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Success Start-Off In Basements, Garages, Bedrooms


Many successful companies were born in people’s dorm rooms, garages, and basements. So what is it about success start-off in basements, garages, and bedrooms? Possibly nothing.

Perhaps it is just normal for new or young entrepreneurs with big ideas and little money to spend, to just start from where they are and what they have. Not just wisdom, but prudence that comes out of constraints, and determination that some expenses (including a proper office space) should be out of the question in the early stages of building a business.

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Amazon Online Book Store – Jeff Bezos (Home Garage)


Amazon began as an online book store in Jeff Bezos’ home garage. In 1994, Jeff Bezos decided to take advantage of the internet’s potential. He quit his New York hedge fund job and drove to Bellevue, Washington, where he rented a house.

Bezos spent a year programming the site which initially sold books out of his garage, and in July 1995, success start-off for Jeff and Amazon.com went live.

Today, Bezos is the richest person in the world, with a net worth of about $140 billion . Amazon is valued at about $1.2 trillion .

In a 1998 interview , Bezos said, “I know why people move out of garages. It’s not because they ran out of room. It’s because they ran out of electric power. They have so many computers in the garage that circuit breakers kept flipping … we couldn’t plug in a vacuum cleaner, or a hair dryer anymore in the house.”

“It’s not where you start but where you finish that counts.”

Zig Ziglar

Facebook Idea – Mark Zuckerberg’s (Harvard Freshman Dorm Room)


Mark Zuckerberg created a website called Facemash in 2003 while studying at Harvard. The site let students judge other people’s levels of attractiveness, but was quickly taken down after two days.

Keeping the momentum going, a year later, Zuckerberg and his friends Eduardo Saverin, Dustin Moskovitz, and Chris Hughes created The Facebook. Thereafter, success start-off and the social networking site quickly spread to colleges across the country.

In the years since, Facebook has come under attack over privacy concerns. While testifying in front of the Senate Judiciary Committee and Commerce Committee during the Cambridge Analytica scandal in 2018, Zuckerberg often cited his humble roots, explaining , “The history of how we got here is we started off in my dorm room with not a lot of resources.”

Today, Facebook is valued at about $500 billion and has around 45,000 full-time employees .

“It’s not that I’m so smart, it’s just that I stay with problems longer.”

Albert Einstein

Microsoft – Bill Gates and Paul Allen (Albuquerque Garage)


In 1975 , the pair started Micro-Soft, for microprocessors and software, to develop an operating software for the Altair 8800, an early personal computer.

Gates and Allen worked in a garage in Albuquerque, but later used the Sundowner Motor Hotel as a basecamp because it was conveniently located across the street from a personal computer company.

Today, Microsoft is valued at about $1.3 trillion and employs around 148,465 people .

On a visit back to Albuquerque, Gates said, “There’s no better symbol for the entrepreneur than the humble garage. Of course … we founded our company in a garage to preserve the pile of money I got from my parents, but I assume other people do it because they’re poor.”

“Things are never quite as scary, when you have a best friend”

Bill Watterson

GoogleLarry Page and Sergey Brin (Susan Wojcicki’s Garage)


According to a Business Insider profile of Susan Wojcicki, in 1998, Wojcicki and her husband, Dennis Troper, bought a four-bedroom home in Menlo Park, California, and rented the garage out to two Stanford doctoral students to help pay their mortgage.

The students happened to be Larry Page and Sergey Brin, who were working on their new company, Google. Wojcicki eventually became the 16th employee at Google, which later moved to an office space in 1999.

In 2019, Page and Brin stepped down from the company, writing, “We could not have imagined, back in 1998 when we moved our servers from a dorm room to a garage, the journey that would follow.”

Today, Google is valued at about $870 billion and as of late 2019, Google had around 114,000 employees.

“Great things in business are never done by one person. They’re done by a team of people”

Steve Jobs

AppleSteve Jobs (Parents’ Garage)

Back in 1976, Steve Jobs’ parents’ garage in Silicon Valley played a role in the early stages of Apple. However, Jobs and his co-founder, Steve Wozniak, quickly outgrew the space, Wozniak told Bloomberg Businessweek.

According to a Washington Post article, Wozniak has dubbed the idea that Apple was “founded” in a garage “a bit of a myth,” but he also admitted that the garage is part of the company’s story.

In 2014, he told Businessweek, “The garage represents us better than anything else, but we did no designs there. We would drive the finished products to the garage, make them work and then we’d drive them down to the store that paid us cash.”

The garage, from where success start-off for Jobs, is attached to his childhood home in Los Altos, California, and has since been designated as a historic site .

Today, Apple is worth about $1.2 trillion with retail stores in 25 countries . As of 2019, the company employed about 137,000 people around the world.

“Do what you can, with what you have, where you are.”

Theodore Roosevelt

Walt Disney – Walt Disney (Uncle’s Backyard Garage)


In 1922, Walt Disney created “Alice in Cartoonland,” which were seven-minute bits combining animation and live-action. But Disney was cheated by a New York film distributor and eventually had to move to Hollywood to find other work in the movie industry.

In Hollywood, Disney lived with his uncle and set up shop in his garage drawing cartoons. According to Encyclopedia Britannica , after hearing that his “Alice” cartoon was still popular, Disney and his brother Roy purchased a $200 used camera and set up Disney Brothers Cartoon Studio. From there they created the entire “Alice Comedies” series and success start-off for them.

