So, you just received an offer for the new job. You bring to your existing boss and ask “Can you match this?”. When you ask that question you need to be prepared for two things 1) they say yes 2) they say no.
Let’s look at #2 first, it’s easy they say no, you have the option to leave or stay. If you leave, you have a new job and more money. But, make sure you leave on a good note. If you stay, your boss now knows you’re looking and will not trust you. Also, guess who’s head is going on the next chopping block? Yep …. You!
Let’s look at #1. You get your raise, and you have a choice, stay or go. If you stay, you need to realize that your head is going on the chopping block. Why? Simple, your boss knows you’re thinking about leaving, you are not going to trusted and they will keep handing you more and more work until you make a mistake. Voila, you’re gone. However, if you are doing it just to show your current boss, “Hey this is what they [know] I’m worth on the open market. Why didn’t you see that?” Well, you may have just burned a bridge, and if that was one of your references…
My point here, the counter-offer is never worth it in the mid to long term. Think about this, all those autoworker union strikes. They may have received what they wanted, but what happened to that plant in the next 2-3 years? The production was moved somewhere else and where did the jobs and raises go? Black mail, and yes that is essentially what a strike is, does not work in the long-run.
So, if you receive that counter-offer, think long and hard about the consequences of saying yes.
LinkedIn Accused of Hacking Customers' E-Mails To Slurp Up Contacts - Slashdot -
cold fjord writes with this Business Week report: “LinkedIn Corp. … was sued by customers who claim the company appropriated their identities for marketing purposes by hacking into their external e-mail accounts and downloading contacts’ addresses. The customers, who aim to lead a group suit ag…
Letter to "Extended Family" Assures That NSA Will "Weather This Storm" - Slashdot -
An anonymous reader writes “The National Security Agency sent a letter to its employees, affiliates and contractors to reassure them that the NSA is not really an abusive and unchecked spying agency engaged in illegal activity.” Whatever you think of the commentary, you can read the original, attach…
BlackBerry ceases worldwide BBM rollout, cites earlier Android leak as the cause | MobileSyrup.com -
BlackBerry ceases worldwide BBM rollout, cites earlier Android leak as the cause
Many millions of people are anxiously awaiting the release of BBM for Android and iOS, and some of them already have access to the messaging service on the latter platform. But since the Android version was supposed to be made available at 7am ET this morning, many potential users have been frustrated by BlackBerry’s silence and the app’s absence on the Play Store.
Turns out there was an issue caused by an earlier leak of the app, one that brought an incomplete experience to users around the world. BlackBerry has since decided to cut off access to that version, leaving 1.1 million users without service until further notice. The company is also discontinuing the rollout on iOS until further notice, and will likely wait until it can bring a new Android version that lacks interplay with the leaked one.
According to a blog post, the BBM teams “continue to work around the clock to bring BBM to Android and iPhone, but only when it’s ready and we know it will live up to your expectations of BBM.” Existing iOS users — those whose countries had access up ’til now — will continue to be able to use the app, but the leaked Android version should no longer work.
No word on when BlackBerry will resume the rollout, but we’re anxiously awaiting its arrival. This issue does not affect BBM on BlackBerry platforms.
The 147 Companies That Own Everything -
Three systems theorists at thehave taken a database listing 37 million companies and investors worldwide and analyzed all 43,060 transnational corporations and share ownerships linking them. They built a model of who owns what and what their revenues are and mapped the whole edifice of economic power.
They discovered that global corporate control has a distinct bow-tie shape, with a dominant core of 147 firms radiating out from the middle. Each of these 147 own interlocking stakes of one another and together they control 40% of the wealth in the network. A total of 737 control 80% of it all. The top 20 are at the bottom of the post. This is, say the paper’s authors, the first map of the structure of global corporate control.
The #occupy movement will eat this up as evidence for massive redistribution of wealth. The New Scientist talked to one systems theorist who is “disconcerted” at the level of interconnectedness, but not surprised. Such structures occur commonly in biology, things like fungus, lichen and weeds. Economists say the danger comes when you combine hyperconnection with the concentration of power. The Swiss scientists warn that this can lead to an unstable environment. No Scheisse, Sherlock.
But the web of corporate control is not de facto a conspiracy of world domination. There are many reasons for tightly bundled nodes and connections: anti-takeover strategies, reduction of transaction costs, risk sharing, increasing trust and groups of interest.
