Welcome to my midweek reading blog, loads of great articles and blogs worth a read this week – and just for a change something I really didn’t like.

I was late to discover Yahoo’s decision to roundup their remote workers but am loving the debate as it’s playing out. Surely it all comes down to a balance between culture and the numbers – will this make the company more productive and focused? In a years time we may find Yahoo have started a reversal of the teleworking trend, or we may find their workforce disengages. Will be fascinating to follow over the coming months:

http://blogs.hbr.org/cs/2013/02/what_yahoo_doesnt_realize_abou.html

http://www.virgin.com/richard-branson/blog/give-people-the-freedom-of-where-to-work

http://money.cnn.com/2013/02/25/technology/yahoo-work-from-home/index.html

Careers – locally our market is in a funny state, the post Christmas upturn is starting to happen in parallel with the whole of government digesting how they will be impacted by infrastructure as a service and other broad brush initiatives. Every DBA out there should read this blog on big data careers – it’s a very good idea and provides food for thought on anyone needing to move their career towards new technologies or disciplines (ie: trendy stuff). If you are interviewing for roles read these tips on body language:

http://www.theregister.co.uk/2013/02/20/big_data_careers/

http://www.cbsnews.com/8301-505125_162-57571112/job-interview-posture-body-language-power-tips/?tag=nl.e713&s_cid=e713&ttag=e713

Entrepreneur, leadership and management – the stuff I really enjoy reading and expanding my thinking on are broadly based in these three categories. Every week I read so many wonderful experienced based articles but finding the gems can be a challenge. This week I was drawn in by this fantastic title – Seven Habits of Highly Effective Mediocre People – and the article lived up to the title. These blogs on differentiating your personal brand from that of your product and leadership dynamics are both worth a read:

http://therumpus.net/2013/02/the-seven-habits-of-highly-effective-mediocre-people/

http://smartblogs.com/leadership/2013/01/28/do-you-mistake-your-product-for-your-personal-brand/

http://transformationalstrategist.com/leadership-skills-personal-growth/?utm_source=feedburner&utm_medium=feed&utm_campaign=Feed%3A+TheTransformationalStrategist+%28The+Transformational+Leadership+Strategist%29

This first blog below offers hope you can train your brain to multi-task – or not as the case may be; a nice succinct reminder that cash is king quite simply because it can make or break your business; and if you have time do skim this article which contains 41 one line tips from game changing entrepreneurs:

http://www.entrepreneur.com/article/225865?hootPostID=fc81f38c0326bc552d46f1052bf8d050

http://www.dynamicbusiness.com.au/finance-cash-flow/cash-is-king-20022013.html

http://www.openforum.com/articles/top-41-tips-from-game-changing-entrepreneurs/

On the BI and Analytics front here is a link to the Gartner Magic Quadrant on Business Intelligence and Analytics Platforms:

http://www.gartner.com/technology/reprints.do?id=1-1E1KL1X&ct=130211&st=sb

Finally – I’m sorry Infosys, this infographic doesn’t make me want to know more about your product, and it doesn’t tell my much about it either – bad example of an infographic, is it really an infographic at all? that’s a whole other blog topic:

http://www.infosys.com/bigdataedge/overview/Documents/bigdataedge-infographic.htm

That’s it – hope you found something useful. Cheers Vic