Today, Disney is valued at about $183 billion and employs around 223,000 people .

“There are no secrets to success. It is the result of preparation, hard work and learning from failure”

Colin Powell

Under Armour – Kevin Plank (Grandmother’s Basement)


According to a Business Insider profile of Under Armour, In 1996 , Kevin Plank founded the company with the goal of creating athletic wear that was able to wick away sweat and be worn as a base layer for intense activity.

At the time, Plank was living in his grandmother’s townhouse in Georgetown, where he used the basement as his office.

Today, Under Armour is valued at about $4 billion .

In an interview with The Washington Post , Plank said, “I remember the guys from the NFL called me up one day and they said, ‘Kevin, we’re going to be in D.C. today, we want to come by the office and see you,’ which had me looking around Grandma’s house thinking ‘Oh my gosh, don’t do that.'”

“Quitting employment is the best decision I ever made in my adult life. There is a lot of contentment in building your own empire. It is step at a time but with so much satisfaction as you climb the growth staircase.”

Noellah Musundi

SpanxSara Blakely (Her Apartment In Georgia)


Sara Blakely was working as a door-to-door fax machine salesperson when she came up with the idea for Spanx. While wearing open-toe shoes, she decided to cut the feet off of a pair of pantyhose and realized she was on to something.

As explained in a story by Forbes , Blakely spent two years carefully researching and preparing for the launch of Spanx while also working a full-time job. She then went to a pitch meeting and convinced Neiman Marcus to give her product a chance. Using Neiman Marcus as leverage, Blakely was then able to also convince Bloomingdale’s, Saks and Bergdorf Goodman to give Spanx a shot.

But even then, she had no corporate space. She’d package and ship the Spanx orders from home with the help of her boyfriend , and took phone calls from her bathtub or bed, according to the Forbes article.

Laurie Ann Goldman came to help Blakely, becoming the fifth employee and eventual CEO. In an interview with Forbes , she recalled her first office being the kitchen in Blakely’s Georgia apartment.

According to Forbes, as of June 2019, Blakely had a net worth of $1 billion.

“Start where you are. Use what you have. Do what you can.”

Arthur Ashe

Tumblr – David Karp (Childhood Bedroom)


In 2007, David Karp founded Tumblr, the micro-blogging and social-networking site. At the time, Karp was working from his bedroom in his mother’s small apartment in New York. According to The Guardian , on the night the site went live, it gained 75,000 users.

In an interview with The San Diego Union-Tribune about Karp’s love for computers, Karp’s mom said, “David would come running through the apartment saying, ‘Mom! Mom! There’s this and this and this!’ And I didn’t know what the heck he was talking about. Because it was a whole other language.”

The Washington Post reported that in 2013, Tumblr sold to Yahoo for $1.1 billion. But in 2019, WordPress bought the blogging site for a rumored mere $3 million.

“If you don’t build your dreams, someone will hire you to help build theirs”

Tony Gaskin

Dell – Michael Dell (University of Texas Dorm Room/Garage)

In 1984, most computers were mailed in separate parts, with consumers expected to assemble them themselves. Michael Dell wanted to sell custom-built computers designed for individual company’s specific needs.

The original company name was PC’s Limited , which he started in his college dorm room at UT Austin. Needing more space, Dell moved to his nearby garage, eventually dropping out of college to pursue Dell full time and his success start-off after.

Today, Dell is valued at about $30 billion and employs around 165,000 people .

“You don’t have to be great to start, but you have to start to be great”

Zig Ziglar

Harley Davidson Motorcycle – William Harley (Wooden Shed)

In 1901 , William S. Harley drew a blueprint for an engine that could fit inside a bicycle. In 1903 , William and his brother Arthur built the first Harley Davidson motorcycle in a 10-by-15-foot wooden shed.

The shed’s door had “Harley Davidson Motor Company” written on it.

Today, Harley Davidson is valued at about $2.8 billion. In 2019, there were an estimated 1,569 dealerships around the world.

“It is hard to fail, but it is worse never to have tried to succeed”

Theodore Roosevelt

Yankee Candle – Mike Kittredge (Family’s Kitchen)

In 1969, the then 16-year-old Mike Kittredge melted crayons and canning wax to make his mother a candle for Christmas in a milk carton.

A neighbor was also interested, eventually inspiring Kittredge to design and craft the candles in his family’s kitchen, where the company known now as Yankee Candle was eventually born. That was from where his success start-off.

Today, Yankee Candle has over 475 company-owned retail stores nationwide.

“Never worry about numbers. Help one person at a time, and always start with the person nearest you”

Mother Teresa

Hewlett Packard – Bill Hewlett and David Packard (One-car Garage)

After bonding on a camping trip, Bill Hewlett and David Packard began renting a garage in Palo Alto and working there part-time. In 1938, the duo created Hewlett-Packard’s first product , the resistance-capacitance audio oscillator, which was used to test sound equipment.

When naming the company, the duo flipped a coin to decide whose name should go first. Today, the company is valued at about $21 billion and as of 2019, HP had employed around 56,000 people .

“Be the change you wish to see in the world.”

