More significantly, Facebook is required to have an “outside assessor“—a sort of privacy cop—to monitor the company’s handling of user data, along with following a few other corporate procedural requirements. That assessor could address the fundamental problems with the way Facebook operates–but as a scholar of technology companies’ business practices, I’m worried that this potentially all-important role is set up for failure. In my opinion, in order to be effective, there are three main privacy-related concerns the FTC’s newly designated cop would need to look out for: the potential for genuine violations of users’ privacy; the targeted spread of harmful content, especially resulting in election manipulation and ethnic violence; and instances of collecting and harvesting far more data than is warranted to provide services to users. An independent assessor will lack the standards, regulatory and legal guidelines, and the … [Read more...] about Why Facebook’s new ‘privacy cop’ is doomed to fail
Why firing a bad cop is damn near impossible
Mentors are important. Studies have found that having a mentor makes you more likely to get a promotion and more likely to stay at your organization for at least five years. That’s a win/win for employee and employer. But not all mentors are good. Whether your mentor is a hired coach, business associate, or someone you were paired with by your employer, you need to make sure the relationship is valuable or it’s a waste of time. “You don’t want a mentor whose heart is not in it,” says Ivan Misner, PhD, author of Who’s in Your Room? The Secret to Creating Your Best Life, and founder of the global networking organization BNI. “And a mentor isn’t a rent-a-friend. This relationship shouldn’t be chit chat; it’s about getting to the place in life where you want to be.” Misner suggests looking for these four red flags that the relationship isn’t a good one: 1. They don’t have a success record You want a mentor who … [Read more...] about Is your mentor actually hurting your career? How to fire a bad mentor
If you’ve ever dealt with a bad listener, you know how frustrating it can be. Making eye contact and responding to the speaker doesn’t necessarily mean you’re listening to what they have to say. Blinking excessively, making too much eye contact, and interrupting people are all signs you’re not a great listener. You might think that if you’re nodding along and making eye contact with someone that you’re listening to what they have to say. This, however, might not be the case. Being a good listener takes more than just staring at the person while they speak. In fact, there’s a lot that goes into being a good listener that you might not have thought of. To help you determine if you’re truly hearing what others have to say, INSIDER gathered a few telltale signs that you’re not as good at listening as you thought. You’re not asking questions “Asking questions is perhaps the single most important way to show others … [Read more...] about 12 signs you’re a bad listener — even if you think you aren’t
Meagan Flynn, The Washington Post Published 2:45 am PST, Thursday, January 31, 2019 Credit: Spokane County Sheriff's Office Credit: Spokane County Sheriff's Office Photo: Spokane County Sheriff's Office Photo: Spokane County Sheriff's Office Image 1 of / 19 Caption Close Image 1 of 19 Credit: Spokane County Sheriff's Office Credit: Spokane County Sheriff's Office Photo: Spokane County Sheriff's Office A former cop is now suspected in the 1967 deaths of three women. He died just before he could be arrested. 1 / 19 Back to Gallery In the days before Dorothy Fielding disappeared in the summer of 1967, a secret admirer kept leaving bouquets of handpicked flowers inside her car: … [Read more...] about A former cop is now suspected in the 1967 deaths of three women. He died just before he could be arrested.
It may seem counterintuitive, but the way to achieve success is to make the people around you successful, says Fred Halstead, author of Leadership Skills that Inspire Incredible Results. “It’s not particularly intuitive; in our society we believe in ‘me first,'” he says. To help others succeed you have to become good at listening. Listening is more than simply hearing what someone has to say. You also need to be thinking how you can help the other person achieve the best results by carefully considering their words and asking thoughtful questions, says Halstead. “If you just hear the words without hearing what the person actually intends to say, you will miss the opportunity to gain the essential clarity and results you seek,” he says. Being a good listener is especially important for leaders. It establishes your role as effective and empathetic–someone who keeps an open mind and is willing to learn from others, says Halstead. Unfortunately, … [Read more...] about 6 reasons why you’re a bad listener (and how to change it)