Bookmarks: 5 Interesting Articles to Help You This Week

May 8th, 2017

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Each week, I select a few articles that rise above the fray and hopefully help you on your journey in the CRE world. They pull from one of four “corners:” corporate real estate, technology, management science and anything positive. I welcome your comments on these articles and the submissions of others (with credit to you if I post them). I wish you a terrific week!

Why You Really Need to Stop Using Public Wi-Fi
“…not convinced of the risks? Here’s a story that should worry business travelers in particular. In 2014 experts from Kaspersky Lab uncovered a very sophisticated hacking campaign called “Dark Hotel.” Operating for more than seven years and believed to be a sophisticated economic espionage campaign by an unknown country, Dark Hotel targeted CEOs, government agencies, U.S. executives, NGOs, and other high-value targets while they were in Asia. When executives connected to their luxury hotel’s Wi-Fi network and downloaded what they believed were regular software updates, their devices were infected with malware. This malware could sit inactive and undetected for several months before being remotely accessed to obtain sensitive information on the device.” www.hbr.com

Five Reasons Why ‘The Retail Apocalypse’ Is A False Scare Story
“Talk about the death of retail is great click bait. Media outlets from the Wall Street Journal to Fortune to USA Today have trumpeted news about store closings, retail bankruptcies, and the end of retail as we know it. If we’re to believe these articles, we’ll all be buying from Amazon.com, and malls will become old age homes for Baby Boomers. And the rest of us should just close up shop now, and put an end to the pain. www.forbes.com

Alexa and Cortana May Be Heading to the Office
“Whether for work or home, intelligent assistants are part of a trend that has brought voice-control capabilities to such devices as cellphones, connected cars and certain home appliances. Apple Inc. (AAPL) introduced voice-recognition technology to customers’ pockets with the release of iPhone 4s with Siri in 2011.” www.wsj.com

How To Use Your Digital Footprint To Advance Your Career
In today’s world, your social media presence is essential. The content you share represents who you are and what you stand for—it is your digital footprint. With one google search of your name prospective clients, employers, and co-workers can get a snapshot of your history.

Surveys show employers check LinkedIn as the most popular channel (96%), followed by Facebook (56%), Twitter (41%) and Instagram (7%). It’s a common misconception that you should only focus on your social media presence if you want to be an influencer. In many cases having no online presence can hinder your chances for employment or future collaborations even further.” www.forbes.com

At These Startups, HR Comes Before the Ping-Pong Tables
“Even with five to 10 people, if you don’t get the right culture going early, it’s almost impossible to get right later,” says CodeFights Chief Executive Tigran Sloyan. Quickly adding staff without building the right team can hit, not help, the bottom line of an early startup, he said.

These efforts test the conventional wisdom that spending time on HR policies drags on startups’ growth. Uber, for instance, had recruiting staff and a team to handle administrative HR functions in its earlier years but didn’t hire its first senior HR chief until 2014, when it had about 600 employees.”  www.wsj.com

Your success blesses others. I wish you a great a hugely impactful week!

Ken

 

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