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Management Self-Test

30 Jul

 

 

If you ask a room full of professionals who have at least 20 years of experience “have you ever worked for the boss from hell,”  about 40 – 60% will raise their hands.  If you ask entrepreneurs, 90% will raise their hands. There is explicit evidence that the quality of a person’s boss has a dramatic effect on how they preform and on how they feel. For Japanese salarymen, upwardly mobile professionals, the stress levels at work can become so high that the Japanese have a term to describe the worst effect – work death. One little known characteristic of these managers is they are oblivious to their effects on their direct reports. Having interviewed literally thousands of people in organizations, I have compiled a list of the most onerous behaviors of such managers and the three origins these characteristics. Perhaps the worst thing that can happen to an employee is to have a boss with all three of these attributes. Do you have any of these attributes?

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Why You Hate Work

11 Jun

 

An excellent article in the New York Times with a catchy but lousy title. Should be called How to create a workplace that believes people are:

  •  Are smart.
  • Want to do good work.
  • Know what’s wrong and want to to fix it.

It’s a good read.

 

 

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“Paying it Forward”

19 Mar

 

 

You have probably been hearing about the current “paying it forward” events.  A customer at a drive thought or walk-up will pay for the person behind. 226 customers did this at a drive through in Canada.  This article reviews some interesting studies about why this happens i.e. generosity can be contagious.  This article in the New York Times is an interesting read.


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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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Fast Company eoy 2013

5 Mar

 

 

From time-to-time colleagues send articles that are provocative but worth a couple re-reads.  Do you believe:

 

Your brain does creative work better when you’re tired

Stress can change the size of your brain

It is literally impossible for our brains to multitask

Naps improve your brain’s day-to-day performance

Your vision trumps all other senses

Introversion and extraversion come from different wiring in the brain

We tend to like people who make mistakes more than others

Meditation can rewire your brain for the better

Exercise can reorganize the brain and boost your willpower

You can make your brain think time is going more slowly by doing new things

 This was a most read article in Fast Company in 2013.

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Pale Blue Dot

5 Feb

I am thankful that from time-to-time a colleague will send me a video which causes me to pause and reflect. Three minutes.

 http://www.upworthy.com/the-single-most-mind-altering-photograph-humanity-has-ever-taken

 

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End Of Year 2013

31 Dec

When it comes to human behavior there is much wisdom in the writings of the ancients.  Some year ago I stumbled upon several pieces of advice from Cicero.

 

Marcus Tullius Cicero was assassinated on Dec. 7, 43 BCE. He left behind a substantive body of writing. Some years ago a colleague shared Cicero’s list of “man’s drastic mistakes.” I often review them as a reminder. As you consider your New Year’s resolutions perhaps you will reflect with me on these attributes.

• The delusion that individual advancement is made by crushing others.

• The tendency to worry about things that cannot be changed or corrected

• Insisting that a thing is not possible because we cannot do it ourselves.

 • Refusing to set aside trivial preferences.

• Attempting to compel others to believe and live as we do.

• Neglecting development and refinement of the mind and not acquiring the habit of reading and study.

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