Oct 21 - 9 Things the Smartest Leaders Do|
By Sniggit - 19 hours ago
9 Things the Smartest Leaders Do
These simple strategies create organizations that are flexible, resilient, and attractive to top talent
This post is in partnership with Inc., which offers useful advice, resources and insights to entrepreneurs and business owners. The article below was originally published at Inc.com.
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In previous posts, IÂ’ve described what smart bosses believe, what smart bosses know about people, and the words that smart bosses never say. This piece describes the specific strategies IÂ’ve observed CEOs apply inside the most consistently successful companies:
They encourage diversity of thought.
Smart CEOs build organizations in which a diversity of opinion and background produce alternative approaches to solving problems and building opportunity.
Average CEOs build organizations in which everyone looks and thinks the same way. This reduces conflict but results in a brittle organization that canÂ’t adapt.
They sacrifice their cash cows.
Smart CEOs realize that a successful product becomes obsolete even while itÂ’s still selling well. As a result, they kill off and replace their most profitable products.
Average CEOs keep their cash cows alive even if it means that competitors will capture the next product generation.
They build symbiotic relationships.
Smart CEOs seek out situations in which customers and partners mutually benefit because everyoneÂ’s growth depends upon how well that she or he can cooperate.
Average CEOs think of business as a zero-sum game, where being a winner means that somebody else must be a loser, even if itÂ’s a customer or partner.
They physically connect with employees.
Smart CEOs walk the halls, shake hands, and speak one-on-one with line employees, sincerely thanking them for their contributions.
Average CEOs send out pep-talk emails filled with biz-blab like Â“employees are our greatest resource.Â”
They encourage social interaction.
Smart CEOs encourage social activities with intergroup mingling. They want employees from sales, engineering, and finance (for instance) to know and like one another.
Average CEOs have management retreats in fancy resort hotels and give regular employees free passes to the local Six Flags park.
They foster hands-on community involvement.
Smart CEOs want employees to become involved in personally helping the local community deal with whatever problems exist.
Average CEOs run contests to see which manager can arm-twist the most employees into donating money to United Way.
They increase flexibility by dispersing power.
Smart CEOs push authority as far down the organizational chain as possible, so that those closest to a situation have the power to make the best decisions.
Average CEOs obsess about checks and balances so that nobody takes a risk without first getting approval from higher-ups.
They encourage informality.
Smart CEOs create collegelike work environments in which employees feel relaxed, as if theyÂ’re among friends and mentors.
Average CEOs create factorylike environments in which everyone feels like a cog in the corporate machine.
They keep job descriptions fluid.
Smart CEOs let individuals, teams, and organizations define their roles as necessary to accomplish the job at hand.
Average CEOs expend vast effort writing detailed job descriptions and defining how the Â“systemÂ” is supposed to work.
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Oct 21 - 10 Job Search Tricks That Will Change Everything You’ve Been Doing|
By Sniggit - 19 hours ago
10 Job Search Tricks That Will Change Everything YouÂ’ve Been Doing
This post is in partnership with The Muse. The article below was originally published on The Muse.
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By Anna Runyan
Finding the right job opportunitiesÂ—and standing out in a competitive marketÂ—is tough. Fortunately, there are plenty of tools and hacks out there that are built to help you find your dream job, more quickly and easily than ever.
From an app that helps you optimize your resume for applicant tracking systems to a site thatÂ’ll keep all your applications in order, here are 10 tools and tips youÂ’ve probably never heard about that can give your job search a serious boost.
Create a Twitter Job Search List to Track Job Listings From Thousands of Sources
Every day, recruiters are tweeting jobs they need to interview candidates forÂ—making Twitter a seriously untapped resource for job seekers. To make sure youÂ’re in the know about these leads, create a Twitter job search list that includes recruiters, hiring managers, company hiring handles, and job search websites. Then, review their tweets daily for potential opportunities.
Use JibberJobber to Keep Track of Information You Collect During Your Job Search
ItÂ’s easy to get disorganized during a job hunt. So, use a free tool such asJibberJobber to keep tabs on everything thatÂ’s going on. You can track the companies that you apply to, note each specific job that you apply for, and log the status of each application (date of first interview, date thank you letter sent, and so on).
Use LinkedIn Resume Builder to Create an Updated Resume Fast
If youÂ’re like me, your LinkedIn profile is much more up to date than your actual resume. But if you need to update your resume fast for an available opportunity, donÂ’t spend hours on your computer. Instead, export your LinkedIn profile into a classy looking resume using LinkedInÂ’s Resume Builder.
