July 30, 2021
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Leading Edge
The pandemic has increased trust in organizations that brought employees into planning and decision-making, writes Randy Conley in analyzing survey data. "Openly, honestly, and transparently sharing information about workplace metrics on productivity, collaboration, and innovation are paramount to creating trust in the organization's decisions," Conley writes.
Full Story: Blanchard LeaderChat (7/29) 
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Hybrid work will ultimately evolve into human-robot collaboration, and today's environment is an early test of our readiness for that workplace future, says Tsedal Neeley of Harvard Business School. While there's a reason for in-person work, "when you bring people into the office, it better be for collaboration efforts where you're working together, standing side-by-side, looking at a smart board together," Neeley says.
Full Story: Harvard Business Review (tiered subscription model) (7/27) 
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Strategic Management
Simply deciding to set audacious stretch goals is an important step for companies and individuals, provided the goals are clear and accountable, writes Nick McLean of Four Pillars Investors. "Shooting for the stars requires stretch goals that might feel uncomfortable to some, yet clear goals and achievable growth metrics make it possible," McLean writes.
Full Story: Chief Executive (7/29) 
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Smarter Communication
PowerPoint is synonymous with slide decks at this point, but you don't always need slides to get your point across, writes Stephanie Scotti. That said, Scotti offers advice for how to put together a concise, thoughtful slide deck and argues for presentations where the audience can "easily glance at your media, grab the key information, and turn their attention to what you are saying."
Full Story: SmartBrief/Leadership (7/29) 
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Smarter Living
Get your mind and body right each Friday
How mental health professionals manage burnout
Trying a new hobby can be energizing even after a long workday, and finding something that brings joy and purpose to life can provide fulfillment, say mental health professionals who apply such tactics to cope with burnout. Integrating a short meditation practice into a trip outside is a go-to technique for licensed clinical social worker Linda Reitzes.
Full Story: HuffPost (7/26) 
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In Their Own Words
Thrilling CEO Shilla Kim-Parker shares her daily schedule as a mother to two young boys, her journey of entrepreneurship, the difficulties of "decision fatigue" and how she works through a natural shyness. "It's often romanticized that people can show up and be naturally effusive and charming, but if that's not you, embrace that and make the space you need to prepare so you have confidence and perform how you want to perform," Kim-Parker says.
Full Story: The Cut (tiered subscription model) (7/26) 
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Daily Diversion
Remembering the sound underneath ZZ Top's guitars
Hill in 2019 (Tim Mosenfelder/Getty Images)
The late bassist for ZZ Top, Dusty Hill, was often overshadowed musically by guitarist Billy Gibbons, not to mention mistaken for him, but he's being remembered for his bass playing and singing contributions to the band's iconic Texas sound. "Hill was the pacesetter, the man who, as many have already pointed out, created the heavy bottom for the Top," writes Chris Vognar.
Full Story: The Guardian (London) (7/29),  Texas Monthly (tiered subscription model) (7/28) 
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Editor's Note
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James daSilva
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