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Power Shift: An Innovative Solution for the African Energy Market

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Astra Innovations relocates used power plants worldwide. Its business model provides a novel approach to meeting Africa’s growing power needs, says Astra managing director Cynthia Wandia in this interview.

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Design How Your Team Thinks

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Every day, we sit in meetings in which someone presents a problem or opportunity. The response is always a version of “What are we going to do about it?” When’s the last time someone said, “How are we going to think about it?”

Design thinking is popular these days. ...

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Power Cues: New Science on Influencing Others

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How leaders communicate has a tremendous impact on their ability to lead and influence others, and on their personal success. Yet unknown by many is that most communication is unconscious.

Nick Morgan, communications expert and author of Power Cues: The Subtle Science of Leading Groups, Persuading Others, and Maximizing Your Personal Impact, has looked at recent brain and behavioral science revelations about how humans communicate, and how effective communicators use subtle gestures, visual cues, sounds, and signals that elicit emotion.

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What Uber’s China Deal Says About the Limits of Platforms

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On August 1 Uber announced that it is selling its Chinese brand and operations to Didi Chuxing for $1 billion, its annual burn rate in that market, in exchange for a 20% stake in the local competitor. And that the two companies’ CEOs, Travis Kalanick and Cheng Wei, ...

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Is Technology Really Helping Us Get More Done?

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Twenty years ago, new office technologies like email and teleconferencing contributed to a dramatic boost in productivity. Information flows accelerated. Collaboration with coworkers became easier and easier. Productivity grew significantly faster during the 1990s and early 2000s than in previous years.

Today, productivity growth has declined appreciably. Since ...

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Wage Inequality Rises in Europe as Workplaces Become Americanized

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As European countries have tried to restore competitiveness, the decline of unions and the easing of worker protections such as restrictions on dismissals have helped “Americanize” workplaces there, says The New York Times. One consequence has been an increase in wage disparity. In Germany, for example, the richest 10% of people earned 26% of the nation’s income in 1991; by 2010 they took in 31%. Over the same period, the proportion of the nation’s income earned by the bottom half ...

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How a Macron Presidency Could Fuel More Nationalism in France

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This weekend’s election in France has narrowed the field of 11 candidates to two: the most anti-EU candidate, nationalist Marine Le Pen, and the most pro-European candidate, centrist Emmanuel Macron. For the first time in the almost 60-year history of the Fifth Republic, neither the mainstream Left nor ...

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Corporate Governance Should Combine the Best of Private Equity and Family Firms

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The public corporation is typically bedeviled by the gap between managers’ and shareholders’ interests. Over the years, governance has attempted to close that gap by aligning incentives with measures of performance. These attempts have often failed. But where they have succeeded, they have left public corporations increasingly swayed ...

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How Boards Should Evaluate Their Own Performance

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The New York Stock Exchange requires that the boards of all publicly traded corporations conduct a self-evaluation at least annually to determine whether they are functioning effectively. The purpose of the exercise is to ensure that boards are staffed and led appropriately, that board members are effective in fulfilling their obligations, and that reliable processes are in place to satisfy ...

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To Make a Team More Effective, Find Their Commonalities

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Teams, not individuals, are the future of work. As organizations mobilize to solve increasingly complex problems at an ever faster pace, cooperation and trust between employees has become paramount. But how do you move teammates from collegial behavior to true collaboration? By building their empathy and compassion.

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