Thought You Should See This, January 6th, 2012

Whoops. Forgot to post this last week. Kind of a bumper round-up of Thought You Should See This links to kick off the year:

Why Best Buy Is Going Out Of Business… Gradually, a *scathing* piece in Forbes about the failings of executives at the big box retailer.

How a Few Bad Apples Ruin Everything is a great piece by management professor, Bob Sutton, who makes an important point: “Superstars get a lot of attention from bosses. But bad apples deserve even more.”

Smart piece in The Economist looking at the hypothesis of my former BusinessWeek colleague, Mike Mandel, that today’s economy favors big companies rather than small ones. The arguments both for and against the idea are important for anyone thinking about innovation.

The Touchy-Feely Future of Technology is a super package from NPR that digs into the background, development and impact of tablet computers and touch technology.

RIP, Sori Yanagi, pioneer of Japanese industrial design, who died in Tokyo, aged 96. (Magazine spread showing his beautiful work shown, above, c/o Also, I didn’t note but definitely should have done: the amazing ceramicist Eva Zeisel also died, aged 105.

2012 predictions already seem so, well, last year, but one of writer Daniel Pink’s might come true sooner rather than later. He predicted the demise of two of Groupon, Newsweek and Kodak by yearend. Things sure aren’t looking good for the latter.

Mother Jones ran a horrific story detailing The FDA’s Christmas Present for Factory Farms. In a nutshell, the FDA has decided not to pursue its decades-long quest to limit the routine use of antibiotics on animal farms, ruling instead that now it will support voluntary reform. This made me grumpy.

2011 reportedly had the lowest movie-going audiences since 1995. In I’ll Tell You Why Movie Revenue is Dropping, Roger Ebert explains why.

Writer and “optimistic doomer”, John Thackara chats about the crisis (and opportunities) facing the design industry–and has a particularly useful breakdown/definition of social innovation.

IBM’s now-former CEO, Sam Palmisano shared his framework of four important “why” questions to ask at every moment.


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