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Saving Democracy From the Managerial Elite

Posted by hkarner - 12. Januar 2020

Date: 11‑01‑2020

Source: The Wall Street Journal by Michael Lind

To heal our deep social and political divisions, urban professionals must start sharing power with the working class.

The ongoing turmoil in U.S. politics is part of a larger political crisis that is shattering old alignments of left and right in North America and Western Europe. On both sides of the Atlantic, embattled establishments are besieged by populist insurgents. The rebellion takes different forms in different countries—the election of Donald Trump in the U.S., Brexit in the U.K., the revolt of the yellow vests in France. But the underlying dynamic is the same: the revolt of alienated, mostly but not exclusively native and white working‑class voters against post‑national metropolitan elites.

This is the new class war. Forget the familiar three‑way social diagram, with a big middle class bracketed on either end by a small upper class and small lower or impoverished class. The deepest cleavage in Western democracies yawns between college‑educated managers and professionals—a third of the population, at most—and the majority who lack college educations. The new class divide is manifested in striking cleavages along the lines of geography, family relationships and politics. Den Rest des Beitrags lesen »

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The Robots That Manage the Managers

Posted by hkarner - 17. April 2019

Date: 16-04-2019
Source: The Wall Street Journal

More companies are turning to AI-driven apps that aim to help newer bosses with reminders and tips on how to maintain a well-run office

Raquel Collings often has morning coffee with her management coach. She reviews her goals in her new job as a corporate manager and ponders whether she’s spending her time wisely.

The coaching topics are the only part of the sessions that is conventional.

Ms. Collings’s coach is a bot—a manager-training app powered by the artificial intelligence of IBM ’s Watson. The app, Coach Amanda, serves up tips on her phone in five- to 10-minute videos and texts that Ms. Collings consumes during spare moments in her workday.

When she recently texted the bot that she doubted her ability to review a colleague’s performance, it chided her for being too hard on herself, based on a personality test in the app showing she was highly conscientious. “I thought, ‘Wow, she called me out on this,’ ” says Ms. Collings, a marketing manager for First United Bank, a Durant, Okla., financial-services company.

As more millennials move into management jobs, many are finding they lack basic training in such supervisory skills as delivering feedback and delegating work. A new crop of AI-driven coaching apps and platforms are aiming to fill the gap, including Butterfly, Qstream and LEADx, the Philadelphia-based maker of Coach Amanda. Den Rest des Beitrags lesen »

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Wie die Besten managen

Posted by hkarner - 25. Oktober 2018

Pablo Isla von Inditex ist laut „Harvard Business Review“ der beste Firmenchef der Welt. Das Ranking der Top 100 ist aufschlussreich.

Seit Pablo Isla das Ruder übernahm, hat sich der Börsenwert von Inditex (Zara und Co.) versiebenfacht – auch wenn es in letzter Zeit nur seitwärts geht. 

Wien. Er gilt als bescheiden, fast scheu. Noch nie war er bei der Eröffnung eines Ladens, aber oft schaut er wenig später vorbei, um von den Mitarbeitern zu hören, was nicht funktioniert. Er mag keine langen Besprechungen, hält nichts von Präsentationen, aber geht viel herum. Als Dirigent sieht er sich selbst, der den richtigen Musikern zur passenden Zeit den Einsatz gibt. Aber spielen müssen diese dann selbst. Dafür sind die Hierarchien flach genug. Auch einfache Filialleiter von Zara, Bershka oder Massimo Dutti können bei ihrem Sortiment mitentscheiden.

Die Rede ist von Pablo Isla, Chef des spanischen Textilriesen Inditex – und der beste Topmanager der Welt. Im wohl anerkanntesten einschlägigen Ranking, dem der „Harvard Business Review“, hat der 54-Jährige nun zum zweiten Mal in Folge die Goldmedaille geholt. Das Ranking ist deshalb viel beachtet, weil es die langfristige Leistung der Manager bewertet, ohne auf Gehalt oder Quartalszahlen zu schielen. Ausgesucht wird aus den 1200 größten börsenotierten Unternehmen weltweit (sie machen 70 Prozent des Aktienkapitals aus). Bei der finanziellen Performance wird das Glück herausgerechnet, dass eine Firma in einem boomenden Land (wie den USA) oder einer florierenden Branche (etwa als

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Meet Your New Boss: An Algorithm

Posted by hkarner - 12. Dezember 2017

Date: 11-12-2017
Source: The Wall Street Journal

Companies are using artificial intelligence and other elements of the work-on-demand business model to automate workforce management tasks

Uber Technologies Inc. and other pioneers of the so-called gig economy became some of the world’s most valuable private companies by using apps and algorithms to hand out tasks to an army of self-employed workers.

