Archive 2017

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EUs60th-ENG-Blog

After nearly a decade of debt crises and a high-profile leave vote, the European Union has fallen on hard times financially and politically. Even so, the European Commission is soldiering on.

March 25, 2017, marks the 60th anniversary of the Treaties of Rome, and EC officials paint the union’s recent woes as mere blips when compared to seven decades of peace and the creation of a trading bloc of 500 million consumers.

“Sixty years ago, Europe’s founding fathers chose to unite the continent with the force of the law rather than with armed forces,” European Commission President Jean-Claude Juncker said in a statement marking the anniversary. “We can be proud of what we have achieved since then. Our darkest day in 2017 will still be far brighter than any spent by our forefathers on the battlefield.” Read the rest of this entry »

HappinessLeadsToSuccess-Blog

Be present in the moment. Practice acceptance, gratefulness and kindness.There you have it – the skin-and-bones formula for happiness – according to the philosophical deep thinkers and psychological experts who study such matters. Sounds so simple, yet is so elusive.

Happiness is so important to human beings that in 2011, the prime minister of Bhutan, a tiny kingdom in the Himalayas, proposed a global day of happiness to the United Nations. Since 2012, March 20 has been designated as World Happiness Day. According to the World Happiness Report for 2017, Norway is the world’s happiest country, followed by Denmark, Iceland, Switzerland and Finland. The United States ranked 14th with the UK 19th. Read the rest of this entry »

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 Full Catastrophe Living 
I particularly enjoyed this book because I like to learn more about how you can improve your life, expand your mind, improve your health and treat illnesses through mindfulness and meditation. I truly believe that meditation helps you positively change your life and the life of others.
I learned about different kinds of mindfulness meditation, how mindfulness can help you deal better with emotional challenges, and how to accept things the way they are.

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Happiness is not an emotion; it’s a state of being. Much has been said about it and there’s much left to be said. But one thing is clear: The pursuit of authentic and lasting happiness is universal. Wherever you are in your path toward happiness, these five books will help you understand what happiness really means, how to achieve it and most importantly, how to maintain it.
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Space invaders

2017/3/17

AndyYen-EmailPrivacy-Blog

If your home or automobile has ever been burglarized, you not only lose property but also your sense of security. You suddenly feel vulnerable; the safety you always took for granted is compromised. Having an e-mail or credit card account hacked may not be as traumatic, but it is still scary and upsetting – and often costly.

While many of us believe that passwords adequately protect our online privacy, experts insist that additional safeguards – encryption specifically – are required. In fact, millions of people don’t even take the business of passwords seriously. Keeper, a cyber security company, recently reported that “123456” was the most popular password in 2016, used by a remarkable 17% of Internet users. In second place was “123456789.” Oldies but goodies such as “qwerty” (No. 3) and “password” (No. 8) also appeared in the top 10.

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 Data Crush

Data Crush by Chris Surdak won getAbstract’s International Book of the Year  in 2014 and with good reason. Big Data are two words that are seemingly everywhere. It’s the vast amounts of data that we now have access to thanks to the internet and social media.

Our online behavior is being tracked constantly, every click, every like and every page you view is tracked and catalogued. While this brings up a lot of troublesome questions for individuals, companies must use this information and leverage it to predict consumer behavior and, ultimately, succeed in their market.

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Top5-OnlinePrivacy+Security-Blog

Is one of your passwords “password” or “123456789”? Hey, don’t laugh, it still happens. And it’s not surprising: First, most of us don’t think we’re ever going to be hacked, and second, most digital natives don’t have as many privacy concerns as earlier generations.

But whether you’re a tech wiz or a newbie, online privacy is an issue worth thinking about. Remember the Yahoo hacking scandal? It took them three years to notice they were hacked! If you’re a Yahoo user, you might have even gotten an email from them advising you to change your password. If you did, hopefully you changed it to something stronger than “iloveyou” and you started using two-step verification for extra security. Read the rest of this entry »

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 Thrive

I read Thrive a few years ago when I was just about to change my job in management consulting. I was not only reassessing my goals, but also whether my personality and attitude still suited that industry. At the time, Arianna Huffington’s book was exactly what I needed: She speaks about life goals beyond earning money and power – there’s a “third metric,” as she calls it, which includes “well-being, wisdom, wonder and giving.” That’s what I’d been looking for. I knew there was more to life than just waiting for the next promotion or raise. It was a relief to hear from this successful business woman that, yes, there’s more out there that I can achieve. That’s probably the most important lesson I took away from this book: It’s OK to have goals that are different from those of the People around me, because they’re goals worth having.

