Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg is grappling not with the usual strategic challenges of corporate life but with Facebook's outsized impact on elections, communities and how civil discourse is conducted. "These are not technical puzzles to be cracked in the middle of the night but some of the subtlest aspects of human affairs, including the meaning of truth, the limits of free speech, and the origins of violence," Evan Osnos writes.
We can improve our ability to connect with people by thinking of ourselves as actors preparing for a role: We first see ourselves engaged in these behaviors, then we practice them until they become second-nature, writes John Baldoni. "Considering thoughts are behaviors in the making might help overcome resistance to making a change," he writes.
People pick up on the words you use, writes Steve Keating, citing Tony Robbins, and when you use emotionally intense words, people ratchet up their reactions, "Remember, it's up to you to speak in a way that will move you closer to being the person you want to be," he writes.
Groups brought together to tackle business problems need to show ingenuity and creativity, but they also need to have a proper background briefing, write Karin Hurt and David Dye. That information should include important notes and resources, as well as a clear detailing of the goals.
An inability to control our tempers can be exacerbated by a failure to stop and reflect, as well as physical factors such as a lack of sleep and exercise, writes Dan Rockwell. Show leadership by deliberately replacing frustration with acts of generosity, he writes.
Try to think through your day in half-hour increments to be productive without becoming scatterbrained, writes Jim Davies, a cognitive science professor at Carleton University. "The advice is simple: when doing something that requires thinking, don't do anything else," he writes.
Rebecca Hamilton and Emily Schwerin-Whyte are sisters and co-CEOs of S. Badger, a family-founded maker of natural body-care products that allows employees to bring babies up to 6 months old to work. "Oftentimes, you have people who are taking your baby while you're in a meeting or on a call, and all of the programs help to support the impulse, which is that we are more than a company, that we're a community," says Schwerin-Whyte.
Two types of amphipods in deep waters near Antarctica are immune to the toxic emissions of sea snails and will hoist snails onto their backs as a defensive measure against predators, writes Natasha Frost. The snails, unable to dislodge from the crustaceans, often starve, according to a study in the journal Marine Biodiversity.
Workplaces thrive with people who think differently about how to approach problems, writes Julie Winkle Giulioni. Encourage teams to welcome a variety of perspectives in order to deconstruct complex challenges faster and avoid groupthink, she writes.
Leaders shouldn't hesitate to turn to their teams if unsure about a decision or the next step to take with a project, writes Sara Saddington. "I'm confident that for the most part, they will repay you with loyalty, dedication, hard work, and excitement," she writes.