Fresh Pick of the Day, Feb 2, 2016: “The Medical Revolution You Haven’t Heard About … Yet”

From Knowledge@Wharton – ” The science and art of medicine have been undergoing increasingly rapid change for decades. New treatments are developed. New diagnostic tools arrive. Cures become imaginable where none were before. But there’s one area where change has been slow: design. And if you’re wondering what design has to do with health care, you’ve uncovered part of the reason why: Most medical professionals don’t even think about poor design as a problem. But it is. Enter Stephen Klasko, an MD with an MBA, who is CEO of Jefferson Health System and Thomas Jefferson University, and Bon Ku, MD, a  professor of emergency medicine at Thomas Jefferson University Hospital. Ku runs a new program to turn less traditional medical students into innovative, creative problem-solvers, route them into medical school, and create a new type of physician trained to solve health care problems through design methodology. “

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Podcast # 24: “Business Rhythm’s Best Business Narrative Books” with Frank & Jamie

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Business Rhythm’s Top 5 Business Narrative Books:

1. McDonald’s: Behind the Arches by John F. Love

2. Personal History by Katharine Graham

3. Titan: The Life of John D. Rockefeller, Sr. by Ron Chernow

4. Sam Walton: Made in America by Sam Walton

5. When Genius Failed by Roger Lowenstein

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Fresh Pick of the Day, January 20, 2016:”The drawback of cheap oil” from the Economist

From the Economist.com – “OUR energy and economics editors explain why the plummeting oil price may not be as good as usual for the world economy and our Buttonwood columnist discusses his award-winning article on the deep-rooted problems of the financial sector

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Fresh Pick of the Day, January 12, 2016: Leadership Lessons From Fairy Tales

From Knowledge@Insead – “Fairy tales help children to answer basic existential questions, like who am I, what is the good life, where do I belong? Through fairy tales they learn to navigate reality and survive in a world full of ambiguities and dangers. Executives, with their seeming mastery of the world, may be an unlikely audience for such fantasy. But the universal truth is, everyone likes a story. And fairy tales, with their immediately recognisable dramatics, characters and fundamental moral truths provide universal insights into human behaviour, illustrating the dangers of leadership and various ways in which executives can derail.”

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Fresh Pick of the Day January 11, 2016: “Your grandmother was right. Slouching is bad for you–and maybe your career” from Washington Post

From Washington Post – “…spending two minutes before a stressful event like a job interview holding ‘expansive’ power poses–such as putting your hands on the hips like Wonder Woman–can increase testosterone and lower the stress hormone cortisol. ‘The mind shapes the body,’ she says, ‘and the body shapes the mind.'”

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Fresh Pick of the Day, January 8, 2016: “How To Speak So That People Want To Listen” from Forbes Magazine

From Forbes.com – “In his TED talk, Julian advises people to remember the word ‘hail.’ It stands for: Honesty. Authenticity. Integrity. Love. He says, ‘The H, honesty, is being true in what you say, being straight and clear. The A is authenticity, just being yourself. The I is integrity, being your word, actually doing what you say, and being somebody people can trust. And the L is love, (in the sense of) wishing people well.'”

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Fresh Pick of the Day, January 5, 2016: “China leads global markets to bad start! | FT Markets”

From FT Markets – “China’s 7% market slide and weakening currency hit global markets Jonathan Wheatley and Mike Mackenzie discuss how Monday’s market fall in China is hitting global trading markets. Worries over the Chinese economy have shifted to commodities stocks, with oil faltering and mining companies among the worst performers.”

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Fresh Pick of the Day, January 4, 2016: “11 Ways Successful People Overcome Uncertainty”

From Inc Magazine – ” Our brains are hardwired to make much of modern life difficult. This is especially true when it comes to dealing with uncertainty. On the bright side, if you know the right tricks, you can override your brain’s irrational tendencies and handle uncertainty effectively. Our brains give us fits when facing uncertainty because they’re wired to react to it with fear. In a recent study, a Caltech neuroeconomist imaged subjects’ brains as they were forced to make increasingly uncertain bets–the same kind of bets we’re forced to make on a regular basis in business. The less information the subjects had to go on, the more irrational and erratic their decisions became. You might think the opposite would be true–the less information we have, the more careful and rational we are in evaluating the validity of that information. Not so. As the uncertainty of the scenarios increased, the subjects’ brains shifted control over to the limbic system, the place where emotions, such as anxiety and fear, are generated.”

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