We live in very interesting times.
Maybe executive presence will be the main thing that separates humans from computers in the workplace. Computers that can learn by themselves, can now figure out how to do many things that we humans have historically been best at doing. Early benefits are Google Translate and smartphones that are able to be our personal translator as we expand in global communications.
The blogs this month touch on these new developments, as well as how to make yourself be seen as more trustworthy and intelligent. One hint: trying too hard will backfire.
One area we will be focusing on in 2015 is remote communications. An increasingly important set of success skills are centered on effective remote influence, persuasion, and executive presence. Let me know if you would be interested in giving feedback or hearing more about what we are creating regarding this topic.
Blog topics this month …
Terrifying Implications of Artificial Intelligence?
It could make or break company strategy. Those who capture the lead could be the “Google” of their industry. Individuals will need to see what impact it might have on them. The ability to solve what were unsolvable problems may be within our reach.
The seeds of this capability were developed in the 50’s and 60’s. “Artificial intelligence” had this promise and threat in the 70’s. About the same time, “cashless society” was seen as close to reality. Both artificial intelligence and the cashless society faded to the background in the 1980’s. Those promises never materialized … until now. [more …]
Use Google Translate App for Conversations
A new version of Google Translate is now available that includes the ability to translate signs using your iPhone camera. View the sign using the iPhone screen /camera and the App will translate the words on the sign to another language. You can also translate using your voice. These are additions to the ability to use a keyboard to translate into written and spoken words with Google Translate.
• Translates 90 languages
• Converse naturally and let Google translate*
• Translate with your voice, camera, keyboard or handwriting
• Star your favorite translations for quick access even when you’re offline
• View dictionary results for single words or phrases
*Voice translation in two directions
Google claims you can translate spoken words into on two sides of a conversation to facilitate an exchange of information. Initially, this translation capability works between English and French, German, Italian, Portuguese, Russian, and Spanish, with more languages to be added (per Google’s blog).
How to Look Smarter – or Not
Many of the things people do to try to look smarter will backfire. Wall Street Journal reported what people do to attempt to look intelligent and compared those behaviors to what caused others to view them as intelligent. Using a large vocabulary does just the opposite of what you might think … people see such people as less intelligent.
Executive presence makes you look smarter.
The things I’ve identified as demonstrating executive presence are also the things that others see as being more intelligent. The WSJ reported, “One of the strongest and most accurate signs of intelligence is looking [more…]
Embarrassing iPhone stories … some career damaging
I have heard many embarrassing stories … some career damaging … where the iPhone substituted the wrong word for a misspelled word and it was not noticed before hitting the SEND button. There are a couple helpful options that [more…]
- My first job was working in an orange juice factory, but I got canned…couldn’t concentrate.
- After that I tried to be a tailor, but I just wasn’t suited for it…mainly because it was a so-so job.
- Then I tried to be a chef — figured it would add a little spice to my life, but I just didn’t have the thyme.
- Next I tried working in a muffler factory, but that was too exhausting.
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