Tuesday, November 29, 2011
More on the Thought Catalog. (Thanks, Caro!)
...#14. Have something to talk about besides college or your job. College is over. The war stories have their amusements, but not over and over and not at every gathering. Get a library card, go to the movies, participate in the world. Working is not living. Be interested so that you can be interesting.
Sunday, November 27, 2011
"Couples where both spouses are materialistic were worse off on nearly every measure we looked at,” says Jason Carroll, a BYU professor of family life and lead author of the study. “There is a pervasive pattern in the data of eroding communication, poor conflict resolution and low responsiveness to each other."
The U.S. capital has swapped top spots with Silicon Valley, according to recent Census Bureau figures, with the typical household in the Washington metro area earning $84,523 last year. The national median income for 2010 was $50,046."
Read more in Bloomberg. (Thanks, Tom)
The study's assumptions have attracted some criticism, but complex systems analysts contacted by New Scientist say it is a unique effort to untangle control in the global economy. Pushing the analysis further, they say, could help to identify ways of making global capitalism more stable..."
Read more in the New Scientist. (Thanks, Joyce!)
"Japanese firms face a demographic catastrophe. The solution is to treat women better." A couple surprising statistics:
Nearly half of Japanese university graduates are female but only 67% of these women have jobs, many of which are part-time or involve serving tea. Japanese women with degrees are much more likely than Americans (74% to 31%) to quit their jobs voluntarily. Whereas most Western women who take time off do so to look after children, Japanese women are more likely to say that the strongest push came from employers who do not value them. A startling 49% of highly educated Japanese women who quit do so because they feel their careers have stalled.
Sunday, November 20, 2011
But this strange state of affairs also presents an opportunity: as the economy evolves, it’s time to embrace new ideas about romance and family—and to acknowledge the end of “traditional” marriage as society’s highest ideal. Read more in the Atlantic. (Thanks, Scott)
HBR's Management Tip of the Day: Most people struggle to do what innovators excel at: connecting the unconnected. Here are three ways to get in the habit of making new associations:
- Just do it. Force associations across different ideas when they don't come naturally. Ask yourself: What else could this idea be connected to?
- Shake it up. When associations don't emerge, try forcing them to surface. Put seemingly unrelated ideas or words together and see what comes to mind. The creative combinations may spark a new idea.
- Repeat. Research shows that if you practice associational thinking long enough, the task will energize you rather than exhaust you.
Sunday, November 6, 2011
Check out more at HappyPlace. (Thanks Alessia)
"New technologies have allowed banks in Africa, Brazil, and India to reach out to remote rural populations without easy access to a bank branch. But for Ed Cutrell, head of the technology for emerging markets team at Microsoft Research India in Bangalore, inexperienced customers need a great deal of help and education to use these services effectively.
"Better financial education would help the poor and decrease their reliance on costly, informal alternatives - such as credit at usurious rates from local shopkeepers. It might also reduce their vulnerability to being mis-sold financial services that they do not need."
Read more in the Financial Times.
"In China, 32 percent of senior managers are female, compared with 23 percent in America and 19 percent in Britain. In India, 11 percent of chief executives of large companies are female, compared with 3 percent of Fortune 500 bosses in America and 3 percent of FTSE 100 bosses in Britain.
"Turkey and Brazil come third and joint fourth (behind Finland and Norway) in the World Economic Forum's ranking of countries by the proportion of CEOs who are women. In Brazil, 11 percent of chief executives and 30 percent of senior executives are women.
"Wise firms focus on the two biggest problems for working women in emerging markets: looking after their aging parents, which is typically more of a problem than child care, and commuting."
Read the rest in the Economist.
"Osama bin Laden grabbed a decade's worth of headlines, but the future was being written in Beijing, Delhi, Rio and beyond. The world has indeed been turned upside down, but Afghanistan, Iraq and the badlands of Waziristan have been a smokescreen, obscuring the bigger story of the past decade.
"The changes that have mattered have been in the rising states of Asia and Latin America. Ten years on, the strategic challenge to the US comes from the rapid reallocation of power. The global order no longer belongs to the west."
Read the full article in the FT.
... "Three men doing time in Israeli prisons recently appeared before a parole board consisting of a judge, a criminologist and a social worker. The three prisoners had completed at least two-thirds of their sentences, but the parole board granted freedom to only one of them." Guess which one in the NYT article.
And it gets even cuter when she met Nicki...
"It’s not a pipeline problem. It’s about loneliness, competition and deeply rooted barriers." Read more in the NYT .
A few insights on why gender stereotypes suck for everyone involved: Masculinity, in essence, is something that men earn, rather than so...
A return to the past should not blind us to present problems. Check out Anne-Marie Slaughter's post in FT . Thanks, +Claire Packer ...