Expand Your Mind: an Interesting Mix

Expand Your Mind: an Interesting Mix

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No theme today, just six features that will add to your education and are good for dinner table chat.

According to Anne Hardy, a vice president of technology strategy at SAP Labs, companies “are building on masculine norms.” Why should we care? What would it take to change and what would happen if we did?

Are you or your boss as good as you think you are? While “87 percent of managers rate their overall leadership skills as “excellent” or “good,” and 74 percent think they have a good understanding of their strengths and development areas” actual studies show a different story.

What do you think of the thesis that people prefer and companies prosper when they act like museum curators, e.g. Groupon, which provides “a very limited amount of choices at a time, along with a brief, engaging description of each offering,” as opposed to an abundance of choice? This is new research from Harvard’s Assistant Professor Ray Weaver.

What do you think of the idea of legalizing an illegal act as a way to root out corruption? That seems to be what is on the mind of Infosys co-founder and outgoing chairman Narayana Murthy. He contends, “If bribe giving, and not bribe taking, is made legal then the bribe giver shall indeed cooperate with the authorities to expose the bribe taker.”

What would you do if someone not only used his offer from your organization as a springboard for publicity for his own startup, but also showed himself as an alumnus of your organization before even starting? That seems to be what Mike Moradian is doing to the Harvard Business School.

Want to take a course in AI (artificial intelligence) from Sebastian Thrun and Peter Norvig, two of the world’s best-known artificial intelligence experts for free? You can thanks to Stanford’s computer science department that wants “to extend technology knowledge and skills beyond this elite campus to the entire world…”

That’s it for today. Enjoy your reading and enjoy your weekend!

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