Angela Ahrendts: Starting Anew

Angela Ahrendts discusses her start at Apple and what you should do when starting at new job, in a LinkedIn blog post

First: “Stay in your lane.” You’ve been hired because you bring a certain expertise to the team and the company. Try to resist putting additional or undue pressure on yourself trying to learn it all from day one. It's human nature to feel insecure about everything you "don't know". By staying focused on your core competencies you will be able to contribute much sooner, add greater value long term, and enjoy and have more peace especially in the early days.

I've been following the work of Angela Ahrendts at Burberry for a while. Working with Christopher Bailey they were doing really awe-inspiring work with technolovy, social and physical design at their retail stores. When it was announced that she had left the CEO position to join Apple I was surprised. I've been looking forward to seeing how her sensibilites and perspective will change Apple. Since WWDC this year we've begun to see Apple go through a transition into the next phase of the company. And now to see Ahrendts blog publicly discussing the company and her role in it is such an unexpected move from the secretive company. I am looking forward to the next Apple consumer event where they introduce new products and Ahrendts comes out to discuss the retail operation. It is an exciting time. 

The Week's Links: June 27, 2014

All the links posted on social networks this week: 

  • Construction starts on 'extremely large' telescope
  • Cooper Hewitt Museum Lets Visitors Draw On The Walls
  • What If The New York Times Ended Its Daily Print Edition?
  • Single-Tasking Is the New Multitasking
  • The Unusual Habits Of 8 Famous Creative Minds
  • Brilliant: Screenplay Incorporates Real Charity Into Jane Austen Adaptation
  • Seth's Blog: Are you solving a problem or creating a problem?
  • How amusement parks hijack your brain. They’re perfectly engineered to push psychological buttons. Here’s how.
  • Silicon Valley Players Hand Out $15 Million for Breakthrough Prizes in Math
  • Amazing: Hubble captures incredible star explosion in four-year time-lapse
  • A Series of Sculptures That Cast Shadow Art When Lit From a Specific Angle
  • Filtering A New Idea: A Book That's Educational And 'Drinkable'
  • Gallup: 62% Of Consumers Say Social Media Doesn't At All Influence Their Purchasing Decisions
  • ▶ What gives a dollar bill its value? - Doug Levinson
  • Google Design- Google’s new design guidelines
  • Cops must have a warrant to search cell phones, rules Supreme Court
  • The Best Ideas in Brand Creativity: Cannes Edition
  • Steven Levy joins Medium
  • Google Drops Profile Photos, Google+ Circle Count From Authorship In Search
  • This Little Pill Can Tell You When Your Water’s Bad And Your Meat's Rotten
  • 50 Collective Nouns to Bolster Your
  • Wearable Tech at Saatchi's 24th New Directors Showcase
  • Mystery object in lake on Saturn's moon Titan intrigues scientists
  • Ask Smithsonian: Where Does Space Begin?
  • 37 Hitchcock Cameo Appearances Over 50 Years: All in One Video
  • Susan Kare video, tells stories about her early Mac icon design work
  • Download 55 Free Online Literature Courses: From Dante and Milton to Kerouac and
  • The Cloud Is Very Real And Very Weird. Here's A Peek Inside
  • Seth's Blog: Can we talk about process first?
  • The Story Behind One of the Most Beautiful Real Moments in Advertising
  • New Evidence of Mental Benefits From Music Training
  • Ad Creativity Takes Back Seat to Tech at Cannes - WSJ
  • Physicists finally explain why your earphones are always tangled.
  • Ad-Tech Companies Form Group to Standardize User ID
  • Gravity’s strength still an open question after latest measurement
  • 5 Lessons From A Producing Career, On Broadway And Off
  • Neil deGrasse Tyson: We Must Celebrate Innovators or "Move Back Into the Cave"
  • Reddit, subreddits and AMAs: a guide for arts, culture and heritage
  • Pixel perfect: The 8-bit revolution started
  • The Neuroscience of Mathematical
  • 7 TED talks on how we make
  • Your mega summer reading list: 70+ picks from the TED community
  • NOVA Next: In Ten Years, You Won’t Even Know You’re Wearing Them
  • Download 78 Free Online History Courses: From Ancient Greece to The Modern
  • A Powerful Letter From My Great-Great-Grandfather, An American Slave Who Escaped To Freedom
  • Biophilia Educational Program: app integrated into Scandinavian school
  • So good: Love Letter to Carl and
  • The death of the American mall
  • Beautiful: 20-Year-Old Photographer's Compellingly Surreal Visual
  • Once again, another brilliant Radiolab podcast ≤ kg
  • My fave winners in the latest CA Interactive Annual.
  • Don’t just learn to code—learn to keep
  • Beethoven's Ode to Joy Played With 167 Theremins Placed Inside Matryoshka Dolls in Japan
  • How the Economist Group is retooling for programmatic
  • How Does IQ Relate to Personality?
  • Is This the “Missing Link” of Shakespeare Studies?
  • The Culture of Video Games: A Reading List- Longreads
  • Google and Ogilvy research finds word of mouth had biggest impact on purchase decisions (not media)
  • Hidden Man Found in Picasso
  • Is the great novel dead?
  • A Dangerous Question: Does Internet Advertising Work at All?
  • Trailer for Banksy's new film
  • To Boost Brain Health and Performance, Harness Neuroplasticity The Right
  • The history of Android: The endless iterations of Google’s mobile OS
  • 13 Item Hit List That Will Make A Successful Artist
  • How a Geneticist Sequenced His Unborn Son’s Genome, Using Do-It-Yourself Biology Tools- MIT Technology Review
  • Why Notifications Are About to Rule the Smartphone Interface
  • 21 Most Creative Sheet Music
  • Jennifer in paradise: the story of the first Photoshopped image
  • Technology in classrooms: Taking the learning tablets- The Economist
  • 8th Annual iPhone Photography Awards™ » 2014 Winners
  • Life goes on: Why it's OK for arts groups to downsize
  • ◉ Ballerina Tiler Peck dances with Lil Buck & Sergei Polunin
  • ◉ Recommended: Smart Thinking: Three Essential Keys to Solve Problems, Innovate, and Get Things Done
  • 30 Weeks: An Experimental New Design School, Backed By Google
  • The 2014 Guide to Responsive Web

The Week's Links: June 20, 2014

All the links posted on social networks this week: 


In Modern Marketing, a Big Dose of Data in the Creative Juices

Claire Cain Miller, NY Times Bits Blog:

Computers are once again transforming the business of marketing, infusing the art with science. This time, though, the change is being driven by cloud computing and the processing of huge amounts of data about what customers do and what they desire.
Unlike the computer on “Mad Men,” which took up an entire room, the computers processing the data are not even in marketers’ offices but in far-off data centers. But just as in the fictional company depicted on “Mad Men,” the new technology is causing tensions among the quants, or quantitative data analysts, the artists and the information technologists.
For consumers, the result is personalized marketing.
Ideally, consumers do not notice the computing and data-crunching in the background and instead just see more relevant messages from brands, said Ian Schafer, chief executive and founder of Deep Focus, a digital agency. But when marketing is too personalized, it can feel creepy.