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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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The Machivellian.

The Machivellian. | WorkLife | Scoop.it
I've always been fascinated by unattributed epigraph in Herman Melville's book "The Bell Tower". It reads:   "Seeking to conquer a larger liberty, man but extends the empire of necessity." The question
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Coaching Growth and Fixed Mindsets for Organizational Change Part 2 :: Evolve

Coaching Growth and Fixed Mindsets for Organizational Change Part 2 :: Evolve | WorkLife | Scoop.it
Part 2 In part one of this blog, we discussed Carol Dweck’s concept of Fixed and Growth Mindsets, and how this could be useful in understanding resistance to organizational
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If Mindfulness Makes You Uncomfortable, It’s Working

If Mindfulness Makes You Uncomfortable, It’s Working | WorkLife | Scoop.it

Mindfulness is not all gloom and doom, nor is it all sunshine and flowers. With mindfulness, we are just a little less tossed around by running away from or crushing what feels bad. We’re less compelled to indulge in our desires and excesses for what gives us a temporary high. Instead, we see with greater clarity just how blue the sky is on a beautiful day and we see and feel the depths of our hearts being pierced when we’ve experienced a meaningful loss.

 

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What makes a good life? Lessons from the longest study on happiness

What makes a good life? Lessons from the longest study on happiness | WorkLife | Scoop.it
What keeps us happy and healthy as we go through life? If you think it's fame and money, you're not alone – but, according to psychiatrist Robert Waldinger, you're mistaken. As the director of a 75-year-old study on adult development, Waldinger has unprecedented access to data on true happiness and satisfaction. In this talk, he shares three important lessons learned from the study as well as some practical, old-as-the-hills wisdom on how to build a fulfilling, long life.
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Troubling Habits of Chronically Unhappy People

Troubling Habits of Chronically Unhappy People | WorkLife | Scoop.it

Happiness comes in so many different forms that it can be hard to define. Unhappiness, on the other hand, is easy to identify; you know it when you see it, and you definitely know when it’s taken ahold of you.

 
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Only 8% of Leaders Are Good at Both Strategy and Execution

Only 8% of Leaders Are Good at Both Strategy and Execution | WorkLife | Scoop.it

In a 2013 survey of nearly 700 executives across a variety of industries, our firm asked respondents to rate the effectiveness of the top leaders of their companies. How many excelled at strategy? How many excelled at execution? The results are shown in the chart below. These responses are sobering: Only 16% of top leaders were rated very effective at either strategy or execution. Only 8% were very effective at both, while 63% were rated neutral or worse on at least one dimension.

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Executives, Protect Your Alone Time

Executives, Protect Your Alone Time | WorkLife | Scoop.it

Most people rarely give themselves time for purposeful contemplation. While the modern workplace is often not conducive to this type of alone time, there are things managers and their teams can do to reclaim solitude and improve their ability to think creatively — without diminishing collaboration.

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Why being generous is good for your health

Why being generous is good for your health | WorkLife | Scoop.it
New research suggests that being generous could improve your physical health.
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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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Signs You’re Being Passive-Aggressive

Whether intentional or not, there are clear signs you’re being passive-aggressive. Whenever there is a disconnect between what you say (passive) and what you do (aggressive), you fall into that camp. So what to do about it.

 

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Leadership Lessons from 10 Wildly Successful People

Leadership Lessons from 10 Wildly Successful People | WorkLife | Scoop.it

Each year, HBR asks 10 stars in fields outside business — whether it’s politics, sports, the arts, or competitive chess —to offer wisdom on topics of interest to our readers. Here are the highlights from the class of 2015.

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9 Productivity Tips from People Who Write About Productivity

9 Productivity Tips from People Who Write About Productivity | WorkLife | Scoop.it

In recent years, work has become infinitely more complex.

Technological innovations have led to round-the-clock work schedules and mounting expectations. Our assignments have grown more collaborative, requiring more coordination, conference calls, and meetings. We now face an endless barrage of distractions, from the vibrations and alerts on our smartphones to the breaking news stories and viral videos awaiting us at our desks.

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'Design Thinking' for a Better You

'Design Thinking' for a Better You | WorkLife | Scoop.it
A strategy called “design thinking” has helped numerous entrepreneurs and engineers develop successful new products and businesses. But can design thinking help you create healthful habits?
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Collaborative Overload

Collaborative Overload | WorkLife | Scoop.it

Collaboration is indeed the answer to many of today’s most pressing business challenges. But more isn’t always better. Leaders must learn to recognize, promote, and efficiently distribute the right kinds of collaborative work, or their teams and top talent will bear the costs of too much demand for too little supply.

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Commit to Under-Scheduling in 2016

Commit to Under-Scheduling in 2016 | WorkLife | Scoop.it

To feel most joyful and satisfied, you need to not only accomplish certain priority items but also prioritize certain experiences of time. 

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A history of Peter Drucker and his impact on management theory

A history of Peter Drucker and his impact on management theory | WorkLife | Scoop.it
A history of Peter Drucker and his impact on management theory | Management theory is a default aspect of modern business, but this hasn’t always been the case. From structure to philosophy, contemporary organisations owe a lot to one man
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How to Free Your Innate Creativity

How to Free Your Innate Creativity | WorkLife | Scoop.it
Creativity can feel like an accident. Suddenly, out of nowhere a novel idea shows up in conscious thought and we’ve solved that persistent problem. Or, after days of staring at a blank page, words fly off our fingertips and we’ve written that perfect blog post or editorial.
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