016, Facebook’s then VP of Technology Communications Caryn…

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Innovate over the long term, acquisition of Whole Foods by Amazon, a leadership lesson by Elon Musk, cybersecurity…. here are 5 must-read articles published this June!

Here are five articles that stood out this month for their originality, relevance, and/or analysis. Happy reading!   Strategy « The Amazon-Whole Foods Deal Mean Every Other Retailer’s Three-Year Plan is Obsolete » (Harvard Business Review) With its recent acquisition of Whole Foods (the premium grade American grocery store chain), Amazon is in the process…

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Achieving human excellence in the age of smart machines

How can human talent stay relevant in the face of evolving machine learning technologies? As more and more knowledge work becomes automated over the coming years, how will it shift our thinking around human intelligence and skills? Between 1997 and 2007, industrial robots were responsible for the loss of up to 670,000 U.S. manufacturing jobs….

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Resilience: how to bounce forward in the face of adversity

When the going gets rough, as it inevitably does, what steps can you take to help yourself and others? After an unexpected personal tragedy, Facebook’s COO Sheryl Sandberg advocates alongside co-author Adam Grant (of Give and Take Fame) for a more resilient approach to leadership based on values of openness, authenticity, and humility. In May…

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What does human vs. machine intelligence mean for work?

As new technologies are used to boost performance, measure outcomes and control the proper execution of company processes, how can humans find a sense of meaning in their work? Does the automation of the workplace signal the end of the dominance of human intelligence, which will now play second fiddle to pure analytical thinking? This…

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7 key tech trends from VivaTech 2017

Business Digest was at the #VivaTech fair held last week in Paris. We’ve picked out for you the seven key tech trends that made a splash at the event. Truly revolutionary, or over-hyped gadgets? Tell us what you think!   1/ Humanoid robots: what’s the point? On entering the fair, the visitor is greeted by…

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[Interview] Netflix: a platform organization designed to boost agility

Netflix has been pursuing its switch from a control-based approach to a strategy built on orchestrating resources for almost 20 years now. Its agile platform model has enabled the global leader in online streaming to refine its value proposition, ensuring it continues to meet the expectations of its entire ecosystem of stakeholders.   Netflix’s latest…

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