Favorite Articles for Week Ending April 29

Management Innovation
novel principles, processes, and practices that alter both the system and the way that organizations perform work

Interesting article that starts by highlighting how the NBA champion Toronto Raptors used bench players to rest and preserve Kawhi Leonard throughout the 2020-2021 season. The authors use this analogy to talk about how corporations should leverage variable talent to preserve their best people. They suggest building a “virtual talent bench” of strong utility players/partners that can relieve the pressure at any given moment.

Strategic Clarity
articulates long term priorities as well as current strategies throughout the company

Cultural Cohesion
creates a foundation of values, norms, and behaviors that bind together your team and your decision-making

Love the simplicity of this short post. Employees do not come to a job unmotivated. They become disenfranchised when the culture of the organization inhibits their performance, their participation, etc. After the author shares a sampling of these core attributes, he then suggests that we consider this challenge to be an organizational issue and not simply a management issue. We can all initiate the needed change, but the organization needs to be crafted in such a way to allow people to leverage their motivation when they come to work each day

Prepared Minds
ensures that information and context are provided to employees, so they are equipped to take initiative in their roles

This article suggests that disruption stems from 11 sources of macro change. To stay agile, organizations should pay attention to the early signals of change in these areas. The author advises that a cross-functional team be assigned individually to each source and meet periodically (online or offline) to share what they are finding. In this way, the team can identifying trends as well as consider what decisions might be impacted in the organization.

Resource Fluidity
mobilizes people and dollars across a portfolio of ongoing and emergent initiatives

Enabling Technology
leverages the latest software and devices to support the themes of management innovation

Here is an article that upholds the beneficial side of digital personas. The authors lay out guidelines for how to productively leverage the same technologies that create “deepfakes”. It remains to be seen how society will adopt these business “doubles”.

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Masters of Scale - May 4, 2021

The elusive formula for great hiring, w/Workday’s Aneel Bhusri

Your first hires are your cultural cofounders. And it’s worth your time to get every one right. That’s why Workday CEO Aneel Bhusri personally interviewed his first 500 employees. Today, with 12,500 employees and over $4b in annual revenue, Workday is consistently rated one of the best places to work.

Read Article By Reid Hoffman and Aneel Bhusri

Harvard Business Review ($) - May 1, 2021

Getting AI to Scale

Don’t try to change everything at once, but do begin with something important.

Read Article By Tim Fountaine, Brian McCarthy, and Tamim Saleh
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Deloitte Insights - Apr 27, 2021

Leading through the fog of disruption

The strength of purpose, values, and mission

Read Article By Dr. Gerald C. Kane, Rich Nanda, Anh Nguyen Phillips, and Jonathan Copulsky

Bain & Company - May 4, 2021

Growth Strategy: Identifying Your Parenting Advantages

The traits that nurtured your main growth engine can bring new success beyond the core.

Read Article By Josef Ming, Adrien Bron, Matthew Crupi, Sri Rajan, Dunigan O'Keeffe, and Bhavya Nand Kishore

HBR.org ($) - Apr 30, 2021

How Leaders Get in the Way of Organizational Change

Despite the vast body of knowledge available to leaders on how to effect lasting, positive organizational change, too many executives continue reaching for the same comfortable levers that consistently miss the mark. Thus, the oft-cited failure rate of organization transformations continues hovering around 70%. If you’ve got a major change on the horizon, here’s how to avoid three of the most common saboteurs of company transformation.

Read Article By Ron Carucci
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HBR.org ($) - May 3, 2021

Break Down Change Management into Small Steps

New research from leaders at Infosys indicates that across a variety of industries, lasting, long-term change is most effective when it occurs over a series of smaller microchanges. The authors identify three strategies for successful microchange management: Deconstruct big change into small steps, change behavior through small modifications to habits and routines, and continuously measure, learn, and evolve.

Read Article By Jeff Kavanaugh and Rafee Tarafdar
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adaptable - Apr 30, 2021

Top Articles on Strategy Execution – April 2021

This is adaptable’s Top Ten list on Strategy Execution for April 2021. Enjoy!

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adaptable - Apr 30, 2021

“Weekly Picks” (April 29th)

These are adaptable’s favorite couple of articles on Strategy Execution for the week ending April 29th. Enjoy!

