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Learn to Ask Better Questions - HBR
John Baldoni
FEBRUARY 16, 2010

Be curious.... Being curious is essential to asking good questions.

Be open-ended. Leaders should ask questions that get people to reveal not simply what happened, but also what they were thinking. Open-ended questions prevent you from making judgments based on assumptions, and can elicit some surprising answers.

Be engaged. When you ask questions, act like you care. Yes, act — show that you are interested with affirmative facial expressions and engaged body language. ... An interested interviewer will get the person to talk in depth about how he or she rebounded from failure. That trait is worthy of consideration in recruiting. But interviewees will only open open up — especially on sensitive subjects — if you actively show interest.

Dig deeper.... when information surfaces in your dialogue, dig for details without straying into recrimination. Get the whole story. Remember, problems on your team are, first and foremost, your problems.
questions  HBR  howto  curiosity  second-order  body_language  open-ended  follow-up_questions 
june 2015
Who speaks for Canada, spies or diplomats? - The Globe and Mail
PAUL HEINBECKER AND DANIEL LIVERMORE
Contributed to The Globe and Mail
Published Monday, Jun. 29, 2015
Canada  CSE  CSIS  security_&_intelligence  diplomacy 
june 2015
14-Year-Olds Code App That Cleans Up India’s Streets - WSJ
By JEFF ELDER
June 25, 2015

The Bangalore teens are among 43 girls and young women, on 10 teams from around the world, competing for $20,000 in seed funding. Wednesday, they pitched their apps, and business plans, to a panel of five female tech executives....The goal of the competition, now in its sixth year and organized by the education nonprofit Iridescent, is to spark interest in tech entrepreneurship among pre-college girls. Nearly half of the girls who participate, organizers say, intend to major in computer-related studies. Over the six years, more than 5,000 girls from more than 30 countries have taken part....Organizers asked the girls to create a mobile app that addresses local challenges. Finalists took on childhood obesity, sports concussions, drunken driving, and water waste as well as waste disposal.
coding  software  girls  mobile_applications  Silicon_Valley  entrepreneurship  STEM  Junior_Achievement 
june 2015
Are we witnessing the strange death of Liberal Canada?
This week, a quarter of a century ago, Jean Chrétien won the Liberal Party leadership. On June 23, 1990, he defeated Paul Martin at a convention in Calgary, while back in Ottawa the Meech Lake…
liberalism  Canada  Quebec  liberal-party 
june 2015
A Refuge for Racists - The New York Times
JUNE 26, 2015
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Timothy Egan
GOP  racism  Southern_strategy  race-baiting 
june 2015
My Worst-Ever Business Plan Engagement - Planning, Startups, Stories | Bplans
what I think a business plan consultant is supposed to do: optimize the planning process for the client, increase the client's chances for success, share your expertise, do your best, give value for time and money spent.
business_planning  start_ups 
june 2015
The N.B.A. Draft Needs a Men’s Wear Makeover - The New York Times
June 26, 2015 | NYT | Vanessa Friedman

Yet all this dress-up seems to me to distract from the purpose of the moment, and the real skill being celebrated (and signed). That belongs to the men in the costumes, and it is both subtle and elegant: an ability to understand space and geometry and manipulate a ball in ways that are as complex and exact as the seams in a perfectly made suit.

So shouldn’t they wear the clothes to match? The best suits are the ones that act as a background to the persona inside, and which frame the, well, frame to its ultimate advantage.
mens'_clothing  athletes_&_athletics  basketball  NBA  African-Americans  suits 
june 2015
Obama delivers eulogy for Charleston preacher, sings ‘Amazing Grace’ - The Globe and Mail
MARCUS GEE
CHARLESTON, S.C. — The Globe and Mail
Published Friday, Jun. 26, 2015

Since he was elected in 2008 and became the first black man to sit in the Oval Office, Mr. Obama has usually been cautious in his pronouncements about race, speaking out only after incidents like the fatal shooting of black teenager Trayvon Martin or the violence after the police shooting of a black man in Ferguson, Mo.

But the attack on a Charleston church last week was on another scale. The emotions it has provoked and the issues it has raised clearly called for a deeper, stronger response.

The result was an oration in which a president drawing toward the end of his second and final term put caution aside and jumped into the discussion of race that he himself is such a part of. He spoke to console but also to challenge, calling on Americans not to squander the moment of grief and of anguished questioning that has followed the Charleston killings....The best way to do that, he said, is not just to have yet another “conversation” about race but to work on the country’s problems, from poverty to failing schools to the “unique mayhem” of gun violence to the many thousands of men marooned in the vast U.S. prison system.

