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August 30th, 2017

Summer Favourites From Our Weekly Newsletter


Every Friday Sagacious delivers the latest articles on current events, research on business and the social sciences, as well as investment management insights to our subscribers. With September fast approaching, it seemed like an appropriate time to round up the articles our readers enjoyed the most over the summer.


1. Coming in at the top spot is an article from our 34th issue. It is all about the brain, and how despite its massive computing power, it is so easy to experience debilitating information overload. Srini Pillay, writing for Harvard Business Review, discusses six principles that make our brains more effective at processing the constant stream of new information.


2. Good leadership and team dynamics are constantly changing in terms of best practices, and go hand-in-hand when conducting business. This means that there are countless sources on how to lead and build good teams in organizations. This article from McKinsey & Company, that was featured in our 40th edition, breaks down the processes and practices that have proven, in their experience, to build high-performing teams at all levels.


3. The third most popular article that we have shared is from our latest issue. Bloomberg goes into detail on how there is a lack of evidence that investment consultants add value to their customers. How products that yield poorer results are often recommended, and how investment consultants are in fact just another layer of the “fee parfait” that the asset manager industry could do without is also discussed.


4. Authenticity is one of Viewpoint’s core values, and is a concept that resonates with many others as well. The fourth spot on our round-up goes to an article that was shared in Sagacious #41 and is by Adam Grant. In it Grant discusses both the merits of authenticity, as well as the dangers of being too authentic in the workplace. Top three dangers? Failing to grow, over-sharing, and feeling inferior.


5. The last article on this list also hits close to home as it discusses curiosity, another of Viewpoint’s core values. Shared in issue 33, this article by Inside Higher Ed looks at the research that shows the benefits boards can gain from having a collective curiosity. Different ways that curiosity can be increased and developed (such as relabeling challenges as puzzles, and outlining agenda points in the form of questions) are also discussed.