Put a Short and Unique LinkedIn URL on Your Resume to Stand Out to Recruiters
Instead of using the URL that LinkedIn assigns you with letters and numbers, customize it so it contains your name and the career field or job title you want to go into. (You can do this by clicking Â“edit profileÂ” and clicking Â“editÂ” next to your LinkedIn URL.) This extra keyword will help when recruiters are searching for you, and sticking the URL on your resume will encourage recruiters to head to LinkedIn to learn more about you.
Use Resunate to See How Your Resume Scores on an Applicant Tracking System
Sick of not knowing if a human being is even reviewing the resume you worked so hard on? Resunate is web-based software that shows you how your resume would score on the applicant tracking systemÂ—and helps you improve it for every job you apply for.
Use SocialMention to Manage Your Online Reputation
While job searching, itÂ’s important to keep your reputation crystal clear. To monitor whatÂ’s being said about you online, check out Social Mention, a social media search and analysis platform that aggregates user-generated content from across the universe into a single stream of information. It allows you to easily track and measure what people are saying about you across the webÂ’s social media landscape in real-time.
Use LinkedIn Groups to Contact Someone You DonÂ’t Have an Email For
If you want to contact someone at your dream company but canÂ’t find the right contact information anywhere, check out the personÂ’s public LinkedIn profile and see what groups he or she is part of. Then, join the group where you share a mutual interest. Once you are in the same group, you can send a message through LinkedIn. Just make sure you include something about your common interest in your messageÂ—itÂ’ll make you seem like a networker, not a stalker.
Use Insightly to Manage and Organize Business Cards You Collect
Insightly is a free CRM system that helps you manage your key contacts and relationshipsÂ—and itÂ’s a great tool for your job search. After you meet someone, put his or her contact information in this system, and write down important information you learned from your conversation. Then, create a reminder in the system to follow up on a certain date in the future.
Use Contactually to Create an Automatic Follow-up System
A big job search mistake is to only focus on meeting new people and forgetting about the people you already know. In fact, itÂ’s extremely important to keep up with your current relationships! Contactually helps you consistently reengage with the most important people in your network by sending you automatic reminders to email people you havenÂ’t talked to in a while.
Update Your LinkedIn Status Daily to Stay Top of Mind
This will make sure that youÂ’ll stay on the radar of everyone you knowÂ—read: that theyÂ’ll remember you when an available opportunity opens up. How to do this without being annoying? Share an article, a quote, or a project youÂ’re working on. Other ways of showing up in the LinkedIn news feed are by getting recommended, by adding a new connection, by joining a group, or by changing your photo.
Put these simple Â“hacksÂ” into practice, and youÂ’ll quickly see an improvement in your job search results. Meaning: YouÂ’ll land that dream job oh-so-much faster
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Oct 21 - First video: Total CEO’s Falcon 50 plane crash site in Vnukovo Airport|
By Sniggit - 19 hours ago
First video: Total CEOÂ’s Falcon 50 plane crash site in Vnukovo Airport
Video footage of the Moscow plane crash that killed Total CEO Christophe de Margerie has emerged. The aircraft attempted a takeoff from Vnukovo around midnight, failing and crashing into a snowplow.
The video shows emergency workers sawing away at the fuselage, which appears to have split in half, following the collision and resulting crash. Debris is strewn around amid the overnight commotion.
Investigators are at the scene examining evidence, taking fuel samples and talking to staffers, as causes are being ruled out.
It has been determined at this time that Â“the driver of the snowplow was under the influence of alcohol,Â” head of RussiaÂ’s Investigative Committee Vladimir Markin told the reporters on Tuesday.
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Oct 21 - Virtual Reality Could Let Astronauts 'Go to the Beach'|
By Sniggit - 19 hours ago
Virtual Reality Could Let Astronauts 'Go to the Beach'
By Tanya Lewis
Spending long periods of time in space can be a psychologically demanding experience, but a new virtual reality system could give NASA astronauts a welcome escape.
The system, which features the super-advanced Oculus Rift virtual reality display, would allow spacefarers to virtually visit friends and family at home, or places such as the beach — complete with the sounds of waves breaking, the smell of saltwater and the feel of an ocean breeze, the researchers said.
"When you wear the Oculus Rift, it feels like you are in whatever scene you see," said Lorie Loeb, a computer scientist at Dartmouth University. Loeb leads the Digital Arts Leadership and Innovation lab (DALI), which is developing the virtual system.
