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Human Capital

The Big Idea for Tuesday, April 29, 2014

So what do 21st century employers need to do in order to remain competitive? First, they need principled leadership and values. They also need vision, and the ability to communicate it to their employees and the world. But most importantly, they need to be able to engage in a little critical self-reflection. 

Here's Nobel prize-winner Daniel Kahneman on the psychology of making bad decisions (especially those concerning money), and what we can do to improve our choices. Haig Nalbantian, author of Play To Your Strengths and a well-known authority on human capital measurement and management, gives an on-the-ground explanation of how to conduct assessments of supply and demand.


  1. 1 Why We Make Bad Decisions About Money (And What We Can Do About It)
    Megan Erickson Inside Employers' Minds
  2. 2 Know Your Internal Labor Market
    Jason Gots Inside Employers' Minds
  3. 3 What Makes a Great Leader?
    Rosabeth Moss Kanter
  4. 4 So, You've Got A Vision. Now How Do You Communicate It?
    Big Think Editors Think Tank

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