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What Skydiving Taught Me About Mentorship

Personal growth begins with humility.
Diana Tsai | Veterati

I had an epiphany about mentorship after throwing myself out of a plane (solo) at 13,000 feet on my seventh skydive in three days. To learn how to skydive solo, you take the Accelerated Free Fall course. It is four to five hours of coaching, plus seven levels and takes about a week. You can […]

UPS and Expo 2020 Dubai: Ready to Deliver Unforgettable Experiences

World-class expos can’t happen without world-class logistics.
Manal AlBayat | Expo 2020 Dubai

Hosting a global celebration of innovation and creativity, such as Expo 2020 Dubai, comes with a complex set of supply and logistics requirements. Huge amounts of goods and supplies of all kinds need to be delivered from around the world to Dubai every day for the six-month duration of the Expo, from October 2020 to […]

3 Time-Savers for Small Businesses

In honor of National Small Business Week, here are some tips for smart growth.
Justin Wetherill | uBreakiFix

For small business owners and their customers, time is money. Entrepreneurs spend too much time managing people, processes and paperwork to grow their profits. And customers increasingly expect to spend less time waiting for products, services and problem resolution. Marrying the two can be a daunting task. According to a survey from New York Enterprise Report, small […]

3 Affordable Ways to Improve Your Customer Service

With the right formula, you can create and maintain cost-effective customer satisfaction.

From predictive analytics to intelligent chatbots, innovation is paving new ground in customer service. But you don’t necessarily need a flashy (or costly) upgrade to make customers happy. Along with a committed staff, a productive retail environment and a strong handle on what your customers want, here are a few low-cost ways you can take your […]

Moving up the Ranks? You’ll Need to Be a Mind Reader

Professor Ray Reilly shows what it takes to move from a functional to general-manager mindset.
Ray Reilly | University of Michigan

When companies promote high performers, it’s often because they’ve led teams in a particular function to successful outcomes. Succeeding in the general management ranks, though, requires a different mindset — one that takes a wide view of the company’s place with key stakeholders and a deep dive into how those stakeholders think. I teach high-potential […]

Why I’m No Hidden Figure

Here’s how to attract and retain women and minorities in careers such as engineering.

Hidden Figures was awesome. The true story and entertaining film shines a spotlight on the African-American women who worked tirelessly behind the scenes to make our nation’s space program a success. I’m so proud of their work and glad they are finally getting the attention they deserve. The movie is also raising awareness of the […]

How to Provide Education for Millions Where There Are No Teachers

Young people in Nigeria will help build the future for generations to come.
Liman Audu Muhammed | American Univeristy of Nigeria

Nigeria, a country in West Africa, will be the third most populous nation in the world by 2025. A more dubious data point is that many Nigerians will be young, illiterate and jobless. Instability and chaos there have the potential to create the same elsewhere, especially in Europe, which already knows well the cost of upheaval […]

3 Megatrends Shaping American Entrepreneurship

A new report suggests entrepreneurship is on the rebound, but growth has been unequal.
Michael Hendrix | U.S. Chamber of Commerce Foundation

The state of American entrepreneurship is improving, but worries remain over increasingly divided fortunes, according to a new study from the Kauffman Foundation. For the first time since the Great Recession, entrepreneurs can breathe a sigh of relief. Kauffman’s report shows that more people are starting businesses, those businesses have a higher chance of survival and entrepreneurs […]

If I Was Leader of My Country, This Is What I’d Do

Young leaders give their opinion on how they would reshape the future of their country.
Bart Kolodziejczyk | Monash University

More than half the world’s population is under 30 years old. This prompted the World Economic Forum to make an unprecedented, large-scale survey with a goal of determining the mindset of this young generation. The Global Shapers survey was carried out by WEF’s Global Shapers Community, which is a global network of Hubs developed and […]

3 Small Business Tax Filing Tips for 2017

Here’s why tax season doesn’t have to be a headache for smaller companies.
Ramon Ray | Smart Hustle Magazine

Once again we find ourselves in the middle of tax season, not exactly the most exciting time of year for a small business owner, but a financial responsibility nonetheless. With modified due dates and an administration change, 2017 is turning out to be a confusing year for small business tax filers. Here are a few […]

Why Having Friends at Work Could Benefit Your Career

How building relationships will translate into success.
William Schiemann | Metrus Group

When I took my first corporate job for a big telecom company, I quickly learned some lessons on the importance of developing the right allies. And those lessons continued paying dividends as I moved to smaller organizations in different industries. As a youngster, I had the mistaken belief that if I did good work on […]

Breaking Through Borders

How implementing certain strategies can help SMEs overcome exporting challenges.

