Artificial intelligence and automation may replace some jobs, but history suggests such technological shifts ultimately create more jobs than they destroy, writes Josh Bersin, founder of Bersin by Deloitte. What's needed to achieve that is a fix for sluggish productivity, a rethink of how careers proceed and organizations function, and an emphasis on learning new skills and tools, Bersin writes.
To bring any idea to the marketplace requires not just an original product or service, but the commitment to do the work even when it's not glamorous, writes Valeria Maltoni. Instead of rushing ahead with a project, Maltoni counsels leaders to give themselves the time and space they need to tweak their product or service and allow for creativity.
Businesses are well-advised to create an identity based on differentiating and unique characteristics, and also build culture and strategy around those strengths and capabilities, write Paul Leinwand and Cesare Mainardi. "Instead of reacting to change, create the change you want to see by continuously advancing what you're already great at and gaining privileged access to your customers," they write.
News reports of "blobs" in the ocean are rarely mysteries, but usually creatures from the little-explored midwater depths of the oceans, says Monterey Bay Aquarium Research Institute marine biologist Steven Haddock. "You'd be surprised at the number of interesting things you can find if you jump into the water in the middle of nowhere," he says.
When Fred Goff founded Jobcase, a service focused on helping workers without a college degree, he based it on the golden rule and authentic leadership. In this Q&A, Goff says CEOs should make sure employees understand what's expected of them and have the resources to do their jobs.
Organizations can avoid unnecessary conflict and miscommunication by clearly spelling out both "ends" and "means" values, writes Susan Fowler. While everyone may agree on the main goal of an organization, she writes, the tactics to achieve that goal must be discussed in detail.
Early smartphones failed because they existed before necessary precursors such as reliable cellular networks and the iPod, and wearables like Google Glass and the Apple Watch are suffering the same in today's smartphone era, Ben Thompson writes. "Now is the time to build out the use cases and ecosystem that make wearables products the market demands, not simply technology made for geeks who don't give a damn about social conventions," he advises.
Several industries, including health care, are advised to watch out for Mamba, a new strain of ransomware that encrypts an organization's entire hard drives, making Windows and files inaccessible to personnel, tw-Security experts say. Keith Fricke, a partner and principal consultant at the firm, notes that health care organizations can't do anything but pay the ransom, find another computer or use a cellphone to send emails.
Wells Fargo's board has decided to rescind $41 million in unvested stock from CEO John Stumpf and offer him no bonus this year. The board had limited options, Aimee Picchi writes, as its policies allowed clawbacks of bonuses and other compensation only if an executive's actions caused significant financial restatements.
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