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  • Stay calm and learn from the All Blacks rugby team | Thinking aloud US | Thinking Aloud
    survival Apple innovated Motorola didn t the lesson is clear I have previously mentioned the Innovation Committee we have established at Aberdeen Asset Management to foster ideas and initiate constant improvements in how we do business It s not a luxury but a necessity The All Blacks also have the maxim Keep a blue head This rule developed with the help of a forensic psychiatrist contrasts a red head confused and dysfunctional under pressure with a blue head which is calm focused and efficient under the same conditions Arguably we Scots invented the concept with the saying Keep the heid With the cross currents sweeping global markets at the moment everyone in the financial services industry is going to have to keep a blue head One of the All Blacks mottoes that most appeals to me is Leave the jersey in a better place It expresses the sense of values that honors the great players of the past and inspires present day players to add prestige to the team jersey This is the philosophy of long termism that I ve always believed in The All Blacks culture is essentially about personal development integrity and team cooperation It is summed up in the mantra Better people make better All Blacks That thought will never be far from my mind while I m enjoying the skill and excitement of the Rugby World Cup Important Information This article was originally published in The Press Journal on September 20 2015 Ref 24533 220915 1 Social media Download share or print this page Copy link Email link Share on twitter Share on LinkedIn Share on Google Share on Facebook Copy URL http www aberdeen asset ca en thinkingaloudus culture and inspiration stay calm and learn from the all blacks rugby team Select Article URL Close Communication Corporate Culture Related Articles The sun a stick and a well for a scientific breakthrough Simplicity movement Do you see what I see A home run for winning cities Financial services place too much faith in flawed risk models Communication Corporate Culture Related Links Learn more about Aberdeen Contact Us This Content Component encountered an error Send us feedback First Name Last Name Email Address Comments Thinking aloud Internal Links About Thinking aloud Privacy and Cookies Policy Accessibility Help Keep in touch twitter LinkedIn google facebook More about Aberdeen Asset About Aberdeen Asset Management Aberdeen Asset Management Copyright 2015 IMPORTANT INFORMATION PAST PERFORMANCE IS NOT AN INDICATION OF FUTURE RESULTS The views and opinions expressed are provided for general information only and do not constitute specific tax legal or investment advice to or recommendations for any person We suggest that you consult your financial or tax advisor accountant or attorney with regard to your specific situation The details contained here are for information purposes only and should not be considered as an offer or solicitation to deal in any of the investments mentioned herein Aberdeen Asset Management AAM does not warrant the accuracy adequacy or completeness of the information

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  • The Unexpected Impact of Unconscious Biases | Aberdeen | Thinking Aloud
    women don t want leadership positions This may be the most damaging of the perceptions because it is a hidden and unintended assumption The reality is many women do want to be leaders but that ambition can be drained out of them This is especially true during the mid year career stage when women begin to feel there is less likelihood of them attaining those leadership positions Biases beyond gender Unconscious biases don t only pertain to gender Gender aside even physical attributes like height can impact someone s ability to score a top job Let s take a look at height and leadership positions Roughly 4 of the U S population is 6 2 and above Translate that to C suite roles in the country About 30 of the Fortune 500 s chief executives are 6 2 and taller What happens if we lowered the height bar to 6 0 and above In the U S about 14 5 of the population is 6 0 and taller Now for the proportion of Fortune 500 chief executives that are 6 0 and above 58 In other words more than half of the people leading the country s largest corporations are men that fall in a height category that applies to less than 15 of the U S population Men who are 5 6 and shorter have less chance of becoming a Fortune 500 chief executive than a female does It s easy to believe that height could have contributed to skill 10 000 years ago when a man with a longer throw arm was useful for throwing spears But today that physical skill is probably less useful when dealing with shareholders or business strategy Yet this bias persists Shifting gears Now to answer the third and vital question on this topic how do we apply it in the workplace today and create a better environment for future generations First the simplest thing any one of us can do is to challenge broad stereotypes The world has come a long