Loneliness kills, it is now a scientific fact, read my newsletter on this, but also watch the the story.
This is not the usual thing about the withering of HR but about why to morph HR into operations to help HR become more integrated and helpful.
A historical gap in Brazilian b-schools
"Most subsidiaries of multinational organizations in developing countries
are managed like modern-day saladeros, beef-jerking companies where,
in the process of salting beef, workers salted themselves out of life.
In Gaucho Dialogues on Leadership and Management Alfredo Behrens illustrates the
Latin American organizational how-to through a dialogue attributed to two iconic
literary characters, Martín Fierro and Don Segundo Sombra. Fierro—passionate,
nonpragmatic, xenophobic—and Sombra—with a more nuanced affection toward old
ways—comment on the militia-led insurrections from Argentina and Uruguay through
Brazil, Venezuela, Central America and Mexico, and draw lessons about leadership,
strategy and people management in Latin America. While the book’s argument
covers the ethos prevailing in the Americas, Behrens believes it may be relevant
elsewhere among similar societies where people prefer to act as members of clans
than as autonomous individuals. If so, the book’s argument may be relevant for the
vast majority of humankind at work."
Artificial Intelligence may soon make market research more effective
AI Swarm technology is making inroads. It might will soon revolutionalize the polling industry, bringing better market analysis with it. Stay tuned, a revolution in on the way.
Pollsters missed to forecast results in the American 2016 elections. They have come out with many excuses, like the one below.
But it turns out they have been almost consistently wrong over time, like is shown below.
AI might still be in its infancy, but it has already provided us with many surprises. The next one might just be it might predict election winners better than pollsters have.
So far Swarm technology has predicted horserace winners, beating a 540 odds to 1. It might already be better than much polling results and it is likely to become much better. Stay tuned.
Brazil’s President Temer
hangs by a thread.
Brazil’s penchant for win-win solutions suggests the next transfer will also be swift and pacific. This is good for business and quite frankly, for the people as well.
It pays to remember how Brazil got to this sad state of affairs.
President Lula had many qualities going on for him, but he failed on the litmus test of effective leadership: making a successor. This is why Brazil was landed with President Dilma who, lacking a political base of her own, would remain hostage to Lula.
It did not work. I never thought it would, and I said so in 2010 in an interview for Clarín of Buenos Aires (in Spanish).
Since, we learned that not even Lula's workers party was immune to corruption, which now we know to be more widespread, even as it unfolds.
Most heirs of Iberian countries are more concerned with principles than Brazil is. One only has to remember the pragmatic way with President Dilma was shown the door; Temer is likely to be disposed of in a similarly swift way.
Principles are a good thing and Brazil is also likely to justify the choice of the next leader, as it did the last time, barely a year ago. But Brazil´s penchant for win-win solutions also makes the outcome harder to predict, because there are a lot of winners to accommodate. This itself will delay the ousting of Temer, perhaps for long enough to allow him to fulfill his mandate, even at single digit preferences among the electorate.
The choice of a successor is likely to remain within the best known who have not yet fallen in disrepute. Why not Roberto Mangabeira Unger? This would allow for a degree of normalcy, at least until true alternatives have a chance of elaborating a candidacy by the next general elections, literally around the corner.
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