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Why Negative Feedback Stings (and How to Make the Most of It)

Feeling threatened, angry or vulnerable about feedback is natural —here’s how you can better handle and respond to it. Am I about to get fired? You try and push the thought to the back of your mind as you walk into your boss's office, close the door and sit down.

I’m Not a Risk-Taker: How Playing It Safe Has Fueled My Startup’s Success

When I was a kid, I worked in my cousin’s gift store. I was so bored during those long, hot summers that I didn’t even ask him to pay me. But one day I had a brilliant idea. I would go into the hills, pick figs from local gardens, and

The Joy of Missing Out: Your New Secret Weapon for Creativity

I was camped out at a table in my favorite cafe, pounding away at the keyboard. For the previous six months, I had been working overtime — by choice. I had an idea for a product that could make people’s lives better, but I wasn’t quite ready to call it

How to Turn Your Boredom Into an Asset

Sometimes those monotonous tasks are the most productive things on your to-do list 43% of employees are bored. Millennials are nearly twice as likely to be bored at work than baby boomers. Meanwhile, we’re busy trying to figure out which we hate more: stress or boredom. We have this idea that boredom is one

The Power of Letting Go: How Surrendering Control Can Improve Your Life

I straightened my tie and rang the doorbell, eager to reconnect with old friends and colleagues at a housewarming party. Just before the host answered the front door, I noticed a yard sign for a popular home security company. I’d been curious about security systems, so after passing off the

How to Make Your Team Happier and More Productive

Hint: skip the trust falls and team-building exercises. Common sense tells us that happy, collaborative teams are productive teams. Research backs it up, too. But when leaders or managers utter the words “team-building,” most people want to run for the nearest exit. Visions of cheesy bonding exercises and trust-building games can induce a

The Right Way to Ask Questions (And Get the Info You Need)

Effective questioning is a skill that anyone can master with practice. “Why do I sit at the back seat of our car?” I looked down, laughing. My eldest boy’s just turned four, entering the first throes of childhood chattiness. What I find especially interesting is that most of his conversation

How to Solicit Advice (And Still Seem Competent)

Studies show that asking for advice is more effective than soliciting feedback — but only if done correctly. We’ve long been obsessed with the idea of offering “feedback” in the workplace. A quick Google search results in dozens of well-meaning articles offering tips for both giving and soliciting employee feedback.

How the Myth of Sacrifice Is Hurting Your Team and Your Bottom Line

You miss 100% of the shots you don’t take. If you’re not first, you’re last. It’s not whether you get knocked down; it’s whether you get up. There’s no traffic on the extra mile. I’ve noticed lately that the narrative around tech is becoming more and more similar to the

Why Your Brain Needs Time for Doing Nothing At All

Being successful and being busy are not one and the same. The old crocodile was floating at the river’s edge when a younger crocodile swam up next to him, “I’ve heard from many that you’re the fiercest hunter in all of the river bottoms. Please, teach me your ways.” Awoken

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