Turn Your Hobby into a Startup

Harvard business - Thu, 03/19/2020 - 08:00

Entrepreneurship is rarely linear.

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Stay or Go?

Harvard business - Thu, 03/19/2020 - 07:30

Dear HBR: answers your questions with the help of MIT senior lecturer Hal Gregersen.

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Build Your Resilience in the Face of a Crisis

Harvard business - Thu, 03/19/2020 - 07:00

Three strategies for taking care of your mental health.

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A Fresh Leadership Model for a New Decade

Greatleaders hipbydan - Thu, 03/19/2020 - 06:00

Guest post from Dr. Ranya Nehmeh:
Why do the rest of us act like millennials are from another planet? We have a need to comment on the constant screen gazing, the matcha latte obsession, the job-hopping, the mood swings from apathy to omg…don’t even try to say you don’t know what I’m talking about. Millennials are such a distinct demographic, possessing generation wide characteristics that seem far from the norm, but let’s face it, this is the group that will start dictating the norm, especially in the work place.
Organizations have undergone massive shifts over the last decade in terms of how they operate. The workplace of today is unrecognizable compared to when baby boomers (born between 1946 – 64) started their careers. Work spaces, technology, demographics, cultural sensitivities, and remote working are but a few of the areas that have changed. Boomers instigated many of these changes to adapt the workplace to fit their needs. But now that they are starting to retire, what will happen to their stable work approach and traditional top-down leadership practices?
Thanks, but no thanks Boomer, is what the tech-savvy, confident millennials (born between 1980 - 2000) are saying. They prefer a bottoms-up approach, and want to feel involved and valued in the workplace. They have no interest in being told how things are done, or how things work.  They also have different ideas about what constitutes a good leader. This has contributed to a leadership gap: what millennials expect vs. what they are getting from their leaders.  
With the onset of a new decade, it is predicted that millennials will make up almost half of the American workforce, so it is time for organizations to pay attention and minimize this leadership gap in order to embrace, as opposed to alienate, this valuable group of workers. The key is to stop trying to lead millennials by using generic leadership approaches, and start looking for innovative ideas that speak to this specific target group, or better yet, just start by listening.
So where do we start? Well, we need to ask them what they want and not scoff at their responses.   That’s what I did. I went straight to the source and conducted an extensive survey of over 700 millennials from around the globe. And so, after dozens of conversations, and a few too many matcha lattes, I had a much better understanding of what they wanted. There was consistency in what they were asking for, which was a leadership style that was in sync with the times (technology, social media, ethics, respect) and catered to their needs, perspectives and strengths. Nine clear leadership traits emerged. I took the first letter of each trait and came up with the word … CHAMELEON.
CommunicationHonestyAccountabilityMotivateEthicalListenEmotional IntelligenceOvercome ObstaclesNodal
The ideal leader of millennials would possess these nine traits…The CHAMELEON Leader.During the survey, one of the questions asked participants if their leadership expectations were met when they joined the workplace; 62% said no. This statistic is alarming and highlights that millennials’ leadership expectations are, for the most part, not being met. Of course we like to say their expectations are unrealistic, but if you take a look at them you will realize that they are very in tune with the world we live in, and the world we hope to live in.
The CHAMELEON Leader is meant to provide the bridge between expectation and reality. Why a chameleon? Because chameleons change color according to the situation. They are adaptable!
This new decade, which will be ripe with environmental concerns, instability, and technology booms, requires a new leadership model. Leaders who are ready to embrace this young and ambitious generation and lead them energetically into the future will require a shift in mind-set, a visionary approach, a willingness to collaborate not dictate, inspire not conspire, but most importantly to get excited about the potential benefits of having this generation on board. Being a chameleon leader for millennials means finding out what is important to them and creating an authentic way to communicate that understanding. 

Dr. Ranya Nehmeh, author of the book The CHAMELEON Leader. Connecting with Millennials holds a Doctorate in Business Administration from the Swiss ManagementUniversity and a Masters in Human Resources from the London School of Economics and Political Science (LSE). She has over fifteen years of work experience in the area of human resource management. Based in Vienna, Austria. Ranya considers herself a third-culture kid. The CHAMELEON Leader is her debut book.
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Bookmark This! Working From Home Edition

Hr Bartender - Thu, 03/19/2020 - 02:57

Given what’s currently happening with COVID-19, many employers suggest mandating that their employees work from home (if able). It only makes sense. Employers are trying to help employees minimize their social interactions with others.

But if your organization doesn’t have a work from home policy in place, it can be a big deal. And many HR pros are having to create this new normal quickly – and, on the fly.