This was Mr. Obama’s first opportunity to speak at length about the shocking church killings that have Americans talking once again about racism, racial division and the sources of hate. Mr. Obama is reported to have been working on his speech all week.

When it came to delivering it, he was direct. Mr. Obama said the country had been blind to hurt caused by the waving of the Confederate flag – a symbol, he said, not just of ancestral pride but of “racial subjugation.” He said that the cause for which Confederates fought – “the cause of slavery – was wrong.”

He praised South Carolina Governor Nikki Haley for moving to take down the rebel flag that flies on the grounds of the State House.

“But I don’t think God wants us to stop there. For too long, we’ve been blind to the way past injustices continue to shape the present.”
Obama  Marcus_Gee  tributes  Charleston_shootings  Clementa_Pinckney  grief  eulogies  racial_subjugation  Confederacy  slavery 
june 2015
Rdio aims for streaming music’s sweet spot
As the world’s streaming music companies grapple for market share in a nascent industry, Rdio Inc. is betting that less means more, launching a new low-cost option targeted at casual music…
Spotify  royalties  Rdio  music_industry 
june 2015
The Robert E. Lee Problem - The New York Times
JUNE 26, 2015
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David Brooks
the_South  David_Brooks  Confederacy  treason  flags  symbolism  racism 
june 2015
Black Church Is Target Again for Deadly Strike at the Heart - The New York Times
By RACHEL L. SWARNS and CAMPBELL ROBERTSON JUNE 19, 2015

in those years after Emancipation is what the African-American scholar W. E. B. Du Bois and others have described as the “first social institution fully controlled by black men in America.” Black churches ran schools, offered burial assistance and served as clearinghouses for information about jobs, social happenings and politics. More than just spiritual homes, they embodied their communities’ growing political aspirations.

And before long, they became targets.

In 1963, a bomb tore through the 16th Street Baptist Church in Birmingham, Ala., killing four girls. Black churches have long been a site of racist attacks.

In the fall of 1870, as the Ku Klux Klan battled to return African-Americans to subservience, nearly every black church in Tuskegee, Ala., was engulfed in flames. Ninety-three years later, as the civil rights movement gained momentum, a bomb blast killed four young girls in a black church in Birmingham, Ala., that was a well-known meeting place for movement leaders....In the 19th century, these centers of worship, small and large, rural and urban, stone and ramshackle, became vital community engines. More than 100 of the first black men to be elected to legislative office in the United States were ministers, according to Eric Foner, a Columbia University history professor known for his expertise in the Reconstruction era.

During segregation, churches became places where black men and women found leadership opportunities denied to them by white society.
clearinghouses  Charleston_shootings  African-Americans  churches  Civil_War  KKK  institutions  social_institutions  history  violence  Reconstruction  segregation  leadership  leadership_development  W.E.B._Du_Bois  19th_century 
june 2015
South Carolina’s challenge: Shaking off the shadows of the past
If you’ve ever laid eyes on the 19th-century mansions that line the seawall in Charleston, S.C., you get a better sense of what President Barack Obama meant last week when he said that…
slavery  columbia  South_Carolina  Nikki_Haley 
june 2015
Tearing Down the Confederate Flag Is Just a Start - The New York Times
JUNE 24, 2015 | NYT | Nicholas Kristof.

the movement is in some ways chimerical. It’s about a symbol — and now the progress on the symbol needs to be matched by progress on racial inequality in daily life.

America’s greatest shame in 2015 is not a piece of cloth. It’s that a black boy has a life expectancy five years shorter than a white boy. It’s that the net worth of the average black household in 2011 was $6,314, compared with $110,500 for the average white household, according to census data.

It’s that almost two-thirds of black children grow up in low-income families. It’s that more than one-third of inner-city black kids suffer lead poisoning (and thus often lifelong brain impairment), mostly from old lead paint in substandard housing.

More consequential than that flag is our flawed system of school finance that perpetuates inequity. Black students in America are much less likely than whites to attend schools offering advanced science and math courses.

The one public system in which America goes out of its way to provide services to African-Americans is prison.
Nicholas_Kristof  flags  Charleston_shootings  institutional_racism  rebellions  slavery  Nat_Turner  Confederacy 
june 2015
Confederate Flags and Institutional Racism - The New York Times
JUNE 24, 2015 | NYT | Charles Blow.