Mahatma Gandhi

Mattel – Harold “Matt” Matson and Elliot Handler (Garage)

In 1944 , Matt Matson, a skilled craftsman, was working out of his garage in Southern California when Elliot Handler asked if he could build some of his picture frame ideas. Handler’s wife Ruth then took the samples and sold them for $3,000 at a local photography studio.

In October of 1944, after the frames were a huge success, Matson and Handler decided to combine their last names, and Mattel was born.

While building frames in the garage, Handler also made dollhouse furniture out of the leftover wood from the picture frames. The furniture became a huge success and the company eventually pivoted towards making toys. The pivot paid off, their success start-off and as today Mattel is valued at about $3 billion.

“Risk more than others think is safe. Dream more than others think is practical”

Howard Schultz

Empires From Sand Castles Or Side Hustles – Get The Passion Out

Many of the most recognizable companies started as small side hustles. Some founders were working full-time jobs while building their side hustle.

For example, Steve Jobs was working at Atari, while building the Apple I. In 1976, Steve Jobs was working the night shift at Atari, and Steve Wozniak was an engineer at HP. In their spare time, they worked on building a computer in a garage, which became known as Apple I. They made the machine using Atari parts and presented it to Jobs’ boss, who eventually declined to invest. 

Major social media companies like Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram, started as side projects. Retail companies like Yankee Candle and Under Armour also began as passion projects. 

Where is your garage? What do you have in your hand? When are you starting? Today is the tomorrow you should not regret. Success start-off now.

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Billionaire Brothers Raised In terraced House To Buy ASDA


Two billionaire brothers raised in a terraced house in Blackburn are on the brink of buying supermarket giant Asda. Mohsin Issa, 49, and sibling Zuber, 48 could rubber stamp the mega money buy-out soon with a deal to take over the supermarket giant Asda.

Mohsin and Zuber Issa, self-made tycoons are part of an expected £6.5billion takeover of Britain’s third biggest grocer.

It would cap a remarkable rise for the brothers whose mother and father came to Britain from India in the 1960s with little to their name.

Billionaire Brothers Started Out In A Garage

Mohsin, 49, and Zuber, 48, the billionaire brothers started out in a garage which their dad, who had worked in a woollen mill, bought.

They branched out on their own, first renting a petrol station for two years. Then in 2001 buying their first forecourt, a derelict freehold site in Bury, and formed Euro Garages.

The brothers could be Asda’s new owners this week (Image: LightRocket via Getty Images)

Their empire, the EG Group, now has almost 6,000 sites across 10 countries, from the UK to the US and Australia. They run outlets for Greggs, Starbucks and KFC, and employs 44,000 people.

In 2017, it bought 77 Little Chef roadside restaurants.

Zuber said: “We grew (EG) from nothing.”

“We’ve been on the pumps, we’ve been stocking the shelves, cleaning the toilets. You do everything.”

“And once you do the foundation work, it’s no different wherever you go in the world. It’s a petrol station; you’re selling fuel, you’re selling coffee, you’re selling convenience.”

Mohsin said the company “makes more money selling a cup of coffee than we would do on an average tank fill-up”.

Mohsin, who is married and with two grown-up children, runs the business day-to-day. While Zuber is responsible for strategy and acquisitions.

A Strong Giving Connection To A Starting Root

Sources describe the low-profile brothers as humble, with a strong connection to their Blackburn roots.

They have just opened a £35million HQ in the town and in 2012 set-up local football team Euro Garages FC.

The brothers also set-up the ISSA Foundation which funds projects promoting health, educating and tackling poverty in the UK and abroad. The foundation also bought an MRI scanner for Blackburn Royal Hospital.

Starting Off On A Billionaire Wealth Journey From Blackburn’s Terraced Streets

In 2017 they bought a Grade II listed Georgian townhouse in London’s Kensington for £25million, which is now being converted into a luxury home.

Meanwhile, it is just a 10 minute drive from Blackburn’s terraced streets to wide open spaces of the town’s millionaire’s row overlooking the rolling Lancashire hills.

The modest house they grew up in, in Blackburn, Lancashire (Image: Julian Hamilton/Daily Mirror)

It is here that the siblings are building five giant homes for themselves and their relatives.

As their petrol station business started to expand after the turn of the millennium, Zuber and Mohsin wanted to stay in the same area and moved with their families to a newly built large detached home.

Their parents still live in the area, close to the local mosque. But now it seems they will be joining their sons in a row of five incredible mansions, complete with basement swimming pools, on the edge of the town.

In a barber shop on a sloping street where they used to live in an end terraced house, the family are fondly remembered.

“They are good people, a very nice family” said one man. Zuber used to come in here to have his hair cut. They are good people who worked hard.”

A man strolling along the Issas old terraced street said: “They have done very well for themselves but they have stayed in Blackburn. “People have been talking about them buying Asda and are pleased for them. “They are well like people and have done well. Good luck to them.”

Billionaire Brothers Funding Model Of ASDA Deal

However, the money for the Asda takeover is coming from their personal fortunes. Private equity firm TDR, which owns half of the EG Group, is expected to put in a big chunk.

And it is believed Asda’s parent company, US giant Walmart, will retain a stake. Although the rumoured sale price is £5billion less than it paid for the chain in 1999.

