5 Reads: Backup Plans, Crushing Creativity, Comfort Zones and More



This edition of “5 Reads” examines how your office has the potential to crush your creativity, how enforcing a positive work environment is a sure fire way to get anything but, and some helpful tips from those pesky people who are always sticking with their positive habits!


4 Ways Your Office is Crushing Your Creativity

By Diana Budds. Fast Company

Key Quote:

“We found a total correlation between certain core design factors and the level of innovation in a workplace,” Diane Hoskins, co-CEO of Gensler, says. “Was it a surprise? No. But we were able to unpack the why, the what, and how.” Here are four key ways workplaces hinder creativity—and how design can help. Read the rest here

Making a Backup Plan Undermines Performance 

By Alison Beard. Harvard Business Review

Key Quote:

“If you prepare for failure, you may be more likely to fail. But the practical advice we would give is more nuanced than that. We’re not suggesting that you always avoid making backup plans. But maybe you could hold off on doing so until you’ve put as much effort as possible into your primary goal.” Read the rest here

If You’re Not Outside Your Comfort Zone You Won’t Learn Anything

By Andy MolinskyHarvard Business Review

Key Quote:

“In order to step outside your comfort zone, you have to do it, even if it’s uncomfortable. Put mechanisms in place that will force you to dive in, and you might discover that what you initially feared isn’t as bad as you thought.” Read the rest here

The Secrets of People Who Manage to Stick to Habit Changes

By Laura VanderkamFast Company

Key Quote:

“Many people flounder with habits because they allow exceptions for things such as travel, or special occasions, that eventually become common enough not to be exceptions. Those with streaks, on the other hand, structure their lives to make their habits possible.” Read the rest here

What Makes People Feel Upbeat at Work

By Maria KonnikovaThe New Yorker 

Key Quote:

“So it turns out that enforcing a generalized positivity can create problems in the realm of psychological motivation as well as in the legal realm. The issue of how to encourage workplace positivity raises another problem, which is the possibility of suppressing freedom of expression.” Read the rest here


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