Tag Archives: Workplace Environment

If Work Is Digital, Why Do We Still Go to the Office?

“Distance will die,” or so predicted British economist Frances Cairncross, along with a host of social and media theorists, following the spread of the internet in the 1990s. So, why go to work when work can come to you? Especially, when instantaneous communication with everyone else on the planet could soon render traditional offices obsolete.

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How humor makes you a better boss

Humor in business is considered frivolous. It dilutes the message. Business is about achievement, productivity, making money, accomplishing tangible things. However, we as human beings learn best in moments of enjoyment, and by personal experience. Thomas Wright, a professor of organizational behavior at the University of Nevada, thinks that it helps to laugh. He has

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Find Meaning in Work: Change How You Think

Why is it that some extraordinarily well-paid people, working in pampered settings, feel empty, whereas others while working in the streets, feel fulfilled? Part of the answer is ‘purpose’ and for most people, purpose at work is built not found. Working with a sense of purpose, day-in and day-out, is an act of will that

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How to Deal with the Know-It-All of Office

We all come across ‘Know-it-alls’ in our life. But, how do we deal with these ‘Know-it-alls’? One might feel the urge to compete with them, but in reality you can’t compete with know-it-alls, as they will just up the competition. Mostly, the know-it-alls are unsure of their status in a group and are trying to

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Improving Self-Awareness: It is as Essential as a MBA for Leaders

Approximately 40% of CEOs are MBAs. Many large-scale studies have found that leadership based solely on MBA-trained logic, is not always enough for delivering long-term financial and cultural results, and it is often detrimental to an organization’s productivity. In one study, researchers compared the organizational performance of 440 CEOs – split into two groups: those with

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What to Do When Feeling Distracted at Work

Sometimes there’s so much going on in our life, and the world, that one just can’t focus. Feeling distracted and unproductive is something most people struggle with, says Susan David, author of Emotional Agility. Even on days when one feels industrious, one may contend with what’s going on with his/her co-workers. So, what can one do

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To Get People to Change, Make Change Easy

Have you ever noticed that in a bowl of free fruit, the bananas will always go first? And no one takes the oranges at all! The reason is simple, and it’s not that the world is full of orange-haters. It’s that oranges are harder to peel. This principle — call it the Banana Principle — is

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Simple Strategies to help Focus

In today’s always-on, information-overloaded world, it can be hard to stay focused throughout the day. How often is one distracted by inner chatter during meetings? Or finds that emails are pulling one away from more important tasks? Most of us may relate to such situations. A survey found that 73% of leaders feel distracted from

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How Are You Perceived at Work?

It’s not easy to understand how other people perceive us. We are often uncertain, confused, or even completely unaware of what we project. Most of us suffer from ‘transparency illusion’ — the belief that we’re an open book and that what we intend to project is what people see. But typically there’s a gap between

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How to Help Someone Discover Work That Excites Them

A Deloitte study, conducted in 2014, found that “up to 87% of America’s workforce doesn’t contribute to their full potential”. Though much has been written about a leader’s role in motivating, engaging, & bringing out the best in employees, the study found the reason for this sub-par contribution to be lack of passion for work.

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