Archives for category: 2016

pexels-photo-workerBy Dr. Andrew Chamberlain, Chief Economist, Glassdoor, reports on trends that will shape the job market in 2017. Glassdoor, as stated in the report, “has a unique perspective on the labor market, with access to millions of real-time job listings, salaries and company reviews that helps [them] keep a pulse on what’s happening today in hiring, pay and the broader labor market.” The five trends identified are:

The transformation of HR into “people science” – Thanks to low-cost workforce analytics that provide data “on every stage of the employee life cycle,” companies will use data to make HR more scientific.

Automation will change every job – Even though automation mostly effects routine jobs, white collar jobs are also vulnerable. Ongoing skill building that complements technology is key for job seekers.

Shifting away from flashy benefits packages – “In coming years, we’re likely to see large tech employers re-evaluating their benefits packages, more carefully focusing them on core benefits that offer the biggest bang for the buck in terms of engagement and productivity — rather than splashy headlines about unusual workplace perks.”

Taking action against the gender pay gap – “In 2017 and beyond, we are likely to see more companies taking positive action on the gender pay gap, using HR data to correct problems proactively in their own payrolls.”

Realizing the limits of the “gig economy” – “The fastest growing jobs today are ones that require human creativity, flexibility, judgment, and ‘soft skills’ like personal relationships such as health care professionals, data scientists, sales leaders, strategy consultants, and product managers. Those are exactly the kind of jobs least likely to function well in a ‘gig’ economy platform.”

 

An interesting new Pew Research Center survey finds that a majority of Americans feel that information overload is a not problem for them and that they “are comfortable with their abilities to cope with information flows in their day-to-day lives.” In addition, owners of more devices “feel more on top of the data and media flows in their lives.” Findings also suggest that information overload is more situational: “Specific situations may arise, such as when institutions impose high information demands on people for transactions, which create a sense of information burden for some Americans.”

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Photo by Joao Silas via Unsplash

In an article announcing the 2016 annual awards longlist, 800-CEO-READ’s Editorial Director Dylan Schleicher, makes an interesting observation about this year’s best business books:

While speed, innovation, big data, and disruption are the business buzzwords of the day, the best books of 2016 argue for a more considered and considerate, human-centered, inclusive, and deliberately constructive approach to business. Change is in the air and technology is on the rise, but business is still a human pursuit, and should be humane. In a media climate dominated by Twitterstorms and sound bites, it is important to dive deeper into the issues and inform ourselves more fully before taking action. These books help do that.

Here is the longlist for the 2016 800-CEO-READ Business Book Awards:

LEADERSHIP & STRATEGY

  • The Founder’s Mentality: How to Overcome the Predictable Crises of Growth by Chris Zook & James Allen
  • Off-Centered Leadership: The Dogfish Head Guide to Motivation, Collaboration and Smart Growth by Sam Calagione
  • Play Bigger: How Pirates, Dreamers, and Innovators Create and Dominate Markets by Al Ramadan, Dave Peterson, Christopher Lochhead, Kevin Maney
  • Scaling Lean: Mastering the Key Metrics for Startup Growth by Ash Maurya
  • Simply Brilliant: How Great Organizations Do Ordinary Things in Extraordinary Ways by William C. Taylor

MANAGEMENT & WORKPLACE CULTURE

  • Communication the Cleveland Clinic Way: How to Drive a Relationship-Centered Strategy for Superior Patient Experience, edited by Adrienne Boissy, MD and Timothy Gilligan, MD
  • An Everyone Culture: Becoming a Deliberately Developmental Organization by Robert Kegan and Lisa Laskow Lahey
  • Feminist Fight Club: An Office Survival Manual for a Sexist Workplace by Jessica Bennett
  • Under New Management: How Leading Organizations Are Upending Business as Usual by David Burkus
  • Winning Well: A Manager’s Guide to Getting Results—Without Losing Your Soul by Karin Hurt and David Dye

MARKETING & SALES

  • Hug Your Haters: How to Embrace Complaints and Keep Your Customers by Jay Baer
  • Martketing: The Heart and the Brain of Branding by Javier Sanchez Lamelas
  • Never Split the Difference: Negotiating as If Your Life Depended on It by Chris Voss with Tahl Raz
  • The Power of Fifty Bits: The New Science of Turning Good Intentions Into Positive Results by Bob Nease
  • Small Data: The Tiny Clues That Uncover Huge Trends by Martin Lindstrom

INNOVATION & CREATIVITY

  • Art Thinking: How to Carve Out Creative Space in a World of Schedules, Budgets, and Bosses by Amy Whitaker
  • Smarter Faster Better: The Secrets of Being Productive in Life and Business by Charles Duhigg
  • Utopia Is Creepy: And Other Provocations by Nicholas Carr
  • Wonderland: How Play Made the Modern World by Steven Johnson
  • You Got This!: Unleash Your Awesomeness, Find Your Path, and Change Your World by Maya S. Penn

PERSONAL DEVELOPMENT & HUMAN BEHAVIOR

  • Becoming Wise: An Inquiry Into the Mystery and Art of Living by Krista Tippett
  • The Confidence Game: Why We Fall for It… Every Time by Maria Konnikova
  • Deep Work: Rules for Focused Success in a Distracted World by Cal Newport
  • How to Have a Good Day: Harness the Power of Behavioral Science to Transform Your Working Life by Caroline Webb
  • Joy on Demand: The Art of Discovering the Happiness Within by Chade Meng Tan

