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12 Personality Traits of a Great Boss [Infographic]

12 Personality Traits of a Great Boss [Infographic] | WorkLife | Scoop.it
There are 12 personality traits of a great boss. These traits not only prove that they're great bosses, but that they're great leaders and individuals.
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The No-Managers Organizational Approach Doesn't Work

The No-Managers Organizational Approach Doesn't Work | WorkLife | Scoop.it
Zappos -- which touted its manager-free "holacracy" system -- might be learning that engaged employees do need great managers.
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The Wrecknology Boom — Bad Words — Medium

The Wrecknology Boom - Bad Words - Medium

True freedom isn’t just “doing whatever you want” — which is the fatal mistake that Wrecknologies lead us to conclude. If that were true, we would call a child burning themselves on a hot stove free. True freedom is the capacity, and then, the ability to make choices that improve your quality of life: to reach, and exceed, your potential. 

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Navigating complexity – hold onto your core!

Navigating complexity – hold onto your core! | WorkLife | Scoop.it

The people I know in this impact community often do a great deal for others. As caretakers and as innovators, we need reminders to slow down and also take care of ourselves.  This message is particularly for all my colleagues fostering social innovation. Here are a couple of exercises I hope sharpen your senses and allow you more grace in the midst of the pressure that comes with being change agents.

 
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How the Over-Networked Can Manage Their Contacts

How the Over-Networked Can Manage Their Contacts | WorkLife | Scoop.it

The feeling of being overwhelmed by our networks can paralyze us — like a rabbit caught in the headlights of an oncoming car, we freeze, not knowing which way to go. Or we can try to please everyone by saying yes to everything — like a rabbit hopping randomly all over a garden. By attempting to do everything, we exhaust ourselves.

 

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How the best acquirers excel at integration | McKinsey & Company

How the best acquirers excel at integration | McKinsey & Company | WorkLife | Scoop.it
The same handful of integration challenges vex companies year after year. New survey data suggest how high performers stay on top. A McKinsey & Company article.
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Does Your Company Come Across as Too Male?

Does Your Company Come Across as Too Male? | WorkLife | Scoop.it

“Oh no!” The head of strategy for a big IT company put his head in his hands. “I can’t believe we just did that. He was horrified, and I hadn’t said a word. All I’d done was show him and the rest of the executive team a series of other companies’ ads. 

 

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The Moral Bucket List

The Moral Bucket List | WorkLife | Scoop.it

ABOUT once a month I run across a person who radiates an inner light. These people can be in any walk of life. They seem deeply good. They listen well. They make you feel funny and valued. You often catch them looking after other people and as they do so their laugh is musical and their manner is infused with gratitude. They are not thinking about what wonderful work they are doing. They are not thinking about themselves at all.

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A strategy for thriving in uncertainty - Bain Brief

A strategy for thriving in uncertainty - Bain Brief | WorkLife | Scoop.it
At a time when most global markets are characterized by heavy uncertainty, traditional approaches to strategy—analyzing trends, making forecasts and committing to the "best" course of action—are often too rigid. The most effective teams balance commitment with flexibility, by isolating the uncertainties their companies face, analyzing the scenarios that could develop and identifying the critical trigger points that will signal change.
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Good Old Fashioned Virtual Reality: Telling the Whole Story About Storytelling | Collective Next

Good Old Fashioned Virtual Reality: Telling the Whole Story About Storytelling | Collective Next | WorkLife | Scoop.it

Virtual reality is nothing new. It’s as old as the hills, and almost as old as our opposable thumbs. Tens of thousands of years before the advent of Occulus Rift(link is external) and Google Cardboard(link is external), we homo sapiens developed a capacity and predilection for entering into a state of reality that is distinct from and yet parallel to our everyday reality. Entrance into this state requires no technology, no chemical compounds, not even special brownies. The only thing you need: A story.

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Can Social Business Reverse Our Growing Crisis of Innovation?

Can Social Business Reverse Our Growing Crisis of Innovation? | WorkLife | Scoop.it
Recently I was talking with a friend who works for a Fortune 500 company. When I asked about social media and collaboration, there was a slight chuckle. "Even if we had time to collaborate" my friend said, "the bosses have no interest in new ideas. All they care about is this insane push for us to…
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Former Colleagues Are More Valuable than You Think

Former Colleagues Are More Valuable than You Think | WorkLife | Scoop.it

If you’re making plans for a job change in 2016, make sure you’ve got a plan in place to keep your relationships at your old employer intact even after you’ve started somewhere else.

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How Cisco Gets Brutally Honest Feedback to Top Leaders

How Cisco Gets Brutally Honest Feedback to Top Leaders | WorkLife | Scoop.it

Any CEO would agree that having a strong core of seasoned executives running the C-suite is critical. Yet many organizations haven’t developed beyond the hunch phase in terms of knowing how strong their top leaders really are. At Cisco, we designed an in-depth executive assessment to help us profile each of our topmost leaders: strengths, development needs, aspirations, strategic capabilities, blind spots, operational capabilities, how they develop their teams, how they fare in big-stage versus one-on-one communications, and so on.

