Maintaining a hopeful perspective takes practice, and the reward is that hope can surface new ideas or paths, writes Jeanie Cockell and Joan McArthur-Blair. Hope causes people to focus on what they're passionate about and concentrate on a better future in times of change, they write.
Army veteran Jerry Flanagan founded junk-removal company JDog in 2011 with the intent of growing the business by hiring former servicemembers and help disprove the stereotype that veterans aren't ready to be in the civilian workplace. "When you watch it every day, how they deal with their struggles, it's amazing to see that they're very, very productive members of society," he says.
Almost every business has a written statement about workplace values and culture, but this doesn't mean that these values align with the actions of employees, writes Elizabeth Doty. Changing the culture of a company must begin internally by committing long term to everyday positive behavior while still allowing room to make mistakes and readjust as necessary.
Author Tiffani Bova offers 10 different ways to grow your business, such as improved customer experience, optimizing sales or building partnerships. Bova emphasizes informed and fast-moving decision-making, but not trying to take on too many strategies at once.
Anger or other strong emotions are often perceived as inherently negative especially at work, writes Lisa Kohn, but it is important to consider why you feel angry and how to resolve these feelings. One of the best ways to communicate anger and frustration is to practice "radical acceptance" -- allowing the present moment to sink in and decide how to move forward.
Remember to stay calm, think about others' perspectives and show genuine compassion when trying to say what you really think, writes Dan Rockwell. When you speak authentically, it can take a weight off of your shoulders and create more meaningful conversations.
People who believe that events in life happen to them and are out of their control have a passive mindset, Shane Parrish argues, while those who recognize and own up to decisions that cause events in their lives have an active mindset. "When the language you use about things going on in your life is passive, you slowly convince yourself that nothing is your responsibility," he writes.
"The Histories" was written more than 2,400 years ago by Herodotus and included a detailed description of ancient ships used during the time period. A recent find of 70 ships near a sunken port city includes one that greatly resemble the boats in Herodotus' writing, including a unique way of joining planks.
Why it matters: Smartphones and NASA's International Space Station have something very important in common -- their aging batteries eventually stop recharging as well as they used to. The lithium-ion batteries NASA is now installing for the ISS' solar array are more powerful and efficient than its current nickel-hydrogen batteries. That's an important step toward keeping the ISS functional.
Why it matters: It seems AT&T's efforts to rebrand a big section of its 4G network as "5G Evolution" may have been hasty, as an OpenSignal study found that 5G E is actually a bit slower than Verizon's and T-Mobile's advanced 4G LTE networks. As the business world shifts toward greater adoption of 5G, this might be a sign AT&T will have to play catch-up.
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