Myfwl/Work Life Feed has adapted the write up for our readers. Click here to view the original write up at www.mirror.co.uk

Ruth Bader Ginsburg Best Career Advice In One Sentence

Ruth Bader Ginsburg Delivered The Best Career Advice You'll Ever Hear, In Just One Sentence

Supreme Court Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg Getty Images for Berggruen Institute

With the passing of the iconic Supreme Court Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg, many Americans have poured encomiums on her. Some wants her memory to be a blessing, others have formed an RBG hashtag revolution. The hashtag followers are promising to fight every day, as did #RBG to achieve #EqualityForAll.

RBG (Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg) was until recently, the United States Supreme Court Justice. She is acclaimed to have lived an amazing life, impacting the lives of others before she died at 87, September 2020. She was appointed in 1993 by President Bill Clinton.

People were drawn to her for different reasons. For some, it is how she consistently delivered progressive votes on the most divisive social issues of the day. Issues such as abortion rights, same-sex marriage, voting rights, immigration, health care and affirmative action. Will a career advise from her take you from good to great?

Insight and nuggets of career advice from her can actually apply to everyone, regardless of career stage.

Ruth Bader Ginsburg And A Good Career Advice

Four years ago, Ruth Bader Ginsburg wrote an article in the New York Times in which she offered her advice for living.

In the article, she says: “Another often-asked question when I speak in public: “Do you have some good advice you might share with us?” Yes, I do. It comes from my savvy mother-in-law, advice she gave me on my wedding day.

“In every good marriage,” she counseled, “it helps sometimes to be a little deaf. I have followed that advice assiduously, and not only at home through 56 years of a marital partnership nonpareil. I have employed it as well in every workplace, including the Supreme Court. When a thoughtless or unkind word is spoken, best tune out. Reacting in anger or annoyance will not advance one’s ability to persuade.”

“It helps to be a little deaf”

Her line, “it helps to be a little deaf,” might just be the best piece of career advice ever given. And, like so many of her insights, her intuition is firmly supported by research. Being deaf to thoughtless and unkind words is essential to having a successful and fulfilling career.

Resilience, Response To Criticism And Letting Go

For example, tens of thousands have taken the online test “How Do You React To Constructive Criticism?” And we’ve learned that, when receiving tough feedback, fewer than a quarter of people are really able to let go of their anger and start moving forward.

But those who can respond effectively to tough feedback (i.e., tuning out the unkind words) are 42% more likely to love their job.

Research has also shown that people who do well at forgiving others (i.e. letting go of their anger and resentment) typically experience fewer negative physical health symptoms, like disorders of the cardiovascular or immune system.

Being able to tune out the thoughtless words you’re guaranteed to hear, isn’t just important to keep yourself psychologically healthy, it’s also a necessary ingredient for resilience. That is, one’s ability to bounce back quickly from failure, adversity, stress, etc.

“If you can keep yourself from perseverating on unkind words hurled in your direction, you’re far more likely to pick yourself up, dust yourself off, and go right back to what you were doing.”

Resilient Like A Ruth Bader Ginsburg?

And we need resilience right now. Data from the online Resiliency Test has discovered that fewer than a quarter of people have high resilience right now (you may want to test your own resilience).

In the study Employee Engagement Is Less Dependent On Managers Than You Think, 11,308 employees were surveyed about their engagement at work. And the study revealed that employees’ self-engagement (i.e. their personal outlooks like resilience, optimism, proactivity, etc.) can actually matter more than working for a great manager.

One of the discoveries from the study is that employees with high resilience are 310% more likely to love their jobs than employees with low resilience. And 136% more than employees with even moderate resilience.

Whether you want greater success or more happiness, whether you work from home or in an office, everything begins with Ruth Bader Ginsburg’s timeless and elegantly simple words, “it helps sometimes to be a little deaf.”

How The Pursuit Of Audacious Goals Can Marry Thoughtless Or Unkind Words

Anyone who pursues big or audacious goals (like being the second woman to serve on the U.S. Supreme Court) is going to hear some thoughtless or unkind words. To help yourself, tune out those words, and implement Ginsburg’s advice, here’s a little trick.

“Reacting in anger or annoyance will not advance one’s ability to persuade.”

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Whenever someone hurls some unkind words your way, ask yourself, “What are the facts here?” Set aside the other person’s emotions (e.g., their anger, resentment, accusations, jealousy, etc.). Then, listen only for whether there are any facts.

Living A Remarkable Life, The Ruth Bader Ginsburg Way

Imagine someone says to me, “you’re an idiot for thinking that project would work, you didn’t even calculate an ROI. Only a moron would do something that stupid.”

There are plenty of unkind words in that diatribe. But there’s also a fact, namely, that I didn’t calculate an ROI. So I will take that fact (which is quite useful) and focus on it to the exclusion of the unkind words. By staying factual, we stay calmer. We’re then better to discern the one or two nuggets that are often contained within even the most thoughtless and unkind comments.

Ruth Bader Ginsburg led a remarkable life. And while we might not equal her legendary career heights, we can all apply her advice. We can be a little deaf to thoughtless and unkind words. As she notes, “Reacting in anger or annoyance will not advance one’s ability to persuade.”

