January in five articles
Here are five articles that stood out this month for their originality, relevance, and/or analysis. Happy reading!
1. ECONOMY AND SOCIETY
Richest 1% will own more than all the rest by 2016, Oxfam International
Oxfam presents research to the World Economic Forum in Davos on rising inequality levels. This problem has reached such shocking extremes that, in addition to troubling moral dilemmas, business and government leaders increasingly view it as a threat to economic stability and growth.
Decoding leadership: What really matters, McKinsey & Company
Different contexts and situations require different leadership styles, but new research from McKinsey & Company identifies four core, frontline leadership behaviors linked to strong organizations.
Holocracy at Zappos: It’s either the future of management or a social experiment gone awry, Quartz
Zappos has abandoned a traditional hierarchical management model in favor of experimenting with Holocracy, with the goal of operating more agilely and productively. CEO Tony Hseieh describes a few of the challenges associated with the restructuration.
4. TALENT MANAGEMENT
How Colleges—and Employers—Fail to Prepare Students for Work, Knowledge@Wharton
Wharton management professor Peter Cappelli presents his new research on career planning for students. Set for publication in book form in spring 2015, Cappelli’s research focuses on the apparent gap between the skills acquired through education and the skills that employers seek.
5. PERSONAL PRODUCTIVITY
Assessment: What’s Your Personal Productivity Style?, Harvard Business Review
Personal productivity strategies work differently for everyone. This assessment survey is designed to help you identify the kinds of productivity tips that are likely to be the most effective for you.