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Let Data Ask Questions, Not Just Answer Them

The bigger the data, the more profitable and productive predictive analytics can be. But that’s conventional wisdom. Innovators more intent on inventing the future than predicting it should look hard at how cutting-edge scientists now computationally massage their big data. “AI” — artificial …

Stop Believing That You Have to Be Perfect

The value of failure has become a mantra in Silicon Valley, with the rise of events like FailCon, a conference “for startup founders to study their own and others’ failures and prepare for success.” Failure, the thinking goes, is an intense form of hands-on education that — when done right — …

Employers Aren’t Just Whining – the “Skills Gap” Is Real

Every year, the Manpower Group, a human resources consultancy, conducts a worldwide “Talent Shortage Survey.” Last year, 35% of 38,000 employers reported difficulty filling jobs due to lack of available talent; in the U.S., 39% of employers did. But the idea of a “skills gap” as identified in this …

The Best Leaders Are Insatiable Learners

Nearly a quarter century ago, at a gathering in Phoenix, Arizona, John W. Gardner delivered a speech that may be one of the most quietly influential speeches in the history of American business — a text that has been photocopied, passed along, underlined, and linked to by senior executives in some …

It’s Never Been More Lucrative to Be a Math-Loving People Person

Parents who spend a good chunk of the week shuttling kids to and from soccer practice or drama club might be comforted by new research that suggests this effort is not in vain – as long as their kids are good at math, too.<p>A recent paper from UCSB found that the return on being good at math has gone …

The Fall of the Talent Economy?

<b>Roger Martin</b>, former dean of the Rotman School of Management, on why talent’s powerful economic position is unsustainable.​ For more, read “The Rise (and Likely Fall) of the Talent Economy” in the October 2014 issue of <i>HBR</i>.<p>SARAH GREEN: Welcome to the HBR IdeaCast from Harvard Business Review. I’m …