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Sweat the small stuff

Sweat the small stuff | IT and Leadership | Scoop.it
It may seem that big problems require big solutions, but ad man Rory Sutherland says many flashy, expensive fixes are just obscuring better, simpler answers. To illustrate, he uses behavioral economics and hilarious examples.
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Working with People Who Aren’t Self-Aware

Working with People Who Aren’t Self-Aware | IT and Leadership | Scoop.it
Even though self-awareness — knowing who we are and how we’re seen — is important for job performance, career success, and leadership effectiveness, it’s in remarkably short supply in today’s workplace. In our nearly five-year research program on the subject, we’ve discovered that although 95% of people think they’re self-aware, only 10 to 15% actually are.

At the office, we don’t have to look far to find unaware colleagues — people who, despite past successes, solid qualifications, or irrefutable intelligence, display a complete lack of insight into how they are coming across. In a survey we conducted with 467 working adults in the U.S. across several industries, 99% reported working with at least one such person, and nearly half worked with at least four. Peers were the most frequent offenders (with 73% of respondents reporting at least one unaware peer), followed by direct reports (33%), bosses (32%), and clients (16%).
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10 TED Talks that are worth more than an MBA

10 TED Talks that are worth more than an MBA | IT and Leadership | Scoop.it
In today's business world, leaders are emerging at all ranks. The role of the leader is not exclusive to executive-level positions.
But being a great leader doesn't have to mean going to management school.

You can emerge as an effective trailblazer in your office by being true to yourself and constantly learning from the information that is at your fingertips.
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The Best Bosses Are Humble Bosses

After decades of screening potential leaders for charm and charisma, some employers are realizing they’ve been missing one of the most important traits of all: humility.

In an era when hubris is rewarded on social media and in business and politics, researchers and employment experts say turning the limelight on humble people might yield better results.

Humility is a core quality of leaders who inspire close teamwork, rapid learning and high performance in their teams, according to several studies in the past three years. Humble people tend to be aware of their own weaknesses, eager to improve themselves, appreciative of others’ strengths and focused on goals beyond their own self-interest.

Among employees, it’s linked to lower turnover and absenteeism. These strengths are often overlooked because humble people tend to fly under the radar, making outsiders think it’s their teams doing all the work.
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Embracing Life Transitions as the New Normal

Embracing Life Transitions as the New Normal | IT and Leadership | Scoop.it
Kris Macchiarola left the corporate world because her activities there just didn’t align with her core values and priorities. What she discovered after leaving that world is a community of women in varying types of transitions in their lives: Divorce, empty nesting, career changes, priority changes, and a general desire for something different in their lives.

There appears to be three responses to these major life adjustments:

People see an open door and choose to turn back around to the known dynamics of their previous jobs, industries and types of partners, regardless of happiness and fulfillment.

People see an open door and freeze, not knowing which opportunity to take because there seem to be too many options.

People see an open door and leap across the threshold, choosing risk over safety and comfort because there are simply no other options for them.
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Are you outspoken at work? How to use your voice — and not get fired

Are you outspoken at work? How to use your voice — and not get fired | IT and Leadership | Scoop.it
I’m a dissenter, and I live to disagree. In fact, I’m what I’d call a serial dissenter. I’m provocative and relentless, sometimes to the point of being annoying. Please know, though, that when I’m dissenting, it means I’m listening to you and I’m interested in what you have to say.

I believe we need to take better care of the serial dissenters among us. Don’t marginalize us; instead, make the most of our unique skill set.
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Finding Meaning in Your Work

Finding Meaning in Your Work | IT and Leadership | Scoop.it
A recent Hidden Brain podcast entitled “You 2.0: Dream Jobs” explored the importance of finding meaning in your work. Amy Wrzesniewski is a Professor of Management at Yale and her current research focuses on studying how employees shape their interactions and relationships with others in the workplace to add meaning to their job and change their own work identity. She notes, “People who see their work as a calling are significantly more satisfied with their jobs. They’re significantly more satisfied with their lives. They’re more engaged in what it is they’re doing and tend to be better performers regardless of what the work is.”

