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Why Trying To Be A People Pleaser Makes You A Bad Boss

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Sure, you want everyone to get along. But trying to make everyone happy can ruin your reputation.

Sure, you want everyone to get along. But trying to make everyone happy can ruin your reputation.

Over a decade ago, business performance consultant Ryan Estis transitioned from being a salesperson out in the field to being a manager. He moved from an environment where it was his job to make customers happy to one where it was critical for him to hold his team accountable for results.

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Three Career Lessons My Micromanaging Boss Didn't Mean To Teach Me

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Working for a micromanager can be trying, but that doesn't mean you can't still learn something useful.

Working for a micromanager can be trying, but that doesn't mean you can't still learn something useful.

One of the first managers I ever had was what many people might call a micromanager. If I was five minutes late to work, he knew. If a client copied him on an email to me, he wanted to know exactly when I planned on responding. If I didn't complete a weekly SWOT ("strengths, weaknesses, opportunities, and threats") analysis of myself to discuss with him, he wasn't thrilled.

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Self-Help Godfather Dale Carnegie's Namesake Course Is Rebranding for the 21st Century

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If you're among the fortunate few to be invited into Warren Buffett's office in Omaha, Neb., you might notice something unusual about the walls. The billionaire investor and Berkshire Hathaway founder holds a degree from the University of Nebraska and another from the Columbia Business School—but neither is displayed in a frame.

Instead, as Buffet told the BBC a few years back, he has only one framed certificate on display—the one he received after completing a Dale Carnegie course.

"I have my Dale Carnegie diploma there," Buffet said, "because it changed my life."

In fact, the lives Dale Carnegie Training has changed read like a who's who of business and politics: President Lyndon Johnson, Hotelier J.W. Marriott, Jr., Chrysler turnaround CEO Lee Iacocca, Wendy's founder Dave Thomas and, more recently, Nascar driver Danica Patrick and former Google Japan vp Norio Murakami. All told, some 9 million people have taken Dale Carnegie courses, which are offered in all 50 U.S. states and 90 countries.

But Carnegie Training has a problem these days, and something of an ironic one. The famous business course that teaches the merits of embracing change and effective communication hasn't quite kept up with its own mandate, at least in terms of marketing itself. Now, as the fabled business educator struggles to reach the millennial generation, its management has decided it's time for some rebranding.

"We're one of the best-kept secrets in the corporate-training market, but there aren't enough people who know about us or what we do," said chief brand officer Michelle Bonterre. "To be frank, we haven't invested in it. Now, we've realized that we need to have a better way to tell our story."

As its name suggests, Dale Carnegie Training grew out of the pioneering techniques of Dale Carnegie, who's been called the "father of self help." Born into a poor farming family in 1888, Carnegie discovered he had good speaking skills and developed a class based on his observation that success in business depends less on technical skills and more on the ability to talk to people. As Carnegie's 1955 New York Times obituary put it, he "found that a silver tongue could be more useful than a silver spoon in winning wealth and fame."

The challenge facing Carnegie now isn't changing the core tenets of its founder's approach, which are sacrosanct, but rather presenting the program as fresh and relevant to an emerging generation of businesspeople. Ask a 20-something to name a business guru, and you'll hear names like Mark Zuckerberg or Elon Musk, not Dale Carnegie.

"With the Boomers and Gen X, Dale Carnegie is very well known," Bonterre conceded. "But within the [millennial] demographic, we're not."

Bonterre's first order of business was changing the organization's logo, which for years has been a rather baffling diamond crosshatch. The new logo uses the D and C initials as a monogram that looks like a butterfly. "It represents transformation and metamorphosis," Bonterre said, "and we believe that's what we at Dale Carnegie do better than anyone else."

    

The old and new logo (top) and fresher looks for the web (below).

Also rolling out will be an updated website with, as the publicity people call it, "a completely new look and feel." That's a trickier task than it might seem, given that the organization presents itself in 25 languages in 90 countries. The revamped site will feature a unified overall look yet remain flexible in order to adapt to the conventions and expectations of different cultures.

Carnegie Training is also readying various new ad campaigns, both online and off, that will be geared toward a younger audience of potential students. And, finally, the upcoming edition of Dale Carnegie's magnum opus, How to Win Friends and Influence People, will feature a callout on the dust jacket for those interested in signing up for the course work. Incredibly enough, while the book has been a best-seller for 80 years—it's sold over 30 million copies—there hasn't been a link between the text and the training until now.

These measures notwithstanding, Carnegie Training still faces a number of challenges in updating its brand image, not the least of which is distinguishing itself in a media world clogged with TED talks, motivational speakers and business classes of every stripe, an industry, it should be said, that Carnegie himself helped create.

Branding consultant Americus Reed, who teaches marketing at Wharton, likens Dale Carnegie Training to the Campbell's Soup can: It triggers fond memories for older Americans, while younger ones are more likely to see a dated convenience product.

What's more, Reed said, "there is a huge difference between updating a logo and creating a new brand. In this world, younger, tech-savvy consumers are a part of that brand creation process via social media and real-time talk across their networks. So this will have to be a part of the strategy."

Bonterre points out that millennials were, in fact, part of the feedback process in the development of the new website. And as far as the obvious difficulty of presenting a business approach developed in the early years of the 20th century as relevant in the 21st, she said, Carnegie has had that covered since the beginning.

