Friday Links – August 26, 2016 » How To Become A Better Leader & Create a Culture of Respect


  • 5 Ways to Create a Culture of Respect (Karin Dames @ People Development Network)
    Be totally present; Listen to find the reason behind the words; Be thoughtfully thankful; React and respond; and Treasure time.

What Makes a Good Life: Revelatory Learnings from Harvard’s 75-Year Study of Human Happiness



  • How Leaders Can Help Others Influence Them (Roger Schwarz @ Harvard Business Review)
    Many leadership theories focus on how leaders can influence others. But Roger Schwarz argues, “Unless you are genuinely open to being influenced by others, any leadership approach you use that relies on your team’s collective knowledge is likely to fail.”
  • Teach Anyone How To Become A Better Leader (Dan Negroni)
    The post focuses on millennials, but this can help prepare anyone for leadership roles (It’s just hip these days to focus on millennials) » Lead from Strength; Teach the ‘What’s In It For Them’ Strategy; Teach them how to listen—and prove that they listened; and Be Transparent.


  • The Myth of the Millennial Monolith (Jesse Singal @ Science of Us)

    The point is that if you just look at millennials as a broad group — if you buy into the myth of the millennial monolith — you’re erasing a huge amount of the complexity that underpins why people do what they do.

  • Falling for Sleep (Rubin Naiman @ AEON)
    When wakefulness is seen as the main event, no wonder so many have trouble sleeping. Can we rekindle the joy of slumber? Has modern life perverted the experience of sleep?

This Daily Links post may be updated throughout the day.

Thursday Links – August 25, 2016 » Why People Quit Their Jobs & 8 Ways to Have More Time


The meaning of life is to feel alive.
~ Joseph Campbell

Life Balance

  • Millennials, stop working from home all the time (Meredith Bennett-Smith @ Quartz)
    “Companies that encourage remote arrangements have seen increases in productivity and decreases in office overhead costs, to say nothing of the numerous benefits it presents for working parents.” But don’t eulogize office culture just yet.
  • 8 Ways to Have More Time (Chris Guillebeau)
    Don’t let other people schedule your life; Decide what’s important and do it first every day; Pay close attention to what makes you happy; Stop watching TV; Schedule your breaks and enjoy them; Look through your calendar and cancel things you aren’t excited about; If you keep putting something off, just let it go; and Before you go to bed, decide on tomorrow’s most important action.
  • 10 Things Americans Can Learn From Europeans About Enjoying Time Off (Switch & Shift)
    Don’t Rush Home; Avoid the Sad Desk Lunch; Work Is But One Part of Life; Separation of Work and Private Life; Be Present; Vacations Should Not Be The Only Time Off; Turn Off All Notifications On Your Phone; More Vacation Days Don’t Mean Less Productivity; “La Dolce Far Niente”; and Long Hours Don’t Mean Greater Productivity.


  • What Makes A Great CEO?
    Companies that give CEOs lower compensation packages, are led by founders and perform well financially are more enamored by their employees. Age, gender and educational background have little effect on employee ratings of CEOs.
  • Golden Rules for Leading Transformation (Anne Perschel)
    “Begin by identifying the golden rules for transformation that will best serve your company. Then practice them with your senior team.”
  • Turning Around A Troubled Business (MedPage Today)
    This piece about Kana Enomoto taking over the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA), and it illustrates important aspects any troubled organizations or project can implement. That is to ask stakeholders help identify shortcomings, strengths, and what needs improvement. Then determine the key issues and improve communication.


  • Why People Quit Their Jobs (Harvard Business Review)
    It’s not usually a poor performance review. It’s more likely to be related to a personal milestones, such a wedding, a major birthday milestone, or class reunion, that cause people to rethink their work life.

What Makes A Great CEO?

New research by Dr. Andrew Chamberlain and Dr. Ruoyan Huang and published at Glassdoor, suggests the more CEO’s make, the less their employees think of them.

The study provides an interesting analysis of CEO approval ratings, a measure of CEO quality from the staff’s perspective of large, publicly traded companies in the United States. Glassdoor analyzed 1.2 million CEO approval ratings from current and former employees.

Meanwhile, one element that does make a difference is whether or not the CEO is also the founder of the company. Founder-CEOs drew the highest approval ratings from their employees, followed by internally promoted CEOs. Overall, those brought in from outside the company did not fare well.

When company culture is better, the CEO’s compensation package has less effect on their ratings.

But, surprisingly, work-life balance is negatively related to CEO approval ratings. That is low satisfaction with work-life balance predicts high CEO approval. Although many workers value work-life balance, they are willing to sacrifice it in exchange for great leadership. The danger here is most CEOs believe they are great leaders and they may use this finding to give them permission to continue promoting a poor work-life balance culture.

Differences in age, gender, and educational background had little effect on the ratings.

Download the report.


Wednesday Links – August 24, 2016 » Saying No, Enhance Employee Communication & The Never-Ending Performance Review


  • Poor Job Satisfaction Can Harm Health (Psych Central News)
    “Increased anxiety and depression could lead to cardiovascular or other health problems that won’t show up until they are older.”