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Office Housework VP Job Can Bury Leadership Strength

We Need To Talk About “Office Housework”

We need to talk about “office housework,” because women and minorities are doing more of it . What’s office housework? Some is actual workplace housekeeping, like tidying up the break room or rearranging chairs around a conference table.

“Talk to a mentor a mentor about how she or he deflects the minutiae of everyday work life in order to lock focus on the bigger picture.”

The term also encompasses communal tasks like having lunch catered, setting up a team offsite, or giving a new colleague a tour of the photocopier and restrooms.

By definition, office housework is unseen and unrewarded. No one sealed a promotion to senior director on the strength of being awesome at corralling conference-call RSVPs or the “just-in-time” replacement of coffee filters.

“Working less on low-prestige busywork can free you up to focus on delivering results and making a bigger difference.”

I’m not saying you should never contribute to office housework. Instead, take a stand for sharing the load equitably.

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Don’t let your leadership strengths get buried under a mountain of low-level, inconsequential tasks. Don’t let the burden land disproportionately on others, either.

Myfwl/Work Life Feed re-adapted the write up for short minutes readers. Click here to view the full original write up at www.forbes.com. Note, it was adapted from Woman of Influence: 9 Steps to Build Your Brand, Establish Your Legacy, and Thrive (McGraw-Hill) by Jo Miller.



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A woman’s work life and career break, no doom spell

A woman's work life

Teresa Mosqueda, a Seattle City Council member attends a meeting from home during the coronavirus in Seattle, Washington, US, March 23. Reuters/ A woman’s work life

The economic fallout of Covid-19 has already pushed tens of millions of people across the world into unemployment, the majority of them women.

“I think once a woman makes a decision to come back, she is going to be a bigger star than she was and these women were already stars before.”

The severity of the crisis, coupled with the fact that the burden of caring for the sick, the elderly and young children in our society falls disproportionately on women, suggests difficult times ahead for women’s careers.

The progress women have made in the labour force over the last 30 years could be reversed in a period of one year or less.


A woman’s work life and career break – feedback from great back to work programmes

In interviews, the returners described the 10-week experience as “a lab”, “being part of a family” and “a safe space”. The programme manager adopted a protective stance toward her charges as they took their first steps back into the corporate world, describing herself as a “godmother duck” and the returners as “swans that became so beautiful”.

The returners were not the only ones changed by R2C. The recruiting manager responsible for selecting R2C participants said: “I will be honest, as a woman who has not been a mother, when I see big career gaps, I assume this career gap is by choice…I am not sure about the commitment.”

However, looking back over the R2C experience, the recruiting manager said, “What I realised is a lot of these women did not mean to leave for four years…Sometimes you cannot go back. Sometimes, you have relocated with your husband. A person has the right to take some time off.”

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Click here to view the full original write up at www.thenational.ae

Zoe Kinias is an associate professor of organisational behaviour at Insead and the academic director of its gender initiative

Henriane Mourgue d’Algue is an executive coach and a graduate of Insead’s Executive Master in Change programme


Fired From Your HR Job, It Doesn’t Exist In 2022 Future

Fired From Your HR Job

This is year 2022 and Coronavirus has drastically reshaped the economy and the labor force. I am therefore directed to inform you, that you are fired from your HR job. It doesn’t exist in this 2022 future.

Since Coronavirus rapid spread around the globe, we have experienced titanic shifts in how we work, where we work, and the technologies we use to stay connected.

We believe this is HR’s moment to lead organizations in navigating the future.

Such massive change is escalating the importance of HR’s role within organizations. Workers are turning to their managers and their HR leaders, in particular, for guidance on how to navigate their “new normal”.

Research indicates that 73% of workers depend on their employer for support in preparing for the future of work.

Your Chance To Survive The Future, Before You’re Fired From Your HR Job

Just as CFOs have greatly increased their scope since the 2008 financial crisis, CHRO’s now have that same opportunity to become central C-suite players.

We believe this is HR’s moment to lead organizations in navigating the future. They have a tremendous opportunity, and responsibility, to provide workers with guidance. With change, people need help on the skills and capabilities they will need to be successful over the next decade as new roles continue to emerge.

Work-life, The Future of Work and Future Workplace

With that in mind, The Cognizant Center for Future of Work and Future Workplace jointly embarked on a nine-month initiative. This is to determine exactly what the future of HR will look like.

The Center brought together the Future Workplace network of nearly 100 CHROs, CLOs, and VP’s of talent and workforce transformation. Their job was to envision how HR’s role might evolve over the next 10 years.

“The 2020s will be a reset moment for HR.”

Their brainstorm considered economic, political, demographic, societal, cultural, business, and technology trends.

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New Future Deal For HR – Starting From Over 60 New Future HR Jobs

The result was the conception of over 60 new HR jobs. It included detailed responsibilities and skills needed to succeed in each role. Each job was then ranked by its organizational impact. This narrowed the list to an initial 21 HR jobs of the future.

The Process: HR jobs were arranged on a 2×2 grid; the X-axis depicts time – over the next 10 years. Y-axis depicts “technology centricity”; that is, all jobs will utilize innovative technologies, but only the most tech-centric will actually require a grounding in computer science.

“Before it can be built, it has to be dreamed.”

The advent of Covid-19 compressed time like an accordion. A handful of these roles became “jobs of the now.” The 2020s will be a reset moment for HR. The Center in their report, fully expect to see more examples of these theoretical “jobs-made-real,” by visionary leaders in the coming months and years.

