A Chance to be famous…

Scientists are asking the public to name 20 exoplanetary systems observed by the Webb telescope. Here’s how to submit your idea.

Know that you will need a team to participate. The website below explains the rules and guidelines.


https://www.cnn.com/2022/08/18/world/webb-telescope-exoplanet-name-contest-scn/index.html?utm_term=1660905882232402a1077a60b&utm_source=cnn_Five+Things+for+Friday%2C+August+19%2C+2022&utm_medium=email&bt_ee=aaEFD%2FuR2AZW1OusdrJx7NUU%2FyhYK15K555dfHyliIEqiLYxxNwVN15mzVM4pBtb&bt_ts=1660905882235

The International Astronomical Union, the organization in charge of naming celestial objects, is launching the NameExoWorlds 2022 Competition to give the public a chance to christen some of the first exoplanetary systems to be seen by the telescope.

Know that the IAU wants this to be a collaborative affair, so participants must create a team composed of teachers, students, astronomy enthusiasts, or professional or amateur astronomists.

A chance to be famous forever….

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Gen Z isn’t looking for a dream job. This from a CEO’s experience, Paul Hudson is the CEO of Sanofi.

Summarized from https://www.fastcompany.com/90772850/gen-z-isnt-looking-for-a-dream-job-heres-what-they-want-instead?partner=feedburner&utm_source=feedburner&utm_medium=feed&utm_campaign=feedburner+fastcompany&utm_content=feedburner&utm=newsletters

Born as digital natives with personal agency and facing a labor shortage, record class stratification, and untenable living costs, Gen Z has significantly shifted their concept of a career.

Top-tier talent is saying: “I’ll bring from day one my experiences, and I’ll help you be a better company. But I will leave at some point, and you should not be concerned by that. I will leave it better than I found it, but I will also leave better than I arrived.”

Employees want to feel like they are working for a company that aligns with their values and brings real breakthroughs to the populations it serves. Gen Z ethos of values, work-life balance, questioning the status quo, and seeking fulfillment and worth.

Gen Z, millennials, and others are demanding more from their employers: They want transparency, respect, empathy, sustainability, and support for continued growth and development.* They also expect real action from leadership on diversity and inclusion. This is the most diverse generation thus far in the United States, with only 52% identifying as white non-Hispanic, and 99% of those surveyed by Tallo rating workplace DEI as important.

There are four things business leaders at all levels need to keep in focus when encouraging their Gen Z employees:

Communicate early and often

Provide stretch assignments

Use automation and AI to support growth**

Create a listening culture

From this blogger’s experience, communications, stretch assignments, and listening are foundation blocks of great leadership, not new to the conversation; not to say those things are in the majority of many leader’s methodology. And automation and meaningful use of AI certainly can enhance challenging assignments, and professional experience and contribution.

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* Describes a work environment sought after by those with ambition, talent, and runway. Not so new.

** Instead of having someone crunch numbers in an Excel grid, it’s better to designate that task for AI so the employee can spend more drawing insights from the data and creating solutions instead of handling menial, repetitive tasks.

Change

If you visit the “About” page of this site you will find its primary purpose is to help readers improve their performance and the performance of others.

I have found that I have strayed away from that “mission” and find myself posting more about the horrendous political, environmental, divisive, and corruption issues in the USA and around the globe.

I am tired of it. I feel that the negative “force” of these issues has caused the blog to stray from its original charter . And, there is sufficient, negative news out there without this blog republishing and commenting on it!

There IS content in this blog’s past postings over the years that addressed personal and work-related performance topics to assist with personal improvement.

I’m moving on to more enjoyable posting. I will not abandon the topic of “leadership” as I find it so elementary to everything.

7/26/2022

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RECESSION VIBES

…just keep telling your friends there is no recession… and, there won’t be one !
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From CNN Night Cap. 7.25.22
Here’s the deal: Even the world’s foremost economists are scratching their heads right now. Why are consumers spending so much money but saying they’re pessimistic? How can the labor market be so strong while output is dropping? Are we in a recession, or headed for one, and honestly how are we even defining “recession” these days? “If you’re not a little confused about the economy, you’re not paying attention,” tweeted Jason Furman, a former White House economic adviser. 

In short: No one knows what’s going on, primarily because the pandemic took a wrecking ball not only to the economy itself but to the models that economists have spent decades developing to try to measure and report on, well, everything.  In the absence of certainty, speculation is running wild. That has some experts worried we’ll actually end up talking ourselves into a recession. 

Hear me out: There’s a pretty sound theory that the more we talk about the R-word, the more likely it is we’ll end up in one. It’s kinda like skiing down a mountain — the more you worry about running into a tree the more likely you are to bonk into one.  Even a casual reader of news — or Twitter or Instagram or TikTok — is, consciously or not, soaking up concerns about inflation and a looming recession. When that unease takes root, it changes the way we spend.  

