June 24, 2016: Friday News Roundup

Here we are at the end of the week and the beginning of awesomeness. This isn’t just any Friday; it’s the start of Udemy LIVE! Udemy instructors from around the globe have been sharing messages and photos all week as they’ve made their way to San Francisco, and tonight we kick off the action with a reception at our headquarters. The next two days will be jam-packed with valuable content and networking opportunities along with a healthy dose of fun.

But there was also news this past week, so let’s get on with it!

5 lessons from LeBron James about big goals and proving the doubters wrong
Following up his popular post on 4 leadership lessons every CEO can learn from Steve Kerr, CEO Dennis Yang gives the NBA champs their due. Turns out we can all take away a few lessons from LeBron’s journey to victory in Cleveland and not just how to deliver a Game 7 smackdown.

Millennials are obsessed with side hustles because they’re all we’ve got
Do you have your hustle on? If so, according to this millennial writer, it’s probably not making a huge difference in your bank balance. But that’s not the point. While extra income would be wonderful, the real payoff of a side hustle is creating “a hedge against feeling stuck and dull and cheated by life.” Yikes! Hey, millennials, does this sound like you?

People who think they’re great coaches often aren’t
Looks like self-awareness can be added to the list of soft skills in short supply. Two Cornell scientists researched why people overrate their coaching effectiveness and found that “for any given skill, incompetent people fail to recognize their own deficiencies and don’t recognize the skill in others. The lower an individual is on any scale of measurement, the more out-of-touch they tend to become.” Yikes again! Read on for the seven traits of people who overestimate their coaching skills, and see if any hit a little too close to home.

Pepsi CEO: Break with the past and don’t play too nice
Indra Nooyi has been PepsiCo’s CEO since 2006, and she didn’t get there by being a shrinking violet. She’s an impressive leader who demands excellence and uses her authority to make decisions that are sometimes difficult. In this Q&A, she shares her thoughts on preserving the culture (or not) of a brand that’s been around since the turn of the 20th century, the challenge of balancing short- and long-term demands, and the advice she received from Steve Jobs.

Why ‘fake it till you make it’ is so effective, according to science
The idea of “authenticity” is very attractive to American culture. It plays into whom we choose to partner with, vote for, and work for. But there’s ample evidence that “be yourself” isn’t always the best advice, according to this article, and that people who “self-monitor” are viewed more favorably by managers and peers alike.