Authenticity is a hot word in leadership discussions. The modern workplace is more informal and less hierarchical than in the past. Command-and-control management doesn’t fly with people hired for their creative brainpower. They want leaders who inspire them, and give them reasons for working beyond a paycheck. advertisement advertisement But all this requires a nuanced understanding of what “authenticity” should mean. In a business context, it doesn’t mean the “be yourself” phrase that probably pops into your mind first. For evidence of this, consider that many of Donald Trump’s supporters praise him for what they view as authenticity. He says what he thinks. He doesn’t seem to care what other people think of that. Yet business leaders emulating this approach might quickly find themselves in trouble. “Being authentic is much more than ‘being yourself,’” says Gareth Jones, coauthor of Why Should Anyone … [Read more...] about What Does Authenticity Really Mean?
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Eddy Cue doesn’t look like a man in the midst of his toughest year in decades. Sporting an untucked apricot camp shirt and blue jeans over camouflage socks and a pair of blue leather racing shoes from Germany, Apple‘s SVP of Internet software and services pulls up a chair at one of the marble-topped tables outside Caffé Macs, the employee restaurant at the heart of Apple’s 23-year-old Cupertino campus. (The company will begin to move into its new “spaceship” HQ next year.) Cue dives right into telling me about his latest horror story: advertisement advertisement The collapse, two nights earlier, of his beloved Golden State Warriors in the NBA Finals, which Cue had the dismal pleasure of observing from a courtside seat. “Am I in mourning?” he asks of his team’s loss to LeBron James’s Cleveland Cavaliers. “You better believe it. I’m not watching ESPN, I haven’t gotten onto a sports website, I … [Read more...] about Playing The Long Game Inside Tim Cook’s Apple
When it comes to technology, business leaders cannot afford to bury their heads in the sand. Disruptive technologies have the potential to impact nearly every facet of the way we do business today. Failure to understand, embrace, and employ these technologies can mean serious consequences for your business. advertisement advertisement The first step for many business leaders is education. They simply don’t understand how technology touches nearly every facet of their business and don’t know where to begin to get themselves up to speed. What follows is a look at how technology relates to Connectivity and the 5G Future Cloud Migration Security Customer Experience Connectivity and the 5G Future Connectivity may be the single most important piece of the modern technology puzzle. Today’s connectivity technologies have created a revolution in the way we work. Enhanced connectivity options have allowed for far greater mobility in the workplace, whether it means … [Read more...] about The rationale for ready
Even the most absent-minded smartphone user is probably aware that apps keep tabs on where they go. Many apps wouldn’t work without location data. But few realize just how often that location tracking is happening—even when it’s not necessary, even when their apps aren’t being used, and, increasingly, even when a user isn’t even carrying their phone. Tracking you across the map isn’t always about improving user experience, of course, but rather about better understanding who you are and what kind of advertising to show you. If, for instance, a company knows that you’ve just stepped foot in one of their stores, they might start targeting you with ads touting a sale. advertisement advertisement It’s hard to dispute the value of a good sale, but location tracking raises all sorts of privacy concerns. (Not to mention that using the GPS will drain your smartphone’s battery faster.) Should app makers know where we live, where … [Read more...] about How—And Why—Apple, Google, And Facebook Follow You Around In Real Life
Android users–even those who turned off location tracking services, or even removed their SIM card–have had their location data collected by Google, according to a report from Quartz. For most of 2017, Google collected the addresses of nearby cell towers as part of the data it routinely gathered from its users once their phones were connected to the internet. Google confirmed this to Quartz, saying that this data was never used or stored. Additionally, the spokesperson said that it is “now taking steps to end the practice.” In an attempt to explain the practice, they said: “In January of this year, we began looking into using Cell ID codes as an additional signal to further improve the speed and performance of message delivery,” the Google spokesperson said in an email. “However, we never incorporated Cell ID into our network sync system, so that data was immediately discarded, and we updated it to no longer request Cell ID.” … [Read more...] about Google has been secretly tracking Android phone locations