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Research: 83% of Executives Say They Encourage Curiosity. Just 52% of Employees Agree.

Harvard business - 1 hour 12 min ago
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Curiosity is experiencing a “Gold Rush” moment. Books, university classes, and research are popularizing the power of curiosity.

Not surprisingly, organizations are increasingly, explicitly looking for curious employees. Consider these job descriptions pulled from several job listing websites:

  • “If you have a passion and curiosity for what is possible and enjoy people, we invite you to join us on this mission” (posting for a retail sales position);
  • “We are counting on you to bring a genuine curiosity about how consumers search for information” (posting for a data analyst role);
  • “Because our world is continuously evolving, you’ll need to possess curiosity and a love of learning” (posting for a digital content writer role).

Given the importance of curiosity for organizations, our research sheds light on an astounding conundrum that most organizations face. Leaders assume—mistakenly for the most part—that their employees feel empowered to be curious. They see few barriers themselves to asking questions and assume the same is true for their employees. But employees describe a very different reality.

We surveyed more than 23,000 people, including 16,000 employees and over 1,500 C-suite leaders, to understand how they view the role of curiosity at their organizations, across industries and at various levels of leadership.


83% of C-level or president-level executives say curiosity is encouraged “a great deal” or “a good amount” at their company. Just 52% of individual contributors say the same. This gap seems to be driven in part by perceptions of the value of curiosity.

While about half (49%) of the C-level believes curiosity is rewarded by salary growth, only 16% of individual contributors agree. A staggering 81% of individual contributors are convinced curiosity makes no material difference in their compensation.

This is an enormous problem for businesses because if lower-level contributors don’t see the value of curiosity then they are less likely to act as a source of new information for the organization.

So, if curiosity is so coveted and valuable, what’s happening to individual contributors who feel their curiosity is stifled at work? What’s an employer to do? Our research shows there is hope for curiosity. In working with organizations, we’ve discovered one lynchpin for leveraging curiosity—identity.

Identity can influence curiosity in two ways:

First, an individual’s identity is not monolithic, instead it is a collection of varied interests. For example, a computer programmer may also identify as an“outdoor enthusiast,” “parent,” or “community volunteer” outside of work. Each interest carries with it a different willingness to explore, so the same person will be in a more or less of a curious mindset depending on which interest they are engaging. The “computer programmer” might have a single job to execute with little room to ask questions and be curious. In contrast, the same person’s “outdoor enthusiast” identity might have a rhythm of exploration that includes hikes to new destinations. Leaders can leverage this insight by encouraging individuals to bring their interests with them to work. After all, the word curiosity derives from the Latin “to care;” if people don’t care, they don’t ask.

Second, identity can authorize curiosity. Nobel laureates’ biographies often include moments when a teacher, a parent, or a respected leader authorized their curiosity. For example, Mae Jemison, the first African American female astronaut, noted that she was constantly curious as a child. She observed that her curiosity didn’t “lose [its] energy” in part because it was reinforced by a summer internship at Bell Laboratories: “You get this reinforcement, and that’s the kind of role that companies and corporations can play,” she said. Once curiosity becomes a part of an individual’s identity then they feel authorized to ask questions that might upset the status quo.

Our data strongly suggest that curiosity helps employees engage more deeply in their work, generate new ideas, and share those ideas with others. When feeling curious at work, 73% of individual contributors report “sharing ideas more” and “generating new ideas for their organizations.”

Successful organizations are rooted in curiosity. To generate new ideas and add value to their organizations, employees at all levels need an environment where they can be curious, seek and absorb new information, and make new connections. A disconnect between leaders’ and employees’ assumptions about the value of curiosity within an organization prevents new information from flowing into the organization. Unless leaders can see the barriers to curiosity throughout their organizations and create systems for it to flourish, they will remain in a prison of their own construction: believing themselves free to be curious and therefore believing everyone else is equally curious and unimpeded.

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4 Ways Busy People Sabotage Themselves

Harvard business - 2 hours 7 min ago
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You’ve left an important task undone for weeks. It’s hanging over you, causing daily anxiety. And yet instead of actually doing it, you do a hundred other tasks instead.

Or you’ve been feeling guilty about not replying to an email, even though replying would only take 10 minutes.

Or maybe the last time you needed stamps, you went to the post office to buy a single stamp because you couldn’t find the 100-pack you purchased a few months ago. You know it’s around… somewhere. But you just don’t have the time to clean your desk to find it.

