Recently, social psychologists discovered a problem most of us have in preparing for the future: we think of our future selves as strangers — as different people altogether. Valuable insight into this problem is provided in research by two university educators — Hal Hershfield, an assistant professor in the marketing department of New York University’s Stern School of Business, and Kelly McGonigal, a health psychologist and lecturer at Stanford University and author of “The Willpower Instinct.”
In experiments with undergraduates, Hershfield discovered that students who were shown a digitally aged image of themselves allocated twice as much to their retirement accounts as those who didn’t see themselves as they aged. Hershfield says that “looking ahead in time and feeling a sense of connection to one’s future self can impact long-term financial decision-making, converting a consumer into a saver.” People with this “future self-continuity” also accumulate more assets than others, including owning their own homes and having bigger bank accounts. (read more…)
Diane is six months into her assignment as a midlevel manager in a large technology company. She was promoted to this position because of her previous “wild success” as a first-line manager, where she managed a team of engineers. She’s struggling in this new position, feeling ungrounded, overwhelmed and unable to lift herself up enough to see where her organization is heading.
She thought the transition to this midlevel position would be easy. But this is where the rubber meets the road in many companies. She will either find a way to become successful or she’ll fail. Unknowingly she’s being tested now to see if she has the mettle to get through the complexities she’s dealing with and manage a team of managers that will drive — in her words — “my organizational agendas forward.”
Wait a minute. What’s wrong with that last sentence?
Her organizational agendas! Nobody told her that she needed to have input from her team! (read more…)
How many times have you walked out of a meeting saying, “Well, that’s an hour of my life that I will never get back!” We seem to tolerate poor presentations in the workplace assuming that’s just the way it is, not thinking about or recognizing the negative impact poor communications has on business. Let’s face it; the quality of a presentation can make the difference between:
- Winning that next big job or a pointless pitch
- Team collaboration or needless conflict
- Profitability or money down the drain
In a world where the bottom line rules, how we communicate has a direct correlation to success and profitability.
Bringing people together costs money
Simply put, whether it’s a sales pitch, an analyst summit, industry event or everyday run-of-the-mill business meeting, it costs money to bring people together, whether on-site in a conference room or an event that is produced off-property. Meeting costs escalate quickly when you include the dollars for salaried employees taken away from work, travel, the venue itself, equipment, hiring production crews, as well as lodging and the cost of food and beverage. (read more…)
I recently asked readers to submit their burning leadership development questions. Those that get picked for a post will receive a free copy of my e-book.
This question from Nicholas:
“What are some good ways to get recognized as an emerging young leader in your organization without sounding like you’re trying to toot your own horn?”
My mother always told me if you just kept your head down and did good work, you would get ahead in your career. While there is certainly some truth to that advice, there’s a lot more to it when it comes to getting noticed for your leadership potential.
I’ll share some insider information with you as to how most organizations look assess for leadership potential.
I am a damn good writer. You may not think so, but I do. Don’t get me wrong, I don’t think I am the best writer, just a damn good one. Now, before you get all well-isn’t-he-arrogant on me, suspend your judgment and hear me out. My story is about self-perception, not actual reality.
The fact that I think I am a good writer doesn’t mean that I am, in fact, a good writer. Thinking and being are two different things. But when it comes to writing, believing in one’s own talent is better than not doing so. Thinking I am a damn good writer gives me a confident “voice.” And in ninth grade, I learned that having a confident voice is central to being a damn good writer.
I didn’t always think this way
Your judgment about my arrogance might be softened a little if you knew my starting point. (read more…)