What We're Reading Right Now

What We're Reading Right Now

Leadership | Posted by YouInc.com - February 22, 2017 at 12:30 am
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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:

Conquer Negative Thinking

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. 

In The Company Of Givers And Takers

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). 

Radical Candor: The Surprising Secret To Being A Good Boss

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. 

Obama's Secret To Surviving The White House Years: Books

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. 

The Radical Art Of Learning From Within

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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Tags: business advice, leadership, mental health, self-awareness, self-confidence, self-improvement, self-reflection

Kristen Marano

Kristen Marano is a writer based in Toronto, Canada, and Perth, Australia. She’s passionate about connecting women in business to share honest stories and perspectives about the emotional challenges of their work. Follow Kristen on Twitter at Twitter.com/KristenMarano

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Shirley Bailey
March 11, 2017 at 10:12 am
I don't do Twitter and don't have time for Facebook; however here is the best book I've
ever read and can certainly help all entrepreneurs who have joined YouInc. and others. The book is called "Exploring the Iceberg" - Author Paul R. Lamb. It is available at any Chapters book store or I believe on Amazon. Cost is minimal considering what you get from it. Unbelievable. Sincerely, Shirley Bailey email: shirley@kittycare.ca
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