Listen to “Man in the Mirror” without instruments, it’s amazing
I saw this link on Buzzfeed while I was watching Love Actually. No Joke. I thought it was a sign that I had to post it. Maybe I shouldn’t have watched it already, though, because now these nineteen nagging questions are really annoying me.
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Interviews are very ritualized processes. While that does make for a comfortable experience, it’s not the best for getting authenticity from your interviewees.
Next time you’re interviewing (on either side of the table), consider these twelve unusual questions.
“What concerns do you have about our company?”
Strange question? Not really. No company – and no job – is perfect for any employee (even its founders.) Every company and every job has its challenges and potential downsides.
The candidates you want to hire don’t think your company is perfect; they’ve done sufficient research to know that while yours is not the perfect company and the job is not the perfect job, yours is a company they want to work for because they can thrive, make a difference, develop and learn and grow and achieve… and be a key part of taking your company to even greater heights.
And as a result they’re willing to honestly share their concerns – because they trust you run a company that values openness, honesty, and transparency.
Full story at On Startups.
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Many a beloved phone has had its life tragically cut short by an unforeseen tragedy, and Honda would like to change that.
Since seat belts aren’t an option, they turned their attention to another tried and true method, the airbag, cleverly hidden in this concept design, the Case N.
Just try to keep a straight face through the video, because whether it’s in Japanese or English, it does seem to capture all the melodrama surrounding our sadness at the passing of a good (or just plain expensive) device.
Safety first, humor second.
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Ready to take the plunge into retirement? Why go out the normal way. Follow one of these three tips for a more creative exit. For example:
Sell Your Company to Your Employees
A sale to employees can be a win-win situation if it’s executed correctly. Typically this works by setting up an independent trust (a separate legal entity) that buys the owners’ shares. The valuation of the shares is usually set by an independent third party. The trust exists for the benefit of employees. So how does the trust pay the owner for the shares? The payment usually takes the form of an IOU, which is paid off over time with dividend income paid to the trust by the company. The trust could also borrow money based on the value of its equity in the company to pay the owner.
Full story at Open Forum.
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Recent surveys show that many people haven’t a clue about some basic science and tech facts.
Here’s an example of questions asked:
- How does a power cord charge a cell phone?
- What is the cause of global warming?
- What does “nano” mean?
- What are electrons?
Full story at TechCrunch.
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Oh sure, getting advice from animals who’ve been there, done that, and can talk a language we can understand is all well and good, but sometimes it helps to get a different perspective to shake things up a bit.
Mashable’s Afifa Siddiqui demonstrates how hours of surfing the Internet for cute animal videos has, in fact, been teaching you valuable lessons all along, so take notes and get back to the job boards feeling just a little bit better about how you’ve been spending your time.
Establish a strong personal brand like Boo (above)
If you know Internet pet phenomena, there’s a good chance you’ve met Boo the dog. The stylish Pomeranian with the distinctive haircut might look like a plush toy, but that’s probably because he has his own toy line.
Among superstar web pets, Boo is something of a rock star. He has a book deal, over six million Facebook fans, and he’s even worked for Virgin American Airlines. Did you know the airline had an Official Pet Liaison? Well they do, and Boo holds the position. What have you done lately?
So why is Boo so popular? Besides being one of the most ridiculously cute animals on the planet, Boo has a top-notch personal brand. Learn some lessons from Boo and make sure your own personal brand is attractive and professional. Social media tools are at your disposal to help you implement and develop a professional brand for yourself.
Start an industry-specific blog with smart thought leadership, contribute to Twitter chats and make sure your social media profiles tell the right story about your candidacy. You might not end up with six million fans, but you only need one great company to “like” you.
Full story at Mashable.
Domesticating the job hunt.
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Looking for the rocket carrying US spying technology into space?
The National Reconnaissance Office didn’t make the task too difficult thanks to the colorful, if threatening, octopus image emblazoned on the side, straddling the Earth and the slogan, “Nothing is out of our reach.”
Yeah, those NSA leaks sent that message loud and clear, but if you think we need any further reminders, well, go crazy. It’s not like they need our permission it would seem.
Incidentally, this photo was attached to a tweet from the Office of the Director of National Intelligence, so you might want to score some brownie points by following the office and getting in good with the intelligence crowd,
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Have you read any of these? I’ve read only a couple and didn’t like one single one of them. But I’m not the one making the list.
Here’s a sample of the New York Times’s picks for Top 10 of 2013:
By Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie.
Alfred A. Knopf, $26.95.By turns tender and trenchant, Adichie’s third novel takes on the comedy and tragedy of American race relations from the perspective of a young Nigerian immigrant. From the office politics of a hair-braiding salon to the burden of memory, there’s nothing too humble or daunting for this fearless writer, who is so attuned to the various worlds and shifting selves we inhabit — in life and online, in love, as agents and victims of history and the heroes of our own stories.
By Rachel Kushner.
Radical politics, avant-garde art and motorcycle racing all spring to life in Kushner’s radiant novel of the 1970s, in which a young woman moves to New York to become an artist, only to wind up involved in the revolutionary protest movement that shook Italy in those years. The novel, Kushner’s second, deploys mordant observations and chiseled sentences to explore how individuals are swept along by implacable social forces.
By Donna Tartt.
Little, Brown & Company, $30.
Tartt’s intoxicating third novel, after “The Secret History” and “The Little Friend,” follows the travails of Theo Decker, who emerges from a terrorist bombing motherless but in possession of a prized Dutch painting. Like the best of Dickens, the novel is packed with incident and populated with vivid characters. At its heart is the unwavering belief that come what may, art can save us by lifting us above ourselves.
AFTER THE MUSIC STOPPED: The Financial Crisis, the Response, and the Work Ahead
By Alan S. Blinder.
The Penguin Press, $29.95.
Blinder’s terrific book on the financial meltdown of 2008 argues that it happened because of a “perfect storm,” in which many unfortunate events occurred simultaneously, producing a far worse outcome than would have resulted from just a single cause. Blinder criticizes both the Bush and Obama administrations, especially for letting Lehman Brothers fail, but he also praises them for taking steps to save the country from falling into a serious depression. Their response to the near disaster, Blinder says, was far better than the public realizes.
DAYS OF FIRE: Bush and Cheney in the White House
By Peter Baker.
Baker succeeds in telling the story of the several crises of the Bush administration with fairness and balance, which is to say that he is sympathetic to his subjects, acknowledging their accomplishments but excusing none of their errors. Baker, the chief White House correspondent for The Times, is fascinated by the mystery of the Bush-Cheney relationship, and even more so by the mystery of George W. Bush himself. Did Bush lead, or was he led by others? In the end, Baker concludes, the “decider” really did decide.
FIVE DAYS AT MEMORIAL: Life and Death in a Storm-Ravaged Hospital
By Sheri Fink.
In harrowing detail, Fink describes the hellish days at a hospital during and after Hurricane Katrina, when desperate medical professionals were suspected of administering lethal injections to critically ill patients. Masterfully and compassionately reported and as gripping as a thriller, the book poses reverberating questions about end-of-life care, race discrimination in medicine and how individuals and institutions break down during disasters.
Full story at New York Times.
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The guitar that Bob Dylan plugged in when he famously went electric at the 1965 Newport Folk Festival has been sold at auction for a record $965,000.
Christie’s auction house is not identifying the absentee buyer who purchased the instrument Friday. Christie’s says it is the highest price ever paid for a guitar sold at auction.
The Newport festival was a defining moment that marked Dylan’s move from acoustic folk to electric rock ‘n’ roll.
Rock ‘n roll history.
Full story at National Post.
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