way in the past century One hundred years ago women still couldn t vote In a relatively short time society has made a lot of progress But there is still a lot to be done When it comes to reducing societal conditioning of gender biases the issue extends beyond early childhood with gender specific toys It s an issue that is carried with us through high school and to job recruitment There are a lot of groups that we need to convince and they all need to be convinced in different ways The biggest group of people that need to be convinced don t even know yet that these inequalities even exist With greater awareness on diversity and increased collaboration among stakeholders to address these issues we can help our current and future work environments flourish Ref 23211 160915 1 Social media Download share or print this page Copy link Email link Print this page Share on twitter Share on LinkedIn

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  • Beauty and the brain: why we love Beethoven | Thinking Aloud
    audio information reducing it to its simplest form He compared the amount of compressibility of random noise to music from various genres He found that while random noise can only be compressed to 86 of its original size and rock pop and techno to about 60 Beethoven s 3rd Symphony could be compressed to 40 This means that although the piece appears incredibly complex our brains our capable to reducing it to a simple and therefore satisfying pattern Although the piece appears incredibly complex our brains are capable of reducing it to a simple and therefore satisfying pattern Simplicity is the final achievement According to Dr Hudson enduring musical masterpieces despite apparent complexity possess high compressibility and it is this compressibility that we respond to This is something which composers and artists have always known and is now being confirmed by advanced neuroscience Centuries before the invention of the MRI scanner the composer Frédéric Chopin said Simplicity is the final achievement After one has played a vast quantity of notes and more notes it is simplicity that emerges as the crowning reward of art Ref 24533 080915 1 Social media Download share or print this page Copy link Email link Print this page Share on twitter Share on LinkedIn Share on Google Share on Facebook Copy URL http www aberdeen asset ca en thinkingaloudus culture and inspiration beauty and the brain why we love beethoven Select Article URL Close Simplicity Simply being Simply made Simply put Related Articles The Last Man on the Moon a cautionary tale Market madness The sun a stick and a well for a scientific breakthrough Science shows simple is smart Simplicity movement Simplicity Simply being Simply made Simply put Related Links Learn more about Aberdeen Contact Us This Content Component encountered an error Send us feedback First Name Last Name Email Address Comments Thinking aloud Internal Links About Thinking aloud Privacy and Cookies Policy Accessibility Help Keep in touch twitter LinkedIn google facebook More about Aberdeen Asset About Aberdeen Asset Management Aberdeen Asset Management Copyright 2015 IMPORTANT INFORMATION PAST PERFORMANCE IS NOT AN INDICATION OF FUTURE RESULTS The views and opinions expressed are provided for general information only and do not constitute specific tax legal or investment advice to or recommendations for any person We suggest that you consult your financial or tax advisor accountant or attorney with regard to your specific situation The details contained here are for information purposes only and should not be considered as an offer or solicitation to deal in any of the investments mentioned herein Aberdeen Asset Management AAM does not warrant the accuracy adequacy or completeness of the information contained herein and expressly disclaims liability for errors or omissions in such information and materials Any research or analysis used in the preparation of the information has been procured by Aberdeen for its own use and may have been acted on for its own purpose Some of the information may contain projections or other forward looking statements regarding future

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  • Sherlock Holmes and the market conundrum | Thinking Aloud
    Most people he says tend to reason forward Reasoning backwards is a fancy way of saying deduction Simply put gather all the facts before coming to a conclusion As investors this puts us in an odd position It s hard to assemble all the evidence when the evidence is being made as we speak We invest in what s going to happen in the future which means there s only so many facts available to us But there is one important deduction to be made about investing The general rule about the markets is that there will always be downswings and upswings And there are some facts we can already see that historically the markets have always gone back up after significant downturns The world survived a global financial crisis And even though many of us are arguably still feeling the aftermath of it we made it through Investment lesson Keep