The Making of a Modern Elder

first_imgFor Chip Conley, work just keeps getting better with age. That’s saying something when you consider that he’s 50-something in a business world where young people are rapidly assuming more top leadership roles. In 2013, after selling the boutique hotel company he founded, Conley felt lost. That’s when Brian Chesky, the ambitious young founder of a then-tiny start-up called Airbnb, came calling. Conley swiftly became part of a company packed with 20-somethings. He was acutely aware of the age gap and his lack of digital skills, but he also came to realize the value of the wisdom he acquired during his years in the hospitality business. Thus began his journey as a “modern elder,” a term he coined and a role he discusses in his new book [email protected]: The Making of a Modern Elder (Currency, 2018).What is a modern elder?Someone who can advise and support young CEOs and managers who could benefit from the insights, emotional intelligence and leadership skills of those who have been around longer. Modern elders didn’t enter the workplace with the same digital skills that have helped many young people advance so quickly in their organizations. So they not only dispense wisdom, but they also seek it, meaning they are students as much as they are sages.What can Millennials learn from Baby Boomers and vice versa?The implicit exchange that can occur is DQ (digital intelligence) for EQ (emotional intelligence). Many young people are digital natives who really understand how the technology ecosystem works. They can reverse-mentor Boomers and Gen Xers around the digital intelligence that companies want today. At the same time, older workers can provide emotional intelligence, which involves so-called soft skills like how to listen, show empathy and cooperate with others. Unlike IQ, EQ can grow over time and with experience.At Airbnb, I helped teams solve the problems that arose when people weren’t collaborating well. For example, I showed them how to form an alliance with someone you’re at odds with and to create the psychological space that people need to do their best work. I think the “DQ for EQ” transfer is the future.What advice do you have for people who may feel daunted by the technology skills needed today?Try not to hide what you don’t know. I’m not saying you should flaunt it, but don’t pretend to be someone you’re not. That just puts a lot of energy in the wrong place. Instead, adopt a growth mindset. Be willing to improve. That process begins by saying, “I’m here to learn.” If you start with a beginner’s mind, you’ll learn faster.What can young HR professionals do to better manage older employees?Tap into their wisdom and recognize their value. Older workers can sometimes have a bit of a confidence crisis, which might show up as defensiveness or bitterness. Support them so they feel appreciated, and then encourage them to get to that growth mindset. Otherwise, work is only going to get worse for them. The key is to help them realize that being curious and open to learning is to their own benefit.Is experience making a comeback in the workplace?I think so. The world is increasingly focused on digital intelligence—something many young employees have in spades—but effective leadership often involves the kind of trial and error that can take decades to master. That’s where workers of all ages can learn from each other. With five generations in the workplace for the first time ever, we have a real opportunity to collaborate and transfer wisdom like never before.last_img read more

Storage: No End in Sight to Storage Device Sales Growth

first_img48 percent plan to spend more on virtualization26 percent plan to spend more on the cloud24 percent plan to spend more flash memory and solid state technology Gartner’s research vice-president Roger Cox recently called it “unabated terabyte growth.”  The growth of storage and explosion in the number of storage devices and capacities is affecting all industries.  Steve Wojtowecz, vice president of storage software development at IBM, said that he expects there to be over a trillion devices connected to the internet by 2015.Rachel King of ZDNet described the results of a report from Zogby International conducted on behalf of IBM which identified the following areas where organizations are investing their storage dollars: A Gartner report also confirmed this rapid growth of spending on storage.  In 2Q 2011 worldwide external controller-based (ECB) disk storage market grew at a record rate of 11.6 percent to $5.1 billion.Every industry is increasing the amount of data they collect simply because they can, and more data typically can equate to more efficiency, better design, better decisions and better quality.  One example cited by King is how digital data is revolutionizing businesses is with the movie industry.  Peter Ward, former senior vice president of information operations and content licensing at Sony Pictures, said that to make a single film today requires creating up to a petabyte of data, with the average finished project coming in at around 10 to 20 terabytes.  Data storage costs are now significant enough that they are looked at when estimating the cost of film production.last_img read more

SAP’s StreamWork Now Available in Google Apps Marketplace

first_imgMassive Non-Desk Workforce is an Opportunity fo… Cognitive Automation is the Immediate Future of… IT + Project Management: A Love Affair Related Posts klint finleycenter_img Tags:#enterprise#news 3 Areas of Your Business that Need Tech Now StreamWork, SAP‘s enterprise collaboration SaaS, is now available in the Google Apps Marketplace. The company also announced an enterprise edition of StreamWork and a mobile application for BlackBerry handsets. Although SAP is best known as an enterprise software, StreamWork has been focused on SMBs up until now.Given StreamWork’s focus on SMBs, and its need to be seen as cutting edge instead of a stale old school enterprise product, Google Apps integration makes a lot of sense. There are more than 30 million Google Apps users, and all of them will be able to use their Google Apps credentials to use StreamWork. Direct integration will be available in 2011. Google Apps integration compliments other partnerships, such as integration with services like Evernote and enterprise edition is a virtual appliance hosted by SAP. It runs on SUSE Linux Enterprise Server and was built with the SUSE Appliance Toolkit from Novell. The new version will bring additional security features to the product and finally make it enterprise-ready.Releasing a mobile client for BlackBerry first breaks with the recent trend we’ve been seeing of enterprise vendors releasing for the iPhone first. But SAP does plan an iOS version in the future. The mobile application allows users to access StreamWorks information from their handhelds and download StreamWork items to their BlackBerry task list.StreamWork is a “collaborative decision making” (CDM) product. This means its focus is on decision making instead of social for social’s sake. StreamWork provides a structure to discussion making with pro/con tables, SWOT analyses, and polls and other tools.According to Gartner‘s Rita Sallam:CDM platforms capture the decision process, inputs and assumptions so that decision-makers can later analyze whether or not a decision was a good one – and why – and identify best practices. CDM solutions, including SAP StreamWork, include some social software capabilities but are complementary to social software platforms.This seems like a good way to differentiate it from existing products in the crowded enterprise collaboration market, and Google Apps integration is a good way to drive adoption. SAP is recovering from a stinging loss in a legal battle with Oracle. Is this its come-back product?last_img read more

