Why Slacking Off Can Speed Up Your Productivity. Being busy is very often a waste of time.
Slacking off can actually get better results. Just ask nature. A sidewinder snake camouflaged against the desert sand lies idle, doing not a lot at all. But when a mouse passes within striking distance, the effectiveness of the snake’s strategy is clear. He’s all about optimizing his efforts. Meanwhile, this army ant death spiral is the perfect example of why busyness is bad. Busyness Is Natural We humans are hardly any better. What Kind Of Leadership Is Needed In Flat Hierarchies? Our shift from bureaucratic to distributed leadership took nearly a century.
According to Deborah Ancona, a professor of management and organizational studies at MIT, companies in America circa 1920s were “super bureaucracies.” Then, in the 1960s, people focused on interpersonal relationships and lots of discussions centered around trust and empathy. In the 1990s, it was all about organizations needing to undergo large-scale changes and vision. Finally, today’s workplace centers on what’s called variously eco-leadership, collaborative leadership, or distributed leadership. “It’s all about your network,” says Ancona, author of X-Teams: How to Build Teams That Lead, Innovate, and Succeed, as in who do you know outside and inside of your team.
In last month’s Neuroscience for Leadership class at MIT, Ancona discusses the conditions needed in a flat hierarchy: Radically Increase Your Transparency. The woman who is trying to create a Netflix for books. Chiki Sarkar hates being called a disruptor but that's exactly what she's doing to the opaque, incestuous world of Indian publishing.
Along with Durga Raghunath, who brings the digital smarts, Sarkar has co-founded Juggernaut, a digital publishing house. She spoke to Neelam Raaj on why she wants to use tech to give dead-tree books a new lease of life You're pitching Juggernaut as India's first phone publisher. Did you have to rethink the book for the small screen? When the idea of Juggernaut first came to me in December 2014, I thought about what the phone can do that the book can't, and I thought Sunny Leone - delicious stories on the screen. Sunny will be appointment reading - one story on your mobile at 10pm every night for a week.
What will be your physical vs digital mix? If we bring 100 books to digital, about 30 or 40 of those will have physical copies too. Always Be Closing: A Free E-Book on Sales Strategy. Deep Learning Is Going to Teach Us All the Lesson of Our Lives: Jobs Are for Machines — Basic income. Deep Learning Is Going to Teach Us All the Lesson of Our Lives: Jobs Are for Machines (An alternate version of this article was originally published in the Boston Globe) On December 2nd, 1942, a team of scientists led by Enrico Fermi came back from lunch and watched as humanity created the first self-sustaining nuclear reaction inside a pile of bricks and wood underneath a football field at the University of Chicago.
Known to history as Chicago Pile-1, it was celebrated in silence with a single bottle of Chianti, for those who were there understood exactly what it meant for humankind, without any need for words. Now, something new has occurred that, again, quietly changed the world forever. Like a whispered word in a foreign language, it was quiet in that you may have heard it, but its full meaning may not have been comprehended. What actually ended up happening when they faced off? Converting to nonprofit status. Since you will ultimately need to change your filing status with the IRS, it is important to research their regulations on charitable organizations.
Keep in mind that the IRS classifies other types of tax-exempt entities, such as business leagues, labor and social welfare organizations, each with their own restrictions and eligibility requirements. You will also need to check with your state agency (typically the Secretary of State or Attorney General's office) to find out what required filings you might need to submit. Locate your state's charity office » Incorporating as a nonprofit involves a certain loss of personal ownership over the organization, since all nonprofit organizations are run by a board of directors. Search. 17 tips to help you make the transition from for-profit to nonprofit. By Stephen Ristau, Career Transitions Consultant Many organizations don’t recognize the reported tsunami of workforce shortages looming on the horizon that will spur them to get ready for the next generation of workers.
Nonprofit organizations from all areas of the sector are facing, among other challenges, the loss of significant leadership and direct service personnel over the next 10 to 20 years. Sector-switching professionals are a significant part of the solution to this problem. This movement is challenging long-held beliefs and behavior about career development, work-life transition, and retirement. Like all movements, those who are part of the leading edge (some call it the bleeding edge!)
As one of these trailblazers, you have a dual mission. You have your work cut out for you but ultimately it is worth the effort. You will be the one who convinces these organizations that they are ready for you. Here are some tips to help you start forging the trail: 1. 2. 3. 4. 5. 6.