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Germans are paranoid that the US is spying on their data
by Grace Dobush - Quartz
#privacy #datensparsamkeit

... or are they? ...

The idea of personal data privacy is deeply ingrained in German culture. Germans even have a word for it: Datensparsamkeit, the principle of only collecting the bare minimum of data necessary.

“Anonymity is part of our idea of freedom,” Kai Biermann, a technology journalist for the national weekly newspaper Die Zeit, tells Quartz. Datensparsamkeit is written into Germany’s 2003 Federal Data Protection Act (English version here).

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Datensparsamkeit, the principle of only collecting the bare minimum of data
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I think not only Germans but Europeans in general
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Watch: John Oliver Goes After Patent Trolls
by Stephanie Mlot - PC Magazine
#patents #patenttrolls  

Patents are to inventors as air is to humans: Without the legally binding document, innovators have no proof of their work, and no way to protect against theft.

But the proliferation of patent trolls has threatened creators and their ideas.

And John Oliver isn't standing for it.

http://goo.gl/OWKwV6
Comedian John Oliver railed against patent trolls in the latest episode of his HBO show.
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Managers Account for 70% of Variance in Employee Engagement
by Randall Beck and Jim Harter - Gallup
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Managers Account for 70% of Variance in Employee Engagement
by Randall Beck and Jim Harter - Gallup
#leadership

Great managers consistently engage their teams to achieve outstanding performance. They create environments where employees take responsibility for their own -- and their team's -- engagement and build workplaces that are engines of productivity and profitability.

But not every team is led by a great manager. That's why managers account for at least 70% of the variance in employee engagement scores across business units, Gallup estimates in the State of the American Manager: Analytics and Advice for Leaders.

If great managers seem scarce, it's because the talent required to be one is rare. Talents are innate and are the building blocks of great performance. Knowledge, experience and skills develop our talents into strengths, but unless people possess the right innate talents for our job, no amount of training or experience will lead to exceptional performance.

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Here’s How Managers Can Be Replaced by Software
by Devin Fidler - Harvard Business Review
#employment #technology

Fortune 500 executives spend a fair amount of time thinking about how automation and the Internet are changing the nature of employment, but they rarely wonder how technology will have an impact much closer to home: on their own jobs.

We asked, “Is it possible to sit down at a laptop, launch iCEO, and ‘code’ the preparation of a project worthy of a Fortune 50 company into existence — without needing anyone to act as the project’s manager?” And somewhat surprisingly, that answer is yes.

Senior executives must wake up to this inevitability and join the conversation on the future of work, which only seems to be taking place at the policy level. We need real solutions that enhance work environments, increase employment opportunities, and provide new kinds of worker flexibility, to the benefit of all. And like the rest of us, executives face the option of helping build those solutions now — or watch as their roles are automated out of existence.

About the author: Devin Fidler heads the Workable Futures Initiative at the Institute for the Future, an independent, non-profit research organization based in the heart of Silicon Valley.


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And that might even be an improvement I guess ... ;-)
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What Your Facebook Use Reveals About Your Personality
by Amy Morin - The Huffington Post
#psychology

Every day when Facebook asks, "What's on your mind?" around 400 million people respond with a status message. While some people take the opportunity to share about their latest meal, other people post photos or inspirational messages. Over the past few years, researchers have discovered the way people choose to present themselves on Facebook speaks volumes about their personality and self-esteem.

Examining your behavior on social media could give you insight into your own personality, as well as how others perceive you. You may think you're presenting yourself in a certain light only to discover other people view your behavior completely different.

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+Walter H Groth good to know!
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Dark Matter May Be Less Mysterious Than We Thought
By Michael D. Lemonick - National Geographic
#astrophysics

Unlike ordinary particles, dark matter seems to feel only gravity, not the other forces of nature. But new observations show that might not be true after all

Read on: http://goo.gl/mHgMnH
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Astronomers discover largest known structure in the universe is ... a big hole
by Hannah Devlin . The Guardian
#astronomy

Astronomers have discovered what they say is the largest known structure in the universe: an incredibly big hole.

The “supervoid”, as it is known, is a spherical blob 1.8 billion light years across that is distinguished by its unusual emptiness.

István Szapudi, who led the work at the University of Hawaii at Manoa, described the object as possibly “the largest individual structure ever identified by humanity”.

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Scientists searching for an explanation for an unusually cool area of sky instead discovered a supervoid: an empty spherical blob 1.8 billion light years across
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Maybe it's the Universe's Belly Button?
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What’s the best way to lead a female employee?
by Jeff Haden - World Economic Forum
#leadership

Leaders may be responsible for managing groups, but leaders ultimately lead individuals. And every individual, female and male (and yes, even me), is different.

