5 not-to-miss articles from September covering artificial intelligence, Bruce Sprigsteen, gender equality champion, and more !

DIGITAL & TECH

“Reshaping business with artificial intelligence: closing the gap between ambition and action” by Sam Ransbotham, David Kiron, Philipp Gerbert, and Martin Reeves (MIT Sloan Management Review)

A report aims to provide a realistic baseline between today’s AI expectations and realities, which companies can use as a baseline to evaluate their own efforts.

 

LEADERSHIP

“Bruce Springsteen, Artful Leadership, and What Rock Star Bosses Do?” by Gianpiero Petriglieri (Harvard Business Review)

INSEAD’s Gianpiero Petriglieri explains why American rock star Bruce Springsteen’s 2016 autobiography is a “masterclass on management and leadership.” Petriglieri outlines three profound lessons for leaders can take away from “the Boss.”

 

STRATEGY

“The Fear of Disruption Can Be More Damaging than Actual Disruption” by Paul Leinwand and Cesare Mainardi (Strategy+Business)

A recent study tracking competitive upheaval finds that the fear of disruption among executives in companies around the globe is exaggerated, and this exaggerated fear is distorting strategic decision-making and resource distribution.

 

GENDER DIVERSITY

“Marc Benioff got tired of the gender pay gap at Salesforce, so he spent $3 million to close it – twice” by Lianna Brinded (Quartz)

Marc Benioff, chairman and CEO of Salesforces, one of the world’s largest companies, was just ranked 2nd on the annual list of “Global Champions of Women in Business” for his repeated investments in closing Salesforce’s gender pay gap.

 

CREATIVITY

“The End of Creativity by Kevin Ashton (How to Fly a Horse)

Technologist Kevin Ashton tracks the study of creativity from the word’s invention in 1926 to the current day, concluding that “the myths of creativity” are increasingly being rejected in favor of a deeper understanding of “ordinary thinking”.