Author Archives: Greg Satell

Problem is Us, Not the Robots

Richard Feynman was a legend in scientific circles.  One of the preeminent physicists of the 20th century—even other top minds considered him a magician—he is almost as well known for his jokes and pranks as he is for his groundbreaking discoveries. When Feynman was a young scientist, Eugene Wigner compared him to Paul Dirac, a giant at the time well known for his autistic qualities, saying… Continue reading

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The New Role Of Leaders

When Alfred Sloan created the modern corporation at General Motors, he based it on the military. The company was split into divisions, each with its own leadership. Information flowed up, orders went down and your rank determined your responsibility. The model was designed to implement strategy from the top and move men and materiel efficiently. It assumed that leaders had better understanding than those on the lower rungs. Managers made plans and foot soldiers carried them out. Continue reading

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How A Genius Thinks

The philosopher Arthur Schopenhauer once said that, “talent hits a target no one else can hit; Genius hits a target no one else can see.”  Lots of people are smart, but true genius has always had an element of mystery to it. Nobody really knows where genius comes from.  While surely there is a genetic component, most child prodigies… Continue reading

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Leadership Is More Important Than Authority in Creating Real Change

Aspiring young executives dream of climbing the ladder in order to gain more authority.  Then they can make things happen and create the change that they believe in.  Senior executives, on the other hand, are often frustrated by how little power they actually have. The problem is that while authority can compel action it does little to inspire belief.  Only leadership can… Continue reading

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Are You Using Data To Analyze The Past Or To Create A New Future?

In Nate Silver’s Five Thirty Eight manifesto, he argues that the plural of anecdote is data.  It is through compiling and analyzing observations that we transform ordinary experiences into scientific conclusions. Yet the concept of data is still relatively new.  According to Google’s Ngram, the use of the word only began to be heat up in the 1960’s.  So, although… Continue reading

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How To Manage The Skills Gap

In the late 90’s McKinsey declared the war for talent and argued that, in a knowledge economy, having the right people is even more important than having the right strategy or technology.  Recruiting and retaining the ‘best and the brightest’ became a corporate mantra. Continue reading

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Six Things We Need To Do To Prepare For The Future

Success used to be simple.  You got a good education, found a job with a solid firm, worked hard and saved. Then you raised your kids to to the same.  If you did the right things, you weren’t guaranteed riches, but a decent life was nearly a sure thing. That’s no longer true.  Technology is replacing human labor like never before. Continue reading

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