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Diversity Policies Don’t Help Women or Minorities, and They Make White Men Feel Threatened

U.S. companies spend millions annually on diversity programs and policies. Mission statements and recruitment materials touting companies’ commitment to diversity are ubiquitous. Are all of these efforts working? In terms of increasing demographic diversity, the answer appears to be not really.

 

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Good leaders don't follow the crowd

Good leaders don't follow the crowd | WorkLife | Scoop.it

The practice of following even when the evidence points a radically different way – not questioning ‘accepted wisdom’ – remains all too common. This might reflect many people’s yearning for a simple life in the face of increasing complexity. It might also signal a deep fear and confusion about how to cope with the fast-changing, uncertain times in which we find ourselves.

 
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The Five Life-Stages of Happiness: How Our Definition of Contentment Changes Over the Course of Our Lifetime

The Five Life-Stages of Happiness: How Our Definition of Contentment Changes Over the Course of Our Lifetime | WorkLife | Scoop.it
"Our meaning of happiness is constantly shaped and reshaped by small choices we make every day."
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Is your decision making-process
stuck in heavy traffic? | London Business School

Is your decision making-process <br/>stuck in heavy traffic? | London Business School | WorkLife | Scoop.it
What are the parallels between traffic jams and the indecisive, slow-moving meetings that clog up our agenda?
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Getting beyond the BS of leadership literature | McKinsey & Company

Getting beyond the BS of leadership literature | McKinsey & Company | WorkLife | Scoop.it
Management books and commentaries often oversimplify, seldom providing useful guidance about the skills and behavior needed to get things done. Here’s a better reading list for leaders. A McKinsey Quarterly article.
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MUST READ from Jeffrey Pfeffer.

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Reduce Passive-Aggressive Behavior on Your Team

Reduce Passive-Aggressive Behavior on Your Team | WorkLife | Scoop.it

Passive-aggressive behavior costs us dearly. We lose productivity, and our teams suffer from frustration, stress, and anxiety. It may be hard to believe, but the path to increased productivity and decreased stress is more conflict, not less.

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Skills Learned in School Differ From Those Demanded at Work

Skills Learned in School Differ From Those Demanded at Work | WorkLife | Scoop.it
Employers believe that college graduates aren't developing the skills needed for the 21st-century workplace. Millennials agree.
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A 10-Year Study Reveals What Great Executives Know and Do

A 10-Year Study Reveals What Great Executives Know and Do | WorkLife | Scoop.it

Despite the huge impact executives can have on their organizations, failure rates remain high. Prescriptions for what to do continue to fall short. So we wondered: If we closely studied the executives who succeed in top jobs once appointed, could we identify distinguishing features that set them apart and defined their success?

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The Executive Brain: A Postmodern Approach -

The Executive Brain: A Postmodern Approach - | WorkLife | Scoop.it
Learn how the executive brain function governs judgment and ethical behaviour. It enables individuals to set goals, plan, monitor and assess outcomes.
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The 8 Self-Assessments You Need to Improve at Work This Year

The 8 Self-Assessments You Need to Improve at Work This Year | WorkLife | Scoop.it

We all need to grow — not only to stay engaged in our work but also to keep up with our employers’ changing needs. And this is the perfect time of year to set personal development goals and start making progress on them. No matter what skills you’d like to improve, it’s important to know where to begin. So we’ve pulled together several of HBR’s best assessments and quizzes to help give you a sense of what you need to work on and how to go about it.

 

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Why Physicists Are Saying Consciousness Is A State Of Matter, Like a Solid, A Liquid Or A Gas — The Physics arXiv Blog — Medium

Why Physicists Are Saying Consciousness Is A State Of Matter, Like a Solid, A Liquid Or A Gas - The Physics arXiv Blog - Medium
A new way of thinking about consciousness is sweeping through science like wildfire. Now physicists are using it to form…
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How to Stop Worrying About Becoming Obsolete at Work

How to Stop Worrying About Becoming Obsolete at Work | WorkLife | Scoop.it

In case you missed it, FOMO is now an official word in the English language. The “Fear of Missing Out” is now in the Oxford Dictionary, which has described it as the “anxiety that an exciting or interesting event may be happening elsewhere, often aroused by posts seen on a social media website. Perhaps FOMO has become a contemporary problem because things are moving so much faster. But I believe there is a deeper fear — a fear of becoming obsolete.

 

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Be not afraid, believe in ESNs | ANZ BlueNotes

ANZ BlueNotes. Using enterprise social networks at work won't kill you, but will change the way you work for the better.
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