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This Brick Wall Optical Illusion Will Make You Go INSANE

This may look like an ordinary brick wall, but it's not . . . When Manchester, UK, Facebook user Arron Bevin posted this photo, the internet flipped out. There's an optical illusion in this picture that some people see right away, while others find it totally impossible to figure out. Are you able …

Optical Illusions

11 Impressive Questions To Ask At The End Of Every Job Interview

Make sure you stand out when you're asked, "Do you have any questions?"<p>No matter how prepared you are, a job interview is a nerve-wracking experience. You have to answer a torrent of questions on the spot and sell yourself to a hiring manager — sometimes even a room full of strangers. And when it …

Employment

Managing Cybersecurity Policy, Compliance And Enforcement Across The Enterprise

The modern network environment is a dynamic entity. It interacts. It moves. It evolves.<p>As such, organizations that attempt to maintain a sense of static peace and orderly conduct are fooling themselves into false senses of security. This is the core reason many enterprises adopt multilayered …

Cybersecurity

Containers or virtual machines: ​Which is more secure? The answer will surprise you

IBM Research has created a new way to measure software security, Horizontal Attack Profile, and it's found a properly secured container can be almost …

Information Security

Third lawsuit filed over ‘defective’ MacBook Pro butterfly keyboard

Thinking perhaps that third time’s the charm, another lawsuit has been filed claiming that the keyboard used in the MacBook Pro is defective. Like the two prior ones filed last month, this seeks to become a class action.<p>All of these suits claim that the keys in Apple’s laptop can become permanently …

9 questions the most interesting people ask to cut through small talk

I remember early in my career, one of my biggest fears walking into a networking event to schmooze or meeting someone for a business lunch was boring the other person to tears in conversation.<p>I didn't want to be the windbag who dragged on forever, so I learned to be brief, to the point, and …

Self-improvement

Security in IoT space to be of prime focus in 2018: Experts

Kolkata, Dec 26 (PTI) Amid a rise in cyber attacks across the world, ensuring the security of devices linked to the Internet of Things (IoT) …

Emerging IT Security Technologies: 13 Categories, 26 Vendors

A rundown of some of the hottest security product areas, and vendors helping to shape them.<p>3 of 14<p>Endpoint Detection and Response (EDR)<p>An emerging …

Information Security

The Biggest Mistakes C-Level Candidates Make When Seeking A New Job

After interviewing a string of unprepared senior level executives for various jobs, I started wondering what was going on. In one such case, I was interviewing candidates for an officer position, which required a minimum of 15+ years of prior experience. After several interviews in a row where the …

How to Manage a Team of All-Stars

When Bain & Company asked senior executives from 308 large companies how they form teams for their most important initiatives, most told us they assemble teams based on whoever is available. Only a small minority indicated that they consistently create all-star teams, comprised of their very best …

Building a Cyber Secure Enterprise: 10 First Steps

By Joseph Carson<p>With 3.5 billion Internet users sending billions of gigabytes across the Internet each day, it’s no surprise that cyber security …

Never Trust A Manager Who Does These Five Things

Every working person knows that your direct supervisor sets the tone for your relationship with your job.<p>If your supervisor is cool, it could be a great job for you even if it isn’t your dream job.<p>If your supervisor is a jerk, it won’t matter how much you like the work on your desk — you’re …

Science says parents of successful kids have 17 things in common

And while there isn't a set recipe for raising successful children, psychology research has pointed to a handful of factors that predict success.<p>Unsurprisingly, much of it comes down to the parents.<p>Here's what parents of successful kids have in common:

Kids

11 Powerful Traits Of Successful Leaders

Successful leaders are the power and intellect behind their organizations. They are the visionaries charged with steering their brand around pitfalls. They must know when to seize opportunities and how to rally employees to work hard toward their company’s goals.<p>Effective leaders transcend the …

How To Tell When Your Company Should Hire A CISO

If you are a small to medium-sized company without dedicated security leadership (yet), you probably are wondering when is the right time to hire your first Chief Information Security Officer (CISO). There are a few benchmarks that can help your company determine if it is ready for this next level …

