One of the reasons why 2021 will be better than 2020 is that The French Dispatch will be released (on October 22nd, to be precise). For the non-fans, The French Dispatch is the latest effort of Wes Anderson, one of the most appreciated directors around. If you haven’t seen any of his movies, you have to grab Moonrise Kindom or The Aquatic Life of Steve Zissou, and then you can finish the article.

Like many others, I believe one of the reasons I love his movies is his incredible use of photography and color palettes, which can build fairytale plots.

In the last years, I learned to love Pocket, a service that lets you manage a “read it later” list of articles that you can fill with pieces that interests you. It does a great job in offering a direct, simple and distraction-free experience while reading, and it is perfectly integrated with many devices and browsers, e-book readers included.

As I was sharing some days ago, given the actual cultural context, it is common knowledge that Italy is a “stuck” country, where politicians are old, innovation does not happen, and young people have to escape to find jobs. I will use Enel and its fantastic transformation to fight against the stereotype using the Open Innovation paradigm.

What’s Enel?

Enel is a multinational power company that has markets of 30 different countries across four continents. In Italy, it is the leading power supplier, and the main shareholder is the Ministry of Economy and Finance of Italy, which owns a 23.6% shareholding interest…

Meetings can be dysfunctional.

Have you ever felt like you are attending useless meetings at work, losing a lot of time that you could have employed on that urgent task? Maybe you’re even upset because your colleague forgot to fix that problem they said she would have done. Do you wonder how to run an effective meeting?

Why does this happen? One of the reasons behind the meeting chaos, I believe, is that managers easily forget how to be effective and on point. A simple framework to keep teamwork effective and proficient is the 4DX methodology, a set of four rules that helps an…

Are there unsolvable problems? Does looking at a problem from different points of view help solving it?

It’s all about hot dogs.

Who’s Yoyang Gu?

Recently I read an interesting article about the leading causes of COVID deaths, according to statistical analysis. Surprisingly population age or lockdown measures are not strong predictors of the number of deaths in a given country; other factors should be considered, as you will see below. The author is Yoyang Gu, a data scientist and practical machine learning expert. He is the creator of, a site dedicated to accurate modelling of the COVID-19 pandemic.

A data-driven approach

I like data analytics because it lets you find unexpected causes of many phenomenons, which people should practice more during this pandemic of self-made immunologists.

Why bother?

Many people can agree that saving and investing are complex topics. No one explains why or how you should do any of the two when life is so beautiful once you understand how to trade money for cocktails, massages and expensive dinners.

That is especially worrying when considering that, according to a recent study by the National Financial Educators Council (NFEC) found that 28.8% of Americans aged 65 or older said their lack of knowledge about personal finances caused them to lose $30,000 or more in their lifetimes. And you may think, “hey, but I am good with finance knowledge…

April 24, 2021

“Seventy per cent of strategic failures are due to poor execution of leadership. It’s rarely for lack of smarts or vision,” — Ram Charan, Execution: The Discipline of Getting Things Done.

When does this gap come from? Why do so many businesses fail to maintain ambitious promises during planning moments? One of the primary explanations could come to form educational side: every management and business administration for sure face an extensive amount courses like “Innovation & Strategies,” “Business Strategies,” “Strategical Business Administration”, and so on, but how many time education is focused on the how? Moreover, suppose…

Network theory is an important key to working in modern economies. It is possible to identify different types of networks:

  • Informative networks are connections of information objects, like the network of citations between academic papers, world wide web, semantic networks, et cetera.
  • Biological networks represent observable biological systems, like food web, protein interaction networks.
  • Technological networks are designed typically for distribution of commodity and services and can be subdivided into infrastructure networks (internet, power grid, transportation networks) and temporary networks (ad hoc communication networks, sensor networks, autonomous vehicles).

Through the network, it is possible to map a wide range of…

May 6, 2021

The importance of knowledge and knowledge management have been rising noticeably in the last decades: firms and organisations value more and more intangible resources and intellectual capital, and more and more competitive advantage is due to the ability of a given company to gain critical insights on the market, as investors well know.

According to NYU Stern Professor Baruch Lev, intellectual capital has killed financial reports. …

Alessandro Marchesin

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