TURNING TALENTS INTO STRENGTHS

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7 Deadly Sins of One-on-One Meetings

One-on-one meetings are engaged organizations' #1 method of communication. To make sure your one-on-ones work to engage employees, avoid these deadly …

Engaged

Research Shows Listening to Music Increases Productivity (And Some Types of Music Are Super Effective)

Are you making the most of what you listen to while you're at work?<p>Music has a way of permeating through empty corners and filling up environments with substance. It can help you relax, make you well up in tears, or feel alive. But can it make you more productive?<p>We use music to set the tone of our …

Time Management

Never Doubt Yourself but Always Have a Plan B

A side gig can be your treasured second stream of income or your safety net, depending on how Plan A is working out.<p>I love a good mantra. One that I live by is "always have a Plan B."<p>I worked for a company and gave it my all, but when the company lost a few major clients, they had to let people go …

Entrepreneurship

Time Management Is a Waste of Time -- Manage Your Energy Instead

Taking time to exercise can seem daunting when you have too much to do, but the energy you gain will help you get more done. Photo by: Shutterstock<p>The basic premise of time management is sound — arrange your schedule so you can effectively and efficiently reach your goals (which can be personal, …

Time Management

How to Help Someone Discover Work That Excites Them

Much has been written on a leader’s role in motivating, engaging, and bringing out the best in others. Yet research suggests there is still much more that could be done. Frequently cited is the 2014 Deloitte study that found that “up to 87% of America’s workforce is not able to contribute to their …

Leadership

How Positive Psychology Transforms People and Organizations - The Academic View

How are academics helping business leaders gain a better understanding of human motivation?<p>Most people recognize that people have psychological motivations for doing the things they do. Depression or anxiety, for instance, might cause a person to slack on their work, or snap at a coworker. But …

Psychology

Plan for five careers in a lifetime

Changing careers is difficult, lonely, daunting and expensive. I should know: after a decade in advertising, I switched to journalism in my mid …

Intellectual Property

How Your Brain Benefits From the Labor Day Long Weekend

An argument for the permanent three-day weekend.<p>Some Americans will head out of town or host epic end-of-summer barbecues this Labor Day long …

Sleep

This Simple Chart Can Help Your Team Make Better Decisions Faster

One former Facebook engineer developed a method (dubbed “Xanax for decision-making”) for helping teams speed past the red tape in fast-growing companies.<p>Gil Shklarski has spent his career solving incredibly complex problems. Whether it was making Facebook safer or working on infrastructure for …

Management

Bob Newhart's Ridiculous Road to Comedy

Bob Newhart, 87, is a stand-up comedian and actor who won three Grammy Awards in 1961 for his first comedy albums. He starred in two successful TV sitcoms, “The Bob Newhart Show” in the 1970s and “Newhart” in the ’80s, as well as in films such as “Catch-22.” He spoke with Marc Myers.<p>I came to …

Entertainment

How to Forget About Work When You’re Not Working

When was the last time you got away from work?<p>I mean truly got <i>away</i> from it: didn’t think about it, didn’t worry about it, didn’t have a to-do list rattling around in your brain.<p>Most of us know there are benefits to getting away from work. We know we need time to recharge each day in order to be …

Productivity

6 Simple Strategies to Instantly Reduce Stress and Anxiety

Teaching you how to live a more inspired life.<p>Whether we like it or not, the demands of modern society generate stress and anxiety. The jobs we work and the material wealth we value make significant demands on our time and energy--both of which have a significant impact on our emotional state. And …

Mindfulness

I've adopted a '2-hour rule' based on the habit that led Einstein, Darwin, and Nietzsche to brilliance — and it's had the highest ROI of anything I've done

Letting your mind wander can actually be very productive. Author not pictured. muratart/Shutterstock<p><b>Some of the most famous intellectuals and scientists spent time doing nothing but thinking.</b><p><b>The author decided to implement a two-hour rule: just thinking with no distractions for two hours a</b> …

