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Published on: Friday, September 05, 2014

Don’t Let Your Head Attack Your Heart

Posted By: Peter Bregman
Filed Under: communication, peter bregman, emotional courage
 
I had been planning a dinner party for weeks. There were twenty people coming, some family, some friends, to celebrate my wife Eleanor's birthday. I designed a ritual for her: My goal was to create a space where people spoke from their hearts in a way they don’t usually do.

I prepared questions I wanted us to explore together, questions like: What do you feel grateful for in your life? What new things do you feel are struggling to grow and be born in you? What do you want to let go of, so that the new can be born?

 

Published on: Thursday, September 04, 2014

Sharing For Success: Smashing Data Silos and Breaking Up Fiefdoms

Posted By: Laura Stack
Filed Under: productivity, laura stack, organizational structure
 
Given the importance of information technology (IT) in the modern business environment, IT terms have inevitably leaked into the common parlance of today's office. For example, "data silos" occur when incompatible systems lack an interface through which they can share data. Databases become isolated from each other, and it becomes increasingly difficult to collect all the data needed to make effective decisions.

Often this becomes institutionalized. Groups within the organization consider themselves isolated entities, with no need or desire to work together. Some even compete for limited resources. Ultimately, productivity stagnates due to lack of cooperation, cross-fertilization of ideas, and jealous guarding of proprietary data. Some departments or teams essentially became their own little fiefdoms, where one has to go hat-in-hand to the leader to make any progress at all.

 

Published on: Tuesday, September 02, 2014

How to Be Happy (or Miserable) at Work

Posted By: Geoffrey James
Filed Under: employee engagement, geoffrey james
 
To be consistently happier at work, examine and replace the beliefs that make you miserable. There's no question that bad stuff happens. When a close friend or family member dies, it's appropriate to feel grief. Similarly, good stuff happens. If you suddenly get an unexpected windfall, for example, it's appropriate to feel stoked.

Most of the time, though, the stuff that happens isn't dramatically positive or negative. It's just stuff that happens. Whether you let that stuff make you happy or miserable is entirely dependent upon your beliefs.Everybody has beliefs about what events mean to them. In most cases, however, people assume those beliefs reflect objective reality and are therefore immutable Laws of Nature.

 

Published on: Friday, August 29, 2014

Members with Summer Job Search Success Share Key Learnings

Posted By: Mark Anderson
Filed Under: mark anderson, employment, job search advice
 
As the summer draws to a close and the fall hiring season brightens, we are happy to say that we are hearing about more and more landings from our members. While job search is never easy, it's always interesting to hear the stories of success — especially their biggest takeaways. Here are some excerpts from a few of the cards and emails we've received recently that you can learn from and may inspire you.

 

 
Scott Anthony, Managing Partner at Innosight and leader of the company's AsiaPacific region and venture capital activities, pulled the audience right in with his insights into the challenges associated with what he terms "the first mile" — the crucial time when an idea moves from concept to paper to market. Anthony believes business are most fragile in the first mile, when they move from plan to reality, something which is particularly challenging for large companies. Big companies are designed to execute today's business model; in such an environment, innovators are a natural threat and struggle to survive.

 

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