The virtual world will also extend to other senses beyond sight, Loeb told Live Science. "We will augment the experience through sound, create a breeze with fans, add smells — anything we can do to trick the brain into feeling like they are transported into a new space."
The work builds on more than a decade of research at Dartmouth, Harvard, UCLA and elsewhere to develop a computer-based therapy program designed to help astronauts cope with the mental challenges of long space missions, when communication delays with Earth would make talking to a real therapist impractical.
Known as the Virtual Space Station, the system includes programs designed to treat depression and help astronauts deal with stress or engage in conflict management. Each therapy program features pre-recorded video and audio clips with a real psychologist, which users can explore on their own.
The Virtual Space Station is a much more advanced computer interface than typical Internet-based therapy programs, said Mark Hegel, a clinical psychologist at the Dartmouth Institute who is a co-investigator on the project.
But would real astronauts get any benefit from the virtual program? To find out, the researchers are testing the Virtual Space Station on two long-duration simulated space missions.
As part of the HI-SEAS (Hawaii Space Exploration Analog and Simulation) mission, which started Oct. 15, six people are spending eight months living in a habitat on a mountaintop in Hawaii. The other experiment will take place at a research station in Antarctica.
Members of these mock space missions will be able to access the virtual therapy program on their laptops, confidentially. On a real mission, astronauts might not want mission control to know if they are having problems, for fear of repercussions, the researchers said.
In previous experiments, the researchers have measured the relationship between the virtual therapist and users, and compared it with live therapy and other computer-based programs. "We found that perception we created was equivalent to working with a live therapist, and superior to other computer-based therapies," Hegel told Live Science.
Of course, it's impossible to know how an astronaut on a real mission would feel about using the system, Hegel said.
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Oct 20 - Neighbors say Indiana serial killer was `just an average guy`|
By messy marv stan - 19 hours ago
serial killer's body count is 7 confirmed victims so far :ojsmile:
Suspected serial killer Darren Vann was charged with murder Monday in connection with the deaths of seven women found in Indiana over the weekend and sources tell WGN the case may go beyond the jurisdiction of Lake County Indiana.
43-year-old Vann has told investigators that there may be dozens of more victims; in Indiana, across the state line into Illinois and as far away as Texas and Mexico.
Late Monday night, investigators searched the home on East 50th court on GaryÂ’s Southeast side, the home where the alleged killer Vann lived for the past two years.
Authorities say he is very intelligent and very well-read.
HeÂ’s also a registered sex offender.
Vann was married but is now divorced. His ex-wife, tells the Sun Times he was served in the U.S marines.
Today, a neighbor, who didnÂ’t want his face on camera, told us he was friendly with Vann and that he was a quiet guy.
Â“He was just an average guy,Â” the neighbor said. Â“He was cool. We always talked about women.Â”
VannÂ’s neighbor says he feels bad for the victimsÂ’ families.
Vann first appearance in court could be as soon as Tuesday
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Oct 21 - Oscar Pistorious Sentenced to 5 years for Murdering Girlfriend|
By jamietttt - 19 hours ago
(CNN) -- From a globally lauded athlete to convicted killer, Oscar Pistorius' fall from grace culminated Tuesday with a five-year sentence in the shooting death of his girlfriend.
What a fu*king joke.
In South Africa Pistorius would have got more prison time for killing a Rhinoceros than he did for killing that beautiful woman.
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Oct 21 - America says no to cappuccino potato chips|
By phantomnation - 20 hours ago
NEW YORK (AP) -- America has rejected the idea of cappuccino-flavored Lay's potato chips.
Frito-Lay says Wasabi Ginger won its contest that gives people a chance to create a new flavor, beating out the coffee-flavored chips and the two other finalists - Mango Salsa and Cheddar Bacon Mac & Cheese. Parent company PepsiCo Inc. says about 1 million total votes were cast online for the Do Us A Flavor promotion, a sales driver it has launched in more than a dozen countries.
In the U.S., bags of the four finalist flavors hit shelves in late July and people were able to vote on Facebook and Twitter for their favorites through this past weekend. It was the second year for the U.S. contest, which is designed to send customers to stores in search of the flavors. Last year's winner, Cheesy Garlic Bread, is still on shelves.
The winner, Meneko Spigner McBeth, was informed at a dinner for finalists Monday night in New York City. McBeth, a registered nurse from Deptford, New Jersey, will get $1 million or a set percentage of a year in sales, whichever figure is larger.
Ram Krishnan, Frito-Lay's chief marketing officer, said this year's winner is evidence Americans want more ethnic flavors, even though the top four Lay's flavors remain Original, Barbecue, Cheddar & Sour Cream and Sour Cream & Onion. He said he couldn't have imagined Lay's selling a Wasabi Ginger flavor when he joined the company eight years ago.
