So we've all been to the doctor. We know the feeling of getting marched into a sterile examination room, given a gown that only covers the front half of your body, asked to step on a scale, prodded with a thermometer, asked to pee in a cup. Then there's what seems like an eternity of sitting on an examination table with your hind quarters hanging out waiting for the doctor to come in the room. Then after what seems like an eternity the door bursts open and the doctor pronounces, "Hello, I'm Dr. Goofleblat..."
MSN published a really interesting article on why autism is more prevalent in males than females. To quote the article, "Girls seem to tolerate more genetic mutations than boys do before showing symptoms of disorder." Autism occurs about four times more in boys than girls. Continuing to build a greater understanding of this increasingly prevalent disorder (1 in 50 newborns are on the Autism Spectrum) will help us learn more about Autism's origins and how we can help those with autism better cope.
$60-80k a year for an internship? Impossible? Glassdoor published a report on the 25 highest paying companies for internships. Proof positive that the biggest companies on earth continue to compete for A-list talent and that they're willing to shell out big bucks for that talent even before they finish their degree. Wow.
Several years back a colleague of mine (I'll call the colleague "Nellie") was managing a very high-visibility project. This project was high on the radar of key executives all the way up to the CEO of the company and any major mis-steps would send fireworks up the chain faster than lightning. This was one of those "thrill-seeker" projects; definitely high risk but also of high reward if the project was successful. Nellie was up to the challenge and willingly accepted the assignment.
I love stories like this where technology is used in new and innovative ways to help solve social issues. The Bangalore Municipal Authority is using Cloud Computing and the people power of "ragpickers" in Bangalore for more socially responsible recycling as well as helping ragpickers make more money per month by more efficiently finding and selling recyclable garbage. Very cool!
The Globe and Mail recently published a brief article on ten blind spots for leaders. Interestingly enough, the items listed focus on several very key themes, as follows:
1. Ability to collaborate with others
2. Accepting accountability for growing the capabilities of his/her team
3. Accepting accountability for personal growth
When I was a young leader, these themes were definitely blind spots for me. I saw on-time on-budget within-scope as the pillars of a great leader. As I matured as a leader, I recognized that if you want repeatable on-time on-budget within-scope you have to invest in themes like the above to make that happen. For my leader colleagues out there, how good are you at living and breathing the above themes and creating an environment where you consistently deliver results?
A recent article in The Guardian focuses specifically on work-life balance and is targeted for women (though the take-aways apply to men too). The points the author makes are good points; however the title I felt was very misleading. Ten minutes to work-life balance? Really? Work-life balance is like a good marriage; the day you stop working at it is the day that death (or divorce unfortunately) do you part. Read the take-aways but don't think about them as a quick solution; think about them as habits that need to be built and cultivated like a well-tended garden.
In case you're thinking that Cloud Computing might be some passing fad, give the below stats a look. If you're not a believer, beware of being left in the dust with the other typewriter repairmen.
CNBC published a piece on how Google and Autism Speaks are teaming up to link private investors like venture capital, private equity, and hedge funds to create more autism-related business development opportunities. On one hand, I am thrilled that resources are becoming more abundant to help autistic people cope with their disability and promote a more independent lifestyle. On the other hand, I would hope that private investors keep balance with their desire to generate ROI and the social goal of helping the now 1-in-50 people born on the spectrum lead normal lives. I'm not so naïve to think that private investors are going to be solely philanthropic when it comes to investing in those with autism; I just hope they see the duality of their purpose.
Forbes Magazine recently published an article about how to become a great manager. Interestingly, each of the six tips had a common focus: people. What I also found interesting was that Forbes titled the article becoming a great manager; I would have substituted the word leader. Give the quick-read article a look and see what you think.