perspective 5 Education never ends Watson It is a series of lessons with the greatest for the last The Red Circle While it s important to remain focused we would hardly encourage anyone to stay siloed The markets are always constantly evolving and sometimes investors must deviate from their initially chosen path It s valuable to know where and when to draw that line but doing so requires us investors to keep educating themselves on what s happening around the world We operate on a bootstraps mentality believing that the best education is hands on So we pay companies a visit throughout the year to see if it s worthwhile for us to begin or continue investing in them Doing your own detective work means you can spot things others miss Investment lesson Stay informed The markets are not elementary but with greater understanding they can become less of a mystery Ref 23211 030915 1 Social media Download share or print this page Copy link Email link Print this page Share on twitter Share on LinkedIn Share on Google Share on Facebook Copy URL http www aberdeen asset ca en thinkingaloudus culture and inspiration sherlock holmes and the market conundrum Select Article URL Close Biases Communication Simplicity Transparency Related Articles The sun a stick and a well for a scientific breakthrough Einstein s theory of relativity and investing Science shows simple is smart Simplicity movement Other people s money Biases Communication Simplicity Transparency Related Links Learn more about Aberdeen Contact Us This Content Component encountered an error Send us feedback First Name Last Name Email Address Comments Thinking aloud Internal Links About Thinking aloud Privacy and Cookies Policy Accessibility Help Keep in touch twitter LinkedIn google facebook More about Aberdeen Asset About Aberdeen Asset Management Aberdeen Asset Management Copyright 2015 IMPORTANT INFORMATION PAST PERFORMANCE IS NOT AN INDICATION OF FUTURE RESULTS The views and opinions expressed are provided for general information only and do not constitute specific tax legal or investment advice to or recommendations for any person We suggest that you consult your financial or tax advisor accountant

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  • Corporate Social Responsibility | Aberdeen | Thinking Aloud
    these charitable models requires a choice between sympathy and selective investment The immediate relationship between problem and action by welfare and relief agencies often appears to be relatively clear providing a compelling case for a compassionate response focusing on a quick fix For development organizations this relationship may be extremely complex Problems may appear intractable actions must be multidimensional and solutions naturally emerge over time We must acknowledge the complexity of measuring a return on investing in doing good in any context Such a return might be more appropriately considered an impact rather than a function of a traditional measure of profit and loss First consider the return from relief For example supporting victims of the Nepal Earthquake where we are encouraged to give Just 5 by a poster depicting a person still covered in dust being lifted from the remnants of what was presumably once their home There is a clear appeal for sympathetic support and this investment feels appropriate But answering deeper questions like How does the 5 change the lives of those affected beyond the blanket it buys is a complex exercise This feeling of appropriateness for the immediate still dominates the rationale for business giving generally set in a local context such as feeding the homeless in your local area However donating to organizations that focus on ways to reduce future risk is increasingly being considered Training teachers and measures that go to addressing the circumstances underlying the social inequalities abundantly evident in the world s poorer populations offer less obviously gratifying returns They are however generally easier to define with this form of charity more used to the rigors of reporting impacts through such measures as student attendance levels examination marks teacher achievement levels and community involvement among others A note of caution should be applied to these static measures given that lasting solutions generally emerge over the long term Possible regression once a project is complete is a major difficulty with achieving sustainability and a subject for a future article The longer term impact is the key measure Pursuit of development goals has been the focus of the more sophisticated donors or government agencies However this is changing as businesses apply more rigorous standards to their giving and better understand the dangers associated with long term dependency and institutionalization It may be far better to go to the source of the problem than to continue to nurture its consequences recognizing that these interventions do not have to be mutually exclusive Unashamedly See Beyond Borders argues that taking people to see and be involved with what they do achieves real impact in the communities it supports There is no substitute for direct involvement seeing and experiencing what is happening on the ground Gaining an appreciation for the broader issues faced by charities is perhaps one of the biggest dividends from that investment both for the investor and for the beneficiaries Ref 24533 270815 1 Social media Download share or print this page Copy link Email