I’ve mentioned before how, when I was researching becoming a consultant, I spoke with consultants about the pros and cons of consulting life. One person said to me that working from home was the biggest challenge they faced. I heard from several consultants that they went back to corporate jobs because they were lonely when working at home.

I’ve been working from home for well over a decade now and love it. But it wasn’t always that way. When I first started, I would get up, put a suit on, and work because I was so afraid of being distracted. And I was making myself miserable. One day, I had an intervention with myself and created some work at home rules which allowed me to stay productive and enjoy the perks of working at home.

If you’re currently faced with (unexpectedly) working from home, here are some articles that might help.

The Pros and Cons of Working from Home

Working from home may be the top goal of many workers. Here are several tips and resources discussing the pros and cons of working from home.

6 Tips for Successfully Working at Home

For many, working at home is a dream. But there can be a lot of challenges too. Here are a few tips to help you successfully work from home.

How to Listen and Listen Well

We need to listen and listen well, especially when we’re working remotely. Poor listening impacts our ability to receive information and this can hurt our concentration levels.

8 Ways to Better Your Everyday Communication

When we work remotely, our co-workers don’t get the benefit of seeing us. For effective communication, match the method to the message. Think about the message you’re trying to convey, then decide the best way to communicate it.

7 Things Every Email You Send Should Have

Email becomes a primary communication tool when you’re working remotely. Here are seven components to sending an effective email that will get a good response.

The 5 Rules of Texting Etiquette

Texting is a common form of communication. Here are 5 common-sense rules to consider when texting. They include, ask for permission, be brief and more.

I wish I could tell you that there’s a secret formula to working from home. Unfortunately, it’s a lot of trial and error to determine what works for you. But if I could offer one suggestion, it would be: try to mirror your work arrangement.

You don’t have to wear a suit but working in your pajamas all day might not help you be your most productive. Unless you snack all day at work, try to follow good nutrition habits. Same goes for watching TV or listening to podcasts or music while you work. Finally, practice good ergonomics. Your body will thank you and you’ll get more done.

I know working from home can be challenging. Especially if you didn’t ask to do it. But you can make this work. Let me know if you have any working from home questions and I’ll try to answer them! If you found something that works amazingly well, share them in the comments. It just might be the solution someone else is looking for!

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Anxiety Is Contagious. Here’s How to Contain It.

Harvard business - Wed, 03/18/2020 - 12:20

It’s especially important in times of mass uncertainty.

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The Decentralized Internet

Harvard business - Wed, 03/18/2020 - 10:00

Can Web 3.0 give Internet users more control over their digital existence?

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4 Quick Tips to Improve Your Business Writing

Harvard business - Wed, 03/18/2020 - 09:00

Not all memos are created equal.

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myCorona: Let's Leave the #COVID19 Messages to the Experts...

Hr Capitalis - Wed, 03/18/2020 - 08:53
You know what I'm talking about, my friends. COVID-19 messages from the companies you have some type of relationship with. There's a set of organizations where messages on COVID-19 are either mission-critical or welcomed. Included in that group are hospitals... Kris Dunn
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Make Your Side Hustle Work

Harvard business - Wed, 03/18/2020 - 08:00

A research-driven guide to moonlighting.

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How to Job Craft as a Team

Harvard business - Wed, 03/18/2020 - 07:00

It helps both the individual and the team find purpose.

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A Guide to Managing Your (Newly) Remote Workers

Harvard business - Wed, 03/18/2020 - 06:05

Leaders need to adapt to the new normal.

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Staying Productive in the Age of the Corona Virus

Eblingroup - Tue, 03/17/2020 - 18:59

As everything started to shut down this past weekend, I spent a good bit of time on Monday scrolling through my LinkedIn and Instagram feeds to see how some of the best-known people in my field of leadership development are handling this new reality. Brene Brown held a virtual church service on Sunday morning. Simon Sinek is filming short videos where he’s answering questions from readers.  Amy Cuddy shared a post where she talked about how she’s finding it hard to concentrate enough to write and asked if others were interested in joining her to commit to writing for at least one hour a day at the same time every day.

When I read Amy’s post, I was like, “Ah, ok I’m not the only one.”

Let’s be real. We’re living through an unprecedented time of a global public health crisis leading to what will likely be a global financial crisis. With all that’s going on, it can be really hard to be productive with our time and attention.

Five or six years ago I wrote a book called Overworked and Overwhelmed: The Mindfulness Alternative. Because of client meetings and speeches being postponed because of the virus, I’m not overworked at the moment, but I’ve definitely had my moments of feeling overwhelmed by all of the events of the past couple of weeks. Yesterday felt like I was stuck in the muck of uncertainty.

At some point last night and really while I was sleeping overnight, my brain started working through all of that. When I woke up early this morning, I realized that I needed to go back to what I wrote about in Overworked and Overwhelmed.

