Must you sacrifice life?

One of the greatest tragedies of this old mindset is the assumption that we must sacrifice vital parts of ourselves to excel. We put in more hours and take on more tasks, short-changing family, friends, hobbies, exercise, and sleep. Before long, we wind up burned out, unfulfilled in our personal relationships, and saddled with health […]

Women and collaboration

Interestingly, women benefited twice as much as men from disciplined collaboration. Why might women benefit so much more from collaborating? Our data revealed that a higher proportion of women were good at building trust, ensuring that parties were motivated, and crafting a common goal. More women were also better at seeking information outside their core […]

A committed team

In teams that unite, team members commit to the decision taken (even if they disagree), and all work hard to implement the decision without second-guessing or undermining it.

Debate and commit to decisions

We don’t need teams to conduct a vast number of meetings to get their work done. Rather, we need smarter team meetings where people debate rigorously and commit to decisions.

Often objections are reasonable

Often, people’s objections are reasonable, if you only take the time to see the issue from their point of view. Figure out what their considerations are, and you can take steps to surmount them.

Smart guy aggressive woman

So when a boss evaluates a man who uses forceful champion tactics, the boss may think, “Wow, smart guy.” When a competent woman does the same, he may think, “Really aggressive woman” and downgrade his perception of her performance. Our finding in part may be shaped by such a gender stereotype: People regard female forceful […]

Forget the rational mind

Many of us believe that we need to appeal to people’s rational minds to gain their support for our projects and goals. Just explain the merits of the case using logic and data, and others will rise up in support. And so we present rational arguments in lengthy emails and PowerPoint presentations in an effort […]

Passion and Purpose

Some people pursue passion in navigating their careers, but they also manage to connect this passion with a clear sense of purpose on the job—they contribute, serve others, make a difference. They have matched passion with purpose.

More than an annual review

Deliberate practice requires that a manager or employee receives helpful feedback every day, yet most people only receive it during their annual review. Imagine the tennis great Roger Federer getting feedback on his serve once a year from his coach.

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