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Can You Click Your Way To Happiness? New Self-Help Service For The Stressed & Sad, Happify, Makes Big Claims | TechCrunch

Can You Click Your Way To Happiness? New Self-Help Service For The Stressed & Sad, Happify, Makes Big Claims | TechCrunch | Positive futures | Scoop.it
A new website catering to the stressed out, emotionally unfulfilled, and generally down called Happify is launching publicly today backed by $3.8 million in..

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Why Emotional Self-Control Matters

Why Emotional Self-Control Matters | Positive futures | Scoop.it
To understand the importance of emotional self-control, it helps to know what’s going on in our brain when we’re not in control. In my book, The Brain and Emotional Intelligence, I explained:

“The amygdala is the brain’s radar for threat. Our brain was designed as a tool for survival. In the brain’s blueprint the amygdala holds a privileged position. If the amygdala detects a threat, in an instant it can take over the rest of the brain—particularly the prefrontal cortex—and we have what’s called an amygdala hijack.

… the amygdala often makes mistakes…. while the amygdala gets its data on what we see and hear in a single neuron from the eye and ear—that’s super-fast in brain time—it only receives a small fraction of the signals those senses receive. The vast majority goes to other parts of the brain that take longer to analyze these inputs—and get a more accurate reading. The amygdala, in contrast, gets a sloppy picture and has to react instantly. It often makes mistakes, particularly in modern life, where the ‘dangers’ are symbolic, not physical threats. So, we overreact in ways we often regret later.”

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Emotions are hard-wired within us all.  Emotional control  is learned behaviour. Uncontrolled emotion is usually disastrous! 

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Are You Too Severe with Yourself and Your Habits?

Are You Too Severe with Yourself and Your Habits? | Positive futures | Scoop.it
“All severity that does not tend to increase good, or prevent evil, is idle.“

– Samuel Johnson, as quoted in James Boswell, The Life of Samuel Johnson

I often think about this remark by Samuel Johnson.

Because I’ve been so focused on habits over the past few years, during the writing of Better Than Before, people often talk to me about the habits they want to change.

And although I have so many strategies and ideas that I’ve identified to help people master their habits, to my surprise, I frequently find myself making the case against changing a habit.

I’ve noticed that people often say they want to change a habit because “I really should ___” or “this person in my life tells me I have to ___.”

And I always say, “Well, maybe you would be better off if you changed the habit — but maybe not. Do you care if you change that habit?” And often, they don’t really care.
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Important insight on self-care. Growth involves choices...

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6 Books to Get You Unhooked from Negative Habits

6 Books to Get You Unhooked from Negative Habits | Positive futures | Scoop.it
From food cravings to telling off grumpy colleagues, some habits are hard to avoid even on our best days. We've rounded up these mindfulness reads so you can flourish in every facet of life—even during those tough times.
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Summer vacation reading list to junk what you don't like being enslaved by?

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3 daily habits that cause relationship damage - 3Plus International

3 daily habits that cause relationship damage - 3Plus International | Positive futures | Scoop.it
When we have been deeply wounded or under-nurtured at a basic level, so deep in our childhoods we can’t even remember, it leaves us never feeling good enough. We develop coping mechanisms to block out the constant self-doubt and build a fire wall for protection. We might over/under eat or exercise, self-medicate with substances or alcohol to kill the pain. Or we might lash out at others as a form of protection. These only serve to escalate relationship damage in our lives whether personal or professional.
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For parents and bosses everywhere, knock these corrosive behaviours on the head now, particularly with younger people!

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7 Ways a Periodic Paradigm Shift Will Make You a Better Leader

7 Ways a Periodic Paradigm Shift Will Make You a Better Leader | Positive futures | Scoop.it
Go somewhere.

You will be uncomfortable.

You will need help.

You don’t have a title.

And you don’t make the plans.

Do something.

You’ve never done before.

With people that you don’t know.

In a place that you’ve never been.

For a very different purpose.
David Hain's insight:

It's not so hard to get out of your comfort zone -if you want to. Great piece on the benefits form Scott Mabry!

