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Weekend reading list – week of August 10

August 14, 2015

Each week, TP1 shares the top five articles that caught our attention. Here are your must-reads, published here and abroad, for the week of August 10.

Seven things to know about Google’s new CEO
Sundar Pichai made Google the default search engine for many web browsers. He has managed other popular Google properties, namely, Gmail, Google Maps and, most recently, Android. He is the latest member of a very small group of powerful minority leaders in the U.S. His name was floated as a possible successor for Steve Ballmer.
Read more on The Washington Post

At work, like in love…
They say that communication is key to a successful marriage. Can we say as much about work teams? For his first mandate at Yotpo, Head of UX/UI Design Adam Morad had the task of redesigning their customer-facing dashboard. How did this agency, so well known for being avant-garde, have so many issues with its own interfaces? According to Morad, poor communication between designers and developers was to blame.
Read it on the Invision blog

A day in Zappos’ shoes
At Zappos, the giant online shoe merchant, the traditional corporate hierarchy has been dismantled and there are no more managers. The company’s 1,500 employees define their own tasks. So how does Zappos continue to prosper and not fall into total chaos? By applying the principles of a holacracy.
Read it on The New York Times

Liberal arts degree is the new hot ticket
Imagine that you’re a recruiter for a tech company and you need to hire a manager. Will you prefer candidates with a management school degree or an arts degree? The answer is less obvious that you might think. According to Forbesmagazine, the formerly “useless” arts degree has become more attractive to companies in the new economy.
Read it on Forbes

Your social life, after death
In 1969, Doctor Elizabeth Kübler-Ross introduced her theory of the five stages of grief – still very relevant today. However, in the age of Facebook, when a dead person’s profile is not deleted, can we grieve in the same way? Journalist Gurvan Kristanadjaja raises some very important questions.
Read it on Libération (Only in French)

Undercurrent closes its doors
The strategic and consulting agency Undercurrent, once so hot, is closing its doors after eight years of business and only a few months after being acquired by Quirky. How did that happen?
Read it on Digiday

In your earphones :
Reply All: #34 DMV Nation. Why make it easy when you can make it really, really hard? That’s the vision that seems to prevail on too many government websites!
Listen to it on Reply All

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Happy reading!

– The TP1 team

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