Weekly Pulse by William Meller | Week 18, 2023

The Weekly Pulse is my content curation and my highlights from readings, books, podcasts, insights, and everything I discovered during the week.
The Weekly Pulse is my content curation and my highlights from readings, books, podcasts, insights, and everything I discovered during the week.

So, let’s go with some discoveries from the week!

#1 – Why People Fall For Conspiracy Theories
#2 – Becoming The Boss
#3 – How to Delete Your Old Online Accounts (and Why You Should)

Why People Fall For Conspiracy Theories

Source: FiveThirtyEight
Author: Kaleigh Rogers and Jasmine Mithani

Summary: Think of a conspiracy theorist. How do they see the world? What stands out to them? What fades into the background? Now think of yourself. How does the way you see things different? What is it about the way you think that has stopped you from falling down a rabbit hole?

3 Highlights:

“… It’s not surprising that someone who tends to make up their mind about something after reviewing very little evidence would be more likely to believe in a conspiracy theory. But if you fall into this category, don’t freak out. It doesn’t mean you’re destined to fall for b.s. the rest of your life….“

“… No one is reflective enough to bat away literally everything that they come across that’s false. Things will seep in if you’re repeatedly introduced to them…“

“… Every one of us has a brain that takes shortcuts, makes assumptions, and works in irrational ways. The sooner we recognize that, and stop treating loved ones who have adopted conspiratorial beliefs as lost causes, the better we may be at curbing the beliefs that threaten our democracy and public health….” 

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Becoming The Boss

Source: Harvard Business Review
Author: Linda A. Hill

Summary: For over a decade, the author has studied how star performers transition into management. As firms become leaner and more dynamic, this transition has only grown more challenging. But acknowledging and rectifying certain prevalent misconceptions around what management roles actually require can give these potential managers a far greater chance of success. Many new managers are reluctant to ask for help from their bosses, but when they do ask, they are often relieved to find their superiors more tolerant of both their questions and their outright mistakes than they had expected. Ultimately, senior managers must step up and support younger managers — both for the sake of their individual growth and the success of the entire organization.

3 Highlights:

“… As one disillusioned new leader puts it, “Becoming a manager is not about becoming a boss. It’s about becoming a hostage…

“… I repeatedly hear new managers describe situations in which they made an exception for one subordinate but ended up regretting the action’s unexpected negative consequences for the team…

“… New managers soon learn, however, that when direct reports are told to do something, they don’t necessarily respond. In fact, the more talented the subordinate, the less likely she is to simply follow orders...”

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How to Delete Your Old Online Accounts (and Why You Should)

Source: HowToGeek
Author: Chris Hoffman

Summary: You’ve probably signed up for a lot of online services that you no longer use. Most of those accounts probably still exist, and they likely contain a mix of your personal data, identity details, and credit card numbers. Don’t leave juicy targets lying around for attackers.

3 Highlights:

“… If you use a password manager to keep track of all your login details, your password manager will effectively be a database of all the accounts you have open…“ 

“… Delete any private data you have stored in the app. For example, if you have an old account in a note-taking app, to-do app, or calendar service, you’ll want to delete those old notes, tasks, and calendar events…“ 

“… Consider being more selective about what accounts you create in the future. In the future, before you sign up for an account, you might want to consider whether it’s actually worth the trouble...”

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