Control, Authenticity and Rituals Reduce Stress and Anxiety

This is a HBR post written by Francesca Gino and the link to the original article is here. If you’re like me, you often ask yourself how you can get more work done in a day. How can you best boost your productivity? I always assumed that if I could just reduce any stress I …

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The Discipline of Finishing – Conor Neill

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A Procrastinator’s Vicious Cycle

Apart from laziness, fear of not being liked or respected is a major reason for procrastination. But, why are only some people are more driven by this fear? Fear of not being liked or respected <-- caused by---- 1.  procrastinator thinks that others think that he or she should know 2. procrastinator thinks that what he …

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The Vicious Cycle of Self-esteem and Self-discipline

This is a snippet from an article in Psychology Today. It may be true that we can do almost anything we set our mind to. But if our mind is our worst enemy, we simply may not be able to believe this otherwise inspiring (and motivating!) maxim. That is, whatever anxieties we may have about …

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The Struggles of Resting Confused Face

This post was written by Emma Lord on Bustle and the link to the original article is here. In the past year or so, we've heard a lot of people bemoaning the struggles of having "resting bitch face", which is totally understandable. I'd be annoyed too if someone thought I was side-eyeing them when all …

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Why you need discipline and why procrastinators are not disciplined?

You don't know what you don't know. When you are planning, you may assume you know everything that is going to happen. No, you don't. A procrastinator makes this assumption and delays the task. But, he always faces new kinds of delays and problems and hence cannot meet the deadline. You don't know what you …

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Spontaneous Communication by Stanford GSB

Greatness Isn’t Born, Greatness Is Bred

This is a post written by Alex Liang and the link to the original post is here. Greatness Isn’t Born, Greatness Is Bred   Something Kevin Durant (undisputed top 3 NBA player) said stuck out to me. It was the end of a workout. New trainer. Famous for being different and pushing the envelope. The …

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The Gratification Cycle

My hypothesis is that: With the increased convenience and the fast pace of the world today, we want to be gratified instantly and our ability to wait for gratification is coming down. This is what I call as the gratification cycle and the cycle seems to become shorter and shorter. Our instant access to online …

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Curiosity plus Conscientiousness beats Intelligence

This is a post from Psychology Today and the link to the original article is here It's easy to become bored, discontent and lackadaisical when your daily routine turns into a rut. Recent psychological studies have confirmed that staying curious is not only the key to maintaining a sense of wonder and appreciation for life …

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Why Influence is more important than Authority?

In a world of complex, sprawling organizations, authority isn’t what it used to be. Sure, you may be the boss, but your title isn’t enough to get people to do what you ask. And your command is further diluted when you work in a team, collaborate across boundaries or rely on multiple partners and stakeholders. …

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Quick Thinkers Seem Charismatic, Even If They’re Not That Smart

This is an article by The Atlantic and the link to the original post is here. The rapid-fire back and forth of a witty repartee is an exhilarating thing. When the conversation is ping-ponging between you and someone else—be it on a date, or in a business meeting, or at happy hour—chances are you’ll find …

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Manage Your Energy, Not Your Time – HBR

This is a Harvard Business Review article and the link to the original post is here.   Steve Wanner is a highly respected 37-year-old partner at Ernst & Young, married with four young children. When we met him a year ago, he was working 12- to 14-hour days, felt perpetually exhausted, and found it difficult to …

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Conflict Management

In any situation, we have four choices of action: The right thing to do The easiest thing to do What you want to do (is more driven by emotions in the moment) The optimum thing to do (given the RAC) Many times we do what we want to do and hope that change will come. …

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How meaningless becomes meaningful?

Meaningless becomes meaningful if enough people believe in it. So if a person knows a lot of people in a group, then it is easy for him to be perceived meaningful. If a person doesn't know a lot of people in a group, it is that much more difficult to be more meaningful. This is …

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via Mashable: 8 Tips to Make Networking Less Nerve-Wracking for Introverts

This is a post by Mashable and the link to the original article is here. Networking is a skill that's critical for career advancement. While talking to strangers and approaching new people are challenging for most people, those tasks can be especially difficult for introverts. Jacqueline Whitmore, an etiquette expert and author of "Poised for …

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What Recruiters Want?

Bloomberg has interviewed more than 1200 recruiters from 547 companies and asked them about the skills that they are looking for but can't find. Here is an image conveying the key skills that global companies are looking for. The link to the original report is here.

The Five Reasons For Not Doing A Task

Overpromise or Couldn't say 'no' while accepting the responsibility. This is primarily because of fear of conflict. Finally when it comes to delivery, there is a problem. Forgot about a clashing interest or task. Forgot about the task totally Avoid failure or embarassment Delaying because it is already delayed and there is no clarity on …

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Optimality

Our life is all about optimality. In any situation, it is not about the best response but it is about the optimal response. But often, when we are evaluating other people or ourselves we judge or think with respect to the best response in the situation.

Leadership – Goal Management – How to approach goals?

GUAGE THE SITUATION RIGHTLY AND HAVE THE RIGHT APPROACH Any business situation can be defined as a goal that needs to be achieved and the assumptions, constraints and resources available under that situation. One needs to use those resources and work with certain constraints and assumptions to make an approach towards achieving a goal in a situation. …

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