"We're kind of getting into a new flavor territory," Krishnan said. "When I went to school, Mexican food was exotic."
As for the cappuccino flavor - which was described as "NASTY" and "gross" in some comments on Lay's Facebook page - Krishnan defended its performance, although he wouldn't say how many votes it got.
"The fact that it made it out of our selection process to make it to the final four is no small feat," he said.
The contest began in the United Kingdom, where Frito-Lay sells chips under the Walkers brand. Since then, it was launched in 14 countries before coming to the U.S. last year. Winning flavors in other countries include Pizza in Saudi Arabia, Shrimp in Egypt, Sunday Roast in New Zealand, Pickled Cucumber in Serbia and Aline's Caesar Salad in Australia.
Given its success, Krishnan said the company is looking to launch the contest in other countries as well.
Krishnan wouldn't specify how much of a sales lift the contest provides. But in the latest quarter that ended Sept. 6, PepsiCo, based in Purchase, New York, said revenue for its Frito-Lay North America division rose 3 percent, reflecting a 2 percent gain in volume and 1 percent gain from higher prices.
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Oct 21 - Teacher's nude selfie exposes alleged sex scandal|
By messy marv stan - 20 hours ago
i couldnt find her nude selfie :bieberdatass:
A former Houston-area biology and cheerleading instructor who allegedly provided a nude photo of herself to a student has been accused of having sex with him.
The Pasadena Independent School District launched an investigation after the photo turned up on cellphones of some students.
Ashley Zehnder was charged Monday with having an improper relationship with a student. No publicly listed number could immediately be located Tuesday for the 24-year-old Zehnder, who's free on $10,000 bond.
Court documents indicate the teen lost his cellphone, Zehnder let him use hers to help locate his device and the two began texting. Zehnder allegedly provided a nude photo, which he shared with others. Investigators say the pair had a sexual relationship last summer at her home.
Zehnder resigned Oct. 9 amid the investigation
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Oct 21 - Boy killed for a stray goat|
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Oct 21 - She tweeted against the Mexican cartels. They tweeted her murder.|
By Turk3 - 20 hours ago
MEXICO CITY—She was a crusading Twitter journalist in a bastion of organized crime who chose a photograph of Catwoman as her online avatar and christened herself Felina. Like a comic-book avenger, her alter ego defied the forces of evil in her real-life Gotham of Reynosa, a border city in the Mexican state of Tamaulipas located a short drive from McAllen, Texas. Tamaulipas is notorious as a state caught in the iron grip of organized crime. Extortion, kidnappings, shootouts, arson, bodies excavated from arid pits, all of this happens in Tamaulipas, practically on a daily basis, but hardly any of it gets reported because of a media blackout the cartels decreed four years ago that is as strictly enforced as martial law after a coup.
Two rival drug cartels in Tamaulipas, the Gulf Cartel and the Zetas, have final say over what gets printed or broadcast in the local media. By necessity the people of the state increasingly have turned to social media to share information about organized crime and its infiltration of the government. They are referred to as citizen journalists and have received international attention for their innovative use of sites like Facebook and Twitter to defy the imposition of the blackout.
Felina was an administrator for Valor por Tamaulipas (which means Courage for Tamaulipas), the most popular citizen news hub in the state, with more than 100,000 followers on Twitter and over half a million on Facebook. A sampling of the site’s content varies from the sensational to the specific. There are photos of young teenagers holding military-grade firepower with captions or comments that identify them as members of organized crime. There are posters of missing persons and news alerts about violence that are timely and specific: “At 10am there were isolated gunshots heard coming from Unidad Obrera”; “Since 12:25a.m. Explosions and machine gun fire at CaĂ±ada/Fuentes, and pickup trucks passed at high speed on 20th Street”; “In Balcones sector 2 white Ford pickup with 3 armed Men on Everest Street and Seventh.” Soldiers at the Mexican army base in Reynosa also post news alerts to the site about violent confrontations between the army and the narcos.
Felina posted under the handle @Miut3 and was best known for her posts of danger alerts that pinpointed the location of violent incidents in real time. People sent her bits of information as a way for them to resist the hegemony of the cartels. She also wrote posts pleading with victims of crime not to remain silent, to file a police report even if it meant having to brave reprisals. She would post emergency telephone numbers as a way to try to help.
