#InfoLeaders EN. Best Capitals; Jobs of the Future & Managing Smarter People

The best managers hire smart people to work for them, but being the boss of someone who likely is smarter than you can be quite tricky. Luckily, there’s expert advice on that and a good list of Do’s and Don’ts. Meanwhile, we’ve got a good case study to show you how to become a great manager, a super boss – as many say. And, if you’re looking for the most satisfied citizens in Europe’s Capitals, we have a list for that too. Here is our first #InfoLeaders in English. Enjoy!

Vilnius, Mindaugas Bridge. Photo source: Wikimedia Commons
Vilnius, Mindaugas Bridge. Photo source: Wikimedia Commons

Vilnius Best for Life in Europe’s Capitals. Bucharest at the Bottom, Tied with Paris. But It’s Not That Bad, Though

Ninety-eight percent of residents of Vilnius, the Lithuanian capital, were satisfied with life in their city in an Eurostat survey taken last year. Bucharest is almost at the bottom of the chart, tied with Paris, with 83% of rezidents declaring they are satisfied with the life in their city.

In 18 EU capitals, at least 9 out of 10 inhabitants were satisfied with life in their city. The highest satisfaction levels were found in Vilnius, where 98% of the population is satisfied with life in their city, closely followed by Stockholm and Copenhagen (97% each), as well as Vienna and Luxembourg (96% each).

In 10 Member States satisfaction levels below 90% were reported. The lowest satisfaction levels were found in Athens, where 71% of the population was satisfied with life in their city, followed by Rome (80%), as well as Bucharest and Paris (83% each).


The Performance Management Revolution

More and more companies around the world are replacing annual reviews with frequent, informal check-ins between managers and employees.

Technology companies such as Adobe, Juniper Systems, Dell, Microsoft, and IBM have led the way, but have soon been joined by a number of professional services firms like Deloitte, Accenture or PwC and early adopters in other industries like Gap, Lear, Oppenheimer Funds and even General Electric.

Right now, rethinking performance management is at the top of many executive teams’ agendas, and Harvard Business Review asks the question: what drove the change?


What Does a Great Manager Look Like?

Sydney Finkelstein, a Ph.D. professor at Dartmouth College, talks about super bosses and how managers could learn from them, in Psychology Today. Here’s a short interview with one of Finkelstein’s examples of super bosses, a Senior Vice President and Head of Investor Relations at State Street in Boston.

With that in mind, we find “64 Lessons For Leadership In A Crazy World” in Forbes Magazine, an interview previewing the new book authored by Kevin Roberts, Chairman of Saatchi & Saatchi.

Forbes states that Roberts is known for offering hard-won practical measures along with stirring words of wisdom to business leaders, self-starters, and inspiration seekers. He shares tips from a lifetime of learning in “64 Shots” – and offers a behind-the-scenes look at his process.


The Jobs of the Future – and Two Skills You Need to Get Them

The World Economic Forum‘s Future of Jobs study predicts that 5 million jobs will be lost before 2020 as artificial intelligence, robotics, nanotechnology and other socio-economic factors replace the need for human workers.

The good news is that those same technological advances will also create 2.1 million new jobs. But the manual and clerical workers who find themselves out of work are unlikely to have the required skills to compete for the new roles. Most new jobs will be in more specialized areas such as computing, mathematics, architecture and engineering.

Governments and employers in every sector are being urged to retrain and re-skill workers to avoid a crisis.


How to Manage People Who Are Smarter than You 

The best managers hire smart people to work for them. But what if your direct reports are smarter than you? How do you manage people who have more experience or more knowledge? How do you coach them if you don’t have the same level of expertise? Harvard Business Review tries to answer all those questions with some expert advice, a small list of Do’s and Don’ts and a couple of case studies.


Dont Try to Win the Argument – Close the Tab!

It’s easy to get sucked into group arguments online: the responses to a Facebook post are so intermittently rewarding. Some of the comments are positive, and some aren’t. But when they agree with you, you feel so good! The problem is, polarization is isolating. You might not want to be best friends with an adversary, but once you’ve ripped each other to shreds on Facebook, it’s harder to make eye contact at happy hour. So what do you do? The Atlantic gives us some hints: If you can physically leave the situation (or close the Facebook tab), say something like, “I continue to disagree with you, but I’d prefer not to fight about it.” If it’s too late for that, or if you’re trapped in a setting where escape isn’t possible, try asking the other person endless questions about their beliefs. But whatever you choose, avoid being negative. Even though it may require several deep breaths (or sips of wine…) to muster the strength.

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