Why Business Leaders Need to Read More Science Fiction

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Neal Stephenson’s The Diamond Age inspired Jeff Bezos to create the Kindle ; Sergey Brin mines Stephenson’s even more famous Snow Crash for insights into virtual reality. Leadership Innovation Creativity Digital ArticleAt the end of the 19th century, New York City stank. One hundred fifty thousand horses ferried people and goods through the streets of Manhattan, producing 45,000 tons — tons! — of manure a month.

Can Being Overconfident Make You a Better Leader?

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Randall Stephenson, then CEO of AT&T, famously said , “I told people you weren’t betting on a device. Yet stories like the one above about Steve Jobs made us wonder: might there be some hidden benefits to overconfidence in the context of corporate leadership? We also had to figure out how to measure leadership, a trickier question. Leadership Psychology Digital ArticleOLI SCARFF/Getty Images.

The 3 Things CEOs Worry About the Most

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Randall Stephenson of AT&T explained, “We had 270,000 people we employed around the globe. As David Thodey put it, “Leadership was pretty important. Leadership Competition CEOs have a lot to worry about, but what are their greatest concerns?

People Suffer at Work When They Can’t Discuss the Racial Bias They Face Outside of It

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And in an emotional recounting of his black friend’s experience outside the office that went viral on YouTube, AT&T chairman Randall Stephenson encouraged employees to get to know each other better. Race Leadership Difficult conversations Digital Article