The Made-up Nonsense About Generations At Work

The job hopping myth is just one of the made-up generalizations wrongly shaping the way we think about generational differences in the workplace. Knowing such claims to be false the Corporate Rebels decided to put some of them to the test looking at the evidence behind what millennials and other generations want and need from work. The needs can be roughly summarized with the following list: purpose, meaning, freedom, autonomy, fun, and personal development. But aren’t these really universal basic human needs rather than what might be separating Millennials from the baby boomers and other generations?

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Written and published by Corporate Rebels

It’s Never Too Early To Fire

The longer founders or CEOs wait to fire people that don’t work out in and for the company, the more compounded success is lost. This is counter to the prevailing wisdom about working with someone to help them do their job well: developing a training program, a system of accountability, perhaps professional development. But in the world of startups, it’s important to make a quick decision, and fire fast.

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Written by Lars Dalgaard, published on a16z blog

The Dark Side Of Transparency

What about transparency within organizations? Many emphasize the benefits of sharing information freely, as a way of empowering employees and improving the quality and speed of decision making. But there is also a “dark side” to transparency.  This article looks at three main areas where too much transparency creates problems and offers some guidance on how to get the balance right.

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Julian Birkinshaw and Dan Cable, published by McKinsey Quarterly

Avoid Disastrous Decisions With These Four Meeting Practices

If teams practice and are used to top-down communication and way of handling decisions on a day-to-day basis, these patterns will likely become the trained muscle memory for the group and the muscles for speaking up, dissenting, and taking initiative will atrophy. Leaders can follow four meeting practices that will help bring organizational muscles that include the employee’s diverse eyes, ears and voices in shape.

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Written by David Marquet, published on Forbes

The Power Of Pride At Facebook

Pride in the company is an engine of engagement. As Voltaire put it, “We are rarely proud when we are alone.” When we feel connected to something bigger than ourselves, we bring more of ourselves to work. We feel a sense of ownership at the office. It’s not just the place we work—it’s a part of who we are.

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Written by Lori Goler, Janelle Gale, Brynn Harrington, Adam Grant, published on Fast Company

6 Exercises To Help Safeguard Against Artificial Harmony

A lack of conflict isn’t necessarily a sign of a like-minded, fully-aligned group with a project that is humming along smoothly. On the contrary, it usually means that essential conflict isn’t happening, resulting in disengaged team members and the rare, honest conversations happening in the shadows.

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Written by Carolyn Kopprasch, published on OpenBuffer

Digital Isn’t Software Or About Technology, It’s A Mindset

The most dominant companies are now digital-first. Think Netflix over Blockbuster or iTunes over Tower Records. Aaron Dignan founding partner at TheReady explains in this talk that for future success companies need a purpose, responsive structures and processes to support it, the right people, and (most importantly) how these need to be combined to make products that serve a community larger than any employee or organization.

Watch 53 min video published by 99U

Five Skills You’ll Need To Lead The Company Of The Future

Today, we live in a time of rapid change, when products and services often become obsolete overnight, and competition includes startups and companies in adjacent industries – the traditional leadership archetypes of a singular vision and strong command need not apply. To accommodate and achieve effectiveness in highly dynamic environments an entirely new value system is beginning to emerge for the leaders of the future, one that will continue to grow with the rise of new tools like artificial intelligence, robotics, and automation.

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Written by Jared Lindzon, published on Fast Company

Why Workplace Mindfulness Is Simpler Than You Might Think

Mindfulness at work proves to have positive effects on increased productivity, wellness, happiness, and energy. These are few of the reasons businesses are integrating elements of mindfulness into their organizational practices. Getting started is as simple as becoming more aware of yourself and the world around you.

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Authored by Bianca Bartz for hazel

Are Your Employees Givers Or Takers?

Adam Grant has spent years studying relationships at work, and specifically how Givers, Takers, and Matchers fare in the workplace. In this talk he breaks down the three basic kinds of people types and offers simple strategies to promote a culture of generosity and keep self-serving employees from taking more than their share.

Watch 19 Min Video, published by ZeitgeistMinds