Five Core Themes Of The Top 21 HR Jobs of The Future

While some of the roles identified are entirely new positions, others are new responsibilities. They are becoming increasingly important as HR re-imagines and reboots its strategy in light of the pandemic. All 21 jobs embody five core themes that the Center came across in their research.

They are individual and organizational resilience, organizational trust and safety, creativity and innovation, data literacy and human-machine partnerships.

The Human-Human Relation Themes

Individual and organizational resilience. The future of work will include developing a stronger focus and a more holistic view of employee wellbeing. One that encompasses the emotional, mental and spiritual health of workers along with the physical.

Even before the virus, Gallup reported two thirds of full-time workers experienced burnout on the job.

Organizational trust and safety. HR professionals are in a unique position to be guardians and models of an ethical and responsible workplace. As organizations invest in digital transformation initiatives and establish a “data culture,” the Center believe the expectations to uphold this responsibility will increase.

LinkedIn research found that 67% of hiring managers and recruiters said AI saves them time as they source job candidates. But questions are now being raised around this technology and its potential for bias, inaccuracy, and lack of transparency.

Creativity and innovation. As business leaders envision new ways to grow their organizations in the midst of rapid change, a new role at the intersection of corporate strategy and HR must arise. 

The Future of Work Leader, would be responsible for analyzing what skills will be most essential as the workforce continues to evolve.

The Human-Machine Relations Themes

Data literacy. Currently, only a few HR functions are building analytics capabilities into their teams to solve key people challenges. This could be uncovering why one team performs better than another. Or how their organization can create a more diverse and inclusive culture.

In the future, HR teams will be a more data-driven function. Doing so would allow them to provide more accurate insights for engagement of C-suite leaders.

Human-machine partnerships. As the use of robots in companies continues to increase, it has become apparent that there is a need for human-machine collaboration in the workforce. Judgment is usually easy for humans, but still hard for computers.

Sorting out the balance of the “art of the job” (for humans) vs. the “science of the job” (for bots) will likely result in the creation of new HR roles. Such will be focused on how both can work together intuitively.


The 21 HR Jobs of The Future To Prepare For; Before You Are Fired From Your HR Job

Change is coming, and it’s best to get a head start. Companies and individuals that can anticipate their organization’s future HR roles will likely be in a position to outperform competitors. They are also squarely positioning HR and themselves as a strategic business driver.

This is year 2020, and you have been fired from your HR job. Cheer up, you are prepared ahead. Make a choice of your preference from the options below.

  • Director of Wellbeing
  • Director of Wellbeing
  • Work from Home Facilitator
  • Human Bias Officer
  • Strategic HR Business Continuity Director
  • The Future of Work Leader
  • VR Immersion Counselor
  • HR Data Detective
  • Human-Machine Teaming Manager
  • ChatBot Coach
  • Human-Machine Teaming Manager
  • HR Data Detective
  • Head of Business Behavior
  • Global Head of Employee Experience
  • Financial Wellness Manager

Visit the original write up for the full list of 21 jobs.

The Closing Before You’re Fired From Your HR Job Into Other Future HR Jobs

As new and existing roles evolve, the most successful organizations and individuals will have a clear understanding of what needs to change; what must change to meet future business priorities (both anticipated and unanticipated).

This is worth repeating, a handful of these roles have become “jobs of the now.”

You never know — one day soon, you might be recruiting someone to fill any of these 21 jobs. You may also be doing one yourself, if you escape being fired from your HR job.


Myfwl/Work-Place Feed adapted the write up by Jeanne C. Meister and Robert H. Brown for short minutes readers. Click here to view the full original write up at www.hbr.org. We want to hear from you. Write to us in the Comments section.

Jeanne C. Meister is Managing Partner of Future Workplace. This is an HR Advisory and Membership firm. Co-author of The 2020 Workplace, and founder of the Future Workplace Academy.

Robert H. Brown is Vice President of Center for the Future of Work at Cognizant Technology Solutions. He was previously a Managing Vice President of Research at Gartner, Inc., where he specialized in HR services.


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Don’t Play It Safe, Don’t Shorten Your Career And Life

Don't Play It Safe, Don't Shorten Your Career And Life

I have played it safe many times, that was when I was growing up. And I must say, I paid very dearly during those times. Don’t play it safe, it can be expensive. But don’t rush into things in a rash, that will also get from you, a leg and a arm. For months, I have tried to work with some colleagues, but there has been no progress.

To get some traction, I pulled out of the alliance, to do things solo. Most have been amazed at the unimaginable success achieved. No one need to remind me that if I am going fast, it is because I went alone. This is a project that should go far, and will benefit everyone. Got stuck again, trying to go far. Tough luck going together with everyone, including the unwilling and the saboteurs. Forced again, halted to a grind, playing it safe, for safety reasons and to go far.

Every time another horrible event happens, I jump out of my skin, and go solo. I just cannot play it safe, else we will all end up losers.

“If you want to go fastgo alone. If you want to go fargo together.” —African Proverb

Science shows what unhealthy job and life habits terminate our careers as well as our lives. Health-related job stress has become a worldwide problem. A Gallup Poll reported that 80% of American workers suffer some type of stress on the job. And half say they need help learning how to manage it. So don’t play it safe when it comes to tackling these enemy forces.

