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Why specialization can be a downside in our ever-changing world

Posted on January 21, 2020 at 11:57 PM Comments comments (82)

Popular wisdom drives home the importance of a head start and specializing early. Not so fast, advises journalist David Epstein.

After Epstein wrote about the famed 10,000-hour rule in his first book, The Sports Gene, he was invited to debate Malcolm Gladwell, whose book Outliers had brought the rule into the mainstream. To prepare for the debate, Epstein gathered studies that looked at the development of elite athletes and saw that the trend was not early specialization. Rather, in almost every sport there was a “sampling period” where athletes learned about their own abilities and interests. The athletes who delayed specialization were often better than their specialized peers, who plateaued at lower levels.

Epstein filed this information away until he was asked by the Pat Tillman Foundation to give a talk to a group of military veterans. These were people who were changing careers and having doubts that are familiar to many: whether they were doomed to always be behind because they hadn’t stuck to one thing. Epstein became interested in exploring the benefits of being a specialist versus a generalist, and ended up writing Range: Why Generalists Triumph in a Specialized World (Penguin Random House).

The Verge spoke to Epstein about “kind” versus “wicked” environments, the importance of doing instead of planning, and the difference between having range and being a dilettante...

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Why you should define your fears instead of your goals

Posted on December 9, 2018 at 5:55 PM Comments comments (60)

The hard choices -- what we most fear doing, asking, saying -- are very often exactly what we need to do. How can we overcome self-paralysis and take action? Tim Ferriss encourages us to fully envision and write down our fears in detail, in a simple but powerful exercise he calls "fear-setting." Learn more about how this practice can help you thrive in high-stress environments and separate what you can control from what you cannot.

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Online social change: easy to organize, hard to win

Posted on October 14, 2018 at 7:55 PM Comments comments (87)


Today, a single email can launch a worldwide movement. But as sociologist Zeynep Tufekci suggests, even though online activism is easy to grow, it often doesn't last. Why? She compares modern movements -- Gezi, Ukraine, Hong Kong -- to the civil rights movement of the 1960s, and uncovers a surprising benefit of organizing protest movements the way it happened before Twitter.

This talk was presented at an official TED conference, and was featured by our editors on the home page.

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It’s Time To Get Real About Digital Transformation.

Posted on September 23, 2018 at 12:09 PM Comments comments (103)

Digital transformation, ugh! It hurts just to say it.

I’ve just returned from an amazing conference, hosted by Insight Venture Partners, where C-level leaders and board members discussed the opportunities and frustrations of digital transformation. By all accounts, getting this stuff right is really hard. Really hard.
Even for the smartest and most experienced leaders.

For these leaders, and others like them, the challenge has been to use digital transformation to establish or maintain product leadership. The results have not been encouraging. Change is always hard, but add the concerns of cybersecurity, cryptocurrencies, AI/ML, IoT and whatever the next startup is doing, and this change has a whole new layer of complexity.

So, how do you build a product leadership organization?...


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Before You Act, Consider These Keys to Preparing for Change

Posted on May 21, 2018 at 9:01 PM Comments comments (247)

Do you know how to prepare for change? The Prosci methodology begins not with change management application but with taking the necessary steps to understand the change and the organization itself before you create your change management strategy. Below are the key activities you need to undertake at the start of project (and change management) planning:...

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Emmanuel Macron meets Angela Merkel in Berlin. A meeting to revitalize Europe?

Posted on May 19, 2017 at 10:02 PM Comments comments (41)

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Emmanuel Macron's Investiture Speech

Posted on May 15, 2017 at 4:56 PM Comments comments (81)

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Emmanuel Macron's first speech as president

Posted on May 7, 2017 at 4:56 PM Comments comments (114)

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President Obama endorses Emmanuel Macron for President of France

Posted on May 4, 2017 at 10:44 AM Comments comments (226)

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