By Enrique Dans
The big question about the evolution of car transportation is whether in the future, we will continue to buy and own vehicles, or simply hire them as and when we need them?
The answer pits the ideas of some traditional automakers, such as GM and others, against companies such as Waymo, Didi or AutoX. As the autonomous driving sector takes shape, we see Tesla and its increasingly sophisticated driving aids, which Elon Musk has claimed will soon allow him to operate a fleet of robotaxis and justify his company’s valuation, and on the other hand, companies like…
By Jack Kelly
You’ve probably heard the mantra “the great resignation is coming,” first coined by Texas A&M University professor Anthony Klotz and repeated all over social media. Klotz contends, “When there’s uncertainty, people tend to stay put, so there are pent-up resignations that didn’t happen over the past year.” This should lead to a mass exodus of workers leaving their companies for greener pastures, offering better opportunities.
The theory behind Klotz’s prediction is that people have been sheltering in their jobs for over a year. …
By Esther Choy
What happens when you move forward on a project thinking you have permission but you really don’t? That’s what happened to Moore DM Group, a fundraising marketing organization.
“We thought we’d received permission to use a quote related to a charity’s work in a fundraising solicitation,” says Geoffrey W. Peters, Chair of Moore DM Group. “Turns out we’d requested but not yet received permission when the solicitation was mailed to 250,000 supporters of the charity.”
Understandably, the person who was quoted was upset. They wanted all 250,000 supporters to receive a retraction. …
By Abdo Riani
Failure is an inevitable part of startups. Even if your new innovative venture doesn’t fail, undoubtedly your expectations will clash with reality in one way or another.
This shouldn’t scare you. Innovation is born out of theoretical ideas that are modified by the real world. To win at the game of startups, you need to endure hundreds of (hopefully) small failures that lead you to the right iterations and direction changes (pivots) until you discover the right formula that would give you an oversized success.
Since failure is a part of the game, you need a good…
By Adunola Adeshola
It’s confusing. You feel like you’re doing everything right: You read the job descriptions and feel good about the roles. You spend hours tweaking your resume and brainstorming what to include in your cover letter. You submit your application knowing you’d be a great candidate for the position. And yet, your inbox is still full of generic emails letting you know that another company decided to go with someone else.
Maybe if you were at least getting interviews, you could understand. …
By Kathy Miller Perkins
John, the CEO of a financial services firm, could be the poster child for ignoring a toxic organizational culture both before and during the pandemic. Yet, he demands all employees return to the office for the sake of the company culture.
While the irony in John’s argument is inescapable, he is not alone in calling for a return to the office based on the rationale that the company culture depends on it.
This justification for a return to a physical workplace appears suspect when offered by leaders who show little interest in the other more challenging…
By Adrian Gostick
When I was in university, we were advised that “I’m a perfectionist” was the best answer to the common job interview question: “What’s your biggest flaw.” It’s become such a cliché that it was mocked by The Simpsons. When asked in a job interview at the Springfield Nuclear Power Plant for their worst quality, those applying answered:
Applicant 1: I’m a workaholic.
Applicant 2: I push myself too hard.
Only clueless Homer Simpson answered honestly.
Homer: Well, it takes me a long time to learn anything. I’m kind of a goof-off. …
By Abdo Riani
After 2020, chances are you’ve experienced some of the pros and cons of working from home yourself. Once employers found out that remote work doesn’t lead to feared losses in productivity thanks to modern technology, it’s a virtual certainty that remote work is here to stay in one way or another.
Early-stage startups, who are usually struggling for cash and who are looking to offer flexibility to their first employees, are some of the companies that can benefit from this trend the most. …
By Denise Brodey
Maybe it was the torrential rain that kept many job hunters I know tethered to their computers. Or maybe it was job-seekers FOMO. Either way, the misery of job searching, particularly for people with disabilities who are chronically unemployed, has risen to new levels.
Friends and family continue to ask me if employers will frown on employment gaps on their post-pandemic resume, often caused by a disability. I get it — explaining a break in work history can feel almost surgically invasive. The wound never totally heals if you have a history of depression, PTSD, OCD or…
By Laura Begley Bloom
For most people, there’s nothing more stressful than writing a thank you note. But for Gina Hamadey, it not only became her passion — it became the basis for a book, I Want to Thank You (TarcherPerigee), which chronicled a year of writing 365 thank you notes. She thanked everyone from friends to family to former colleagues and witnessed how writing these letters can boost your confidence, reestablish bonds and reconnect you to yourself.
The concept had an unlikely origin. A few years ago, Hamadey — a former magazine editor turned freelance content creator — needed…
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