Another thing I love about Thrive is that it’s a well thought out book with knowledge ranging from Greek philosophy and mythology to various contemporary studies on productivity and happiness.

I would recommend this book to anyone who’s looking for a new perspective on what it means to be successful.

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#WeAreBoldForChange-2-Blog

At a moment when the world stage is dominated by tough-talking, hypermasculine leaders, the organizers of International Women’s Day  want attention for a different style of leadership.

The event, scheduled for March 8, calls itself “a global day celebrating the social, economic, cultural and political achievements of women.” Indeed, men could learn a lot by emulating women, according to authors who have examined gender distinctions in working, communicating and managing.

In The Athena Doctrine: How Women (And the Men Who Think Like Them) Will Rule the Future , authors John Gerzema and Michael D’Antonio make a case for a distinctly feminine style of leadership, one that emphasizes empathy, collaboration and listening over ego, competition and greed.

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Top5-GenderEquality-Blog

Let’s try an experiment: Take a minute to count how many women have leading positions in your company. One, two, three…zero? Don’t be surprised if the number is low; women still have a long way to go when it comes to gender equality.

While the gender gap is closing, it’s simply not closing fast enough. Not one single nation in the world has closed the gender gap when it comes to economic participation or political empowerment. The most recent projections say it’ll take another 169 years for the gap to close completely. At the current pace, gender equality is not something we’ll live to see – and neither will our children.

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Overcoming Shame

2017/3/3

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The moment when Warren Beatty and Faye Dunaway mistakenly named La La Land as the winner of the 2017 Academy Award for Best Picture will go down in history as one of the award ceremony’s all-time biggest bloopers. La La Land’s producer, Jordan Horowitz, upon learning the truth, humbly and graciously revealed the true winner, Moonlight, to millions of incredulous onlookers, and handed over the much coveted statuette to the team behind Moonlight.

This Tinseltown snafu echoes the awkward gaffe at the 2015 Miss Universe pageant, when presenter Steve Harvey erroneously announced Miss Colombia, Ariadna Gutiérrez Arévalo, as the contest’s winner only to reveal the true winner, Miss Philippines, Pia Wurtzbach, moments later. Read the rest of this entry »

ObamasReadingHabits2-Blog

Think 24 hours isn’t enough time in your busy day? Try being a world leader. Yet even the most powerful people in the world sometimes need to relax and temporarily get away from it all. Reading is a source of pleasure for many of us – world leaders included – whether it be educational, inspirational or merely a fictional escape.

A week before he left office, Barack Obama explained to The New York Times the pivotal role that books played during his presidency and how they enabled him to “maintain my balance during the course of eight years,” “slow down and get perspective” and “get in somebody else’s shoes.”

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HowAlgorithmsRuleOurWorkingLives-Blog

Whether you’ve just graduated from school or you’ve had it up to here in your current position, looking for a job can test the limits of your patience. It can actually be downright discouraging. Your well-written, error-free cover letters rarely solicit a response. On those rare occasions when you’re granted an interview, you show up on time wearing nice, conservative clothing and generally make a strong impression. The interview goes well and you’re certain you’ll hear from the company.

Days go by … and nothing. Self-doubt starts to creep in. Maybe you’re not as qualified as you think.

In fact, you may very well be an ideal candidate, but computer programs designed to evaluate information gleaned from job applications, personality tests and social media unceremoniously reject you. A growing number of organizations are depending on algorithms to help shape their hiring practices, yet some observers believe it’s a mistake to rely so heavily on technology.

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30DayChallenge-Winners-Blog

Congratulations, you made it to the finish line!

We had a great time with you on social media and hope to hear more from you in the future. The reading challenge is over, but your journey toward a more efficient you is just beginning – and we’ll be there with you, every step of the way. Keep reading and stay focused on your goals.

And now the winners: You read, you liked, you shared, you commented and you won! Congratulations!

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getAbstract had the opportunity to talk to information technology professional and Data Crush author, Chris Surdak, and ask a few questions about big data, what companies actually do with the data they collect and how your company can succeed in this new information age.

getAbstract: Is everything we do online really being monitored all the time? How much data do people produce daily?

Chris: Absolutely everything that we do online is being monitored all of the time, although not all companies are doing this.  It should be obvious which companies do capture our data. They are organizations that provide us with services without charging us for them. Think of Facebook, Google, Amazon, Waze, etc.  These companies provide us with tremendous capabilities, apparently for free. However, the real costs to us is our privacy. These same  companies are worth hundreds of billions of dollars because we give them our data, and they turn it into value and, eventually, money.

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