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Ian Berry's curator insight, July 28, 9:00 PM
I like all seven reasons and witness the best leaders always doing things that takes them out of their comfort zone
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Five Ways Mindfulness Makes Your Relationship Happier

Five Ways Mindfulness Makes Your Relationship Happier | Positive futures | Scoop.it
Mindfulness is an attitude to living that helps you be more open, compassionate, and self-aware.  It involves deliberately directing your attention away from autopilot and negative, judging thoughts, allowing you to be more present and connected to whatever is happening right now.  It’s not a big stretch to imagine that more mindful people might make better relationship partners. And now there is clear research support for this relationship. A meta-analysis published in the Journal of Human Sciences and Extension last year found that higher levels of mindfulness predict happier, more satisfying relationships.
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Thankfully, mindfulness has moved way beyond fad or fashion, as this article by Melanie Greenberg amply demonstrates.

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Developments to Watch – Postcards from 2035 – Medium

Developments to Watch – Postcards from 2035 – Medium | Positive futures | Scoop.it
All that’s required to build the world of 2035 is a unique combination of technologies that already exist. Here’s a list of likely suspects.
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The future is here already, it's just not connected up enough yet...Interesting experiments!

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New Book: Future directions in wellbeing

New Book: Future directions in wellbeing | Positive futures | Scoop.it
The Benefit Mindset has made its way into its first academic book!

The books forward is by David Cooperrider and the Benefit Mindset is explored in the Chapter ‘Why We Need Positive Education 2.0’. The chapter was co-authored with Mathew A. White PhD, Director of Wellbeing at St Peter’s College.

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Abstract: What’s next in well-being? We argue it’s Positive Education 2.0. The American psychologist Corey Keyes explains, “It is often said that our youth is this nation’s future. If true, then there is too much mental illness to look forward to in the future”. Never before have schools received the call to educate a new generation to lead global challenges of such complexity. Notwithstanding Keyes observations, this is a global challenge and it requires a global approach. We need Positive Education 2.0, which is informed by entrepreneurship, innovation and hands-on discovery for young people. We believe in doing this; positive education should now move toward programs that teach innovation through project-based learning teams, in which students will focus on solving real-life challenges.
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Mindset/wellbeing  gradually being recognised for the game-changer that could make such a difference globally to our futures.

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15 Uncomfortable Things That Will Make You More Successful

15 Uncomfortable Things That Will Make You More Successful | Positive futures | Scoop.it
In a truly beautiful letter to his daughter Yolande, Sociologist W.E.B. Du Bois extolled the virtues of being uncomfortable.
Yolande was headed to a new school halfway around the world from the neighborhood and people she knew. It was years before women had the right to vote, and decades before the Civil Rights Movement.
Du Bois knew she would have more than a few fish-out-of-water moments. Instead of trying to shield her from them, he asked her to revel in them:
“Don’t shrink from new experiences and custom. Take the cold bath bravely. Enter into the spirit of your big bed-room. Enjoy what is and not pine for what is not. Read some good, heavy, serious books just for discipline: Take yourself in hand and master yourself. Make yourself do unpleasant things, so as to gain the upper hand of your soul. Above all remember: your father loves you and believes in you and expects you to be a wonderful woman.”
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Thoughts on personal growth - it doesn't happen without some discomfort!

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donhornsby's curator insight, June 23, 9:57 AM
Here are a handful of uncomfortable situations in which you should take De Bois’ advice and “Take the cold bath bravely.” You’ll be better off as a result. Brace yourself. It’s about to get awkward.
 
Ian Berry's curator insight, June 24, 7:34 PM
How we deal with the uncomfortable is definitely a reflection on our leadership. What I find and witness is that when we just confront the uncomfortable most situations turn out better than our fear was suggesting to us
Marc Kneepkens's curator insight, June 27, 8:09 AM

Amazing article, much to learn...

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Using AI to program humans to behave better

Using AI to program humans to behave better | Positive futures | Scoop.it

If we agree that some biases perpetuate existing, unacceptable behaviors (racism, sexism, ageism), then we also have to agree that there are desired behaviors we should design for. This suggests a more hopeful dimension to this story: we can proactively program our AI systems to reward behaviors like kindness, empathy, thoroughness, and fairness. We can make AI a force for good.

