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Fear of Others Opinions
FOPO or fear of what others may think of us can lead to self-doubt, anxiety and playing it safe. Our need for social approval is part of our “ancient brains” when fitting in and being accepted by the group was essential for our survival. But when we allow FOPO to dominate our thoughts, we are diminished. Michael Gervais shares excellent tips on how to overcome FOPO in this Harvard Business Review article.
Grit and Discomfort:
The Keys to Success
Grit – holding steadfast to a goal through time – is a better indicator of success than I.Q.! That's the finding of University of Pennsylvania Professor of Psychology, Dr Angela Duckworth. In this question and answer session with Quartz at Work, the world's leading authority on grit, explains the psychology behind I'll show you self-talk, and how her father's telling her when she was a child: "You're no genius" drove her to success.
Should you apply for that
Women tend not to apply for jobs unless they are 100% qualified, whereas men apply when they are 60% qualified. That's according to research by Hewlett Packard. This is not because of a lack of confidence on the part of women, but rather the belief that the qualifications are required, rather than merely an employer's wish list. Rebecca Zucker, writing in the Harvard Business Review, offers valuable insights into how to make this assessment.
Reinventing yourself is not easy. Here's how to do it.
In the article from Psychology Today, Rebecca Webber unpicks the obstacles to reinvention, and consults experts on the best ways we can change our lives and become new people. She presents a number of case studies that illustrate the points made.
Is your desire for perfection sabotaging your and your team's success?
Many people believe perfectionism is a healthy motivator, but it may not be. It can lead to depression, anxiety, eating disorders and even self-harm. And if you are both a leader and a perfectionist, your impossibly high standards could be sabotaging your team's ability to achieve and succeed.
This article in Healthline examines the characteristics that define a perfectionist, what causes perfectionism, and how to treat and avoid it.
Attract and Retain Top Talent in Your Organization
A staggering 32% of your employees are likely planning to leave your company this year! That's according to a recently released CareerBuilder survey.
In this article in BizJournals.com, Jim Molis looks at how to attract and retain great talent. "Becoming known as a business where employees want to work, takes time and a strategic approach," he writes.
He goes on to list the steps companies should follow to attract and keep top talent, and also includes creative ways to recruit new, top-performing employees in an environment where job candidates are in the driver's seat.
Amazon's Surprising Leadership Principle: Change your mind a lot!
In this article, Jeff Bezos, Amazon boss, and owner of the Washington Post, explains how not being confined to your own beliefs increases your chances of being right.
"Good leaders are right a lot," he says. And, according to both Bezos and billionaire Ray Dalio the way to be right a lot, is to change your mind a lot.
The Power of
After suffering from a severe case of burnout that caused her collapse, Arianna Huffington, founder of the Huffington Post, and one of the world's most influential women was forced to ask herself: Is this what success really looks like? Is this the life I want to lead?
The answer was no. And so began her journey.
In this article, Huffington discusses how she succeeded in altering her habits by taking microsteps that were too small to fail.
She also presents 10 of her favorite micro steps that are easy for anyone to do, yet produce life-changing, positive results.
Arianna Huffington's Unique Problem Solution
Arianna Huffington, founder of the Huffington Post, author of 15 books, and one of the most influential women in the world, believes there is a simple solution to many of life's problems: take a walk.
In this article she contends that journey -- one that can also be full of adventure and knowledge -- doesn't have to involve planes and cars and passports. The benefits of a journey are always available simply by walking.
Huffington explains how great thinkers like Nietzsche, Thomas Jefferson and Ernest Hemingway believed walking is essential for thinking, and how studies show cognitive performance is increased when the subject is actually walking.
How to Improve Your Life by Building Better Habits
James Clear shares one-sentence stories of 30 people who improved their lives by using a variety habit-building techniques.
Roland, for example, used the concept of identity-based habits to change his bad eating habits, and become the person he wanted to be.
Lisa cultivated a reading habit by changing the cues in her life, and Stanford professor, B.J. Fogg learned to speak fluent Mandarin in just two years by habit-stacking.
Clear's article presents the inspiring stories of people who used a variety of down-to-earth strategies to improve their lives.
