Performance suffers under too much pressure, whether because of anxiety over the outcome, too many demands or something being vitally important to us, says Third Factor CEO Dane Jensen, who recommends letting go of your ego and finding a silver lining. "For instance, your family is still going to be waiting for you at home when you get out of this thing an hour from now, regardless of how it goes," Jensen says.
Too many managers exist "because they've managed to not get fired, and manage other people as a means of exerting power and shifting blame," while others can't effectively lead because they don't understand the work being done, argues EZPR CEO Ed Zitron. "What we need -- and will likely see -- are more organizations opening a different track for people who are very good at their specific job, where these people are compensated for being great at what they do and mentoring others," Zitron argues.
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Companies that are finding dramatic success today do so by using the latest technology and combining that with customer value, internal talent and competence-based structures over hierarchy, writes Steve Denning. "At its best, human beings are delivering value for other human beings, as opposed to individuals producing things in accordance with instructions from bosses," he writes.
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Executives want clear and concise messages, and they care about the facts, writes Joel Garfinkle, who shares client tendencies and success stories. "Focus on the facts at hand and leave the softer statements for other more appropriate settings, even if it's not your usual style," he writes.
Social psychologist Devon Price has argued that laziness doesn't exist and is solely a demeaning term, but that overlooks the commonplace moments where people don't want to do anything productive, argues James Greig. "Thinking about laziness like this -- as a choice I'm occasionally willing to pay the price for -- causes me less anguish than always viewing myself as the persecuted victim of social forces or my own misfiring neurotransmitters," he writes.
Librarians at the University of Bristol say parchment fragments found in a late 15th-century liturgical book have been identified as one of the oldest writings from medieval Arthurian manuscripts. The fragment contains an altered version of a tale about Merlin and the enchantress Viviane and was likely written between 1250 and 1275.
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We have a couple of challenging articles today on topics that spark intense emotions. Ed Zitron's attack on managers is definitely meant to rile people up, but then again, he describes a real phenomenon of managers who lack subject-matter knowledge and exist solely to exert power upon their poor reports.
Similarly, talking about laziness can easily devolve into anger and accusations. It may seem like we've made no progress on defining the right mix of work, leisure and play, considering that Josef Pieper's "Leisure: The Basis of Culture" published a few years after World War II while Aristotle was discussing leisure 2,400 years ago. I prefer to see it this way: Every generation, every culture has to figure out leisure and work in their own way.
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