In the last year, three technology giants became the first companies to hit the $1 trillion-dollar valuation mark on Wall Street, with Microsoft being the most recent and Alphabet predicted to be the next. It’s an incredible feat, especially considering how each has their own story of highs and lows before their stock suddenly exploded.
This video from the Wall Street Journal explores each company’s accomplishment, where they came from, and what innovations helped drive them over the top. Where do you think these companies will go next? Will they keep growing, plateau or collapse? Who will be the next to hit this milestone? Share your predictions in the comments below.
According to Internet Live Stats, there are just under 2 billion websites across the Internet. And every day, millions of blog posts are written and billions of Google searches are performed. Given all that, how can you possibly be certain that you’re navigating the world wide web efficiently and finding the most accurate information for any given need?
Google is an intelligent search engine with some of the world’s smartest people creating its algorithm to increase your chances at finding the most relevant content. But, you have to meet those geniuses half way. Since Google still isn’t at the point where it can read your mind (yet), it can only give results for what you search. The more accurate the search, the more accurate the results.
That’s where this infographic from Zety.com comes in. It provides some amazing search tips and tricks that will improve your searches, raise productivity, and overall make your Google experience more efficient.
Google is one of the world’s leading technology companies, viewed as an inspirational innovator to many but as an unethical threat to others. This past Summer, the European Union fined Google 4.3 billion euros for breaking antitrust laws, stating that it abused its Android market dominance. The situation continues to raise additional questions about whether or not Google is a Monopoly and if the government should do more, similar to the Microsoft situation at the end of the 20th century.
This video from CNBC International does a great job of summing up the situation, including whether or not Google is a monopoly and comparing their circumstances to similar ones in history. Do you think there should be more government intervention over Google?
Smart technology has become increasingly popular today. Many people rely on these devices for news, music and even setting alarms. But you can also have a bit of fun with these smart devices, like Google Home. Google Home is powered by AI and is typically referred to as Google Assistant. A video by TechGumbo highlights the top 100 commands you can give for funny or entertaining responses. So take a break, watch the video and make your Friday even better!
Not long ago, Silicon Valley companies were notorious for asking ridiculous and strange job interview questions that they said tested an applicant’s critical thinking abilities. While some technology companies and IT recruiters continue to keep this in their mix, Google and many other leaders have toned it down a bit. Certainly, job interviews at Google remain challenging and nerve-racking; however, there are some questions that proved to be so complicated and unhelpful, that Google stopped asking them.
Check out this video from Tech Insider which reveals a few Google job interview questions (and their answers) that have since moved into the archives. The challenge is fun but could you survive the pressure of a job interview that included these?
Unless you live under a rock, have an extreme aversion to everything Google or despise cloud technology, you’re already aware of Google Docs. It’s the word processor component of the Google office suite that allows you to create, edit and store documents in the cloud. It doesn’t have the advanced and intelligent technology of MS Word to take its place but it can be a lifesaver in a variety of situations.
If you’re shaking your head right now and in complete denial that Google Docs has a place in your world, then it’s possible you just don’t understand it enough. From basic documents to styles to research, Docs has extensive capabilities and this infographic from WhoIsHostingThis will tell you all about them…
Stop using Google Calendar just to keep track of appointments or meetings and take advantage of some great features that can make your life easier and more productive.
Sharing or publishing a calendar can make planning a meeting around another team member’s schedule easier or simply lets your client’s employees know what you’ll be completing for the day. As an independent contractor searching for IT jobs, you can keep track of what staffing agencies you’re in contact with and for what position by scheduling reminders with the email included in the description.
Steve Dotto further explains the five “hidden gems” of Google Calendar in this video from Dottotech.
Google is one of the most powerful tools available to us. A simple Google Search helps you find job opportunities, compare technologies before purchasing them, and research virtually any topic. What’s surprising is that although most of us use Google all of the time, few of us use it to its fullest potential!
TechGumbo will surprise you in this video while teaching you at the same time. They go through 12 Google Search Tricks and at least one of them is sure to change the way you run your next search.
Hands-down, this is by far the coolest video we’ve shown on the Talent Development Centre to-date. Not because Google Cloud Platform gives us an inside look at Google’s massive Data Centre (although that is pretty cool), but because of what happens when you press play and start clicking on the video. Try it out!
By David O’Brien,
Vice President, East Region & Government Services at Eagle
Most of us, and especially IT contractors, have had a range of experience in dealing with teams, most likely in a work context but not entirely exclusive to work. I would bet we could all cite stories of teams gone sideways and opine as to why. The challenge, though, and hence the real question, is what does make teams successful or work? Why aren’t the best teams just a collection of the top people at the skills needed? Examples abound of this seemingly intuitive notion of “I will simply gather the best developers/salespeople/athletes/actors as needed to make my team win.” As we all know, though, in many of these cases, quite often the whole does not equal the sum of all its parts. Scores of evidence will show the assembly of the highest paid or skilled athletes (see Toronto Maple Leafs, New York Yankees,1980 Russian Olympic Hockey Team vs US) or the multi-chain store that has the same culture, policies and location demographics across its entire chain see huge variances in success in spite of all these commonalities.
Google, arguably the world’s most successful technology company, has a widespread reputation for only hiring the best of the best (just take a look at 41 of Google’s Toughest Interview Questions). In 2012, Google sought to understand what makes teams succeed and created Project Aristotle. The majority of modern work from early education through MBA school, and then on in to the workforce, is done in a group environment, to the extent that time spent in collaboration by employees and managers has ballooned over 50% in the last 20 years. It is a given today that people are more productive and happier in a collaborative group dynamic. At first, the study, though overwhelmed with data, found that there were no obvious difference makers in terms of types of personality, skills or background that affected successful team outcomes. What they did find, though, as critical were the group “norms”, those unwritten set of criteria, standards and behaviors. There were two very definitive norms that distinguished successful, high functioning teams and they were:
Good teams presented what researchers term a “psychological safety”. That, in effect, means team members on good teams felt free to speak /contribute equally without fear or retribution, and that everyone has an opportunity to speak. As long as everyone had a chance to speak, the team did well; whereas, in teams that were dominated by one person or a small group, “the collective intelligence” declined. This shared safety built by respect and trust was critical to success.
Not surprisingly, good teams all had high “average social sensitivity” or were more empathetic. These teams were made up of people who were adept at reading people’s feelings through things like tone, non-verbal communication and expressions. In other words, the teams had high Emotional Intelligence. Successful team members know when people are upset, whereas people on ineffective teams scored worse, having less sensitivity to others on the team.
What was interesting for the Google researchers was that it was very evident that many of those who may have chosen Software Development as their career did so to avoid “discussing feelings” and were often naturally introverted.
This is a fascinating study that emanated from Silicon Valley, a world dominated by data. These technology professionals now have the data to rethink and reset the course, perhaps in getting away from conventional wisdom. I encourage you to look into it and draw your own conclusions to perhaps redraw the way you as an independent contractor may operate within teams. As the saying goes: “teamwork makes the dream work.”
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