Aspen Institute’s definition: “Institutional racism refers to the policies and practices within and across institutions that, intentionally or not, produce outcomes that chronically favor, or put a racial group at a disadvantage.”
Nikki_Haley  racism  institutional_racism  Charles_Blow  the_South  Confederacy  flags  Charleston_shootings 
june 2015
Confederate flag supporters are suddenly in full retreat
Arthur Ravenel, Jr., was a significant enough figure in South Carolina politics to have a bridge named after him. The sweeping eight-lane structure links downtown Charleston with the suburb of Mount…
racism  flags  symbolism  Nikki_Haley  South_Carolina  Confederacy  the_South 
june 2015
Alabama governor compares Confederate battle flag to swastika
By MIKE ISAAC JULY 6 2015
The Confederate flag flew high Wednesday outside the South Carolina Statehouse, but a large drape kept mourners from seeing it as they filed past the open casket of a veteran black lawmaker and…
Columbia  South_Carolina  Nikki_Haley  flags  symbolism  Charleston_shootings  the_South  Confederacy 
june 2015
Why not giving a damn won’t stand in your way of success - FT.com
June 14, 2015 1:02 pm
Why not giving a damn won’t stand in your way of success
Lucy Kellaway
James_Althucher  Lucy_Kellaway  Steve_Jobs  Martin_Sorrell 
june 2015
Perimeter Institute's formula for a calculated physics reboot - The Globe and Mail
IVAN SEMENIUK
WATERLOO, ONT. — The Globe and Mail
Published Tuesday, Jun. 23, 2015

“We want to reboot physics – globally,” says Neil Turok, Perimeter’s director and the driving force behind Convergence, a four-day physics summit that kicked off here on Sunday. Turok wants to channel the daring originality of the likes of: (a) Albert Einstein’s radical rethinking of gravity that gave us warped space and black holes; and (b), Emmy Noether’s first theorem, a tour de force of abstract reasoning that demonstrates the relationship between forms of symmetry in mathematics and the physical laws that govern the way the universe operates-- to help spark a another revolution.

The meeting’s premise is that theoretical physics has worked itself into the tall weeds, getting more complex and less connected to experiment than it ought to be. To get back out, Dr. Turok says, the field needs ideas as rich and startling as those that came from Einstein, Noether and their peers....The challenge in working with such individuals, says James Forrest, who runs the institute’s academic programs, is “how do you teach physics to the people who are already good at it?” It’s a dilemma universities seldom worry about – but for Perimeter, which aims to optimize the randomness of human brilliance, the question is crucial.

Another way in which the institute has tried to leverage the global talent pool is to bring in more female researchers. Women are conspicuously underrepresented in physics but through a funding stream called the Emmy Noether Circle the institute has significantly boosted its share of young women theorists.
Albert_Einstein  Perimeter_Institute  physics  Colleges_&_Universities  rebuilding  revitalization  reboot  physicists  women  Kitchener-Waterloo  randomness  talent_pools 
june 2015
Startup activity ramps up in the U.S. Rust Belt - The Globe and Mail
ANWAR ALI
Special to The Globe and Mail
Published Tuesday, Jun. 23, 2015
start_ups  rust_belt  Ohio  venture_capital  vc 
june 2015
Umbra struggles with copycats worldwide - The Globe and Mail
SUSAN SMITH
Special to The Globe and Mail
Published Tuesday, Jun. 09, 2015

Umbra sends cease-and-desist orders to manufacturers and vendors around the world who are copying or selling copies of its' designs for household products such as garbage cans, storage devices, kitchen utensils, picture frames and chairs....Protecting intellectual property has always been a concern for companies such as Toronto-based Umbra, but the problem has grown exponentially since manufacturers began making goods overseas to take advantage of lower labour costs. ... By the mid-1990s, half of its production was being done in contract factories in Asia, and some of these factories were copying its leading-edge designs and selling the products on their own.... Umbra's first line of defence is making sure products are made as efficiently as possible and offered at a competitive price. Another way Umbra seeks to remove temptation is to manufacture goods for private labels so that copiers don’t get that business. It has also designed products specifically to serve the discount market, such as the Umbra Loft line sold by Target.
Umbra  design  copycats  households  fast_followers  household_products  patents  intellectual_property  China  retailers  e-commerce  private_labels 
june 2015
NRStor puts hopes in compressed air energy storage project - The Globe and Mail
SHAWN MCCARTHY - GLOBAL ENERGY REPORTER
OTTAWA — The Globe and Mail
Published Tuesday, Jun. 23, 2015
green  energy 
june 2015
White Supremacists Without Borders - The New York Times
JUNE 22, 2015 | NYT|MORRIS DEES and J. RICHARD COHEN.