  • When To Avoid Negotiating (Ted Leonhardt @ Fast Company)
    Negotiating take the right mindset. Being unprepared or in a bad mental state can endanger your effectiveness.


  • The Age of the Never-Ending Performance Review (Justin Fox @ Bloomberg)
    Some businesses are switching from quarterly and annual reviews to ongoing feedback and evaluation. This does not necessarily mean the workplace will be more pleasant or less outcome-oriented.



How to Stay Happy When the Sky is Falling

“Seen from a certain perspective, the last few months on planet Earth have been pretty unreservedly amazing… But it hasn’t felt that way, of course,” writes Oliver Burkeman at The Guardian.

On the one hand, global poverty is steadily declining, life expectancy is increasing, war is increasingly rare, medical science continues to cure deadly diseases, crime in most places is down, and despite what we are fed by the 24 hour news networks and the headlines, gun violence in America is down.

I don’t entirely blame the networks. There’s no shortage of bad news and people only watch the news for bad news. They are board by good news stories.

So what’s going on?

Oliver Burkeman writes,

This points to something especially unfortunate about the psychology of anxiety, in the wake of an event such as the Brexit shock. We generally detest uncertainty – arguably more than we detest bad news – and our instinct is to respond by compulsively seeking more information, in an effort to assuage the anxiety. But since the future is intrinsically unknowable, that effort only drives home to us how little we can know – making the anxiety worse.

And there is another, subtler reason you might find yourself convinced that things are getting worse and worse, which is that our expectations outpace reality. That is, things do improve – but we raise our expectations for how much better they ought to be at a faster rate, creating the illusion that progress has gone into reverse.

Read Oliver Burkeman‘s whole article at The Guardian.

Tuesday Links – August 23, 2016 » Leading in a Crisis & Learning from the Crazy Ones


  • 6 Body Language Tricks That Pay Off (Jacquelyn Smith and Áine Cain @ Business Insider)
    Maintaining good eye contact; Keeping your hands visible; Not fidgeting or swaying (but not being too stiff, either); Sitting up straight; Walking with purpose and energy;  and Mirroring the person you’re speaking to.


  • 4 Business Lessons We Can Learn from the “Crazy Ones” (Kristof De Wulf @ Switch & Shift)
    Steve Jobs called them the ‘crazy ones’: the daring and brilliant minds who were crazy enough to think they could change the world. Instead of re-inventing the wheel, we could learn from the best practices they have applied.


Monday Links – August 22, 2016 » Get What You Want In Life & What CEOs are Reading


  • Privileged Leadership (Steve Keating)
    There are two types of privileged leaders. Thos who feels a title grants them special benefits and different rules and those who feel privileged to lead, take responsibility for helping their team succeed, celebrate accomplishments and create leaders through mentoring.
  • Get What You Want In Life (William Arruda @ Forbes)
    William Arruda interviewed Dave Kerpen, bestselling author and founder of Likeable Media, on his thoughts on outsourcing social media, being selfless, differentiating, staying top of mind and gratitude.
  • Six Secrets to True Originality (Adam Grant @ McKinsey Insights)
    Have lots of ideas, not just a few big ones; Judge ideas in a creative mind-set; Don’t assume it’s a young person’s game; Avoid groupthink; Learn how to procrastinate wisely; and Follow the evidence.
  • How U.S. Army Basic Training Turns Diverse Groups into Teams (Richard Farnell @ Harvard Business Review)
    These principles can be applied in different types of organizational settings. “Inclusion is one thing, and integration is something else entirely. I’ve found that people with disparate life experiences often require help from their leaders to see and develop common ground.”


  • Organizations Don’t Change Behavior, People Do (Tracy Thurkow, Joachim Breidenthal, Jeff Melton, and Melissa Burke @ Bain & Company)
    “Companies focus mainly on designing new processes or technical systems, and far less on how to motivate employees to adopt the solution.”


  • Incredible Things Happen Once You Learn To Enjoy Being Alone (Travis Bradberry @ Forbes)
    You recuperate and recharge; You can do what you want; You learn to trust yourself; It increases your emotional intelligence; It boosts your self-esteem; You appreciate other people more; and You get more done.
  • Poor Health Habits Costing Canadians Six Years of Life (Lauren Pelley @ Toronto Star)
    A new Canadian study reveals smoking,physical inactivity, poor diet and unhealthy drinking contribute to around half of all deaths in Canada, and shave an estimated six years off the life expectancy of men and women.


Rising Up Every Time Someone Falls

Rising up to every occasion when someone falls is the definition of being unselfish, and a whole level above embracing your own failures. Doing it when your own dreams, those you have worked your whole life for, are crushed, that’s the definition of awesome.

New Zealand’s Nikki Hamblin may have lost the Olympic 5000m race when she stopped to help fellow competitor Abbey D’Agostino of the United State, but she definitely won a gold medal for Olympic spirit.