Ready To Lead
According to a new study from the Center for Talent Innovation, black women are super-ambitious when it comes to their careers (duh), but they’re not getting the support they need to reach their aspirations. Even though they’re more likely to want a bigger role and title than their white female counterparts, more than 40 percent feel stuck in their careers, while only 30 percent of white women say they feel that way. “Black women are committed and motivated to attain a powerful position, not only in their workplaces but also in their communities. With their vision, commitment, and leadership experience, black women represent a pool of would-be executives that multinational companies can ill afford to underutilize,” says Sylvia Ann Hewlett, founder and CEO of the CTI, in an official press release on the study. (Related: Why Women Need Male Mentors).
Hey, Robot—Pour Me a Drink!
Robots are coming for you—and no, that’s not a line from a new Will Smith movie. A new report from Oxford University, appropriately titled “Creativity Vs. Robots,” finds that today’s less creative jobs are tomorrow’s roles for robots. The study looked at 702 occupations in the U.S. and only determined that 21 percent were “highly creative,” i.e. it’s unlikely that a robot will come in and kick you out of your cubicle. So, who’s safe? If you’re an artist, architect, IT specialist, interpreter, film or TV producer, or in R&D for natural sciences, you can go ahead and wipe the sweat off your brow. Surprisingly, bartending was found to be an at-risk category. (Welp, future robot bartenders: You better not spill.) (Related: 29 Tricks For Kickstarting Your Creativity.)
A Word of Caution to #Humblebrag Enthusiasts
We all have that friend—the one who posts on Facebook that he only ran 6 miles instead of 8 before breakfast (“Ugh, I’m such a slacker but oh well!”), or how stressed out he is because he just landed a book deal (“Guess I know what I’ll be doing for the next eight months!”). But new research from Harvard Business School finds that all his hard, humblebragging work is just making him super unpopular. A study asked 302 people to listen to a complaint, a brag, and a humblebrag (complaint + brag). The participants liked the complainers the best, and braggers came in second place. Humblebraggers were dead last. #SorryNotSorry! (Related: How FOMO Almost Ruined My Finances.)
Interesting Things (In A Sentence, Or Two)
Women Earn 24% Less Than Men On Average, U.N. Report Finds (Time)
How Girls Took Over Comedy Central: A Timeline (Glamour)
What It Takes to Change Your Brain’s Patterns After Age 25 (Fast Company)
Baller CEO and actress Jessica Alba on her 34th birthday! She’s keeping it honest. Read some of her most inspiring advice here.