One finding in her research focuses on the idea of cognitive crafting, reframing what it is you’re doing and how you come to think about your work. People aren’t always in a position to change their job description or the nature of their job; however, changing the way you think about your job is perhaps the greatest power you have.
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Your boss has a huge effect on your happiness, even when you’re not in the office

Your boss has a huge effect on your happiness, even when you’re not in the office | IT and Leadership | Scoop.it
People who think of their immediate supervisor as more of a “partner” than a “boss” are significantly happier with their day-to-day lives and more satisfied with their lives overall, according to a new working paper by a team of Canadian and Korean economists.

For middle-aged workers, the difference between a partner-boss and a boss-boss works out to about 0.4 points on a 10-point life satisfaction scale. In the realm of happiness research, that’s huge: “equivalent in life satisfaction terms to more than a doubling of household income,” according to the paper. The researchers found similar effects for supervisors' influence on their workers' day-to-day happiness
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The High Price of Being a Low Energy Leader

The High Price of Being a Low Energy Leader | IT and Leadership | Scoop.it
Here’s a simple way to imagine what’s required of you to operate at the highest level of your role: 100 watts of energy.

What does that really mean?  It’s a concept that I heard recently in a podcast that applies to the work of any senior leader. Imagine that you only get 100 watts of energy in a single day. No more, no less, and the bigger, more demanding, more complex your role, the more you’ll need to be extremely disciplined and focused about where you spend your energy. Because the truth is, your job is too big to be operating under anything than 100. You can’t afford to give away a single watt on anything other than high value, high impact activities.

Given that, consider how you may be unintentionally giving away wattage throughout your day to unproductive activities or actions. In our work with senior leaders, we know that executive stamina and energy is a huge differentiator in driving success and an area where we can exercise greater influence and control.
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Mozilla challenges educators to integrate ethics into STEM

Mozilla challenges educators to integrate ethics into STEM | IT and Leadership | Scoop.it
For decades, popular wisdom held that technology was undeniably a good thing. But in the last few years, it’s become increasingly clear that’s not the case: Poorly designed technology can fuel the spread of misinformation, entrench systematic racism and sexism, erode personal privacy, and aid divisiveness and extremism.


How do you address such monumental societal changes? For Mitchell Baker, the founder and chairwoman of the Mozilla Foundation, it starts with education.

Today, Mozilla, along with Omidyar Network, Schmidt Futures, and Craig Newmark Philanthropies, is launching a competition for professors and educators to effectively integrate ethics into computer science education at the undergraduate level. The context, called the Responsible Computer Science Challenge, will award up to $3.5 million over the next two years to proposals focused on how to make ethics relevant to young technologists.
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Everything You Fight Has Power Over you. Everything You Accept Doesn’t.

We continuously seek answers outside of ourselves. We look for them in self-help books, podcasts, seminars, mentors, and spiritual teachers. But continually looking outside ourselves for answers isn’t exactly a vote of confidence in the expression of our soul’s calling. Eventually, to find our answers, we must turn inward. But going inward requires us to brave the wilderness, explore uncharted territory, and in the words of my friend AJ Leon, not follow well-lit paths, but grab a machete and hack our own.

When we go inward, we can no longer avoid our pain. We have to confront it. But there’s a strange paradox to pain. The more we fight it, the more we empower it.

