Career Conversations: A Chemistry Experiment

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In their recent HBR blog post, Judith and Richard Glaser explore the neurochemistry of conversation. They explain that: “When we face criticism, rejection or fear, when we feel marginalized or minimized, our bodies produce higher levels of cortisol, a hormone that shuts down the thinking center of our brain [… causing us to] become more reactive and sensitive.” They go on to explain that positive interactions and conversations also create a chemical reaction: “They spur the production of oxytocin, a feel-good hormone that elevates our ability to communicate, collaborate, and trust others by activating networks in our prefrontal cortex.” The …

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Letting Go with Grace

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It’s been a tough week. Our son – the most remarkable, capable, smart, fun, likable, insightful young man I know (a completely unbiased assessment) -  moved into his first apartment. While I’m bursting with pride that he’s so well-prepared for and excited about the next phase of his life, it’s a loss… and it changes everything. So it’s likely no coincidence that I “accidentally” came across this quote: “We’re wired for attachment in a world of impermanence,” according to Robert Neimeyer, a psychologist at University of Memphis. “How we negotiate that tension shapes who we become.” Perhaps the key to …

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Opinions, Data, and Performance

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Guest Post by Janhavi Hunnur I’m honored that Janhavi Hunnur asked to share this guest post that candidly addresses a challenge rarely talked about but shared by many leaders: personal biases around work approaches and styles that ultimately affect performance.   In the corporate world, the term ‘performance’ is often misunderstood. At its core, we can evaluate performance based upon the answers to simple questions like: How well are we doing? Are we meeting our goals? Are our customers satisfied? But as organizations have become more sophisticated and processes have become more complex, measuring performance has grown increasingly complicated. And, …

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Sustainability and Focus

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Sustainability gets a lot of attentions these days… and rightly so. As a society, we’re bringing greater consciousness to the preservation and endurance of the environment, energy, and more. Yet, there’s one precious natural resource that rarely gets the same attention. And for too many people, it’s reaching dangerous depletion levels. How sustainable is the personal energy you bring to the focus you deploy against your goals, mission, and purpose in life? Throughout our upbringing, school and work experiences, many successful individuals have learned and honed a potentially destructive form of focus: the forced and fierce variety. You may recognize …

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Ruining Recognition

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It’s hard to imagine that in the workplace something as constructive, positive, and uplifting as recognition could go wrong. After all, it’s free. And research consistently points to how effectively appreciation builds morale, engagement, and bottom-line results. But each and every day, well-meaning managers inadvertently ruin it. Last week I worked with two managers whose mindsets – while diametrically opposed – were each responsible for ruining recognition… but in very different ways. The first was a mid-level manager at a manufacturing and sales facility. He heads a large department charged with reducing costs, increasing output, and expanding sales. Staff is …

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