Dave Grohl shares what he learned from a lifetime in music, from Scream to Nirvana to Foo Fighters, how he tried to process Kurt Cobain's death and why he wants people to know the history of music. "The whole idea with the Foo Fighters was to be a continuation of life," Grohl says.
Procrastination is commonly attributed to poor time management, but what's often more important is proper motivation and meaning, writes Susan Fowler. "At the beginning of each day, focus on making choices that connect to meaningful values and build your competence for facing everyday challenges," she writes.
Avoid micromanaging your team by giving them clear guidance on what success looks like, a system of regular progress reports, motivation to meet deadlines and an accountability process, writes Know Your Team CEO Claire Lew. "True team accountability is about doing everything you can to create the clearest possible picture for what needs to get done and why, and sharing as much context as possible to achieve those expectations," Lew writes.
Job descriptions for CEOs and other top management have been increasingly focused on social skills -- people who listen, empathize and communicate a common vision -- according to listings from 2000 to 2017. "It's related to the increasing complexity associated with managing larger and more knowledge-intensive organizations," says Raffaella Sadun of Harvard Business School, who was one of the researchers.
Companies with operational resilience have treated the issue as a leadership priority that trickles down to every level of the business, according to this McKinsey analysis. This approach is especially important for industrial companies, as McKinsey shares examples from manufacturers related to outsourcing production, what assets to prioritize and managing risk in supply chains.
Instead of cutting costs in response to inflation, try being deliberate about price increases while considering your competition, supply chain challenges and growth opportunities. "You've now got the opportunity to think about reinvesting in the brand, strengthening the brand, and spending on things you've always wished you could spend on," says Tim Calkins, a Kellogg School of Management professor.
Love it or hate it, it's pumpkin spice season, and Johns Hopkins University researcher Jason Fischer says our reaction to the aroma is really a form of nostalgia that our brain concocts around the fall season. The scent of pumpkin spice doesn't even have pumpkin -- it's usually a combination of nutmeg, allspice and cinnamon.
The number of women transitioning jobs, which can include leaving the workforce completely, spiked 54% in 2021 compared to a year ago, while four out of 10 women are burned out, according to LinkedIn. Female workers talk about why they are rethinking their jobs during the pandemic, from wanting to pursue a career they're passionate about to being forced out of the workforce due to factors such as daycare costs.
Employers that say they'll lower the pay of remote employees based on their location are unlikely to follow through with it because the policy would hurt employee engagement and cost money if employees quit, HR consultants say. "Chances are, if you you have to go out to market to replace them, you're going to have to pay [their replacement] more anyway," says Jason Walker, co-founder of Thrive HR Consulting.
Employers should redevelop office arrangements with employees' scheduling preferences in mind and plan to frequently revise flexible workplace models, executives say. "Now it's like, 'All right, how do we think of the office as a tool, no different than Gmail or Slack or Google Meets?'"says Anthony Onesto, chief people officer at Suzy.
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