Five Reads: Collective Narcissism, Make Learning a Habit, Stay Conversations and More

This month’s recommendations already feel out of date.

In November I favored articles addressing or seeking to understand the labor shortage, or as some have called it, the great resignation or war for talent. As I post this, however, my focus has already shifted.

The next phase of the pandemic, Omicron, is on the horizon and that almost makes this set of articles feel quaint. But there will be a time and a place for articles on that in January when hopefully, we have a better understanding of what Omicron means for all of us.

In the meantime, and as always, please follow reputable news sources to stay informed and do your best to stay healthy (physically and mentally).

Here are five articles that had me thinking over the last month or so:

What Collective Narcissism Does to Society
Scott Barry Kaufmann. The Atlantic

Key quote: “You can’t force everyone to see the value in your group, just as you can’t force everyone to see the value in you as an individual. But you can control how you see yourself, and the narrative you tell yourself about your group and the world. The only way out from the group-narcissism trap is up, by transcending your group’s feelings of entitlement and connecting with fellow humans—even when it’s easier to believe that you’re special.” Read the rest here.

Hire externally or promote internally? In a labor shortage, the answer is clear
Jerome Ternynck. Quartz

Key quote: “The internally promoted also are more engaged and more productive, with lower absenteeism and attrition than external hires. Advancing them costs less than replacing them, by a solid margin. It turns out that swapping two employees’ responsibilities could save the average $5,600 cost of replacing them both externally, while preparing them better for increasingly senior roles.” Read the rest here.

Make Learning a Part of Your Daily Routine
Helen Tupper and Sarah Ellis. Harvard Business Review

Key quote: “Our capacity for learning is becoming the currency we trade on in our careers. Where we once went to work to learn to do a job, learning now is the job. Adaptive and proactive learners are highly prized assets for organizations, and when we invest in our learning, we create long-term dividends for our career development.” Read the rest here.

Overwhelmed by Employee Turnover? Have Stay Conversations
Denise Mclain and Iseult Morgan. Gallup Workplace

Key quote: “One of the best ways to outmaneuver turnover is to have frequent, meaningful conversations with employees. Now more than ever, leaders need to enable supportive conversations with employees about their wellbeing, job expectations, development goals and more — factors that influence employees’ willingness to stay.” Read the rest here.

The Worst of Both Worlds: Zooming From the Office
Emma Goldberg. The New York Times

Key quote: “Hybrid is most definitely tougher than completely in person or completely remote,” Mr. Hautop said. “It takes a lot more forethought, and none of us, or anybody else at any company, has figured out exactly how it’s going to work.” Read the rest here.

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