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Women-friendly cities: It’s not about money, it’s about ideas

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Trust Women, which took place November 18-19, is more than just a conference. It’s a fast-growing movement to put the rule of law behind women’s rights through concrete action. Delegates from 55 countries, representing 260 international organizations are here to take action and forge tangible commitments to empower women. Weren’t able to attend? No worries. Check out the session recordingsconference news,  photos, and join the conversation using #twc2014.

“We are now an urban species. How humanity moves forward will involve urban challenges.”

One of the first panel discussions at the Trust Women conference focused on this: when it comes to making mega-cities women friendly, it is not about money – it is about ideas.

Following the release of our Foundation’s global poll ranking the most dangerous transport systems for women in major cities, the two-day event kicked off with an intense examination of the ideas around how women might be safer and freer to move around their cities.

“We are now an urban species. How humanity moves forward will involve urban challenges.” Panelist and MIT researcher at Senseable City Lab Ricardo Alvarez told Trust Women. (more…)

Women want more financial services, not pink products

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Trust Women, which took place November 18-19, is more than just a conference. It’s a fast-growing movement to put the rule of law behind women’s rights through concrete action. Delegates from 55 countries, representing 260 international organizations are here to take action and forge tangible commitments to empower women. Weren’t able to attend? No worries. Check out the session recordingsconference news,  photos, and join the conversation using #twc2014.

“We wanted people to know that a lot of money went through our hands, and that we counted.”

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Automation or augmentation of knowledge work jobs

Knowledge Worker Innovation Series

By Kathleen Held, Producer, Thomson Reuters

We recently hosted a Knowledge Worker Innovation event with Thomas H. Davenport, a prolific author and Distinguished Professor of IT and Management at Babson College, a research fellow at the MIT Center for Digital Business, co-founder of the International Institute for Analytics, and a Senior Advisor to Deloitte Analytics. Tom spoke about “Automation or Augmentation of Knowledge Work Jobs,” the types of jobs most likely to be affected, the technologies driving knowledge worker automation and the opportunities to augment these technologies.

Tom presented research from a variety of sources on the debate of automation and which jobs are most likely to be affected. The technologies that are driving knowledge work automation include: analytics, machine learning, artificial intelligence, rule engines, event stream/complex event processing, cognitive computing and custom integrations and combinations of these technologies. He described four types of analytics; descriptive, predictive, prescriptive and automated or embedded analytics for competitive advantage. (more…)

New Zealand wool – Graphic of the day

New Zealand wool exports and sheep population have been on the decline while cattle numbers are on the rise. However, a growing focus on natural fibers has opened the door for exporters to sell what they say is the finest, whitest and strongest wool in the world, lifting prices from the near-rock-bottom levels hit in 2008. Today’s graphic is a summary of New Zealand’s wool market.

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Heard around the Trust Women Conference – Day 2

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Trust Women, which took place November 18-19, is more than just a conference. It’s a fast-growing movement to put the rule of law behind women’s rights through concrete action. Delegates from 55 countries, representing 260 international organizations are here to take action and forge tangible commitments to empower women. Weren’t able to attend? No worries. Check out the session recordings, conference news,  photos, and join the conversation using #twc2014. Here are some of the most salient quotes and media we heard on day two of the event: (more…)

Heard around the Trust Women Conference – Day 1

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Trust Women, taking place November 18-19, is more than just a conference. It’s a fast-growing movement to put the rule of law behind women’s rights through concrete action. Delegates from 55 countries, representing 260 international organizations are here to take action and forge tangible commitments to empower women. Not in attendance? No worries. You can catch the livestream, see the session recordings, and join the conversation using #twc2014. Here are some of the most salient quotes and media we heard on day one of the event: (more…)

A leader’s role in employee development

By Craig Yolitz, VP, Customer Operations and Account Management, Thomson Reuters

I wanted to highlight my thoughts on a leader’s role in an individual’s career development. In my time at Thomson Reuters, I’ve had many conversations with employees. Specifically talking with new employees, when I ask them why they came to FindLaw, there are two consistent responses: 1) There were no career opportunities at their last company and 2) If there were career opportunities, their boss didn’t support pursuing them. On the latter, the thought that crosses my mind is, “wow, that is so short sighted.”  If a leader doesn’t take an active role in their employees’ professional development and support their career aspirations, the best that leader will get is a two-week notice from the employee.

Just this morning I was told that a great FindLaw Operations employee was moving to another part of the FindLaw organization. My response was “excellent!” Why? I didn’t view the news as the loss of a good employee, a talent gap, or need to fill the role. Instead, I viewed it as success. I think that’s pretty cool when we do our part developing individuals for success and they do their part taking feedback and developing themselves for new and expanded roles in FindLaw.

So what should a leader do? Below are a number of key areas that I think are important: (more…)

Billy Idol, The Sex Pistols, and innovation

Well, if that title didn’t get you to read this blog post, I doubt anything I write will!

I’m currently reading Billy Idol’s new autobiography called Dancing With Myself, and it sort of hit me while that this might make for an interesting piece. I’ve made it a habit to read a lot of musician biographies/autobiographies including Jim Morrison, Keith Richards and Sammy Hagar, but what has really struck me about this one is the era in which Idol arrived onto the music scene. Prior to doing his solo bit, that pretty much everyone of the MTV era knows, he was in a band called Generation X that released their first single in 1977. You had a lot of factors all coming together at the same time to impact the music scene, but most notably in England, you saw a lot of social strife and economic problems. All of this really culminated in 1978-1979 with what was called the “Winter of Discontent” where widespread union strikes effectively shut down significant pieces of the economy over pay and work hours.

billy idolWhen you have people that feel like there is no future or opportunity, it’s no surprise that the punk scene emerged as a creative outlet to express rage at what was going on. Bands like The Clash and the Sex Pistols put out some really hardline messages like “London’s Burning” and “Anarchy In The UK,” and Idol was a part of that scene. No hint of subversion here – lyrics in both of those songs were in your face.

Whether you like their music or the message, what the bands and youth of Britain wanted was better opportunity, change, and even – one might argue – innovative thinking from those in charge. As a standalone concept, punk rock was a radical departure from the music of the 60s and even the mainstream 70s rock music with a highly charged political message against the status quo. Punk even struggled to get its message out, because no one wanted to open up their clubs for these bands. (more…)

Susie Wolff: Follow your passion

WILLIAMS MARTINI RACING Development Driver Susie Wolff is winning the battle against those who believe women will never be a success in F1™. As part of a celebration of a 15 year partnership between WILLIAMS MARTINI RACING and Thomson Reuters, she talks to Thomson Reuters Global Head, Corporate Responsibility & Inclusion, Patsy Doerr, about following her passion, taking on tough challenges and ultimately earning the respect of doubters in a male dominated sport.

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Culture – Part three

I’ll be publishing a series of posts here on our company blog to summarize core cultural themes from my perspective, all of which support our Thomson Reuters purpose and values. The third part of my culture series is related to the cultural theme of excellence. Read part one & part two.

Care!

Quality is caring. As Robert Pirsig says in Zen and the Art of Motorcycle Maintenance: quality is “a feeling of identification with what one’s doing.” There is no duality between who one is and what one does. There is truly no other way to achieve excellence than to care, personally and deeply, about what you are doing. And caring forms the foundation of trust.

Delight the customer

To achieve excellence, you must know what that excellence means. In our context, that’s to delight our customers. If our customers are truly delighted, that is our excellence. And this is the foundation of our partnership with them.

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