These self-sabotaging patterns maintain a cycle of always having too much to do (or at least feeling like that’s the case). If you’re chronically tapped out of the immense amount of mental energy required for planning, decision making, and coping, it’s easy to get lured into these traps.  Let’s unpack the problems in more detail and discuss solutions.

1. You keep ploughing away without stepping back and prioritizing.

When we’re busy and stressed, we often default to working on whatever has the most imminent deadline, even if it’s not particularly important. Stress causes our focus to narrow to the point where we’re just keeping going, like a hamster on a wheel. We respond to emails and go through the motions of getting things done, without actually stepping back and considering what’s most important to work on. You might find yourself spending several hours on a task that wasn’t that important to begin with, even though you have a mountain of other things to be doing.

The solution is to step back and work on tasks that are important but not urgent. Use the “pay yourself first” principle to do items that are on your priority list first, before you jump to responding to other people’s needs. You might not be able to follow this principle every day, but aim to follow it for several days of the week.

2. You completely overlook easy solutions for getting things done.

When we’re stressed, we don’t think of easy solutions that are staring us in the face. Again, this happens because we’re in tunnel vision mode, doing what we usually do and not thinking flexibly. Especially if you’re a perfectionist, when you’re overloaded it’s likely that you’ll find yourself overcomplicating solutions to problems. For example, lots of busy people don’t keep enough food in the house. This leads to a cycle of stopping in at the grocery store on an almost daily basis to pick up one or two things, or a restaurant habit that ends up being expensive, time consuming, fattening, or all of the above. The solution seems horribly complicated: hours of meal planning, shopping, and cooking.

To get out of the trap of overlooking easy solutions, take a step back and question your assumptions. If you tend to think in extremes, is there an option between the two extremes you could consider? (To solve my no-food conundrum, I bought a $150 freezer and now keep at least a dozen or so healthyish frozen meals in there, as well as frozen bread and other staples. I’m not Martha Stewart, but neither am I grabbing takeout for every meal.)

On a broader level, breaks in which you allow your mind to wander are the main solution to the problem of tunnel vision. Even short breaks can allow you to break out of too narrow thinking. Sometimes, a bathroom break can be enough. Try anything that allows you to get up out of your seat and walk around. This can be a reason not to outsource some errands. They give an opportunity to allow your mind to wander while you’re physically on the move, an ideal background for producing insights and epiphanies.

3. You “kick the can down the road” instead of creating better systems for solving recurring problems.

When our mental energy is tapped out, we’ll tend to keep doing something ourselves that we could delegate or outsource, because we don’t have the upfront cognitive oomph we need to engage a helper and set up a system. For example, say you could really benefit from some help cleaning your house, but finding someone trustworthy, agreeing on a schedule, and training them on how you like things done feels more taxing than you can deal with right now (or ever). And so you put it off, week after week, doing the work yourself — even though even reallocating the time spent on one cleaning session would realistically be enough to hire someone else to do it.

Remedies for recurring problems are often simple if you can step back enough to get perspective. Always forgetting to charge your phone? Keep an extra power cord at the office. Always correcting the same mistakes? Ask your team to come up with a checklist so they can catch their own errors. Travel for work a lot? Create a “master packing list” so that trying to decide what to bring doesn’t require so much mental effort. Carve out time to create and tweak these kinds of systems. You might take a personal day from work to get started, and then spend an hour once a week on it to keep up; author Gretchen Rubin calls this her once-a-week “power hour.” When you start improving your systems, it creates a virtuous cycle in which you have more energy and confidence available for doing this further. By gradually accumulating winning strategies over time, you can significantly erode your problem, bit by bit.

4. You use avoid or escape methods for coping with anxiety.

People who are overloaded will have a strong impulse to avoid or escape anxiety. Avoidance could be putting off a discussion with your boss or avoiding telling a friend you can’t make it to her wedding. Escape could be rushing into an important decision, because you want to escape needing to think about it further. This can lead to a pattern of excessively delaying some decisions and making others impulsively. Avoidance and escape can also take other forms — an extra glass of wine (or three) after work, binge-watching TV, or mindlessly scrolling through Facebook. It might even be ticking less-important things off your to-do list to avoid the urgent task that’s making you anxious.

