Save your Business by Destroying it

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The military have long used “red teams” to test their battle strategies and defenses. Corporations have used this technique more recently to test IT infrastructure against cyber-attacks. But what if you created a team to figure out ways to put the entire company out of business? Would your leadership appreciate your ideas and move quickly to counter these potential threats, or would they toss the report, bury their heads, and maintain the status quo?

Blundering to Success? Learning from Failure

Organizational missteps may be signs of coming catastrophes that we have time to avert.

Investors Question Valuation of Fossil Fuel Companies in Light of Climate Change

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October 27, 2013 - A letter sent to the Chairman, CFO and Chief Executive of BP on September 9, 2013, is one among 45 sent to fossil fuel energy companies by a group of 70 high-powered investors representing $3 trillion i

Will the Global Economy Boom or Bust?

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TechCast ( surveys Critical Issues on the big problems of our time, and our latest is on the global economy – “Will the Economy Boom or Bust?” This survey has only received a few responses thus far, but the results are fascinating:

• Almost 60 % of the respondents think the stock market indices (DJIA and SP500) will drop below their old highs again.

The Milwaukee Business Times Interviews WFS Board Member Bob Chernow

With positive economic and employment data at almost every turn, why then, don't most of us Americans feel good about this economy? Why are we not spinning cartwheels or popping champagne corks? For insights about this economic and psychological conundrum, The Milwaukee BizTimes turned to Robert Chernow, a Milwaukee investment advisor and a futurist. He is vice chairman of the World Future Society who manages more than $450 in assets as a wealth manager.

Hi, I’m a Robot and I’m Here To Take Your Job

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One common fallacy is that people are being replaced by machines. The reality is that machines don’t work without humans. A more accurate description is that a large number of people are being replaced by a smaller number of people using machines.

Toward Better Stupidity Management

Organizations may function more efficiently when no one questions the vision, but the risk of such “functional stupidity” is that people avoid speaking up when they see problems. Outcomes like sudden financial crashes become more likely in environments that suppress doubt and block communication, warns Mats Alvesson, professor of organization studies at Lund University in Sweden.

Credit Banks, Testing Centers, and Micro-Credits: Missing Elements of a Future Education System

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Over the coming years we will be seeing a mass disassembling of traditional schools, with pieces reassembling around some new system architecture. Some of the missing elements are testing centers, micro-credits, and credit banks. Here is a brief overview of how and why this transition is about to occur.

Fastest Way to Create New Jobs? Automate Them Out of Existence!

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Last week I was speaking at the MD&M West Expo in Anaheim, California on the "future of manufacturing." With over 2,000 manufacturing exhibitors filling the convention center, there was no small amount of interest in this topic.

It's About Time

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I have been thinking a lot about Time recently—mostly because I have so little of it under my own control. Don’t get me wrong; it’s nice to be busy. However, when something you value becomes scarce, it also becomes incredibly precious.

So here are a few somewhat-connected (at least in my mind) perspectives on Time, and how it affects our work and our organizations. I’ve chosen to focus in particular on how well-managed organizations (and effective individuals) allocate their work activities using Time as a major sorting mechanism.

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