So what is the best way to lead a female employee? Start by forgetting she’s a woman. Start by ignoring stereotypes. Start by ignoring sweeping generalizations. Then go a lot deeper.

http://goo.gl/WR10dF
Jeff Haden outlines the only way to lead female employees that works.
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Yes, I'm sure that's what he wanted. And that's exactly my problem, why do so many authors think they need to "provoke" people? The title is totally misleading compared to his message. I read the article in spite of the title, not because of the title.
In my humble opinion, that's not only unnecessary, but also reducing the author's credibility. At least for me...
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The Wine Library at the B2 Boutique Hotel in Zurich / Switzerland
#travel #books

Don't miss out on  that one when you go to Zurich ...

Wine Library

Passionate. Authentic. Moving.

In this space, a sense of history emanates from the beer-bottle chandeliers and the collection of 33,000 books. The Wine Library is a public space where hotel guests can relax, read, chat, browse online, network, flirt, eat and drink. On request, we can bring snacks to your table at any time of day or night - from Swiss 'Hinkelstein' cheese, matured for 18-20 months and served with balsamic vinegar, to beef tartar - and treat you to fine wines from the Zurich region.

http://www.b2boutiquehotels.com/index.php/en/wine-library
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+Scott Thomas I believe they are beer bottles. Still really cool though!
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Are you ready to decide?
by Philip Meissner, Olivier Sibony, and Torsten Wulf - McKinsey & Company
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#leadership #criticalthinking  
 
Are you ready to decide?
by Philip Meissner, Olivier Sibony, and Torsten Wulf - McKinsey & Company
#leadership #criticalthinking

Before doing so, executives should ask themselves two sets of questions.

Good managers—even great ones—can make spectacularly bad choices. Some of them result from bad luck or poor timing, but a large body of research suggests that many are caused by cognitive and behavioral biases. While techniques to “debias” decision making do exist, it’s often difficult for executives, whose own biases may be part of the problem, to know when they are worth applying. In this article, we propose a simple, checklist-based approach that can help flag times when the decision-making process may have gone awry and interventions are necessary. Our early research, which we explain later, suggests that is the case roughly 75 percent of the time.

About the authors: Philip Meissner is an assistant professor of strategic and international management at the Philipp University of Marburg, Germany, where Torsten Wulf is a professor and chair of strategic and international management. Olivier Sibony is an alumnus of McKinsey’s Paris office.

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Most of what one needs during a lifetime is not taught at schools. Yet, that's precisely what makes the difference. +Gregory Esau 
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There’s a Difference Between Cooperation and Collaboration
by Ron Ashkenas - Harvard Business Review
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#leadership #collaboration  
 
There’s a Difference Between Cooperation and Collaboration
by Ron Ashkenas - Harvard Business Review
#leadership #collaboration

Everyone seems to agree that collaboration across functions is critical for major projects and initiatives. The reality, however, is that meshing the skills and resources of different departments, each focused on its own distinct targets, to achieve a larger organizational goal is much easier said than done. In fact, it takes much more than people being willing to get together, share information, and cooperate. It more importantly involves making tough decisions and trade-offs about what and what not to do, in order to adjust workloads across areas with different priorities and bosses. And despite all the well-meaning cooperative behaviors, this is often where interdepartmental collaboration breaks down.

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And it's not just FB but all of these virtual social networks ...
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Google dominates search. But the real problem is its monopoly on data
by The Guardian
#googlemonopoly

The wider problem is that Google has become the ultimate monopolist of the information age. Information is a source of power, and nothing in the EU’s case does anything significant to touch that power.

Read on: http://goo.gl/JYc9d7
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+Sakari Maaranen Well said. I agree.
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, Entrepreneur, Leader, Thinker

Whatever I do I believe that life at large is a beautiful and exciting adventure, worthwhile enjoying every moment of it. I believe in having a dream and making it come true. I believe that each challenge holds within opportunity and you need to be aware of it. I believe that, when you want to reach what is really possible, you have to strive for the impossible and “boldly go where no one else has gone before”. I believe in an optimistic approach to life.

Mountain climber. skydiver, scuba diver

Engaging in activities like mountain climbing, skydiving, and scuba diving, got me to leave my comfort zone and striving to reach the magic of the unknown territory. These often humbling experiences taught me how to handle the ‘black swans’, the unexpected adversities, when reaching for the stars.

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I am always looking for new and challenging experiences and going beyond my perceived boundaries. I love to immerse myself in the fields of science and technology, the art of communication, and also exploring the latest discoveries and looking for new and innovative ways to make sense of all that. I love learning, knowing, and understanding the needs people have in different countries with different cultural backgrounds.

Having lived part of my life in different countries and being exposed to their culture rewarded me with invaluable insights into human interaction. To me, beautiful design is the communicator between technology and human beings; technology meeting people where they are. I just love the space, where technology meets communication, creating a remarkable and lasting experience.


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No need for bragging. Not my style.
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