New Year’s Resolutions for the long-awaited year 2021

Today is January 1st. It is time to review what happened last year and set the next year’s goals. Following last year’s post structure, I will review 2020’s new year’s resolutions, and then I will commit to the new ones.

In the 24th issue of the newsletter, the one previous to this post, I also shared insights about writing and keeping the new year’s resolutions (among other topics). It will help me when thinking about mines.

So, let’s go: What happened with last year’s resolutions?

Healthy Goal: Morning workouts

Last year I decided to move my freeletics workouts to the morning to gain time in the afternoon or evening to spend with my family. I wrote about the pros Read the rest!

Coaching and Situational Leadership: Adapting Your Style

This post was originally included in the 24th issue of my weekly newsletter. If you find it interesting, maybe you’d be interested in subscribing.

If you were asked which leadership style was the best, what would you answer?

I already looked for an answer to this question in a post about leadership styles months ago. And this was one of the multiple questions that my coach asked me in my previous session with him.

The answer wasn’t one of them, but all. The trick is that we may adapt our leadership based on the situation and the people we have.

This question was the preparation for a knowledge pill based on Situational Leadership, an adaptive leadership style that … Read the rest!

Ethical Issues at the Brain of Google: The case of Timnit Gebru

I started this post in my newsletter last week, but I decided to move it here because of its length. Weeks ago, Timnit Gebru, AI Ethical team co-lead and researcher, ended her collaboration at Google Brain.

As a very summarized version, the story starts when Dr. Timnit Gebru and other colleagues sent a paper for feedback and review, and her manager’s manager, legendary Jeff Dean, and Megan Kacholia (VP of Engineering) orders her to retract it.

After, she sent an unfortunate email asking for help and support to an internal listserv and also asked her higher management to meet some requirements to continue working at the company. Then, she “gets resigned” from Google Brain.

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The Risk of Group Polarization. We Are Better Together

Political and group polarization was the starting topic in my last newsletter (issue number #18). Not focused on politics, but I found it interesting to read and write a little about polarization in groups.

In politics, as in companies, or any group of people, polarization and extremism can appear when like-minded people join, and it is not adequately identified and addressed on time.

As I said, I don’t want to focus on politics. Still, it was impossible to hide from it, and the recent US elections and political situation is an excellent example of polarization.

Affective polarization

The following HBR article explains that after the 2016 election, research showed that 45% of Republicans and 41% of Democrats think the … Read the rest!

The power of introverted leaders

I included the topic of introverted leaders in my eighteenth newsletter. This post is based on it.

In the issue, I started introducing a video from Business Insider, where Adam Grant shared why introverted people would be better leaders. Adam Grant is a well-known psychologist, bestselling author, and professor at Wharton School.

At first, I didn’t understand the video at all. IMHO introverted wouldn’t be the right adjective. I was thinking of “humble”, because somebody who doesn’t want to share the spotlight and feels threatened would be a self-centered person, but not just extroverted.

Then I remembered Susan Cain‘s book, Quiet: Read the rest!