Creativity

To Succeed You Must Become a Knowledge Junkie

The first step to solving most problems is figuring out what you don't know and then learning it.<p>A junkie can be defined as anyone suffering from an addiction. I’ll be the first to admit, I exchanged one addiction for another. My drug addiction nearly cost me my life, but my addiction to knowledge …

Self-improvement

7 Skills Managers Will Need In 2025

As you plan your management career years from now, here are the skills you’ll need to succeed.<p>We all know that the work landscape is changing. The jobs that will be in demand are shifting as more are automated by artificial intelligence, machine learning, and robots. Teams are becoming more …

Leadership

Why Your Job Isn’t Making You Happier

Life is too short to be unhappy at work. Yet many professionals who are free to shape their careers are just that: disengaged, unfulfilled, and miserable. Take “Sharon,” a vice president at a global energy firm and one of my consulting clients. She’s smart and hardworking and has risen through the …

Leadership

Why Understanding These Four Types of Mistakes Can Help Us Learn

by Eduardo Briceño<i>This article was first published in the</i> <i>Mindset Works newsletter</i><i>.</i>We can deepen our own and our students’ understanding of mistakes, …

George Bernard Shaw

2017 CliftonStrengths Summit Highlights

It’s hard to believe the first international CliftonStrengths Summit was held only 12 short months ago. What began when Donald O. Clifton asked, …

How to achieve your goals by creating an enemy

<b>• If used correctly, scapegoating can be a powerful tool for resisting temptation and sticking to hard goals. It can also be dangerous and backfire if used incorrectly.</b><p><b>• Assigning blame is a kind of psychological defense mechanism that frees us from uncomfortable feelings when bad things happen out</b> …

Psychology

Harvard Course on Positive Psychology: Watch 30 Lectures from the University’s Extremely Popular Course

Several years back Tal Ben-Shahar taught a course on Positive Psychology at Harvard, which became, at least for a while, the most popular course at …

Positive Thinking

Are long hours the secret to success? Here’s how to maximize your productivity to get ahead at work.

Superbowl-winning football coach Jon Gruden used to wake up every morning at 3:17 a.m. to the Notre Dame fight song. Even when that clock “expired of …

What One Company Learned from Forcing Employees to Use Their Vacation Time

Have you ever felt burned out at work <i>after</i> a vacation? I’m not talking about being exhausted from fighting with your family at Walt Disney World all week. I’m talking about how <i>you knew</i>, the whole time walking around Epcot, that a world of work was waiting for you upon your return.<p>Our vacation …

The Workplace

How Two Brothers Turned Seven Lines of Code Into a $9.2 Billion Startup

Now, Stripe’s Patrick and John Collison are teaming with Amazon to grab even more control over the global flow of commerce.<p>Every day, Americans spend …

Startups

How to Go to Sleep When You're Stressed to the Max

Americans were so stressed during the election cycle that the American Psychological Association released coping tips. Now, we're dealing with …

If you think productivity is about motivation, you've already lost

Ramit Sethi accomplishes a lot.<p>Among other projects, the CEO and entrepreneur has penned multiple best-selling books on business and personal finance, coordinates annual conferences across the US, and runs two websites — GrowthLab and I Will Teach You to Be Rich.<p>Apparently, one of the most common …

Productivity

How the Elephant and the Rider can help motivate your team

The elephant and the rider. Imagine it. You’re probably picturing yourself or another person on top of an elephant like this:<p>More than just a …

How to Find Meaning in a Job That Isn’t Your “True Calling”

Why do so few people find fulfillment in their work?<p>A few years ago I posed this question to Amy Wrzesniewski, a Yale School of Management professor who studies these issues, and she offered an explanation that made a lot of sense. Students, she told me, “think their calling is under a rock, and if …

Harvard Business Review

9 Ways to Lift Employee Engagement on Your UX Research Team

User researchers are a curious bunch. They tend to embrace ambiguity and enjoy the learning process. During their quest for knowledge they try to …

Management