A few caveats with the data set: It excludes GSEs and privately-held companies and is dominated by banks, institutional investors and mutual funds that don’t always have much in the way of control over assets. Reader danogden left an especially good comment below: “…pension plans, corporate 401(k) plans and individual funds..manage trillions in assets ultimately belonging to individuals who are predominantly not in the “1%”. …There are a number of “custodian banks” in the list — companies who hold the assets of asset managers to ensure timely processing of things like foreign dividend and bond interest, name changes (due to mergers, etc.), foreign currency conversion and the like…Again, they do not own the assets, or even really control the assets — they merely house the assets. A better list would be the actual asset OWNERS, rather than the vendors who manage, house and clear said assets.”
See the top 50 on the control list at the New Scientist. One of the co-authors, Dr. James Glattfelder, says he will be publishing next week the bigger list of 737 companies that control 80% of the global economy. The 147 are included in that group.
The Top Fifty Corporate Owners
1. Barclays plc
2. Capital Group Companies Inc
3. FMR Corporation
5. State Street Corporation
6. JP Morgan Chase & Co
7. Legal & General Group plc
8. Vanguard Group Inc
9. UBS AG
10. Merrill Lynch & Co Inc
11. Wellington Management Co LLP
12. Deutsche Bank AG
13. Franklin Resources Inc
14. Credit Suisse Group
15. Walton Enterprises LLC (holding company for Wal-Mart heirs)
16. Bank of New York Mellon Corp
18. Goldman Sachs Group Inc
19. T Rowe Price Group Inc
20. Legg Mason Inc
Revealed – the capitalist network that runs the world – physics-math – 19 October 2011 – New Scientist.
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Hardly! They were provided a backdoor by the manufacturer. This frankly is, and should be, more concerning. Since that would indicate that no level of encryption will be safe. If the NSA is ‘asking’ for backdoors to be put in for their use, and who knows what other agencies, can you ever be properly protected from prying eyes. To those of you that say, “if you’re not doing anything illegal, why should it matter?” remember this:
First they came for the communists,
and I didn’t speak out because I wasn’t a communist.
Then they came for the socialists,
and I didn’t speak out because I wasn’t a socialist.
Then they came for the trade unionists,
and I didn’t speak out because I wasn’t a trade unionist.
Then they came for me,
and there was no one left to speak for me.
Martin Niemoller apparently wrote this (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/First_they_came_…)
They are partying - drinking, kissing and general merriment. Yet, you want to pass on them for that. Why?
Lets be clear, everyone parties, drinks, cavorts. In this case pictures are posted. But, the candidate is excellent and everything is great, but those images. And you are considering not hiring? Lets be clear, if that is the case, the decision is short-sighted and, frankly, stupid.
So, just because that candidate has a private life and others know, you want to pass?
My point? Why pass on a great candidate?
Facebook has had it’s day.
That is a bold statement! But, it’s true. It will be around and it will be used by a number of people. But, frankly, from what I have seen, it is become a longer version of twitter but with pictures embedded. I use it because, in about 50% of cases that is the only way to reach certain people. Would I prefer other methods? Fuck yes!!!! Text, twitter, LinkedIn (although again that is really more of a business necessity), tumblr etc.. You get my point, I hope. You see, when the median age of the user starts to rise into or above the mid - twenties or early thirties. That begins to sound the death knell for a product. And that is what Facebook is, a product.
You live out your life on Facebook. Anyone can look at it. Some say it is good, others bad. I don’t really care. It is human nature to do that. We all want our 15 minutes, so to speak.
Facebook is one of the companies that turns over 80% of its user data to the US government. Do Americans still believe that they live in a free society? Or is it obvious to everyone but them that they do not? I am genuinely curious. Let me know.
So, Facebook will become the blackberry of social media, not yet, but soon enough. LinkedIn, I like it, but it is severely limiting. However from a business perspective it helps. Twitter, I like. Gives you easily accessed info that you can expand upon at your leisure. Tumblr, love it. I don’t see why yahoo needed to implement a porn filter. Kind of stupid, but their decision. Pinterest? The biggest issue I have with that is the level of spam. Also, business users are sucking the life out of that platform. User generated content, posted by legitimate users, not by network marketers will be the saviour for that platform. But, they need to lose the puritanical attitude. (Pinterest users know what I mean).
Next up for me? I think I’m going to start a YouTube channel. A little late, but I have some ideas that might be fun…
Feel free to respond. Let me know your thoughts on my rambling thoughts.
Always Take 'No' for an Answer -
Never take no for an answer is some of the worst advice about selling that you’ll ever get.
Salespeople are often told to never take no for an answer. If you follow that advice, however, you’re setting yourself up to sell less rather than more. Here’s why.
1. Some people simply aren’t going to buy.
"Never take no for an answer" assumes that making the sale is just a matter of asking for the sale in a different way. However, there will always be people who are not going to buy, regardless of what you say or do. These people self-identify themselves by saying "no" early in the engagement.
