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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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Culture change, personalized team management and AI… These topics and more are covered in our selection of this month’s 5-not-to-miss articles!

Here are five articles that stood out this month for their originality, relevance, and/or analysis. Happy reading!   Organization “Getting to the critical few behaviors that can drive cultural change” (Strategy+Business) Culture change can feel like a insurmountable challenge, partly because what determines culture — how and what the people within an organization do on…

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Mastering the paradoxes of high performing teams

Do you face the challenge of building and leading a new team? Revitalizing a stagnant one? No matter the context, Robert Shaw invites you to consider the key paradoxes mastered by teams at cutting-edge companies including Alibaba, Netflix, and Zappos!   When they operate well, teams provide companies with significant competitive advantage, which is why…

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Platform companies, from controlling to orchestrating resources

From Amazon to Coursera to Uber, software platforms have revolutionized entire sections of the economy within the past 10 years. What are the key qualities of these successful companies? Firstly, they have switched from control-based systems to a resource-management approach. Below we examine a number of options for entering the platform age.   In October…

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Evaluating your leadership team in 7 questions

Jacques Neatby has long specialized in supporting executive teams which has led him to develop a tool to diagnose the effectiveness of such teams. Via seven questions, this tool summarily covers the three key dimensions of executive team effectiveness: strategic alignment, the presence of constructive conflicts and the capacity to collaborate.   Very few executives…

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Business Digest donates its books to Paris-Dauphine University!

To satisfy the expectations of our readers, we spare no expense! As an observatory and trend-watcher specializing in leadership and strategy, we spend a lot of time reading the latest books published in business. Each year, our editorial team gets its hands on over 150 books. This continual intake means our bookshelves are always overflowing….

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