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Whisper CEO says he will fire the employee who promised to track a user for life

Whisper CEO Michael Heyward says that the unknown employee who promised to track a user for life will be fired, assuming reports about what the employee said are true. Heyward, who was speaking at the WSJD Live event today in Southern California, addressed a report in The Guardian this month that said Whisper monitors some users’ locations even after they opt out of tracking. Heyward called the report deeply misleading, and said Whisper is simply incapable of tracking users in the manner suggested by the newspaper.

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Yahoo details its mostly-male employee diversity for the first time

Yahoo today became the latest tech company to reveal the gender and ethnic demographics of its employees, disclosing that the majority of those workers are white males. Yahoo’s broken down both gender and ethnicity profiles for its 12,200 employees globally and in the US where the company is headquartered. It’s also detailed those genders and ethnicities across its tech workers, non-tech workers, and leadership group, which comprises predominantly of white males.

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Why You May be Better As an Employee than a Manager

Whilst working in the finance sector, I came across plenty of highly talented individuals who were brilliant employees. They performed, delivered results and did highly acclaimed jobs in their projects. Some of them were even touted as the next manager or leader in the company. In fact, few even went on to become leaders and bosses in their respective fields.

Yet, surprisingly, many of these exceptional employees fail to become brilliant bosses even when they have reached the throne. I looked into this strange phenomenon to figure out why this happened.

There are actually a few reasons behind why some of us are better as an employee than as a manager. If you find yourself not performing as good as you should be once you reached management level, take a look at these signs to help you figure out what is wrong.

You are selfish

You are better suited as an employee than as a boss if you are selfish. If you don’t have enough enthusiasm or interest to worry about your colleagues or your subordinates, or if you don’t have the desire to be proactive about what is diminishing the performance of people you work with, you’re not managerial material.

Potential managers don’t just finish their own work, they help others complete their tasks as well. I see this in a colleague of mine who was remarkably gifted in completed his own tasks yet takes the time to ask others on what difficulties they faced, sometimes offering help, to get their job done.

He eventually went on to become a successful boss in a different company, simply because he felt for others and considered other’s tasks as his own. If this doesn’t sound like you, forget about becoming a manager.

You Can’t tolerate other’s nonsense

You are better suited as an employee than as a boss if you have low tolerance for other people’s nonsense. Let me explain. You may find yourself working with a large group of people with many funny quirks and personalities, some good and fun, some bad and a plain nuisance. For the latter, what you want to do is to stay far, far away from them. That is okay if you are an employee.

But as a manager, you can’t avoid dealing with these sort of people. Even if you are tempted to punch them in the face, you have to keep yourself in check and tolerate their nonsense because they are there to work and you are there to make sure they deliver, with or without their nonsense.

You can’t run from your staff problems. In fact, you have to face them headlong and if you are a great manager, you can turn something terrible around and squeeze all the goodness out of them. Being a manager is sometimes a tough task, and highly compensated financially, simply because you have to do things you don’t want to.

Do you have listening skills?

Everyone loves to talk, but many experts have advise that if you want to be a manager, listening skills is an important skill to have as well. Many managers love to talk during interviews, meetings, presentations, sales pitches etc. Sometimes they never stop or allow others to do the talking instead. Employees are expected to talk, to sell their personal brand, to show that they are delivering the results required of them. They can never stop talking.

Good managers, though, are good listeners. They listen to their employees, bosses and clients, and pay attention to their grievances. They hear out the problems of the employees, try to read between the lines of what the boss’s requirements of the year is, and try to read their company clients for any signs of fishy business. All for the good of the company.

This also requires a lot of patience and problem-solving skills after amassing data from all quarters and figuring out the best next move for the team and/or company.

If you can’t read others

Like what was mentioned above, the ability to read others is a skill and crucial strength to have for a manager. A manager has to be able to read his employees, in order to efficiently manage them. Reading people helps you understand their mindset, their tastes and attitude. It also helps you determine which approach to use when trying to get them to perform better.

If a manager is able to read his employees like a book, he is more likely to be able to keep them under control. But it is a skill that takes tons of personal experience in dealing with past problematic employees. Human nature is harder to predict than statistical data. Are you up for it?

What if you are an introvert?

In my opinion, introverts are not made to be managers. A person who is too shy or afraid to speak his/her mind is going to let people walk all over them. If your managerial skills or leadership is challenged frequently, there is a chance you may lose the respect of others in the team. To have a manager lead a team that doesn’t respect his or her authority, is a recipe to a chaotic office atmosphere.

Managers may not need to be extroverts, but they have to be able to exercise greater control on day-to-day affairs in the office. They have to come in to lead, to manage, or to deal with problems with courage, understanding and well-planned strategies. That said, not all things are rosy for the manager.

