The weekly one-on-one meeting with my manager wasn’t off to a good start. I entered his office, offered a few pleasantries, and he wordlessly sat in his chair, nodded, and smiled. I began sharing the details of my project work that week and how things were going. He smiled and nodded. His silence made me nervous, and I began rambling about what wasn’t going well and the issues I was facing. Again, he smiled and nodded. Eventually, I ran out of things to say. I asked, “Is there anything else you want to discuss?” He smiled and shrugged to indicate that there wasn’t. I stood up awkwardly and shuffled to the door, “Well, okay. I guess we’re done. Talk to you next week.” I hope you never experience such a bizarre non-conversation with your boss. However, as a career adviser, I’ve had many clients who described similar meetings and expressed frustration with their boss providing ambiguous (or little) feedback. They suffer from unclear … [Read more...] about How to handle a boss who gives you vague feedback
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Bad Robot’s Santa Monica, California headquarters–intentionally mislabeled “The National Typewriter Company” in raised Futura lettering–features a small gold placard above the buzzer asking a question that unsuspecting visitors will soon find relevant: Are you ready? In the reception area, two shelves are packed with toys and curios: old-school board games, a plastic skull in a bell jar, retired typewriters, and, of course, robots. A sign encourages guests to please create, and rows of colored pencils and giant sheets of newsprint are provided. Suddenly, dozens of Bad Robot employees, armed with bagels and coffee procured from the kitchen, begin heading into one of the building’s theaters, an expansive, dark-gray room that doubles as a postproduction soundstage. It’s 9:30 a.m. on a Monday: Time for an all-hands gathering. But today the energy is heightened. The proceedings kick off with a Star Wars–themed game of charades in honor … [Read more...] about Why everyone in Hollywood and Silicon Valley is stalking J.J. Abrams
These five steps will help you chart a realistic journey forward and hold yourself accountable along the way. Rahul Varshneya Published 9:00 am CST, Friday, February 8, 2019 Photo: Joos Mind | Getty Images Photo: Joos Mind | Getty Images Image 1 of / 1 Caption Close Image 1 of 1 Photo: Joos Mind | Getty Images Uncover Market Opportunities With This Roadmapping Strategy 1 / 1 Back to Gallery Launching a tech startup or a product is a challenging task. As an entrepreneur, you might often feel as if you're grasping at straws because you can't predict the outcome. Roadmapping is a highly effective strategy for smoothing the bends in your entrepreneurial journey. My company, Arkenea, … [Read more...] about Uncover Market Opportunities With This Roadmapping Strategy
By Jaclyn Peiser The New York Times Tues., Feb. 5, 2019 As reporters and editors find themselves the victims of layoffs at digital publishers and traditional newspaper chains alike, journalism generated by machine is on the rise. Roughly a third of the content published by Bloomberg News uses some form of automated technology. The system used by the company, Cyborg, is able to assist reporters in churning out thousands of articles on company earnings reports each quarter. The program can dissect a financial report the moment it appears and spit out an immediate news story that includes the most pertinent facts and figures. And unlike business reporters, who find working on that kind of thing a snooze, it does so without complaint. Untiring and accurate, Cyborg helps Bloomberg in its race against Reuters, its main rival in the field of quick-twitch business financial journalism, as well as giving it a fighting chance against a more recent player in the information … [Read more...] about The rise of the robot reporter
When Snap appointed a chief strategy officer (CSO) in 2014, the move was widely noticed — and not just because the owner of the Snapchat messaging app had picked a banker who made his name advising on the massive initial public offering of Alibaba, the Chinese e-commerce group. It was the first time Snap had employed a CSO. The role of the CSO is only a few decades old, but it is growing increasingly popular. Companies large and small continue to create the CSO position. They apparently recognize the value of having a member of the C-suite who is primarily oriented to the long-term future of the company, and to sustainability and profitability. Unlike the CEO, whose day job often focuses on short-term performance, the CSO can, in theory, concentrate on the future. And unlike other C-suite officers such as the chief financial officer, the chief marketing officer, or the chief information officer — whose points of view are influenced by the sometimes large functions … [Read more...] about Memo to the CEO: Is Your Chief Strategy Officer Set Up for Success?