We Studied 100 Mentor-Mentee Matches — Here’s What Makes Mentorship Work
The more mentees you take on, the less help you can be. They key is to choose just a few people who you can invest in and provide a lot of value to.
When managers “don’t want to hurt feelings or step on toes, artificial harmony can creep in,” she says.
This whole idea of collaboration has become such a sacred word and concept, that we think creativity all has to emerge from this very collaborative place. But the same is also true of solitude. You can’t really know what you and you alone think unless you are willing to be by yourself for a while.
humanity’s next best hope could come from a pinch of something that turns out to be priceless—and as common as dirt.
You’ve spent enough time getting where you are — don’t screw it up by wanting to go too fast. Spend more time on your work. Take pride in it. That’s the only way we can do truly great work.
Big splashes don’t happen. Overnight success doesn’t exist. We have to remind ourselves of that whenever we’re impatient. It happens to every ambitious person.
People who never do anything with their lives don’t suffer from this. Only the people who work hard and try to make an impact do.
When you’re trying to achieve your goals, improve yourself, and live a better life, there are moments you want to speed things up.
The book you’re writing, the presentation you’re making, the business you’re building, things can’t happen fast enough. There’s nothing wrong with wanting things to happen fast. In fact, that’s one of the main reasons people and companies innovate.
But we have to realize there’s a difference between a desire to achieve things and impatience. The former helps you, the latter harms you, especially your creativity.
If your work is not hard, you’re not doing great work.
gestures are becoming more and more familiar to users, although we still recommend that designs which use them add other redundant ways to perform the same actions or at least have good contextual tips to guide users.
Blockchain technology offers the intriguing possibility of eliminating this “middle man”. It does this by filling three important roles – recording transactions, establishing identity and establishing contracts – traditionally carried out by the financial services sector.
Every list they write is prioritized. This forces them to be disciplined. For example, Craig Villamor told me they prioritized their design principles in order of importance. Meaning the key principle for a designer to deliver on is always the first. This seemed to me like a healthy and design-friendly habit for an organization, recognizing the importance of prioritizing what’s important and learning to say no to the rest.
In short, the “death of photography” these articles lament is actually the loss of the veneer of popularity photography momentarily enjoyed when it was caught up in the perfect storm of technological progress and social media. The three were conflated so closely for a time that most people assumed that, when the latter two moved on, photography would be rendered meaningless. But that is a false narrative; the essence of photography hasn’t changed; it has always been, at its core, a small, largely ignored niche
The airlines rely on their in-flight media offerings not only to foster brand loyalty, but also to serve a more practical need: distracting tightly packed economy-class passengers.
I think you’re going to continue to see increasing economic pressure not to replace I.F.E., particularly on the shorter-haul fleets,
to get statistically significant (95%) results when doing an A/B test with two different variants (an A and a B). The number of users you need depends on your conversion rate (existing conversion rate of variant A) and how much better you expect the new variant to be (predicted increase in conversion rate of your new variant B).
A/B testing should be skipped in situations where you know that an idea almost certainly will improve your app and the risks associated with blindly implementing the idea are low.
life speeds up in large urban areas, because of the greater frequency of social interactions - leading to a faster pace of innovation and wealth creation.
Smaller places may also be particularly vulnerable to the President’s negative tone, which makes it harder to find practical solutions to local problems.
A good friend once told me that the only difference between a salesman and a con-man is that a salesman has confidence in his product.
there are many places where an atmosphere of decline has lasted for two or more generations, leaving a profound impact on the outlook of young people
I tell my leaders that at least 75% of their job is to build relationships. We’re designers who spend a lot of time in front of screens, but we also collaborate and brainstorm. I’ve seen that designers who put effort into building a relationship—even with a difficult personality—have a lot more success in the way they deliver their work.”
Seventy percent of graphic design students are women, yet only 11% of creative directors are women
The first person we hired was John, who was a salesperson. People are always surprised that we didn't hire a developer first. But John was literally calling people asking why they weren't buying and trying to get them to buy. The idea was that he'd learn so much more around the objections and the real must-haves for product that he actually became more effective for product than a developer would have.
