Pragma Synesi – interesting bits

Compendium of interesting bits I come across, with an occasional IMHO

Talent vs. Luck

If you’re so smart, why aren’t you rich? Turns out it’s just chance.

The most successful people are not the most talented, just the luckiest, a new computer model of wealth creation confirms. Taking that into account can maximize return on many kinds of investment.

Emerging Technology from the arXiv | March 1, 2018 | MIT Technology Review

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March 31, 2018 Posted by | anthropology, business, economics, sociology | , , , | Leave a comment

How Online Shopping Makes Suckers of Us All

Must read if you ever shop online.

How Online Shopping Makes Suckers of Us All

Will you pay more for those shoes before 7 p.m.? Would the price tag be different if you lived in the suburbs? Standard prices and simple discounts are giving way to far more exotic strategies, designed to extract every last dollar from the consumer.

Jerry Useem | May 2017 Issue | The Atlantic
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April 20, 2017 Posted by | behaviour, business | , , | Leave a comment

The future of jobs

Insightful article worth reading from The Economist, Jan 18th, 2014:

The future of jobs: The onrushing wave

Previous technological innovation has always delivered more long-run employment, not less. But things can change.

February 1, 2014 Posted by | business, economics | | Leave a comment

In praise of procrastination

There is a sweet spot between fast-tracking and delaying.  From the Jul 7th 2012 edition of The Economist:

No rush:In praise of procrastination

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July 19, 2012 Posted by | behaviour, business | | Leave a comment

How to Spot the Future

Excellent article from the May 2012 issue of Wired.  Also worth checking out from the same issue: 8 Visionaries on How They Spot the Future

How to Spot the Future

By Thomas Goetz

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May 7, 2012 Posted by | business | , , | Leave a comment

How much of the ability to lead is genetic?

How much of the ability to lead is genetic? Nature vs nurture as applied to management is discussed. From The Economist, September 25, 2010:

The biology of business

Homo administrans

Biologists have brought rigour to psychology, sociology and even economics. Now they are turning their attention to the softest science of all: management

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March 12, 2011 Posted by | behaviour, brain, business, genes | , , , | Leave a comment

How to get to the top

Jeffrey Pfeffer’s book, “Power: Why Some People Have It — and Others Don’t” is supposed to be partly a “how-to” guide to rising to the top. My favorite tip: there is no point at which flattery becomes ineffective.

Schumpeter of The Economist (September 11, 2010) explains:

The will to power

Why some people have power over companies and others don’t

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March 9, 2011 Posted by | business, psychology | , , | Leave a comment

For more productive meetings

Keeping a brainstorming session somewhat uncomfortable (by introducing an oddball or a stranger, for example) seems to enhance the creative process.  From Time magazine, Mar. 31, 2009:

Why the Office Oddball Is Good for Business

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November 9, 2010 Posted by | behaviour, business | , , | Leave a comment