You are very good at what you do! Congratulations! But is there, perhaps, such a thing as “being too good?” Here are seven “warning signs” that you may have fallen into what a Harvard Business Review article* author calls the “Expertise Trap”: 1. You’re unfamiliar with new technologies/approaches in your industry 2. You often use the phrase “That’s how we have … [Read more...] about Blinded by Expertise?
Research shows that “happy employees have, on average, 31% higher productivity; their sales are 37% higher; their creativity is three times higher.”* That is quite a “happiness advantage” both for people who are “happy” and organizations who cultivate “happiness” in their employees. In an article by Shawn Achor in Harvard Business Review*, he outlines three ways that … [Read more...] about The Happiness Advantage
You might think this is odd, but a couple of years ago I started to have chats with my 95 year-old self. It is especially odd when you consider that I may not even live to be 95 years old! Basically, I ask my 95 year-old self for advice. After all, everything I do directly impacts him. We are aligned on the goal to maximize our joy, fulfillment and contribution we … [Read more...] about Advice from My 95 Year-Old Self
Thinking seems to have become a luxury. Time management experts recommend scheduling “meetings with yourself,” so you will have time to think. But many of us try to cram in 40 hours worth of work into a 45-minute window. How can we dedicate time to thinking deeply, which allows us to more creatively solve problems? I’ve been learning more about neuroscience lately, and … [Read more...] about Do you have time to “think?”
It’s true that “It’s not what you know, it’s who you know.” (Though I want to believe that what you know is also very important!) Therefore, making sure that you have an effective network is very important to your productivity and long term success. Research reported in Harvard Business Review* states that highly satisfied, high performers have a collection of people in … [Read more...] about Power Up Your Network