5 Reads: Buying Happiness, Growing Your Network, Kicking Bad Habits and More

Here are five reads that have me thinking…

Five Work Habits To Kick Before The End Of The Year

Rich Bellis. Fast Company

Key Quote: “There’s still time yet–so don’t give up on whatever big goal you might’ve set for yourself. Hearing the clock ticking down might even give you the extra motivation you’ve been missing, just as long as you clear away whatever’s been distracting you in the meantime.” Read the rest here

5 Thoughtful Ways to Grow Your Network

Kare Anderson. Huffington Post

Key Quote: “When it comes to networking, most people focus on the sexy part – meeting new people. But for true mutuality and interconnectedness, it is vital to stay in touch and keep your relationships alive and growing once you’ve made that initial connection.” Read the rest here

Your New Hires Won’t Succeed Unless You Onboard Them Properly

Allison M. EllisSushil S. NifadkarTalya N. BauerBerrin Erdogan. Harvard Business Review

Key Quote: “The first three to six months —­­ when new hires are particularly susceptible to turnover —­­ are most critical. On average, companies lose 17% of their new hires during the first three months, one study found.” Read the rest here

Want to Be Happy? Buy More Takeout and Hire a Maid.

Naraj Chokshi. The New York Times

Key Quote: “People who spent money to buy themselves time, such as by outsourcing disliked tasks, reported greater overall life satisfaction,” said Ashley Whillans, an assistant professor at the Harvard Business School and lead author of the study, which was based on a series of surveys from several countries.” Read the rest here

It’s Time to Update Leadership Development

Shonna Waters. HR Magazine

Key Quote: “Historically, most training programs have taught general skills, such as how to influence people and devise strategies, that are far removed from an organization’s distinct culture. While this type of preparation is often well-received and can even improve behavior for a short time, it has little long-term impact because it’s not tailored to the needs of the organization.” Read the rest here.




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