Weekly Pulse by William Meller | Week 35, 2023

Weekly Pulse by William Meller | Week 35, 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 - Global Business Speaks English
#2 - What Happens to Your Body on No Sleep
#3 -Why It's So Hard to Be Fair
#4 - Doer x Achiever - How to Improve Your LinkedIn Writing Style
#5 - Book Notes #87: The Bomber Mafia by Malcolm Gladwell
#6 - Connecting for Success: How Networking Boosts Your Career
#7 - The Power of Personal Branding: Why It Matters More Than Ever

Global Business Speaks English

Source: Harvard Business Review
Author:  Tsedal Neeley
Year: 2012

English is the global language of business, spoken by 1.75 billion people worldwide, and adoption of an English corporate language strategy is becoming increasingly essential for companies to facilitate communication and performance across geographically diverse functions and business endeavours. 

The article discusses the benefits of "Englishnization" and how companies such as Rakuten, Nestlé, and Merloni have successfully implemented English-only policies. However, challenges and negative emotional and organizational consequences can arise, and companies must assess readiness and guidelines for adopting the shift. 

Managers can help employees move from frustration to inspiration by offering constant encouragement and language-development opportunities.

What Happens to Your Body on No Sleep

Source:  Outside
Author:  Wes Judd
Year: 2023

Lack of sleep can have immediate and long-term effects on the body, ranging from impaired cognitive function to increased risk of heart disease and cancer. Acute sleep deprivation can lead to memory loss, slowed reaction times, impaired decision-making abilities, and hallucinations. 

Long-term sleep deprivation can lead to hormonal imbalances, decreased immune system function, and chronic health issues. Researchers believe that sleep is necessary to purge toxins and other metabolic products that build up in the brain throughout the day. 

Without sleep, the body and mind begin to malfunction, and performance in physical and cognitive tasks suffers.

Why It's So Hard to Be Fair

Source: Harvard Business Review
Author:  Joel Brockner
Year: 2006

The article discusses the importance of process fairness in organizations and how it can lead to better employee satisfaction, reduced legal costs, and increased creativity and innovation. 

Process fairness is distinct from outcome fairness and refers to how managers behave when making decisions, such as explaining why a decision was made and treating employees with respect. However, many companies fail to consistently practice process fairness due to several factors, including discomfort with delivering bad news and a belief that tangible resources are more meaningful than treating employees decently. 

The article provides advice on how to promote greater process fairness in organizations, including addressing knowledge gaps and making process fairness a top priority starting at the senior management level.

Doer x Achiever - How to Improve Your LinkedIn Writing Style

Source:  Article of the Week

In the ever-evolving landscape of professional networking, LinkedIn remains a powerful platform for connecting, job searching, and showcasing your skills. 

However, to truly make an impact and stand out to potential employers and collaborators, you need to go beyond the basics. 

It's not just about listing your job responsibilities; it's about demonstrating your achievements and results.

Book Notes #87: The Bomber Mafia by Malcolm Gladwell

Source:  Book Notes of the Week

The Bomber Mafia follows the stories of a reclusive Dutch genius and his homemade computer, Winston Churchill's forbidding best friend, a team of pyromaniacal chemists at Harvard, a brilliant pilot who sang vaudeville tunes to his crew, and the bomber commander, Curtis Emerson LeMay, who would order the bloodiest attack of the Second World War. 

In this tale of innovation and obsession, Gladwell asks: what happens when technology and best intentions collide in the heat of war? And what is the price of progress?

Connecting for Success: How Networking Boosts Your Career

Source:  Video 1/2 of the Week

Networking isn't just about collecting business cards; it's about building meaningful connections that can open doors to incredible opportunities. Join us as we explore why networking matters and how you can master this essential skill.

Discover the power of networking and its impact on your career. We'll share insights from experts and studies that highlight why networking is a game-changer. Learn practical tips on attending events, utilizing social media, and adding value to your network. 

Plus, find out how to maintain those valuable connections over time. Whether you're just starting your career journey or looking to level up, this video is packed with actionable advice to boost your professional growth.

The Power of Personal Branding: Why It Matters More Than Ever

Source:  Video 2/2 of the Week

In this video, let's unravel the concept of personal branding, going beyond logos and slogans, to understand that personal branding is about authentically showcasing your skills, values, and unique personality. 

Throughout the video, we explore real-world examples and actionable tips to help you craft a personal brand that truly represents you.

The video emphasizes the immense importance of personal branding in today's competitive landscape to showcase who you really are no matter where you are. 

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