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Could AI accelerate good behaviours? Apparently so!

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30 ideas to reboot equality in Europe | Nesta

30 ideas to reboot equality in Europe | Nesta | Positive futures | Scoop.it
The European Social Innovation Competition has selected 30 semi-finalists with ideas to spread the benefits of technological change in Europe.

In response to digitalisation’s transformative effect on the labour market, the 2017 Competition aims to ‘reboot’ equality and shape future society by inspiring fresh approaches to digital inclusion, collaborative economy, connectivity and skills development.

The 30 selected projects have been chosen from almost 800 entries by our judging panel. They come from all corners of Europe and Horizon 2020 participant countries, with 15 different nations represented including Greece, Hungary, Poland, Slovakia, Slovenia and Turkey.

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Lots of ideas to manage technology, equality and social justice here!

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Elevating the strength of character strengths

Elevating the strength of character strengths | Positive futures | Scoop.it

“The purpose of life is to discover your gifts. The meaning of life is to give your gifts away” — David Viscott


It’s one thing to use our strengths for our personal growth and wellbeing, but where the strength in strengths really shines is when we infuse them with purpose. Using our strengths to express our whole, authentic selves in a way that contributes to our own wellbeing – and the wellbeing of the communities and ecosystems we belong.

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Focus on your strengths, there are so many ways to find them out and to utilise them!

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Confirmation Bias: Why You Should Seek Out Disconfirming Evidence

Confirmation Bias: Why You Should Seek Out Disconfirming Evidence | Positive futures | Scoop.it
In The Case for Motivated Reasoning, Ziva Kunda wrote “we give special weight to information that allows us to come to the conclusion we want to reach.” Accepting information which confirms our beliefs is easy and requires little mental energy. Yet contradicting information causes us to shy away, grasping for a reason to discard it.

In The Little Book of Stupidity, Sia Mohajer wrote:

The confirmation bias is so fundamental to your development and your reality that you might not even realize it is happening. We look for evidence that supports our beliefs and opinions about the world but excludes those that run contrary to our own… In an attempt to simplify the world and make it conform to our expectations, we have been blessed with the gift of cognitive biases.
David Hain's insight:

Confirmation bias distorts our judgement, as this poem by Shannon L. Adler illustrates:

Read it with sorrow and you will feel hate.
Read it with anger and you will feel vengeful.
Read it with paranoia and you will feel confusion.
Read it with empathy and you will feel compassion.
Read it with love and you will feel flattery.
Read it with hope and you will feel positive.
Read it with humor and you will feel joy.
Read it without bias and you will feel peace.
Do not read it at all and you will not feel a thing.

 

HT to the excellent Farnham Street blog - but, then, I'm probably biased!

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Ian Berry's curator insight, May 31, 7:56 PM
Love this article and the refs. I'm contrarian by nature. I surround myself with people who will disagree with me and push back when I show bias
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There’s a bright side to stress – World Economic Forum – Medium

There’s a bright side to stress – World Economic Forum – Medium | Positive futures | Scoop.it
Stress can make us better human beings. But it also it can also hamper our judgement. That’s the conclusion of an experiment conducted by scientists at the University of Vienna.
The study, published in the journal Social, Cognitive and Affective Neuroscience, looked at what happens in the brain when people who are highly stressed try to empathize with others.
It found that they showed increased empathy towards others and wanted to help them more, but that stress skewed their judgement.
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Make friends with stress, but not best friends - beware it may be playing you false!

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Why we need to imagine different futures

Why we need to imagine different futures | Positive futures | Scoop.it
Anab Jain brings the future to life, creating experiences where people can touch, see and feel the potential of the world we're creating. Do we want a world where intelligent machines patrol our streets, for instance, or where our genetic heritage determines our health care? Jain's projects show why it's important to fight for the world we want. Catch a glimpse of possible futures in this eye-opening talk.
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The future is already happening. Don't let it pass you by, especially if it's one that you don't like the look of...

