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Madeline is sitting in her boss’s office, patiently waiting for his full attention so she can preview a client presentation she has to deliver tomorrow. Meanwhile Rob, her boss, is sending a text on his smart phone. Before he’s finished with that, the computer pings, signaling an incoming e-mail that Rob says he must answer immediately. He interrupts that process to grab a ringing phone and finally waves Madeline away, mouthing “I’ll catch you later,” as she backs out the door.[…] Continue Reading »
In many workplaces today, there seems to be a reward for looking busy. The more overwhelmed you are, the bigger your payoff.
But what is the real payoff? If you’re a chronic rusher, a confirmed multitasker, what’s your reward? Perhaps more important, what is the quality of work you’re producing? And what, if anything, should you do about it?[…] Continue Reading »
“So much to do, so little time.”
Sure, it’s a cliche, but it’s also a pretty accurate description of how many of us operate on a daily basis. We walk fast, talk fast, think fast. We multitask, answering e-mails while sitting in a staff meeting, making phone calls while we munch on a sandwich we don’t even taste.[…] Continue Reading »
For years, I laughed in the face of “woo-woo” stuff that the gurus of self-improvement have touted. Like many leaders, I tend to be a practical soul, driven by the external world and drawn to taking action. “Work hard and you get ahead,” the mantra of my upbringing, my Midwest location, and my soul has served me well.[…] Continue Reading »
The most important quality to look for in new hires is passion, says Dana Stocks, the chief human resources officer at Philips. SmartBrief recently asked Stocks questions about how Philips recruits passionate workers and keeps them engaged. An edited version of his responses follows.
How does Philips encourage employees to become passionate about their work?
First, we hire passionate people because we believe our passion for improving lives is what sets us apart from the rest.[…] Continue Reading »