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  • Alpha Ex Machina | Thinking Aloud
    research teams For example such models can be designed to provide asset allocation recommendations forecasting whether equities will outperform bonds or which equity regions funds should be overweighting Employing machine learning in investment management will likely be met with skepticism from more traditional investors Sophistication or sophistry The possibility of employing machine learning in investment management will likely be met with skepticism from more traditional investors This suspicion is not unwarranted It is often quipped that one of the best selling books on statistics is How to Lie with Statistics by Darrell Huff The introduction of esoteric machine learning methodologies may make it easier to confuse results and present backtests When implemented carefully with a philosophy of scientific rigor and real world practicality these new methods are proving to be powerful tools for many facets of investment Computer driven investing is gaining momentum and looks set to transform fund management While some still draw a divide between the qualitative and the quantitative it is becoming clearer that by harnessing the power of machine learning alongside more traditional research skills decision making can be improved At least we believe until the robots take over Ref 23211 200815 1 Social media Download share or print this page Copy link Email link Print this page Share on twitter Share on LinkedIn Share on Google Share on Facebook Copy URL http www aberdeen asset ca en thinkingaloudus culture and inspiration alpha ex machina Select Article URL Close Communication Simplicity Related Articles The sun a stick and a well for a scientific breakthrough Science shows simple is smart Simplicity movement Other people s money Do you see what I see Communication Simplicity Related Links Learn more about Aberdeen Contact Us This Content Component encountered an error Send us feedback First Name Last Name Email Address Comments Thinking aloud Internal Links About Thinking aloud Privacy and Cookies Policy Accessibility Help Keep in touch twitter LinkedIn google facebook More about Aberdeen Asset About Aberdeen Asset Management Aberdeen Asset Management Copyright 2015 IMPORTANT INFORMATION PAST PERFORMANCE IS NOT AN INDICATION OF FUTURE RESULTS The views and opinions expressed are provided for general information only and do not constitute specific tax legal or investment advice to or recommendations for any person We suggest that you consult your financial or tax advisor accountant or attorney with regard to your specific situation The details contained here are for information purposes only and should not be considered as an offer or solicitation to deal in any of the investments mentioned herein Aberdeen Asset Management AAM does not warrant the accuracy adequacy or completeness of the information contained herein and expressly disclaims liability for errors or omissions in such information and materials Any research or analysis used in the preparation of the information has been procured by Aberdeen for its own use and may have been acted on for its own purpose Some of the information may contain projections or other forward looking statements regarding future events or future financial performance of countries

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  • Google: simplicity that works | Thinking Aloud
    this way Google manages to keep its design consistent even as the range of products and services offered by the site expands Simplicity with added humanity Having such a rigorous approach to design could easily mean that Google s homepage became a boring utilitarian tool which people take for granted Instead millions of people visit the page every day just to see its ever changing logo known as the Google doodle The Google doodle is a stroke of genius the logo is always clear and recognizable but it gives the company a chance to show some humanity and a sense of fun This is the key to what makes Google an attractive brand users know that they can expect a sleek functional service that works whether it s email maps or a straightforward search but also a bit of humor and whimsy which can go a long way Google keeps it simple but isn t afraid to have fun and now countless brands are trying to replicate its approach and success Ref 24533 180815 1 Social media Download share or print this page Copy link Email link Print this page Share on twitter Share on LinkedIn Share on Google Share on Facebook Copy URL http www aberdeen asset ca en thinkingaloudus culture and inspiration google simplicity that works Select Article URL Close Simplicity Simply being Simply made