THE POWER OF INCLUSION
As CEO of IBM, Ginni Rometty is no stranger to both the complexities of the modern business environment and gender diversity. Artificial intelligence, or cognitive computing, as IBM prefers to call it, is not a threat to jobs. In fact, Rometty believes the purpose of AI is to augment the human brain and simplify the job of sorting through the information overload so prevalent today. IBM’s AI program, Watson, famously beat a human on the game show Jeopardy and saved a woman dying of cancer. So how can we leverage AI in a way that benefits all? Rometty says the key is using ethical practices and standards in the development of AI: Continue reading
Today, more than ever, executives have the tools at their fingertips to make informed decisions based on rational data. Further, leaders are more aware of cognitive biases that interfere with good decisions. Yet, the very data that gives us knowledge threatens to overwhelm and business organizations have become more complex and hierarchical—a case of too many cooks in the kitchen. Continue reading
“All effective leaders are effective leader developers,” says Bernard Banks, retired Brigadier General of the US Army and now X at Kellogg School of Management. Banks noted that upon leaving military service after a 25-year career, he saw a disconnect between the military and the business world in the way they cultivated leaders. In business, developing leaders internally was a “perk” and not a strategic part of a long-term business plan. Additionally, companies did not invest appropriately in training future executives—or at planning for the future.