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The Trend Is Your Friend

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Check out the stunning numbers recently cited in a New York Times article: 1 percent of Baby Boomers claimed to be vegetarian, which then progressed to 4 percent of Gen X’ers saying no to meat, and onward to an even bigger bump with roughly 12...
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Recognizing The Disconnects In Common Wisdom

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Employers are recognizing the disconnect between college and career readiness. Google, for instance, changed its hiring strategies after Laszlo Bock, senior vice president of people operations, analyzed their data and found no correlation between job performance and an employee’s GPA, SAT’s, or college pedigree. Google...
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Experts Really Know Nothing

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What’s the worst advice you ever got? Listen to what your boss tells you. My boss never liked the idea of Spider-Man. He didn’t want to do it. I had to sneak Spider-Man into another book, over my boss’s head. Experts really know nothing. Stan Lee...
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Tackling The Hard Truth

Tackling The Hard Truth
Following the Sept. 11 attacks, a consensus emerged that cockpit doors should be reinforced and fitted with elaborate locks. This was an eminently sensible idea. Then last year, a pilot named Andreas Lubitz boarded Germanwings Flight 9525. When his captain left the cockpit, Lubitz locked...
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Winning The Bureaucracy Game

Winning The Bureaucracy Game
During a college job at an Air Force weapons lab in New Mexico, [Robert Mercer, co-CEO Renaissance Technologies] says, he found a life’s calling. “I loved everything about computers,” he said. “I Loved the solitude of the computer lab late at night. I loved the...
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Is Our Product Direction Driverless?

Is Our Product Direction Driverless
Then came the Great Recession. by 2009, as GM was descending into bankruptcy, a small band of its engineers and researches agitated for producing driverless cars. A much larger group of more cautious executives found the idea reckless, says John Capp, GMS’s director for safety...
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How To Avoid Great Ideas That Go Awry

How To Avoid Great Ideas That Go Awry
Many of these thinkers were based in the United States. In 1968, Stanford University professor Paul R. Ehrlich published the best-selling book The Population Bomb, in which he warned that overpopulation would soon lead to mass starvation. By 1977, Robert McNamara — the former U.S....
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Lesson Learned From Investing Contrarians

Lessons Learned From Investing Contrarians
True contrarians make a point of investing differently from everybody else. Rather than accept the consensus opinion, true contrarians ask questions and seek out factors others are ignoring …. Note that this is a different behavior than what is often the stereotype of contrarian investing...
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Don’t Be A Man

Do Not Be A Man
While most women at major banks chopped off their hair and loaded up on boxy suits, [Lynn Tilton founder of Patriarch Partners] cultivated a flamboyant, hypersexual persona, a dominatrix with a calculator.  While her look invites some unwanted attention — “I can live with the...
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Lessons Learned From Finally Using Medical Big Data

Lessons Learned From Finally Using Medical Big Data
Several Boston hospitals began building that platform in 2004 to enable researchers to query vast databases of patients’ electronic health records, letting them study treatment outcomes …. “We could say, ‘I’m looking for age-50 Asian females who were treated with stage III breast cancer,’ …...
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