by Art Markman | 3:23 PM February 9, 2012 Since Daniel Goleman‘s Emotional Intelligence, we’ve recognized the importance of tuning into social and emotional factors in the workplace. But many popular depictions of the workplace don’t show any evidence of that sensitivity. Mad Men, Wall Street, and others impress that in business, only the strong survive. But emotional intelligence implies that successful leaders should be nice. Are Successful People Nice? - Art Markman
Mind over Market - Michael Spence - Project Syndicate Exit from comment view mode. Click to hide this space MILAN – In the 66 years since World War II ended, virtually all centrally planned economies have disappeared, largely as a result of inefficiency and low growth.
What will happen in 2012? In the spirit of the aphorism "The future is not something to be predicted, it's something to be achieved," let me suggest 20 transformations (which The Huffington Post will publish in four groups of five; read the first one here). We need to make progress on these issues now to prevent next year from being a complete disaster. Don Tapscott: 20 Big Ideas for 2012, Part Two
The Straddler Review: Barack Obama and the Culture of Consultancy The Straddler review Barack Obama and the Culture of Consultancy by James Comerford and Dan Monaco
by Umair Haque | 10:03 AM January 30, 2012 In case you haven’t been following my tell-all confessional — I mean Twitter feed — lately, I’ve been in Manhattan for the last few weeks. Hanging out in all the wrong places (read: painfully hip power hotels), I’ve had the questionable privilege of overhearing more than my fair share of Very Serious Conversations from the movers and shakers of the world. And boy, have they been tedious: mostly, about eking out slightly sharper terms for deals for more yawn-inducing stuff (whether flicks, financial instruments, or kicks) that’s destined not to matter. Create a Meaningful Life Through Meaningful Work - Umair Haque
Science And The Meaningful Life : 13.7: Cosmos And Culture Gabriel Bouys/AFP/Getty Images What makes a life meaningful? When that eventual moment comes and we prepare to slough off this mortal coil, will we be able to look at our years on the planet and feel that we created real meaning for ourselves and those around us? Umair Haque, a blogger for the Harvard Business Review, thinks we aren't reaching our potential: "Maybe the real depression we've got to contend with isn't merely one of how much economic output we're generating — but what we're putting out there, and why.
If the crowning achievement of 20th-century economics was constructing a national income statement, the crowning achievement of 21st-century economics should be a national balance sheet Reuters Here's a tale of two equations that represent human exchange. The first is the standard macroeconomist's recipe for an economy: It says: output equals consumption, plus government expenditure, plus investment, plus net exports. Now here's a crude approximation of what eudaimonia might look like: GDP Needs Help: Let's Build a Second Measure of Economic Strength - Umair Haque - Business
by Umair Haque | 10:13 AM January 28, 2011 Consider me gagged and muffled. I confess: I wrote a long-winded, thoroughly boring, hopelessly cliched critique of Davos this year, like anyone under the age of 35 facing a future bleaker than the dark side of Pluto, probably should. And then I junked it. Ten Things You're Not Allowed to Say at Davos - Umair Haque
An interview with Umair Haque, director of the Havas Media Labs and author of Betterness: Economics for Humans. For more, see his blog on hbr.org. Download this podcast SARAH GREEN: Welcome to HBR IdeaCast. I’m here today with Umair Haque, director of Havas Media Labs, and the author of Betterness: Economics for Humans. He blogs for hbr.org and was recently listed one of the most influential management thinkers in the world by the Thinkers50. Economics for Humans - HBR IdeaCast
Dear Big Cheeses Who Run the World, We regret to inform that you’re fired. We’re really, truly sorry about this, but we’re going to have to let you go. It’s time for you to pursue other opportunities. In case you haven’t noticed (and who can blame you? It’s pretty hard to see it from private jets, mega-yachts, 158th floor boardrooms, and members-only backrooms) times are pretty tough lately, and we’ve got to cut back somewhere. How to Say "No" to an Economic Frankenfuture - Umair Haque
A Six-Step Extreme Makeover for the Economy - Umair Haque Why is this mysteriously reluctant so-called non-recovering recovery, at this point, as persistent as the proverbial psychotically obsessed ex from hell? I believe we stand on the cusp of a great turning point in human exchange: a quantum leap from opulence to eudaimonia. A shift from the pursuit of more, bigger, faster, cheaper, nastier, to the pursuit of lives lived meaningfully well.
If you want to be a 21st century company (or economy), if you want to survive and thrive during this Great Stagnation, you’ve got to to have the courage, foresight, and determination to step up to a higher rung on the ladder of innovation. It’s time to master what I sometimes call “I-squared”: the art and practice of institutional innovation. Institutional innovation (magnificently discussed in John Hagel and JSB’s shudderingly awesome Power of Pull) is an arduous, difficult, and frustrating challenge for most — because, all too often, institutions are a little bit like art: the more you try and define them, the more elusive they get. The reason is that they’re culturally bound, socially specific, and, above all, messily human, so reducing them to an entry in Wikipedia is bound to result in disaster. The Institutional Innovation Manifesto - Umair Haque
The Smart Growth Manifesto - Umair Haque Obama is stimulating. Davos is deliberating. C-levels are eliminating. Wall St is recriminating. Welcome to the macropocalypse: no one, it seems, can put the global economy back together again. It’s time to reboot capitalism.