Shot In the Dark Meaning: An attempt that has little chance for success. But worth taking. I don’t leave till the end, whenever it comes – it may or may not come. Keep at it.
Birds of a Feather Flock Together Meaning: People tend to associate with others who share similar interests or values. Yes. Especially Conniving, Nefarious, Nexus of Corrupt always find ways to come together.
On the Ropes Meaning: Being in a situation that looks to be hopeless! Hmmm… In such cases, I do not persist. I take a walk. A childhood trait. Whenever there was an issue about Captaincy and someone wanted to be one instead of me – I’d walk away and start a new club, a new team and remain the Captain. What an authoritarian, autocrat I was. No?
Down And Out Meaning: (1) A term used in a boxing. (2) Someone who has become incapacitated. No. Never. Never give up. I was able to contain the heart disease with Doctors, family help and my own determination. I still live with half a heart pumping at only 35% but I choose to live and not give up.
Hear, Hear Meaning: A shout of agreement, or to draw attention to a speaker. No many times do we hear this. These days, like the purchase managers of the olden days, people are taught to say NO NO NO NO till their tongue bleeds. 🙂
You buy something, and you think that makes you happy.
You hook up with people, and think that makes you happy.
You get a well-paying job you don’t like, and think that makes you happy.
You go on holiday, and you think that makes you happy.
Organisations should realise that sleep impacts cognitive performance, and lack of it may jeopardise relationships between leaders and their teams.
In today’s hyper-connected, competitive world, it is not uncommon for employees to take work to bed and lose sleep over it. Modern professionals are busy chasing goals—every hour, every minute. As a result, they lack the time to pause and look after their body and mind. Most do not mind taking work back home and stay up late to meet deadlines.
According to a recent survey by global staffing firm, Accountemps, more than 40 per cent of professionals in the US, report that sleep often eludes them because they cannot get their jobs off their minds.
Most respondents suffer from sleep deprivation as they are overwhelmed by the feeling of job responsibility. Majority of them have stayed awake to fix business issues or think about their relationship with employees. Some spend sleepless nights for fear of being fired, while others blame their bosses for their sleeplessness.
In yet another interesting survey conducted by Harris Poll on behalf of Glassdoor, it became evident that three in four (or 74 per cent) employees in the US get less than eight hours of sleep on a typical work night, averaging just 6.9 hours of sleep.
The story is no different in India. A survey conducted by Philips early this year has proved that Indians don’t consider sleep as their priority. 10 per cent of adults reported that work hours overlap with sleep time, which indicates that shift work sleep disorder (SWSD) is a key barrier to sleep.
Facebook had a terrible, horrible, no good, very bad day.
After the company’s quarterly earnings call with investors, FB’s stock price dropped ~20% in after-hours trading. Over $100B in value disappeared in an instant after FB announced disappointing revenue numbers and user growth.
Some context: that’s comparable to the entirety of General Motors, Ford and Target… combined.
Why did the stock tank? A perfect storm hit one of Facebook’s core features, the News Feed:
Less “viral” clickbait in the feed. Facebook has committed to optimizing for “time well-spent” in the app, not overall engagement. While this shift made for a better experience for users, FB can’t show users as many ads as before.
Less feed personalization. In the wake of the Cambridge Analytica scandal and recent GDPR regulations, Facebook revamped its data usage policies and privacy controls. These changes hurt FB’s ability to charge companies big bucks to specifically target ads.
But the most interesting change to the News Feed: the rollout of stories, a well-received but not-well-monetized feature that could change how most people use Facebook and their products altogether.
Stories might actually break Facebook
Stories – tappable, full-screen photos and videos – are replacing news feeds everywhere. The format was originally pioneered by Snapchat. In fact, right after Snapchat launched stories in 2013, Facebook tried to acquire them for $3B.
Facebook worked around the failed acquisition by copying Stories inside Instagram (and then in Messenger… and then in Facebook itself).
Instagram stories took off, with 250M+ users engaging with the feature less than a year after its launch. That’s over 50% of Instagram users… and close to double the number of Snapchat daily active users.
Unfortunately, the success of Stories might shoot Facebook’s ad revenues in the foot. Companies are still figuring out how to build the ad units – engaging, vertical video ads that users won’t immediately tap past. Rest assured that #content creators everywhere are working to make Story ads profitable.