Q: What should I read this summer to keep up with the latest business megatrends? A: The best summer business reading is in great literature, not in business bestsellers. By transporting us into other minds and places, literature improves our ability to relate to other people, an essential business quality. It has the capacity to elicit empathy, emotional intelligence and critical thinking, among other fundamental managerial attributes. Humans are natural storytellers because we make sense of and learn from our experience narratively. So, this summer, if you are looking to learn about artificial intelligence, I suggest Ian McEwan’s hilariously serious novel, “Machines Like Me” (2019, Doubleday). Charlie blows most of his inheritance to buy Adam, an artificial human. This leads us to imagine, in more vivid detail than we might envisage on our own, the full realization of artificial intelligence — what it is like to boot up a plastic person, to choose its … [Read more...] about Good fiction should be on your summer reading list for business
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Growing up, my family had a cottage on the border of Vermont and Quebec. During summers, we were immersed in French-Canadian culture—listening to Quebecois radio and picking up French language newspapers at the store. I didn’t know it then, but my childhood spent buying penny candies en francais turned out to be great training to become the CEO of a tech company. Really. These days, much of our talk about the future of work revolves around technical abilities—and it’s true that skills like coding do open doors in our tech-enabled society. But I’m living proof that not everything you need to succeed in business revolves around 1s and 0s. In fact, many of the skills that helped me become a CEO were the result of following my childhood interest all the way through college, culminating in a French degree. Now, I know a Bachelor of Arts in a romance language might sound more like a foundation for a career in academia or foreign service than a springboard to a … [Read more...] about My BA in French made me the tech CEO I am today
Quick hits from the NFL Draft’s first round Thursday night:The Raiders shocked many in the football world by taking Clemson defensive Clelin Ferrell with the fourth pick.Go easy on the Raiders. Just because many draftniks graded Ferrell well below top-10 material, doesn’t mean the Raiders’ Jon Gruden and Mike Mayock goofed. Know this: Some insiders at Clemson regarded Ferrell as the best player on a Clemson defensive line that Thursday sent Christian Wilkins to the Dolphins (13) and Dexter Lawrence (17) to the Giants.My view is the player who went one pick later than Ferrell, LSU alum Devin White, is a better prospect at inside linebacker than Wilkins is at end.But defensive end is more important than inside linebacker.If Wilkins is truly the best player/NFL prospect from that excellent Clemson line, he should have a solid career with the Raiders.Good to see the Raiders kept it simple, taking players at 24 and 27 instead of trading up.Dwayne Haskins to RedskinsThe … [Read more...] about Column: NFL Draft, breaking down first round: Did Raiders know what they were doing?
What should we expect from the upcoming summit? Carlyle Alan Thayer, Emeritus Professor at the University of New South Wales, lecturer at the Australian Defence Force Academy It is obvious that there is an impasse following the first summit [in Singapore]. And, as American diplomats want to say, the president does not travel halfway around the world for a photo op. The fact that the summit is scheduled means that there will be some kind of deliverables. The key issue relates to the extent that the US will be slightly more flexible in rewarding North Korea for actions that it agrees to undertake. UN sanctions have put [Chairman] Kim Jong Un under pressure. Kim is trying to improve his bargaining position with the US by making an end run to both South Korea and China. He wants them to press the US to continue the dialogue and to urge the US to indicate how it will respond to specific North Korean steps to denuclearise. It is likely that some sort of general road map, rather than a … [Read more...] about What to expect from the upcoming DPRK US Hanoi Summit
Viet Nam News The upcoming summit between US President Donald Trump and DPRK chairman Kim Jong Un is slated to take place in Việt Nam on Wednesday and Thursday, and will be their second meeting following their first historic summit in Singapore last June. Ahead of the DPRK-USA Hanoi Summit, experts from around the world share their views on the event. What should we expect from the upcoming summit? Carlyle Alan Thayer, Emeritus Professor at the University of New South Wales, lecturer at the Australian Defence Force Academy It is obvious that there is an impasse following the first summit [in Singapore]. And, as American diplomats want to say, the president doesn’t travel halfway around the world for a photo op. The fact that the summit is scheduled means that there will be some kind of deliverables. The key issue relates to the extent that the US will be slightly more flexible in rewarding North Korea for actions that it agrees to undertake. UN sanctions … [Read more...] about What to expect from the upcoming DPRK