Related Articles The Last Man on the Moon a cautionary tale The sun a stick and a well for a scientific breakthrough Science shows simple is smart Simplicity movement Other people s money Simplicity Simply being Simply made Related Links Learn more about Aberdeen Contact Us This Content Component encountered an error Send us feedback First Name Last Name Email Address Comments Thinking aloud Internal Links About Thinking aloud Privacy and Cookies Policy Accessibility Help Keep in touch twitter LinkedIn google facebook More about Aberdeen Asset About Aberdeen Asset Management Aberdeen Asset Management Copyright 2015 IMPORTANT INFORMATION PAST PERFORMANCE IS NOT AN INDICATION OF FUTURE RESULTS The views and opinions expressed are provided for general information only and do not constitute specific tax legal or investment advice to or recommendations for any person We suggest that you consult your financial or tax advisor accountant or attorney with regard to your specific situation The details contained here are for information purposes only and should not be considered as an offer or solicitation to deal in any of the investments mentioned herein Aberdeen Asset Management AAM does not warrant the accuracy adequacy or completeness of the information contained herein and expressly disclaims liability for errors or omissions in such information and materials Any research or analysis used in the preparation of the information has been procured by Aberdeen for its own use and may have been acted on for its own purpose Some of the information may contain projections or other forward looking statements regarding future events or future financial performance of countries markets or companies These statements are only predictions opinions or estimates made

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  • Corporate Culture Needs a Carrot, Not a Stick | Aberdeen | Thinking Aloud
    effective teamwork I ve often recommended to colleagues to read a book about the Barcelona football team and its football academy called Barca The Making of the Greatest Team in the World by Graham Hunter That story demonstrates how team spirit breeds success I like to see people working together in teams with every one of them having a voice sharing ideas They should also feel empowered to challenge and improve processes rather than obediently follow what may well be out of date practices But the promotion of teamwork doesn t mean we shouldn t value and encourage talent It would be counter productive to stifle the initiative of individual employees Improving the culture is increasingly a preoccupation in boardrooms In a recent article in the London Evening Standard Anthony Hilton referenced a prize winning essay by Siobhan Caitlin Sweeney on The Creation of the Contrarian Director advocating the appointment of strongly independent minded non executive directors citing Warren Buffett s claim Boards don t look for Dobermans they look for cocker spaniels and check to make sure the tail is wagging The Institute of Business Ethics recently argued that internal auditors should enlarge the scope of their scrutiny of companies to include corporate culture which is exactly what ours are doing Whatever formal mechanisms emerge it s inevitable that any assessment of institutions from now on will increasingly focus on their corporate culture It is key to every organization s character and ethical standards and it needs to be beyond reproach Ref 24533 140815 1 Social media Download share or print this page Copy link Email link Print this page Share on twitter Share on LinkedIn Share on Google Share on Facebook Copy URL http www aberdeen asset ca en thinkingaloudus culture and inspiration corporate culture needs a carrot not a stick Select Article URL Close Communication Simplicity Related Articles The sun a stick and a well for a scientific breakthrough Science shows simple is smart Simplicity movement Other people s money Do you see what I see Communication Simplicity Related Links Learn more about Aberdeen Contact Us This Content Component encountered an error Send us feedback First Name Last Name Email Address Comments Thinking aloud Internal Links About Thinking aloud Privacy and Cookies Policy Accessibility Help Keep in touch twitter LinkedIn google facebook More about Aberdeen Asset About Aberdeen Asset Management Aberdeen Asset Management Copyright 2015 IMPORTANT INFORMATION PAST PERFORMANCE IS NOT AN INDICATION OF FUTURE RESULTS The views and opinions expressed are provided for general information only and do not constitute specific tax legal or investment advice to or recommendations for any person We suggest that you consult your financial or tax advisor accountant or attorney with regard to your specific situation The details contained here are for information purposes only and should not be considered as an offer or solicitation to deal in any of the investments mentioned herein Aberdeen Asset Management AAM does not warrant the accuracy adequacy or completeness of the information contained herein

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