How we relate to each other as employees starts with how we relate to and understand each other as human beings. To kickoff our first edition of What We're Reading Right Now, YouInc rounded up five stories on the topic of "Being", to influence how we build our people, teams, and culture in business:
As human beings we're built to think more negative thoughts than postive as a way to survive. So, it's no wonder how easy it is to doubt ourselves or think the worst. Thankfully, with practice we can reverse this pattern. This New York Times article gives specific examples of how to accept, challenge, and counteract negative thoughts in your personal relationships and work situations. The first step might surprise you: don't try to stop negative thoughts.
Think about your team. Can you point out the people who are givers and people who are takers? Wharton's Adam Grant believes the more organizations can help people give their time and advice to others without being too generous, the more productive and profitable our businesses can become (while also taming the takers).
Giving feedback isn't easy, and making sure your employees walk away feeling empowered rather than threatened is the responsibility of a good leader. Co-founder of San Francisco startup Candor, Kim Scott has developed a matrix for being a good boss. She calls it Radical Candor, "the sweet spot between managers who are obnoxiously aggressive on the one side and ruinously empathetic on the other." A great read to help you and your employees do better work.
It's no secret that Obama would spend hours after dinner in the Oval Office, but what exactly was he doing? Reading books. He leaned on the words, advice, and lessons of some of the greatest leaders of our time to shape his perspectives and decision making. In case you missed this story while Obama was biding adieu, New York Times writer Michiko Kakutani gives us a glimpse of the presidential biographies, literary fiction and classic novels that Obama read.
To become better at what we do, we need to sel-reflect and self-criticize often. So, editor Angie Thurston asks, "How would our lives and society change if education began with going inward?" In this article she speaks of a program called Open Master's; participants design their education around a vision of the person they want to become. While not specifically created for entrepreneurs, it's a process that teams and companies can pull inspiration from; guide employees towards what they want to learn, why they want to learn, and how that learning aligns with who they're working to become
To keep learning on this topic, read: From Arlene: The Art Of Business Relationships
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