I don't agree with everything former White House Communications Director Anthony Scaramucci says, but boy is he entertaining when he says it. His riffs are artful sculptures of communications gold. His new book is out today and I have no idea if it is any good, but it does make me look back fondly on those 10 glorious days (Mooch insists it was 11) back in the summer of 2017 when Scaramucci ran the comms show in the West Wing. And yes, it was a show.
Creativity is part of who we are, but sometimes people allow their "inner critic" to stop them from exploring this aspect of themselves, said Sarah Ashley Schiear, founder and CEO of the lifestyle brand Salt House. "I also believe that the more consumed we become with technology, the more we encounter a deep need to use our creativity," she said.
Female leaders at top companies emphasize the importance of continuous learning, taking on tough assignments and driving the change that you want to see, consultant Cassandra Frangos writes. "The only thing that matters is that you keep learning and get to know your space better than anybody else," said Kelly Kramer, who joined Cisco as a senior vice president in 2012.
Brian Moynihan, CEO of Bank of America, makes attending diversity and inclusion events a priority, said Sheri Bronstein, the bank's global human resources executive. Women made up 54% of the bank's workforce last year, according to regulatory filings.
More than two decades' worth of annual shareholders letters from Amazon CEO Jeff Bezos show the company's focus on the customer and the importance of scale to its success. "To achieve high standards yourself or as part of a team, you need to form and proactively communicate realistic beliefs about how hard something is going to be," Bezos wrote in his 2017 letter.
The "10 Rules for Students and Teachers," as devised by the late Sister Corita Kent, can also help leaders build trust with their teams and open their minds to other ideas and insights, says John Baldoni in this blog post and video. "There will be plenty of time for criticism -- go for the creative, and see where it takes you," Baldoni says.
Situations can dictate how smooth or frustrating our interactions are, which makes it less likely that someone is "difficult" than it is that the right space and circumstances are needed, writes Adam Kahane of Reos Partners. For instance, "if we can suspend our judgments, we may notice recurring patterns in the situations we find annoying, frustrating, or upsetting, and it might turn out that these triggers have more to do with us than they do with the other person," he writes.
Deep learning networks have promise for many technologies, even if people are underestimating how long it will take for technology such as self-driving cars to become widespread, says Terrence Sejnowski, a computational neuroscientist. Also worth watching, he says, is how neuroscience will benefit from and inspire continued research into areas of artificial intelligence.
Stress can shut down our self-awareness and empathy, and taking a pause at these moments can place us back in control, writes Anne Perschel. "In the time and space of pausing to take a breath, you avoid overreacting and can choose your response instead," she writes.