The most effective leaders use their strengths to create a vision, model successful behavior, challenge others to act and seek new ways to accomplish goals, writes Dan Rockwell. Every leader should acknowledge their weaknesses and work to shore them up, he writes.
Act on issues that cross organizational boundaries to set yourself apart as a leader, preparing to collaborate while managing the hurdles that may arise, writes Art Petty. "There are risks, but in my experience, the biggest threat comes from failing to try and make a difference," he writes.
A 2degrees study finds that 59% of people have friendly feelings toward those who use emoji in their communication, but 17% have gotten in trouble when the symbols were misinterpreted. Scott Taylor, chief consumer officer at 2degrees, notes language is dynamic and emoji are a way technology enhances communication.
Use pop culture references, quotes from celebrities, popular song lyrics and funny news stories in internal communications to foster connections between diverse employees, writes Steven Handmaker. "By intertwining pop culture and your workforce, you're finding an alternative way to speak with employees in a language they all understand," he writes.
More business leaders are taking "workcations" where they spend time far away from their offices with other leaders to build professional networks and help each other tackle problems and think in new ways about their business. "Studies show that people who are more networked innovate more regularly, because they have access to all these different skills and knowledge possibilities," says University of Minnesota professor Wilma Koutstaal.
A Finnish company says it has made a new protein "out of thin air" that tastes just like wheat flour and could be used in new food products. The substance is made from carbon dioxide, water and renewable electricity and is more climate-friendly than products made from animals or plants, the company says.
The House has voted 231-199 in favor of increasing the federal minimum wage to $15 per hour by October 2025. The measure is unlikely to succeed in the Senate, as Majority Leader Mitch McConnell said he will not take up the legislation.
Why it matters: The heat wave spreading across the US extends from the Plains to the Northeast and South. It's a disappointment and inconvenience for would-be participants in the now-canceled New York City Triathlon. More important, it's downright dangerous. Excessive heat can be more hazardous at night, as a European study found, because efforts to deal with the high temps all day have a cumulative effect. People in cities also have to contend with the urban island effect. Unfortunately, it looks like our weekend is going to be a "while you were sweating" kind of situation. --Paula
Why it matters: A man in West Philadelphia thought his mom was trapped in a burning building. He wasn't allowed in, so he scaled the building to reach her 15th-floor apartment. When he got there, he couldn't get in because of the building's design, so he climbed back down. There's a happy ending: His mom is safe. She also knows nothing will keep her son from looking out for her. --Paula
Why it matters: Had enough stories of spoiled kids pleading to have a smartphone before they are out of single digits? This story will give you hope. Lilliana Libecki, who is now 16, and her dad created the Joyineering Fund from the inspiration they found five years ago when they shared an adventure in Antarctica to ski with penguins. "Joyineering is the act of bringing joy to our Mother Earth in all possible ways," she says. Check out all they are doing by visiting this link. --Paula