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Thomas A. Stewart is the Chief Marketing and Knowledge Officer (CMKO) of the global management consulting firm Booz & Company. Stewart most recently served as editor and managing director of Harvard Business Review, and is a best-selling author, an authority on intellectual capital and knowledge management, and an influential thought leader on global management issues and ideas.
During Stewart’s six years with Harvard Business Review, the magazine was a two-time finalist for general excellence in the National Magazine Awards, and received an “Eddie” in 2007 from Folio Magazine.
Previously, Stewart served as the editorial director for Business 2.0 and as a member of Fortune’s Board of Editors. He is the author of two books, Intellectual Capital: The New Wealth of Organizations, and The Wealth of Knowledge: Intellectual Capital and the 21st Century Organization, published by Doubleday Business in 1998 and 2003, respectively.
Stewart is a fellow of the World Economic Forum. He is a summa cum laude graduate of Harvard College, and holds an honorary Doctor of Science degree from Cass School of Business at City University, London.
Question: What is your question?
Tom Stewart: Who would I like to … ? … I think the most important step to growing a conversation is not adding the number of mouths, but increasing the number of ears. I mean, I’m one to talk. I am one to talk, but I absolutely think that some of the most important things that we can do is the … is listening better. I am still moved by … gosh … I forgot the name of the guy … “Why can’t we all get along?” Rodney Brown. Was that the one? I think he was. I think so. Rodney Brown, who sort of … said, “Why can’t we all get along?” And it seems to me that the question is not so much who … who we should be talking to, but who should be listening. And how much … how much more listening should we be doing? I mean there’d be a lot of people I would want to … to talk to. And they would … many of them not being the usual suspects. I mean that would be part of my job. Part of what I would try to do would be try to find people who are not the usual suspects. When people talk about business ethics, for example – not an insignificant issue – they too often talk to people who are safe, or retired, or already rich. And what I want to talk about in business ethics, I want to talk to somebody who has college tuition, and a mortgage to pay, and a boss who asks him to cut corners. And so I want to talk to people who actually have some skin in the game of some of these decisions, whether they’re healthcare decisions, or ethical decisions, or political decisions. And they may not be experts. And so you don’t necessarily wanna talk to them for their expertise. You wanna talk to them for what … for … for what’s making it hard, to try to figure out then what is the expertise you wanna bring around that? So I think that’s what I would do. I would try to find the people who are in the middle of these issues and not … and go to them to try to … to understand what the dynamic is in their lives. And these are … I mean I’ve described a couple of issues where they might be “ouchy” issues, or “I’m hurt. I’m depressed.” But you might also try to find somebody who is on the cusp of greatness, or . . . or who’s doing really exciting things and say, “Alright. What’s holding you back? What’s making …? Where did it come from? What’s got you going about this?” And just … just listen and try to then pick up things that other people might … might then … that people listening might say, “Oh! That’s interesting! I’ve got an idea for …” Do something with that or around that. That’s what I’d do.
Recorded on: 6/22/07
In the vein of Rodney King, Tom Stewart asks,'why can't we all just get along?'
- Modern antibiotics can effectively treat bubonic plague, which spreads mainly by fleas.
Bacteria under microscope
needpix.com<p>Today, bubonic plague can be treated effectively with antibiotics.</p><p style="margin-left: 20px;">"Unlike in the 14th century, we now have an understanding of how this disease is transmitted," Dr. Shanthi Kappagoda, an infectious disease physician at Stanford Health Care, told <a href="https://www.healthline.com/health-news/seriously-dont-worry-about-the-plague#Heres-how-the-plague-spreads" target="_blank">Healthline</a>. "We know how to prevent it — avoid handling sick or dead animals in areas where there is transmission. We are also able to treat patients who are infected with effective antibiotics, and can give antibiotics to people who may have been exposed to the bacteria [and] prevent them [from] getting sick."</p>
This plague patient is displaying a swollen, ruptured inguinal lymph node, or buboe.
Centers for Disease Control and Prevention<p>Still, hundreds of people develop bubonic plague every year. In the U.S., a handful of cases occur annually, particularly in New Mexico, Arizona and Colorado, <a href="https://www.cdc.gov/plague/faq/index.html" target="_blank">where habitats allow the bacteria to spread more easily among wild rodent populations</a>. But these cases are very rare, mainly because you need to be in close contact with rodents in order to get infected. And though plague can spread from human to human, this <a href="https://www.healthline.com/health-news/seriously-dont-worry-about-the-plague#Heres-how-the-plague-spreads" target="_blank">only occurs with pneumonic plague</a>, and transmission is also rare.</p>
A new swine flu in China<p>Last week, researchers in China also reported another public health concern: a new virus that has "all the essential hallmarks" of a pandemic virus.<br></p><p>In a paper published in the <a href="https://www.pnas.org/content/early/2020/06/23/1921186117" target="_blank">Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences</a>, researchers say the virus was discovered in pigs in China, and it descended from the H1N1 virus, commonly called "swine flu." That virus was able to transmit from human to human, and it killed an estimated 151,700 to 575,400 people worldwide from 2009 to 2010, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.</p>There's no evidence showing that the new virus can spread from person to person. But the researchers did find that 10 percent of swine workers had been infected by the virus, called G4 reassortant EA H1N1. This level of infectivity raises concerns, because it "greatly enhances the opportunity for virus adaptation in humans and raises concerns for the possible generation of pandemic viruses," the researchers wrote.
The word "learning" opens up space for more people, places, and ideas.
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- Selfish behavior has been analyzed by philosophers and psychologists for centuries.
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