Weekly Pulse by William Meller | Week 34, 2023

Weekly Pulse by William Meller | Week 34, 2023
Weekly Pulse is content curation and highlights from readings, books, podcasts, insights, ramblings, and other interesting things I discovered during the week.

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

#1 - 28 Questions to Ask Your Boss in Your One-on-Ones
#2 - Richard Feynman on Self-Doubt and Meeting Others’ Expectations
#3 - How To Release Control Of Your Team’s Work
#4 - Building a Strong Career with Principles
#5 - Book Notes #83: The Tipping Point - Malcolm Gladwell
#6 - How Volunteering Can Boost Your Career In Project Management
#7 - Leading with AI: 5 Crucial Skills for Project Managers

When Your Boss Wears Metal Pants

Source: Harvard Business Review
Author:  Walter Frick
Year: 2015

As machines become more advanced, it is important for humans to learn to work effectively with thinking machines. One challenge is getting humans to trust algorithms and recognize that they often know more than we do. 

Studies have found that people prefer human judgment to algorithms, even when the latter perform better. 

However, incorporating human judgment into algorithms can help build trust. Additionally, making machines more humanoid can make them more relatable, but it can also lead to issues such as stereotyping and discrimination.

While We Sleep, Our Mind Goes on an Amazing Journey

Source:  National Geographic
Author:  Michael Finkel
Year: 2018

Sleep is vital to our mental and physical health. However, in our modern society, sleep is typically viewed as an obstacle to productivity. We have an innate wake-up call that is triggered by non-life-threatening situations, leading to difficulties in getting a good night's sleep. 

Sleep is essential for maintaining a healthy immune system, body temperature, and blood pressure. A full night's sleep reinforces our memory, and lack of sleep can lead to a decrease in cognitive function. 

During a good night's sleep, we cycle four or five times through several stages of sleep, each with distinct qualities and purpose.

Getting the Attention You Need

Source:  Harvard Business Review
Author:  Thomas H. Davenport and John C. Beck
Year: 2000

Business leaders can’t accomplish anything if their employees aren’t paying attention; to achieve long-term and short-term corporate goals, leaders need their people to focus in a sustained way on those goals. And lately, a lot of people’s attention is wandering. It’s easy to see why. 

Bill Gates’s dream that we’d have all the information we want at our fingertips has come true with a vengeance. Intranets, software applications, and portals continually wash tsunamis of information onto our desktops. The average manager receives more than 100 voice mail and e-mail messages a day. 

It would be bad enough if all this information were flung at a steady state audience, but in many organizations, staffs are leaner than ever. More information, fewer people—it’s no wonder that so many companies are on the verge of an acute attention deficit disorder.

How Volunteering in Project Management Can Boost Your Career

Source:  Article of the Week

Picture this: a junior project manager seeking ways to expand their horizons and deepen their impact. This was the scenario I found myself in around 10 years ago. 

My career was thriving, but I sensed there was more to explore beyond the traditional work setting. 

Little did I know that a single decision to volunteer as a project manager would set the stage for a profound shift.

Book Notes #86: Talking to Strangers by Malcolm Gladwell

Source:  Book Notes of the Week

This book offers a powerful examination of our interactions with strangers, and why they often go wrong. 

Court transcripts are brought to life with re-enactments. You actually hear the contentious arrest of Sandra Bland by the side of the road in Texas. Something is very wrong, Gladwell argues, with the tools and strategies we use to make sense of people we don't know. 

And because we don't know how to talk to strangers, we are inviting conflict and misunderstanding in ways that have a profound effect on our lives and our world.

LinkedIn Success Secrets: The Achiever's Writing Style

Source:  Video 1/2 of the Week

Unlock your LinkedIn potential! Learn the art of transforming your profile from a "Doer" to an "Achiever" in this game-changing video. Discover the secrets to crafting an impactful LinkedIn experience section that stands out to potential employers, collaborators, and mentors.

In this video, we'll show you why it's crucial to focus on your achievements, not just your actions, on LinkedIn. We'll guide you through practical steps to quantify your impact, use powerful action verbs, and showcase results that turn your profile into a magnet for career opportunities.

Your LinkedIn profile is your digital resume and personal brand. Watch this video now and take the first step towards LinkedIn success. Join us in the journey of becoming an "Achiever" and watch your connections and career prospects soar. Don't miss out on this career-changing insight!

Elevate Your Job Interview Game with the S.T.A.R. Method - Situation, Task, Action and Result

Source:  Video 2/2 of the Week

In this insightful video, we delve into the powerful STAR Method – an invaluable tool for acing your job interviews. Discover how to craft compelling responses using the Situation, Task, Action, and Result framework to impress potential employers and secure your dream job.

Learn the secrets to choosing the right examples that align perfectly with the skills required for the position you're eyeing. Dive into real-world scenarios and see how emphasizing tangible results can set you apart from the competition.

Prepare to take your interview skills to the next level and elevate your chances of landing the job you've always wanted. Don't miss out on this opportunity to gain a competitive edge in the job market.

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