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Weekly selection
8 December 2017

5 insightful op-eds or articles to help make sense of today’s world

  • Gideon Rachman (and others), “Ten Years Out”

    (FT Special Report - 5 December 2017)

    Four senior FT journalists outline what they see as the biggest challenges that no chief executive should ignore over the next 10 years. They also provide some tips on how companies can best prepare themselves for the changes that are coming. Migration (legal and illegal) will become a central concern. Senior execs will have to adjust to the fact that China will become dominant not just economically but in technology, etc. 

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  • Stephane Kasriel, “4 predictions for the future of work”

    (World Economic Forum - 5 December 2017)

    Upwork’s CEO, who also co-chairs the WEF Council on the Future of Work, gives us food for thought with four predictions about the future of work: (1) AI and robotics will create more jobs, not mass unemployment - as long as we responsibly guide innovation; (2) Cities will compete against other cities in the war for top talent; (3) The majority of the US workforce will freelance by 2027; (4) Education breaks out of the silo (reads in 4-5 min).

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  • Chandran Nair, “The west can’t fix the climate crisis. Asia will have to do it”

    (The Guardian - 5 December 2017)

    The author of Consumptionomics explains why solutions offered by market mechanisms and technological “innovations” won’t be sufficient to address climate change. This is why decisions in Beijing, New Delhi or Jakarta will be more important than those taken in Washington or Brussels. In Chandran’s opinion, only Asia, led by China, can decide to put more focus on collective welfare over individual rights; and manage expectations so as to avoid overconsumption and waste (reads in 5-7 min).

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  • Ray Dalio, “9 common-sense rules for getting the most out of meetings”

    (Ideas Ted - 5 December 2017)

    Too many meetings are a complete waste of time. In this short piece (reads in 5-6 min), the famous investor offers 9 simple rules to keep meetings focused and productive. (1) Make it clear who is directing the meeting and who it is meant to serve; (2) Make clear what type of communication you are going to have in light of the objectives and priorities; (3) Lead the discussion by being assertive and open-minded; (4) Watch out for “topic slip” and five more…

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  • Staff Report, “The Hidden Costs of Sleep Deficits”

    (Association for Psychological Science - 1 December 2017)

    High achievers sometimes see sleep as a complete waste of time. As this article explains in simple but comprehensive terms, nothing could be further from the truth. A strong body of scientific evidence shows that lack of sleep impairs not only a variety of bodily functions, but also cognitive processes such as memory and executive control. According to a leading academic: “There does not seem to be one major organ within the body, or process within the brain, that isn’t optimally enhanced by sleep (and detrimentally impaired when we don’t get enough)” (reads in 8-10 min).

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