5/19 — Friday Fun Reading — Six Links Worthy of your Attention

1.Google just concluded its I/O 2017 keynote, where executives led by CEO Sundar Pichai laid out the company’s future roadmap for Android, Google Assistant, Google Home, virtual reality, and much more. It’s basically a state of the union for the company, and considering about 2B of the world’s 3.2B internet-connected population use Android devices, there’s a good chance it affects you — And if you think their 2B monthly active devices is impressive…They’re going for 3. That’s what Google CEO Sundar Pichai said as he explained how “Android Go” — a barebones mobile OS for entry-level devices — will net Google its next 1B users.

2. Most every company today is a technology business. Since product development and business growth are more intertwined than ever before, it’s important to include your engineering leaders in business strategy meetings. This article talks about how to bridge the gap between engineering and business at your company.

3. Shazam’s music recognition app has been a lifesaver for all of us trying to figure out the name of that one song from the Honda commercial 3 years ago. 
But last month, the service started acting a little weird. Users of the app reported the app having trouble remembering the songs it was asked to identify, spitting out messages like “I’m sure I know this one…” and “I just can’t quite…” And it turns out, it wasn’t a bug
It was a marketing campaign called “The Day Shazam Forgot,” aimed at raising money for Alzheimer’s studies.
When the app finally identified the song, it also plugged an ad for nonprofit Alzheimer’s Research UK and in a matter of hours, the campaign drove over 5k visitors to the donation page..Well done.

4. Stress is a happiness killer. And life is just too short to be unhappy at work. Many people are overworking, putting in more hours than ever before. The lines between work and home have blurred or disappeared. Add to that persistent (sometimes even toxic) conflicts with bosses and coworkers that put us on guard and make us irritable. Under these circumstances, our performance and well-being suffer. Work feels like a burden. Burnout is just around the corner. And happiness at work is not even a remote possibility.

Here’s the good news: Some people don’t get burned out. They continue to thrive despite the difficult conditions in their workplace.

Why? The answer lies in part with empathy, an emotional intelligence competency packed with potent stress-taming powers. Empathy is “compassion in action.” When you engage empathy, you seek to understand people’s needs, desires, and point of view. You feel and express genuine concern for their well-being, and then you act on it.

5. You might make decent money, have an OK title… but it’s not all it seems on the surface. There might be parts of your job making you unhappy. Or, maybe you absolutely hate everything about your job. You’re getting paid a low salary, you’re treated unfairly, and it’s boring work.
Either way, you’re not alone.The good news is, even if you dislike parts of your job, there are still ways to re-configure your work to be happier.
Here are 3 things you can do to get unstuck in my job —

6. Finally, Reed Hoffman, The co-founder of LinkedIn and Greylock partner is hosting a new 10-series podcast, ‘Masters of Scale’, one full of ideas worth talking about. If you want your company to truly scale, you first have to do things that don’t scale. Handcraft the core experience. Get your hands dirty. Serve your customers one by one. And don’t stop until you know exactly what they want. That’s what Brian Chesky did. As CEO of Airbnb, Brian’s early work was more akin to a traveling salesman. He takes us back to his lean years — when he went door-to-door, meeting Airbnb hosts in person — and shares the imaginative route to crafting what he calls an “11-star experience.”

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