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May 25th, 2017

Readers' Favourite Articles from Sagacious


Here at Viewpoint we deliver a digital newsletter every week to our subscribers. It curates the latest in current events, and research done on leadership, investment management, and the social sciences. Every so often we like to look back and see which articles most caught our reader’s eye, and consolidate them on our blog. 


This collection is of the top five articles from this past month of issues.

1. Our most clicked article is from The New Yorker, and was from our 30th edition issued on May 12th. It encompasses everything Donald Trump, the drama that has followed in the wake of his inauguration, and outlines how he could “get fired” from his rather controversial role as President of the United States.


The history of besieged Presidencies is, in the end, a history of hubris – of blindness to one’s faults, of deafness to the warnings, of seclusion from uncomfortable realities.”


2. Coming in at second on our list, was also from our 30th edition, is an article that explores the rather depressing fact that all skills, traits, and even feelings have a “peak” age. For example, the evidence suggests that we reach peak contentment at age 38. Fair warning: don’t click if you enjoy the ambiguity of not knowing when you’ve hit these milestones.


“Britons feel most content with their lives at the age of 38. Drilling down into the data, life-partnering made a huge difference: those who were married suggested maximum contentment came at 42, while those who weren’t preferred to be 27.”


3. Articles on bias are always popular because it permeates everything from how we perceive others, and ourselves, to the decisions we make. The next article on our list was from issue #28 that was distributed on April 28, and is an interview from Knowledge@Wharton and the president and founder of deepSEE Consulting, Sara Taylor. Where Taylor discusses mindful communication, and being cognizant of not viewing others through a personal lens.


“Learning now to filter and shift helps us to become more intentional, and match our impact with that good intent.”


4. From our latest edition released last Friday: Neuroscience research plays a large role in many different fields, with leadership and management being no exception. Researchers out of the Munich Leadership Group have combined science with management consulting to develop a greater understanding around achieving peak performance. The key takeaways from their interview with Knowledge@Wharton are the importance of regulating negative emotions and creating a psychologically safe environment at all levels of the organization. 


“'In the end, there is one thing that determines the highest performance, and that is psychological safety,' Hagemann said. 'If the team knows it is psychologically safe … — there is a high predictability for high performance.”'


5. And last, but certainly not least, is an article also from issue #28, by Ben Carlson that explains the rationale for building a portfolio strategy that combines both value and momentum components with a rules-based process. Which is a similar strategy that we at Viewpoint also implement in our portfolio construction.


“The reason we use a rules-based system is because no one can predict when these huge downdrafts will happen in advance. We don't want to rely on intuition or gut instinct when trying to figure out when investors will get nervous.”