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Here is our Weekly roundup to ensure you guys know what’s been shaking the Tech, Comms and HR world this week. Before we dive in, don’t forget to send us an email to firstname.lastname@example.org 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.
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AI is coming. That is what we heard throughout 2017 and will likely continue to hear throughout this year. For established businesses that are not Google or Facebook, a natural question to ask is: What have we got that is going to allow us to survive this transition?
When business leaders ask this with respect to AI, the answer they are given is “data.” This view is confirmed by the business press. There are hundreds of articles claiming that “data is the new oil” — by which they mean it is a fuel that will drive the AI economy.
If that is the case, then your company can consider itself lucky. You collected all this data, and then it turned out you were sitting on an oil reserve when AI happened to show up. But when you have that sort of luck, it is probably a good idea to ask “Are we really that lucky?”
Elon Musk has promised the world that a completely automated Tesla will be available by the end of 2018. Although other companies revise their estimates for self-driving vehicles in the consumer market – Waymo has pushed its date back to 2020, for instance – Musk is being coy. He’ll have it ready even sooner.
The Society of Automotive Engineers (SAE International) has established five widely-accepted steps to vehicular autonomy. Level five equates to true driverlessness, where cars can drive as competently as humans (or, hopefully, more so). The preceding four are colloquially known as “feet off, hands off, eyes off and brain off” – and I believe Tesla will unveil a consumer-class level-four vehicle long before 2018 is over.
Information and communication technologies (ICTs) have made remarkable jumps in the last few decades, enabling us to carry powerful palm-sized computers with a virtually constant connectivity to the internet with us wherever we go.
Although this has an abundance of benefits for us, it also means that we can take work with us wherever we go: sneaky peaks at our work e-mails during family dinner, work calls while on holiday or working on last week’s backlog at the weekend.
It’s this week’s news that crisis-hit construction firm Carillion announced it is going into liquidation: the collapse puts the future of Carillion’s 19,500 employees at risk. Here, Carillion employees whose jobs and pensions are at stake should be the main concern, since they are blameless in this corporate meltdown, and it’s in times like these that employees need to be protected and taken care of.
For a manager, it’s really challenging to keep employees engaged while the company is experiencing tremendous change or facing a crisis, but great leaders know that managing uncertainty is a matter of putting themselves in the shoes of their employees and delivering the compassionate leadership they expect.
We’ve investigated this matter and collected 5 ways to engage employees during a company crisis in this week’s blog post, take a look at it here!
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