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Alternative Credentials on the Rise

Inside Higher Ed: August 27, 2020

A growing body of evidence has found strong consumer interest in recent months in skills-based, online credentials that are clearly tied to careers, particularly among adult learners from diverse and lower-income backgrounds, whom four-year colleges often have struggled to attract and graduate. 

 

The reasons alternative credentials are piquing the interest of more Americans are not new, nor surprising. For years the demographics of higher education have been shifting away from traditional-age, full-paying college students while online education has become more sophisticated and accepted.

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The network is an entrepreneur’s best asset

Chicago Booth Review: August, 2020

Entrepreneurs have a lot to think about when building a business, and one of the most important may be strengthening and tapping their networks. More than 20 years of academic research has tied business networking to entrepreneurial success, demonstrating that networking is an important way to validate opportunities, connect to resources, and access information. 

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The Next Generation Higher Education Is Already Here

London School of Economics: July, 2020

As we enter a new decade, and with COVID upon us, I thought it a good moment to share my perspectives on the past and future of the higher education. I have shared these thoughts with university faculty members and administrators privately, with some interesting reactions, so I decided to do so again with a wider business and educational community.

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Managing virtual teams requires devolving leadership

London School of Economics: July, 2020

Moving entire offices to work from home has presented organisations with many and often unexpected challenges. Technology alone is not the solution; different approaches to leadership, communications and corporate policy are required to maintain productivity and staff wellbeing. For affected staff, balancing work with varied and escalating personal demands is a substantial ongoing dilemma.

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Will Universities Learn from Lockdowns?

Project Syndicate: July 6, 2020

The COVID-19 crisis is likely to bring about further rapid and far-reaching shifts in the economic ground beneath us. But we need not view these changes with dread if the pandemic also propels a transition to better and more universal higher education.

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What Poker Can Teach Us about Making the World a Better Place

Wharton: July 2, 2020

Wharton operations, information and decisions professor Katherine Milkman recently spoke with Maria Konnikova about what poker has taught her about letting go of the control we think we have over our lives, and using the control we do have to make the world a better place.

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Higher Ed Needs a Long-Term Plan for Virtual Learning

Harvard Business Review: May 5, 2020

Evolution in the higher education ecosystem happens through “punctuated equilibrium”: long periods of relatively slow change interspersed with occasional moments of rapid adaptation. The current pandemic is a punctuation moment. Educators, faced with unprecedented urgency, are working hard to restore teaching and learning using technology, innovation, and collaboration.

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Have to work virtually? 7 Lessons from the KATALYST playbook

LinkedIn: March 12, 2020

As a startup focused on high-performance virtual networks and events, we have learned what makes virtual meetings successful and how they can be as good, or even better than, in-person gatherings. Given the current disruptions to in-person gatherings, it seemed like a good time to share what we’ve learned over the last year working on the leading-edge of virtual collaboration. 

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How the Coronavirus is creating a watershed moment for remote workers

Forbes: March 1, 2020

 "The Remote Work Report, commissioned by Zapier and conducted online by The Harris Poll, concluded that across the board, “95% of these workers want to work remotely, yet 31% are currently employed by companies that don’t allow it. Of these, 74% are willing to hand in their notice to work for a company that lets them work remotely.”

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Educational models are being disrupted in many ways

MIT Sloan Management Review: Winter 2020

"Confronting sizable skills gaps, companies have stopped waiting for higher education to meet their rapidly shifting competitive needs."

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Learning at work is work, and we must make space for it

MIT Sloan Management Review: Winter 2020

"Transformative learning does not transcend incremental learning, however. It lays the foundations for it. Transformative learning sets us free to envision and create a new future. Incremental learning makes us stronger as we pursue it. We might not be able to do both at the same time, but we are better off doing both over time."

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Knowledge workers see physical offices going away in the near future

Zapier: November 13, 2019

"The end of the office is near—at least, that's what knowledge workers think. Roughly two in three knowledge workers, 66 percent, believe the traditional office setting will be obsolete for most roles by 2030."

