A good job is socially useful, it provides material security, it is varied and creative, and it offers us a degree of autonomy

Sociologists and psychologists have developed various frameworks to explain what makes a job good or bad. And we’ve identified a few common factors. A good job is socially useful, it provides material security, it is varied and creative, and it offers us a degree of autonomy. A shit job does nothing for society, fails to help us meet our material needs, is repetitive and …

Why Asking for Advice Is More Effective Than Asking for Feedback

Jaewon Yoon, Hayley Blunden, Ariella Kristal, and Ashley Whillans, 20 Sept 2019, HBR.com Conventional wisdom says you should ask your colleagues for feedback. However, research suggests that feedback often has no (or even a negative) impact on our performance. This is because the feedback we receive is often too vague — it fails to highlight what we can improve on or how to improve. Our latest research suggests a better …

Science Says Do Any 1 of These 10 Things to Be Productive

Inc.| Jeff Haden in Pocket, August 2019 We all have the same amount of time. That’s why people who are more productive — and successful — use their time more effectively. And that’s why my Inc. colleague Chris Winfield is such a great resource for entrepreneurs. Chris is an entrepreneur and writer, and if you like this post (and the next two in the series), …

Perform well when you need to

TED excerpt, link below. Essentially, this comes down to being intentional — with yourself and with others — about what you’re trying to achieve. Whether you’re attempting to persuade a landlord of the urgent need to replace your stove or connecting with another parent at your child’s school to set up a play date, “all day long, we try to affect …

Your Brain Can Only Take So Much Focus: Studies show that concentrating for too long on one task makes us less productive. Turns out, our brains need to wander a bit throughout the day

Harvard Business Review| Srini Pillay The ability to focus is an important driver of excellence. Focused techniques such as to-do lists, timetables, and calendar reminders all help people to stay on task. Few would argue with that, and even if they did, there is evidence to support the idea that resisting distraction and staying present have benefits: practicing mindfulness for 10 minutes a day, for example, …

Coordinate a synchronised movement: Flocking behavior in groups

Open.coop May 2019: Defining Collaboration DNA As we mentioned in a previous post on the murmurations of a collaborative sustainable economy, the basic models of flocking behaviour are controlled by three simple rules: Cohesion – steer towards average position of neighbours Separation – avoid crowding neighbours Alignment – steer towards average heading of neighbours There is nothing saying that the rules of a collaborative, …

Blindness of Experts and the Need for Democracy: Credentialed authorities are comically bad at predicting the future. But reliable forecasting is possible.

When an outcome took them by surprise, broad-minded specialists were much more likely to adjust their ideas. The best forecasters view their own ideas as hypotheses in need of testing. If they make a bet and lose, they embrace the logic of a loss just as they would the reinforcement of a win. This is called, in a word, learning.   …

How to grow distributed leadership

You use archetypes or personas to describe different types of leadership which have their corresponding shadow aspects. How can people become aware of their shadow aspects and make the most of them in group situations? One of the chapters I wrote in the book describes a leadership development framework I created called Full Circle Leadership. In my work at Enspiral, …

You Need to Practice Being Your Future Self

Harvard Business Review, You Need to Practice Being Your Future Self …the reason Sanjay is stuck — and the reason many of us feel that way — is that we focus on what’s present for us at any particular moment. On the other hand, what most of us want most is to move forward. And, by definition, paying attention to the present …