There are many ways that we try to improve and reinvent ourselves as our careers and lives progress, and companies big and small are no different. In this week’s news, what was once the world’s largest mobile phone provider, Nokia, was acquired by Microsoft Corp. as Microsoft attempts to strengthen its position as a mobile hardware player against rivals such as Apple and Samsung.
“Today we welcome the Nokia Devices and Services business to our family. The mobile capabilities and assets they bring will advance our transformation,” said Microsoft CEO Satya Nadella. “Together with our partners, we remain focused on delivering innovation more rapidly in our mobile-first, cloud-first world.”
Put Technology to Work for You
And speaking of tech gadgets, a study published by Stacy Wood, a professor of marketing at North Carolina State University in The Journal of Product Innovation Management shows those professionals who want to be seen as leaders should be investing their time and money in the latest technology and innovations.
"Familiarity with and usage of new high-tech products appears to be a common manifestation of innovative behavior," the study's authors wrote. "Those who are tech-savvy are also perceived as authoritative on other subjects and as leaders."
And it seems Women benefit more from these perceptions than men in their usage of high tech. "This finding runs counter to the backlash effect typically found in impression management research in business settings," the researchers wrote. "Female job evaluations typically suffer after engaging in the same self-promoting impression management strategies that benefit their male counterparts."
So time to start brushing off your productivity apps and reading up on the latest tech trends it seems!
Re-designing Your Personal Brand
Your online presence is one of the key ingredients in your personal brand, so don’t fall behind on the latest developments. So here’s a place to start, Twitter has rolled out for all users its latest profile re-design. Reminiscent of Facebook’s profile design with new “cover art” and other features such as pinned tweets, that give you more control over what is highlighted on your profile, Twitter has re-invented might have given you a new way to share your online presence with potential employers. Check out how you can use your twitter profile redesign to attract recruiters.
Productivity and Leadership throughout the Ages
However, not all self-improvement and growth comes by way of bits and bytes, nor does it only come today’s leaders, from Marcus Aurelius to Seth Godin, here are 15 leadership books that you might consider adding to your summer reading list (or loading on your Kindle!)
Don’t have time to read a whole book? Steal some productivity tips from modern CEOs. Or better yet, maybe you need to stop procrastinating and organize your time better to carve out a couple of hours each week for reading.
It’s Not Just About Improving Your Mind
So now that you’ve got plenty of literature and tips to point you in the right direction, what are you doing about your physical health?
If you’re like the millions of office workers all around the world, sitting at the desk and staring at a computer screen all day can be killer on your well-being. There are plenty of ways to counteract the negative effects of office work or frequent work travel. Standing desks have become all the rage lately. Have you tried one? Would you recommend the experience? It’s not for everyone, but might be worth check out if you’re having a lot of pain from sitting all day.
The End of an Era
On a lighter note, time to take down that E.R. George Clooney desktop photo you’ve had on your home computer since the 90s – Hollywood’s most desired bachelor is engaged! And his bride-to-be is no slacker! British human rights lawyer, Amal Alamuddin, 36, besides from being a successful career woman is fluent in French and Arabic and has represented big names such as Wikileaks Founder, Julian Assange, and former Ukraine prime minister, Yulia Tymoshenko. But don’t despair… there might just be a Clooney look-alike down in sales that you might chat up at lunch if you’re smart about how to handle an office romance.