Hello, what an amazing week reading wise. I was completely floored when I first read Angelina Jolie’s piece in the NY Times yesterday, stunning piece of writing – quite surprisingly open. On the work front this week I have included another random wee collection of articles and blogs. Standouts for me are  in the Big Data / Analytics space – Hadoop not just for Big Data but traditional ETL storage and Do predictive modellers need to know Math? There is just so much to read these days so I have included a link to a blog which is itself a collection top reading blogs – knock yourselves out, happy reading, Vic.

Interviews, jobs and work/life balance – I have used some of these unconventional interview questions in the past, might adopt others and see how they work out; this HBR blog on matrix management and when it works or doesn’t is worth a read; and as I have said before I love articles that reinforce my existing views – this one on not balancing work and life and feeling great meets that criteria:

http://www.linkedin.com/today/post/article/20130513133713-658789-12-unconventional-interview-entrepreneurs-should-ask

http://blogs.hbr.org/cs/2013/05/are_you_considering_a_job_with.html

http://www.linkedin.com/today/post/article/20130513162515-44558-i-m-not-balancing-work-and-life-and-i-feel-great

Business and Culture – these were from Shane’s tweets this week: Firstly a great advice article on growth and the impact of that growth; then Hubspot is one of the many companies whose culture we really admire and aspire to:

http://www.forbes.com/sites/theyec/2013/01/04/is-your-company-dangerously-rushing-to-scale/

http://www.slideshare.net/HubSpot/the-hubspot-culture-code-creating-a-company-we-love

Big Data and Analytics –  Fascinating article on what Hadoop implementations are being used for – storing traditional ETL “poor mans ETL” or better yet “unsupervised digital landfill” two great quotes from this first article; Equally fascinating topic – do predictive modellers need to know Math? I can see this polarising our team, what do you think?; then visual analysis tools essential feature set; and finally, I was wondering why Greenplum hadn’t been registering in my twitter or other feeds so went hunting and found Greenplum is now part of Pivotal, here’s the overview:

http://readwrite.com/2013/05/10/hadoop-adoption-accelerates-but-not-for-what-you-might-think

http://abbottanalytics.blogspot.co.nz/2013/04/do-predictive-modelers-need-to-know-math.html

http://strata.oreilly.com/2013/05/11-essential-features-that-visual-analysis-tools-should-have.html

http://techcrunch.com/2013/04/24/ge-puts-105m-into-pivotal-labs-the-new-emc-and-vmware-platform-initiative-but-heres-what-it-is-missing/

Productivity, Leadership and Reading – Man I am pleased to see the Cayman Islands aren’t in the Bermuda Triangle of Productivity – love the pic though; One Leadership related blog I have thought a lot about this week on the topic of not being a wimp, on reflection something we all encounter more often than not in managers and leaders; and finally another great blog with links to 10 blogs that will help you stay up to date with your reading:

http://www.goodnet.org/articles/992

http://stevekeating.me/2013/05/13/try-not-to-be-a-wimp/

http://careersherpa.net/top-10-blogs-to-stay-up-to-date/