How Bill Gates Approaches Problem Solving: Don’t Reinvent the Wheel

Having the right answers is important, but success can also be achieved by asking the right questions.

Take Southwest Airlines founder Herb Kelleher, who regularly asked himself one question: “Will this (decision) make Southwest Airlines the low-cost provider?” Or Steve Jobs, who regularly asked one question: “How many times did you say no today?”

Add Bill Gates to the list. According to the most recent post on his GatesNotes blog:

Ever since I was a teenager, I’ve tackled every big new problem the same way: by starting off with two questions. I used this technique at Microsoft, and I still use it today. I ask these questions literally every week about Covid-19.

Here they are: Who has dealt with this problem well? And what can we learn from them?

We all tend to work and live within self-created boundaries. We do the kinds of things we normally do. 

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Leadership Attributes needed during Challenging times

Innovation distinguishes between a leader and a follower.” Steve Jobs has been a great leader not only for Apple but also for every aspiring entrepreneur. When we talk about leaders, we always portray a strong and confident person who gives us hope to rise every time we stoop down or stumble over an obstacle. Remember how the most exemplary guy in your school was chosen as the head boy? Well, nothing has changed in the larger picture. Every organization decides its leaders carefully to ensure the growth of the organization. You can become the leader as well if you adopt some of the leadership attributes needed during challenging times.

In this era of the pandemic, the economy is sliding down every passing day. You must be amazed at how a leader can effectively change the scenario. Here are some leadership lessons for hard times that you must learn.

Motivation is

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Apple’s iPhone 12 Event Hashtag Was Trending and Apple Hadn’t Even Announced It Yet

Want to know how just how highly people are anticipating the next version of the iPhone? This morning, the #Appleevent hashtag was trending on Twitter, despite the fact that Apple hadn’t announced any such event. A few astute observers noticed that a custom hashtag, with a blue Apple logo, has been created for use through September 28.

In the amount of time it took to write this column, Apple did eventually announce its annual iPhone event would happen on September 15 at 10 a.m. PDT. Still, before that happened, there were more than 35,000 tweets with the hashtag, most of which are speculating about when the event will be announced.

Look,  Apple events tend to draw a lot of attention. Typically, the beginning of September is when we see iPhone launches. Despite the fact that Apple has already said it expects the iPhone 12 to be delayed by

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The Best Creative Recruiting Strategies for Finding Raw Talent

Human Resource professionals are constantly looking for innovative recruiting strategies to find raw talent. Social restrictions due to the Coronavirus, make it even more imperative. We asked the experts: 

What out-of-the-box or innovative strategies have you used to recruit great talent?

Here is what they had to say…

Rex Freiberger, CEO, Gadget Review

The most innovative method I’ve used for recruiting is to spend time looking for people who are already reviewing products on their own. Sometimes this is through personal blogs, sometimes they publish on Medium or another open submission platform. People who are prolific at this, who write good, fair-minded reviews almost always turn out to be excellent employees who will continue with quality output. And this way I get the chance to give opportunities to people who may not have otherwise gotten them.

James Hornick, Partner, Hirewell

One thing that has worked really well at Hirewell:

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3 Ways to Fight Zoom Fatigue

Zoom is an excellent videoconferencing service and without it and those from rivals like WebEx, our economy would be in even more trouble than it is. The company has opened up new vistas of opportunity for breaking down the wall between work and home.

Still, spending hours a day in Zoom meetings creates Zoom fatigue. It drains energy to lead or participate in hours of often-recorded meetings with a camera on your face and your surroundings.

The energy drain is greater when there are few opportunities to walk around or relax the intense concentration required to keep track of everything happening in your meeting while your boss and peers observe your facial expressions and body language.

Since working from home appears to be here for the foreseeable future — and it may persist after scientists develop vaccines and treatments for Covid-19 — Zoom fatigue will remain a problem. How

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