Leadership

Fresh Pick of the Day, December 29, 2015: “Can Employee Training Lead to Higher Profits?”

From Knowledge@Wharton – “Does intensive internal training of employees lead to higher profits? In knowledge-based industries where the main asset is skilled professionals such as software engineers, the answer is yes, according to the research paper “Strategy, Human Capital Investments, Business Domain Capabilities, and Performance: A Study in the Global Software Services Industry,” by Joydeep Chatterjee, senior fellow at the Mack Institute for Innovation Management and professor of global strategic management at the University of Washington. But not all training yields equal benefits. Surprisingly, technological training such as those on computer languages did not boost project profits, the paper found. Rather, providing an employee training to raise their level of knowledge about clients’ industries did the trick.”

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Fresh Pick of the Day, December 7, 2015: “Beyond the Red Cup: The Grass Is Not Greener: When Staying Put in a Job Pays Off” from Knowledge@Wharton

From Knowledge@Wharton – “At some point in your career, you will invariably face a choice of staying with your current employer or taking a job at a new company. The enticement could be better pay, rosier opportunities at the new firm — or to escape a toxic work environment. But is it necessary to change employers to move ahead? And how do the benefits of moving firms compare to upward mobility at your current employer?

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Podcast # 22: “Business Rhythm’s Top 5 Books on Leadership”

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From Business Rhythm with Frank & Jamie -“In this podcast, we will talk about what we think are the best 5 leadership books that you should read. Through our careers as managers, consultants, entrepreneurs, and thought leaders, we have read tons of business books in the market. We thought of sharing our picks of the best leadership books to our listeners and hope that they will also benefit by reading these books. Frank, hat will be your top recommended book on leadership?”

Here are the links to the Top 5 Business Books

1. Leadership is an Art by Max de Pree

2. Leadership Challenge by James Kouzes and Barry Posner

3. Questions of Character by Joseph Badaracco

4. Five Dysfunctions of a Team by Patrick Lencioni

5. The Leadership Moment by Michael Useem

 

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Fresh Pick of the Day, November 10, 2015: “Do the BRICS still matter?” from Center for Strategic and International Studies

From Center for Strategic and International Studies – “The report provides a critical account of the BRICS (Brazil, Russia, India, China, and South Africa) as an analytical category, examining some of its constitutive dimensions, to see whether the possibilities of an effective intra-group cooperation could lead to a major change in world power distribution, or whether social disparities, diplomatic divergences, and political and economic differences could prevent the BRICS from forming a coherent and effective strategic alliance. It examines some of the group’s common features and their differences, putting into perspective their relative weaknesses and strengths, their strategic culture, and how it has shaped their foreign policies.”

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Fresh Pick of the Day, October 26, 2015: “Why an Open Mind Is Key to Making Better Predictions”

From Knowledge@Wharton – ” Financial advisors, TV pundits and an endless stream of experts and nonexperts readily offer their predictions about the future, whether related to the stock market, international relations or the next Presidential election. But how good are those predictions? As it turns out, most of us are not very good at making forecasts, and even the best-known experts do not have a solid track record. So what makes a good forecaster? In the new book, Superforecasting: The Art and Science of Prediction, Wharton management professor Philip Tetlock and co-author Dan Gardner look into what makes people good forecasters. Tetlock, who is also a professor of psychology at Penn’s School of Arts and Sciences, recently spoke to Knowledge@Wharton about his decades of research on the topic and how you can incorporate some of these forecasting techniques into your own life.”

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Podcast # 21: “Ways to increase value of a business”

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Business Rhythm with Frank & Jamie – Oct 19, 2015 “If you own and manage a business, you are constantly looking for ways increase its value. Any activities that will improve profits and cash flow will be welcome. There are a number of proven ways to increase value of a business. Listen to find out more”

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FResh Pick of the Day, October 12, 2015: “Feeding the Developing World: The Search for Solutions”

From Knowledge@Wharton – “Dire predictions half a century ago of a world unable to feed a population explosion did not come to pass, largely due to the “Green Revolution” that used innovative techniques to dramatically increase crop yields. But will there be a second Green Revolution, one that is more sustainable, to feed the next leg of population growth, mainly coming from developing nations?”

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Fresh Pick of the Day, Oct 6, 2015: “Why Asia is the new Europe” from Washington Post

From Washington Post – “Can you visualize how the world economy has changed over the last 35 years? Unless you’re a macroeconomist, that’s probably a pretty difficult task. But the 20-second video … will give you some quick insight. Howmuch.net, a website that helps people calculate the cost of doing home repairs, created this super-short and simple guide to understanding how the world has changed over the last 35 years.”

 

 

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