This month, S.P.L.C. staffers will join activists from the United States and Europe at a conference in Budapest about this transnational white supremacism that is emerging as the world grows more connected by technology. The message of white genocide is spreading. White nationalists look beyond borders for confirmation that their race is under attack, and they share their ideas in the echo chamber of racist websites.

The days of thinking of domestic terrorism as the work of a few Klansmen or belligerent skinheads are over. We know Islamic terrorists are thinking globally, and we confront that threat. We’ve been too slow to realize that white supremacists are doing the same.
Charleston_shootings  white_supremacy  globalization  terrorism  racism  Confederacy  white_nationalists  nationalism  echo_chambers 
june 2015
Slavery’s Long Shadow - The New York Times
JUNE 22, 2015
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Paul Krugman
Paul_Krugman  slavery  Jim_Crow  racism  political_economy  Charleston_shootings 
june 2015
In Charleston, a Millennial Race Terrorist - The New York Times
JUNE 21, 2015| NYT | Charles Blow.

Who radicalized Roof? Who passed along the poison? We must never be lulled into a false belief that racism is dying off with older people. As I’ve written in this space before, Spencer Piston, an assistant professor of political science at Syracuse University, has found that “younger (under-30) whites are just as likely as older ones to view whites as more intelligent and harder-working than African-Americans.”..... there is a widely published photo of Roof sitting on his car with an ornamental license plate with Confederate flags on it. That is the same Confederate flag that flies on the grounds of the state Capitol. What signal is South Carolina sending?

There is the thread of couching his cowardice as chivalry, framing his selfish hatred as noble altruism in defense of white femininity from the black brute. So much black blood has been spilled and so many black necks noosed in the name of protecting white femininity, and by extension, white purity. Roof is only this trope’s latest instrument.
Charleston_shootings  Charles_Blow  racism  South_Carolina  terrorism  Confederacy  white_supremacy  millennials 
june 2015
How SurveyMonkey Is Coping After the Death of Dave Goldberg - The New York Times
By QUENTIN HARDY JUNE 21, 2015.

SurveyMonkey’s top executives have had to avoid “strategic paralysis from a culture of mourning, and emotional revolt from telling people ‘get over it,’ ” said Jeffrey A. Sonnenfeld, a professor at the Yale School of Management. “There is a way to take a loss and make it into strength.”

SurveyMonkey was started in 1999 and remained small for a decade, offering online and email surveys on various topics. In 2009, private equity investors acquired it, and Mr. Goldberg, who had sold a small music company to Yahoo for $12 million in 2001, was brought in soon after to run the company. Starting with just 14 employees, Mr. Goldberg began his recruiting.
Quentin_Hardy  SurveyMonkey  Silicon_Valley  mourning  succession  paralyze  boards_&_directors_&_governance  executive_management 
june 2015
Website appears to show manifesto of Charleston shooting suspect - The Globe and Mail
EDWARD MCALLISTER
CHARLESTON, S.C — Reuters
Published Saturday, Jun. 20, 2015
Charleston_shootings 
june 2015
Big retailers miss the mark on local foods » strategy
Tanya Kostiw May 28, 2015

if local products were more available, nearly 90% of those who value them would be willing to beef up their monthly grocery spend. Less than half of these consumers say large grocery chains stock and promote these products well, and ranked these retailers well behind farmers’ markets (91%) and independent stores (71%) in that area.

Large grocery retailers have yet to figure out how to be nimble enough to bring on smaller suppliers, which would lead to partnerships with more suppliers of this size, rather than with fewer larger manufacturers, says Graeme McVie, general manager and VP business development for Precima, LoyaltyOne’s data analytics arm.

And consumers (not just in Canada) are visiting more than one destination to address their varying needs, says McVie, offering the example of a shopper following a trip to the grocery store with a Whole Foods visit because they’re driven there for a particular reason – be it the proposition around organics or freshness, service or presentation.
local  fresh_produce  retailers  supermarkets  grocery 
june 2015
Race is personal for Dolezal, but racism is reality for African-Americans - The Globe and Mail
DONNA BRYSON
Race is personal for Dolezal, but racism is reality for African-Americans
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DENVER — Special to The Globe and Mail
Published Friday, Jun. 19, 2015
racism  race  Charleston_shootings  African-Americans 
june 2015
Semiconductor Start-Ups Get Their Own Accelerator - IEEE Spectrum
y Tekla Perry
Posted 17 Dec 2014

Do semiconductor companies really need their own incubator, or start-up accelerator, or launchpad, or whatever the buzzword is this week? According to a press release from the new organization, semiconductor startups have been feeling left out, because “traditional investors have mostly abandoned early stage semiconductor investing.”

