Encouraging first-generation professionals could promote diversity | Is bottom-up leadership right for your business? | Know what types of public speaking make you uncomfortable
November 14, 2017
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Encouraging first-generation professionals could promote diversity
Peer coaching is a useful tool in assisting new workers who are the first in their families to hold professional jobs, says University of Maryland researcher Karen Hopkins, who is part of a project designed to help students and others as they enter the workforce. A study of first-generation students found that they had difficulties in assuming the "professional adult" role.
Slate (11/3) 
Is bottom-up leadership right for your business?
Autonomy within teams can be cultivated by giving all members a voice in how things are run. This type of bottom-up leadership reflects the fact that "every employee at every level needs to be thinking strategically, looking for new opportunities -- for the business, as well as for their own career growth," says Diane Belcher of Harvard Business Publishing Corporate Learning.
Business News Daily (11/7) 
Communications and Marketing
Know what types of public speaking make you uncomfortable
When people say public speaking makes them anxious, they often are referring to a specific audience size and familiarity with that audience, writes John Zimmer. Each situation -- big or small audience, familiar crowd or strangers -- requires a different approach and practice regimen, he argues.
Manner of Speaking (11/5) 
Generate leads on LinkedIn with a nurturing strategy
Marketers should treat their LinkedIn profile page as a landing page, ensuring it's filled with high-quality images, links to other social accounts and includes calls to action. Build relationships by sharing content useful to your audience, joining groups and sending regular status updates.
Adweek (10/20) 
Technology Spotlight
Autonomous robots will dominate supply chains for multiple reasons
Autonomous robots offer numerous potential benefits to supply chain companies, including faster decision-making, better visibility, real-time responses and more precision. Organizations must develop comprehensive plans and methodical approaches to implementing and using this technology to improve operations, increase productivity and reduce risk.
Manufacturing Business Technology online (11/8) 
UK university collaboration nets $47M to create ocean robotics, AI technologies
About $47.2 million in funding has been secured to establish the Orca Hub, a collaboration of five UK universities working on robotics and artificial intelligence technologies to be used in dangerous ocean environments. The universities are Heriot-Watt, Imperial College London, Edinburgh, Liverpool and Oxford.
BBC (11/8) 
Career Focus
Global program encourages girls in STEM
Girls in the UAE got some help from leading engineers and technologists to encourage their development in the science, technology, engineering and math disciplines, thanks to a MasterCard program. Girls4Tech worked with 50 students ages 10 to 12 in Dubai to show them the possibilities in a range of STEM disciplines, part of a program that aims to reach 200,000 girls globally by 2020.
Trade Arabia (Bahrain) (11/6) 
Delaware teen spearheads STEM initiative
Jacqueline Means, a sophomore at Delaware Military Academy, started the Wilmington Urban STEM Initiative to spark girls' interest in science, technology, engineering and math. The initiative offers girls hands-on experiences and connects them with female mentors.
The News Journal (Wilmington, Del.) (tiered subscription model) (11/6) 
Global Watch
Massive star appears to have withstood supernova with multiple explosions
A massive star seems to have survived multiple explosions in a supernova that continued for almost two years in what could be an example of a pulsational pair instability supernova, according to findings published in Nature. "According to this theory, it is possible that this was the result of a star so massive and hot that it generated antimatter in its core," said Daniel Kasen, the study's co-author.
BBC (11/8) 
Study: Wounds suffered during day heal faster than nighttime injuries
Wounds suffered during the day heal much faster than those suffered at night, according to findings published in Science Translational Medicine. "Healing in the day can occur 60% faster," said study leader Nathaniel Hoyle.
New Scientist (free content) (11/8) 
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