“Leading with Optimism” Harvard Business Review summary

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As leaders, how much should you talk about optimism or hope during times of widespread hardship? Might it appear superficial to your employees and communities?

Research done by Shawn Achor and Michelle Gielan conclude that “it’s precisely in the midst of a setback or challenging time, that leaders should be actively encouraging positivity because it will help teams weather the storm.”

Working with an organization in the midst of a financial crisis, the researchers urged supervisors to incorporate gestures like increased praise and recognition,

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Summary – 8 lessons on building a company people enjoy working for, Patty McCord [TED]

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In this TED feature of The Way We Work, Patty McCord shares her HR wisdom through quick, direct lessons to build a company people enjoy working for.

McCord is the former chief talent officer of Netflix, an American technology and media services provider. Under her leadership, Netflix adopted a dynamic culture and philosophy based on freedom and responsibility. This organizational culture was routinely assessed and updated and it allowed the organization to thrive.

These eight lessons are intended for managers and HR leaders to adopt in order for their organizations to quickly adapt to the evolving environment.

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You’re Never Too Young To Be A Leader: Here’s How (Forbes)

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While new employees are usually not seen as leaders, young employees can still develop leadership skills. Employees who have just started at a company have not yet earned the respect of their peers. Older employees tend to believe that younger workers are arrogant, and see their attempts to lead as disrespectful. It is important for young employees to take on tasks while acting respectfully, to be able to develop their skills.

Often, lack of confidence is what holds young leaders back the most.

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How to Spot an Incompetent Leader (Summary from Harvard Business Review)

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“Culture, whether good or bad, is just the product of the values and behaviors of our leaders,” writes Harvard Business Review (HBR) author Tomas Chamorro-Premuzic.

Toxic organizational culture does not happen immediately. It is often the result of the quality of the company’s leadership team and repeated behaviors over time. We recommend this article summary of HBR’s, “How To Spot an Incompetent Leader.” In it, Chamorro-Premuzic offers ways to identify incompetent leaders who contribute to toxic culture;

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This is what makes employees happy at work, Michael C. Bush [TED]

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Are you happy at work? Are you responsible for creating a work environment for others? 

In this TED video segment The Way We Work, Michael C. Bush shares the importance of cultivating three characteristics within the workplace and why having happy employees is good for business. Bush is CEO of Great Place to Work, a “global research and analytics firm that produces the annual FORTUNE 100 Best Companies to Work For list, the 100 Best Workplaces for Women list…and dozens of other distinguished workplace rankings around the world.”

Out of three billion working people throughout the world,

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