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retail | Oct 31st, 2017

When Brands Run out of Growth, Joe Jackman Helps Them Rediscover Their Purpose. Here’s What He Did for Walgreens.

What did retail expert Joe Jackman do for Walgreens when it plateaued? He didn’t build more stores. He dug deep into the brand’s heritage—what was their purpose to begin with? How did it originate? What made it successful? It turns out, “[they weren’t] in the drugstore biz,” says Jackman. “[They]... Continue Reading →
leadership | Oct 30th, 2017

For 10 Years, New York Times Columnist Adam Bryant Asked 500 Top CEOs How They Lead. Here’s What He Learned.

“It started with a simple idea: What if I sat down with chief executives, and never asked them about their companies?” From there, Adam Bryant distilled hundreds of interviews into six practical steps to leadership, which he shared in his landmark New York Times column, Corner Office. Now, a... Continue Reading →
the lavin agency | Oct 27th, 2017

The Lavin Weekly: Recession-Proof Nerds, What It’s Like to Get the MacArthur Call, A Female War Journalist, and Revising Bush

In this Lavin Weekly, Derek Thompson translates the Bureau of Labor Statistics 10-year forecast; Nikole Hannah-Jones talks about her recently announced MacArthur fellowship; Eman Mohammed explains what it’s like to be a female photojournalist covering war; and Rich Benjamin warns the world to take... Continue Reading →
technology | Oct 26th, 2017

Does the Rise of Robots Mean the End of Work? And Is That a Bad Thing? Martin Ford’s New TED Talk

“Is it possible that at some point in the future, a significant fraction of the human workforce will be made redundant?” asks Martin Ford in his freshly-minted TED Talk. The exciting possibilities of new technology have always been tempered by threat, he says. How can we protect ourselves and... Continue Reading →
gender & sexuality | Oct 25th, 2017

A New Yorker Essay on Harassment in Hollywood, by Producer Lynda Obst, Goes Viral

In her viral New Yorker piece this week, Lynda Obst—acclaimed producer of Flashdance, Sleepless in Seattle and Interstellar—describes how women used to make it in the Hollywood boys’ club: “if you wanted in on the decision-making you had to block out the vile language and the insulting sexism. ‘Don... Continue Reading →
behavioural economics | Oct 24th, 2017

Systems Are Complicated. That’s Why They Fail. Chris Clearfield’s Meltdown Exposes the Flaws of Complexity and How to Avoid Them

The Washington, D.C. Metro System; a state-of-the-art hospital; an elaborate meal: the most complex systems are vulnerable to collapse, tiny errors toppling organizations like dominos. But it’s avoidable. Chris Clearfield, behavioral economics expert and co-author of Meltdown (2018) explains how... Continue Reading →
diversity & race | Oct 23rd, 2017

I Can’t Breathe: Matt Taibbi’s Gut-Wrenching Account of the Life and Police Killing of Eric Garner Is out Today

Matt Taibbi is one of the smartest chroniclers of the American spectacle. All of his books are New York Times bestsellers and his column in Rolling Stone (largely dedicated to the rise of Trump alongside the decay of truth) earned a National Magazine Award. His latest is a riveting exposé on the... Continue Reading →
the lavin weekly | Oct 19th, 2017

The Lavin Weekly: How to Talk to an Extremist, the Cycle of Creativity, Politicized Space, & Post-Maria Puerto Rico Survival

In this Lavin Weekly, Megan Phelps-Roper explains how to get through to an extremist; Neri Oxman speaks on her breakthrough model for enhancing innovation; Lucianne Walkowicz questions whether the National Space Council will actually be good for progress; and Molly Crabapple witnesses the... Continue Reading →
grit | Oct 19th, 2017

“Grit is living life like it’s a marathon, not a sprint”: Four Experts on Resilience, Motivation and the Mindset Needed for Success

There are lots of ways to explain what grit is, but nothing evokes it better than the word itself. Educators, psychologists, and athletes know grit is imperative to success—talent aside—and these four speakers argue for it in their own funny, brilliant, and enlightening ways.  Yvonne Camus – Just... Continue Reading →
corporate culture | Oct 17th, 2017

Radical Creativity Lives Here: Derek Thompson’s Atlantic Cover Story Offers A Rare Look Inside Google "X"

“X” is Google’s highly secretive moonshot factory, where designers, psychologists, scientists and technologists try to come up with radical solutions to the world’s biggest problems, detached (in theory) “from the vagaries of the free market.” Atlantic senior editor Derek Thompson received a rare... Continue Reading →
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