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The reign of data

Humans are becoming smarter. By smarter, I mean the ability to use data to learn from the past and take actions to accept, avoid or change the predicted future.

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Put your best foot forward

Achieving goals and positively contributing to work require one to be the best version of themselves, at all times. Leo Bottary, author of What Anyone Can Do and co-author of The Power of Peers, tells us why we should surround ourselves with the right people to boost our chance for success.

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The other side of the desk

As per an ADP Research Institute® (ADP RI) report, poor relationship with the direct manager is one of the most common reasons for an employee to quit his job.* This scenario can change if the manager puts himself in the employee’s shoes and leads with empathy.

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A class apart

Innovation is a relentless pursuit for every successful organization, cutting across geographies and industries. And many are driving disruptions by promoting intrepreneur teams too. Doug Hall argues this is a flawed approach, benefitting only a select few. Innovation needs to operate in a broader realm—one that encompasses all and promises a level playing field.

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Enforced downtime

A study by the Society of Human Resource Management shows that 17 percent of the organizations in the US allow sabbaticals. This trend is catching up in India too as many US- and UK-based multinationals operating in India have started offering such programmes to employees.*

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Give and take

The Empathy Museum—established in late 2015—seeks to explore how empathy can not only transform our personal relationships, but also help tackle global challenges such as prejudice, conflict, and inequality.* Initiatives such as these highlight the empathy deficit in people today and the need to build a more empathetic society. But is it a factor of our genes, or can we be taught to be more empathetic?

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You can’t listen, if you don’t stop talking

Listening is most often not an inborn skill. It takes a conscious effort to train your mind to ‘hear’ others.

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Listening to understand

Research in the past has indicated that employees who don’t believe their bosses are listening to them are less likely to offer helpful suggestions and new ideas. This makes it imperative for leaders to stop hearing and start listening, actively.*

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Chart your path

Why have you been so successful in reaching some of your goals, but not others? If you aren’t sure, you are far from alone in your confusion. It turns out that even brilliant, highly accomplished people are pretty lousy when it comes to understanding why they succeed or fail. The intuitive answer—that you are born predisposed to certain talents and lacking in others—is really just one small piece of the puzzle. In fact, decades of research on achievement suggests that successful people reach their goals not simply because of who they are, but more often because of what they do.* So, as Raymond Houser says, it is not enough to just dream of becoming a winner. One has to plan on it.

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Listen up

In his book, One Second Ahead: Enhance Your Performance at Work with Mindfulness, author Rasmus Hougaard says, “Mindfulness is about you. It’s about overcoming the multitasking trap, and entering the attention economy, being one second ahead of your wandering mind and external distractions. It’s about being the best version of yourself every day.” Listening mindfully is an overlooked tool that leaders should use to combat conflict.

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