Volvo AB Shares Hit 10-Year High on Construction-Equipment Sales | Bloomberg


New truck orders rose 11 percent in the quarter, helped by jumps of 27 percent in North America and 31 percent in Asia, Volvo said.

Sales contracts for construction equipment increased 34 percent, bolstered by growth in Asia and Europe.

Source: Volvo AB Shares Hit 10-Year High on Construction-Equipment Sales – Bloomberg

Rhetoric Scholars Pinpoint Why Trump’s Speaking Style Is So Persuasive | GovExec.com


Because Trump’s style is so confusing, audiences have to pay closer attention to make sense of his words. And this focus means listeners are more likely to be persuaded, just as you’re more likely to be convinced by a lecturer if you pay close attention rather than let her words drift over you.

It’s not foolproof, of course—listeners can still use their judgment to evaluate a speech—but it does give an advantage. After all, says Richard Wilson, “If you’re listening to someone more intensely, then you’re more likely to be persuaded by that than if you’re not listening to them.”

Source: Rhetoric Scholars Pinpoint Why Trump’s Speaking Style Is So Persuasive – Management Matters – Management – GovExec.com

Trump’s Separate Pursuit of Two Government Reform Plans Will Hurt Both | GovExec.com


a very basic question remains unanswered: Why are there two such initiatives?

By any measure, the objectives of both OAI (Office of American Innovation) and the OMB (Office of Management and Budget) “reorganization” directive are related, if not entirely intertwined.

But they are not obviously in synch. And that could create both confusion and redundancy.

Then there is the question of the budget. Agencies are developing their reorganization plans mostly after the President’s 2018 budget proposal has been essentially completed. Reorganization plans, based on careful evidence-based evaluations, represent the logical foundation for the next budget.

But if the budget is not aligned with the plans, how can even the most worthy reorganization be executed?

Source: Trump’s Separate Pursuit of Two Government Reform Plans Will Hurt Both – Promising Practices – Management – GovExec.com

Science has outgrown the human mind and its limited capacities | Aeon Ideas


The twin challenges of too much quantity and too little quality are rooted in the finite neurological capacity of the human mind.

Scientists are deriving hypotheses from a smaller and smaller fraction of our collective knowledge and consequently, more and more, asking the wrong questions, or asking ones that have already been answered.

Also, human creativity seems to depend increasingly on the stochasticity of previous experiences – particular life events that allow a researcher to notice something others do not. Although chance has always been a factor in scientific discovery, it is currently playing a much larger role than it should.

One promising strategy to overcome the current crisis is to integrate machines and artificial intelligence in the scientific process.

Source: Science has outgrown the human mind and its limited capacities | Aeon Ideas

We want a great leader to save us. But people are where the power is | The Guardian


It is only from a distance that leadership looks like the be-all-and-end-all.

The closer people get to their own sovereignty – not in the Ukip sense, “a rousing word that sounds a little bit regal”, but the literal sense, the lowest point at which you can exert your power meaningfully on a state process – the more they talk about alliances and agendas; and the less they talk about a single Saviour galloping in to mend politics.

And this is giving up a lot: not just a prevailing understanding of the world so far, a string of personalities intersecting with each other, and with fortune. Inevitably, you give up on the idea of a single, dominant leftwing party whose elemental power is all sitting there, stored in a rock, waiting for the right person to pull a sword out of it.

It’s unnerving and obscurely unglamorous to rethink the left as a set of movements coming together and springing apart, more like line dance than a battalion. But it’s the only way politics will be transformed.

The electorate isn’t tribal any more.

Source: We want a great leader to save us. But people are where the power is | Zoe Williams | Opinion | The Guardian

Fintech Trend: Why Switzerland Pushes For Cooperation With Singapore


The fintech industry of Singapore is praised by some of the largest banks and financial institutions across the world, including UBS, DBS and Citibank.

In the past few years, the three multi-billion dollar banks established innovation labs and investment groups in Singapore worth hundreds of millions of dollars after seeing a massive potential in its fintech market.

Some early investment firms and private hedge funds have allocated billions of dollars over a period of four years to provide financial stability to Singaporean fintech startups.

Overtime, Singapore transformed into a major fintech hub for startups and large-scale corporations.

Source: Fintech Trend: Why Switzerland Pushes For Cooperation With Singapore

What to watch for with Trump’s Buy America order | Washington Technology


For IT, the supply chain is multi-layered, which obviously adds to the complexity.

Schneider’s report provides a good overview. I encourage you to read it.

Source: What to watch for with Trump’s Buy America order — Washington Technology

Walmart’s e-commerce binge is one big Silicon Valley bailout | LinkedIn


Once e-commerce companies go public, they trade at 1x forward revenue. And not a nickel more.

That’s a problem when you’ve fooled investors, and yourself, into valuing the business at 3 – 5x. Ultimately, e-commerce companies spend evermore more money to acquire worse customers, sales slow and profits become elusive.

Personally, I rode Zulily shares down 80% and most days felt like my own personal flash crash. And Zulily was one of the better-run outfits.

Source: Walmart’s e-commerce binge is one big Silicon Valley bailout | Jake Anderson-Bialis | Pulse | LinkedIn

Silicon Valley’s “mission-driven” business leaders are losing their mystique | Quartz


Many eyes are now on Mark Zuckerberg, who recently sat down with Fast Company to affirm that Facebook, a multibillion-dollar public company, is foremost mission-driven.

He’s currently on what ReCode describes as a “likability blitz,” including a US tour to talk to people in states he’s never visited before and the publication of a 6,000-word manifesto with a grand vision for creating a more connected world.

He’s been both praised for his audacity and questioned for his authenticity.

Source: Silicon Valley’s “mission-driven” business leaders are losing their mystique — Quartz

H-1B: It’s not just Trump’s America. The countries Indian techies are unwanted | Quartz


Donald Trump’s message to bring jobs back to America has been loud and clear, but by no means is it new. With the rise of nationalist sentiment around the world, countries from the west to the east have been making moves to weed out the foreign worker population for years now.

Here’s a look at some of the windows of opportunity that are being shuttered …

Source: H-1B: It’s not just Trump’s America. The countries Indian techies are unwanted — Quartz