Trust is a vital asset in the workplace and essential for leaders as they strive for sustainable business results. With trust, employees have a sense of confidence in their managers and commitment to their companies’ success. Without it, they lack engagement and productivity declines.
Effective business leaders make balanced use of intelligence and creativity. Some leaders keep their business on track by toeing the line and intelligently keeping order without making waves. Others are more disruptive and affect significant change and innovation by turning their cultures upside down. The first strategy risks stagnation, the second risks disorder, while both may lead to eventual problems.
Consider this: A state of the art facility with new equipment and a newly hired, energized workforce in competition with a facility that was originally built during the Civil War, with equipment as old as 1902, with a seemingly entrenched, seasoned workforce. Would it surprise you to know that the Civil War era facility outperformed the state of the art facility? Want to know how they did this?
Technology has advanced rapidly over the last decade in both the gaming and scientific worlds creating a very promising convergence that has resulted in gaming that is much more than mere leisure activity.
Given our increasingly intercultural global society, skilled perspective taking, or the ability to take on the thoughts, feelings, and motivations of others, is more important to social interaction today than it has been at any time in history. As we strive to balance work, the health of one’s self and family, and happiness, it is easy to lose sight of others’ points-of-view.
Stress is something we face daily. Whether it is the stress associated with getting stuck in traffic on your way to work, having to prepare for an exam in school, or nervously anticipating the response to your first blog entry on a company’s website. When we are stressed physically or psychologically, a cascade of events occurs in our bodies that can influence our ability to function.
Mindfulness and its training has caught the attention of researchers in the psychological and health sciences, and a growing understanding of the power of mindfulness in the workplace is well underway. Organizations such as Google are creating and using mindfulness programs to spread its benefits to their own employees and beyond.
Storytelling can be a catalyst for positive changes in the workplace. When done in a particular way, it can help individuals reflect on the good work they are doing, discover solutions to challenges that are hiding in plain sight, and help others replicate and repeat good outcomes.