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Weekly Inspirations: June 23rd, 2017

Here are the things that I think are worth reading and checking out this week:

This Email From Elon Musk to Tesla Employees Is a Master Class in Emotional Intelligence

Tesla, the electric-automobile manufacturer led by famed CEO Elon Musk, has struggled mightily with safety over the past few years. California nonprofit Worksafe, a worker safety advocacy group, recently made headlines when it reported that the injury rate at Tesla’s Fremont, California, plant was more than 30 percent higher than the industry average in 2014 and 2015. Musk insists, however, that safety is the number one priority at Tesla. He claims that recent actions, like the company’s hiring thousands of employees to create a third shift and reduce excess overtime, have made a major impact in lowering the injury rate. A recent email Musk sent to employees indicates just how seriously he’s taking the issue. Here’s part of the email, as reported by news site Electrek:
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Convincing Clients: How To Get Sign Off When It Matters

We have all been there. That dreaded moment when after weeks of work we have to present our progress to key stakeholders, and they mercilessly tear it apart. It feels inevitable, but usually, we can avoid these situations. Wouldn’t life be so much easier if we didn’t need to get other people to buy-in to our work? Unfortunately, it doesn’t work that way, especially in digital. What we do involves so many different disciplines working together. We have to get the support of colleagues, stakeholders and management. But, achieving that can be painful, to say the least.
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How Ford’s New CEO Plans To Beat Tesla, Uber, And Google

In April 2017, the Ford Motor Company–114 years old, the second largest carmaker in the country behind General Motors, a stalwart of American manufacturing–was suddenly worth less than 14-year-old Tesla. As the New York Times wrote at the time, investors were betting on the future; Ford, in that sense, was history. The company’s stock has fallen nearly 40% since 2014. With investors grumbling, Ford’s board ousted CEO Mark Fields and appointed Jim Hackett. Hackett, who has turned around flailing companies, including the furniture manufacturer Steelcase, is an executive raised on the gospel of Ideo’s design thinking, where Post-it brainstorming, user testing, and quick prototyping are the keys to success. He wants Ford to shape the future of transportation at a time when younger, more agile companies are jockeying to do the same–and he thinks design will be the crucial differentiator.
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Watch former Apple engineers and Scott Forstall discuss the creation of the iPhone

Last night at the Computer History Museum, former New York Times reporter John Markoff interviewed some of the original engineers who work on the first iPhone that was unveiled in January 2007. Hugo Fiennes, Nitin Ganatra, and Scott Herz all talked about their own experience working on this incredible project. Then, Scott Forstall looked back at his time at the company when he was leading software development. Scott Forstall left the company in 2012 after the release of iOS 6. Less than a year later, Apple introduced iOS 7, the biggest redesign for the operating system. With that version, Apple moved away from the famous skeuomorphic apps and switched to flat design with a big emphasis on white space and transparent user interface elements. While Forstall didn’t really comment on his departure and iOS 7, it’s still fascinating to hear him talk about the early days of the iPhone.
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6 key tips when it comes to resigning from your current job

Congratulations on your new job, the hard work has been done and you’ve successfully navigated a tough series of interviews (our blog gives stacks of interview tips) and beaten both internal and external applicants! Here comes the dreaded part…resigning from your current job. We are regularly asked how to resign from your current role to make sure no bridges are burnt. So, when it comes to the day where you are resigning from your job; first things first… Don’t panic! All those Job Interviews that you sneak out for are definitely worth it. You’ve accepted an exciting job offer but the hardest part is telling your colleagues and boss that you’ve worked alongside that it’s your time to go!
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