If we believe rampant inflation is here to stay, we’ll lock in purchases sooner than later, which translates to higher demand and therefore higher prices … and so on. If we believe a recession is inevitable, then it hardly matters whether it’s technically a recession or not. When the vibe is off, the vibe is off. The White House is already trying to get ahead of potential bad news on the economic front this week, when the Commerce Department releases its initial report on second-quarter growth. In a blog post last week, officials sought to reinforce the idea that the definition of a recession isn’t as clear cut as you might think.  “While some maintain that two consecutive quarters of falling real GDP constitute a recession, that is neither the official definition nor the way economists evaluate the state of the business cycle,” the White House wrote. “Instead, both official determinations of recessions and economists’ assessment of economic activity are based on a holistic look at the data — including the labor market, consumer and business spending, industrial production, and incomes.”  

Translation: Even if the second-quarter data shows another contraction, that doesn’t automatically make it a recession. This is more than just a politically convenient fact for the Biden administration. In the United States, there’s an obscure cadre of eight economists who are in charge of declaring when we’re in a recession. And as my colleague Nicole Goodkind wrote recently, that group of eight known as the Business Cycle Dating Committee — which sounds like the worst matchmaking app of all time — abides by a relatively vague definition that allows for wiggle room: A recession, they write, “involves a significant decline in economic activity that is spread across the economy and lasts more than a few months.”  It’s the economist’s version of Supreme Court Justice Potter Stewart’s famed “I know it when I see it” test.

It is like, build it and they will come. In this case, talk about it enough and it will happen, either way!

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Like Watching Grass Grow

If your house or apartment or, if your homeless your tent was on fire, and the Congress was “manning” the firehouse, your home would burn to the ground.

All the murders, all the dead people, all the dead children and we have this. This is past horrendous!

The Senate on Tuesday (6/21/22) cast a key vote to advance newly released bipartisan gun safety legislation, a major step moving the bill forward as lawmakers face pressure to respond to the the recent string of mass shootings. The bill still has a number of hurdles to clear, however. In the Senate, it will face two more major votes — first to break a filibuster and then on final passage. The vote to break a filibuster will be a critical, high-stakes moment for the legislation since it will require 60 votes to advance, which means at least 10 Republicans will need to join Democrats in support. This latest move to advance the bill is the clearest sign yet that it will likely overcome that filibuster. If so, the bill will go on to a final passage vote. The House would then need to take up the measure.

Least we forget…

The pace of mass shootings in 2022 is part of the three-year uptick that began in 2020. Between 2019 and 2020, the total number of mass shootings all year jumped from 417 to 610. The number jumped again in 2021 to 692. In 2022 so far, mass shootings have resulted in 1,357 people shot, resulting in 278 deaths. Through the same period in 2021, there were 1,293 people shot, resulting in 280 deaths, while in 2020 the numbers show 802 people shot with 152 deaths.

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Advice from New Zealand’s Leader…

Jacinda Ardern

Jacinda Ardern became New Zealand’s youngest prime minister in 150 years when she was sworn in at 37 years old in 2017. Since then, she has worked steadily on gender equality initiatives such as equal pay for women and paid parental leave, and comforted her country through times of crisis.

The prime minister’s words here remind us that leaders make the most impact when they listen to the people around them, try to find common ground, and lift up those who need it most.

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Gun Violence…

Here is an answer that might help address gun violence to a greater extent, without infringing on second amendment rights. And this blog entry in the face of 10 people killed in Buffalo, NY by an 18 year old on May 14th…

This solution will take away the “due process” rights of gun violence offenders. Due process means no justice department involvement (lawyers, courts, police time, etc.). The tax payers do pay for all of it.

Here is the solution: (And this does not infringe on any type of gun ownership)

If you are found, captured, using a gun, of any type, to injure, shoot, or kill another human being, you face an automatic death sentence. No attorneys, no hearings, no pleas, no psychiatrists, no due process.

It is not the perfect solution but it might cause one to think twice about committing gun violence.

Someone has to do something. It is crystal clear now that Congress will not act as the majority are bought off by the NRA.

Congress could enact this solution and stay in the good graces of the NRA (not that his blogger cares).

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Learning, leading, through Listening

As I think back on my corporate career, and then relate the article below to that experience, my take is that the article (link below) is spot on.

Thinking of people you know, and your face to face work and social experiences, I suspect there are many who can “appreciate” poor listeners. The signs are evident and easily observable. They visibly are not paying attention, they interrupt, maybe start a conversation in the midst of yours, talking about oneself incessantly, you exchange background information with others but they don’t remembers yours, it can be infuriating to say the least.

What is notable is that those with substantial listening skills have a “one up” when it comes to getting ahead.

There are skills associated with good listening: focus, empathy, self-control, and inclusion to cite a few. “To some degree, the power of listening can be explained by the fact that good listening is rare. We live in a world in which people are often rewarded for self-promoting, being the center of attention, and talking as much as they can, even when they have nothing to say.” That is almost humorous!

Here’s the article, maybe an opportunity to add to one’s tool box!

One would have to ask oneself if a poor listener would bother to read this post?

Improved listening skills probably require some behavioral change. Behavior change is usually challenging.

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