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Issue 5 just dropped, and it’s packed with everything from AI to mountain-climbing to The Simpsons...and even an unconventional frostbite treatment.
Here’s a peek at some of the best Twitter-worthy quotes, notes, and insights from the brand new issue. Get the full scoop in the free digital edition (or see how you can get physical copies for your or your teammates at the end of this blog!)
On Staying Secure
Keeping your data secure in today’s world is exponentially more difficult now than it was years ago. Security attackers are smarter and equipped with more sophisticated tools. Luckily, we have security guru Bruce Schneier to keep us and our data protected. (Does his name sound familiar? Fun fact: He was mentioned as a renowned cryptologist in The DaVinci Code!)
And luckily for us, he says the future of security is not doomed:
“I am short-term pessimistic and longer-term optimistic. We’re going to live with major security gaps and will suffer the consequences until governments step in to provide common sense and fair regulations. The world we have today is based on letting private industry do its thing. But the government needs to step in now.
I think that technologists need to get more involved in public policy. Both are needed to solve these problems. Right now, technology has outpaced our ability to regulate it—and is off doing its thing without societal oversight. That must change or else we could wind up with some very destructive outcomes.”
Read more in “Securing the Next Generation Internet.”
On Unlearning What (You Think) You Know
In a season full of summer camp, did you know that one man developed a camp for executives to ‘unlearn' what they know? Barry O’Reilly helps re-train executives, break damaging habits, and prepare them for the ever-shifting future.
Consumers and their habits are always changing, which means yesterday’s techniques and habits just won’t fly anymore. To cater to the customers of today, it’s not enough to just learn something new—you have to unlearn tactics that are keeping you locked in the past.
Rest assured, unlearning isn’t about wiping away your memory. Instead, “Unlearning is a conscious act of letting go of once-useful mindsets and potentially outdated information and behaviors and opening yourself up to new information that will inform effective decision-making and action.”
Read more in “Executive, Disrupt Thyself.”
On Simpsons-Level Success
If you’re a living, breathing human on planet Earth, you’re likely well aware of The Simpsons—and the show’s incredible, lasting success. Little did you know that the secrets of the show’s triumph aren’t locked down in a vault. In fact, show-writer Mike Reiss has been generous enough to share them with you—including some that might help you and your business. Here are just a few of our favorites:
- When it comes to creativity, take executives out of the equation
- Work like you’ll be out of a job in 6 weeks
- Eat a big slice of humble pie every morning
Read more in “Business Advice from the Simpsons?”
Welcome to the Connecting World! Need a tour? Just look around—the signs are everywhere, and more examples are constantly popping up. From social media to high-speed trains, we’re connected and connecting.
To put it simply:
“The Connected World, with a capital ‘C’ and capital ‘W,’ is the vision of the world fully connected. It’s the future world that we may never actually get to. The connecting world is where we are today. It’s a world that’s in change. It’s in process. The world yesterday was likely a little less connected than it is today, which is a little less connected than it will be tomorrow.”
Read more in “Leadership in the Connecting World.”
On Putting the “Human” back in IT
With the rise of revolutionary technology comes fear—namely, the fear of being replaced. But technology depends on humans. It’s created for humans. It’s operated by humans. Kate O’Neill, speaker, author, technology consultant, and one of the first 100 at Netflix, says it best: "By focusing on the technology itself, organizations might lose sight of the true power of transformation: the ability to create more meaningful human experiences."
The bottom line? Happy humans equals a happy work environment, which equals a happier, more successful business all-around.
Read more in “In the Digital Age, It’s all about the People.”
Bonus: Read Kate’s viral article on Facebook’s recent 10 Year Challenge and the implications on privacy.
On Expanding the Definition of “Transformation”
Before you dive full-force into a transformation project, remember that any change is good, and you don’t have to overhaul your entire business to realize tangible differences. Using ORIX Life Insurance as an example, you’ll get practical (but impactful) ways to start modernizing your organization one step at a time.
On Dispelling AI Myths
AI is not always the science fiction, humanoid robot you might’ve come to dread. It comes in many forms, “allowing paraplegics to stand up and walk[,] helping reduce highway fatalities [, and] exploring Mars as an alternative habitat for humankind.”
While AI has changed the world for the better, it’s not without its setbacks, and without a careful design, creator bias can creep in and risk hurting more than helping. How do we strike a balance? Roboticist Ayanna Howard has the answers.
Read more in “AI: The Fear, the Bias, and the Rewards.”
On the Most Interesting Man in the World
Let’s cut to the chase. Sir Ranulph Fiennes (yes, a real “Sir”) is your new role model. Here’s just an abridged list of his accomplishments:
- He raised $25M for medical research
- He found the lost city of Ubar after a 25-year search
- He climbed Mt. Everest at age 65
- He was the first to cross both the Arctic and Antarctic oceans
Weirdest of all? He performed surgery...on himself. You’d think his ego would be as big as Mt. Everest, but when asked how he hopes to be described in the future, his answer was: “Simply without bitterness.”
Read more in “He’s the Most Interesting Man in the World.”
On Finding Talent
While inclusivity and diversity are standout terms for nearly all HR departments, the practical application isn’t always there. In fact, in 2017, only 37% of people with disabilities were employed. Though compliant with statistical standards, that figure can certainly be improved.
Companies like Skills Inc. are quickly realizing that folks with disabilities are well-equipped with unique, in-demand skill sets that make them powerful assets. That’s because “On a daily basis, people with disabilities must think creatively about how to solve problems and accomplish tasks. In the workplace, this resourcefulness translates into innovative thinking, fresh ideas, and varied approaches to confronting business challenges and achieving success.”
If you’re looking for fresh talent to build up your business, you don’t have to look far—the talent is right here.
Read more in “New Sources of Tech Talent (Right Here at Home).”
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