David Siegel was the CEO of Investopedia for three years. As CEO, he realized that smart decisions are made based on data, and that the greatest reason for disagreement in organizations is the asymmetrical access to reports. So he instituted three steps to make sure employees had access to data detailing progress across the company: he distributed reports to everyone, held weekly metrics meetings, and let any employee join any email list. Alan Mulally, the former CEO of Boein
Are you good at your job? Different, easier question: Was Ty Cobb good at baseball? The apocryphal story is that Ty Cobb was a jerk. His teammates didn’t like him very much. But he’s still in the Hall of Fame. That’s because baseball keeps score… of hits, of runs and of catches. What about your job? It’s probably a bit more complex. There are linchpins, people who don’t shirk responsibility when the chips are down. And, among others, there are connectors, people with insights
When Malia Obama elected to take a gap year between graduating high school and attending Harvard University, the news made headlines across the nation. While her famous father was the principal reason the media took notice, her decision also sparked a broader conversation about the predetermined educational and career trajectories that high-achieving American students are expected to pursue. 3/21/17 Malia Obama is seen during her gap year on her way to work in New York City.
The skills shortage is not what you think it is. Most of the conversations around the skills gap focus on niche technical skills and roles - software engineers, data scientists, designers and similar jobs. While these hard skills and positions get all the attention, the real skills gap might surprise you. LinkedIn just released their 2018 LinkedIn Emerging Jobs Report (you can find it here), including skills gap, emerging jobs, and jobs with the most growth. The skills gap da
Years ago, I came across a great book written by Adele Faber and Elaine Mazlish titled How to Talk So Kids Will Listen & Listen So Kids Will Talk. They explain how we can get our children to talk by being an empathic listener. Empathic listening includes reflecting back the emotions we hear. So if a child tells a parent, "I hate my teacher and my school," then the parent could say, "You sound angry or upset" or reflect back any other emotion that the child is expressing. This