Body of Knowledge

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    Three People-Centered Design Principles for Deep Learning

    - by MIT Sloan

    Assumptions lead to the mother all F@!$ ups. We are overwhelmed by data and using it correctly is essential. Your customers and brands can be hurt and damaged due to bad data and AI systems that have not been thought through. This represents a new and very real challenge for businesses to address. Everything from product design through logistics, route planning and risk and fraud detection can all go hopelessly wrong without a lack of thought and due diligence. Deep learning in AI now plays a fundamentally more important role that ever before as MIT explains Read More    

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    The Paradox of Efficiency

    - by ted.com

    The world has become obsessed with making things more efficient, better faster, smaller, cheaper.  Has our never ending quest for more and more efficiency actually had an adverse effect on us all? This fascinating talk by historian Edward Tenner unpacks the many promises and dangers that arise in our quest for  efficiency and provides seven ways to use “inspired efficiency” to become more productive watch here    

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    Answering society’s call: A new leadership imperative

    - by McKinsey & Company

    Business has to meet growing and more challenging expectations from society.  The younger generation of customers especially need to know and understand more about what a company is doing with and for the world and much more besides. In the eyes of younger customers there is a greater global awareness of what is going on in terms of the environment and socially and these customers expect companies they engage with to address these issues. There is a belief among younger people that companies with an agenda that focuses more on environmental and social concerns and better potential companies to work…

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    Redefining the role of the leader in the reskilling era

    - by McKinsey & Company

    For individuals and organizations to get ahead and stay ahead there must be a culture of continuous learning in the workplace.  For leaders, this creates a new set of challenges and further demands as they effectively take on a new and slightly unfamiliar role of Learning facilitator-in-chief.  McKinsey discusses, delves into and begins to define the changing role of being a leader in the reskilling era. Read more

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    Four Stages of a Successful Change Project

    - by Operational Excellence Society

    Heraclitus was wrong: Change is NOT the only constant. The failure rate of change projects remains constant as well, at about 70%. Every next failure would prompt publishing an article with a comprehensive list of steps to take and pitfalls to avoid in order to succeed – but not the root cause of the problem.  In 1995, Dr. John Kotter was close when he wrote in his article “Leading Change: Why Transformation Efforts Fail” published in the Harvard Business Review; “that the change process goes through a series of phases <…>. Skipping steps creates only the illusion of speed and…

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    Leaving a Positive and Indelible Mark

    - by Joseph Paris

    As we get older, it’s interesting what we recall from our youth and the impact it had upon us – even if we didn’t know it at the time.  For me, I was blessed with having several teachers who supported me and influenced me a great deal. There was Ms. Blair, my 3rd grade teacher.  She had a habit of confiscating the Matchbox and Hot Wheel cars I brought to class.  It wouldn’t be until 9th grade when I had Mr. Blair for history class that I discovered she had kept them all those years and he gave them back…

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