Rap artists, women take center stage at Grammys

first_img(AP) – Women and rap artists have both felt shunned at past Grammy Awards, but both took center stage this year.Childish Gambino’s “This is America” became first rap-based song to win record and song of the year, and Cardi B was the first solo female to win best rap album.Gambino and Kacey Musgraves both led the way with four Grammys, and Duo Lipa won best new artist while throwing shade at outgoing Grammy head.A songwriter and producer on “This is America” said backstage that he was surprised the victories were so historic, considering how rap has permeated the industry.Ludwig Goransson said: “It’s about time something like this happened with the Grammys as well.”last_img read more

Reader question: How do I get people to open my emails?

first_imgI continue to work my way through the many great reader questions! Thanks for all of them.Today’s question: I’d like to create copy for the subject line for emails that will encourage people to open them. Amazing Results .. Update .. News .. doesn’t seem to work well, especially when trying to reach potential donors. The space is very limited so there’s no room for an explanation of what’s in the email. Any suggestions?Here are some ideas for better subject lines.1. TEST: Before you send out an email blast, test two different subject lines with a smaller subset of your list. Do this always,so you get smarter all the time. 2. PERSONALIZE: Use something personally relevant to the reader to grab attention.3. BE INTERESTING: Make your subject line oddly short, long or different. Above all, make it interesting. My friend Kivi Leroux Miller talks about bad subject lines being a wrapper (example: September Diabetes eNews) and good subject lines being the candy in the wrapper (example: 6 ways to manage your diabetes). Make it interesting, so people open the message in the first place.4. BE FRESH: Don’t say “update” or “news” each time. Focus on what’s actually new!5. BE BRIEF: Put key information right up front since subject lines get cut off. 6. INSTILL URGENCY: Make it clear why your email matters now — “three days left to give”7. BANISH SPAMINESS: Run it through a content-checker, avoid all caps and shun exclamation points.If I had to choose just one of these to convey, I would think it’s #3. My best advice for building a following is to create wonderful content and reflect it in the subject line. People open the emails they know will contain something of value. Provide that value. The rest will follow!For further advice, I recommend Copyblogger’s tips for better email. You can find that here.last_img read more

a month agoArsenal manager Emery takes responsibility for Watford draw

first_imgArsenal manager Emery takes responsibility for Watford drawby Freddie Taylora month agoSend to a friendShare the loveArsenal manager Unai Emery has taken responsibility for Sunday’s draw with Watford. The Gunners blew a two-goal lead at Vicarage Road, with Tom Cleverley taking advantage of a comical error by Sokratis.”We have some young players and they need to have experiences like today,” he told a media conference. “Matteo [Guendouzi] is young and very emotional; sometimes he needs to make some mistakes to improve. In the first half he made a mistake and they didn’t score.”When we are analysing the mistakes, we prefer to speak about them collectively. I have responsibility.”I don’t want to say it’s the fault of one player or another. It’s my responsibility to give them the confidence to execute our game plan.” About the authorFreddie TaylorShare the loveHave your saylast_img read more

Spain draws record number of tourists visitor spending up

first_imgMADRID — Spanish government figures show the country received a national record of 82.6 million foreign tourists last year.Industry, Trade and Tourism Minister Reyes Maroto said Wednesday the figures show Spain remains competitive as it battles to overtake France, the world’s top destination in 2017 with almost 87 million arrivals.France has not yet published its total for 2018.Maroto says the number of visitors to Spain last year was up almost 1 per cent on 2017. The visitors spent almost 90 billion euros ($103 billion), up 3.1 per cent.Hector Gomez, the head of the Spanish tourism authority Turespana, warned that Britain’s exit from the European Union, European parliament elections in May and possible government elections in Spain make it hard to say how international tourism will perform in 2019.The Associated Presslast_img read more

YRB advises drivers on winter driving conditions

first_imgFORT ST. JOHN, B.C. – Winter is on its way and Yellowhead Road & Bridge North Peace is advising drivers to take precautions.On Wednesday morning, YRB North Peace sent out a message on Twitter saying that drivers should expect winter-like conditions on the roads.They also advise drivers to drive according to the weather conditions. YRB says road crews will be out patrolling on the roads to ensure safe travel.For up-to-date road conditions, you can visit morning! Expected flurries today with a mix of rain so be sure to drive to conditions and #ShiftintoWinter. Low temperatures at night will cause frost and slippery sections. Crews will be out patrolling ensuring safe travel. You can check #drivebc for important updates #yxj— YRB North Peace Ltd (@YRBNorthPeace) October 31, 2018last_img read more