According to research, chronic work and life stress can be just as bad for your mental and physical well-being as smoking cigarettes and can lead to premature death. Here are some bad work and life habits that can contribute to poor health, low job performance and early demise.

Be A Desk Potato

Most people spend an average of 10 hours a day in a car, at the computer or in front of TV. If you sit a lot, you’re more likely to build stress, gain weight and develop heart disease and diabetes. Mounting evidence shows conclusively that one of the biggest factors that contribute to premature death is sitting too much. Death by siting down!

Don’t play it safe with comforting, killing long sitting. Your body was not designed for long periods of sitting. Studies show that ‘parking‘ yourself for more than four to six hours a day puts you at an 80% greater risk of dying from cardiovascular disease.

Regular exercise strengthens the heart, brain, muscles, bones and immune system. It gives you a natural high and a positive outlook on life. Just moving around can cut your risk of sudden cardiac arrest by 92%.

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Have A Pessimistic Outlook

Pessimism is a career and life killer. Don’t play it safe when you need to kick it as if you are in a $100 million reward loaded, world heavy weight boxing bout. Statistics show that on average, pessimists live seven and a half years less than optimists.

Optimism is some of the best medicine to boost your career and life, no matter how dire the circumstances.

Don’t Get Enough Shut Eye

A long-term sleep study shows that people who sleep less than six hours at night have a decline in brain function. Studies show that if you don’t get enough sleep, you’re at greater risk of stroke, and your risk of death from heart disease more than doubles.

Lack of sleep is also linked to depression, impaired immune system function, weight gain, hypertension and Type 2 diabetes.

Grab, Gobble, Gulp And Go

If you’re like many job-stressed Americans (an estimated 75% according to experts), you practice mindless eating because work takes precedence over your well-being. You hit the ground running, grab a Danish, and scurry out the door to work, sloshing coffee on your clothes as you rush to the office.

Maybe you even skip lunch altogether or eat a taco while digging through piles of work at your desk. Perhaps in the evening you throw a frozen dinner in the oven in time to help the kids with their homework. The next morning, you hop on the (not so merry) merry-go-round and repeat the same routine until week’s end.

Now that the pandemic has slowed things down, and perhaps you have been working from home, what changes have you made in that part of your life? What difference have you noticed?

In an attempt to keep your energy up, before now, you use stimulant drinks. If you’re like many frenzied workers, you play it safe with what you eat. You grab, gobble, gulp and go without paying attention to your hunger or taste. When you’re work stressed, eating becomes a task to complete instead of an experience to enjoy.

If you gulp down a Coke, hamburger and fries so you can hurry back to the office, you’re stress eating, which only raises your stress level. You’re feeding your stress instead of managing it. Treat mealtime as a singular activity with value in its own right. Sit down, eat slowly, and chew a few times before swallowing. Paying attention to textures, aromas and flavors of your food help you to relax and enjoy your meal as well as aid in digestion. Plus, it gives your stomach time to tell your brain when it’s full, and you are less likely to eat as much.

Rise And Grind

Some think it’s hip to work 24/7 with no breaks. They proudly announce that they binge for 18 hours or three days on a project with little or no sleep or food—shunning down time or vacations. Shame if the forced lock down or staycation (not vacation) has not been used as a great time of introspection.

If this sounds like you, you can showboat the hustle culture now and wear it as a badge of honor. But in the long run, studies show you will have a slow demise. You cut your career short, destroy your mental and physical health, impair relationships and die an earlier death than your cohorts.

“So many people spend their health gaining wealth, and then have to spend their wealth to regain their health”

The hustle lifestyle not only steals your soul, it impairs your mental and physical health,. This is more so, when you play it safe with bad balance in your work life. Tell yourself, there’s a limit to what you can do and put the rest out of the picture. Start to see this attitude not as weakness but strength.

Don’t Play It Safe – Play It Safe

No, that sub title didn’t say, play it safe, read again. It says, don’t play it safe! In different scenarios and circumstance, should it be a single consistent option every time? Statistics show that you have more stamina to continue to take safety risks after a car crash than to continue after a series of psychological defeats.

Fear of failure leads to fear of success. If you seek safety in routine works, but avoiding taking on risky, unfamiliar, unknown, unexplored or the unexpected, you are actually avoiding success. Routines are secure and comforting, but they can become stale and confining.

Studies show that risk takers are happier, smarter and live longer. They climb the company ladder faster, make more money and are more content with their lives. Researchers at the University of Massachusetts found that getting outside your comfort zone can actually extend your life.

“Career growth and a long, healthy life happen outside your comfort zone.”

Studies show that you have a greater chance of achieving success if you stick your neck out. The solution? Stretch yourself. Instead of fleeing from career unknowns, step into the unfamiliar and unexpected, embrace novelty and build your resilience.

What edge can you go to in your work today? Think of it, what unpredictable bridge can you jump off to sprout your wings? What limb can you reach to get to the fruit of the tree?

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Worklife Grooves on Ferrari with a Mentor


Worklife grooves on Ferrari for some people, most especially those with a Mentor. This can be at the same time and in the same environment others are having career and worklife nightmares. And there are other possible several reasons for either experience.