A key reason for the European industry’s woes: a surfeit of players, many of them still state-backed. The EU’s top three full-service companies have a combined market share of about 29 percent, while the big three in the U.S. control 52 percent, according to researcher CAPA-Centre for Aviation. “Europe has too many airline groups for the size of the market,”
the Big Three U.S. airlines have organized themselves into two distinct businesses. There’s the traditional activity—the one with jets—which involves pricing seats for as much as possible, collecting a bag fee, and selling some food and drinks while keeping a close eye on costs. The other business is the sale of miles—mostly to the big banks, but also to companies that range from car rental firms to hotels to magazine peddlers.
For the banks, people who pay annual fees for those cards to accumulate miles are the closest thing to a sure bet. These consumers typically have higher-than-average incomes and spend more on their cards, which generates merchant fees for the banks. They also tend to maintain high credit scores, which means they pay their bills on time and banks experience fewer defaults.
Art is not an adornment to society. It is not a luxury. It is the purpose of society. It becomes our legacy. It is also, however, our teacher; it helps us consider that which is around us and what we want to be.
a peaceful world is very much in the U.S. national interest, given how secure and well-off the United States already is.
However, when setting a top-level goal to drive your team’s work, you should ideally operate around a single key metric (or at the most, a small handful) that best tracks your mission. The more metric goals you have, the more complicated it is to keep each one in mind and make trade-offs against them. While it may feel painful, making this explicit decision up front can save you many headaches of later of arguing about what work is more important.
When resources are constrained, the direction that’s more likely to impact your metric should take precedence over other work, and will become a useful lens through which to view every stage in your process, including design critiques, user research, and product exploration. And because the metric was derived from your mission statement, you should always be able to tie improvements to the metric to the overarching goal.
During an all-out nuclear war, the government would aim to have 80 percent of the country survive — and it should prepare to do so on a budget of less than $250 million per year.
the opacity of machine learning techniques may simply be due to fact that the statistical ways algorithms reach conclusions aren’t easily understood by people, given how poorly humans deal with statistics.
We are well on our way to forming new kinds of partnerships, in which humans have to trust the recommendations of machines. But unless those machines are capable of explaining why their recommendations are the right ones, we won’t trust them.
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On transatlantic flights, for example, premium cabins (including business class) account for just 13% of seats but half of revenue. Little expense is spared in the fight for that revenue.
Since the average American household consumes 901 KWh per month, each Bitcoin transfer represents enough energy to run a comfortable house, and everything in it, for nearly a week
Design work has for too long been assumed to only bear fruit as positive improvements to the world. But today we’re encountering the negative side effects of many of our most beloved innovations
From Amazon to Alibaba, a growing number of primarily digital brands are now placing greater emphasis on physical presence while making the most of digital and data to improve experience.
just like design made technology human, design will play a critical role in the advancement and adoption of AI.
Artificial Intelligence Design will be the new role in the AI industry, just like the movie director has a role in making the movie. Artificial Intelligence Designers will lead multidisciplinary teams in the creation and design of the era of artificial intelligence.
We do a pretty good job at designing artifacts,” Brown says. “We have some great chairs and mobile phones in the world, but we have a lot of systems that are not so great.
We have spent the past hundred, or thousand, years designing artifacts,” Ideo CEO Tim Brown says. “The things we designed were relatively dumb and all of the intelligence in the relationship between us and the artifact came from the human being. Algorithms and technology are taking on their own intelligence. That’s a fundamentally new design problem.
The modern man thinks that everything ought to be done for the sake of something else, and never for its own sake.”
investors who are interested in investing in the Heartland should be prepared to do two things. First is to come in with realistic expectations about what investing in Heartland startups will and won’t do. Venture capital will enable entrepreneurs to begin the process of scaling a business — but it won’t endow a city with a bevy of tech talent and additional VC firms overnight.
Seventy-five percent of venture capital money goes to just three states — California, New York, and Massachusetts.
Fairchild exemplified the sort of outcome that ecosystem builders in cities across the U.S. hope for. The idea isn’t simply that a company will go public or get acquired for upwards of $1 billion — it’s that once a company goes public or gets acquired, its employees will go on to create startups of their own or to invest in other startups.
So for 99% of the design process, and development process, it’s failing. And it doesn’t work. If it did work, then we’d be shipping it. So you spend most of your time worried and thinking, “this is not working.”
a lot of what we do fails. In terms of what we explore as a team. And it just seems that that’s something that we should be dealing with, not something we should be dragging everyone else through . . . So we tend to have our heads down and work. And if something is coming out well, then we’ll talk about it.