As bombers and supersonic transports near the runway, aerospace hiring heats up


Lockheed Martin Corp. and Boeing Co. have Facebook or Twitter accounts tailored specifically for recruiting. A Northrop Grumman billboard towers over a major El Segundo thoroughfare, promoting careers at the company.

The increased U.S. defense budget, record orders for commercial aircraft and the launch of new, cutting-edge programs have aerospace and defense companies scrambling to hire engineers and other skilled workers. They’re especially interested in those with experience in software, artificial intelligence and autonomy — pitting them against tech companies for the same pool of workers.

Source: As bombers and supersonic transports near the runway, aerospace hiring heats up

Affirmative Action Case Drives Wedge in Asian-American Community | US News


Supporters of the lawsuit say that Harvard’s policy, which was put in place to ensure minority – predominately African-American – representation at colleges and universities, is holding back Asian-Americans. They feel that if race were not a factor and admissions were governed on traditional academic measures like test scores and transcripts, more Asian-American students would qualify to attend. They argue that, if anything, considering an applicant’s race leads administrators to discount Asian-American applicants.

But other Asian-Americans are using the moment to highlight the vastly different experiences among subgroups in their demographic and, in doing so, are also showcasing why affirmative action, in their view, is necessary.

Source: Affirmative Action Case Drives Wedge in Asian-American Community | The Civic Report | US News

DHS contractors face protests – on the streets | FCW


Tech companies are facing protests internally from workers and externally from activists about doing work for government amid controversial policies like “zero tolerance” for illegal immigration – and government contracting officials are taking notice.

“It’s a huge problem. We have it in all kinds of things,” said Mark Borkowski, assistant commissioner in Customs and Border Protection’s office of acquisition.

Source: DHS contractors face protests – on the streets — FCW

At OPM, Weichert pushes direct hire, pay agent changes | FCW


Efforts to implement direct hire authorities were underway before Weichert took over OPM.

Weichert doesn’t appear to be a short-term fix at OPM. While she offered no answers on whether her predecessor, Jeff Tien Han Pon, was asked to resign or chose to exit federal service, she did indicate that she would be “going through the budget process” as OPM director to develop a spending plan and secure funds for different incentive structures for FY 2020.

Source: At OPM, Weichert pushes direct hire, pay agent changes — FCW

A tech boom in Pittsburgh brings hope and angst | Reuters


At a conference in Pittsburgh last month showcasing new technology companies, Mayor Bill Peduto cautioned the city to avoid the “precarious position” of Silicon Valley, where an explosion of tech wealth has left many people behind.

“It’s at the front of everyone’s brain,” Peduto said.

Source: A tech boom in Pittsburgh brings hope and angst | Reuters

Nice Guys Really Do Finish Last—Agreeable People More Likely to Be Broke

The team set out to build on previous evidence which showed those who are agreeable are more likely to have lower credit scores and incomes.

So the researchers posed a question: Would agreeableness make a person more vulnerable to being being broke, and what are the psychological mechanisms underlying this potential relationship?

“Across all these different methodologies we find that agreeableness is associated with various indicators of financial hardship including lower savings, higher debt and higher default rates,” said Dr. Joe Gladstone, Assistant Professor at the School of Management, UCL, U.K.

Source: Nice Guys Really Do Finish Last—Agreeable People More Likely to Be Broke

How employers have gamified work for maximum profit | Aeon Essays


The workers were protected by union contracts that guaranteed a living wage and affordable healthcare, and many had worked decades at the company. They were mostly happy to work for Disney.

This changed in 2008. The union contracts were up, and Disney wouldn’t renew without adjustments. One of the changes involved how management tracked worker productivity. Before, employees would track how many sheets or towels or comforters the workers washed, dried or folded on paper notes turned in at the end of the day.

But Disney was replacing that system with an electronic tracking system that monitored their progress in real time.

Source: How employers have gamified work for maximum profit | Aeon Essays

In Praise Of Matrix Organizations


The framework for What It Takes To Accelerate Through A Strategic Inflection Point is laid out in that earlier article.

The main point is that you must align your culture, organization, operations and CEO’s real job around one of four strategies.

This current article explores the organization required to support a delivery or distribution strategy.

Source: In Praise Of Matrix Organizations

Equity could become the gig economy’s next benefit | Axios


Airbnb made headlines last week for sending a comment letter to the SEC, asking it to allow the home-sharing company to give equity to its hosts.

Why it matters: The number of gig economy workers continues to rise, but monthly payments have been on a lumpy decline path, according to a new JPMorgan study. This could become an attractive new benefit.

To be clear, this isn’t going to happen overnight. The SEC comment period officially closed this past Monday, but I hear that some gig economy companies are still working on comment letters that they’ll just submit late. Then the SEC must review the letters, possibly issue a new rule and likely then open up yet another comment period.

Source: Equity could become the gig economy’s next benefit – Axios

In Praise Of Hierarchical Organizations (Sometimes)


The framework for What It Takes To Accelerate Through A Strategic Inflection Point is laid out in that earlier article. The main point is that you must align your culture, organization, operations and CEO’s real job around one of four strategies.

This particular article explores the organization required to support a production strategy.

Source: In Praise Of Hierarchical Organizations (Sometimes)