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This is a collection of articles, blogs, comments and research that features integral approach to business and how to cultivate and coordinate a workplace that harnesses today's society to meet tomorrow's needs.
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Evolution 'punishes mean people'

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Evolution does not favour selfish people, according to new research that challenges a previous theory that suggests it is preferable to put yourself first.
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5 Keys to Inspiring Leadership, No Matter Your Style [Infographic]

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Inspiring greatness is all about leading by example. The best leaders have these habits in common.

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Do you think Leadership is a 21st Century skill?  

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useful infographic - keeping it simple but often forgotten 

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Unlimited Vacation Days: Treat Employees Like Adults

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If you’re looking to improve your company culture and impact employee retention, it’s time to consider dropping your standard vacation day policy and taking a more flexible route. The
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Optimism's Role in Employee Motivation

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Let me clear that workplace optimism isn’t about observing the proverbial glass as half-full. It’s also not about taking a Pollyannaish viewpoint that denies reality.
What Workplace Optimism Is

Optimism at work is a belief employees hold, including managers, that it’s possible to do good work while at work. Furthermore, employees are inspired by the possibility of doing good work. The inspiration comes from another belief that the work employees do matters to the customer and to the employees themselves. The work is valued, needed, and useful to those who benefit from it.

Researcher Al Gini eloquently summed up the need for workplace optimism when linking our identity to the work we do. He said, “. . . we have forgotten or never really appreciated the fact that the business of work is not simply to produce goods, but also to help produce people.”
Beyond the Factory Mentality

If going to work is merely about exchanging time and labor for money, workplace optimism will not likely emerge. Before this new era of work, the transactional perspective of money for time and labor was viewed as enough in the employee-employer contract. The viewpoint also came with the belief that employees were replaceable cogs on the factory line. It’s not possible to believe one’s work matters when the manager’s breath is on your back as he looks to see if the work is done satisfactorily.

Employees are inspired by the possibility of doing good work. The inspiration comes from another belief that the work employees do matters to the customer and to the employees themselves.

Employees want to see something good, meaningful, and useful come from their hard work. Without these elements, motivating employees is impossible. The following four factors are causes of motivation triggered by workplace optimism:
Workplace Optimism Motivating Factors

Workplace optimism is a motivator. But optimism alone isn’t enough. It’s also what emerges from workplace optimism that motivates employees to contribute their best.

Optimism Enables Connection, Which Enables Optimism

When employees believe they have the opportunity to produce meaningful work pulled from their experiences and what they are learning, it’s a motivator to share it with others. This fosters connection with others, particularly with those who experience workplace optimism.

Optimism Helps Create Friendships That Create Optimism

Gallup has long advocated, not without controversy, that having a best friend at work helps with employee engagement. Connection helps to build friendships. Friendships create a sense of belonging. In Gallup’s, 12: The Elements of Great Managing, the research firm explains that the question predicts performance and that “affiliation . . . drives him to do positive things for the business he would not do.” Healthy, productive friendships will struggle to emerge if the vibe of the team or workplace is negative, combative, or too individualistic. We are human beings. And we crave connection. We need friendships, even at work.

Optimism Emerges from Meaningful Work

I’ve written quite a bit about workplace optimism. And this post positions the importance of meaningful work and its relationship to optimism.

Employees want to see something good, meaningful, and useful come from their hard work. Without these elements, motivating employees is impossible.

What I haven’t shared is that meaning is a search we all take on. In this global, 24/7 world, it’s natural to wonder how what you do matters. Work is a significant part of our lives. Therefore, it’s not uncommon to seek meaning in your work. And why not. You spend 1/3 of your adult life working.

A conscious manager will tap into the human nature of meaningful work, and position her team to find it in their work.

Optimism Helps Quality Work Happen

If you combine the three previous inputs to motivation, quality work is a greater possibility. It also becomes a badge of honor plucked from the employee’s passion, focus and diligence.

