Cognitive flexibility is particularly affected by sleep deprivation, much more so than most other cognitive processes involved in decision-making. Why is that critical? Because cognitive flexibility is considered a key executive function. Thinking and acting well in a crisis, for instance. So, get more sleep.
Memorial Day Weekend traditionally marks the start of Summer. But Monday is also the day when we pause to remember and honor the sacrifice of our fellow citizens who have given their lives in defense of our nation and its values.
As Abraham Lincoln said in his Gettysburg address, these are our citizens who gave “the last full measure of devotion.” Honor their memory, today and always, in how we
Management “by walking around” topped the business leadership advice list a number of years ago, and still sells books. Credit for the original idea variously is given to an HP manager from the Seventies, or to Abraham Lincoln.
Read a biography of Lincoln and you will see that he indeed did a lot of “walking around” as part of his management style. He visited army camps unannounced. He hung out …
Apples-to-Apples is a popular game in my house, where a person must decide which word submitted by the other players best fits a theme card. The winning entry gets the theme card. Collect enough theme cards and you win the game. Players are allowed to lobby for their submission to win that theme card.
This has a strong echo in corporate decision-making processes. The best decision is not always taken, …
We all have experience working with jerks. It is part of the landscape of corporate America. We get a job that throws us into a diverse mix of people, some of whom act in ways that you might consider jerky. The offenders could be on our team or on teams with whom we collaborate. And you have to figure out how to work with them!
Research confirms that downtime regularly interspersed into our working lives raises our energy and ability to focus. We live in a 24/7 world, so leaders must actively work on shielding their people from work "alerts" during their time off. Engagement rises when employees can disengage at night and on weekends.
The end of March is the first big milestone of the business year. It’s time to run your first in-depth check-in with your team, as a group and individually, to realign purpose and energy with your goals. Here are some areas of focus for your discussions as you work together to plan out a highly productive second quarter of 2018.
As Q1 ends and Spring arrives, it is time to inject energy into your own leadership improvement program. Remember those earnest January commitments? Time to measure your progress and reset your improvement plan to move forward with renewed commitment. We have some ideas for getting that done.