As unbelievable as it may sound, the only source of economic growth in Europe between 2008 and 2013 came from exporting goods and services. Today, exports are still the most important – but fortunately not the only – engines for growth, according to the European Commission. Making up over 99 percent of all businesses, small- and medium-sized enterprises (SMEs) […]

6 Issues That Will Shape the EU in 2017

The EU reflects on past issues to identify challenges and opportunities in 2017.
Carl Bildt | European Council on Foreign Relations

A year ago in Davos, the World Economic Forum Global Agenda Council on Europe published a short report: Europe: What to watch out for in 2016-2017. We noted that the EU “seems to be moving from one emergency to the next” and that “Europeans have taken their eyes off more profound long-term challenges.” We concluded […]

Smashing the Glass Ceiling: 6 Davos Leaders Explain How They Did It

How to successfully move past stereotypes in the workplace.
Stéphanie Thomson | World Economic Forum

When it comes to closing the gender gap, we’ve made an immense amount of progress in a relatively short amount of time. But we’re nowhere near where we need to be. According to the latest Gender Gap Report, worldwide we’ve managed to close only 59 percent economic participation and 23 percent in politics. In some regions, it could take […]

Fighting Blindness in the Heart of Africa

Here's why better logistics can often solve the greatest healthcare challenges.

Trachoma, a painful bacterial infection, has blinded roughly 6 million people, forcing the afflicted to pursue unimaginable methods for relief. They take sandpaper to their own eyes. Trachoma is also a completely treatable disease that a simple antibiotic can cure. Yet the problem rages on in poor communities throughout the world that lack access to […]

Is the Impostor Phenomenon Hurting Your Career?

Here's why you feel like you're not good enough to do your job.
Simon Watt | Frontiers Blog

Have you ever felt that you are not good enough and that someday soon someone will see through your façade of competence and expose you a fraud in your job? If so, you are not alone. This sensation of being a fake in the workplace, somehow in a position beyond one’s true capabilities is known […]

6 Ways Companies Can be Faster, Smarter and More Adaptive

What will improve business understanding during The Emergent Era?
Beth Comstock | General Electric

By the time you’ve gathered enough information to make a decision, the time to make that decision has already passed. This has been a periodic problem faced by managers for decades. And with the speed and volatility we face today, it has become our default condition. How to adapt? By taking a page from nature. […]

What Responsive Leadership Really Means

It's not just about people in power. It's about empowerment for everyone.
Zamantungwa Khumalo | POWER FM

A few months ago, I was producing a talk radio show on one of the most popular mid-morning radio shows in Gauteng, South Africa. The first hour of the show is an open line. Listeners can reflect on some of the stories from the previous day’s headlines and share solutions to our country’s pressing challenges. An […]

The Promise of Digital Finance

Mobile phones are the key to global financial inclusion.
Laura Tyson | University of California, Berkeley

Susan Lund | McKinsey Global Institute

An economic development revolution lies literally in the palm of a single hand. As mobile phones and digital technologies rapidly spread around the world, their implications for economic development, and particularly finance, have yet to be fully realized. The sooner that changes, the better for people worldwide. In emerging economies today, two billion people – […]

The Top 10 of 2016

Our favorite Longitudes articles from this year.

