People are the same person whether they're at work or not | Are you infected with CEO disease? | Thinking and acting are equally important in strategy
May 19, 2017
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People are the same person whether they're at work or not
Leaders need to be mindful that who they are outside of work inevitably affects the person they are while at work, writes Mary Jo Asmus. This affects everyone on the team, so making sure that personal relationships, health and values are all taken care of outside of work will help to improve working life as well.
Aspire-CS (5/17) 
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Are you infected with CEO disease?
"CEO disease" refers to the trend wherein the higher people climb on the corporate ladder, the less self-awareness they tend to have, explains Tasha Eurich. To avoid this, she suggests fostering a safe working environment in which people have the freedom to speak the truth about any problems, and also for leaders to find one person they trust has their best interests at heart who will give them the "good, the bad, and the ugly" about their performance.
Business Insider (5/16) 
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Strategic Management
Thinking and acting are equally important in strategy
Switching up a business strategy is just as much about revamping business models as it is about making sure organizational mindsets are in the right place for change, write Mark Bonchek and Barry Libert. Leaders need to consider that their "mental models" should be aligned with their business and measurement models for ensuring success.
Harvard Business Review online (tiered subscription model) (5/17) 
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Smarter Communication
Teams function best when everyone has an equal chance to talk
Teams are most successful when people feel safe, which means making sure everyone gets an equal opportunity to voice what they're thinking and be heard, writes Kris Boesch. Leaders need to consider what might be inhibiting this process and should facilitate more equal "air time."
SmartBrief/Leadership (5/18) 
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Be more like Abe Lincoln when writing speeches
If you're going to pick anyone's speeches to try and emulate, it should be Abe Lincoln, writes Dr. Jim Anderson. His speeches were short, included points that everyone could agree on, and identified important words that he'd say in sequence to support points he was trying to make.
The Accidental Communicator (5/16) 
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Smarter Living
Get your mind and body right each Friday
Think happy thoughts to avoid stress
The findings of a recent study suggest thinking about happy times of the past can help to calm people down after a confrontation and to curb stress, writes Emma Young.
British Psychological Society Research Digest (5/12),  New York magazine (5/12) 
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In Their Own Words
Adam Jones: "You have to stand up for what you feel is right"
Adam Jones: "You have to stand up for what you feel is right"
Jones (Maddie Meyer/Getty Images)
Baltimore Orioles outfielder Adam Jones discusses why he speaks out about race and other issues, how he deals with racial slurs from fans, and the people in baseball who have supported him and other players. "As athletes, we do have to be censored in a certain way, but at the same time, if there's a big issue, and it's something you stand for, you've got to speak out," he says.
Yahoo (5/16) 
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Daily Diversion
Fidget spinners -- therapeutic, annoying or a scam? It depends on whom you ask
Kids today love something called fidget spinners
Fidget spinners (Drew Angerer/Getty Images)
In the early years of the fidget spinner, the toy was actually used as a therapeutic aid for children with autism, anxiety or stress, writes Alex Williams. Now they have become a social media phenomenon and the whirring, spinning bane of every teacher's existence.
The New York Times (free-article access for SmartBrief readers) (5/6),  The Conversation (U.S.) (5/10) 
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Great artists are people who find the way to be themselves in their art. Any sort of pretension induces mediocrity in art and life alike.
Margot Fonteyn,
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