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5 not-to-miss articles in August explore the nature of leadership, Amazon’s controversial work culture, the impact of deep learning, and more!

Here are five articles that stood out this month for their originality, relevance, and/or analysis. Happy reading!

Top 5

Are you a leader or a follower?, Forbes
A snapshot of what leadership is, beyond title and salary.

Inside Amazon: Wrestling Big Ideas in a Bruising Workplace, New York Times
The New York Times paints a disturbing picture of Amazon’s management methods, in which pressure, harassment, and alienation are par for the course. Their exposé is enough to dirty the hitherto decent reputation of the e-commerce giant. And yet, voices are rising in defense of Amazon, notably in the Harvard Business Review article: “Amazon Is Right That Disagreement Results in Better Decisions

Creativity’s Most Underappreciated Component: Persistence, Pacific Standard
Researchers report that people consistently underestimate how many creative ideas they can generate if they continue to work on a problem, rather than giving up in the wake of mediocre initial results.

The Art of Managing Complex Collaborations, MIT Sloan Management Review
In an era of corporate activism, what are the keys to effective collaboration between all of an organization’s stakeholders, who often hold divergent interests? This article provides five drivers of collaboration, based on a study of the Biomarkers Consortium.

Teaching Machines to Understand Us, MIT Technology Review
What is deep learning and how does it affect our lives? The MIT Technology Review recounts the surprising history of this branch of artificial intelligence as well as its applications, notably in social networks.

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