Breaking up with burnout: 4 steps

Viewed in Korn Ferry Korn Ferry was and remains a giant in the world of executive recruitment and has gone on to establish its management consulting services with equal success, affording the company access to many of the world’s business thought leaders and executive management teams, all of whom offer insight on the challenges confronting… More

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The Real Reason We Dread Our Inboxes

Viewed in The Wall Street Journal At first, as the Internet and email communication were broadly implemented in the 1990s, we properly saw it as an extraordinary contribution to information sharing and efficiency. Email revolution The ability to craft an email and have one’s written message developed and transmitted immediately to the recipient was indeed… More

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How to Become a Better Listener

Viewed in Harvard Business Review In the ongoing study and teaching of business management, so-called “soft skills” are receiving growing focus in recent years as companies seek to emphasize their importance and make up for the fact that they have been historically underestimated in both academic and organizational settings. Speak, present and listen  Communications is… More

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Seven Ways to Ease Your Fears About Commuting Again

Viewed in Bloomberg BusinessWeek The 2020-21 global pandemic has inflicted almost unfathomable direct and indirect costs on the global economy that extend into trillions of dollars. And, on an individual basis, it has cost millions of jobs globally and inflicted less easily measured costs, such as increasing anxiety and depression diagnoses globally and escalating emotional strains… More

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Inclusive cultures have healthier and happier workers

Viewed in BCG Boston Consulting Group (BCG), currently the world’s second largest management consulting firm, takes a close look at the ongoing challenge of inclusiveness in work environments in this survey and accompanying article, and it includes some good news: In an age where a sense of inclusiveness is important among employees, the firm’s October… More

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Psychological safety: Digging deep within

Viewed in EgonZehnder Before 1990, the phrase “psychological safety” did not exist in business phraseology. Defining psychological safety In this EgonZehnder article the authors draw its definition from a book, The 4 Stages of Psychological Safety, by business strategist Timothy R. Clark, who defined it as “a condition in which human beings feel included, safe… More

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It’s time for leaders to get real about hybrid

Viewed in McKinsey & Company We most definitely are in era where the idea of “reimagining things” has gained hold. Reimagining That includes, as this report by management consultant giant McKinsey contends, the way we work. There is, as McKinsey documents, historical precedent for these evolutions of this nature. “In the 1800s, the Industrial Revolution… More

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These 5 things indicate someone has strong social skills

Viewed in Fast Company A voluminous number of studies have established fairly definitively that there is a clear correlation between an employee’s social skills and their success on the job, despite the fact that employees’ underdeveloped social skills continue to challenge many companies. There is, of course, the instinctual feel regarding an employee’s skills in… More

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5 Ways to Ask Your Boss for More Flexibility at Work

Viewed in Fast Company The pandemic has proven immensely tumultuous to the traditional work environment, leading that environment to often be anything but traditional as we begin 2021. The biggest change is the vast emergence of work from home trends and the associated challenges of keeping businesses moving with employees decentralized and facing the new… More

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Nine ways to make work your work day better

Viewed in The Wall Street Journal. We live in anxious times, and perhaps the biggest contributing factor to this anxiety is our work lives. The American Psychological Association (APA), in 2017, found exactly this when they set out to identify the sources of anxiety. An APA survey found that 61 percent of respondents identified work… More

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Why Most People Don’t Become Productive

(Despite Trying Really Hard) Viewed in Inc. Despite the best of intentions, most people struggle with productivity. But what can be done to overcome this? Inc. contributor Matt Plummer identifies four not so obvious and even counter intuitive solutions: First, think in terms of high “present value.” This means that investing time up front to… More

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