Understandably the narcos wanted to know the real identities of Felina and her compaĂ±eros at Valor por Tamaulipas. A year and a half ago, a cartel had hundreds of leaflets distributed throughout Tamaulipas offering a reward of 600,000 pesos (about $48,000 at the time) for anyone who would divulge the names of the site’s administrators. At around the same time there were videos posted online of executions of individuals alleged to be contributors to the site. The founder shut it down and left the state, hoping that time away would diminish the danger. But when Valor por Tamaulipaswent back online the situation only intensified: The number of followers to the site quadrupled and the threats resumed.
On Oct. 8,Valor por Tamaulipas received the following tweet: “We’re coming very close to many of you watch out felina.” The sender’s account was a shell but the message had the feel of authenticity. It was one in a series of posts that arrived on the same day. Each had an exasperated tone, demanding to know why the supposed generosity of the narcos toward people of low income went unreported, and why the focus on the Gulf Cartel but nothing on the crimes of soldiers and police? The concluding message defamed the site’s administrators as liars and threatened war on each of them by name, or at least by handle: “This is for you bandolera, felina, valor and all the rest who make things up.”
The founder of Valor por Tamaulipas, whose identity remains unpublished, said the need for secrecy had become greater than ever before. But he said Felina could not be convinced to alter her behavior to account for the increased danger. In a post on the site the founder described her as someone “who moved heaven and earth” for anyone in need. Her activity as a citizen journalist had fed into a larger vision of building a supportive community in Tamaulipas. She raised money; she organized blood donations, and helped people find affordable housing and free medical care. She listened but did not heed warnings from her peers that by raising her public profile in the community she risked being discovered. The founder removed Felina as an administrator after one last argument about helping someone in need of orthopedic shoes.
Felina nevertheless continued to post a high volume of news alerts to the site at the hashtag #ReynosaFollow. Until early in the morning of Thursday, Oct. 16, when this message from Felina @Miut3 was posted:
# reynosafollow FRIENDS AND FAMILY, MY REAL NAME IS MARĂŤA DEL ROSARIO FUENTES RUBIO. I AM A PHYSICIAN. TODAY MY LIFE HAS COME TO AN END.
The next message, sent moments later, is supposedly her warning friends and family not to make the same mistake she did, using social media to report on organized crime, because “there is no point.” The message after that is a warning to her followers and to three prominent citizen journalists that the cartels “are closer to us than you think.” The last message sent from Felina’s account is not written but rather consists of two photos: in the first, a middle-aged woman keeps her hands folded in front of her and looks directly at the camera; in the second the same woman is lying on a dirty floor with a coup de grace bullet wound in the face. The founder of Valor por Tamaulipas confirmed that the photos are of Felina. Twitter has since shut down her account.
How was Felina’s identity discovered? She may have been kidnapped, at first, for another reason completely. Staff at the Tierra Santa Clinic in Reynosa witnessed armed men riding in two pickup trucks pull into the parking lot and kidnap Del Rosario at between the hours of 10 and 11 a.m. after she had completed her shift last week. She was kidnapped along with another physician and a nurse.
The motive, according to a report in ZĂłcalo Magazine, was revenge for the death of a 4-year old boy whose teenage parents had brought him to the clinic for treatment that morning. According to the report, Del Rosario administered a dose of Diazepam to treat the boy for a seizure and complications ensued, leading her to have him transferred to a hospital, and he died en route. But when the kidnappers went through the doctor’s cellphone, according to the ZĂłcalo story, they saw her Twitter account, realized she was Felina, and executed her. With her cellphone, they were able to terrorize her followers with the photos and messages.
The founder of Valor por Tamaulipasdisputes this version of events and has characterized it as disinformation. Meanwhile, fellow citizen journalists who knew her personally have had to change their cellphone numbers and delete old correspondence with her for fear the cartel will use it to track them down.
The state prosecutor’s office in Tamaulipas confirmed that a Dr. MarĂa del Rosario Fuentes Rubio was reported kidnapped on the day before the photos and messages were posted to Felina’s Twitter account. Officially the case remains a kidnapping because, according to the coroner’s office, the body of the woman in the photographs has yet to be recovered.
The founder of Valor por Tamaulipasposted a statement on the site expressing grief at the loss of “an angel who gave everything, her life, her future, her safety and peace, she gave it all for the good people of our state.”
“Today Miut3 ceased to report,” the founder said. “But what the criminals don’t know is that Miut3 is part of our soul and she will never permit us to surrender to organized crime. She will never surrender, and how disappointed she would feel knowing that a single one of all those whom she helped were to succumb.”
There's pics but idk if I can post them.
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