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Why open offices hurt collaboration (and what can be done about it)

Harvard Business Review: Nov 12, 2019

Ethan Bernstein of Harvard Business School follows up on his original research to look at why the arrangement hurts collaboration, and what can be done about it.

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4 collaboration barriers—and how to overcome them

Fortune: Oct 28, 2019

"Today, people are spending over half of their day working with others, according to a Steelcase study. Collaboration is conducive to creating better ideas and increasing overall quality of work. In fact, executive leaders are convinced: 93% of them believe it’s essential to successful idea generation.

Despite the positive stance on collaboration, there are corporate barriers affecting not just employees’ work experience, but also output."

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Where companies go wrong with learning and development

Harvard Business Review: October 2, 2019

"Organizations can see boxes and lines on the org chart, but those fail to account for many actual teams. Most work is teamwork, but about half the teams where it happens are invisible to companies."

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How the value of educational credentials is, and isn’t, changing

Harvard Business Review: September 20, 2019

"Rather than sweeping away degrees, new types of online credentials — various certificates, MicroMasters, badges, and the like — are instead playing a complementary role, creating the building blocks for newer, more affordable degree programs." 

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The Arc of Collaboration

kwokchain: August 16, 2019

"Like distributed computing, it has turned out that for most of human history coordinating among humans has been a slow, intractable, sisyphean effort. In the last few decades we have seen tremendous technical breakthroughs in the latencies and tooling possible to remove these constraints. Across the world, whether in productivity apps or in national governance, there will be a transition period as our norms and processes adapt to this tightening of the collaboration feedback loop.​"

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What the low-carbon footprint, flight-free movement means for business travel

Forbes: July 24, 2019

"In the age of climate emergency and a rapidly heating world, a low-carbon footprint has been a part of the business zeitgeist as companies try to reduce their impacts on the environment (or at least be perceived as doing so). When it comes to air travel, however, this reduction means a different way of thinking about face to face time at conferences, meetings and other traditional spaces to network and meet with customers and peers.​"

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Unlocking the power of hidden teams

Harvard Business Review: May 14, 2019

"Organizations can see boxes and lines on the org chart, but those fail to account for many actual teams. Most work is teamwork, but about half the teams where it happens are invisible to companies."

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How do lean cohorts drive innovation at Gore-Tex?

Bloomberg BusinessWeek: May 9, 2019

W.L. Gore, the classic American innovator, is building artificial corneas, and reinventing itself in the process.​

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How do you get value from continuous customer connectivity?

Harvard Business Review: May-June, 2019

"Thanks to new technologies that enable frequent, low-friction, customized digital interactions, companies today are building much deeper ties with customers than ever before. Instead of waiting for customers to come to them, firms are addressing customers’ needs the moment they arise—and sometimes even earlier."

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How do we educate the next generation of leaders?

Harvard Business Review: March-April, 2019

"It's time to move beyond traditional approaches to executive education. To successfully meet the challenges of today's business world, organizations and the individuals who steer them should take more advantage of online learning resources and opportunities.​"

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What enables great workplace collaboration?

Steelcase 360: Issue 75

"It was nearly unanimous that teamwork is crucial (97%) and helps generate better ideas (93%). The global findings revealed barriers workers face to successful collaboration include lack of access to the right people, lack of access to information, outdated technology and rampant distractions.​"

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What if instead of taking the SAT you could play a video game?

Bloomberg BusinessWeek: March 19, 2019

L.A.-based startup Imbellus plans to upset the SAT and ACT’s monopoly with a test it says accurately gauges critical thinking.​

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Reducing corporate carbon footprint

Raconteur: May 30, 2018

"The tradition of doing business in person – attending meetings, closing company deals over a handshake or meeting a potential customer for lunch – can be a burden not just to jet-lagged business travelers themselves, but to the environment.​​"

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