Archive | November, 2013

Thanksgiving 2013

27 Nov

Thanksgiving is a time for reflection and here is a 3-minute video that helps reset the frame for the quality of your life.  Enjoy!

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Reading, Writing and Thinking

20 Nov

 

Without a doubt the finest instrument in the known universe is the human mind.  This remarkable structure has remade the Earth to meet its needs and wants.  In fact some astro-physicists refer to the idea that the universe was created to support the human mind as the anthropic principle (actually it’s a conjecture).

 

Yet many people never spend any time nurturing this fine instrument. There is an important relationship between reading, writing and thinking.  The development of the first two are a powerful tool for improving our ability to think.

 

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Peak Time For Everything

13 Nov

As we have just changed time, perhaps it is valuable to look at the effects of day-night rhythms on performance.  This intriguing article in the WS Journal will give some food for thought and perhaps better planning of precious time.

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When Co-Workers Are Nasty To Each Other

6 Nov

From the August 27 Wall Street Journal:

Keeping the Peace

Tips for making your office environment more civil:

  • Address performance or other issues in private.
  • Don’t criticize people behind their backs. Never say or write anything you wouldn’t be proud to sign.
  • In the presence of co-workers practice the 10/5 rule: Within 10 feet, acknowledge the person, and within five feet say hello.
  • Don’t take an employee’s contributions for granted; make it a point to thank them.
  • Be careful taking too much credit for collaborative work; share recognition for work well done.
  • Never cut off or finish someone’s sentences (even to make a point or decision); instead be patient and listen fully before jumping in.
  • Instead of pointing the finger when you’ve contributed to a mistake, take responsibility-especially if you’re the leader.
  • When dealing with conflict, performance issues, or other emotionally-laden matters, use face-to-face communication in lieu of email.
  • When someone is talking to you, pay attention and listen fully; don’t half tune in or fidget with your gadget.
  • Resist the temptation to send unprofessional emails. If it isn’t work-appropriate, don’t say it or send it all.

–Christine Porath, an associate professor at Georgetown’s McDonough School of Business, studies the impact of incivility

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