How To Find Hidden Leadership Talent In Your Organization

What would happen if one of your senior leaders stepped down tomorrow? Is your organization prepared to fill his or her shoes quickly and efficiently? Do you have qualified, knowledgeable talent on your bench, ready to take the reins?<p>If this isn’t a concern for your organization now, it soon will …

Leadership

How Loss Aversion and Conformity Threaten Organizational Change

To achieve true transformational change, CEOs must have more than a strategic plan. To effect actual change, they need to understand how biases — their own, and their employees’ — can shape behaviors and decisions, and prevent them from achieving what they set out to achieve.<p>CEOs need to be …

Google's nit-picky interview process is a huge turnoff for some experienced coders

But in one important way, the company may have shot itself in the foot: its legendarily difficult interview process.<p>Google is right now being sued on allegations of age discrimination by a couple of job candidates who didn't get offered a job there. Google is fighting the suit and calls the …

Employment

Six Very Clear Signs That Your Job Is Due To Be Automated

Anesthesiologists’ jobs look safer than radiologists’ jobs. Here’s why.<p>In H. G. Wells’s classic <i>The War of the Worlds</i>, the narrator pauses a moment to rue the fact that he didn’t react sooner to the arrival of an “intelligence greater than man’s”–in his case, Martians landing on earth. Comparing …

Classic business books that deserve another read | Financial Times

Only a few business books stand the test of time: the companies they examine fade away, the economic circumstances they analyse change, and the …

How To Answer 'Why Are You Job-Hunting?'

It is strange how, even when you have a perfectly good reason to be job-hunting, when the interviewer asks you “Why are you job-hunting?” the question can feel like an accusation, and you can easily stumble over the answer.<p>In our society there is something suspect about a person who isn’t working. …

Is Seven Minutes Late To Work Really 'Late?'

Dear Liz,<p>I am a big fan of your advice and I could use some help. I’ve been in my job for almost ten months. If someone asks me how it’s going I say “So far, so good.” There haven’t been any problems since I started the job, but then again no one has given me any specific feedback on my work, …

7 Rules for Job Interview Questions That Result in Great Hires

Some of the long-held ideas about how to conduct interviews are no longer accurate. For example, there’s no such thing as a surprise interview question anymore. With sites like Glassdoor.com, candidates can identify each of your likely interview questions and expected answers ahead of time. With …

The Most Offensive Customer Service Phrases, Chosen By Five Customer Service Experts

Few factors can affect the customer service experience more than the language employees use when they interact with customers.<p>That’s why I devote such time to choosing and implementing appropriate service terminology as part of my customer service consulting. This isn’t about scripting; it’s not …

Customer Experience

We've Had 100 Years Of Progressive Education And The World's Getting Worse

It is time to stop all this talk about 21st century skills. The world has not changed as much as most of the authors out on book tour would have us believe. Don’t buy into their message; they seem fundamentally confused. Somehow, paradoxically, they’ve managed an absurd neo-conservative …

Five Brainless Job Interview Questions That Need To Die

The job interviewing process is flawed, as everybody knows.<p>If you think about how much you really need to know about a person before you hire him or her — and on the other side, how much you need to know about a manager before you sign onto his or her team — a one-hour interview is not nearly …

A 10-Year Study Reveals What Great Executives Know and Do

Despite the huge impact executives can have on their organizations, failure rates remain high. Prescriptions for what to do continue to fall short. So we wondered: If we closely studied the executives who succeed in top jobs once appointed, could we identify distinguishing features that set them …

Why A Flexible Worker Is A Happy And Productive Worker

In my last post, I wrote about the pernicious impact of a long-hours culture on both individual and collective performances, so I thought I’d spend a bit of time in this post talking about the benefits of flexible working.<p>There has been a long list of studies trumpeting the virtues of flexible …

The Right Way to Hold People Accountable

John* was doing his best to be calm, but his frustration was palpable. Jeanine was explaining that there was little chance her group was going to make the numbers for this quarter. “Honestly?” she said. “The numbers weren’t realistic to begin with. It was really unlikely that we were going to make …