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What Billy Joel Can Teach Us About AI

What Billy Joel Can Teach Us About AI | Positive futures | Scoop.it
Just because a machine can do a person’s work doesn’t mean that our economic system will give it a reason to displace its human analog. A programmed player piano can do excellent renditions of Billy Joel songs. But nobody will pay to listen to it. Meanwhile, the Piano Man, now 68 years old, sells out Madison Square Garden every month.
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Artificial intelligence doesn't have to take over the world!

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5 Simple Keys To Breaking Bad Habits

5 Simple Keys To Breaking Bad Habits | Positive futures | Scoop.it
How do we get kids who don’t like spinach, to eat spinach? Well, we threaten, force, trick, or promise rewards – you know – carrots and sticks. It’s the same tactic our companies use to manage us. The tools we use to get our kids to eat spinach are the same tools our companies use to affect our behavior.

They use carrots like bonuses and promotions or sticks like being fired and disregarded. Does all this work? Sometimes, that’s why they keep doing it. But getting kids to eat spinach or encouraging new habit changes for the good, requires a new perspective.

The problem with habits is it’s less about others manipulating us with positive or negative consequences – it’s more about us managing ourselves. That is tougher. How do we get kids to eat spinach? (See the last answer below.)

Here are 5 simple keys to success in breaking bad habits!

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Some very practical ways to finally get that habit monkey off your back!

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6 Ways to Develop Greater Willpower and Discipline

Self-control. Willpower. Determination. Perseverance. Doing what you need to do, day after day, with total focus and resolve...that's how you succeed. And that's why we all want to develop greater willpower and self-control. Willpower, determination, and resilience help successful people keep working hard to achieve their long-term goals.

But how exactly do you develop greater willpower and self-control?

Wishing and hoping don't work--but taking advantage of the science of self-control will.

The following is from Belle Beth Cooper and Buffer, a social-media management tool that lets you schedule, automate, and analyze social-media updates.
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Delayed gratification and impulse control are key success indicators. Here's what you need to know, even if only to choose when to break the rules!

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Want to be Smarter? Learn to Say “I Don’t Know”

Want to be Smarter? Learn to Say “I Don’t Know” | Positive futures | Scoop.it
None of us are ever right. Certainty is an illusion, and there is no shame in being wrong because, by nature, our entire perception of the world is wrong.
Over time, we progress and thrive in our surroundings by being less wrong. We feel around, we test, and we question ourselves until something works.
Uncertainty isn’t a condition to be avoided, but a tool for better decisions.
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This simple wisdom takes a long time to learn!

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Social connection provides key to wellbeing

Social connection provides key to wellbeing | Positive futures | Scoop.it
Decades of research suggest that the quality of our social ties might be the single biggest predictor of our well-being.

Social connections are sometimes called “social capital” for good reason: They are a valuable resource in life, creating moments of positivity and fun, supporting us through good times and bad, and exposing us to new ideas and new people. If we cultivate healthy connections, the research promises a longer, happier, and more prosperous life. 

“Resonant relationships are like emotional vitamins, sustaining us through tough times and nourishing us daily,” writes Daniel Goleman in Social Intelligence: The New Science of Human Relationships.
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The life-changing benefits of social interaction!

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China leads the world in bike sharing — and now its ‘Uber for bikes’ model is going global

China leads the world in bike sharing — and now its ‘Uber for bikes’ model is going global | Positive futures | Scoop.it
Bike-sharing schemes are good for the environment. They help to reduce emissions and provide valuable first/last mile transportation to bridge the gaps in a commute by train or subway, where people might otherwise jump in a cab.
Mobike claims that “Mobikers” have cycled a combined distance of over 2.5 billion kilometers in the year since its first bikes hit the streets — the equivalent of taking 170,000 cars off the road.
In fact, according to a white paper by the company, cycling has doubled in usage over the last year, accounting for more than 11.6% of total transportation today versus 5.5% a year ago.
And China is a world leader in bike-sharing schemes, according to the Financial Times.
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Cycling will be hug in the future - and China is leading the way on how to exploit that!

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15 Leadership Books Every Future Leader Should Read (or anyone actually)

15 Leadership Books Every Future Leader Should Read (or anyone actually) | Positive futures | Scoop.it
Many times I've had people ask me, "In addition to coaching and training, what else can I do to learn more about how to improve myself? How can I learn to be a great leader that propels myself and others towards greater growth and greater opportunities?"

