February in 5 articles

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

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1. PERSONAL DEVELOPMENT
Being Normal Is Not About Fitting In, Knowledge@Insead
Trying to be something you are not in order to “fit in” is a recipe for unhappiness. Rather than trying to change yourself, this Knowledge@Insead article explains how to use what makes you different to become more effective at work.
2. HUMAN RESSOURCES
Remaking a company for the digital natives, Sloan Management Review
How is the financial services company USAA using social media to increase employee engagement? The Sloan Management Review reports.
3. LEADERSHIP
Is Your Leadership Style Right for the Digital Age?, Knowledge@Wharton
Customers and employees are increasingly connected and digitally savvy. To keep up, business leaders have to learn some new tricks. Those who do so reap significant economic rewards for their companies, including higher profit, growth, and more.
4. INNOVATION
How big companies can innovate, McKinsey
In an interview with McKinsey Quarterly, the heads of Intuit, Idealab, and Autodesk argue that there is no reason that big players, rather than start-ups, can’t develop the next big thing.
5. STRATEGY
How to Seize the Opportunities When Megatrends Collide, Strategy+Business
To stay ahead of the competition, it’s time to prepare for the inevitable: demographic and social change; shifts in global economic power; rapid urbanization; climate change and resource scarcity; and technological breakthroughs.