Why the Best Leaders Show Their Weaknesses

It’ll help you innovate too. Photo credit: Motortion—Getty Images In the foreword to the reprint of Intel cofounder Andy Grove’s High Output Management, investor Ben Horowitz recalls Grove telling him, “CEOs always act on leading indicators of good news, but only act on lagging indicators of bad news… In order to build anything great, you have to be an optimist.” I agree that CEOs need to be optimists, but we need to be realists too, especially for the people helping us build that next great thing. When leaders face doubts, they should acknowledge the challenges ahead while still making it ... Read more

October 14, 2016: Friday news roundup

Time for another look back at what we found online this week that piqued our interest and fed our curiosity. How learning and development are becoming more agile The makeup of the modern workforce is changing, from full-time employees to a patchwork of freelancers, contractors, and project-based part-timers. One HR exec says in this article, “The future of learning is three ‘justs’: just enough, just-in-time, and just-for-me.” This aligns perfectly with Udemy’s own POV, and we’re thrilled to see more HR leaders get on board. HR ranks these must-have skills high on entry-level workers’ resumes Sticking with our friends in ... Read more

3 Things I Tell My Daughters Every Day

To mark Ada Lovelace Day, CEO Dennis Yang talks about encouraging his daughters to aim high and never give up. My 11-year-old daughter recently asked me, “Do you make more money than Mommy?” Her class was studying the Revolutionary War and had discussed how married women of the time essentially forfeited their legal earnings to their husbands. The teacher pointed out that women continue to face unequal treatment today in the form of wage inequality, which prompted my daughter’s question. I love that she’s never been one to shy away from asking questions, but in this case I didn’t have ... Read more

Hidden gems for October

It’s time to take another dive into the Udemy library to unearth some of our lesser-known courses and topics you should be learning about! We present herewith the work of several instructors who want to help you relax, save on travel, look sharp, be a better parent, and make your own timepiece.       Learn Watchmaking, the King of All Crafts In today’s hyper-digitized world there’s something refreshing about wanting to understand the intricate mechanics behind watchmaking. Even if you don’t plan to go ahead and try building your own, you’ll be fascinated to see how master craftspeople work ... Read more

Delving into DevOps with instructor Ward Viaene

Rounding out our Q&A series with tech instructors, today we’re introducing you to Ward Viaene, who teaches “Learn Devops: Continuously Deliver Better Software.” It’s one of three courses available from Ward in the Udemy marketplace. Read on for Ward’s thoughts on getting into DevOps and what professionals in the field need to know. How long have you been working in DevOps? I started my career as a very technical system engineer 10 years ago and slowly progressed into a more general IT specialist focussing on DevOps, cloud, and distributed computing. The term DevOps has only been used for a few years, and ... Read more

October 7, 2016: Friday news roundup

As this week winds down, our thoughts are with those affected by Hurricane Matthew. Still lots of other news and ideas to talk about, however. Stay safe and check out these articles about implicit bias, hiring from within, and what our CEO thinks about robots in the workplace. We’re all a little biased, even if we don’t know it It’s a good thing that people are starting to recognize unconscious bias in the workplace, in the classroom, in law enforcement, and in virtually every other facet of our lives. But do we really understand what the term means? As researchers ... Read more

How humans will learn to coexist with bots

Image Credit: The robots are coming! The robots are coming! Actually, in some cases, they’re already here. Not everyone needs to learn how to program the robots, but we’ll all need to get comfortable working with algorithms and bots as well as people. Will they be friends or foes? And what can individuals do to position themselves for success in this brave new world? I just read an incredible statistic in a Harvard Business Review article: “By 2020, the US economy is expected to create 55 million job openings; and 24 million of these will be entirely new positions. 48 ... Read more

Instructor Jason Cannon on what it takes to be a Linux pro

Last week, we shared thoughts from instructor Chris Bryant on earning Cisco certification. Today, we’ve got Jason Cannon, the instructor behind “Learn Linux in 5 Days and Level Up Your Career,” which boasts nearly 29,000 students. Jason’s 10 other courses explore various aspects of Linux programming in his same helpful style. He shared more tips for building a Linux career in our email Q&A. How did you become a Linux expert and what advice do you have for those starting out? I’ve used Linux on my personal computers since as early as 1995 or 1996 and started working with Linux professionally in 1999. ... Read more

September 30, 2016: Friday news roundup

Let’s skip the chit-chat and get straight to the good stuff. Here are a few articles we hope will give you food for thought this week. The one question you should ask about every new job People change jobs rather frequently these days. Each time we ask ourselves, will Company X be the right place for me? But we feel like we can never know the whole story til we get inside (and then maybe regret our decision). Assessing company culture when you’re on the outside is tricky, but this Wharton professor has some tips for figuring out what kind ... Read more

Talking Cisco certification with instructor Chris Bryant

Instructor Chris Bryant has published 11 courses on Udemy focused on helping students earn Cisco and CompTIA certifications. More than 4,700 people are enrolled in his “CCNA 2016 200-125 Video Boot Camp” alone! We did an email Q&A with Chris to find out what it takes to succeed as a networking tech and where these skills can take your career. How did you become a Cisco/networking expert and what advice do you have for those starting out? I began as a junior network admin for a local school system here in Central Virginia roughly 20 years ago. No one in this business starts at the top. I ... Read more