Elon Musk's ambition and revolutionary projects have captured imaginations and excited people about the future like none other in recent years, so many people are hoping he overcomes his recent setbacks, argue writers surveyed by Popular Mechanics. "Humanity's access to space appears to have been changed forever, filling people with hope and revitalizing our sense of exploration that had been so dulled," writes Ashlee Vance.
Conversations are conduits of influence, so we should use them to build up others and spark positive solutions to project or interpersonal work problems, writes Cheri Torres. Instead of getting frustrated, try asking open-ended questions when you see a colleague is frustrated or when a problem is complex and seems intractable.
Employees who are eager to please often take on too much work, which is all the more reason for CEOs and other leaders to establish clear goals for their teams, writes Joel Trammell, CEO of Black Box Network Services. "Once an employee truly understands the mission and strategy, he or she has a powerful sorting tool for incoming requests," he writes.
Digital transformation isn't much different from overall strategy -- it should zero in on what sets a company apart and helps customers access that service or product, writes Nigel Fenwick of Forrester. "Ninety percent of your business is simply not that unique -- stop pretending that it is," he writes.
Watch for other people's body language to detect how they are feeling toward you, and use that knowledge to adjust your own body language toward them, say authors James Pyle and Maryann Karinch. "Your body language is a response to them that is designed to get them into the state of mind you desire," they say.
Sometimes an impromptu break can give us energy even as we're being active, writes Laura Vanderkam, who describes the benefits of a trip to the zoo with her children. "In other words, in the strange calculus of the energy equation, doing something can be more recharging than trying to do nothing," she writes.
Why it matters: The trade war between the US and China often gets suffocated out of the news cycle because talk of tariffs on all manner of goods from steel to soybeans isn't sexy. The end result is that Americans don't even seem to understand how tariffs work. The reality is that the trade war is already hurting lots of Americans. Exhibit A would be the billions of dollars the US government is spending to bail out farmers. News that the trade war is escalating at the World Trade Organization, which moves at a notoriously slow pace, means relief isn't coming anytime soon.
Why it matters: Facebook now understands that its battles against policymakers and public relations fiascos will be an ongoing thing. The good news for Facebook is that Clegg will be replacing a different well-connected Brit who seemed to attract PR nightmares wherever she went - Rachel Whetstone. Whetstone has now left Google, Uber and Facebook in worse communications situations than she found them. In fact, Recode recently reported Whetstone had "come to Facebook to avoid the many thorny challenges she had dealt with in previous jobs." So she is a PR exec who doesn't want to work on PR challenges. Grrrrrreat.
Oh ... and where is Whetstone working now? Netflix. Good luck with that, Reed!
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