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Weekly Inspirations: Aug 24, 2018

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

How Mercedes-Benz uses augmented reality to train employees of all types

Automaker Mercedes-Benz has adopted Microsoft’s HoloLens augmented reality tool to assist in its manufacturing operations, Microsoft announced. More than 100 headsets have been distributed to be used by managers, product developers, branding and sales employees.
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Challenger Sale: Moving Beyond Rational Drowning

Growing up on the coast of Southern California, I was no stranger to the rip currents we would often see. For those unfamiliar, a rip current (a.k.a. ‘Riptide’) is when the wind and waves push water toward the shore, which then causes the water to travel sideways along the shoreline from oncoming waves until it finds an exit back out to the sea. Some rip currents can move as fast as 8 feet/second. On one particular day at the beach, I remember seeing a grown man get caught in the rip current. Most of us have been caught in a number of them, and the solution was easy if you knew what to do. We knew to relax and ride the current until it equalized with the rest of the shoreline. It just meant a longer swim and a walk from where you were, that’s all. But for this gentleman, he chose a different course of action.
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Most Managers Don’t Know How to Coach People. But They Can Learn.

re you successful at coaching your employees? In our years studying and working with companies on this topic, we’ve observed that when many executives say “yes,” they’re ill-equipped to answer the question. Why? For one thing, managers tend to think they’re coaching when they’re actually just telling their employees what to do. According to Sir John Whitmore, a leading figure in executive coaching, the definition of coaching is “unlocking a person’s potential to maximize their own performance. It is helping them to learn rather than teaching them.” When done right, coaching can also help with employee engagement; it is often more motivating to bring your expertise to a situation than to be told what to do.
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Apple, IBM, and Google don’t care anymore if you went to college

Recently, the job review site Glassdoor compiled a list of 15 different companies that don’t require job applicants to have college degrees. The list includes high-paying tech outlets like Apple, Google, and IBM, in addition to service-oriented companies like Costco, Starbucks, and Chipotle. Abandoning the four-year degree as a qualification might feel like a dramatic break from hiring orthodoxy. But in some ways, it’s more surprising that so many companies still insist upon a degree in the first place.
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“Let others succeed”: Google CEO Sundar Pichai’s simple but effective leadership style

Sundar Pichai doesn’t exactly seem part of the brash, big-ego club of Silicon Valley’s top leaders, but few can doubt the soft-spoken engineer’s talent and temerity.  When, only a decade after joining Google, the low-profile executive was appointed CEO in August 2015, the analysis of Pichai’s meteoritic rise focused on his ability to create exceptional products and his remarkable leadership style. In an environment replete with formidable characters and much infighting, Pichai emerged as the nice guy who could pull teams together and get work done.
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