Why discipline is key for honing leadership skills | How to select diversity technology | How to refine your speaking skills
August 8, 2017
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Leadership and Management
Why discipline is key for honing leadership skills
Discipline is vital if you're trying to get better at leadership or any other skill, Mary Jo Asmus writes. It's important to focus on a goal, take action to achieve your objective and make course corrections as necessary while observing your progress.
Aspire-CS (8/1) 
How to select diversity technology
When choosing a tool to help with workplace diversity and inclusion, look at how deep and focused it is when assessing recruiting, bias and other areas, writes Andrea Hoffman, CEO of Culture Shift Labs. "Increasingly, predictive analytics -- capturing D&I data and interpreting what people and organizations are going to do next -- is becoming critical to successfully executing strategic D&I aims," she writes.
HuffPost (8/2) 
Communications and Marketing
How to refine your speaking skills
How to refine your speaking skills
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Public speaking, when done with eloquence and confidence, can be a great way to build trust and unlock networking opportunities, writes Phone.com CEO Ari Rabban. He offers five tips to sharpen your speaking skills, beginning with researching the audience and familiarizing yourself with the place where you will be giving your presentation.
Entrepreneur online (7/13) 
LinkedIn tries to stop bots from sharing private information
HiQ has no First Amendment right to collect private changes LinkedIn users make to their profiles and then alert clients of employees who might be pursuing jobs elsewhere, lawyers representing LinkedIn argued in federal court. A deal with LinkedIn allows HiQ to maintain access to such data until US District Judge Edward Chen decides whether to grant an injunction.
Courthouse News Service (7/28) 
Technology Spotlight
Robotics' vulnerability to cyberattacks shouldn't be underestimated
Manufacturers, integrators and operators should methodically secure robots against cyberattacks through actions such as regular software updates and secure code review, writes Carlos Gonzalez. Robot attack points can include LAN connections, the internet and handheld interfaces, he writes.
Machine Design (7/27) 
Robot being developed to autonomously bore tunnels
A project funded by the European Union will use an underground robotic system to bore tunnels and conduct 3D imaging. The "roBot for Autonomous unDerGround trenchless opERations, mapping and navigation," or BADGER, can autonomously maneuver around obstacles and install cables and pipelines once the tunnel is dug.
3DPrint (8/1) 
Career Focus
US lawmakers support students' STEM preparation
US lawmakers support students' STEM preparation
House, Science, Space, and Technology Committee recently asserted it is essential that students be prepared to enter jobs in computing fields. Lawmakers heard testimony from leaders in science, technology, engineering and math, and learned more about the skills students will need to succeed in STEM careers.
Education Week (tiered subscription model) (7/27) 
Superintendent promotes STEM education for all
Superintendent promotes STEM education for all
All students in one Washington state school district have access to learning opportunities in science, technology, engineering and math. In this commentary, district Superintendent Tammy Campbell highlights initiatives, such as career pathways and STEM-focused after-school programs.
EdSurge (8/2) 
Global Watch
Artificial light at night can disrupt pollination process for plants, insects
Light pollution can affect the pollination process for plants and insects, and those problems could carry over into daylight hours, according to a study published in Nature. Fewer insects visited flowers in meadows that were lit during the night, resulting in 13% fewer seeds being produced.
Science News (8/2) 
Rival experiments search for clues about antimatter at CERN
Six rival experiments at CERN are attempting to learn more about antimatter. The six research teams are all working in close proximity in a hangar at CERN, using the facility's Antiproton Decelerator.
Nature (free content) (8/2) 
News from CESSE
BEC 2017 Partner Spotlight -- Toronto
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2018 CESSE CEO Meeting
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