“I hope to leave people with the belief that they need to invest in the optimization of how they work. Oftentimes we’re just so focused on our work that we don’t really take time to improve the way we work.” –Scott Belsky [PCMAConvene.org]
Gretchen Rubin, best-selling author of The Happiness Project and host of her own Happier podcast, is pleased to announce The Onward Project.
Curated by Gretchen Rubin, the bestselling author and award-winning podcast host, The Onward Project is a collection of podcasts full of concrete, actionable ideas for how you can make your life happier, healthier, more productive, and more creative. [TheOnwardProject.com]
In widely reported news, Sen. Dick Durbin, acknowledged that he gave Sen. Jeff Sessions, President-Elect Donald Trump’s AG nominee, a copy of Carol Anderson’s White Rage: The Unspoken Truth of Our Racial Divide, which chronicles the issue of race in America since the Civil War.
“… Durbin signaled that his concerns extend beyond Sessions’ decades-old remarks to the conservative Alabama senator’s views on voter identification laws and the 2013 Supreme Court decision that invalidated key provisions of the Voting Rights Act. Durbin even said he gave Sessions a book: “White Rage: The Unspoken Truth of Our Racial Divide” by Carol Anderson …” [Politico.com]
In an article at INC., Bob Sutton provides one of “6 Tips for Managing Millennials.”
Performance appraisals are old school and impersonal. They tend to draw comparisons to other employees, and Millennials don’t want to be graded on a curve. They want direct, personal feedback on their projects in real time, not just blanket feedback every six months based on the team’s performance. “Doing performance evaluations well is like doing bloodletting well,” says Bob Sutton, professor at Stanford University. “It is a bad practice that does more harm than good in all or nearly all cases.”[INC.com]
Patricia Martin has just released her trend report for the coming year.
To our endless delight, this marks the 7th issue of the annual Trend Report. This year’s report doubles down on the digital culture. Driverless cars are running stoplights. Amazon delivers packages via autonomous drones. Skype uses real-time translation powered by AI for its video chats. The rise of machine thinking raises the question: Where does human talent fit into the picture? In search of answers, this report looked at the topic of talent across boundaries—art, culture, travel, entertainment, technology, and social enterprise. Next, we looked upward, to people’s aspirations. There we found the emotional depth and exuberance that give this report its heartbeat. You’ll want to know some of what we learned about the aspirations that are motivating people and unlocking opportunity. As technology advances, who will prosper? [Patricia-Martin.com]
Brigid Schulte has just begun work on a new series on the behavioral science behind why we work so much, and systems we can design that may be able to help us work better and have time for life.
The problem isn’t policies—it’s culture. Some companies have sought better work-life balance through experiments with flexible work, results only work environments, rotating on-call nights so everyone has predictable time off, or family supportive training for managers.[QZ.com]
Anna Akbari was a guest on CNN to talk about “How to deal with a year like 2016.”
This year we said goodbye to A-listers, saw sad images of war and heard political divisiveness. Watch above, Anna joins the program at 1:45. Sociologist Anna Akbari tells us ways to cope with depressing news. [CNN.com]
Opening Keynote, Srinvas Rao of Unmistakable Media, will share how to trust your intuition and make your competition irrelevant by coming up with distinctive ideas that nobody else could do but you. You’ll leave ready to attempt new solutions that haven’t been proven and embrace innovation. [ASAECenter.org]
Michelle Segar was interviewed by Entrepreneur for their focus on New Years resolutions.
“Whys,” as described by Michelle Segar, Ph.D, “are the reasons for making those resolutions in the first place.” In other words, these “are the foundation of the entire behavior change process and have a domino effect.” For instance, when you claim that you want start exercising in order to lose weight, that’s not the right ‘why’ because it’s that’s not enough motivate enough for following through with the resolution. [Entrepreneur.com]