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Our 5 favorite articles of the month! - September 2015


The Dawning of the Age of Flex Labor, by Andrei Hagiu and Rob Biederman in HBR Magazine

The prevailing paradigm of people working as full-time employees for a single organization has outlived its usefulness. It produces excess volatility over the business cycle, resulting in measurable economic costs — both to people and to the companies they work for…


How To Be The Kind Of Leader Your Employees Need You To Be, by Tanveer Naseer in his blog

Last week, I had the pleasure of being invited to speak at the Management Grand Rounds held at Boston Children’s Hospital. As with every speaking engagement I do, the part I look forward to the most is being able to meet with audience members to hear about their experiences and what insights they’ve gained from my talk…


The world of work must change... but why?, by Jane Ginnever in

There’s something fundamentally wrong with the way the world works. In a series of 5 articles over the next few weeks I’ll share with you why that’s the case, what we need to do about it and how you can begin to implement changes within your own organisation which will start your journey towards a more productive, successful, happier and healthier work environment for all those with a stake in it. The world of work is moving on, don’t get left behind.

Who’s Benefiting from MOOCs, and Why, by Chen Zhenghao, Brandon, Alcorn Gayle, Christensen Nicholas, Eriksson Daphne, Koller Ezekiel, J. Emanuel

In the last three years, over 25 million people from around the world have enrolled in Massive Open Online Courses (MOOCs) offered by Coursera, EdX, and other platforms. Initially heralded as a revolution in higher education access, expectations have been tempered as research revealed that only a small percentage of these millions were completing the courses, approximately 80% already had at least a bachelor’s degree, nearly 60% were employed full-time, and 60% came from developed countries (defined as members of the OECD). MOOCs seemed to be serving the most advantaged, the headlines blared, and most people weren’t even completing them…


Just What Really Is “Top Talent,” Anyway?, by Crystal Spraggins in

The business community (and that definitely includes HR folks) talks a lot about “top talent.” We gab about how to attract top talent, develop top talent, engage top talent, and retain top talent. We even talk about how much top talent an organization really needs (versus the regular kind). But what is “top talent”?  To some degree, the answer to that question is subjective, depending on a particular organization’s needs, leadership, and culture. To a larger degree, however, the answer isn’t subjective at all. When top talent is in action, most of us have no trouble recognizing it…

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