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August Jackson
Works at Ernst & Young
Attended Robert H. Smith School of Business
Lives in Sterling, VA
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HBR says hierarchy is overrated, and that flat organizations perform better. What mental adaption would the front-line employee or manager need to make if they moved in to such an organization?
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I think one of the biggest hurdles would be the compartmentalization of functional departments into stovepipes.  When there's a strong vertical hierarchy, everyone in the Finance department south of the CFO doesn't have an incentive to care about what's happening in other departments, since that's not where their chain of accountability leads.

In a flat organization, however, shared ownership requires people to cross-pollinate and think external to their own specialization, especially in management.  You can make a firm flat on an org chart, but if you're not getting people to rewire themselves to think about information/responsibility flow in a different way, you're going to get crossed wires.

Note also that while flat orgs have good points, there are definitely weaknesses and risks that have to be mitigated, as this article about Valve illustrates:
http://www.wired.com/gamelife/2013/07/wireduk-valve-jeri-ellsworth/
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Scary stuff in this week's Economist has scary details about the state of Illinois state pension system.
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I suppose defined contribution programs can get into trouble for the same reason, but the trouble falls more on the recipient rather than the employer. If someone doesn't kick in the maximum contribution to their 401(k) and save a bit more on top of that, it's likely that they'll not be able to draw the retirement that they want. It seems like any company that's packing away less than, say, 20% of their salary costs into their pension plan each year is likely to run into trouble.
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Heh.  It's from Match.com.

"Large (though let's say "curvy"!) online dating website seeking smart, inquisitive partner for long walks through data and spreadsheets, late nights poring over metrics, and voyeuristic tendencies...at least where our competitors are concerned!"
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Independent verification of the identity of the other party and facts is one of the best ways to prevent fraud through social engineering. The diligence.

I was recently the target of a scam on Craigslist when I tried to sell an old MiFi hotspot (still for sale, FYI). The person on the other end of the transaction went so far as to fake an e-mail from PayPal to say that funds had been transferred to my account. I didn't click on any link in the e-mail the other party had sent me. Rather I went directly to paypal.com to check that status of my account. When the funds were not in my account my suspicions were confirmed.
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Another fun one.. the five leadership failures of the Galactic Empire.
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This is a good question from Om Malik about the future prospects of the mobile hotspot. As big a fan as I am of my Samsung LTE MiFI from Verizon and my 3G MiFi before that, I've always figured these devices will have a limited useful life. Om rightly points out that more devices are coming with cellular data built right in. Another trend that will see the MiFi off are shared data pools for multiple devices, such as those announced by Verizon CFO Fran Shammo a few weeks back.

Until then, though, I'm so happy that my MiFi still saves me from crappy hotel internet connections. That stuff makes 1990s dial-up look blazing fast.
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10 exponential trends for 2014 and what they mean for business as well as those who design products and services.
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Honestly?  I would have been shocked if you didn't.
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I like this attention to the question of kludge policies. This ware policies that increase complexity, sometimes adding greater complexity than the problem they a ostensibly instituted to solve. One of the reasons this happens is that new policies append rather than supersede old policies.
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What drove me away from retail investing was the realization that I was actually quite bad at investing in individual equities. Once I came to understand portfolio theory I concluded it wasn't worth my time to invest in anything more specific than mutual funds, index funds or classes of assets.
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Indeed.  The whole Index Fund strategy that Bogle institutionalized is really the best option for just about everybody.  There's been plenty of analysis that indicates that the alpha gained from having an actively-managed fund (a) very rarely exceeds broader market returns over a significant amount of time, and (b) ones that DO exceed broader market returns can be accounted for by statistical distribution (i.e. picking a "winning" actively-managed fund is pretty much just random chance)..
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I'll be presenting at SCIP's European Summit in Dublin this November.
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This is a fun one.. .the five leadership lessons of Captain James Tiberius Kirk.
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In addition to the likely new iPad model, I would love for Apple to announce a new Mac Pro with Thunderbolt and an "Air-ified" MacBook Pro.
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  • Ernst & Young
    Associate Director, Strategic Market Intelligence, 2011 - present
  • Mosi Systems
    Business Guy, 2010 - 2012
  • Verizon Communications
    Market Intelligence and Strategy, 2007 - 2011
  • Evidence Based Research
    Senior Analyst, 2004 - 2007
  • BT Group
    Marketing Manager, 1997 - 2004
  • MCI Inc.
    Internet Technical Specialist, 1997 - 1997
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Sterling, VA
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Reston, VA - Arlington, VA - Washington, DC - Aurora, IL - Harmon, IL
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Competitive Intelligence and Strategy Professional, Tech Pundit, Social Software Evangelist and Bad Speller
Education
  • Robert H. Smith School of Business
    MBA, 2006 - 2008
  • George Washington University
    BA International Affairs, 1993 - 1997
  • Illinois Mathematics and Science Academy
    1990 - 1993
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Russia's space agency, Roscosmos, has publicly confirmed its plans to create a permanent habitation on the Moon. In a talk at the Global Spa

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After letting its employees use their own phones and tablets for work, the company confronted a flood of insecure apps from the open Web.

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Stand-up meetings are part of a fast-moving tech culture in which sitting has become synonymous with sloth.