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The Theology of the Leadership Pipeline

What business books discuss—leadership, governance, and culture—is the bread and butter of theology, both Biblical and natural. There is no way to understand the world without appealing to these terms. Even an atheistic worldview takes […]

What Ails Google and How It Can Turn Things Around

Can Google achieve a “soft-landing” — i.e. gradually transform and become a powerhouse again while continuing to grow steadily? I joined Google just before the pandemic when the company I had co-founded, AppSheet, was acquired […]

The Tao of Alibaba

In “The Tao of Alibaba”, Brian A. Wong explores the philosophy behind the retail giant and its effects on China’s decades-long economic transformation. The visionary thinker R. Buckminster Fuller articulated a philosophical, almost spiritual faith […]

The Human Behind The Curtain

Behind the AI chatbots and delivery robots are human workers, hidden from sight, keeping everything running. Since ChatGPT took the world by storm last fall, people have been in a frenzy debating the impact artificial […]

Tech CEOs Screwed Up

Given the human and business downsides of layoffs, a CEO’s top priority should be to avoid them at all costs. Some companies have managed to do just that. Apple has managed to cut costs without […]

Extremely Hardcore

Twitter’s staff spent years trying to protect the platform against impulsive ranting billionaires — then one made himself the CEO. In April 2022, Elon Musk acquired a 9.2 percent stake in Twitter, making him the […]

The $2 Per Hour Workers Who Made ChatGPT Safer

OpenAI Used Kenyan Workers on Less Than $2 Per Hour to Make ChatGPT Less Toxic. ChatGPT was hailed as one of 2022’s most impressive technological innovations upon its release last November. The powerful artificial intelligence […]

Office Shock

COVID-19, with all its tragic consequences, also created an opportunity to ask this basic question: why do we work in offices at all? In their book, Office Shock: Creating Better Futures for Working and Living, […]

A Return to the Office (RTO) Wave?

Dozens of tech companies are starting to have their staff return to the office. Are we seeing the start of a trend? Make no mistake, plenty of companies are staying remote-first. I’m especially seeing startups […]

Why Some Tech CEOs are Rooting for Musk

After a long weekend away, today let’s talk about the largely positive reception that Elon Musk’s radical remaking of Twitter is getting from tech CEOs. If you’re an executive who has grown increasingly frustrated by […]

Who Will Opt to Work at Twitter?

Why is Elon Musk creating what seems to be the most toxic working environment among major tech companies in 2022? For the fourth week in the row, Musk keeps turning up the heat and finding […]

Inside the Twitter meltdown

A truly chaotic 24 hours at the company, and the mounting fears over what it means for the service that still serves as the heartbeat of the global news cycle. Just after lunchtime on the […]

Lessons from the Deep History of Work

What hunter-gatherers can teach us about the frustrations of modern work. Knowledge workers were already exhausted by their jobs before the pandemic arrived: too much e-mail, too many meetings, too much to do—all being relentlessly […]

Algorithms and the Future of Work

To achieve the benefits that algorithm-enabled systems and devices promise in the future of work, we must study how to effectively manage their risks. In the future of work, algorithms will provide many beneficial applications […]

Technology for Whom? Owning Our Platforms

Platform cooperatives are a strategy of political and organizational might, uniting workers in a concrete way to own the conditions of their work and to redirect technology to the benefit of average workers, not global […]

American Workers Need Lots and Lots of Robots

In order to make reshoring happen, though, we will need automation, automation, and more automation. Frankly, every time I’ve read about this “rise of the robots” fear, I’ve felt the urge to tear my hair […]

The Efficiency Movement

There’s a fundamental tension between resilience and efficiency, between the scientific manager and the craftsperson. The period from about 1890 to 1920 was a time of great optimism and change in the US. Huge leaps […]

Work From Office

Remote work generates heat because it matters … a lot. Since the onset of the pandemic, the dispersion of work has morphed from an experiment on the fringes of the economy to the mainstream. Work […]

Tyler Cowen on Talent

EconTalk host Russ Roberts chats with economist and blogger Tyler Cowen about his new book, “Talent”. How do you hone your craft on an everyday basis? It could be writing, meeting with experts, even listening […]