Wednesday Feb 01, 2023

Healthier, wealthier, and wiser?

Mike Jakeman reviews Slouching Towards Utopia: An Economic History of the Twentieth Century, by UC Berkeley economics professor J. Bradford DeLong, who seeks to understand why the supercharged growth of the 20th century failed to deliver us to a state of comfort and satisfaction. Source link

The new work–life balance

If you look up the history of work–life balance, you’ll find different takes on the concept’s origins. Many people give credit to Robert Owen, a Welsh manufacturer and the “father of British Socialism,” who decided that labor practices in the early 1800s were too demanding, and so started advocating for a balanced workday of “eight […]

Spinning uncertainty into success

The Upside of Uncertainty: A Guide to Finding Possibility in the Unknown by Nathan Furr and Susannah Harmon Furr, Harvard Business Review Press, 2022 Everywhere you turn, uncertainty seems to be on the rise. Dire climate predictions, unease in the workforce, novel diseases, political and economic volatility. The digitization of everything is monetizing our attention […]

The other Machiavelli

However cynical it may seem, Machiavelli’s The Prince has long been recognized as a source of insights for anyone trying run a business or gain power in one. A ferocious little treatise of under 100 pages, The Prince was aimed at Lorenzo de’ Medici, the iron-handed Florentine ruler, by an author hoping to regain the proximity […]

How Do Organizations Assess Business Risk

You might not realize it, but you are performing types of risk management every single day. You assess risk when walking across the street or deciding whether to go through a yellow light. You have to decide whether eating that burger is worth the heartburn later on or if being in the sun is worth […]

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