Workplace optimism is contagious. When a person or a team begins to experience the hope or belief in something good that is bigger than themselves, people want to be part of it. They want more. Optimism’s role in employee motivation positions the team and each employee with the opportunity to experience work that drives them to do better, to be better. And our workplaces could certainly use the boost that workplace optimism can provide.

 


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CEO Guru: Leadership

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One question that business leaders need to grapple with is deciding how "hands-on" and "hands-off" they should be, says Steve Tappin, who coaches chief executives.
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Emotional Contagion Can Take Down Your Whole Team

Emotional Contagion Can Take Down Your Whole Team | Harmonious and Balanced Workplace | Scoop.it
We had hired a new senior executive. Soon after settling in, he began to share his concerns with me. He was doing so, he assured me, only because he loved working for us, and he was looking out for the...
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20 Quotes on Teamwork

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Teamwork is essential for leading our churches, ministries, and organizations. Sure, you can work alone but you’ll be limited in what you can accomplish. Here are 20 great quotes on teamwork. “Winn...

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12 Tips From Albert Einstein For Strengthening Your Brain

12 Tips From Albert Einstein For Strengthening Your Brain | Harmonious and Balanced Workplace | Scoop.it

"Billions of fish try to climb trees every day. Just look around the office, or at those poor souls who so valiantly strive their entire lives in going-absolutely-nowhere work mode.An astonishing 70 percent of the American workforce is disengaged, according to a recent Gallup poll" ** (link provided below) "

 

 


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Annette Swann's curator insight, July 18, 2013 9:10 PM

Not verified as Einstein, however I do enjoy these sentiments:

 #8 The measure of intelligence is the ability to change

#9 The intuitive mind is a sacred gift and the rational mind is a faithful servant.

Annette Swann's comment, July 19, 2013 12:16 AM
A recent Gallup survey estimates that workers who are "actively disengaged" cost the U.S. as much as $550 billion in economic activity yearly. (Gallup ) http://www.latimes.com/business/money/la-fi-mo-employee-engagement-gallup-poll-20130617,0,5878658.story
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Power Your Bottom Line with Employee Engagement

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Imagine the impact of working at just 33% capacity. According to Gallup research, that’s exactly what’s happening.
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Empathy and Entrepreneurship

Empathy and Entrepreneurship | Harmonious and Balanced Workplace | Scoop.it

I saw a list of qualities entrepreneurs lack last week in the Harvard Business Review.  Right at the top was empathy.  Entrepreneurs are busy people and it is easy to see how empathy might be treated as a non-priority.  This is bad business.  However, entrepreneurs are not alone in not making time for this ineffable business value.   I think American society itself is increasingly weak in this human quality.  The dearth of empathy seems increasingly to be part and parcel of our rush, rush societal and business culture.


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4 Key Engagement Levels for Gen Y

4 Key Engagement Levels for Gen Y | Harmonious and Balanced Workplace | Scoop.it
Engagement is important for any generation, especially Gen Y. Engagement levels include self, work, community, and future.

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donhornsby's curator insight, July 15, 2013 8:05 AM

(From the article): Engagement is important for any generation. Gen Y has a real opportunity to make engagement sing a new song of purpose. It is more than just civic, charitable, or political engagement though. While each is important, there may be an added view or, at least, multiple layers to engage. 

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Let’s rev up the engines of ‘idling’ workers

Let’s rev up the engines of ‘idling’ workers | Harmonious and Balanced Workplace | Scoop.it
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Bosses and Bonding: Relationships Prove Key to Employees’ Organizational Identification

Bosses and Bonding: Relationships Prove Key to Employees’ Organizational Identification | Harmonious and Balanced Workplace | Scoop.it
An employee’s immediate supervisor is “quite possibly the single biggest factor in an employee’s willingness to identify with an organization,” says Blake Ashforth, a professor of management at the W.
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Can Leaders Build Trust? Leadership with Emotional Intelligence

Can Leaders Build Trust? Leadership with Emotional Intelligence | Harmonious and Balanced Workplace | Scoop.it
Is it possible to build trust? What does it take for a leader to increase trust in a team? It starts with basic emotional intelligence skills and values.