 My answer is simple, read. Read everything you can about successful leaders and the steps that they have taken to achieve peak performance for themselves and their organisations.

 The following is a list, and brief overview, of some of the best books that I have read about leadership.
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If you only have a small bookshelf and a thirst for leadership wisdom, here's a good way to fill it!

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Jerry Busone's curator insight, June 23, 7:46 AM

being honest not all these are what I'd call 21st century reads... lesson is simple read something about our craft and make yourself better . Read my book #offthebenchleadership or another ... but read 

Ian Berry's curator insight, June 24, 7:37 PM
What I do is compare recommended reading lists When the same books appear I get them As is this case with this list a few make my lists too http://www.ianberry.biz/wp-content/uploads/2015/12/IanBerrysrecommendedreadinglist.pdf
Kudos's curator insight, July 13, 10:36 AM
Good list of books worth the read. Take a look. This is a what we are reading - http://kudosnow.com/en/blog/story/what-we-are-reading-on-employee-engagement-volume-1 Enjoy. 
 
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Introducing the Whole Person Index – Postcards from 2035 

Introducing the Whole Person Index – Postcards from 2035  | Positive futures | Scoop.it
In your world, you strive towards individualism: more credentials, more stuff, more recognition, more things that show the world how successful you are. In our world, the only thing we strive toward is holism. That basically means we celebrate collectives rather than individuals; the whole is bigger than the sum of its parts. Left thinking teaches ‘parts of whole things’; right thinking teaches ‘whole things.’ So we never measure our success as individuals. We don’t get grades, we don’t win medals and we don’t display status symbols. The only public display of our success is our Whole Person Index, which forms a part of our digital identity — our Trust Cloud.
Every individual’s Whole Person Index is a ratio of a range of inputs and variables that are constantly updated and recalculated. Our devices, our clothes and sensors all over the world record and track data about every aspect of our well-being. I understand that you’re uncomfortable with data collection, but that’s only because in your world, data is collected by others. In our world we collect and own our own data. The more we collect, the better we can analyse and improve — ourselves and our world.
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Meet the Whole Person Index - a measure of success for the future? Interesting, @StandardOfTrust?

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Common Purpose: Realigning Business, Economies, and Society

Common Purpose: Realigning Business, Economies, and Society | Positive futures | Scoop.it
Underlying the bitter politics of our time is a simple, prevalent reality: Too many people feel that they are being left behind by a system unfairly stacked against them. For a number of generations, citizens in the world’s wealthiest nations perceived themselves as participants in a long chain of ever-increasing prosperity. Now many see themselves as worse off than their parents. They also believe their children’s lives will be worse than their own, and often with good reason. They resent the global financial system and perceive that its benefits are going only to a small minority of people — which does not include them.

These perceptions are now so widely shared that they add up to a political and economic malaise. This is not limited to the “populists” who are angry and active; they are prominent because of the role they have played in influencing major elections. No matter what your own political perspective may be, our times are marked by a fundamental loss of confidence: in the reliability and impact of economic growth; in the institutions of our interconnected world (and the trust people have in them); and in the apparent ability of government, business, and civil society to respond.
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In our divided and increasingly uncertain future, the only certainty is a need to realign society. A thoughtful essay on how we got here...

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The importance of debate

The importance of debate | Positive futures | Scoop.it
Debate: a formal discussion, often in front of an audience, in which two or more people put forward opposing views on a particular subject; any general discussion on a subject, not necessarily in one place or at one time. 13th Century, from French ‘debatre’ meaning ‘to discuss’. Chambers Dictionary.

The importance of fair discussion and a chance to challenge and explore new opinions and ideas cannot be overstated.

Leaders, debating is your chance to explain what you know, win supporters for your strategies and probe and improve the goings-on throughout the company.

Team-members, innovate in a collaborative and iterative manner by putting your solutions through a debate.

Shareholders, find out whether a strategy is in your best interest, or decide how to move forward.

Staff, solve problems and improve transparency and communication by talking openly about issues and opinions.

Debating in the workplace can have a number of uses:
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Now more than ever, we need dialogue. Dialogue means debate. Some good advice on debating here.

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