Weekly Pulse by William Meller | Week 10, 2023

Weekly Pulse by William Meller | Week 10, 2023
Weekly Pulse is content curation and highlights from readings, books, podcasts, insights, ramblings, and other interesting things I discovered and digested during the week.

So, let's go with some discoveries from the week!

#1 - Managing Your Boss
#2 - How Target Knew a High School Girl Was Pregnant Before Her Parents Did
#3 - How Leaders Can Build Connection in a Disconnected Workplace
#4 - What Is UX
#5 - Book Notes: Mindfulness - Mark Williams and Danny Penman

Managing Your Boss

Source: Harvard Business Review 
Author: John J. Gabarro and John P. Kotter
Year: 1980

Summary: In this classic HBR article, first published in 1980, Gabarro and Kotter advise readers to devote time and energy to managing their relationships with their bosses. The authors aren’t talking about showering supervisors with flattery; rather, they ask readers to understand that the manager–boss relationship is one of mutual dependence. Bosses need cooperation, reliability, and honesty from their direct reports.

3 Highlights:

"... Too many people, the phrase “managing your boss” may sound unusual or suspicious. Because of the traditional top-down emphasis in most organizations, it is not obvious why you need to manage relationships upward—unless, of course, you would do so for personal or political reasons...."

"... Successfully managing your relationship with your boss requires that you have a good understanding of your supervisor and of yourself, particularly strengths, weaknesses, work styles, and needs..."

"... But we are not referring to political maneuvering or to apple polishing. We are using the term to mean the process of consciously working with your superior to obtain the best possible results for you, your boss, and the company..."

How Target Knew a High School Girl Was Pregnant Before Her Parents Did

Source: Time
Author: Keith Wagstaff
Year: 2012

Summary: Data Analytics can be crazy. Target has perfected the technique of analyzing consumers' shopping habits to figure out who's pregnant. What Target discovered fairly quickly is that it creeped people out that the company knew about their pregnancies in advance based on their choices.

3 Highlights:

"... For all of the constant noise generated by the press, most people don’t really care about their privacy. Don’t get me wrong; they care about the principle of privacy. It certainly feels icky to know that companies are tracking your every move..."

"... So how do you stop companies from knowing everything about you? The short answer is that unless you start living like a survivalist, it’s extremely difficult to completely stay off of..."

"... It was a fact Target had obtained after carefully collecting information about her. The company, like many others, assigns each shopper a unique Guest ID. Every time you buy toilet paper with a credit card, visit its website, fill out a survey, or, really, interact with the retailer in any way, Target assigns this information to that ID..."

How Leaders Can Build Connection in a Disconnected Workplace

Source: Harvard Business Review
Author: Adam Smiley Poswolsky
Year: 2022

Summary: For too long, workplace connection has been thought of as something that just happens during the workday, whether via hallway conversations, water-cooler moments, or grabbing coffee. With spontaneous moments of connection more challenging to recreate in a remote or hybrid environment, managers need to take a more proactive approach, especially given how important connection is to retention. 

3 Highlights:

"... Whenever possible, create consistent connection rituals that offer praise and appreciation on an ongoing basis..."

"... For human connection and friendship to thrive, we need to take employee health seriously..."

"... In today’s lonely world, human connection is everyone’s job. It’s an essential part of building a great place to work and a more resilient society..."

What Is UX: The Benefits of Prioritizing User Experience

Source: Article of the Week

In today's fast-paced and stressful world, many people struggle to maintain their mental health and well-being. 

However, the practice of mindfulness has become increasingly popular as a way to combat this. In his book "Mindfulness: A Practical Guide to Finding Peace in a Frantic World," Mark Williams provides a comprehensive overview of the concept of mindfulness and its applications in everyday life.

Mindfulness promotes the kind of happiness and peace that gets into your bones. It seeps into everything you do and helps you meet the worst that life throws at you with new courage.

Book Notes: Mindfulness - Mark Williams and Danny Penman

Source: Book Notes of the Week

Without a doubt, Schopenhauer is one of the giants of Western philosophy. 

He represents a turning point from the quest to define the external world as something apart from our experience to a recognition of our experience as the medium of our world. 

Philosophy is a discourse, a conversation spread out over centuries that explores and develops different lines of thought. Schopenhauer embodies the moment in Western philosophy where the snake begins to eat its own tail, where the unreasoning insistence upon an external world is finally examined with due criticism and care. 

If you're looking for a book that will challenge your thinking, sharpen your rhetoric, and help you win any argument, then look no further than "The Art of Controversy" by Arthur Schopenhauer. 

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