5 Reads: How to Enjoy Work, Where Good Plans Go to Die, Being a Good Conversationalist and More

Here are five articles that have me thinking…

Want People to Listen to you? Stop Saying These Three Things
Darren Menabney. Fast Company

Key Quote: “The French philosopher Simone Weil said, “Attention is the rarest and purest form of generosity.” When you are presenting, people are listening to you. They are giving you the gift of their attention and time. Don’t squander that generosity with a substandard presentation by saying things that signal their attention is being wasted.” Read the rest here

You Spend 5 Percent Of Your Day Outside. Try Making It More
Amelia Urry. Wired

Key Quote: “The science has shown that, although we think we like nature, we undervalue how much it helps us—how good it makes us feel. There’s this vicious cycle: We don’t spend enough time in nature to let us know how good it makes us feel, and then because we don’t know how good it makes us feel we don’t spend enough time in nature.” Read the rest here

Implementation is Where Good Process Improvement Plans Go to Die
Cynthia Owens. XPlane

Key Quote: “Companies spend millions developing more efficient ways to get things done. Then, after launching them amid much fanfare, 70 percent of change plans never quite deliver on the promise, according to Harvard Professor John Kotter. That’s because processes don’t change themselves; people have to change the things they’ve done the same way hundreds or thousands of times.” Read the rest here.

How to Become A Better Conversationalist
Lisa Evans. Fast Company

Key Quote: “It may seem counterintuitive, but the best conversationalists aren’t those who always have witty things to say, but are those who are genuine listeners. Communications specialist Sasha Quintana, cofounder of Chatter Republic, says good listeners don’t just listen with their ears, but with their whole body.” Read the rest here

It’s Possible to Enjoy Going to Work Every Day. Here’s How.
Rebecca Muller. Thrive Global

Key Quote: “While the concept of finding meaning in what you do can seem intuitive and simple, most workplaces have not yet made the effort to emphasize a sense of purpose to align with that data. In the face of that reality, Duhigg says it’s up to us to remind ourselves of the meaning in our work, and urges us to do so regularly. ” Read the rest here

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