Pressure Test Your Strategic Decisions
Every leader wants to avoid strategic mistakes, so it is vital to find weaknesses in your strategies before you implement them. Writing in the Harvard Business Review, Rick Lynch, a retired U.S. Army Lieutenant General, presents four techniques the military has honed, that executives can use to anticipate problems, identify weaknesses, and change course when necessary.
Successfully Manage a
For the first time in history, we have five generations in the workplace, each with very different characteristics. It's not hard to see how managers can find themselves having to grapple with generational differences. In an article published on the SagePeople.com website, Jess Fuhl suggests ways to successfully manage a multi-generational workforce, so that managers can understand how to keep all employees engaged.
When 'Follow Your Passion' may be Terrible Advice
It's a good bet at least half of all graduation speeches urge graduates to “follow their passion.”
In this article for wellbeing.org, Duckworth, a professor of psychology, examines if it is indeed wise to advise young people to go out and do what they love. The article addresses this thorny issue and presents ways to navigate it.
Why Millennials Make Great Employees
This article from Forbes, provides some interesting insight into the Millennial generation. As one of the largest segments of the population in the workforce, they are often characterized as disengaged and self-absorbed. But the author reminds us that while they are different, they bring real value to the workplace.
Why the Empathetic Leader is the Best Leader
“Empathy – the ability to recognize and share other people’s feelings, is the most important instrument in a leader’s toolbox,” says Simon Sinek. In this SUCCESS article, the author, Shelley Levitt, draws from Simon Sinek’s book, “Leaders Eat Last” to show the positive impact of an empathetic leader.
The Art of
“Our culture’s obsession with early achievement dissuades us from pursuing our passions!” In this article about Late Bloomers, Kevin Evers reminds us that it is never too late to change course and to “discover ourselves.” He provides examples of people who have successfully navigated this and some tips to get you thinking about this.
You can be a Great Leader and have a Life
We constantly hear about successful people, like Elon Musk, and others, who seem to work non-stop and admit to having little time to see their families. It is easy to begin to believe that in order to be successful we have to sacrifice just about everything else. And worse still, we can feel like we are failures if we aren’t willing to work like this. In this Harvard Business Review article, Brigid Shulte, shares that there is another way.
Have the Courage to
"It’s not fear that gets in the way of daring leadership; it’s armor," writes five times #1 New York Times bestselling author and Professor of Management, Brené Brown.
Brown, who has spent the past two decades studying courage, vulnerability, shame, and empathy, says it takes courage to NOT KNOW. In this article she presents three strategies that transform "always knowing" into "always learning". This leads to grounded confidence – and grounded confidence is the heart of daring leadership!
Relationships and the
Balance of Power
Blogger, cartoonist, fine artist and former Police Chief, John Weiss, explores this issue of power in relationships on his blog and offers perspective if you’re the one without the power in a relationship. Weiss believes it is because of the way we approach relationships.
Using cartoons to illustrate and drive home the point, Weiss presents counsel by experts, as well as personal, real-life cases he was involved with while a cop.
Assumptions That Limit Your Leadership Potential
John Maxwell a bestselling author and leadership expert writes: "Many people believe leadership isn't for them.” In this thought-provoking article, Maxwell unpacks why we make assumptions that limit our leadership potential, and urges us to prepare for leadership roles even if not currently occupying leadership positions.
Maxwell, explains that leadership is not about position, but rather leadership is influence, nothing more, nothing less.
Five Ways to Stop
According to bestselling author, Todd Brison in an article published on Medium.com "Over-thinking can break you. When you are over-thinking it means you are going nowhere."
Most of us over-think everything. We think ourselves in circles. We worry about things we cannot control, and pretend to have influence over that which we do not. So how do we stop over-thinking things? Brison presents five tips to control over-thinking things and restore balance, tranquility and reality.
Have a Conversation
For those of us who are more introverted, starting a conversation can be daunting, especially if we want our conversation to be meaningful. In this article from SUCCESS, there are seven useful tips to begin a conversation that goes beyond small talk!
Great Leaders Understand Why Small Gestures Matter
In this thought-provoking article from Harvard Business Review, the author presents several examples of leaders who realize that often it is the small gestures of kindness and empathy that sets them and their companies apart and creating a sense of loyalty with both employees and customers.