Corporate climate commitments are now common. Next is nature restoration commitments

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The Science Based Targets Initiative first asked companies to make scientifically rigorous emissions reductions. Now it’s asking them to commit to increasing biodiversity. As the climate crisis became more acute, many companies began to set emission reduction targets. But a problem emerged. Many of the targets had nothing to do with climate science , and weren’t strong enough to make a difference to global CO2 levels in time. The Science Based Targets Initiative formed as a corrective, requiring companies to set their targets at levels that were in line with what climate scientists said were required. To date, nearly 1,000 companies have signed on and 450 have had their commitments approved. Now the Science Based Targets Network, a newly formed umbrella organization, is taking on a new challenge: how businesses and cities can protect and restore nature in line with science. Read Full Story

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It’s time to rethink work for the COVID-19 era—performance management is the first step

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The pandemic has shattered our ability to separate the personal from the professional. Companies have yet to catch up. I’m a huge fan of formal performance reviews. In my 10 years leading technology companies, I’ve come to see these exercises as invaluable. When done right, they can change careers, take working relationships to the next level, and increase employees’ happiness and sense of purpose. They can engender empathy between employer and employee. Read Full Story

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This centuries-old framework is surprisingly effective for making better decisions

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Ethical reasoning has been around for centuries. Having a framework for tough decisions could help you make more impactful moves in work and life this year. It’s been quite a year for tough decisions. Between defining work-from-home policies, recalibrating company values, and making personal choices related to the pandemic and our loved ones, current events have us all thinking more deeply about the decisions we make on both a professional and personal level. When we’re motivated to take action, but swimming in uncharted territory, what’s the best way to assess our options and make a decision? Read Full Story

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This startup uses data to help tech workers get the pay they deserve

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Levels.fyi decodes the shadowy “levels” used by tech companies to classify jobs. Now the startup will even coach you on how to get the best deal possible. In the tech industry, a rigid internal system of job levels determines how much responsibility employees have and how much they get paid. But this system is often opaque, proprietary to each company, and hard to understand for workers, who can be left in the dark as to how their level is impacting their career path and their compensation. Read Full Story

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7 changes to make your LinkedIn profile if you’ve been laid off

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Think twice about the mass update, and other advice from career coaching experts. When Alejna Kalavik got a calendar invitation from a senior-level executive for a meeting with HR in 15 minutes on May 11, she had a good idea of what was about to happen. Her role as a senior account executive at New York City-based public relations agency Devries Global entailed working mostly with travel clients, and, though the company had been checking in regularly with its employees and communicating steps they were taking to avoid layoffs, as the pandemic continued, it became an inevitable that they would have to let some team members go. Read Full Story

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How AI fits into the martech landscape

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30-second summary: Today, artificial intelligence, sensors, and digital platforms—and an explosion of data—have already increased the opportunity for learning more effectively; but competing on the rate of learning will become a necessity in the 2020s. The Lean AI Autonomy Scale serves as a framework for assessing how the different capabilities of martech vendors stack up with AI in the industry. All major ad platforms and exchanges are powered today by a dizzying array of complex calculations with the goal of delivering your message to the right audience at the right time — and encouraging people to take an action, buy a product, or a host of other outcomes a marketer might be looking for. Today, we’re at a place where buy-side solutions are emerging that operate a layer above the platforms themselves, working to orchestrate your spend, targeting and even creatives across channels. A range of emerging vendors are out …

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5 traits of CEOs who successfully take their companies public

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These two executive coaches have some surprising takes on introverted vs. extroverted leaders. It’s IPO season. Since June, more than 20 companies have filed S-1s. This includes seven companies filing in one day, on August 24, which is unprecedented. With dozens of CEOs planning to take their companies public, how do we know which ones will pop and which will flop? Read Full Story

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Spotify Q2 2020: Global consumption hours recover to pre-pandemic levels as MAUs grow 29% YOY

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“As of June 30, global consumption hours have recovered to pre-COVID levels,” the company revealed. The world’s largest streaming music service has posted its Q2 2020 earnings. Overall, most of the company’s metrics were up in the double digits year-over-year and, more importantly, quarter-over-quarter. However, QOQ numbers were only up in the single digits. Yet, for the most part, it seems the streaming service is holding up well in our COVID-19 times. Read Full Story

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