A collection of topics I stumbled upon this week and found interesting. Some of these are contra to my own stand on this blog and at other places. The United piece was particularly interesting from an entrepreneur/leader standpoint because a social media disaster is something every company wants to avoid. On a depressing note the TimesJobs survey numbers paint a pretty grim picture of workplaces from women’s point of view. All these, and stuff on how the future of work is shaping up, in this week’s #ShortReads.

Don’t “empower” anybody

Empowerment means you’re transferring power to someone else. You think someone else needs you — your permission, your influence, your talents — to do something. Claire Lew on why she believe’s that’s not the case:  Signal v. Noise

What does it take to build a women-friendly workplace?

TimesJobs conducted a survey on a topic that the world has ignored for long – workplaces being women friendly. They surveyed about 2,500 working women and the outcomes are rather rattling. TimesJobs

Driving employee engagement through leadership

While I fundamentally disagree with the subtext ‘Having an engaged workforce is more about avoiding disengagement than it is about boosting existing engagement’ and would have preferred ‘more’ being replaced with ‘as important’, it doesn’t take away the core message of this article PeopleMatters

What Happens Next for United Airlines’ CEO

You may think you’re just a small business owner with no media presence or reason to be concerned with a public relations nightmare. But the truth is, any business of any size anywhere can get swept up in a social media maelstrom that’s not (at least not entirely) of their own making. Inc

Indian workers are the most likely to be replaced by robots—at least that’s what their bosses think

While automation has struck some fear in the heart of the average worker, most employers expect it to actually create jobs. Well, most employers outside of India, that is. While globally, just 12% expect headcount to decrease due to automation, that number jumps to between 20% and 30% for India. Quartz India

#Video Pick of the Week:

What do you get when you give a design tool a digital nervous system? Computers that improve our ability to think and imagine, and robotic systems that come up with (and build) radical new designs for bridges, cars, drones and much more — all by themselves.

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