What Is Up To The Minute? A collection of our favorite pieces of writing from the past week. A thought leadership showcase. A wealth of knowledge. Your new weekly go-to source of insight from voices big and small across industries.
1. Emotional intelligence writer and author Travis Bradberry: “Research proves that emotional intelligence is the critical factor that sets star performers apart from everyone else.”
In today’s work environment, everyone is expected to possess a certain level of emotional intelligence. Those who don’t are a hazard to their coworkers and themselves. And here’s the thing: Many traits you may consider to be your best—like your low-stress or the fact that you never get angry—could actually be signs of poor emotional intelligence.
Think you’re emotionally intelligent? Check out these 11 qualities that may suggest differently: 11 signs that you lack emotional intelligence.
2. Business writer and author Gwen Moran: “For some, a good luck token or habit can ease stress and possibly boost performance.”
Sometimes, in huge moments, it’s the little things that keep us focused and relaxed: wearing your favorite tie, listening to your favorite song beforehand, looking at a photo of a late loved one for inspiration. Many business leaders rely on “lucky charms and rituals” during or before high-pressure situations to reduce anxiety and/or gain confidence—and there’s research to back up this ritualistic habit. Here, six business leaders share their unique, slightly superstitious practices.
3. CEO of Orrick law firm Mitch Zuklie on the mistakes of first-time founders: “They can be unaware of the nearby dangers, don’t have good insight into what to avoid to stay safe, and make the same life-threatening mistakes as a lot of other founders who’ve wandered into the same busy road. Which of course can get companies killed.”
Highly inspired but often unexperienced, first-time founders are bound to make a few mistakes as they build their first business. But reading a few articles like this one can potentially prevent unnecessary missteps. This lawyer has helped a number of founders push forward after back-breaking mistakes—and he wants to help you avoid them in the first place.
Learn from the mistakes of others in 8 Mistakes First-Time Founders Make When Starting A Business.
4. Business and technology journalist Nicole Lewis: “Once you’ve captured your first client and your business begins to brand itself as an AI solution provider, you’ll have to grapple with an evolving AI market that requires a continuing investment in partner ecosystems, skills and intellectual property to gain traction and trust among customers.”
AI services businesses face a number of unique challenges: they must build customer confidence, reduce algorithmic bias, comply with regulations, and more. This considered, growing an AI service business requires constant adaptation and foolproof protocols. After reading his wide-ranging, research-rife guide featuring insight from a number of AI industry leaders, you’ll be much better poised to succeed in the ever-challenging AI services industry.
5. Retirement columnist Mark Miller: “[This] story is a cautionary tale for anyone planning to postpone retirement and work indefinitely: It’s a fine aspiration, but it’s best to have a backup plan.”
Americans are working ever-later into their senior years, pushing on in their late careers for financial security’s sake. But at some point, you have to decide when exactly you’re going to retire; to have a target date to work toward, says Miller. Otherwise, you may get caught up in a cycle of accepting consistently decreasing pay and will end up with no end in sight.