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Basically flawed

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WORK is one of society’s most important institutions. It is the main mechanism through which spending power is allocated. It provides people with meaning, structure and identity. Yet work is a less generous, and less certain, provider of these benefits than it once was. Since 2000 economic growth across the rich world has failed to generate decent pay increases for most workers. Now there is growing fear of a more fundamental threat to the world of work: the possibility that new technologies, from machine learning to driverless cars, will cause havoc to employment.
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Ten Keys to Handling Unreasonable & Difficult People

Ten Keys to Handling Unreasonable & Difficult People | WorkLife | Scoop.it
Most of us encounter unreasonable people in our lives. We may be “stuck” with a difficult individual at work or at home. It’s easy to let a challenging person affect us and ruin our day. What are some of the keys to empowering yourself in such situations? Below are ten keys to handling unreasonable and difficult people. Keep in mind that these are general rules of thumb, and not all of the tips may apply to your particular situation. Simply utilize what works and leave the rest.
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90 Days Ago I Left Google To Work For A Bank: Here’s What I Learned

90 Days Ago I Left Google To Work For A Bank: Here’s What I Learned | WorkLife | Scoop.it
“Ah so you learned to drive in a Ferrari” that’s what a new colleague said to me when I explained that I had joined Google straight after university.  This sentence echoed in my head, when in the months after that conversation; I got an offer to leave Google.  Deciding to leave Google was hard, really hard but I’m really glad I did. Here’s what I learned when I handed back the keys to the Ferrari.
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Living the Meaning of Life: A Praxis Farewell

Living the Meaning of Life:  A Praxis Farewell | WorkLife | Scoop.it
Four years ago, I launched a series at Big Think dedicated to deeper takes on “unplumbed questions and unexamined assumptions” in the overlapping realms of law, morality and politics. With topics ranging from how we use smartphones to the limits of religious liberty, rationality to circumcision, belief in God to teleportation, the recipe for happiness to how to be reasonable, irony to education and suffering to sex, I have tried to bring ideas from philosophy to bear on how people think of themselves, how they live their lives and how they interact with other people to forge meaningful communities. Three hundred or so posts later, I write a coda to Praxis.
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From Apple to Buffer, here’s 20 companies who rejected me. — Life Learning — Medium

From Apple to Buffer, here's 20 companies who rejected me. - Life Learning - Medium
I talk a lot about failure. It’s something that I’ve come to grips with many times over the years, failure and rejection and that feeling…
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How to Fake It When You’re Not Feeling Confident

How to Fake It When You’re Not Feeling Confident | WorkLife | Scoop.it
Sometimes you feel like you’re in over your head. Perhaps you got a big promotion or are leading a new, high-profile initiative but you worry that you don’t have the right skills or experience to succeed. Are there strategies you can use to jolt your confidence? How do you “fake it ‘til you make it”? And are there risks to that approach? 
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The Link Between Industrial/Organizational Psychology, Organization Development, and Change Management

The Link Between Industrial/Organizational Psychology, Organization Development, and Change Management | WorkLife | Scoop.it
I often find people confusing and commingling the terms “organization development” and "change management", even I/O psychology experts and authors. To set the record straight and help clear up this persistent and ongoing confusion, I offer this post on the link between Industrial/Organizational (I/O) Psychology, Organization Development (OD), and Change Management. One problem is that different…
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What Happens When Creative Partnerships Explode

From Trey Parker and Matt Stone to Dean Martin and Jerry Lewis, what makes some partnerships thrive while others fizzle out?
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The psychology of business transformation: Critical research reveals what SMEs are really interested in

The psychology of business transformation: Critical research reveals what SMEs are really interested in | WorkLife | Scoop.it

It is no easy feat to change a business. Startups operating in the current business environment have an advantage: drawing from a pool of talented, young, digitally native workers leads to an inherent understanding of technology. For older small businesses, however, or for those that have operated for about a decade, such transformation is difficult to manage.

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How to Live: Obtaining Happiness and Well-Being

How to Live: Obtaining Happiness and Well-Being | WorkLife | Scoop.it
If we can’t rest, it’s because we haven’t stopped running. We began running a long time ago. We continue to run, even in our sleep. We think that happiness and well-being aren’t possible in the present.
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The Cult of Busy — TheLi.st @ Medium — Medium

The Cult of Busy - TheLi.st @ Medium - Medium

Throughout the day, we face a number of decision points about how to spend time. Too often we approach these decisions passively, as if our hand were being forced, our free will compromised. Many of the urban professionals I know, however, are not too busy to do anything they want — if that activity is actually a priority.