If you want to deal constructively with situations that trigger anxiety for you, you’ll need to engineer some flexibility and space into your life so that you can work through your emotions and thoughts when your anxiety is set off. With practice, you’ll start to notice when you’re just doing something to avoid doing something else.

If you can relate to the patterns described, you’re not alone.  These issues aren’t personal flaws in your character or deficits in your self-control. They’re patterns that are very relatable to many people. You may be highly conscientious and self-disciplined by nature but still struggle with these habits. If you’re in this category you’re probably particularly frustrated by your patterns and self-critical. Be compassionate with yourself and aim to chip away at your patterns rather than expecting to give your habits a complete makeover or eradicate all self-sabotaging behaviors from your life.

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How Effective is Your Communication?

Greatleaders hipbydan - 2 hours 12 min ago

Guest post from David Hiatt:
Lack of effective communication skills has done more to keep good people from being promoted into leadership roles than any other skill deficiency.  I hope I have your attention because in over 30 years of working with managers and organizations, my experience is that a lack of effective communication skills has kept very talented and skilled people from becoming leaders.  They have this great knowledge and skill set for the job requirements but communicating in a manner to get positive outcomes from others was sorely lacking.
Communication is a basic human need.  Interacting with other humans has been the core of human progress throughout the ages.  Isolation and lack of human interaction will emotionally, mentally, and physically debilitate a person; as will ineffective conversations.  On the other end of the spectrum, when you communicate effectively and achieve more positive outcomes you enhance your sense of well-being.  I don’t know about you, but I know that I would prefer to think and feel better.  
Just because two or more people are talking with each other does not necessarily mean they are communicating. Communication requires several key skills and components.  Key components include understanding yourself and others, creating agreements about the conversation, emotional involvement (or lack of), attitude and beliefs, and your comfort zone. Skills include listening, and questioning.  If you want to achieve more positive outcomes with co-workers, or family and friends the above skills and components will improve your communication.
Understanding the other person can be key.  When you can identify the behavioral style or preferences of the other people with whom you communicate you are better able to adapt your message in such a way that the other people have a better chance of understanding you.  An example of this would be communicating with a Dominant Style who prefers, direct, to the point, task-oriented interactions and you want to chit-chat about the weather.  That Dominant person will not be engaged, and the odds of a positive outcome diminish. 
Another way to understand the others with whom you communicate is to determine if they are being emotional, judgmental, or just exchanging information; and then being self-aware enough to make sure that you are nurturing and sharing information without judgement or emotion.  It is okay to care enough to want a positive outcome but if you attempt to communicate when simply reacting to your or the other person’s emotions it is not unusual to find yourself in a shouting match with negative outcomes.
I have found that when you set goals and expectations for the important conversations you tend to get better results. What I mean is that the conversation should have an agreed upon purpose, confirmation of the time allotted, agreed upon agendas and expectations of people engaged in the conversation, and a goal or outcome at the end of the conversation.  When you add the component of a mutual agreement at the beginning of those important conversations you are better able to control the direction and therefore the outcome of the conversation.
Emotional involvement is double-edged.  As I mentioned earlier, you want to care enough to accomplish a positive outcome at the end of the conversation, yet you should not be communicating emotionally.  If you are communicating from your emotional ego-state, you will not be able to think objectively or to listen clearly.  Emotions will always cloud your thinking and cause you to say or to respond in a manner that will result in a less than positive outcome.
Your attitude and beliefs are intertwined with your self-concept and create your view of reality.  The important thing to remember is that the other person or people with whom you are communicating will not have the same view.  According to each person’s view, they are right.  Whatever beliefs you were taught or acquired throughout your life will become your definition of normal.  Your subconscious’ job is to keep you normal, whatever normal means to you.  Do a self-assessment of your attitudes and beliefs and decide which are still appropriate as an adult and which are hurting your efforts to be a more effective communicator.
Listening is a skill that much has been written about.  I urge you to read as much as you can on listening skills.  My experience has taught me that listening is much more than just looking at the other person and nodding my head! I must make sure that I am understanding what they are saying and the intention behind it.  This means the good listening skills should include good questioning skills. When you are unsure of what the other person is asking or saying you must ask them to clarify.  Be careful.  Your belief that it is rude to ask so many questions may prevent you from asking the key questions for real understanding, which, by the way, is what real listening is about.
David Hiatt is author of FROM THE BOARDROOM TO THE LIVING ROOM:  Communicate With Skill For Positive Outcomes. After 10 years of owning and operating a successful Sandler Training center, he was recruited by Sandler corporate to handle the bulk of national and international training through the Global Accounts division. With a BA and Masters in Communications, he is a passionate and energetic program leader who is truly concerned with helping others to grow, develop, and communicate.
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NIACL Assistant Result 2018 Out at Check Now - News18

Exam Results - 2 hours 37 min ago


NIACL Assistant Result 2018 Out at Check Now
NIACL Assistant Result 2018 has been released by the New India Assurance Company Limited on its official website - NIACL aims to fill 685 vacancies for the post of Assistant in Class 3 for which it had organized the Preliminary ...