CURRENT EVENTS & PUBLIC AFFAIRS

  • Evicted: Poverty and Profit in the American City by Matthew Desmond
  • Free Speech: Ten Principles for a Connected World by Timothy Garton Ash
  • Makers and Takers: The Rise of Finance and the Fall of American Business by Rana Foroohar
  • Shadow Courts: The Tribunals That Rule Global Trade by Haley Sweetland Edwards
  • Who Cooked Adam Smith’s Dinner?: A Story of Women and Economics by Katrine Marcal

NARRATIVE & BIOGRAPHY

  • Breaking Rockefeller: The Incredible Story of the Ambitious Rivals Who Toppled an Oil Empire by Peter B. Doran
  • Door to Door: The Magnificent, Maddening, Mysterious World of Transportation by Edward Humes
  • How to Make a Spaceship: A Band of Renegades, an Epic Race, and the Birth of Private Spaceflight by Julian Guthrie
  • The Man Who Knew: The Life and Times of Alan Greenspan by Sebastian Mallaby
  • The Network: The Battle for the Airwaves and the Birth of the Communications Age by Scott Woolley

BIG IDEAS & NEW PERSPECTIVES

  • The End of Average: How We Succeed in a World That Values Sameness by Todd Rose
  • Magic and Loss: The Internet as Art by Virginia Heffernan
  • The Smartest Places on Earth: Why Rustbelts Are the Emerging Hotspots of Global Innovation by Antoine van Agtmael and Fred Bakker
  • Throwing Rocks at the Google Bus: How Growth Became the Enemy of Prosperity by Douglas Rushkoff
  • What Works: Gender Equality by Design by Iris Bohnet

 

This infographic that was done in 2013 by Oxfam International is a beautiful example of the power of visualization and how imagery can help make complex information easy to understand. As Kate Ryan writes in Good Food:

So whether you’re looking to stock up on anything from orange soda to latte-flavored potato chips, Mondelez, Kraft, Coca-Cola, Nestlé, PepsiCo, P&G, Johnson & Johnson, Mars, Danone, General Mills, Kellogg’s, and Unilever own just about everything you could hope to buy. It seems that six degrees of separation theory has been proven after all, if only because we all drink Diet Coke every now and then…In order to visually elucidate that point, Oxfam International created a comprehensive infographic that reveals the extensive reach of the “Big 10” food and beverage companies.

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Photo by Thomas Litangen via Unsplash

Virginia Woolf’s classic essay, A Room of One’s Own, was written in 1929 and explores, in regards to woman and fiction, the opinion that a woman must have money and a room of her own if she is to write fiction. A woman at that time, due to social restrictions, had limited resources, space, privacy and time, all of which are needed to create and write fiction.

Fast-forward to today and a variation on the theme of independence can be explored that pertains to both men and women and includes the world of business. It is about creating an environment that allows for intellectual freedom. One way for business professionals and others who wish to grow creatively and intellectually outside their places of work, is to start businesses of their own.

Starting a business today is vastly different than starting one in the past. The main reason for this is due to, thanks to technology and innovation, the development of open access resources and tools. Starting and running a business in the past required a great deal of investment. Now, the availability of open access resources offer not only high quality, but economical options and opportunities as well.

Here are just a few examples of open access resources and tools and their uses. There are many, many more available:

  • Marketing/Social Media – LinkedIn, Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, Pinterest
  • Social Media Monitoring – Social Mention, Icerocket, Hootsuite
  • Marketing/Communications – blogging sites such as WordPress and Medium
  • Marketing/Design – Canva allows you to design and create professional presentations, flyers, documents, infographics, and more
  • Business and Market Research – SEC filings, Google Trends, Owler, SimilarWeb, Kompass. Emergence of government data combined with analytics
  • Accounting – GnuCash, Wave
  • Virtual Meetings – JoinMe, Google Hangouts, AnyMeeting

Today, it truly is possible to create a personal environment to freely pursue intellectual endeavors. Lucky for us that we live in a time where high quality open access tools and resources are readily available.

It comes as no surprise to the average college student that free textbook usage is increasing and will more than likely continue to increase at a speedy clip given the high cost of today’s textbooks.

According to a Rice University news release, more than 1.5 million college students have used a free textbook from OpenStax, the university-based publisher. “The number of students using OpenStax textbooks has more than doubled since January, and OpenStax estimates it will save students $70 million in the 2016-17 academic year…More than 811,000 students are using [OpenStax] books this fall, which is a 106 percent increase over spring 2016, and the books are being used in over 4,500 courses at 2,688 universities, colleges and high schools.”0927_osx-numbers-infocomp-lg-1dp4quz

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Artwork courtesy of the American Library Association

Banned Books Week, sponsored by the American Library Association, is an important event that is held every year. It raises awareness, and does not let us forget, that censorship is unfortunately alive and well.

Click here to read yearly lists of banned and challenged books (at the bottom of the page). You will be surprised at some of the titles included on the lists.