Everything you fight has power over you. Everything you accept loses its problem it never gets solved? But when you finally let it go, somehow it gets sorted out. A perfect example is dating. In his course on relationships, Mark Manson says one of the best ways to meet somebody is to find something better to do than trying to meet somebody.
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When You Start a New Job, Pay Attention to These 5 Aspects of Company Culture

When You Start a New Job, Pay Attention to These 5 Aspects of Company Culture | IT and Leadership | Scoop.it
When you join an organization, you have a short window of time to adapt to its culture. It’s the old 90-day rule. And we know too many talented individuals who have stumbled in their new company because they failed to read the cultural tea leaves. This happens because most organizations don’t explain the cultural rules to newcomers, and new hires are so focused on the job and the new boss that they overlook the rules’ profound influence. Yet understanding them plays a big role in your initial success. Being cognizant of not just what your colleagues do but how they work matters if you want to be effective and be perceived well.
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4 Ways Busy People Sabotage Themselves

4 Ways Busy People Sabotage Themselves | IT and Leadership | Scoop.it
You’ve left an important task undone for weeks. It’s hanging over you, causing daily anxiety. And yet instead of actually doing it, you do a hundred other tasks instead.
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The five types of mentors you need in your life |

The five types of mentors you need in your life | | IT and Leadership | Scoop.it
Here’s how to assemble your personal dream team, with tips from business expert Anthony Tjan.
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If Humility Is So Important, Why Are Leaders So Arrogant?

If Humility Is So Important, Why Are Leaders So Arrogant? | IT and Leadership | Scoop.it
A recent management column in the Wall Street Journal appeared under the appealing headline, “The Best Bosses Are Humble Bosses.” The article reported that humble leaders “inspire close teamwork, rapid learning and high performance in their teams.” It even reported that one HR consulting firm is planning to introduce an assessment to identify personality traits that include “sincerity, modesty, fairness, truthfulness, and unpretentiousness,” inspired in part by what two psychology professors call the H Factor (“a combination of honesty and humility.”)

This celebration of humility sounds great, and it is, but it flies in the face of daily headlines in the Journal and the realities of our business and political cultures. Exactly no one would use the word “humble” to describe the current occupant of 1600 Pennsylvania Avenue. Tesla CEO Elon Musk may be the most visible, influential, high-impact leader in Silicon Valley, yet it’s hard to imagine anyone with less “modesty” or “unpretentiousness.” In sports, Jerry Jones, the brash owner of the Dallas Cowboys, the world’s most valuable athletic franchise, never misses an opportunity to talk a big game, even though his team has not won a big game in decades
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Three Pathways For Achieving Greatness As A Leader

Three Pathways For Achieving Greatness As A Leader | IT and Leadership | Scoop.it
Ancient Chinese philosopher Lao Tzu once said: “The worst leader is he who people despise. A good leader is he who people worship. A great leader is he who makes people say: We ourselves did it.”

I’ve been all three of those leaders in my lifetime.
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How To Become A Likable Leader

How To Become A Likable Leader | IT and Leadership | Scoop.it
Likability is one of the most important traits of any leader. But it doesn't mean being a pushover. Often, the leaders who are the most likable produce the best results, and are driven and passionate. People respect the high standard that they set for themselves and their organizations. To be likable, leaders need to be the kind of person that they would like themselves.
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Special Report: Principals Under Pressure - Education Week

Special Report: Principals Under Pressure - Education Week | IT and Leadership | Scoop.it
Is there a job in K-12 education more demanding and complex than the principal’s? We’d argue there’s not. Principals have to answer to the central office. They need to be responsive to parents. They must make teachers their top priority—to be instructional leaders. And of course, they must build relationships with students. How is doing all those things successfully even possible when principals must also grapple with some of the most vexing challenges in our broader culture that spill over into schools every day?

For this report, we asked principals to tell us about their biggest challenges on the job and six issues came up, over and over: Safety, student mental health, dealing with toxic employees, handling the complex needs of special education students and their families, holding on to the best teachers, and time management and work-life balance. Their candid responses directly shaped the stories our journalists reported and inspired us to find solutions by seeking out principals actively working to address these issues and turned to many other experts who offer tested, attainable strategies.
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New Neuroscience Reveals 7 Secrets That Will Make You Persuasive | Thrive Global

New Neuroscience Reveals 7 Secrets That Will Make You Persuasive | Thrive Global | IT and Leadership | Scoop.it
You can painstakingly show somebody tons of bulletproof evidence and present flawless logical arguments but often they still won’t change their mind. What gives?