"Our core brand statement is focused on change—changing yourself and the impact that change has on all those around you," she said. "We know millennials like change and they want to make a difference. That is what we do, and we teach the confidence to be able to do that."

Dale Carnegie, Bonterre is quick to remind, "was the original thought leader."

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Interesting. Didn't realize there was training available. Hmmm.
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Trio of new AMD GPU references for possible Mac refresh found in latest macOS Sierra beta

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Users delving into the latest macOS 10.12.2 beta have discovered strings aligning with potential support for a trio of new GPU families in future hardware -- a refreshed Polaris 10, the unknown Polaris 12, and the Vega 10 series.
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A Terrifying Superbug Just Showed Up on a US Farm for the First Time

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More than 70 percent of the antibiotics consumed in the United States go to livestock farms, one of the main triggers driving a rising crisis of antibiotic resistance in human medicine.

On Tuesday, researchers from Ohio State University published an alarming finding in a peer-reviewed journal: On a US hog farm, they found bacteria that can withstand a crucial family of antibiotics. Carbapenems, as they are known, are a "last line of defense" against bacterial pathogens that can resist other antibiotics, the paper notes. Worse still, the gene that allowed the bacteria to resist carbapenems turned up in a plasmid—small chunks of DNA found in bacterial cells. Plasmid-carried genes bounce easily from one bacterial strain to another, meaning that carbapenem resistance is highly mobilemaking it more likely to find its way into bacterial pathogens that infect people.

If this news sounds depressingly familiar, it's because something very similar happened with another last-ditch antibiotic, colostin. About a year ago, Chinese researchers alarmed global public health authorities when they found a "plasmid-mediated" strain of colistin-resistant E. coli on a Chinese hog farm. As predicted, it quickly went global, and it turned up in the United States in a patient in May, as well as in a pig intestine identified by US Department of Agriculture researchers. In September, Rutgers and Columbia University researchers found a strain of E. coli with plasmid-carried resistance to colostin and carbapenems. The new Ohio State study marks the first time plasmid-borne carbapenem resistance has been found on a US farm, though it has turned up in livestock operations in Asia and Europe, the researchers write.

To see whether carbapenem resistance is taking hold on US hog farms, the researchers settled on a 1,500-sow confined operation that follows "typical US production practices," which include giving newborn pigs a dose of an antibiotic called ceftiofur at birth, with the males getting a second dose when they're castrated at six days. Interestingly, carbapenems are banned from use in US farms. But ceftiofur is a member of the cephalosporin family of antibiotics, which kills bacteria in a similar way to carbapenems, and the authors speculate that those ceftiofur doses "may provide significant selection pressure" for the emergence of carbapenem resistance. They found it in swabs taken from the the surfaces of the farrowing and nursery pens.

Interestingly, the pigs don't get ceftiofur after those initial doses at birth, except to treat sickness. And at later stages of the pig-raising process, such as the finishing barns where pigs are fattened to slaughter weight, no carbapenem-resistant bacteria turned up. That's likely because the absence of ceftiofur "likely removed antimicrobial selection pressure" for the resistant gene, causing it to lose its niche. That absence of carbapenem-resistant bacteria in the late-stage pigs is good news—it means the superbug is "unlikely to have entered the food supply through contamination of fresh pork products."

But given how quickly the gene can jump from one bacterial strain to another, the study identified a ticking time bomb. Cephalosporins, the class of antibiotics that may have triggered the carbapenem-resistant bacteria  on this particular farm, aren't administered nearly as much as other antibiotics on US farms, but alarmingly their use jumped 57 percent between 2009 and 2014, according to the latest Food and Drug Administration numbers. And the Ohio State study settled on one typical US hog operation. Who knows what's going on with the 21,000-plus others.

Over on the Natural Resources Defense Council blog, antibiotic-resistance expert David Wallinga notes that the bacteria that turned up in the Ohio State study is carbapenem-resistant Enterobacteriaceae, "one of the nastier superbugs." He continues:

Infections with these germs are very difficult to treat, and can be deadly—the death rate from patients with CRE bloodstream infections is up to 50 percent. The CDC says these bacteria already cause 9,300 infections, and 600 deaths each year. To date, CRE infections occur mostly among patients in hospitals and nursing homes; people on breathing machines, or with tubing inserted into their veins or bladders are at higher risk, as are people taking long courses of certain antibiotics. But newer, more resistant kinds of CRE seem to be causing  more problems outside hospitals, in communities and among healthier people.

Way back in 2012, the Obama administration introduced a new set of guidelines—that will finally go into full effect on January 1—designed to preserve antibiotics as a bulwark against dangerous infections by curbing their use on farms. As I show here, meat farms use about three times as much of these vital drugs as does human medicine. Yet the Obama guidelines are both voluntary and contain a huge loophole, which I tease out here. And now, even as terrifying superbugs continue appearing in the United States, we have a new president whose agriculture advisers have expressed nothing but hostility toward regulating food production.

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Q&A: Building a Layer-2 Data Center Fabric in 2016

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One of my readers designing a new data center fabric that has to provide L2 transport across the data center sent me this observation:

While we don’t have plans to seek an open solution in our DC we are considering ACI or VXLAN with EVPN. Our systems integrator partner expressed a view that VXLAN is still very new. Would you share that view?

Assuming he wants to stay with Cisco, what are the other options?

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