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Coming Home to Being — On Eudaimonia — Medium

Coming Home to Being - On Eudaimonia - Medium
In the deepest ocean, two waves collide. A little drop flies away, into the air, borne on the breeze. Now it is alone, just a traveller. The little drop will return home to the sea. But it does not know it yet.
You are that drop. And I want to describe your journey home, which is my journey home, which is all journeys home, in three challenges and realizations.
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You’re Never Done Finding Purpose at Work

You’re Never Done Finding Purpose at Work | WorkLife | Scoop.it

Take into account all three types of purpose — personal, job, and organization. But don’t shortchange your personal purpose, which is a common error.

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A pattern language of post-industrial work

At the core of the post-industrial era is the idea that people should design for themselves. This principle applies also our value creating entities. This may sound radical but comes from the observation that most of the value on global scale is not created by firms but by people. People, then, should learn to be better designers. When designing something we always rely on certain patterns. We are in the midst of a shift from the industrial pattern of supply and demand to social, interactive patterns.
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Dear Dad ...

Dear Dad ... | WorkLife | Scoop.it
I read a great post by Richard Branson recently where he discussed how Leadership Lessons Begin At Home. He invited people to share their story of learning from family members in a competition to win a copy of his new book "The Virgin Way", so here's mine:
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How insane work hours became a mark of American privilege

How insane work hours became a mark of American privilege | WorkLife | Scoop.it
Americans work a lot: 47 hours a week on average, according to a 2014 survey — and a fifth work as much as 59 hours a week. Unlike other advanced nations, the annual hours we spend at work stagnated in the last half-century. So now we work more than basically everyone in the West.
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6 Ways to Disagree with Senior Management

6 Ways to Disagree with Senior Management | WorkLife | Scoop.it

Disagreeing with someone senior isn’t something you want to do every day. Save it for important issues, even in organizations that say they encourage people to express their own opinions. If you disagree too often, you will get a reputation for negativity.

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‘Thought Leader’ gives talk that will inspire your thoughts | This is That | CBC

Self proclaimed “thought leader,” Pat Kelly gives his talk on “thought leadership” at the annual This Is That Talks in Whistler, B.C. In the seminar, Kelly covers: How to talk with your hands, how to get a standing ovation, and how to inspire people by saying nothing at all.
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Four Stages of Transformation - Bruce Van Horn

Four Stages of Transformation - Bruce Van Horn | WorkLife | Scoop.it
“For a seed to achieve its greatest expression, it must come completely undone. The shell cracks, its insides come out and everything changes. To someone who doesn’t understand growth, it would look like complete destruction.” ― Cynthia Occelli Every living thing goes through certain stages of growth, from birth to full maturity. This is how …
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Australian businesses failing in leadership: Study

Australian businesses failing in leadership: Study | WorkLife | Scoop.it

There are significant shortfalls in leadership development throughout organisations across the nation, according to the largest survey of leadership in Australia, the Study of Australian Leadership (SAL). SAL is the most comprehensive study on leadership for a generation and is based on interviews with almost 8000 people including CEOs, frontline leaders and employees in more than 2700 organisations.

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The one word you need to stop using immediately | The New Daily

The one word you need to stop using immediately | The New Daily | WorkLife | Scoop.it
Psychologists say using the word “just” undermines our authority at work.
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Different Cultures See Deadlines Differently

Different Cultures See Deadlines Differently | WorkLife | Scoop.it
In order to understand how a supposedly black-and-white concept can be interpreted in different ways, you first have to understand how different cultures perceive time.
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The Discipline of Listening

The Discipline of Listening | WorkLife | Scoop.it

As the up-and-coming vice president and CEO candidate for a Fortune 500 technology corporation sat before the CEO for his annual review, he was baffled to discover that the feedback from his peers, customers, direct reports, and particularly from board members placed unusual emphasis on one potentially devastating problem: his listening deficit. 

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How to Do What You Love

To do something well you have to like it. That idea is not exactly novel. We've got it down to four words: "Do what you love." But it's not enough just to tell people that. Doing what you love is complicated.
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