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Recruitment Marketing: How to Conduct A/B Testing

Hr Bartender - 5 hours 15 min ago

When I’ve written job postings, there have been a few times when I’ve asked myself, “Is that the right word?” or “Will candidates outside the company understand this?” It would be great to find out answers. Well, we can by using a technique called A/B testing.

In short, A/B testing is when you create two messages that are exactly the same except for one factor and then measure which message performs better. It’s important to note a couple of things about this definition:

  • Keeping the distinction between one-factor. If there’s only one factor difference, then you know what candidates are responding to – the one factor that was different. If we change two or three factors, then it would take several iterations to figure out the best combination of elements. That could be a challenge from both a time and resources perspective.
  • Understanding what “better” means. Let’s say that we conduct A/B testing on a job posting. In Group A, we receive a lot of applications, but many are unqualified for the position. In Group B, we receive a small group of applications, but a vast majority are qualified for the role. If the goal was quantity, then Group A achieved the result. If the goal was quality, then it’s Group B.

One of the reasons I’ve been thinking about A/B Testing lately is I wonder if organizations are using this technique to refine their sourcing strategy. I could see it making sense to run A/B Testing with two different job titles. Especially if you work for a company or industry that uses unique titles. For example, if you’re recruiting for an accounting ninja, is that the same as a payroll clerk? Or if you’re hiring an administrative assistant III, would that be comparable to an executive assistant?

Titles aren’t the only type of A/B Testing. It could make sense to examine the benefits being promoted or the company values being marketed in recruitment messaging. What is the right combination of words or phrases that gives you the result you’re looking for?

If you haven’t considered A/B Testing, now is the perfect time to start testing it out. Create small experiments and evaluate results. Slowly your recruitment messaging will come into focus. That way, you don’t have to wonder – like I did – if you’re messaging is on target.

Image captured by Sharlyn Lauby after speaking at the Society for Human Resources Annual Conference in Washington, DC

The post Recruitment Marketing: How to Conduct A/B Testing appeared first on hr bartender.

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CAT 2018: Online Application Date Extended | Know New Date Here & More Details - Chandigarh Metro

IIM CAT - 5 hours 47 min ago

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CAT 2018: Online Application Date Extended | Know New Date Here & More Details
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Good news for CBSE students with special needs! Board might introduce sign language, braille as subjects - India Today

CBSE OR ICSE - 7 hours 13 min ago

India Today

Good news for CBSE students with special needs! Board might introduce sign language, braille as subjects
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IIM CAT 2018 Registration Date Extended, MBA Aspirants Apply Now! - Yahoo Finance UK

IIM CAT - 7 hours 18 min ago

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IIM CAT 2018 Registration Date Extended, MBA Aspirants Apply Now!
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BBOSE Class 10th/12th June Exam 2018 Result out at, Check Now - News18

Exam Results - 7 hours 23 min ago


BBOSE Class 10th/12th June Exam 2018 Result out at, Check Now
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CBSE plans to introduce sign language, braille as subjects for students with special needs - The Indian Express

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IBPS RRB Officer Scale I Preliminary Exam Result 2018 declared, check how to download @ - NewsX

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RBSE Supplementary Results 2018 Live update: Rajasthan 10 12 supplementary results still awaited,expected soon - Times Now

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RBSE Supplementary Results 2018 Live update: Rajasthan 10 12 supplementary results still awaited,expected soon
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SBI Clerk Main Result 2018 to be declared on September 22 - India Today

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SBI Clerk Main Result 2018 to be declared on September 22
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Bihar BBOSE Class 10th, 12th June exam 2018 result declared at - The Indian Express

Exam Results - Wed, 09/19/2018 - 23:15

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RBSE Supplementary exam 2018 result likely to be declared today, how to check - Oneindia

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