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Research: When Small Teams Are Better Than Big Ones

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Mar 2019

Research: When Small Teams Are Better Than Big Ones

The “discovery of the 21st century” was awarded the Nobel prize two years after it was made. In 2015, the Laser Interferometre Gravitational-Wave Observatory (LIGO) project finally detected what it was built to: gravitational waves—ripples in the fabric of space and time—caused by the collision of two black holes. Among many things, the LIGO experiment is a testament to the power of teams in tackling the...

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For a Team to Work Smoothly, You Need 3 Things

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Mar 2019

For a Team to Work Smoothly, You Need 3 Things

If your colleagues aren’t working well together, there are a few ways to change the team dynamic. Everyone — including you — should consider how they can improve three things: internal self-awareness, external self-awareness, and personal accountability. Internal self-awareness is about understanding how your values affect your decisions. To improve, consider how your emotions and assumptions in a situation lead you to act a certain...

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When You Make a Mistake, Be Quick to Admit It.

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Mar 2019

When You Make a Mistake, Be Quick to Admit It.

Admitting that you’ve made a mistake can be a hit to your ego. But arguing with or blaming others (or trying to dodge by saying something vague like “Mistakes were made…”) will only make things worse. It’s much better to take responsibility for the situation so that you can clear the air and move on. Swallow your pride and simply say “I was wrong,” offering...

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Think of Delegating as a Chance to Teach Your Employees !

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Feb 2019

Think of Delegating as a Chance to Teach Your Employees !

For many managers, the hardest part of delegating is trusting that a task will be done well. But it becomes easier when you think of it as a chance to train your staff — not just get rid of some work. The next time you need to delegate something, start by determining who on your team is ready to handle more responsibility. Then create simple...

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When You Want to Gossip About Someone at Work, Stop and Ask Yourself Why

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Feb 2019

When You Want to Gossip About Someone at Work, Stop and Ask Yourself Why

We all get frustrated with colleagues from time to time. But complaining about a coworker behind their back can be destructive. It erodes trust on the team, risks hurting the person’s feelings, and makes you look bad. The next time you’re tempted to complain about someone, stop and ask yourself why. If it’s to justify your feelings or to confirm that you’re right, don’t do...

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The 3 Kinds of People You Want on Your Big New Project

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Feb 2019

The 3 Kinds of People You Want on Your Big New Project

When you’re staffing a high-profile project, you want an all-star team. But it’s not enough to put your high performers on the task. There are three types of people who should be on the team of any breakthrough initiative. First, look for employees who are comfortable with uncertainty. You need individuals who will remain curious and focused even when the project is far from the...

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For a Team to Work Smoothly, You Need 3 Things

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Feb 2019

For a Team to Work Smoothly, You Need 3 Things

If your colleagues aren’t working well together, there are a few ways to change the team dynamic. Everyone — including you — should consider how they can improve three things: internal self-awareness, external self-awareness, and personal accountability. Internal self-awareness is about understanding how your values affect your decisions. To improve, consider how your emotions and assumptions in a situation lead you to act a certain...

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The Focused Leader

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Feb 2019

The Focused Leader

A primary task of leadership is to direct attention. To do so, leaders must learn to focus their own attention. When we speak about being focused, we commonly mean thinking about one thing while filtering out distractions. But a wealth of recent research in neuroscience shows that we focus in many ways, for different purposes, drawing on different neural pathways—some of which work in concert,...

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If You Want to Get Better at Something, Ask Yourself These Two Questions

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Feb 2019

If You Want to Get Better at Something, Ask Yourself These Two Questions

It was the last race of the ski season. My son Daniel, 10 years old, was at the starting gate in his speed suit, helmet and goggles, waiting for the signal. “3… 2… 1…” The gate keeper called out and he was gone in a flash, pushing off his ski poles to gain momentum. One by one, each gate smacked to the ground when he...

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The Key to Career Growth: Surround Yourself with People Who Will Push You

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Jan 2019

The Key to Career Growth: Surround Yourself with People Who Will Push You

When thinking about how to develop in our careers, most of us tend to focus on promotions, projects, courses, certifications. We seek out expanded roles, more senior titles, extra money. We overlook one very key piece of the learning puzzle:  proactively surrounding ourselves with people who will push us to succeed in unexpected ways and, in so doing, build genuinely rich, purposeful lives of growth,...

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