‘The Talent Curse’: When Your ‘Future Leader’ Label Gets in the Way of Good Work (Harvard Business Review)

After two decades of working with future leaders, Harvard Business Review has identified the dangers of fast-track placement for star performers, collectively known as the Talent Curse.

Rather than accelerating employee growth within the organization, fast-track programs often slow down development, decrease engagement, and hurt performance. Harvard Business Review explains how to identify the Talent Curse — and how to break it.

Fight and Flight: Why Airlines Can Get Away with Poor Customer Service (Atlantic)

Most companies are unable to discriminate between high- and low-value customers, but airlines can.

Airlines gather data through frequent flier programs, establishing hierarchies and inequalities throughout the travel process.

The recent United Airlines incident highlights the prevalence of what has been described as airline bias toward loyal customers, and the monopoly airlines have over travel. Read more in The Atlantic.

Liberal Arts in the Age of Artificial Intelligence (Brookings)

The Fourth Industrial Revolution marks a growth in artificial intelligence (AI), a period of machine learning that could disrupt the economy and reduce jobs. Though policy makers emphasize STEM training (science, technology, engineering, and math), many have ignored the growing role of liberal arts in the tech sector.

According to Brookings, liberal arts undergrads are entering the industry ten percent faster than computer science and engineering majors. The liberal arts’ emphasis on creative problem solving, entrepreneurship, and social intelligence contribute to increasingly valuable skills in the age of AI.  More from the Brookings Institute.

Show Me the Proof: Ed Jones ’68 Solves Math Problem of a Lifetime (Observer-Dispatch)

Ed Jones ’68 (Image: Observer-Dispatch)

Retired math teacher Ed Jones ’68 finally solved a proof a student had given him in 1967. Jones contemplated the proof off and on for 49 years and then, voila — the answer came to him.

Jones, who graduated from SUNY Albany, earned a master’s degree in mathematics at Bowdoin during the period between 1962 and 1974, when the College offered a summer graduate program to high school math teachers.

Read the story in the Observer-Dispatch.

Every Country’s Favorite Book (Vice)

presents Reddit user Backforward24’s “Literature of the World,” a map illustrating the most popular books in each country.

Do you think you know the most popular book in the U.S.? See what we’re reading, and what tops the charts around the globe.