7. Don’t tell me you don’t know what you want from your life. Don’t ever say that, don’t ever fool yourself into that stupor. Of course you know what you want — you know the feeling you desire — fulfillment, connection, responsibility, and some excitement. The real problem is figuring out how to get it — how to find a path that doesn’t suffocate those natural feelings in you. Which is hard. Of course it’s hard. It’s supposed to be hard. If it weren’t hard, you wouldn’t learn anything along the way, and thus you would never get there. If you don’t know how to make the best of a bad situation, you will never get there. If you are not willing to put up with some shit work, you will never recognize that a good opportunity is staring you in the face. If you are not willing to be humble and repeatedly be a beginner in new areas and learn the details faster than the next guy, you are not capable of transformation. … [Read more...] about What Should I Do with My Life, Now?
Learning by doing
Manjunath was working with a research group to create artificial intelligence (AI)-based solutions ranging from transportation to healthcare for customers. The group also had budget for innovation from emerging markets. A part of this research meant working with doctors and hospitals. It was during this time in her career that she would receive some news that would change the course of her life.“My cousin sister got detected with breast cancer. That was my first introduction to the disease at close quarters and I saw the kind of pain this disease can bring to the family, and this when I was trying to read up on the disease,” she said.Soon after, Manjunath’s another relative was detected with the disease. … [Read more...] about How Niramai is using artificial intelligence to change the face of breast cancer detection
What are the least disruptive things we can change to avoid repeating this failure? How can we prevent the parts that we never want to happen again, without stifling our ability to experiment? What are the signs of failure that we should look out for next time? Very often, the answer to most of our questions is to “improve visibility” in some way. If we’d been able to see that the problem was happening right away, we might have been able to avoid it without changing anything else. And the best way to improve visibility is to make sure people feel safe to surface issues in the first place. … [Read more...] about How to train yourself and your team to take smarter risks
Strive to be game changers Launching a company is a constant intellectual challenge, but if your work changes lives, it will also keep you and your team energized. Help employees understand and feel empowered to make the best decisions with the consumer in mind, and challenge them to think differently. For example, everyone in our company goes home each day knowing that what they do uniquely helped change the lives of the people and companies they serve. … [Read more...] about How I built a thriving company around empathy
While there may be optimism in the job market, being laid off can wreak havoc on your psyche, which could play a bigger role in your ability to rebound than you think. No matter how you got the news — you were denied access to your office via a deactivated security pass or gently let down by your manager — you’ve lost your livelihood and in many cases, your sense of self. Like a relationship gone bad, losing your job can be incredibly painful and life-changing. But it doesn’t have be tragic. We spoke with everyone from a layoff survivor-turned-entrepreneur-and-author, to experienced career coaches and downsize experts, for some words of wisdom and helpful next steps. … [Read more...] about Top Jobs 2008: A Guide to Layoff Survival