5 Reads: Flabby Attention Spans, the Talent Curse, Fear of Fear and More.

Here are 5 articles that have me thinking…

Remote work doesn’t isolate people—it actually drives deeper human connection

Dan Schawbel. Quartz

The case against blanket “no remote work” approaches continues to get harder and harder to defend. While remote work may not be feasible for every job in every organization, technological capability is no longer (if it ever was) the only reason remote work makes sense.

Key Quote: 

“While we may not see our co-workers everyday, our desire to be around others still exists. Telecommuting enables us to invest more in the relationships that make us happy and fulfilled.”

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Why Do So Many Managers Avoid Giving Praise?

Jack Zenger and Joseph Folkman. Harvard Business Review

Talking about what went wrong is easier, and often direr than talking about what went right. Recognition gets put on the backburner for “when we have time”, or “maybe next time”, only the perfect time never arrives.

Key Quote:

“We can only conclude that many managers feel that it’s their job to tell their direct reports bad news and correct them when they make a mistake, but that taking the time to provide positive feedback is optional.”

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The Talent Curse

Jennifer Petriglieri and Gianpiero Petriglieri. Harvard Business Review

Your best people are not only burdened by extra work and increased expectations, they are often put in situations where they have to extend themselves well beyond their peers without the formal authority (and often the support) to do so.

Key Quote:

“Aspiring leaders work hard to live up to others’ expectations, and so the qualities that made them special to begin with—those that helped them excel and feel engaged—tend to get buried.”

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Learning to distinguish “fear” from “fear of fear” is key to leading a happy life

Khe Hy. Quartz

It’s “fear of fear” that is keeping most of us from getting out of our comfort zone. It’s not the actual risk of our big idea, it’s often the fear of being embarrassed if it doesn’t live up to expectations that keeps us in our place. Recognizing the difference helps us know when to push forward in spite of this.

Key quote:

“What these examples show is that, much of the time, our deepest, darkest fears are pretty overdramatic. There are legitimate reasons to grapple with extinction fears, but much of the time, we’re not really in mortal peril—the issue has a lot more to do with our fear of losing face.”

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The classical music concert is a vital workout for our sagging, flabby attention spans

Anne Quito. Quartz

We all have sagging, flabby, attention spans. The sooner we admit it, the sooner we can start doing something about it. If you’ve made it this far in the post, congratulations! Now keep it up by building your ability to focus on one thing at a time.

Key quote:

“There are several known tactics for rebuilding attention span, from playing video games to meditation. But the concert hall, where there things can’t be paused and one can’t get up to leave easily, is the ultimate training ground.”

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