Author Archives: Greg Satell

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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How to Avoid Being Replaced By A Robot

Ever since 1962, when the first industrial robot was installed on an assembly line at a General Motors plant in New Jersey, machines have been replacing human workers. In the decades that came after, just about every industry became automated to a greater or lesser extent. For the most part, we humans have adapted nicely and our standard of living has risen. But recently, that’s begun to change… Continue reading

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Strategy Is No Longer A Game Of Chess

Legendary strategists have long been compared to master chess players, who know the positions and capabilities of each piece on the board and are capable of thinking several moves ahead.  Historically, that’s been a smart way to run businesses too. Continue reading

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Virtually everything the government does these days, from drivers’ licenses to voter registration to retirement benefits, requires a robust technological platform that must overcome challenges specific to the public sector. Now, a team of technologists thinks they may have a solution. Continue reading

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Madmen

The large holding companies that control the agency world have largely centralized innovation efforts in order to make their investments more efficient, so improvements in services tend to be general and incremental rather than targeted and disruptive. Continue reading

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