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A few articles that made us think.
Forbes
Useful... insights on what modern teamwork looks like.
Fast Company
We... can all think like futurists - steps towards innovating for the future.
Bloomberg Businessweek
– As automation and robotics change the face of manufacturing, that will have an effect on how and when customers experience products.
Fast Company
– And what does that mean for the talent wars?
Wired
– Interesting look at the culture of testing and learning.
Wall Street Journal
– A useful primer/reminder about what success in digital age looks like.
Wall Street Journal
– Useful overview and examples of how automation is improving work ... and increasing hiring.
The Atlantic
– A philosophical exploriation of the implications of AI, by Henry Kissinger
Wall Street Journal
– Experiment in pricing and customer loyalty is playing out on a big stage.
Medium
– A thoughtful overview about what AI is and what it could mean.
Financial Times
– Increasingly sophisticated use of data is opening doors to companies that can figure out how best to use it while building trust... with their customers.
Rough Type
– How you think about personal data determines what options are available and how to solve problems.
Wall Street Journal
– A series of new AI technologies are trying to interpret behavior and help managers intervene better.
Quartz
– “The Prince of Mathematicians” who was born 241 years ago developed analyses we’re still using today.
Martech Advisor
– Insightful interview with good data on how important sales and marketing alignment is.
Wall Street Journal
– Companies are looking internally to fund their growth.
CMSwire
– AI is poised to do what automation can't.
aiwierdness.com
– Fascinating overview of "unintended consequences" - how machines learn and surprise people.
Wall Street Journal
– The center of gravity for venture capital is shifting to Asia.Despite serious challenges, these charts provide a compelling vision... of the Indian market.
Forbes
– How to treat recruiting more like marketing.
CMO.com
– Do you know all of them?
Wall Street Journal
– The center of gravity for venture capital is shifting to Asia.
Fast Company
– As the need to learn (and learn again) increases, companies are turning to robotics. But humans still have the edge.
Harvard Business Review
– Great overview of the politics and decisions in navigating a merger situation in terms of brands.
Quartz
– Countries with the fastest-aging populations are seeing the biggest growth in use of robots.
Wired
– How the power of intuition fits (or should fit) in the coming AI world.
Time
– The power of empathy is shaping business but companies are still trying to figure out how to respond.
New York Times
– A "vew from the ground" about the roll of robots and how we perceive them.
Fast Company
– Cities of Service highlights interesting ways cities are using digital to engage their citizens.
Wall Street Journal
– Companies are trying to figure out the next big consumer touchpoint: voice assistants.
Fast Company
– A crowded space could be becoming confusing for consumers.
Ad Age
– How to treat risk like an asset rather than a liability.
Fast Company
– A multi-pronged strategy to create new experiences is paying off.
Harvard Business Review
– Trust has always been crucial, but as complexity and privacy concerns proliferate and customer experience gains primacy, its becoming... a core business asset.
Harvard Business Review
– Expanded talent pools and focus on addressing bias through AI is needed.
Marketing Week
– Good overview ahead of EU data protection laws kicking in, though marketing leaders should have answers for them by now.
Bloomberg
– Workplace trends and focus on experiences coming at the expense of clothing.
Fast Company
– Some companies are exploring how to use blockchain technologies to automate peer2peer commerce.
TED Radio Hour
– Data scientists and statisticians discuss the biases behind data.
Wired
– “Co-botics” is an emerging capability, with important repercussions for how leaders prepare their workforce of the... future.
CMO.com
– "Innovations" might be a stretch for many of these, but interesting overview of the range of tactics companies are trying.
Financial Times
– A world of real-time trending using the world's data (44 zettabytes as of now) is around the corner. Maybe.
Fast Company
– Unplugged power.
Harvard Business Review
– Doubt, probability, and experience play starring roles.
Fast Company
– A new effort to help governments and companies think through the implications of new technologies.
think with Google
– Not many surprises, but useful data and interesting to see highlights in one place.
Wall Street Journal
– When investing in growth, don't forget about the brand.
ZDNet
– A useful book review about the platform business and varying business models for it.
Co.Design
– Hierarchy of success for designers in business: 1.User  2.Business  3.Team  4.Self
The Guardian
– Provocative view about tech, and how it’s not solving consumer issues—at least, not based on what is coming out of... CES
Wall Street Journal
– It's well known how much China has turned to mobile for payments. But some surprises about how far ahead of the US (and Europe)... it is.
MITSloan Management Review
– Connecting design thinking to business processes.
CNN Tech
– Simple but interesting overview of the changes emerging ... and starting to go mainstream.
Quartz
– Data-driven decision making can be a big help but without insight into root causes, a big blind spot may be emerging.
New York Times
– A fascinating look at the wave of cheaper but higher-quality products, and how it’s happening.
Harvard Business Review
– The power of the nudge translated into some specific lessons.
MIT Technology Review
– What the next frontier of the creative arts might look like.
Wired
– Digital gamification and "nudges" come to schools – interesting for businesses too.
Harvard Business Review
– Everyone wants to be part of an innovation project. So what do you do about that?
Harvard Business Review
– New survey shows that workers are least satisfied by training and development in their organizations.
Quartz
– What the impact of the on-demand economy is doing ... or what it might be doing.
Financial Times
– The next big entertainment force may already be here.
Fast Company
– Data-driven initiatives are re-shaping cities.
The Atlantic
– Interesting overview of why pop-ups are enduring.
Wired
– Gamifying data talent introduces an interesting dynamic to the war for talent.
Fast Company
– With design skills and creativity in demand, a useful primer on how to get along.
MITSloan Management Review
– A new call for “complexity translators” to turn complex strategies into simplebut clearactivities.
Wall Street Journal
– Branding and marketing take center stage in creative growth strategy.
Harvard Business Review
– What happens if every leader has to be a change manager?
Fast Company
– Timely and fascinating story.
Harvard Business Review
– Interesting lessons here about what it takes to drive change.
Fast Company
– This interview with start-up leader highlights how design and curiosity are inextricably linked.
Diginomica
– An inside look at how one business is navigating the marketing ecosystem.