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The 48 Laws of Power. Technology Can Save Onboarding from Itself. Competition among the most innovative companies is growing ever more heated for one of the most highly-coveted resources on the market: talented employees. But sadly, too many new hires slip away because of a poor initial experience with their new companies. Consider the following statistics, which represent broad data in the United States: Nearly 33% of new hires look for a new job within their first six months on the job. (Among Millennials, that percentage is even higher … and it happens earlier.) The problem is that managers’ lives are busier than ever, so it’s simply not that easy to make sure an employee’s first few months at your company are as welcoming, stimulating, and productive as possible.

And yet, the latest research suggests that onboarding may be the most critical time in an employee’s experience at a company — one that has a long-lasting impact on engagement, performance, and retention. 99% of Networking Is a Waste of Time. Building the right relationships — networking — is critical in business. It may be an overstatement to say that relationships are everything, but not a huge one. The people we spend time with largely determine the opportunities that are available to us. As venture capitalist and entrepreneur Rich Stromback told me in a series of interviews, “Opportunities do not float like clouds in the sky.

They are attached to people.” To say Stromback is a great networker is an understatement: he was introduced to me as “Mr.Davos” for good reason. People also come to him because they feel they’re not getting enough value at Davos. Much of what he has learned from a decade at Davos flies in the face of generally-accepted networking advice. Don’t care about your first impression. 99 percent of any networking event is a waste of time. “99% of Davos is information or experience you can get elsewhere, on your own timeframe and in a more comfortable manner. Sleep from 4-8PM every day. Brainstorming Doesn't Work; Try This Technique Instead. Evan Rosenbaum was 2 years old when his father brought home the Power Macintosh 7100. This was 1994, and the 7100, a new personal computer from Apple, was a hefty gray console, hardly anything to look at. (It would be three years before Steve Jobs fatefully met the designer Jony Ive.) Nevertheless, the computer was cutting edge at the time, and Rosenbaum’s father, Howard, an accountant with entrepreneurial aspirations, unboxed it with delight.

He installed it in the wood-paneled den overlooking the backyard of his Long Island home. "I just remember how excited he was, setting it up, seeing what it could do," Rosenbaum says. Howard sat his young son on his lap, and together they explored the computer. But then, Howard passed away suddenly, stricken with a heart attack at 35. When Rosenbaum turned 3, then 4, he spent more and more time with the 7100. Rosenbaum didn’t realize the degree to which he associated his dad with the 7100 until the year he turned 6. Austin Kleon on 10 Things Every Creative Person Should Remember But We Often Forget. By Maria Popova What T.S. Eliot has to do with genetics and the optimal investment theory for your intellectual life. Much has been said about the secrets of creativity and where good ideas come from, but most of that wisdom can be lost on young minds just dipping their toes in the vast and tumultuous ocean of self-initiated creation. Some time ago, artist and writer Austin Kleon — one of my favorite thinkers, a keen observer of and participant in the creative economy of the digital age — was invited to give a talk to students, the backbone for which was a list of 10 things he wished he’d heard as a young creator: So widely did the talk resonate that Kleon decided to deepen and enrich its message in Steal Like an Artist — an intelligent and articulate manifesto for the era of combinatorial creativity and remix culture that’s part 344 Questions, part Everything is a Remix, part The Gift, at once borrowed and entirely original.

The book opens with a timeless T.S. Donating = Loving. 15 Surprising Tips For Standing Out At Work. Angela Lee Duckworth: The key to success? Grit. 8 Things the Most Successful People Do That Make Them Great.