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  • Winning at Working: Those Crazy People
    by Nan S. Russell - November 16, 2017
    The man in front of me in the breakfast order line at the food court, in one of the busiest airports in the country, wanted a “full” cup of coffee. He kept raising his voice, yelling at the woman to “fill his cup to the top.” His words peppered with angry comments about her not giving him his “money’s worth.” His voice was loud; his attitude hostile; his words caustic. Despite how r...
  • IDEO's New Ieas for Building Innovation
    by Alexandra Levit - November 9, 2017
    Global design firm IDEO is known for its innovation. In fact, many clients approach the firm specifically because they want to learn its secrets. In a research initiative meant to get at the heart at what makes innovative companies tick, IDEO studied its 26-year archive of projects that focused on clients’ internal team dynamics, as well as external sources focused on innovation (including Fast Company‘s annual Mos...
  • Here's One Man's Formula for Loving His Work Life
    by Beverly Jones - November 7, 2017
    I book my haircuts three months in advance because Jason Holloway, my hairdresser, has a full calendar and a long waitlist. Jason sometimes works just 4 days a week, and he sees clients only 6 to 8 hours a day. Unlike other studio owners I've known, he never double books in order to squeeze in a second client for a quick cut while the first in that time block waits for her color to take. I love that, once I reach Jas...
  • How to Say No
    by Debra Wheatman - November 3, 2017
    It seems simple enough. Someone asks you to do something that you don’t want to do, or can’t take on at the moment. You should say no. But you don’t. All too often, we waffle. This is especially true of women, who have been socialized to be helpful and agreeable, often to the detriment of our own best interests. It doesn’t help that in today’s workplace, we are constantly challenged to do more wit...
  • Ignore the Overhype - Leadership Qualities That Really Are Everything
    by Lindsey Pollak - November 1, 2017
    We all know the “it” words for leadership qualities today, those buzzwords that pop up over and over to describe the qualities leader aspire to. Frankly, I’m totally over words like “ninja” and “guru.” But there are several words that are common in today’s management vernacular that really do describe great leaders. If you’re a leader or aspiring to be one, I hope you&rsquo...
  • Winning at Working: Simple Things
    by Nan S. Russell - October 27, 2017
    I still have the email. It's been years since a highly placed corporate boss, who had the reputation and approach that things were never quite good enough, sent it to me. He was long on critique and revisions; short on acknowledgement and appreciation. Anyone else reading his message would deem it ordinary. No flowery words, no glowing adjectives, no verbose flattery or deliberate feel-good rhetoric. It was written in a...
  • Ikigai: The Importance of Purpose in the Intergenerational Workplace
    by Lindsey Pollak - October 25, 2017
    There is a lot of buzz right now about millennials’ desire for “purpose” in their work. The truth, however, is that a desire for meaning is remarkably intergenerational. Strikingly, the 2016 Global Purpose Index found that 48 percent of Baby Boomers and 38 percent of Gen Xers were purpose-driven, compared to 30 percent of millennials. The importance of purpose is also, not surprisingly, a shared desire...
  • Millennials and the Age-30 Transition
    by Carole Kanchier - October 23, 2017
    Are you a millennial between ages 18 to 34? Are wondering what to do with your life? If so, you may be experiencing the Age-30 transition. This transition from late adolescence to adulthood, is extending in length due to changing economic, technological and societal uncertainties. During this critical period, you assess who you are and what you want to do. You can now think in abstract terms, look at reality from many...
  • Our Digital Future: Machine, Platform, Crowd
    by Alexandra Levit - October 17, 2017
    The MIT Sloan Expert Series recently presented a webcast with Andrew McAfee ?and ?Erik Brynjolfsson, co-authors of the new book Machine, Platform, Crowd: Harnessing our Digital Future, Beth Comstock, vice chair of GE, and Sandy Pentland, MIT professor and expert of group dynamics in a digital world. A crucial theme of the new book is that unsettling, disruptive change is becoming the status quo. Suddenly, companies we think...
  • 3 Signs Your Culture is Starting to Stink
    by Steve Farber - October 13, 2017
    If your organization’s culture sits on either end of two extremes, you don’t need an engagement survey or a high-priced consultant to confirm your reality. You can feel the energy when things are amazing, and you can smell the stench when things are rotting away in your business. But what if things are somewhere in between? What if you’re unsure if things are heading in the right direction? Or what if you&...