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Ramiro Ponce's curator insight, August 2, 2013 12:05 PM

Model brave yet carefully communicated, integrity, walk your talk, deliver consistently on time, every time, and care genuinely for others. Build guts.

John Lasschuit ®™'s curator insight, August 3, 2013 3:01 PM

Yes, it is possible to build trust. If you have enough self confidence, you will be able to have confidence in others. That is the base for trust.

Ivon Prefontaine's curator insight, August 3, 2013 7:34 PM

Emotional intelligence and trust will be at the core.

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"Do You Take Your Staff for Granted?"

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have you passed the Dorothy test?

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Discover Your Personal Narrative

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Step back from your experience and let the story emerge.
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The 12 Habits Of Highly Collaborative Organizations - Forbes

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The 12 Habits Of Highly Collaborative Organizations
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When it comes to the future of work and collaboration I've worked with and researched hundreds of companies.
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Are You Giving Employees the Right Kind of Praise?

Are You Giving Employees the Right Kind of Praise? | Harmonious and Balanced Workplace | Scoop.it
When your workers perform well, it's natural to want to praise them. But how you convey praise could impact decision-making, researchers say.
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How to tap the power of employee engagement - FCW.com

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How to tap the power of employee engagement FCW.com He defines employee engagement as “a heightened employee connection to work, the organization, the mission or coworkers.” Organizations with engaged employees perform better than those with...
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Staff Engagement is a Surprise Benefit of Transparency

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It’s hugely encouraging to see how much attention the ideas of transparency and open are receiving at the moment.


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The Dirty Dozen: Finding And Fixing Company Culture

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As we grow up, we often get wonderful gifts from mom and dad. Gifts such as intelligence, passion, communication and leadership skills. We also get gifts from different mentors, which can complement the ones from our parents.
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Employee Happiness Isn’t Fluff, It’s a Business Tool

Employee Happiness Isn’t Fluff, It’s a Business Tool | Harmonious and Balanced Workplace | Scoop.it
Source: Daily Infographic Employee happiness affects the productivity of the workplace, and the overall feelings that employees have about their work.
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Empathy: The Missing Link to Solving the World's Most Pressing Problems

Empathy: The Missing Link to Solving the World's Most Pressing Problems | Harmonious and Balanced Workplace | Scoop.it

But never has empathy been so important. We live in an unprecedented era of accelerated and unpredictable change. I completely agree with Rifkin that "the empathic evolution of the human race and the profound ways it has shaped our development... will likely decide our fate as a species."

 

I wonder whether I can single out the development of empathy as the most important issue that underscores all other issues in the World Economic Forum's Survey on the Global Agenda? I would love to hear global leaders discuss that topic! And now, how to reframe my assignment to my Columbia MBAs?

Pamela Hartigan

Director of the Skoll Centre for Social Entrepreneurship at Saїd Business School, University of Oxford


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Scott Span, MSOD's curator insight, July 11, 2013 1:47 PM

Underestimated.

ThinDifference's curator insight, July 12, 2013 9:25 AM

"Empathy conjures up active engagement -- the willingness of an observer to become part of another's experience, to share the feeling of that experience."

God Is.'s curator insight, July 13, 2013 11:16 AM

What would Jesus do?

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For Real Influence, Listen Past Your Blind Spots

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When you really make people feel heard, they're more likely to do what you want.
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Why Employee Engagement Is Not Just The Job Of Management

Why Employee Engagement Is Not Just The Job Of Management | Harmonious and Balanced Workplace | Scoop.it
It means consciously bringing your emotional "A" game and approaching all circumstances - especially difficult ones - with a productive constructive mindset.
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