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Up To The Minute: The Latest Thought Leadership On Entrepreneurship, Business Strategy, Productivity, And More

Dan Almasi

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What Is: Up To The Minute?  

A thought leadership showcase. A wealth of knowledge. Your new weekly go-to source of insight from voices big and small across a wide range of industries. Here at Minutes, we know how tough it is to keep up with Seth Godin’s latest copywriting tips, what Gary Vaynerchuk is currently preaching to millions of aspiring entrepreneurs, and Jay Baer’s hot new take on influencer marketing. That’s why we’ve decided to dig up, collect, and share the best recent thought leadership in one place.

1. Josh Bersin, global research analyst, public speaker, and founder of Bersin by Deloitte, and Marc Zao-Sanders, CEO and co-founder of edtech company filtered: “As automation, AI, and new job models reconfigure the business world, lifelong learning has become accepted as an economic imperative.”

For a company to thrive in today’s oft-disrupted business landscape, its employees not only have to work hard but also be constantly learning and adapting as well. Today, the average worker’s daily workflow requires a higher level of thinking than ever. And as a result, our jobs need to not only work us, but teach us. For company leaders, this presents a growing imperative: to inject learning into the daily flow of work—from the top to bottom of their organizations.

An in-depth, comprehensive look at the why and how of this seismic business and economic shift: Making Learning a Part of Everyday Work

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2. Author, CEO, and founder of Sampark Foundation, an Indian primary school transformation initiative, Vineet Nayar: “You need to build organizations that have a culture of rapid experimentation and innovation. This needs inspired and freethinking leaders, not managers trapped in a monitoring and supervisory mind set.”

To add to the long list of things millennials have allegedly killed: traditional command-and-control business structure. All in a hard generation’s work. But we can’t take all the credit—technology reducing the need for people to handle menial tasks serves as accomplice. By taking down old-school management principles, though, millennials and technology have brought to life a new business methodology, one in which thought leadership serves as the foundation.

Nayar explains why in From People Manager To Thought Leader.


3. Entrepreneur, investor, and Stanford mentor Siqi Mou on making the leap from her safe corporate job to starting a company: “I wanted to be able to solve a problem that mattered to me and that was influential in the world.”

The stories of innovative, successful young entrepreneurs: endlessly fascinating, incredibly inspiring, and—if we’re being honest—a little bit guilt-inducing. Don’t: compare your resume to Siqi Mou’s. Do: read about her journey from China to the upper-echelons of U.S. business featuring stops at Stanford, Harvard, prominent roles at Bloomberg TV, Morgan Stanley, the Federal Reserve, and ultimately founding an AI-powered skin care consultancy platform here: Want To Start A Great Business? Solve A Problem That Matters To You

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4. Author and entrepreneur Zech Newman on entrepreneurship: “We set out to build empires, but sometimes build prisons instead.”

Many founders see a door opening when they start a business but don’t notice others closing–eventually cutting off their access to family and personal time–when they begin committing virtually all of the hours in the day to work. The key to creating a business that doesn’t feel like a prison? Create one that doesn’t rely entirely on you to function; a business with company culture strong enough to stay afloat when you’re away.

Newman offers insight on four key practices to help accomplish this in My Business Became My Prison. This Is How I Broke Free.

5. Intuitive leadership consultant and author Rick Snyder: “Intuition is our deeper intelligence that is able to read the room or the marketplace, make decisions from a wiser resource, and extract data faster than the conscious mind can analyze.”

Intuition: It’s more than just getting a weird vibe from someone you went on a blind date with, then later learning they own 39 actual swords and 0 jobs. When honed, it can be a legitimate professional edge. Apparently, that “gut feeling” you get when making decisions is more than just an emotional response—it’s our brains subconsciously analyzing vast amounts of data. Pretty cool.

Learn how to better understand and embrace your intuition here: Everyone has 3 types of intuition. Here’s how to use them to make better decisions

Writer, freelance journo based in Buffalo, NY. Social issues, media, business, interesting observations.

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