February 1, 2019: Friday News Roundup

We hope you had a great week, but it couldn’t have been any better than the one we just spent here at Udemy. Employees from around the world converged in San Francisco for our annual company retreat to plan and strategize for the year ahead. Among the highlights was our first-ever Udemy Women’s Summit.

Meanwhile, the rest of the world continues generating news content…

Warren Buffett’s Simple Career Advice Will Transform How You Approach Your Job
Described here as a “walking truth bomb,” Mr. Buffett is known for his successful investment picks and down-to-earth style. Turns out he has some advice on other picks, too, specifically, picking the people you work for and with.

Alibaba’s Jack Ma Offers Advice On How Long To Stay In Your First Job
Can you handle more advice from an insanely wealthy businessperson? Next up, we have Alibaba co-founder Jack Ma cautioning against job-hopping. Lots of young workers see their first job as a quick launching pad to something better, but Mr. Ma says you should actually stick around and “find a good boss that can teach you how to be a human being, how to do things right, how to do things properly.”

To Improve Your Team, First Work on Yourself
It’s easy to point fingers when a team’s dynamic isn’t working well. But before you blame others, be sure you’ve done some serious soul-searching to make sure your reaction isn’t adding to the problem. This business coach identifies three foundational capabilities every team member needs to master in order for a team to work like a well-oiled machine: internal self-awareness, external self-awareness, and personal accountability.

Science Has Just Confirmed That If You’re Not Outside Your Comfort Zone, You’re Not Learning
“Stability is a shut off switch for your brain,” this article announces before going on to present research that proves it. Stop fearing failure, and challenge yourself with something really hard. If you’re not feeling at least a little stressed out by it, you’re not really learning it.

Why Are Young People Pretending to Love Work?
According to this article, millennials and their younger coworkers feel very pressured to project a public image of loving their job. And being willing to put all else aside to pile on the professional achievements. This so-called “hustle culture” is toxic and leading a generation into burnout.