Gurpreet Sawhney

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Probabilistic modeling as an exploratory decision-making tool

This working paper highlights how probabilistic modeling can fail when used in the wrong way. It explains two different relevant definitions of the …

Proof That Good Managers Really Do Make a Difference

Good management matters.<p>If you’re reading this you probably don’t need convincing, but one of the most significant milestones in economic research over the last several years was documenting empirically that it really is true.<p>A new paper builds on this work and takes it one step further. Its main …

Management

Are You Too Stressed to Be Productive? Or Not Stressed Enough?

If you’re like me, you often ask yourself how you can get more work done in a day. How can you best boost your productivity? I always assumed that if I could just reduce any stress I was facing, my productivity would rise. But my intuition was, in fact, wrong. It’s true that stress can be a health …

Boston Red Sox

How to Give a Work Reference (and When Not To)

Being a helpful reference for someone looking for work can lead to some good business karma. But the protocol (read, permission) for giving references can vary depending on the workplace.<p>“Many places now don’t allow you to give references. They allow you to give dates and titles only.” says …

Employment

How Great Companies Think Differently

It’s time that beliefs and theories about business catch up with the way great companies operate and how they see their role in the world today. Traditionally, economists and financiers have argued that the sole purpose of business is to make money—the more the better. That conveniently narrow …

Albert Einstein’s Sci-Fi Stories

By the time that Felix Eberty, a German jurist and amateur astronomer, anonymously published “The Stars and World History,” in 1846, it was well known that light had a finite speed. Ole Rømer, a Danish scientist working in Paris, had proved as much more than a century and a half earlier. It took …

Physics

How to Stop Overplanning (Even If You’re a Perfectionist)

When done well, daily and weekly planning rituals can help you travel gracefully through life in a peaceful, intentional manner. But sometimes, overplanning your day-to-day activities can make you a neurotic, stressed-out person who feels like you would have been better off if you hadn’t planned …

High Level

How to Embrace Complex Change

Lee Wright<p>Denise Wang felt settled in her life in London. She had a great job as the divisional marketing chief at a UK-based consumer goods company; a supportive husband, Phil, who was a partner in an international consultancy; and two daughters, eight and 10, who had for the previous three years …

Management

What Peter Drucker Knew About 2020

When PwC released its annual survey of corporate chief executives for 2014, it was immediately obvious that change is on leaders’ brains: “As CEOs plan their strategies to take advantage of transformational shifts,” the consultancy reported, “they are also assessing their current capabilities – and …

Is Your Resume Ready For Action? (Find Out)

If you’ve read my columns before you know I’m not a fan of automated recruiting systems. They suck in the resumes of lively, bright and accomplished people and then shred their atoms apart and send them through wormholes into other dimensions. That might not be exactly what happens, but it might as …

The Art and Science of Bokeh: 3 Simple Ideas to Create Better Background Blur

Both bokeh and blur are terms that are used interchangeably in photography. Bokeh comes from the way the lens pulls in the points of light that are …

This Time Stack Technique Turns Landscapes Into Dreamy Impressionist Images

Meet Matt Molloy, a photography enthusiast and budding professional in Canada. You might’ve seen some of his jaw-dropping Impressionist …