Two Things to Do After Every Meeting: Use the momentum built in productive meetings to generate action and real results afterwards

From Harvard Business Review by Paul Axtell At the end of each topic in a meeting, pause to agree on next steps and establish specific commitments with clear deadlines. Let people know they can negotiate at the time they make the commitments, especially with regard to due dates.  Don’t use the automatic “by the next meeting” as the due date. Be thoughtful about what …

How to reduce digital distractions: advice from medieval monks

Jamie Kreiner is associate professor of history at the University of Georgia. She is the author of The Social Life of Hagiography in the Merovingian Kingdom (2014) and her latest book, Legions of Pigs in the Early Medieval West, is forthcoming in 2020. She lives in Athens, GA. Edited by Sam Haselby in Aeon Easily distracted; from the Sloane Manuscript 2435, f. 44v. Courtesy the British Library …

How to Beat Procrastination (Backed by Science)

From Darius Foroux, in Pocket, April 2019 There comes a moment between the start and end of a task—I call it the slope of procrastination—when you give into one distraction. And that’s exactly the moment you give up being productive.  You start working on a task, you’re excited, you’re focused, but then, after some time, you think: Let’s read the news for a …

The 3 Stages of Failure in Life and Work (And How to Fix Them)

By James Clear May 23, 2016 One of the hardest things in life is to know when to keep going and when to move on. On the one hand, perseverance and grit are key to achieving success in any field. Anyone who masters their craft will face moments of doubt and somehow find the inner resolve to keep going. If you want to build …

Create a strong culture and organization

1. Create a Strong Culture – a shared way of doing something with passion What you celebrate, who you hire, transparency.  If you are aligned at a high level, if everyone believes in the mission and everyone has really good access to information, then that gets you a huge amount of the way there in terms of working productively together.  What …

Co-ops Need Leaders, Too 

Co-ops Need Leaders, Too by Nathan Schneider Originally posted on Medium on 21st January 2019. I frequently encounter a notion, among those drawn to cooperatives, that a cooperative should be an amorphous, faceless collective in which old-world skills and norms of leadership can be discarded. How does this work out for them? Not well. Usually one of two entirely predictable things happens as …

Why Feedback Fails, and asking how can we help each person thrive and excel takes us in a different direction

The research is clear: Telling people what we think of their performance doesn’t help them thrive and excel, and telling people how we think they should improve actually hinders learning. Asking how can we help each person thrive and excel?—we find that the answers take us in a different direction. Neurologically, we grow more in our areas of greater ability (our strengths …

Evolving Toward Cooperation

To clarify theory and worldview in Wilson’s words:   “The difference is that a theory can only tell us what is, while a worldview can tell us how to act.” Evolving Toward Cooperation: David Sloan Wilson’s New Evolutionary Biology, By Kurt Johnson, P2P Foundation and re-posted from Kosmos Journal, February 12, 2019  Shortly after the publication of The Coming Interspiritual Age in 2013, I was contacted by Dr. David Sloan Wilson, founder …

Smart cities focus on well-being and staff as community builders who help foster trust, harmony and, indeed, happiness

Report, “Smart Cities: A Toolkit for Leaders,” urges city leaders to rethink their roles. They should see themselves not as managers of bureaucracies but as community builders who help foster trust, harmony and, indeed, happiness.  The critical first step is reimagining the role of city leaders. They should see themselves first and foremost as stewards of citizen satisfaction. Once they change …

No Plant Closings! Plant Conversion to Save Workers and the Planet

Wendy Thompson December 18, 2018 What would it take to keep these assembly and transmission plants open? As autoworkers have begun to formulate demands for the opening of the 2019 contract negotiations, GM upped the ante by announcing the loss of 14,000 jobs with the closure of three assembly plants and two transmission plants to add to the two million manufacturing …