Big Picture Interviews
Ask your employees: "What's the stupidest rule we have around here?"
A simple set of "rules" that can cost you your job, your next promotion, and even block you from a new career.
Would you like to know why the U.S. Congress gets nothing done? Is constantly stuck in gridlock? Has an approval rating of 17 percent? In 1944, at the height of World War II, the United States' Office of Strategic Services (OSS) - predecessor of the CIA - published The Simple Sabotage Field Manual, a classified document to help the European resistance movements destroy the Axis powers from within. Now, three business strategists argue that this little-known manual is more than a fascinating piece of history - it sheds enormous light on what's wrong with the modern workplace, and offers insight on how to stamp out the behaviors that breed dysfunction in organizations.
In Simple Sabotage: A Modern Field Manual for Detecting and Rooting Out Everyday Behaviors That Undermine Your Workplace (recently published by HarperOne;), Robert M. Galford, Bob Frisch and Cary Greene revisit a list of OSS tactics designed to thwart the internal processes of organizations, with tips for wasting time (e.g., "Insist on doing everything through channels") and bringing efficiency to a halt (e.g., "Refer all matters to committees"). The OSS believed that these small acts of barely detectable sabotage would wear down the enemy over time and help the Allies win the war.
Singapore based entrepreneur Callum Laing provides an in-depth look at business opportunities in Asia Pacific
As reported in the Wall Street Journal, "Fueled by arrivals form Asia, immigrants and their children will account for the lion's share of U.S. population growth during the next 50 years..." I wanted to reach out to a successful entrepreneur living in Asia to give us a perspective on the region -- and opportunities for businesses and entrepreneurs.
Callum Laing is a 13 year veteran of doing business in Asia. He has started, built, bought and sold half a dozen companies in a range of industries across two continents. He is the owner of Fitness-Buffet, a company delivering employee wellness solutions in 11 countries and he is also the CEO of Entrevo Asia. He regularly writes and speaks on topics related to business. Callum is the author of the bi-Annual 'Asia Snapshots' (see links in side bar), and publishes a daily profile of highly successful, interesting people in his network.
One statistic from his Asia Snapshots Infographic: The number of Chinese women in senior management positions has recently doubled, with 51% of those jobs held by females, making China a standout in Asia.
Sunil Bagai has created a new model for recruitment, which is being tapped successfully by large tech companies
Between 2009 and 2012, according the Bureau of Labor Statistics, the number of temporary employees rose by 29%. A survey of the 200 largest companies found that temporary workers represented, on average, 22% of their workforce, and that percentage is growing. According to a study conducted by Intuit by 2020, more than 40% of the US workforce will be so-called contingent workers, That's more than 60 million people.
Welcome to a Big Picture Channel podcast on TotalPicture. I'm Peter Clayton. Joining me today to discuss this trend and its implications is Silicon Valley entrepreneur Sunil Bagai, who, In 2012, founded Zenith Talent, introducing a new Crowdstaffing model with profit sharing for recruiters.
Talking Big Data and Big Results with the Head of B2B Marketing Products for LinkedIn
Welcome to a Big Picture Channel Vodcast and Podcast on TotalPicture Radio. This is Peter Clayton and joining me today through the magic of Skype Video is Russell Glass Head of B2B Marketing Products for LinkedIn Marketing Solutions.
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I first met Russ when he was the founder, president and CEO of Bizo, a little B2B audience marketing and data platform that was acquired by LinkedIn for $175mm in 2014. Russ is Co-author of a new book titled The Big Data-Driven Business, published by Wiley.
By the way, Russ's co-author, Sean Callahan, was the marketing director at Bizo and is now the senior manager of content management at LinkedIn) What I like about this book is Russ and Sean are not talking theory, they're not blowing smoke - they've accomplished and practiced much of what they're writing about - namely How to Use Big Data to win Customers, Beat Competitors, and Boost Profits. Russ and Sean can check-off all those boxes.
The Internet's benefits have accrued mostly to a "tiny group of young white men in black limousines" Andrew Keen
"Today, as the Internet expands to connect almost everyone and everything on the planet, it's becoming self-evident that this is a false promise. The evangelists are presenting us with what in Silicon Valley is called a "reality distortion field" - a vision that is anything but truthful. Instead of a win-win, the Internet is in fact, more akin to a negative feedback loop feedback loop in which we network users are its victims rather than its beneficiaries. Rather than the answer, the Internet is actually the central question about our connected twenty-first-century world."
The more we use the contemporary digital network, the less economic value it is bringing to us. Rather than promoting economic fairness, it is a central reason for the growing golf between the rich and the poor and the hollowing out of the middle class. Rather than making us wealthier, the distributed capitalism of the new network economy is making most of the poorer. Rather than generating more jobs, this digital disruption is a principal cause of our structural unemployment crisis. Rather than creating more competition it is created immensely powerful new monopolists like Google and Amazon. Andrew Keen
In Andrew Keen's new book, The Internet Is Not the Answer, he presents a big-picture look at what the Internet is doing to our society (in his opinion), and an investigation into what we can do to try to make sure that the decisions we are making about the reconfiguring of our world do not lead to unpleasant, unforeseen aftershocks.
"The equivalent of 19th century industrial pollution today is data."
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