5 Reads: Career Paths, Design Thinking, Self Reviews and More

Here are five reads that have me thinking…

What to Do If There’s No Clear Career Path for You at Your Company
Dorie Clark. Harvard Business Review

Key Quote: “It may feel disconcerting if your company hasn’t crafted a linear career progression for you. But it’s also a significant opportunity to build a career that’s uniquely tailored to your own needs, skills, and interests.” Read the rest here

Why Design Thinking Works
Jeanne Liedtka. Harvard Business Review

Key Quote: “But what people may not understand is the subtler way that design thinking gets around the human biases (for example, rootedness in the status quo) or attachments to specific behavioral norms (“That’s how we do things here”) that time and again block the exercise of imagination.” Read the rest here

Have to write a self-review? Here’s what to say
Lindsay Tigar. Fast Company

Key Quote: “An effective self-review gives each team member the opportunity to share information that we might not otherwise know. It’s an opportunity to brag, but in my experience, many team members will also share areas where they’re struggling—even if we aren’t aware of them.” Read the rest here

Having a Fruitful Day is All About Learning the Art of Self-Control
Travis Bradberry. Quartz at Work

Key Quote: “The researchers found that self-control and energy are not only intricately linked but also finite, daily resources that tire much like a muscle. Even though we don’t always realize it, as the day goes on, we have increased difficulty exerting self-control and focusing on our work. As self-control wears out, we feel tired and find tasks to be more difficult and our mood sours.” Read the rest here

Project Management — Am I doing it right?
Ashley Hughes. Medium

Key Quote: “Every task in managing a project falls within 1 of 5 phases (Initiating, Planning, Executing, Monitoring & Controlling, and Closing) Additionally, tasks also fall into a knowledge area (Integration, Scope, Schedule, Cost, Quality, Resources, Communication, Risk, Procurement, Stakeholders) which runs in parallel to a phase.” Read the rest here


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