You can tell someone is right for the job by learning what they care about and whether they say ‘I’ or ‘we.’
You probably know someone who’s always a step ahead of the game. She can tell, somehow innately, when bad news is coming, or when to take the risk that no one else would touch.
These people are dialed into their “gut instincts,” and are never wrong—almost annoyingly so.
The International Association of Administrative Professionals and OfficeTeam surveyed 3,500 administrative professionals and 1,300 senior managers, and found that 88% make decisions based on gut feelings.
The ability to intuit future problems before they become serious can be an invaluable trait in the workplace. “Any manager will tell you that having an assistant who anticipates his or her needs and offers solutions without being asked is virtually indispensable,” says Robert Hosking, OfficeTeam executive director.
There are five types of intuition:
If you want to boost your productivity, focus, creativity, or sanity, you need to leave your desk and take a walk.
Looking for some creative inspiration? Scientists at Stanford suggest going for a walk—whether indoors or outdoors, in a green space or on a treadmill—to give your creativity a boost. Compared to sitting, they found any form of walking could increase creative thinking by about 60%.
"We’re not saying walking can turn you into Michelangelo," said researcher Marily Oppezzo. "But it could help you at the beginning stages of creativity."
Recent studies, articles and books have done away with the age-old myth that introverts were shy and ineffective in social situations. Introverts are actually a great addition to any team because they’re typically great listeners, writes introvert and OPEN Forum contributor Erika Napoletano.
Life takes us by surprise and orders us to move toward the unknown -even when we don’t want to and when we think we don’t need to.
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From a zen garden to a pet rabbit, at first, no silly luxury was spared for a co-working space set up by two Dutch designers. But soon, things started suspiciously changing, until the office was something out of 1984.
“After a while it became clear something strange was happening.”
Here’s how to get your boss and coworkers used to the idea that you won’t always be available.
Picture this. You’re on a beach in the middle of the Caribbean with no Internet access, no phone reception, and no text messages.
You return from your vacation well rested, and want to continue some of these healthy habits—like not sleeping with your smartphone on your pillow. But how does that work when you’ve been tethered to your phone, and your coworkers and boss expect you to answer 24/7 because that’s what you’ve always done?
Depending on your particular situation, you can broach the topic with your boss. It may not be easy to detach from your smartphone, but it’s certainly not impossible, according to several experts. Here’s what they advise:
Meghan M. Biro, founder and CEO of TalentCulture Consulting GroupBy Meghan M. BiroThe way we work isn’t working.Or at the very least, today’s workforce dynamics are evolving faster than most organizations can manage. We’re more likely to fi…
Women are told to lean in, but having the time to lean back might be the true test of equality and success.
It’s well documented that women still aren’t earning as much as men—less than three quarters of the salary for the same work in many industries—but the gender wage gap isn’t the only issue. There’s another disparity quietly gaining traction: The gender leisure gap.
Some blame Sheryl Sandberg’s "Lean-in" phenomenon, in which women have been urged to do more, take on more, lean in to more and more opportunities in order to advance. Lean-in critics like Georgetown law professor Rosa Brooks say it’s a mentality that breeds burnout.
"When a workplace is full of employees who always lean in and never lean back, it’s full of employees who are exhausted, brittle, and incapable of showing much creativity or making good decisions," she writes in Foreign Policy. “There is, after all, much to be said for leaning out—for long lunches, afternoon naps, good books, and some nice, slow hours in the La-Z-Boy.”
Here’s what happened when we challenged readers, and ourselves, to wake up much earlier than we wanted to.
Last week I challenged readers, and myself, to wake up what they considered to be “insanely early”—a time earlier than when they would normally wake up, whether it be 6:30 a.m. or 4:30 a.m.
The idea is that having a time in the day where there is no pressure and no expectations from other people would result in better focus and more creative thinking.
WHAT HAPPENED WHEN I PUT THIS ADVICE TO THE TEST?