The Best Business Articles Around The Web – Weekend Reading

the-bestHere is my weekly collection of the best business articles around the web.

Starting with a Quote:

Former GE (General Electric) CEO Jack Welch once said:

“We have only two sources of competitive advantage:

1. the ability to learn more about our customers faster than the competition, and

2. the ability to turn that learning into action faster than the competition.”

How can you put this powerful insight into practice to grow your business?

Now here are the best articles of the week.


1. Africa is stable, democratic and open for business

The recent political instability in Mali has cast a cloud of poor publicity over the economic and commercial rise of Africa, one of the few bright spots in the global economy. Press analysis has speculated whether political instability is endemic to Africa and likely to expand in the future. It’s an important point for the many companies, from GE to Unilever, that are turning to Africa for their next wave of growth.

Continue reading at: Harvard Business Review


2. Africa: The world’s fastest-growing continent

Pride in Africa’s achievements should be coupled with the determination to make even faster progress. Celebrations are in order on the poorest continent. Never in the half-century since it won independence from the colonial powers has Africa been in such good shape. Its economy is flourishing. Most countries are at peace.

Continue reading at: Economist (Requires registration Free)


3. How The World’s Billionaires Get Rich

Want to be a billionaire? You may want to consider which of the many paths to wealth–ballet flats? real estate in China? the next Facebook?–could be most likely to land you a spot on the Forbes Billionaires List.

To give you some ideas, we poured through the wealth database to come up with …

Continue reading at: Forbes Magazine


4. Before you can innovate, you need to know why

Einstein once said that if he had an hour to solve a problem that his life depended on, he’d spend 55 minutes determining the right question to ask. Then, within 5 minutes, he’d have the answer.

When focused on a problem, how quickly do you launch into solution mode? Do you ever consider whether you’re answering the right question first?

Continue reading at: Thoughtleadership


5. Pope, CEO

THE Roman Catholic church is the world’s oldest multinational. It is also, by many measures, its most successful, with 1.2 billion customers, 1m employees, tens of millions of volunteers, a global distribution network, a universally recognised logo, unrivalled lobbying clout and, auguring well for the future, a successful emerging-markets operation.

Continue reading at: Economist


6. Who makes the important decisions in your organization?

Nothing tells you more about an organization than the way it makes decisions. Do leaders trust team members? Do the people closest to the action get to make the call? Do team members have real responsibility and real control? All of these questions can be answered by one other one: who gets to make the decisions? And nothing affects an organization more than the decisions the people in it make.

Continue reading at: Fastcompany


7. Challenging High-Potential Managers to Become Great Leaders

Every year, hundreds of thousands of new graduates enter the business world, eager to climb the corporate ladder. Their progress on the early rungs of that journey will often be determined by qualities like hard work, determination, knowledge and technical proficiency. But business consultants Alan S. Berson and Richard G. Stieglitz argue that those same qualities prove less helpful at higher rungs on the ladder, and may even be one’s downfall if they are not balanced by a very different set of leadership qualities. They sum up the thesis of their new book, Leadership Conversations: Challenging High-Potential Managers to Become Great Leaders, like this: “As you move into upper leadership levels, your technical skills — what you know — become less important. What counts is whom you know and, perhaps more important, who knows and trusts you.”

Continue reading at: Knowledge Wharton


8. Lessons from An octopus: To Become More Adaptable, Take a Lesson from Biology

All of Earth’s successful organisms have thrived without analyzing past crises or trying to predict the next one. They haven’t held “planning exercises” or created “predictive frameworks.” Instead, they’ve adapted. Adaptability is the power to detect and respond to change in the world, no matter how surprising or inconvenient it may be.

While there’s much chatter in the management world about the need to be adaptable, only a few creative companies and innovative managers have probed the natural world for its…

Continue reading at: Harvard Business Review


9. The Truth Behind “Secret” Innovation At Nike, Apple, Google X

After leaving the secretive garage on the corner of campus, the one labeled “A,” I’m told I won’t be able to locate it again. It’s that hidden, my handlers say, like a witch’s cabin that vanishes into the woods. (One handler even jokes, “After the article runs, we’re going to have to kill you.”)

It seemed like a challenge. So the next day, I go hunting. I search in the rain for 45 minutes, down endless little roads.

Continue reading at: Fastcompany


10. 5 tips for startup founders from startup founders

Building a new tech company from the ground up is incredibly hard. Here are some tips from founders and co-founders who have already scaled that mountain that might help ease the journey for others..

Continue reading at: Gigaom


11. Why Innovation By Brainstorming Doesn’t Work

Fresh ideas come when your brain is relaxed and engaged in something other than the particular problem you’re embroiled in. This is the polar opposite of what happens in brainstorming sessions. Long showers, soaks in a tub, long walks, or doing chores are frequently when those “synapses” that find alternative solutions to a problem in new ways all hit together so that the big idea can spring.

Continue reading at: Fastcompany



About Mawuna KOUTONIN

Mawuna Koutonin is a world peace activist who relentlessly works to empower people to express their full potential and pursue their dreams, regardless of their background. He is the Editior of, Founder of, and Social activist for Africa Renaissance. Koutonin’s ultimate dream is to open a world-class human potential development school in Africa in 2017. If you are interested in learning more about this venture or Koutonin’s other projects, you can reach him directly by emailing at

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