And the industry is ripe for an incubator, because, finally, semiconductor innovation is requiring less investment than ever before.
semiconductors  start_ups  incubators  accelerators 
june 2015
To support Canadian startups, offer pro bono legal clinics - The Globe and Mail
MYRA TAWFIK AND JAMES HINTON
Contributed to The Globe and Mail
Published Wednesday, Jun. 17, 2015
pro_bono  free  law  patents  patent_law  law_schools  start_ups  innovation 
june 2015
The murky world of Chinese influence - The Globe and Mail
CHARLES BURTON
Special to The Globe and Mail
Published Wednesday, Jun. 17, 2015

Indeed, it’s worth noting that Canadian officials and politicians who favour closer economic relations with China – playing down concerns about human rights, espionage, unfair trade practices, support for repressive Third World regimes and so on – have generally not been of Chinese origin. It’s troubling that many of these same people, after they leave politics, end up making serious money in China-related trade or lucrative China-related board of directors’ appointments. This most recently applies to Mr. Baird himself and very much so to his predecessor David Emerson, but also to former prime ministers, former Canadian ambassadors to China and many others, of all political stripes. Chinese money is seemingly welcomed almost everywhere in Canada, but it inevitably comes with strings attached: expectations of reciprocal “friendship” that lead back to the Chinese Communists and their ever-more influential global business conglomerates headquartered in Beijing.

This is not a reciprocal relationship. It is unlikely that there are many telephone calls going on between any of our consuls-general in China and influential Chinese political actors comparable in rank to our Michael Chan.

Canada could be managing these concerns much better. The Chinese money is there, but not the Canadian political will.
Canada  Canada-China_relations  Charles_Burton  China  Chinese  CSIS  influence  influence_campaigns  influence_peddling  intimidation  lobbying  political_power  political_will  politicians  naivete  revolving_door  security_&_intelligence  SOEs 
june 2015
Seven quick tips for starting your company off strong - The Globe and Mail
TOM CHALMERS
Young Entrepreneur Council
Published Wednesday, Jun. 17, 201
tips  start_ups 
june 2015
Engaging Movie Fans, From Teaser to Premiere - The New York Times
JUNE 14, 2015 | NYT | By MICHAEL CIEPLY.

start-up helps studios cultivate potential audiences’ enthusiasm with early sales of tickets and movie-related products.....Kernel has been quietly burrowing into one of Hollywood’s more persistent problems. That is, how to channel and exploit audience enthusiasm, which can peak with the release of an early trailer (New Line’s “Snakes on a Plane,” from 2006) or a vibrant experience at Comic-Con (“Scott Pilgrim vs. the World,” in 2010), but then dissipate before the movie arrives in theaters...Mr. Harvilicz and Mr. Martinez began Kernel, which now has about a dozen employees. They have turned what started as an itch into a largely web-based business that proposes to help studios engage with fans while capturing dollars from the moment a blockbuster begins to generate excitement, or between releases in a long-running series like the X-Men films, from Fox and Marvel....Prices can reach $1,000, for a premium package that includes two tickets to a yet-to-be-scheduled film premiere. “It’s the second generation of crowdfunding,” said Mr. Harvilicz.

The ticket sales help studios reach theater customers without getting directly into an exhibition business that is barred to them by longstanding legal strictures.
Hollywood  movies  start_ups  films  Kernel  entertainment_industry  studios  superfans  engagement  fan_engagement 
june 2015
Is Solomon scandal the latest sign of a CBC celebrity culture? - The Globe and Mail
KONRAD YAKABUSKI
The Globe and Mail
Published Wednesday, Jun. 10, 2015

Like so many other journalists in the tiny Ottawa bubble, Mr. Solomon seems to have confused what is ultimately a transactional relationship with friendship. But only a naive or egotistical reporter could think “people of great power” want to be their friend for their intellect or sense of humour.
celebrities  scandals  CBC  Konrad_Yakabuski  Evan_Solomon  politics  journalism  journalists 
june 2015
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