2. Some people will buy but cost too much to sell.
Some prospects that will eventually buy end up taking so long to decide, and asking you to do so much for them, that it’s not worth your time and effort selling to them. Like the prospects who aren’t going to buy, these prospects self-identify by saying “no…” early in the engagement but adding a condition that delays the sale.
3. Persistence costs you money.
A good salesperson quickly weeds out poor prospects and focuses on real opportunities that create the maximum revenue with the minimum of overhead. Here’s good advice: if first you don’t succeed (i.e. you get a big “no”), try, try again… but with a different prospect.
In short, NO means NO. Why fight against reality? Accept the no and move on.
You can’t turn back the clock and hear Martin Luther King deliver his famous “I Have a Dream” speech in person — but you can follow along as if it’s happening today, thanks to the Twitter account @todayin1963. All summer, the account — run by NPR’s Codeswitch team, which examines the intersections of race, ethnicity, and culture — has been tweeting its way through the summer of 1963, a pivotal period of the civil rights movement.
5 Things You Have to Unlearn to Succeed at Work -
A big theme in my life has been how much I had to unlearn to come to the decision to homeschool my kids.I had to unlearn all my assumptions about parenting (it turns out that kids don’t need teachers
1. Accommodating forced learning
Gen Y’s latest thing is binge learning, where you become so interested in what you’re doing that you don’t want to stop until you’ve learned it all. But the only way that you can binge learn is to know how to find course materials on your own and choose the sequence of those materials that works best for you. This means you can’t rely on someone else’s syllabus and you can’t rely on somebody laying out the steps for you.
In the workplace, to create our own value, we must create our own learning path. You have to unlearn the habit of waiting to be told what comes next in your education if you want to take control of your adult life.
2. Studying for the grade you can get on the test
Adult life doesn’t give letter grades. Sometimes adult life gives promotions or if you’re good at sales you might win a trip to Hawaii for your family, but in general, the reward of adult life is being able to find a path that’s good for you and put yourself on it. There’s no letter grade for that because the only person who can judge whether it’s a good path or not is you.
The act of making decisions independent of letter grades is completely opposite to everything that school stands for, because if you’re doing work that is separate from earning an A, then you’re completely uncontrollable in the classroom as you start losing the need to even show up to the classroom.
So school teaches you that you should study what’s on the test. Work is the opposite. What matters will never be on the test.
3. Saving self-discovery for vacation
For those of you who don’t follow the lives of Prince William and Prince Harry, a gap year is when somebody finishes high school and takes a year off before university study, presumably because you don’t learn about yourself while you are studying, so taking time to learn about yourself is important enough to give it a whole year.
This is actually true that usually you don’t learn about yourself when you’re studying, because if people tell you what to study, then you gain no insight into who you are. But if you take a year off to learn about yourself, you reinforce the idea that education and self‑knowledge are two completely different things.
However, in the workforce, education and self‑knowledge through work are the twin tickets to adult happiness. If you’re not synchronized so that you have them moving together, you will always feel like you’re missing something.
4. Saying something even when there’s nothing to say
In sixth grade my teacher gave us a list of topics about Mesopotamia for a ten-page paper she assigned. When she got to the topic of medicine in Mesopotamia, she said it was a hard one. I picked that one.
I brought it home to my dad who can win Trivial Pursuit in one turn every time and my mom who was on Jeopardy, and they said, “Medicine in Mesopotamia? There wasn’t any. What are you going to write about this?” We did a bunch of research to determine that, indeed, there were not ten typed pages to be written about medicine in Mesopotamia. We did conjecture instead, but that only got us to five. So I learned the art of bullshit by writing ten pages about medicine in Mesopotamia.
Paul Graham, one of the premier investors of college‑age startup founders, talks about how forced yammering on topics about which you have nothing to say end up affecting you negatively in the workforce.
He talks about kids who have great ideas for startups and they think it’s time to raise money, so they force themselves to start talking about why it’s time to raise money when, in fact, it’s not time to raise money. They have nothing to say about raising money. They should just be at home doing their business idea.
Graham points out that the idea that it doesn’t matter whether something is relevant or pertinent or necessary is lost on kids who have been forced to talk about nothing for eighteen years.
5. Using video games as a reward for finishing learning
It’s fashionable right now for parents to use video games as a reward for having finished schoolwork or, for the really nice parents, as a reward for just having made it through the school day. The thing is that video games actually teach important skills for work. And kids who play video games do better as adults.
I’m really happy to tell you that human resource managers understand this so well that it’s been shown that people who play World of Warcraft at work during work hours on the work computer are higher performing employees. There are lots of reasons for this. World of Warcraft is extremely competitive. It requires long‑term commitment and strategy, and it favors people who understand how to shift between different sorts of tasks that require different kinds of thinking.