The Week That Was

With the most sunlight we’ll see this year coming over the weekend, there’s simply no reason not to read these top five stories from CLOmedia.com for the week of June 16.

1. Big Data at Google: At Google there is little formal learning. Experience is the teacher, writes CLO columnist Jay Cross.

2. The Global Leadership Competencies We Aren’t Teaching: Change in the macro business environment moves at lightning speed. What has remained unchanged is the content of many leadership development programs — to global leaders’ detriment. Donna Parrey has the story.

3. Six Ways Leaders Can Thrive in Ambiguity: Believe it or not, sometimes ambiguity can help a leader solve problems and stay balanced, writes David Dotlich.

4. Lessons From 18-Wheelers: CLOs can use data to secure that seat at the table, writes CLO columnist Michael E. Echols.

5. Sheila Wright: Her Own Best Motivation: HUD’s chief learning officer faced limited funds, a dispersed staff and a potential retirement exodus by instilling the same competitive spirit in her staff that helped her land her dream job. CLO editor Kate Everson has more in this issue’s profile.

On Another Note …

A smaller percentage of college students are working their way through school, according to Labor Department data profiled in The Wall Street Journal this week.

“In fact, 2013 saw the lowest percentage of students working since 1985, with only 43.9 percent working either full time or part time while enrolled in school,” the Journal article said. “Working students were at their peak in 2000, when 56 percent of enrolled students worked. The decline is surely due in part to the recession. But even though the overall unemployment rate for 16- to 24-year-olds has improved since peaking in 2010, the total share of students working has continued to trend lower.” Read more here.

Also, grammar mistakes even smart people get wrong, according to Business Insider. Read here.

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