By Sarah Green Carmichael
Managers want employees to put in long days, respond to their emails at all hours, and willingly donate their off-hours — nights, weekends, vacation — without complaining. The underlings in this equation have little control; overwork cascades from the top of the organizational pyramid to the bottom. At least, that’s one narrative of overwork. In this version, we work long hours because our bosses tell us to. (That’s the version most on display in the recent New York Times opus on
But there are other explanations out there. There’s another that says all of us, including senior managers, are basically flotsam buffeted about by the eddies of economic incentive, corporate culture, and technologies that keep the office
just a tap away. In this version, there’s no one really dictating the norms; we’re all just reacting to macro forces beyond our control. Click below to read more...
By Suzie Doscher
Being subjected to passive aggressive behaviour from anybody -- be this in a shop, at home, in school or at work -- can be not only confusing, but also hurtful and uncomfortable.
Frequently this behaviour and manner of speaking come from someone who has not learned how to express emotions, let alone negative ones. Instead of being in touch with their feelings, they redirect these emotions in a passive aggressive manner. Usually the person is not even aware of it.
Obviously this is a generalization and in no way should be thought of as the truth for everybody who behaves passive aggressively. Sometimes people are just having a bad day and letting it out with inconsiderate and disrespectful manners.
Common characteristics of passive aggressive people: ...click 'read more'
By Suzie Doscher
Instead of focusing on classic New Year's Resolutions:
Change your thinking in order to invest your time and energy to grow and develop yourself. Have a major impact on your home life as well as your professional life, no matter what your position is -- boss, leader or team member -- with some personal development.
Many of your desired 'resolutions' will be resolved with this approach.
In fact, with time all of the habits you wish to change will be replaced with habits that leave you calm, satisfied, fulfilled, stimulated, energized and healthy. You will feel better, look better and be a better person. You can 'grow into your skin' - be the person you know you are. ...Click 'read more'
Good advice from Laura Berman Fortgang
I have no tax advice for you. Nothing you should do to your lawn before the next season hits. Nor do I have anything to say about your frequent flier miles or doctor visits and insurance deductibles.
I DO however, have three must-do’s that will help you walk into a new year with more energy, peace, and hope.
REPAIR a Relationship
Nobody is perfect. Maybe there is someone you are on the outs with or someone who is holding a grudge against you. There is no better time than the present to address it. Think of the possibilities of a new year without the stress or aggravation of this energy drain.
Perhaps there is such a relationship, but a heart to heart is just not possible. In that case, forgiveness is the only option. Whether you can speak to the person about it or not, work on forgiving what they did to you. If they are mad about something you did, forgive them for withholding their friendship, love, or approval of you.
People behave within the limits of their own growth and experience. Forgive and move on.
Do it for yourself, not for them. ...Click 'Read More' for the other two things...
By Don Peppers
These are the five rules I saw posted in a family friend’s house for their three young boys (age 5 and under), who are quite energetic:
By Sarah Green Carmichael
Managers want employees to put in long days, respond to their emails at all hours,
and willingly donate their off-hours — nights, weekends, vacation — without
complaining. The underlings in this equation have little control; overwork
cascades from the top of the organizational pyramid to the bottom. At least, that’s
one narrative of overwork. In this version, we work long hours because our bosses
tell us to. (That’s the version most on display in the recent New York Times opus on
But there are other explanations out there. There’s another that says all of
us, including senior managers, are basically flotsam buffeted about by the eddies
of economic incentive, corporate culture, and technologies that keep the office
just a tap away. In this version, there’s no one really dictating the norms; we’re all
just reacting to macro forces beyond our control. Click below to read more...
By David DeSteno
In the midst of an intense negotiation, it’s hard to know what’s motivating the person across the table — is he willing to cooperate with you to meet both your interests or does he only want to serve his? You need to build trust with your counterpart so you can align your interests and increase the likelihood that he will honor his commitments.
A powerful way to establish trust is to employ one of the mind’s most basic mechanisms for determining loyalty: the perception of similarity. If you can make someone feel a link with you, his empathy for and willingness to cooperate with you will increase. Click below to read further....
Brilliant TED Talk on how to:
CREATE LASTING POSITIVE CHANGE
It has been proven that if you take these actions daily you change your mindset. You will feel more positive and with a more positive mindset it is easier to see solutions, direct your attention to optimistic thoughts. With this you will feel more encouraged and motivated.
No harm in trying these steps out for one month. How about for December?
By Zander Lurie, CEO Survey Monkey
If you want to stay competitive as an employer of choice and provide growth opportunities for all your teams, be curious. If you want your organization to be more customer-centric and take market share, be curious. This singular trait, curiosity, will determine which firms will thrive and which ones will stumble.
We believe in the coming years, curiosity will become the next big topic for businesses and individuals around the world. There’s already a discussion of the fact that as Artificial Intelligence gets smarter and replaces more and more jobs, curiosity will become the key to landing (and succeeding in) a job, optimizing performance, and winning in the marketplace. It's unlikely we humans are going to outwork the robots. Our heartless friends will make fewer errors and take fewer vacation days. Being curious is our best defense. After all, we program the machines that do the work. Click below to continue reading...
By Davide Costella
REWARD. Just by reading this word, your memory can be stimulated to recall those experiences you have had linked to REWARD and a given thought or behavior can be triggered. This process is totally unconscious. The aim of this article is to raise your awareness about how you process rewards.
I recently went through a stimulating and successful period in my life where I achieved a number of milestones, one after the other. I enjoyed successes that were both private and business-related, some quite impactful, others slightly less.
During this time, there was one situation that had a strong emotional impact on me and triggered a totally different way of thinking about rewards. This particular project was a long and cumbersome one -- one of those projects where you give 150%, where personal reward is the real drive, not bonus or promotions.
My epiphany moment occurred when the project finally went live. Due to geographical distance, I was unable to celebrate with the rest of the team. Although I received some compliments, I did not feel completely rewarded. An emotional thunderstorm hit me and triggered various questions and some lessons learned about how we reward ourselves. See the points below. Before you read these points, remember that the actual definition of reward is: Something of value given in return for an act. ... Click 'Read More'...