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Listening

14 Jan

 

 

 

The Big Three people management skills

 

  1.   Manage your say/do ratio
  2.   Give and receive feedback
  3.   Listen, listen, listen

 

Listening is the hardest to learn. Great article in the WSJ on listening.

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First Hour At Work

7 Jan

Recently a colleague sent me a link about productivity. It wasn’t very good but the link at the end was filled with good ideas about how to start your workday. Remember what Mary Poppins, my favorite organizational consultant, says “Well begun is half done.”

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Parenting and Managing

15 Oct

In meetings, people occasionally ask “What’s the difference between managing and parenting?” I pause for a long second and say: Children are shorter. A recent Corner Office article in the New York Times has an excellent conversation about this topic.

For a more explicit  perspective, but one very much in agreement with the former here is 700 words on How parenting and managing inform each other.

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Eye Contact

28 May

 

 

 

Several weeks ago I linked to a TED video entitled Your Body language Shapes Who You Are. This is an example of how powerful initial conditions can be if they positively alter our perceptions of ourselves.

Recently the New York Times had an article on the power of eye contact in person-to-person interactions. Yet another study supporting the two preciously cited aspects of effective performance: Initial conditions and changes in self-perception

 

 

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Who Graduates?

21 May

It is graduation time, thus an article about how the University of Texas has set up a program to significantly increase the graduation rate of students from low socio-economic status. Most students who begin university from the bottom SES quartile do not graduate, although they have the ability to do so.

 

Several blogs ago I linked to a TED video that shows how our body language affects our behavior. This is important because there seems to be a growing literature that relatively small interventions can produce significant changes. This appears to happen when the tactic helps people change their perceptions of themselves.

Next week we will look at yet another link that shows much the same thing.

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Talking With The most Interesting Person I Know

14 May


 

 

Recently the Wall Journal had a great article with a video and radio interview about self-talk. Self Talk, both sub-vocally and out-loud is a research-proven self-management tool, although most of us do it sub-vocally. It is the tool we can use to alter our level of optimism – pessimism.

 

Research shows that optimists:

  • Live longer
  • Are healthier
  • Have better relationships
  • Have higher morale on-the-job
  • Are more personally satisfied (happy) &
  • Report having better lives when asked at age 85

 

“Optimism is the tendency to expect the best possible outcome or dwell on the most hopeful aspects of a situation, defined by how we self-talk to frame events:

Bad events are temporary setbacks,

Isolated to particular circumstances and

Can be overcome by effort and abilities”   – Martin Seligman

 

A series of blogs on optimism discuss this topic in-depth, link to an optimism-pessimism self-test and introduce strategies to improve your optimism.

 

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Best Ted Video Ever

30 Apr

Recently a colleague shared a TED video that is truly remarkable. Ann Cuddy is a social psychologist & professor at Harvard Business School. Her video, entitled Your Body Language Shapes Who You Are, has been viewed almost 17,000,000 times.

 

 

In Beyond IQ, I note that anyone who has been in 4H has a great model of psychology: Head, Hands, Heart and Health. Cognition, Emotion and Action are the three core elements of human psychology and health is your operating system. If you are interested in exploring this topic go to http://amzn.to/16N1zr7 Beyond IQ is a 27 page e-book that sells for $2.99.

Th video drive home how powerful are behavior is in driving our cognitions and emotions. Women will love this video (I hope).

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Managing Up and Down

9 Apr

 

 

 

 

People are often surprised when I note that there are some managers who are very good to their bosses and treat their direct reports very badly. They are also surprised to hear that it’s hard for executives to identify this problem especially if they are not familiar with tools such as skip-level meetings (see Beyond Luck for an example of how to run good skip-level meetings). Here is an interesting article on this topic from a recent New York Times.

 

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Why Likeability Matters IN…….

2 Apr

 

 

This a powerful and practical WSJ article about how “likability” has a large influence in how your workplace colleagues rate and interact with you. This article is a home-run of practical advice.

 

So, my question is HOW do you get to likability and WHY? Here is one of the most watched TED videos (16,000,000+) hits and one of the top-four rated in the psychology category.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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The Right Answer Is NO!

12 Mar

 

Once in a great while I see an article that is OUTSTANDING. One of the major reasons for stress, overload and declining individual productivity is the inability to say NO.  This is a well presented article on NO.  For a look at the always saying No go to:  NO!

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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