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George Veth

Here is an article that upholds the beneficial side of digital personas. The authors lay out guidelines for how to productively leverage the same technologies that create “deepfakes”. It remains to be seen how society will adopt these business “doubles”.

MIT Sloan Management Review ($) - Apr 27, 2021

Creating Valuable (and Trusted) Experiences With Digital Personas

Deepfakes have received much (well-deserved) bad press — but the underlying technology holds plenty of potential for companies to build positive customer experiences.

Read Article By Sanjay Podder, Shalabh Kumar Singh, Neville Dubash, and David Light

Wired ($) - Apr 28, 2021

Ford’s Ever-Smarter Robots Are Speeding Up the Assembly Line

A transmission factory shows how artificial intelligence may creep into industrial processes in gradual and often imperceptible ways.

Read Article By Will Knight
Source Photo: PHOTOGRAPH: OLIVER BERG/GETTY IMAGES

Medium ($) - Apr 23, 2021

Pretotyping vs. Prototyping — What’s the difference?

One of the most common mistakes made by founders and product developers is building something that they thought people would want, only to find out that their assumptions were wrong.

Read Article By Horizon

Fast Company ($) - Apr 26, 2021

4 emotionally intelligent ways to accept people who don’t share your values

It’s easy to spend your life with people who think like you. Yet hanging out with like-minded people is the opposite of open-mindedness.

Read Article By Tomas Chamorro-Premuzic and Becky Frankiewicz
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HBR.org ($) - Apr 26, 2021

6 Strategies for Leading Through Uncertainty

It seems that any given week provides ample reminders that leaders cannot control the degree of change, uncertainty, and complexity we face. The authors offer six strategies to improve a leader’s ability to learn, grow, and more effectively navigate the increasing complexity of our world.

Read Article By Rebecca Zucker and Darin Rowell
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George Veth

Love the simplicity of this short post. Employees do not come to a job unmotivated. They become disenfranchised when the culture of the organization inhibits their performance, their participation, etc. After the author shares a sampling of these core attributes, he then suggests that we consider this challenge to be an organizational issue and not simply a management issue. We can all initiate the needed change, but the organization needs to be crafted in such a way to allow people to leverage their motivation when they come to work each day

Medium ($) - Apr 28, 2021

It’s Not a Leader’s Job to Motivate

The truth is that employees start out motivated but the work environments they find themselves in suck that motivation out of them. In other words, they come to the job with their “motivation buckets” filled (or mostly so), then the organization (and its managers) poke holes in those buckets.

Read Article By George Bohan

George Veth

This article suggests that disruption stems from 11 sources of macro change. To stay agile, organizations should pay attention to the early signals of change in these areas. The author advises that a cross-functional team be assigned individually to each source and meet periodically (online or offline) to share what they are finding. In this way, the team can identifying trends as well as consider what decisions might be impacted in the organization.

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11 Sources of Disruption

A quantitative futurist advises leaders to pay attention to 11 sources of disruption.

Read Article By Amy Webb

McKinsey & Company - Apr 26, 2021

The strategy-analytics revolution

It’s time to bring advanced analytics into the strategy room—here’s why.

Read Article By Chris Mulligan, Nicholas Northcote, Tido Röder, and Sasha Vesuvala

Wired ($) - Apr 26, 2021

This Researcher Says AI Is Neither Artificial nor Intelligent

Kate Crawford, who holds positions at USC and Microsoft, says in a new book that even experts working on the technology misunderstand AI. 

Read Article By Tom Simonite
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McKinsey & Company - Apr 23, 2021

A smarter way to digitize maintenance and reliability

In heavy-equipment maintenance, digital and analytics tools are struggling to live up to their promise. Here’s how to help them pull their weight.

Read Article By Guillaume Decaix, Matthew Gentzel, Andy Luse, Patrick Neise, and Joel Thibert

Wired ($) - Apr 23, 2021

Now for AI’s Latest Trick: Writing Computer Code

Programs such as GPT-3 can compose convincing text. Some people are using the tool to automate software development and hunt for bugs. 

Read Article By Will Knight
Source Photo: ILLUSTRATION: ELENA LACEY

Medium ($) - Apr 22, 2021

Why We are Building an Information Company Powered by Editorial Algorithms

Applied XL raises $1.5M to develop high precision AI systems that distill insights from big data, giving professionals and investors access to reliable life sciences information.

Read Article By Francesco Marconi
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