I wrote a lot in that book about the importance of mindfulness which I define as the combination of two words – awareness and intention. Ideally, awareness operates in two domains – external and internal. In our new age of corona virus there is a lot to be aware of externally. We’ve quickly reached the point of information overload with lots of speculation about how the corona virus situation will play out and how long it will take to do so. What I’ve become aware of internally is all of the external input is leading to a lot of anxiety for me about what might happen – with my family and friends, with my communities, with my business, with the markets and the economy, with the country, with the world. All of that thought about what might happen in the future can be enormously debilitating in the present.

That brings me to the second big word behind mindfulness – intention and the title of a classic book called Be Here Now. My intention when I woke up this morning was to do what I can do now to prepare for what may come. I can’t solve for 100 percent of any of that, but I can start taking lots of small steps that solve for 5 percent here and 5 percent there. Taking those consistent small steps will make things incrementally better for my family, friends and the community.

Here’s my short list of small steps I’m going to take starting now.

Checking in – I’m increasing the frequency of my calls to loved ones to see how they’re doing, offer help and increase my peace of mind.

Staying in – Staying home is the most important thing all of us can do to keep ourselves well and in the process help a lot of other people stay well.

Reaching out – As humans, we need connection with other humans to stay productive and healthy. I’m scheduling video chats and virtual coffees with people I work with and care about with no other purpose than supporting each other and staying connected. My friend and colleague Michael Bungay Stanier is one of my role models for how to do this well.

Working out – Fitness studios everywhere are going to be closed for a while but the good news is there’s a ton of video content available online that can help you stay true to your workout routine. Regular sustained movement is vital to maintaining not just your productivity but your health and well-being.

Giving to – My friend John Baldoni has done a lot of great writing and videos on the power of giving each other grace. My wife Diane and I are looking for opportunities to give grace through our words, actions and resources to the people who give to us. Two of my favorite yoga instructors, Allison Adams and Katie Keller are offering examples of how to do this through the live yoga class streams they’re providing online.

Working the list – The need for social distancing creates a ginormous change in all of our operating rhythms. It’s kind of awe-inspiring to think about what we might accomplish if we adjust our operating rhythm and use this time well. I’ve made a list of what I intend to accomplish and how to work it. For me, it includes writing a new book, launching a podcast, shooting videos for LinkedIn Learning, accelerating new virtual services for our clients and learning how to play rock guitar.

In Overworked and Overwhelmed, I wrote about the timeframes of mind – past, present and future. When we over index on the past, we become consumed with regret. Too much worry about the future creates crippling anxiety. So, the most productive thing we can do is to be here now. That’s important for all of us but it’s especially important for those of us who are leaders. I often say that leaders control the weather. However we show up is completely predictive of how the people around us will show up. That’s never been more true than it is today and will be in the months to come.

I’ll be honest with you, I wrote all this down and shot this video as a reminder for me of what I want to do and how I need to show up to do it to be productive in this age of corona virus. I got started by going back to the work I’ve written and shared in the past about research-based things any of us can do to live and lead at our best. Working on this has been helpful to me and I hope reading this post or watching this video has been helpful to you too. 

Stay well, stay home and keep washing your hands. And, if you’re one of those people whose essential work means you have to leave home to help the rest of us, special thanks and heartfelt wishes for your health and well-being.      

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Reflections on the Ongoing Coronavirus Crisis

Harvard business - Tue, 03/17/2020 - 15:33

Youngme and Mihir reflect on the ongoing pandemic and its latest economic repercussions.

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How Business Leaders Can Champion Democracy

Harvard business - Tue, 03/17/2020 - 11:14

Lessons from the front lines

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Is There a Winner in Huawei’s Digital Cold War with the U.S.?

Harvard business - Tue, 03/17/2020 - 10:00

Harvard Business School professor Bill Kirby discusses Huawei’s entrepreneurial start, where the tech giant is headed in the future, U.S.-China relations, and the Chinese government’s response to the Coronavirus.

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Delivery Technology Is Keeping Chinese Cities Afloat Through Coronavirus

Harvard business - Tue, 03/17/2020 - 08:00

Lessons for the U.S. and Europe on how to cope with commercial disruption.

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Square’s Cofounder on Discovering — and Defending — Innovations

Harvard business - Tue, 03/17/2020 - 07:35

A conversation with entrepreneur Jim McKelvey on the best way to out-innovate bigger competitors.

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Making Mentorship a Team Effort

Harvard business - Tue, 03/17/2020 - 07:00

Build a network of support that adapts to your changing needs.

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Craft a Career That Reflects Your Character

Harvard business - Tue, 03/17/2020 - 06:48

Your job is more than what you do.

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