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What If Google Had a Hedge Fund?

Harvard Business Review

Acutely aware of the competitive edges timely data offers sophisticated investors, the company's ever-entrepreneurial cofounder once proposed that Google launch a hedge fund. Google may not have a hedge fund, but it's unlikely that high IQ hedge funds aren't using Google's data to better manage their own situational awareness and risk. What kind of hedge funds might an Amazon set up (remember, Jeff Bezos actually came from a New York hedge fund)?

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Great Leaders Make Decisions | N2Growth Blog

N2Growth Blog

Walt Disney, one of the greatest creative talents and true innovators of our time realized the value of action when he said: “The way to get started is to quit talking and begin doing.&#

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Uber Is Finally Realizing HR Isn’t Just for Recruiting

Harvard Business

But with the departures of a number of high-level HR leaders in late 2016, head of operations Ryan Graves largely took on the head HR role in addition to his other duties. That is like setting up a finance organization to do exotic risk hedging before putting in place basic reporting and compliance. No board would allow a finance function to focus exclusively on investor reporting or risk hedging, but this type of mistake is all too common when it comes to HR.

7 Skills That Aren’t About to Be Automated

Harvard Business

For example, the original Google car found it hard to compute the context within which it was operating. This problem of extending the automatic reasoning of AI systems to understand the context of their decisions is highly complex, and creative innovation, like the one at Google, is usually needed to push the effort forward. An ethical compass. John Fedele/Getty Images.

Why Bankers Need to Be Put Into Little Boxes

Harvard Business Review

There's a beguiling little moment in the financial-crisis documentary Inside Job where hedge fund billionaire George Soros describes the principles of oil tanker design. To mainstream economists the Glass-Steagall Act that separated the banking and securities industries looked like a competition-restricting, innovation-damping anachronism. From the same letter: [N]o company operates in a vacuum. Compensation Ethics Finance

“Trust Me, I’m a Leader”: Why Building a Culture of Trust Will Boost Employee Performance – and Maybe Even Save Your Company

Strategy Driven

And when they don’t feel safe, they don’t take risks – and where there is no risk taken, there is less innovation, less ‘going the extra mile,’ and therefore, very little unexpected upside. Do your employees trust you? The brutal truth is probably not.

“Trust Me, I’m a Leader”: Why Building a Culture of Trust Will Boost Employee Performance – and Maybe Even Save Your Company

Strategy Driven

And when they don’t feel safe, they don’t take risks – and where there is no risk taken, there is less innovation, less ‘going the extra mile,’ and therefore, very little unexpected upside. Do your employees trust you? The brutal truth is probably not.

When Success is Born Out of Serendipity

Harvard Business Review

The book did quite well — it has been translated into 18 languages at this point, become part of the ongoing innovation dialogue, allowed me to present ideas to executives across the world, and to build a unique consulting firm with clients on six continents. The obvious targets were people in the field of innovation — those working in strategy, R&D, business development, and entrepreneurship.