At Longitudes, our mission is to provide thought-provoking content that sparks discussions on the issues and trends shaping the global economy. It’s certainly been a game-changing year for businesses and economies all over the world. As we look back on 2016, we’re eager to reflect on what we’ve learned and the stories we’ve told. These […]

7 Pieces of Advice to Climb the Corporate Ladder

Getting your career off the ground doesn't take rocket science. Roger that.
Paulo Gallo | World Economic Forum

The rat race. The corporate ladder. The corporate game of thrones. Whether you like it or not, chances are you’ll end up in one of those models as you progress in your career. But how do you make the best of it? Paolo Gallo, chief human resources officer at the World Economic Forum, gives his […]

How to Feed the World

Agricultural research and greater productivity can defeat global hunger.
Bjørn Lomborg | Copenhagen Business School

Hunger has wracked humanity since time immemorial. Nearly every major society has been shaped by famine. One estimate suggests that China suffered drought or flood-induced starvation in at least one province almost every year from 108 BC to 1911. Yet the struggle against hunger is a battle that humanity could finally win. More cereals were […]

How Successful Leaders Use Humor to Their Advantage

Sometimes laughter is the best medicine at work.
Knowledge@Wharton | Wharton School of Business

Maurice Schweitzer | Wharton School of Business

Brad Bitterly | Wharton School of Business

Should you crack jokes in the office? According to Wharton research, a sense of humor, when deftly and appropriately used, can enhance workplace status and perception of one’s competence. That’s one of the findings of the research paper, “Risky Business: When Humor Increases and Decreases Status,” by Maurice Schweitzer, Wharton professor of operations, information and […]

How Asking ‘What If?’ Will Lead Us to Tomorrow’s Innovations

Today's leaders should encourage their teams to journey into the unknown.

We often talk about how technology – and more specifically, how the Internet – has changed business, but we don’t often discuss how the Internet has changed leadership. The style of leadership we need today is very different from what worked 50, 20 – or even 10 – years ago. Just as the Internet enabled […]

Preserving the Promise of Equal Opportunity

We must all rise above harsh rhetoric and make sure the American Dream is within the reach of every American.
David Abney | UPS

UPS Chairman and CEO David Abney spoke on Nov. 17 in New York at the 60th anniversary of the National Urban League’s Equal Opportunity Dinner, which honored businesses and individuals who champion principles of equal opportunity, civil rights and social justice.    Good evening, everyone. It’s a pleasure to be with you. I’m honored to […]

TED@UPS: Could Biology Cure Traffic Congestion?

What if traffic flowed through our streets as smoothly and efficiently as blood flows through our veins? Wanis Kabbaj sits down for a Q&A.
Wanis Kabbaj | UPS

In September, UPS Healthcare Strategy Director Wanis Kabbaj gave a TED@UPS talk. Longitudes caught up with him recently to talk about the experience and what he hopes people might learn from his presentation. His talk is being featured on TED.com – click the link below to view. Afterwards, check out our Q&A with Wanis below. Q. […]

Brexit, Stage Left

Here are eight ways Brexit might affect your European supply chain.
Penny Naas | UPS

When it comes to the U.K.’s monumental decision to leave the European Union, the only thing that is certain is complete uncertainty about how this separation will impact individuals and businesses for years to come.  New U.K. Prime Minister Theresa May recently indicated that the British government would invoke Article 50 of the EU’s Lisbon […]

Podcast: The Power of Simplicity

Less cost, fewer resources, more impact. Consumers want frugal solutions. Does business?
Navi Radjou | Innovation Advisor

Click to play podcast. Every year, millions of babies are born premature around the world. Thousands perish because they lack access to something as basic as an incubator. With the average incubator costing $20,000, this life-saving device is beyond the reach of remote areas in developing countries. That’s the kind of problem TED speaker and author […]

India’s First ‘Smart Village’

Can a public-private collaboration transform India’s struggling communities?
Utkarsh Amitabh | World Economic Forum

In a way, Mahatma Gandhi conceptualized smart villages. A champion of participatory democracy and grassroots development, he believed that making villages self-contained and sustainable was the first step toward empowering India. Contrary to popular belief, he wasn’t against industrialization, markets and competition as long as they did not lead to the passive or active exploitation […]

How to Feed 9 Billion People in 2050

Climate change will impact the way we grow our food. How can we tackle future threats to our crops?
Stuart Thompson | University of Westminster

Can we really feed 9 billion people?    That’s the estimated global population in the year 2050. It should be possible, but things are looking tricky – especially when we also factor in the climatic instability caused by global warming. [Also on Longitudes: Easing World Hunger Through Trade] Food security in peril  These are some of […]