If you dread facing criticism

Some days will be better than others when you are a manager and during the worse days, criticism will creep in slowly but surely. It is hard to keep everyone happy. If you rule with a tight-fist and deliver results, your subordinates may not like you as much as your boss does. If you let your team members flourish in their work but fail to deliver the ROI required, then you’re still in hot soup.

However, the most important thing about dealing with criticism ishow you deal with criticism. Do you stick with your decision and let time show the company that you are right?

Or do you shrink from your original plan and take the safer route? Do you shy away from criticism and controversy to ensure that you and your team deliver conservative results year in, year out, or do you pump courage into your team to band together and weather the storm?

As an employee, you would love to have a manager who knows what he is doing, clearly. As a manager, there is no such safety net – you are the safety net.


Managers need to be made of hardened steel because they are accountable for everyone working at the office. It is a highly stressful and challenging job. You have to answer to a lot of things, some of them, beyond your control or your reach. And you will need to create strategies on the fly to fend off the incoming threat.

For many, a managers’ chair may be the ultimate goal but do consider the alternative. To live your dream job, you don’t necessarily have to be a manager.

If all you want to do is just that, your job, and dealing with the nasty side of people, company objectives, and keeping people happy is secondary or the total opposite of what you actually want to do with your life, then I promise you that you will be happier staying a non-managerial employee.

Silk Road employee says federal agents faked his death after being hired to kill

In an exclusive article, Epic Magazine reports that a former employee of the underground drug market Silk Road had his death faked by undercover federal agents after they were hired to assassinate him by the site’s alleged founder.

Curtis Clark Green was an administrator at Silk Road for just three months from November 2012 to January 2013, but within that short space of time managed to get himself into a colossal amount of trouble. Green describes himself as a 47-year-old grandfather who works at a non-profit helping people with learning disabilities. He says he got involved in Silk Road because of his “interest in harm reduction related to drug use,” and chatted on the site’s forums under the aliases “flush” and “chronicpain” before…

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National Weather Service employee tells shuttered government to pay up in encoded bulletin

The federal government shutdown enacted last week is having widespread consequences across its network of services, with some closing down entirely, while others are required to stay open despite not having the budgets needed to pay their employees. A good example is the National Weather Service, and one Anchorage employee is making the displeasure public with a weather bulletin containing a pressing message down the leftmost column: “please pay us.” The Washington Post reports that roughly 3,935 NWS employees have been excepted from the shutdown, and according to Dan Sobien of the National Weather Service Employees Organization, “nobody knows when anyone’s going to get paid.”

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How Can Leadership Boost Employee Morale?

Many workplaces today are fraught with stress and tension, especially when tight deadlines are a regular problem and seem to always be looming overhead. Low employee morale may be a common problem,…

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Interview: Filippo Perini, Lamborghini’s Head of Design: The creator of the Aventador talks Italian design, engineering, dreams and what it means to be a Lambo employee

Interview: Filippo Perini, Lamborghini's Head of Design

Italian auto manufacturer Lamborghini has been producing cutting-edge luxury sports cars for 50 years. Through financial tumult and the hands of many owners, Lamborghini has managed to sustain a reputation for top-tier design. Purchased by Audi…

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Create Your Own Employee Appreciation Day

Employee Appreciation Programs Reinforce Good Behavior and Develop a Happy, Healthy Work Environment Employees are your business’ most valuable assets. They determine your short-term and long-term…

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The Best Ways to Give Constructive Criticism to an Employee

As a leader within your organization, one of the things you are tasked with doing is improving the performance of your workers. Constructive criticism is one of the tools forRead More

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5 Dilemmas You’d Face As A First-time Employee

If you have just been newly recruited, congratulations! You probably have burning questions about interviews or while you are on the job, questions that you can’t seem to find the answers to, either because you’re not asking the right person or because they aren’t telling you the whole truth.

I’m not a professional recruiter although I’m not sure if they will be able to help you with your questions either. They are after all obligated to their clients, the companies. But bear with me, as we take a look at common dilemmas faced by individuals new to the working environment.

To be honest, you may not find answers here, because every one of us has our own set of problems. However, you may be able to take away something from this post, the leverage you need to make the right decision or at least the kind you are less likely to regret later on.

Here are 5 dilemmas you’d probably face as a first-time employee.

1. Negotiating Your Salary

Let’s start with before you get your first job: at the interview table. One of the harder things to talk about during the interview for your first job is the salary range. Despite what you believe about what you are worth, the company has another set of beliefs as to how much they are willing to pay you. This usually coincides with the budget they have at hand.

Find The Range

Some companies offer more than others, and some prefer to take advantage of the new kid in the block. With a bit of digging, you will be able to find out that ideal range.

Next, find a sum that you are willing to rough things out for. Then, ask for that sum (or higher) while still keeping within the range. How? By asking, politely. To clear the air, you should also look at the benefits they have to offer as well. While the pay may be meagre, you might be reimbursed with a good overtime rate, good health package and other forms of monetary incentives. The keyword here is ‘might’.

