The opposite of micromanagement is a leadership approach in which trusted workers are given training, expectations and the authority to find solutions and make decisions on their own, says John Baldoni in this blog post and video. That gives bosses the space to focus on big-picture thinking and also helps get the best out of their newly empowered employees. "Let the direct reports share what they've experienced and how they would do things differently, if at all, the next time," Baldoni says.
Prehype founding partner Henrik Werdelin argues that if you discover "an idea makes perfect sense, someone's already done it." To that end, seek out imperfect ideas that address customer pain points rather than organizational problems.
A clever turn of phrase can help to clarify your meaning and ensure your message is not forgotten, John Baldoni says in this blog post and video. "Good sound bites are brief, pithy statements that sum up what you're trying to say: Short, sweet and to the point," he says.
Google researchers have filed a patent for a pair of glasses using piezoelectric material and a magnetorheological fluid that tighten and loosen automatically. The idea is to adjust to a wearer's activity level so the glasses, which would link with a wristband or smartphone, adjust their tension to stay on the user's face.
Facebook is promising to alert users if the social network suspects accounts are being compromised by state-sponsored attackers. The warnings will include a link to activate a feature that requires a security code sent to members' mobile phones and a password to log in.
Hyperloop Transportation Technologies has reached a deal with landowners in California to begin construction of a $100 million prototype track for the hyperloop, a high-speed transit system proposed by Elon Musk. The hyperloop uses low-pressure tubes, induction motors and air compressors to help passenger pods reach speeds up to 250 mph. Construction is set to begin in 2016.
Employees from Kone are fitting elevator guide rails at the Kingdom Tower in Saudi Arabia. The tower, when completed, will be the tallest in the world, and the elevators will be the fastest double-deck elevators in the world, with cars traveling at 33 feet per second. Kone hopes to finish installation of the elevator system in 2016. The elevators will use UltraRope technology that employs carbon fibers to cut the weight of the cable needed to lift the elevator cars.
Researchers at the Swiss Federal Institute of Technology in Zurich have designed drones that can work together to construct a bridge out of rope without human help. The bridge can support a person's weight. The drones scanned the distance between two scaffolds and then determined how best to build the bridge themselves. The project "hints at an autonomous future in construction," writes Mike Murphy.
Seventy percent of Americans want the federal government to increase spending on mass transit, roads and bridges across the country, according to a recent poll by the American Automobile Association that also showed 91% believe routine maintenance is important. "Motorists are dissatisfied that our national leaders repeatedly have failed to meet the basic needs of drivers across the country," said Marshall Doney, president of AAA. The current short-term funding measure for the Highway Trust Fund expires Oct. 29.
The Army Corps of Engineers and the Environmental Protection Agency hope to revoke the 2015 Waters of the US rule and revert to standards put in place in 2008. Business groups praised the proposal, but environmentalists said the change will increase pollution within US waterways.
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