Weekly Reading List: Melissa Rubio


On this week’s watchLAB reading list our pieces cover topics from office politics to politics across the U.S., and everything in between (like a daredevil leaving his mark in Chicago).

Here’s what I’ve been reading this week:

1) Quiet Employees Can Talk, Too

Found on Inc., by Will Yakowicz 

How do you know if you’re an effective manager if you don’t get any feedback from your employees? There are some valid points in this article, but creating a culture of ownership is probably one of the most important in my opinion! For managers, I think one of the hardest parts of your job could be getting open and honest feedback from your employees. I completely understand that most employees just want to put a smile on their face and internalize the frustration they encounter with their job (while, of course, applying at other companies on the side)! Managers need to do more than just ask. It’s our responsibility to dig a little deeper and create an environment where people feel “safe” to speak up.

2) Just Another Tightrope Walk In the . . . City?

Found on ForbesLife, by Jim Clash

Ever have the desire to tightrope between two skyscrapers in the windiest city in America? Well this guy just did it and added a blindfold! I was in the crowd of 50,000 Chicagoans watching Wallenda break 2 world records and it was pretty incredible!

3) How One Works With, and Without Congress

Found on The New York Times, by Julei Hirchfeld Davis and Peter Baker

Living in Obama’s home town I was surprised to see that we elected a Republican governor. It will be interesting to see how Obama will shift gears working with the new Republican leaders in the next couple years. Big changes in the political field like this can show the power our voting can have. Every vote really does count!

4) The Importance of Paternity Leave

Found on The New York Times, by Claire Cain Miller

I’m not a mother myself, but I have definitely thought about both the consequences and rewards of being a working parent. I love that Miller takes the view of the father and stresses how important it is for both parents to be involved with their child, early on. Maternity leave isn’t just for the mother to recover physically but also to bond with their child, which is just as important for the father. You never get that time back!

5) The “Right” Customer Isn’t Always Right

Found on Harvard Business Review, by Amy Gallo

This just proves that sometimes it’s more harmful to try and keep all your customers happy instead of spending time with the “right” ones.

This is watchLAB saying, “Keep reading, and have a great weekend!”

Melissa Rubio

Melissa Rubio

Associate Director, Chicago at watchLAB
Melissa is a DePaul University grad who has been working in the Market Research industry for over 5 years, and has a background in both qualitative and quantitative medical research. Melissa is a lover of the outdoors and is also an accomplished dancer. In fact, she was even invited to dance for the Macy's Thanksgiving Day parade as a UDA All-Star.
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