Sydney Finkelstein: What It Takes to Be a Superboss [video]

A 7-minute video interview of Superbosses author Sydney Finkelstein by Harvard Business Review senior editor, Alison Beard, about what sets superbosses apart from « mere, mortal managers » and the teachable lessons around how they consistently develop talent into top performers.   What It Takes to Be a Superboss – Sydney Finkelstein – HBR Video…

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The impact of human capital on innovation

  In the 2014 edition of their list of the world’s most innovative companies, researchers from INSEAD emphasize the importance of human capital for innovation. The ten most innovative economies were found to invest heavily in human capital, particularly education: • They have the capacity to develop creative and deductive skills in future employees as…

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The Science of Receiving Feedback: A Big Think Mentor workshop with Sheila Heen

“I don’t know anybody who thinks that feedback conversations work,” admits Sheila Heen in this video, created to accompany the release of her latest book, Thanks for the Feedback. Heen, a professor at Harvard and an expert in negotiation, is also head of Triad Consulting, whose clients include companies such as Apple, HSBC, Unilever, the…

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We’re all hiding something. Let’s find the courage to open up

Ash Beckham presents a compelling argument for empathy and openness (TED Talks, 9:22). LGBT advocate Ash Beckham puts a new spin on the phrase “coming out of the closet,” emphasizing that at one point or another during our lives, we all hide things from those closest to us. Whether it’s a shortcoming, an illness, or…

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Navigating the circular economy: A conversation with Dame Ellen MacArthur

Ellen MacArthur shares her vision of the circular economy (McKinsey, 4:30) How can we build a sustainable future? English sailor and world record holder for the fastest solo around-the-world sailing voyage, Dame Ellen MacArthur, advocates moving away from the prevalent linear approach to the global economy towards a different, circular approach. In the circular economy,…

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Theory or Intuition: what makes a good decision?

HEC Professor Itzhak Gilboa on decision (HEC Paris, 5:21). In this video, HEC Professor Itzhak Gilboa, holder of the AXA Chair For Decision Sciences, explains how theory can be used in decision making, but why it was unable to predict the financial crisis of 2008. Ideally, theory would predict everything numerically and accurately yet the…

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Big Data and Analytics: Unlocking the Value

Nowadays, technological advances have made continual data transactions not only possible, but the norm. As a result, Boston Consulting Group experts James Platt and Elias Baltassis say businesses should redefine how they extract and deal with the huge amounts of information available. Instead of reorganizing data into smaller, more manageable categories as everybody used to,…

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How to Become More Productive at Work

Robert Pozen gives his tips on how to boost your productivity (Harvard Business School, 7:10). “Work better to live better,” says Robert C. Pozen, entrepreneur and professor at Harvard Business School, who presents in this video his insights on the subject of productivity, as based on his book Extreme Productivity. His advice to the 80-90%…

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Hal Gregersen on the World’s Most Innovative Companies

INSEAD professor Hal Gregersen provides advice to top managers who want to encourage innovation in their companies (INSEAD, 10:26). How can top managers encourage sustainable and widespread innovation in their organizations? Hal Gregersen, professor of innovation and leadership at INSEAD, suggests drawing inspiration from companies known for their ability to innovate. In looking at the…

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Salman Khan: Using video to reinvent education

It all started in late 2004. Salman Khan was a financial analyst tutoring his cousin in math via the Internet. In response to enthusiastic requests for the same type of help from other family members, Khan began to upload videos on YouTube. By the end of 2009, these videos were receiving an average of 35,000…

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