5 Reads: Mean Bosses, Pep Talks, Brainstorming and More

I truly enjoy sharing articles on this blog.

Thanks to social media, I have an almost infinite supply of interesting articles to read and share. Each of the articles below represents reads that I found interesting, timely, or particularly relevant over the last month or so.

These articles stuck with me for one reason or another.

Sometimes they stuck with me because I found myself agreeing, and others because they challenged an assumption I had about a topic. Nonetheless, each of them is worth a little bit of your time.

Check them out: 

Mean Bosses Make Themselves Miserable Too

Association for Psychological Science

Key Quote: “People who felt powerful were more likely to engage in abusive behavior and they were also more likely to perceive rude behavior from others. Leaders who butted heads with their colleagues ended up feeling less relaxed, less competent, and less respected at the end of the day.” Read the rest here

18 things you should do immediately to best prepare for the next five years


Key Quote: “If you do anything, do this first one: learn how to work hard and stick with something. Learn how to turn off Facebook and control your addiction to social media. You’ll instantly be ahead of the majority of your generation.” Read the rest here

Your Team Is Brainstorming All Wrong

Art Markman. Harvard Business Review

Key Quote: “To develop stronger ideas, you need to manage the conversation so that the team doesn’t converge on a solution before everyone hears what others are thinking.” Read the rest here

What To Do When The Biggest Office Distraction Is Your Coworkers

Art Markman. Fast Company

Key Quote: “You need to seize control of the situation so you no longer feel trapped by it. Shift that external locus of control to an internal one.” Read the rest here.

The Science of Pep Talks

Daniel McGinn. Harvard Business Review

Key Quote: “This is when leaders provide information about precisely how to do the task at hand by, for example, giving easily understandable instructions, good definitions of tasks, and detail on how performance will be evaluated.” Read the rest here

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