The problem is that the human brain is not a purely rational computer. And when we ignore that, even the best of efforts to convince others can fall flat.
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Making Your Cybersecurity Program a Success

Making Your Cybersecurity Program a Success | IT and Leadership | Scoop.it
We are constantly reminded of the increasing threat to information and systems and data. Every day there is a new angle the threat actors, criminals, cyber punks are taking to disrupt, destroy, or damage your business. Likewise, the speed and complexity of IT transformation accelerates the pace of change and intricacy in cybersecurity and information protection. Cybersecurity is a cultural issue that is more than just the latest tool or concept for finding and preventing evil within your corporate information and technology enterprise.
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Five Ways to Improve Communication in Virtual Teams

As collaborative technologies proliferate, it is tempting to assume that more sophisticated tools will engender more effective virtual communication. However, our study of globally dispersed teams in a major multinational organization revealed that performance depends on how people use these technologies, not on the technologies themselves.
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These women faced gender bias from their employees

These women faced gender bias from their employees | IT and Leadership | Scoop.it
This summer, Fast Company and Inc. conducted a survey of women entrepreneurs, in which we asked nearly 300 female founders about their business goals, their politics, and if they have faced bias. More than half the women said they had encountered some form of bias or harassment as female founders. It came as little surprise that nearly 60% were on the receiving end of discriminatory behavior from investors or bankers, while more than 50% experienced the same from vendors or suppliers. In other cases, founders felt potential partners or clients showed a gender bias in their interactions.


But one finding that stuck out was that 26% of respondents claimed the discrimination had come from their own employees and subordinates. We talked to some of those women about how bias from employees can manifest in the workplace–and undermine their authority as leaders.
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Snapchat Originals use AR and reactions for user engagement

Snapchat Originals use AR and reactions for user engagement | IT and Leadership | Scoop.it
Today the company is announcing new original programming that puts users inside the story. Is it prestige TV, social storytelling, or a whole new medium?
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False Hustle: How Keeping Busy Is Making You Less Productive

False Hustle: How Keeping Busy Is Making You Less Productive | IT and Leadership | Scoop.it

It’s easy to be busy; it’s hard to be productive. Raise your hand if you’ve spent entire days answering “quick” email after “quick” email; spent hours in your task manager organizing your tasks for productivity; spent a half-day organizing tidying up old design files; or looked back on your week and realized you worked your ass off, but you’re not really sure what you actually accomplished.

Bad news, those with raised hands: you’re a victim of false hustle.

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New Report on Alternative Credentials and Pathways to Degrees

New Report on Alternative Credentials and Pathways to Degrees | IT and Leadership | Scoop.it
Inside Higher Ed's new report, "On-Ramps and Off-Ramps: Alternative Credentials and Emerging Pathways Between Education and Work," is an up-to-the-minute look at how colleges, companies and other players are reconsidering how to measure and recognize knowledge and skills.

The special report, Inside Higher Ed's second, assesses the fast-changing landscape of postsecondary education and training credentials, based on interviews with scores of higher education leaders, corporate officials, policy makers and other experts. Paul Fain, Inside Higher Ed's news editor, explores a wide range of examples of new kinds of credentials at all stages of the postsecondary pipeline: apprenticeships and other noncollege preparation for entry-level jobs; new pathways designed to lead to four-year degrees; badges and other add-ons to the traditional bachelor's degree; and shorter, narrower credentials that could disrupt graduate education.
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The Decision Matrix: How to Prioritize What Matters

The Decision Matrix: How to Prioritize What Matters | IT and Leadership | Scoop.it
The decisions we spend the most time on are rarely the most important ones. Not all decisions need the same process. Sometimes, trying to impose the same process on all decisions leads to difficulty identifying which ones are most important, bogging us down and stressing us out.
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