The focus here are on people whose worklife grooves because they have a mentor. Worklife nightmares caused by a bad boss, toxic workplace, inappropriate organisation culture and the like can be better managed and overcome with the support of a great mentor.

Worklife grooves on Ferrari if there is a mentor that can tell you the hard, difficult and painful truth. Someone who can provide guidance that is well scripted and targeted to get you to a c-level position. A mentor who can drain the vibrancy out of your great idea, because it can only get you 5% of the way. And ready to stand by you, as you take on the other 95% which is execution.

Most times, people are introduced to mentoring through an organisation network they belong. Individuals drop off, or grow strong in the mentoring relationship because of the program management structure.

Mentors help worklife grooves with benefits

What is important is knowing after five decades of mentoring relationship research, with irrefutable evidence: worklife grooves for people who have strong mentors. Such people accrue a host of professional benefits, including more rapid advancement, higher salaries, greater organizational commitment, stronger identity, and higher satisfaction with both job and career.

They also see personal benefits, such as better physical health and self-esteem, ease of work-life integration, and strong–er relational skills. At its best, mentoring can transform lives and careers while bolstering retention and maximizing employee potential.

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A mentee cannot succeed in a mentoring relationship without a good mentor. I have enough reasons to blame myself for not maximizing mentors that came my way. Though I could have done better if the mentoring program was well resourced to provide support, even though I was failing as a mentee.

The focus of this issue will therefore be placed on the mentor and the mentoring structure.

Wofrklife grooves if we address the Achilles heel in organizational mentoring structures

If there is a single, consistent Achilles heel in organizational mentoring structures, it is marginal mentoring. Marginal or mediocre mentoring may be a consequence of assigning mentors who are too busy, disinterested, dysfunctional, or simply lack competence in the role.

Marginal mentoring can also come from using experienced mentors. They could have supported other mentees very well in the past, but who at that point, are struggling with some aspects of their worklife.

The worst of marginal mentoring is where prospective mentors are randomly selected or told to participate. And thereafter, leaders fail to give resources, evaluate, or reward mentoring.

With no meaningful incentives attached, it is justifiably seen as an onerous add-on duty. A thankless distraction from real work that leads to immediate and visible productivity, pay and advancement.

What’s more, too often, program leaders erroneously assume that any successful manager can mentor effectively, with minimal (if any) training. Evidence indicates that poor mentoring can be worse for employees than no mentoring at all.

Ill-prepared and marginally competent mentors not only give mentoring a bad name in an organization. They also sabotage retention, commitment, and employee development. The very objectives that drive mentoring initiatives in the first place.

The Experienced Mentor: Mentor to Mentors

Note: The use of the phrase, ‘master mentor’ has been changed to, ‘experienced mentor’. This is to reflect ongoing changes as a result of the black lives matter campaign.

The Experienced Mentor approach described by Harvard Business Review (HBR) was designed to create cohorts of experienced and well-trained mentors. This approach is effective at enhancing the personal well-being and career trajectories of mentees. It also produces mentors who are also willing to become resources and coaches to less experienced mentors.

HBR reports that this pilot program yielded some important lessons for mentoring organizers.

  • Provide resources needed to administer the program.
  • Create and celebrate a culture of excellence in mentoring.
  • Give awards, public recognition, and other perks to reinforce the message.
  • Start a yearly event to celebrate graduating new Experienced Mentors.

Successful Experienced Mentors accelerate the advancement of high-talent hires. They also elevate the quality of mentoring throughout their organization. Here are the salient components of the model developed:

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C-suite careers advice: Peter Pezaris, CodeStream

C-suite careers advice: Peter Pezaris, CodeStream

The worst piece of business advice that I ever received is that a “great idea” is all you need to be successful as an entrepreneur.

Peter Pezaris is Founder & CEO of CodeStream, a service that helps development teams discuss, review, and understand code. Prior to CodeStream, Pezaris was Founder & CEO of Glip, a team collaboration platform acquired by RingCentral in 2015, and Multiply.com, a social commerce platform acquired by Naspers in 2010. He also founded Commissioner.com, one of the first online fantasy sports platforms, which was acquired by CBS in 1999.

A great idea gets you 5% of the way. The other 95% is execution, manifested by wanting it more and working harder than your competitors. And to get to a c-level position, focus on the following;

  • Integrity,
  • Hard work,
  • Ability to keep learning every day

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What Should American CEO’s, Learn To Build A Better Future? Ask D&I Thought Leader Gloria Castillo

People know that corporations are powerful in our economy and that they are societal influencers. In this climate where trust is a critical element, the alignment of word and deed is under scrutiny.  There are two things that we look for during time of crisis: competency and empathy.

In this time of COVID-19, economic crisis and the damage to many small minority-owned businesses, corporations and non-profits will need to work together to address the needs exacerbated by crisis. There is no doubt that we are in a moment of crisis, in a moment of change. When we think about the future, who do we want to be as a country when we come out of this? This crisis demands that we learn from this social movement … (and) reimagine how we deploy resources to address historic issues that have been laid bare. 

Their first action would be to encourage state officials to ensure all their employees and their families have access to the ballot through early and mail-in voting.

Then, taking a stand on national standards in law enforcement, which address the unequal, unfair, and life-threatening treatment of Black and Latinx members of their community.

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