There are too many people claiming to be experts as part of a cycle of gaining recognition and revenue, and this trend is inspired somewhat by growing societal divisiveness, argues Paul Jarvis. "We assume that the experts we choose to believe in have the answers, and we shut off to anything to the contrary," he writes.
Leaders who can't manage their emotions create a workplace ruled by fear and stress unless they address their subconscious behavioral controls, says leadership coach Christine Comaford. "The more fully developed they are, the more a person can operate in what I call the Smart State, where all three key parts of our brain are working together and one has behavioral choice," she says.
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When traditional business models are being disrupted, look at that as a chance to explore new possibilities, writes T.C. Doyle. Technology and marketing can help transform an old way of doing things into a new revenue stream, he writes.
IKEA executives credit the company's late founder, Ingvar Kamprad, and his beliefs in cost efficiency, company culture and a lasting corporate structure for propelling the company's growth, writes Tom Turula. "He was always very much about the customer experience, which was his greatness," says executive Hakan Svedman.
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End the villain-victim cycle of drama in your office by teaching openness and persistence and discouraging people from issuing ultimatums and unsolicited advice, writes Nate Regier. "Getting open shows that your intention is not to struggle against this person, but to join them in finding a better solution," he writes.
Access to news alerts 24/7 from our phones can harm our mental health, says Graham Davey, editor-in-chief of the Journal of Experimental Psychopathology. "Our studies also showed that this change in mood exacerbates the viewer's own personal worries, even when those worries are not directly relevant to the news stories being broadcast," Davey says.
Kelly Bienn of the Baton Rouge Area Chamber says giving honest feedback is hard but is part of the job. "I have learned that giving consistent feedback and course-correcting regularly is much less painful than letting things slide and waiting for something to go seriously wrong," she says.
Dot Foods Executive Chairman John Tracy showed the power of a speech that started with an icebreaker, offered valuable lessons about the family-owned business and still made the audience's needs paramount, writes James daSilva. "In less than 30 minutes, Tracy was able to re-energize the room, entertain and inform, and offer takeaways without making the speech all about himself," daSilva writes.
Researchers have discovered a way to regenerate decayed teeth in mice and rats, possibly moving toward a replacement for cavity fillings, writes Ferris Jabr. A study published in Scientific Reports found certain drugs encourage stem cell activity and tissue repair in damaged teeth, he writes.
The test of a first-rate intelligence is the ability to hold two opposed ideas in the mind at the same time and still retain the ability to function. One should, for example, be able to see that things are hopeless and yet be determined to make them otherwise.