Two interesting pieces I read last week combine together into the simple broccoli spear. First, is the book Start Up Nation, which is about Israeli start ups. They are able to innovate faster, more technically, and with the least amount of formality than the US is (most nations really…)
So, here’s the interesting human capital behavior is this: When coming out of the Army, employers advertise for positions based on their military roles – employers know how to “read a military resume” – we have no clue how to do that in the US. I’ve seen some excellent technology to translate US military skills to employment, but it’s a cultural problem that needs to be overcome.
Transitioning to tasty broccoli. The US obesity problem is becoming so severe, that it is increasingly worrying military recruiters. (Ironically, could it be that the military will need to next fight food lobbyists to fix the laughable US-endorsed food pyramid? Jaime Oliver as the savior of military recruitment? – not really, but you get the idea).
What can we learn from smaller countries innovating faster than we are? Certainly something about leveraging all of the resources (people, intellectual) at our disposal. And, something about the physical health of our people. Does health have a hard link to corporate performance? People performance? Both pieces are worth a read to explore these topics!