Weekly Pulse by William Meller | Week 34, 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 – 28 Questions to Ask Your Boss in Your One-on-Ones
#2 – Richard Feynman on Self-Doubt and Meeting Others’ Expectations
#3 – How To Release Control Of Your Team’s Work


When Your Boss Wears Metal Pants

Source: Harvard Business Review
Author:  Walter Frick

As machines become more advanced, it is important for humans to learn to work effectively with thinking machines. One challenge is getting humans to trust algorithms and recognize that they often know more than we do. 

Studies have found that people prefer human judgment to algorithms, even when the latter perform better. 

However, incorporating human judgment into algorithms can help build trust. Additionally, making machines more humanoid can make them more relatable, but it can also lead to issues such as stereotyping and discrimination.

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While We Sleep, Our Mind Goes on an Amazing Journey

Source: National Geographic
Author: Michael Finkel

Sleep is vital to our mental and physical health. However, in our modern society, sleep is typically viewed as an obstacle to productivity. We have an innate wake-up call that is triggered by non-life-threatening situations, leading to difficulties in getting a good night’s sleep. 

Sleep is essential for maintaining a healthy immune system, body temperature, and blood pressure. A full night’s sleep reinforces our memory, and lack of sleep can lead to a decrease in cognitive function. 

During a good night’s sleep, we cycle four or five times through several stages of sleep, each with distinct qualities and purpose.

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Getting the Attention You Need

Source:  Harvard Business Review
Author:  Thomas H. Davenport and John C. Beck

Business leaders can’t accomplish anything if their employees aren’t paying attention; to achieve long-term and short-term corporate goals, leaders need their people to focus in a sustained way on those goals. And lately, a lot of people’s attention is wandering. It’s easy to see why. 

Bill Gates’s dream that we’d have all the information we want at our fingertips has come true with a vengeance. Intranets, software applications, and portals continually wash tsunamis of information onto our desktops. The average manager receives more than 100 voice mail and e-mail messages a day. 

It would be bad enough if all this information were flung at a steady state audience, but in many organizations, staffs are leaner than ever. More information, fewer people—it’s no wonder that so many companies are on the verge of an acute attention deficit disorder.

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