Now, established companies like Royal Dutch Shell PLC and General Electric Co. are adopting elements of that model for the full-time workforce. Den Rest des Beitrags lesen »

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Theresa May v Britain’s managers

Posted by hkarner - 2. September 2017

Date: 31-08-2017
Source: The Economist: Bagehot

The country’s problem is not that it has too many fat cats but that it has too few good bosses

IN HER barnstorming speech to announce her candidacy for the leadership of the Conservative Party, delivered in Birmingham on July 11th 2016, Theresa May promised nothing less than to fix capitalism. The gap between workers’ and bosses’ pay was “irrational, unhealthy and growing”, she said. Managers were rigging the system so that they were unaccountable to all but themselves and their doppelgängers. British productivity was dismal. Mrs May said she had heard, in the Brexit vote, a cry for reform. She invoked a long line of Tory leaders, from Robert Peel to Margaret Thatcher, who had taken on the powerful in the name of the people, and suggested that she was considering radical measures, from putting workers on boards to tightening takeover rules.

Thirteen tumultuous months later Mrs May has finally got around to addressing Britain’s “irrational” and “unhealthy” pay gap. Listed companies will publish the ratio of bosses’ pay to average workers’ pay, the government declares. Remuneration committees will consider the wages of ordinary workers when they set executives’ salaries. Companies will have to nominate a director for the workforce or create an employees’ advisory council. Firms that suffer a shareholder rebellion of more than 20% when setting executives’ pay will have their names entered in a shaming public register. Den Rest des Beitrags lesen »

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A history of investment shows how managers have prospered

Posted by hkarner - 5. März 2016

Date: 04-03-2016
Source: The Economist: Buttonwood
Subject: Living off the people

FOR as long as there have been organised economies, people have been employed to look after the wealth of others. More than 4,000 years ago landowners in Akkad, an early Mesopotamian civilisation, hired local managers to look after their farms.

investment a historyIn their new book, “Investment: A History”, Norton Reamer and Jesse Downing explain how the industry has changed over time. Their fundamental idea is that investment has become “democratised”, available to a wider range of individuals.

Early investment was conducted on behalf of the wealthy, often by individuals with low status—current or former slaves in the Roman Republic, for example. In the Biblical parable of the talents, a master entrusts his wealth to a range of servants. Two of the servants doubled the master’s money but the third buried it in the ground, rather than “investing it with the bankers”. For this failure, the poor performer was “cast into the outer darkness” where “there will be weeping and gnashing of teeth”. Today’s clients might welcome the ability to add this penalty clause to their contracts.

Looking after the assets of the rich—or high-net-worth individuals, as they are known in the jargon—is still big business. But the fund-management industry’s growth has been turbocharged by the evolution of a much wider client base. In the rich world, most people have some money available for savings after they have paid for the necessities of food, clothing and shelter. With a retirement age of, in effect, around 65, they have two decades or so of old age to provide for. In America, retirement savings grew from $368 billion in 1974 to more than $22 trillion by 2014—a fivefold increase in assets relative to income. Den Rest des Beitrags lesen »

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Top-Manager denken eher europäisch statt deutsch

Posted by hkarner - 10. Juli 2012

Date: 10-07-2012
Source: WeltOnline

Weg vom nationalstaatlichen Denken: In einer Umfrage haben sich vier von zehn Top-Managern dazu bekannt, dass sie sich eher als Europäer fühlen denn als Deutsche – und die Euro-Rettung unterstützen.

Vier von zehn Spitzen-Managern sehen sich eher als Europäer denn als Deutsche. In Großkonzernen sind es sogar 54 Prozent. Das ist das Ergebnis einer Forsa-Umfrage für das „Handelsblatt“.

Das globale Denken hat offenbar auch Auswirkungen auf die Meinung zum Euro. Drei von vier Top-Managern sind danach der Ansicht, dass „auf jeden Fall versucht werden sollte, die Euro-Zone in ihrer jetzigen Form zu erhalten“. Damit gebe die Wirtschaftselite Bundesfinanzminister Wolfgang Schäuble (CDU) Rückendeckung, schreibt das „Handelsblatt“.

Die Ergebnisse unterstrichen, dass für die Wirtschaftselite der größten europäischen Volkswirtschaft ein Zerfall der Euro-Zone keine Option sei, sagte Forsa-Chef Manfred Güllner der Zeitung. „Viele Unternehmer haben sich vom nationalstaatlichen Denken gelöst und denken heute globaler.“ Den Rest des Beitrags lesen »

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