End of Week Roundup! [Issue #33]

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End of Week Roundup! [Issue #33]

Here’s to another Happy Friday everyone, another vibrant week is almost over!

Here is our Weekly roundup to ensure you guys know what’s been shaking the Tech, Comms and HR world this week. But before we dive in, don’t forget to send us an email to hey@wearebeem.com if you have a story you want to share! Whether it’s about leadership, HR, innovation, company culture or communications or even your own story, we’re keen to learn so share it with us and we may feature your post in our upcoming issue.

Right, what’s been making waves this week? Check this out and join the discussion below!




How saying no helped Lee Lomax build Beem



“When you give birth to an idea, it’ll probably change a hundred times before you hit the nail on the head. You’re not going to get it right the first time. Look unicorns around the world. Airbnb took five years. Slack started as a bloody games company! It’s 99 percent execution.”

In a world where we’re constantly told to say ‘YES’ for success, sometimes saying no can be the best thing for your business and for your own personal growth. In a chat with the guys at Growth Business, our CEO Lee Lomax highlights how a ‘NO’ said at the right time could change your entire business experience.

“I think saying no has a rough connotation associated with it in modern society. ‘Yes’ is aligned with risk-taking, opportunities, and moving forward. ‘No’ has negative connotations like disappointment, failure, and rejection. But it’s interesting that sometimes saying no can be the most liberating and positive things you can do. When you mark the line in the sand by saying no, you’re focussing on yourself, whether your venture or your career”.

Check out the full article!



4 Ways to Get Honest, Critical Feedback from Your Employees


Telling people you’re self-aware doesn’t mean you are. And while we know that higher self-awareness leads to better team performance, unfortunately, research suggests that most people aren’t very self-aware at work. And this can reflect on how your employees perceive you: are they going to trust someone who’s not 100% self-aware? If you’re not sure about whether they’re going to follow your lead, it might be time to collect some feedback from them.

Fortunately, you don’t need to collect formal 360 feedback to learn how others experience you as a leader. If you want to understand how people genuinely perceive you, try these four things instead: Ask your coworkers’ to push back; Read nonverbal cues; Monitor how you narrate the story; Know your triggers and encourage others to call them out.

There is a lot of data already available to you about how you are perceived as a leader. To be effective, don’t over-rely on a formal 360, just start listening to – and acting upon — the information that’s already there.



10 Best Black Friday Tech Deals From Amazon, Best Buy, and More


Happy Black Friday Y’all! The best day to buy tech products is finally here!

The biggest shopping event of the season brings a deluge of deals from all the major retailers, both online and offline. Some retailers, including Amazon.com Inc., Best Buy Co., and Walmart Stores Inc., are already giving a sneak peek at what items will get major discounts on the big day.

Black Friday is the best day for taking advantage of any deals on video games, computers, tablets, and TVs, according to data from Adobe Systems Inc. (ADBEGet Report) compiled in the chart below. Shoppers can save an average of 10% on video game consoles and computers are discounted by about 16%, according to Adobe. Tablets and TVs, meanwhile, get marked down by about 24% on Black Friday.

If you’re still feeling paralyzed by all the deals out there, you’re in luck: here are the 10 best Black Friday tech deals we’ve spotted so far, ranked in no particular order. Enjoy!!



Artificial intelligence: Could an algorithm rid us of unconscious bias?


No matter how hard they try, people find it impossible to keep unconscious bias from affecting their decisions, leading to continued discrimination in employment and business practices. But for computers, it’s a different matter. And this has enormous potential when it comes to the challenge of stamping out discrimination across organizations.

Cognitive systems are trained by historical data sets that are laced with our subjective judgments, so of course, they inherit failings in the system. Now that we’re aware of this, we need to be creating rigorous testing techniques and new standards to assess algorithms for bias – particularly with cognitive systems being used for applications as diverse as policing, banking and recruitment.

AI also offers tremendous promise in helping humans to address their own unconscious biases. We’ve already seen that if a human doesn’t get to see the name and gender on a CV and just looks at achievements, they make different selections as a result.

Did we miss something? Let us know in the comments section below and we’ll feature your article in next week’s Roundup!

Also, let us know what type of content you guys want more or less of, we’re all ears!

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