What We're Reading

Rethinking the future of plastics

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27
Feb
2016

Plastics are the workhorse material of the modern economy. Their popularity has kept the industry growing for 50 years, with global production surging from 15 million metric tons in 1964 to 311 million metric tons in 2014. If business proceeds as usual, this number is projected to double to more than 600 million metric tons.

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Want to be a better leader? Observe more and react less

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13
Feb
2016

Most time-strapped executives know they should plan ahead and prioritize, focus on the important as much as the urgent, invest in their health (including getting enough sleep), make time for family and relationships, and limit (even if they don’t entirely avoid) mindless escapism. But doing this is easier said than done, as we all know—and.

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How small shifts in leadership can transform your team dynamic

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09
Feb
2016

Once upon a time, saying “the soft stuff is the hard stuff” was a snappy challenge to business convention. Now, it’s a cliché. Everyone knows that it’s not easy to suddenly make your colleagues more creative, adaptable, or collaborative, however well-intentioned you may be. But thanks to research on human behavior, we know what it takes.

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Leadership in context

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29
Jan
2016

Great leaders complicate leadership development — a notion that may seem paradoxical until you stop and consider just how much has been written about Winston Churchill, Mahatma Gandhi, Abraham Lincoln, Golda Meir, Ernest Shackleton, and countless other celebrated leaders. The sheer volume is overwhelming, and the lessons that emerge from one leader’s experience may be.

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Globalization for the little guy

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20
Jan
2016

More than 20,000 independent designers and artists showcase their work on Pinkoi, a Taiwan-based online marketplace. The company has connected with customers in more than 47 countries, using Facebook to expand its reach throughout the Asia–Pacific region. The Estonian start-up coModule has created technology that brings the Internet of Things to electric bikes and scooters. The.

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Why agility pays

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12
Dec
2015

Over the past decade, we’ve studied the impact of a wide range of management practices on different dimensions of organizational health. This analysis, based on surveys of more than two million respondents at over 1,000 companies, has become a stable baseline for understanding the incremental contributions of specific organizational and leadership characteristics to the health,.

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Moving Saudi Arabia’s economy beyond oil

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12
Dec
2015

After a surge in prosperity over the past decade fueled by rising oil prices, Saudi Arabia’s economy is at an inflection point. We see a real opportunity for the country to inject new dynamism into its economy through a productivity- and investment-led transformation that could help ensure future growth, employment, and prosperity. In a new.

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At the United Nations, a push for true gender equality

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12
Nov
2015

In September, the 193 member countries of the United Nations ratified 17 Sustainable Development Goals. All have some focus on progress for women, and 1 specifically calls for gender equality and full empowerment for all women and girls. A major force behind these objectives is UN Women’s executive director, Phumzile Mlambo-Ngcuka, who has long made.

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The power of parity: Advancing women’s equality in India

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03
Nov
2015

India has a larger relative economic value at stake from advancing gender equality than any of the ten regions analyzed in a recent McKinsey Global Institute report, The power of parity: How advancing women’s equality can add $12 trillion to global growth. If all countries were to match the momentum toward gender parity of the.

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It’s good to be the Queen… but it’s easier being the King

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20
Oct
2015

One of the most common and popular conceptualizations of gender—epitomized by John Gray’s megabestselling book, Men Are from Mars, Women Are from Venus — is that men and women are essentially different species. We believe that this depiction of gender is wrong. We’re not claiming that biological differences between the sexes don’t exist but instead are.

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