You can't lead without outside perspectives | Diversity data are scarce from Fortune 500 firms | Charisma can't substitute for preparation
June 13, 2017
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Leadership and Management
You can't lead without outside perspectives
Listening to and digesting the perspectives of your reports are critical to successful leadership, writes Tanveer Naseer, while citing the hard lesson he learned. "Specifically, to be a good listener, leaders need to be curious about others and not simply focused on themselves," he writes.
Tanveer Naseer (6/6) 
Diversity data are scarce from Fortune 500 firms
Diversity data for Fortune 500 companies remain highly concealed from the public, despite the largely stated commitments to diversity practice. Only 20% of companies show data on improvements made, and 75% of them are in the tech sector.
Fortune (6/7) 
Communications and Marketing
Charisma can't substitute for preparation
You've probably heard that public speaking is all about having a big personality and using emotion, but that approach can lead to disaster if you forgo preparation, writes Anett Grant. "Spontaneity, energy, and emotion are all great -- but they should never be an excuse to wing it," Grant writes.
Fast Company online (5/17) 
Use LinkedIn Groups for customer insights, lead generation
LinkedIn's advanced people-search tool can be used to build an audience for a targeted group, inviting them to join with personalized messaging. The group can help pinpoint customer pain points and foster trust by providing information to tackle their problems, Josh Turner writes.
Entrepreneur online (5/25) 
Technology Spotlight
Professor pursues future of robot swarms
Collective action by simple robots mimicking the behavior of many animal species offers decisive advantages in many situations, according to Arizona State University professor Spring Berman, who is pursuing the technology with her students. In hazardous or long-lasting missions, "if you use a single complicated, expensive robot and it breaks down, you don't have a system [but if] you have a few hundred or thousand relatively inexpensive robots and a few of them fail, the others can keep working and the system will still operate," she said.
ASME (5/2017) 
Amazon patents technology to expand robots' duties
Amazon patents technology to expand robots' duties
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Amazon has won patent approval for technology that would allow transport inventory robots in its warehouses to handle janitorial duties and other jobs. The patent describes tools that would attach to existing robots to handle tasks such as taking inventory, sweeping and mopping.
The Business Journals (tiered subscription model)/Seattle (5/25) 
Career Focus
Lamp kit aimed at lighting up girls' interest in STEM
Looking to capture the imagination of girls ages 8 to 12, MIT mechanical engineering professor Maria Yang has developed Jubilite, a toy lamp designed to develop their interest and competence in STEM. The lamp kit consists of about 20 electrical components along with assembly instructions that help develop a technical vocabulary.
Streetwise Media/BostInno (6/5) 
6 ways to include simulations in STEM education
6 ways to include simulations in STEM education
Interactive simulations can be embedded throughout a science, technology, engineering and math curriculum, writes physics teacher Bree Barnett Dreyfuss. She offers six ways to use simulations in the classroom, including using balloons to simulate friction.
eSchool News (free registration) (6/5) 
Global Watch
Oldest-ever Homo sapiens fossils may change ideas on mankind's history
Fossils of Homo sapiens dating back about 300,000 years are the oldest ever found and were discovered in Morocco, which challenges long-held beliefs about where humans evolved, according to two studies published in Nature. "We did not evolve from a single 'cradle of mankind' somewhere in East Africa, we evolved on the African continent," said Philipp Gunz, co-author of the studies.
The New York Times (free-article access for SmartBrief readers) (6/7) 
Most complete bird encased in amber dates back 100 million years
A hatchling dating back 100 million years is the most complete bird ever found encased in amber and is described in Gondwana Research. The head, neck, wing, tail and feet belong to an opposite bird, which lived with modern birds' ancestors.
New Scientist (free content) (6/7) 
News from CESSE
ACCESSE17 early-registration rates extended to June 19
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