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10 Things To Never Apologize For Again

(all illustrations by Jessica Hagy) “I’m so sorry, but—” is the introductory phrase of doom. Apologizing when you haven’t made any mistakes makes you look weak and easy to dismiss, not polite. Still want to say sorry? Then just don’t say it in these 10 situations. 1. Don’t apologize for taking up space. You’re three-dimensional in many powerful ways. 2. Don’t apologize for not being omniscient. If you really were psychic, you’d be out spending your lottery winnings already. 3. Don’t apologize for manifesting in a human form. You require food, sleep, and you have regular biological functions. This is not being high-maintenance. This is being alive. 4. Don’t apologize for being intimidatingly talented. Do you detect a wee bit (or a kilo-ton) of jealousy? Good. You’re doing something more than right. 5. Don’t apologize for not joining the cult du jour. If you don’t believe in the life-changing magic of the brand synergy matrix (or whatever the sli

Five Signs You're Ready For A Management Role -- And Five Signs You Aren't

Dear Liz, I have an internal debate going on in my head and you are just the person to help me sort it out. I’ve been working for seven years, the first two as a National Accounts Rep and the past five years as a Senior Service Analyst. As an Analyst I work with a small  number of accounts and I split my time  between handling my accounts’ billing and delivery issues and planning shipments, configuration and other customer-specific projects with my internal teammates. I really like my job, but I’d like to move up to a leadership position at some point. I’m just not sure when that point will be. There are team leaders and supervisors in my office who are younger than me and of course a lot of them are also older. I haven’t seen anything come up in terms of management jobs that feels like just the right fit for me, but when that job opening does come along I want to be ready. It would not be a job in this department, where we only have one manager (my boss) but probably i

Google to step up smartphone wars with release of own handset

G oogle is planning a shake-up of  the smartphone market by releasing its own handset, a move that would tighten its grip on mobile software and see it compete directly with the iPhone . The technology giant is in discussions with mobile operators about releasing a Google-branded phone that will extend the company’s move into hardware, sources familiar with the discussions told The Telegraph.  Google already develops the Android operating system that runs on four in five smartphones sold around the world, and endorses a range of phones made by partners such as LG and Huawei under the  Google Nexus  brand.  But unlike Apple, it leaves manufacturing to other companies such as Samsung, with the company concentrating on developing the free software that runs on its phones.  Google's Nexus 6P T he new device, which will be released by the end of the year according to a senior source, will see Google take more control over design, manufacturing and software. 

Making Amaravati a reality

To realize his audacious goals, perhaps Chandrababu Naidu will need three to four terms in office to ensure Amaravati becomes his vision of ‘world-class’ city Andhra Pradesh chief minister Chandrababu Naidu has been clever with his choice of location. To minimize risk, the ‘capital region’ is strategically located between two major urban agglomerations—Vijaywada and Guntur. Photo: Reuters The development of Amaravati on a greenfield site of 217 square kilometres is by far the most audacious project undertaken by Andhra Pradesh chief minister Chandrababu Naidu. His previous goals pale in comparison to this one. City-building, as global and Indian experiences suggest, is a feat in itself. Why? Because globally, most economically vibrant cities have developed organically. Building cities inorganically entails significant risk in thinking through and developing the human capital, infrastructural, financial and administrative dimensions, all of which are interrelated. In effect i

These are the top 10 emerging technologies of 2016

A diverse range of breakthrough technologies, including batteries capable of providing power to whole villages, “socially aware” artificial intelligence and new generation solar panels, could soon be playing a role in tackling the world’s most pressing challenges, according to  a list published today   by the World Economic Forum. “Technology has a critical role to play in addressing each of the major challenges the world faces, yet it also poses significant economic and social risks. As we enter the Fourth Industrial Revolution, it is vital that we develop shared norms and protocols to ensure that technology serves humanity and contributes to a prosperous and sustainable future,” said Jeremy Jurgens, Chief Information and Interaction Officer, Member of the Executive Committee, World Economic Forum. The Top 10 Emerging Technologies 2016 list, compiled by the Forum’s Meta-Council on Emerging Technologies and published in collaboration with Scientific American, highlights

Investing in cities ahead of demand, says Naidu

Keen on developing cities by design,not demand Chief Minister N. Chandrababu Naidu has reaffirmed his Government’s commitment to invest in the cities in anticipation of future requirements and give them freedom to raise substantial investment resources by monetising their land assets. The Chief Minister said the Government was exploring opportunities with companies across the world to find partners to develop state of the art urban solutions. “Andhra Pradesh does not want to under invest in its cities,” he averred. The Chief Minister was addressing the participants of the World Economic Forum meeting in Tianjin in China on Monday. He elaborated the State Government’s efforts to build a world-class city in Amaravati which had historical background and said “we are keen on developing cities by design not on demand”. Accordingly, the Government was striving to invest in network of the cities — integrating the smaller towns around the core region. It had taken adequat