If you have done your research well, you would know when they are shortchanging you, usually by offering you whatever they can get away with. But if you can’t bring yourself to take the final figure, reject the offer and move on. Don’t beat yourself up about it.

The Deal-breaker

In any case, if you won’t starve from the ‘paltry sum’ they are offering you, take into account the value of the experience you will get from taking the job. In the right circumstances, what you will learn will probably be more valuable than what you will earn.

2. Settling for a secondhand Offer

Some of you may have come across a job offer that isn’t what you are looking for, or offered a role that you had not applied for, and worst of all, the offer comes right at the interview table. Should you take the job or not? For this one, it depends.

The two-bird Killer

There are two reasons a company would offer a candidate a job adjacent to what he or she is asking for: they need someone urgently, and you are qualified (sometimes, over-qualified) for the job.

Any recruitment done to bring you or any other candidate to that table costs money, usually a high sum for a lousy return (think sifting through hundreds of candidates to find two who will finally get the job). HR managers are reluctant to go through the process again if they can find one who fits the bill – even if it is the wrong bill.

The Deal-breaker

On your end, the offer may not be what you want in for, but as you are starting from zero (as in experience), it boils down to whether or not you are desperate enough to settle with second best. And settling with second best actually happens far more often than having a career where you get to do what you love. Ask anyone.

3. Nobody Is Perfect

So you’re at your first job and you want to make a good impression and do everything right, prim and proper. Screwing up is probably the last time you’d expect yourself to be doing. But trust me, you will. Everyone screws up, but the good thing is, people screw up from trying something new. Only people who don’t try anything new never screw up.

The Lesser of Two Evils

Being new on the job, your task is to do everything and anything, and you should, because you can get away with messing up. Yup, being new on the job is the only time you are allowed to screw up (and still escape unscathed).

And it’s all alright. Organizations know that if they want to have experienced employees, they have to train them, and to do that, they aren’t as hard on new screw-ups. In short, they let them mess up. And nothing teaches you how to do things right faster than when you do it absolutely wrong the first time.

Plus, you want to screw up when you have a supervisor watching over your every move, not when you are making decisions on behalf of your company two decades into your career.

The Deal-breaker

Plus, it’s easier for you to recover from your failures and mistakes when you are in the lower hierarchy, and what you learn from those mistakes is what is going to help you keep your job, and advance your career.

4. In the Battling Arena

Office politics is an ugly thing (very much like the non-office type), but it is probably due to human nature: the need to be the alpha dog, the leader of the pack, or just to survive in a dog-eat-dog world out there. There is a reason why I’m using all these doggy preferences.

Pick A Pack

So what happens is, there are a few packs in the same office and these packs are made up of individuals with the same likes and dislikes. These individuals help their own kind, and gang up on weaker prey. Every group has a leader, the one who dictates who does what, and promotes them accordingly, when the opportunity arises.

You will be thrust into this arena and be expected to take sides, and for the love of bacon, pick a side(!)… if only to get them out of your hair. Keep the gossip at a minimal level and try to focus on getting the job done and advancing your career.

The Deal-breaker

If you ever find that the politics is taking center stage more than the real work itself, maybe it’s time to pack up and leave – or be a freelancer.

5. Pack Up And Leave

There may come a time when you think that you should move on. You might think that you don’t belong in this line, or it’s torturous to do something you don’t like, repeatedly, day in, day out with no progress in sight. Then, it happens.

Say Your Goodbyes

You get approached by a rival company or a headhunter who sings praises of you and offers you a higher wage – the answer to all your debts. Or maybe your manager pushed you one time too far, making you sit out yet another weekend, staying at the office, because he has kids and you don’t.

Regardless of what encourages you to leave – and it will come eventually – only consider leaving if you know for sure that you are better off.

If you can’t be sure, however, but still yearn to leave, leave in the best of terms. Make your apologies and get things off your chest before you go. And if the damage isn’t too bad, stay in contact with the company and the people within, because no matter how many jobs you will move on to, you will never forget your first.

The Deal-breaker

The people in your first job watched you grow so there will always be that bond there and you never know if you may want to reconnect with them later on in your career. Leaving in good terms leaves that door open for future opportunities, even if it means going back.


I may not be able to give you an inside scoop of how organizations work when it comes to picking or retaining their candidates but one thing is for sure, any company that is bent on expanding is always looking for good people who are willing to learn, who are patient and who are not shy to ask questions to things they do not know.

You aren’t expected to know anything about your first job, and to be honest, not every company out there is willing to teach you the ropes. But take that as a challenge to better yourself on your own terms and who knows one day you might be able to head your own company, based on the rules that you make.

What dilemmas did you face in your first job? Share them with us and let us know how you dealt with it.