Dare to Say "Yes, And"
Image adapted from camdiluv/flickr The skills cultivated in improvisation — communication, creativity, teamwork, taking risks, and resilience — are ones you’d want to see on a résumé. Business schools are taking note and even teaching improv. Robert Kulhan, adjunct professor at Duke University’s Fuqua School of Business explains, that at its core, “Improvisation isn’t about comedy, it’s about...
Illustration: Dimitra Tzanos Do what you can, with what you have, where you are. You’ll be surprised how far that can take you!
Harness the Productivity Power of Automation
All too often, to-do lists end up with more things to do and less things getting done. Humans are awful at completing lists. We often convince ourselves that we can complete our to-do list if we just buckle down and try harder. Yet tomorrow, or next week, or next month rolls around, and the list is just as bad as it has always been. Probably worse, if you are like me. So when we found iDoneThis...
Busyness is Not a Virtue
People who often say they’re “too busy” or “crazy busy” sound like buzzing busy signals. And when you start sounding like an appliance, it makes it hard to connect with you. My reaction to your busy signal is much like that of Mindy Kaling, who sees stress as non-conversation: No one ever wants to hear how stressed out anyone else is, because most of the time everyone is stressed out....
Have you chased away the paper tigers of your fears? Take it a step at a time. The process is its own reward.
How to Keep Calm and Carry On When You Feel...
(This is the last part of the 3-part “Manager’s Series” by our friend, time coach, and productivity expert Elizabeth Grace Saunders.) When you’ve tried so hard to address team members’ emotional hurdles to accepting change and walked them through how to apply the change to their work situation, your blood can start boiling when you still don’t see the desired results. “How could...
There are only two days in the year that nothing can be done. One is called...– Dalai Lama
What Goldilocks Can Teach You About Management
Maybe we never leave school behind, what with a lifetime of knowledge to acquire and times when it’s like we never left the social milieu of high school. It also turns out that running a classroom and running a business have interesting parallels for what works best to cultivate intrinsic motivation, effective productivity, and successful performance. Whether we’re students or employees, we...
What are you waiting for? Start something. Take it a step at a time. Celebrate. Huzzah!
Jessica Stillman, Writer and Non-Pod Person, on...
Jessica Stillman is a columnist at Inc.com who writes about work, unconventional careers, productivity, leadership, and entrepreneurship. She also writes for Brazen Careerist and Women 2.0, among other fine publications. Her Twitter bio urges, “Have a career. Don’t turn into a pod person.” We talked with Jessica about how she managed to do just that, the benefits of quitting, productivity...
The Employee Power-Up's Happiness Edge
People who feel powerful are happier, according to a recent study published in Psychological Science. Researchers found that authenticity is what connects that relationship between power and “subjective well-being”, or happiness. When you have power, your behavior can align more closely with your desires and values so that you are free to be more authentic. And when you can go about your day being...
Strangely enough, doubt need not impede action. If you really become friends...– Philip Lopate, in the NYT’s Opinionator blog’s “The Essay, an Exercise in Doubt”.
How Luc Levesque Leads TravelPod & TripAdvisor to...
Transparent communication is a theme running through Luc Levesque’s career, from his 1997 founding of Travelpod, the first travel blogging website where people could share their adventures, to his current practice of handing new employees a boss blueprint. Luc is currently a General Manager at TripAdvisor, responsible for its global SEO efforts and TravelPod’s business unit. We talked with Luc...
Here’s to a moving-forward Monday!