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Leadership

Personal Development

10 Life-Changing Facts to Heal the Pain of the Past

Many of us are still plagued by traumas and pain in the past and stuck on what to do.

Self-Care Is Not Selfish, Self-Care Is Professional Development

This is written for teachers. It applies to us all. Great tips for integrating self-care into your day.

What Brain Science Tells Us About How to Excel
Productivity Tips From High-School Chemistry: Build a Motivation Catalyst
Just 6 Seconds of Mindfulness Can Make You More Effective
The Art of the Elevator Pitch

Informative summary of how to make your pitch work

Unqualified, unworthy, unlovable, and a fraud

Somehow I have had this conversation about the impostor syndrome with several people over the last month. If this describes you (as it did me at one point in my life), please know you can get over it. First, though, you have to decide you want to. Then comes the commitment to move past it through all the ups and downs without deciding you are a failure because you are having a hard time overcoming feeling like a failure.

So how did I overcome it? I made peace with failure. People sometimes ask me, "Since you are a PhD, answer me this...." And I say, my doctorate is not in Know Everything. It's in public health.

So it is with failure. Failure in one thing is not failure in all things. And failure isn't really failure anyway until you give up trying to succeed. I'm pretty persistent when I really decide to go after something.

Gay Men’s Obsession with Masculinity is Hurting Their Mental Health

Do gay men prefer traditional masculine acting men as sexual partners? This article says so.

“In the gay community, a sexual premium is placed on masculinity, which puts pressure on gay men to be masculine,” says Justin Lehmiller, a psychologist at the Kinsey Institute who studies human sexuality. “Feminine-acting men are seen as less desirable sexual partners.”

This so much reminds me of how light-skinned Blacks are favored over dark-skinned Black within the Black community even now, 40 years after the resurgence of Black power.

While this article focuses on mating habits, we know those same preferences exist in all spheres of life. People judge themselves and others by traditional norms. Those who don't fit can be excluded and feel inadequate—even as we claim to be more accepting in these times.

If we are to create a valuing, diverse, multicultural society, we will have to expand our mindsets to value those who don't cookie-cutter traditional norms. Workplaces with strong diversity and inclusion cultures have the opportunity to lead the way on this.

Neuroscience Reveals: Gratitude Literally Rewires Your Brain to be Happier

More reasons to start off the new year with a heart filled with gratitude.

Tapping the Power of Intrinsic Motivation

This article gives a succinct summary of how to inspire intrinsic motivation. Read it if you are...

  • a parent or teacher dealing with a recalcitrant child.
  • a leader dealing with a recalcitrant employee.
  • wondering why you can't seem to get motivated to do what you know you should do.


Spoiler alert: Intrinsic motivation stems from feelings of belonging, autonomy, competence, and meaning. These are must-haves. Otherwise, you are constantly barking at the person trying to get them to meet requirements.

The value of the article is that it provides concrete action steps on how to foster those four feelings and inspire intrinsic motivation.

#growthmindset #intrinsicmotivation #buildingrelationships #fosteirngpersonalaccountability

Effective Communication

Why Difficult Conversations Can Actually Be a Good Thing

People avoid difficult conversations fearing they will make matters worse. These Columbia U researchers say the opposite can happen. One of the secrets: "The conversations that were less constructive were the ones where participants began to think of the issues they were discussing in simplistic terms: wrong or right, truth or lie, good or bad. In contrast, the more productive conversations were where the participants thought through the process of the conversation and had more complex discussions." To bridge differences in this multicultural world, think about how you are communicating as well as the complexity of the topic.

6 Ways to Disagree with Senior Management

Disagreeing with the boss is challenging for most people. You’re fortunate if you report to someone who is open to your constructive feedback. If not, this article has sound suggestions on how to do it.

How to Respond When You’re Put on the Spot in a Meeting

Excellent tips for how to respond when you are put on the spot.

How to Disagree with Someone More Powerful than You

Great advice on managing upward!

How to Manage Your Teams in Times of Political Trauma

What's happening politically plays in the background in my head constantly, commanding -- no, demanding -- attention. I'm fortunate that it's not a taboo subject among most of the people with whom I talk or work.

Others are not so lucky. They register similar concerns, but talking politics is taboo in certain settings. I know from the times this has happened to me that it feels surreal to be talking about restaurants and sports when it feels like the world is exploding. .

Making political upset taboo to talk about at work directly contradicts the mantra to bring one's whole self to work. How can you, if you can't talk about how the latest mass shooting or your concerns about the impeachment inquiry. Those who are good at compartmentalizing their lives may not find it as disconcerting as those of us who can't separate out various aspects of ourselves as easily.

Here is an article that may be helpful. It was to me. Some of the recommendations may be controversial -- like hosting separate discussion groups for people with different identities (Black groups, White groups, women groups, etc.). There are always trade-offs to any recommendation. That's why some organizations do nothing. The article is arguing that doing nothing creates more harm than testing the waters with some action to improve psychological safety.

Diversity & Inclusion

Construction company rolls out first inclusive ‘at work’ signs
Crossing the Divide

Provocative article about four transmen's experiences before and after transition. Provides one lens on different expectations of men vs. women. There are so many paradoxes! Read this article if you want to think deeply about gender.

If someone wants to be called 'they' and not 'he' or 'she', why say no?
Are Efforts For Diverse Founders Helping or Hurting?
To Advance Diversity & Inclusion, CEOs Must Choose Cooperation Over Competition
Why Confronting Our Unconscious Biases Is Both a Moral and Business Imperative

Refreshing article on diversity. The author takes on the assumption that meritocracy and not unconscious bias drives our hiring decisions.

Why paternity leave is needed to promote gender equality

Men also need work-life balance.

Discrimination & Microaggressions

How Sexism Follows Women From the Cradle to the Workplace
How Companies Make It Harder for Lesbian, Gay, and Bisexual Employees to Achieve Work-Life Balance

Does your workplace welcome ALL employees?

6 Ways to Remove Hiring Bias from the Recruitment Process

Bias in hiring and promotions can be hard to spot while you yourself are doing it. Here are tips to avoid it.

Learning & Innovation

Stop Using the Excuse “Organizational Change Is Hard”

Instead of discouraging yourself and others by proclaiming that "change is hard," try talking about the probability that change can be successful with effort.

Social Networking

Long Live the Human Network Effect

Here's an example of using social networks to solve business problems.

Social networking and the increasing burden on mental health

This is a huge problem. How often do you check your phone?

Technology

Tech Is Splitting the U.S. Work Force in Two

This is a major contributor to the accelerating inequality. I know people in both worlds and their lives are vastly different.

Building the Workforce of Tomorrow, Today

Massive loss of jobs are predicted because of new technologies and artificial intelligence unless reskilling occurs now. Think of the zillions of truck drivers who will lose their jobs once self-driving cars take hold.

Here is an inspiring example of what one company is doing in Germany.

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