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What I'm Reading, January 4

Wednesday, January 4, 2017

Howard What I'm Reading

Happy New Year! The threads that connect the articles in this first “What I’m Reading” of 2017 are innovation, reinvention, and reform – the challenge of doing things differently. What a great way to start off the New Year.

 

“Why GE is Giving Up Employee Ratings, Abandoning Annual Reviews and Rethinking the Role of HQ”

One of my former bosses at Bristol-Myers Squibb often quipped that "sacred cows make the best burgers." General Electric's CEO, Jeff Immelt, just made a Big Mac by doing away with GE's annual review and opting instead for an app called PD@GE to provide real-time feedback to the company's 330,000 employees.

Fun fact: The Big Mac was created here in Pittsburgh...go ahead, Google it!

 

“Quora Question: Who Are The Best Thinkers In Silicon Valley?”

Auren Hoffman does an excellent job calling Silicon Valley to task in terms of innovation. He argues that in many instance his fellow tech moguls act more like "copy machines" than Thomas Edison. I have known Auren for more than a decade and have never known him to pull any punches when it comes to incisive commentary. This article is no different.

 

“Business Trends to Embrace in 2017”

A good way to kick off the New Year is with new and innovative thinking. This is a good article that offers emerging trends in the workplace and how we interact.

 

“Speed Up the Glacial Pace of NCAA Reform”

I joined the Knight Commission on Intercollegiate Athletics in the fall as one of its newest members, along with former Navy basketball standout and NBA champion David Robinson, and Georgia Tech President G.P. “Bud” Peterson. I did so for the reasons articulated by the past and present commission chairs, Brit Kirwan and Arne Duncan in this op-ed: namely, to ensure the educational experience is the number one priority in the student-athlete's time in college. I applaud my fellow members and the NCAA on their decision to allocate a portion of March Madness payouts based upon academic performance.