Favoring the Prepared Mind

Favoring the Prepared Mind

There was a time when Lehman Brothers, Woolworth, PanAm and Kodak were among the colossi of their industries. They were going to live forever. Then they died. So what went wrong? Why do some organizations continue to grow even as…

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Data Isn’t Truth. It’s Signal.

Data Isn’t Truth. It’s Signal.

When people are presented with disagreeable facts they tend to double down on their own truth. Regardless of who you voted for in the last election, for example, you were probably complicit in editing data that didn’t suit your preferences—and…

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Why Does Choice Make Us Unhappy?

Why Does Choice Make Us Unhappy?

Today we have more freedom to make our own choices than any civilization has ever known. We’re asked to make complex choices about a multitude of subjects we can’t possibly know all about. We don’t know what, can’t distinguish which, don’t know…

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The End of Diversity

The End of Diversity

Companies regularly measure diversity in terms of gender, race or age, implying that demographic mix translates into high performance. But at the same time, companies make deliberate efforts to iron out differences.  Hiring managers and recruiters explicitly look for “fit”.…

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Tesla’s Gigantic Concept Test

Tesla’s Gigantic Concept Test

Tesla has moved test and learn into the R&D phase. Within the first month of unveiling the Model 3 concept, nearly 400,000 people have placed orders. The launch, if one may call it that, was a gigantic concept test for…

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A Picture’s Worth a Thousand … What?

A Picture’s Worth a Thousand … What?

Notice how many ads have an image, but no text? They’re more clever than you might think.  Advertising increasingly depends more on images and less on words. How ironic that this is happening when it’s harder than ever to control…

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Approximating the Truth

Approximating the Truth

It has become commonplace in the digital world to talk about the wisdom of the crowd–the aggregated opinions of everybody. The problem is that the crowd isn’t everybody. The crowd is pockets of interest, loud voices, competing truths. Published in…

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No More Moralizing About the Gig Economy

No More Moralizing About the Gig Economy

The “gig” in gigonomics can be understood in two ways — as a short-term project and as the foundational measure of storage in information technologies. The project gig is enabled by the digital gig. Because of both, the barriers to…

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Seeing Acquisitions As Power Transfers

Seeing Acquisitions As Power Transfers

When an animal eats a vegetable it transfers the latter’s power to itself though they occupy different categories. That’s what good acquisitions do. It’s what conventional mergers don’t. Published in The Huffington Post, June 23, 2015 by Daryl Twitchell, Kevin…

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Little Brother’s Big Moment

Little Brother’s Big Moment

Most of us are now accustomed to an idea of ourselves as collections of digital data that are tracked, packaged and turned into money by someone else. We are beginning to view our private behaviors and transactions as goods we…

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