Who was Confucius? - Bryan W. Van Norden The philosopher Karl Jaspers said that Confucius, Jesus, Socrates, and the Buddha were similar in that each was an “axial figure” in one of the world’s great philosophical or religious traditions, yet we know almost no indisputable facts about any of them. Consequently, almost everything about the life of Confucius (as with Jesus, Socrates, or the Buddha) is controversial. Most of the quotations you hear attributed to Confucius are made up. Consequently, if you want to know what Confucius actually said, read him yourself. CNN Student News - February 17, 2016 Politics swirl around the notion of filling a late justice's seat on the U.S. Supreme Court. Oil-producing nations grapple with the prospect of changing their production plans. How to Have Good Conversations with the Worst Kinds of People You’d think that some workplaces are exempt from power struggles, personality clashes, and interpersonal drama. Alas! I’m a psychologist who once naively believed that she had found one truly harmonious profession, only to completely rethink that notion just months into my practice. Having studied human behavior, I know that there are some approaches that are more productive than others when it comes to having a conversation with prickly characters. Here’s how to talk with four difficult characters that you’re likely to run into in your day-to-day, at work or in social settings.
Corporate Training Video Production If I can watch it, why read? There is a video on the Internet for learning almost any skill, in most languages of the world. With user preferences clearly towards “on the go” videos, organizations are moving quickly to migrate and develop their training content to use this new medium and reach out to all their employees, even in remote locations.
How memories form and how we lose them - Catharine Young Memory: It isn’t just something, it's everything. And although scientists have pursued and puzzled over it for centuries, a definitive explanation of the actual memory process still eludes us--partly because our brain is so incredibly complex (it is made up of approximately 90 billion cells after all!). Let’s take a look at the basic neuroanatomy elements, which makes memory possible. The Science of Great Conversation You’re going to a party, networking event or cocktail hour to meet new contacts and make connections. However, you always have a problem figuring out how to approach people, no matter what the situation. Thankfully, there are skills you can hone and then use in social or business settings.
Half of Employees Don’t Feel Respected by Their Bosses When it comes to garnering commitment and engagement from employees, there is one thing that leaders need to demonstrate: Respect. That’s what we saw in a study of nearly 20,000 employees around the world (conducted with HBR and Tony Schwartz). In fact, no other leader behavior had a bigger effect on employees across the outcomes we measured. Being treated with respect was more important to employees than recognition and appreciation, communicating an inspiring vision, providing useful feedback — even opportunities for learning, growth, and development. Those that get respect from their leaders reported 56% better health and well-being, 1.72 times more trust and safety, 89% greater enjoyment and satisfaction with their jobs, 92% greater focus and prioritization, and 1.26 times more meaning and significance. Those that feel respected by their leaders were also 1.1 times more likely to stay with their organizations than those that didn’t.
How a culture survives when a start-up merges with an incumbent A seven-year-old start-up melds cultures with a centenarian—and is able to make it work. LearnVest CEO Alexa Von Tobel explains her company’s culture journey. LearnVest, a seven-year-old start-up once praised by the New York Times as “among the first to crack the code, using both technology and certified financial planners” to make gold-standard financial-planning services “accessible to millions of Americans,” was acquired not long ago by Northwestern Mutual, a venerable insurance company more than a century old. LearnVest founder and CEO Alexa Von Tobel recently talked with McKinsey’s Barr Seitz about the challenges and opportunities in merging two such seemingly disparate corporate cultures. Plato’s Allegory of the Cave - Alex Gendler Want to read the Allegory of the Cave in its complete format? Go to this site and get started. To better understand the allegory’s larger context, try reading the rest of The Republic by Plato and these classic lectures. Then, check out this modern scientific interpretation of what it tells us about human knowledge. Want to see two different visual representations of this allegory? Watch this version of Plato’s allegory in clay animation or this one narrated by Orson Wells!
Season 3, Episode 11: How to Lead Transformational Conversations [Podcast] Welcome to Season 3, Episode 11 of the This Is Your Life podcast. In this eleventh episode, Michele Cushatt and I discuss how you can lead transformational conversations. A new model of leadership has emerged over the last several years that is more about dialogue than the traditional model. But it’s not always intuitive and it takes some practice. Here are ten practical strategies you can use to gain greater influence. Change Management Strategy: Use Social Media If constant change is the new normal, what then is the strategy that you can adopt to cope within a world of rapid change? The answer is Change Management. Change Management is a structured approach to change that not only updates systems but prepares and retrains employees with the goal of reaching a higher level of efficiency and success. Adapting to remain relevant and competitive in a dynamic global market is inevitable. In today’s fast-paced world, effective Change Management increases the success of organizational change and project initiatives by applying a structured framework of methods, tools and processes, managing the change from a current state to a future state. Regardless of the scale of change, applying a framework increases the probability of staying on schedule and budget, resulting in higher benefit realization and ROI.
Internal Hires Need Orientation Too As someone who has been in the business of hiring people and developing people organizations for many years, I’ve noticed two common first-day-on-the-job scenarios. Let’s take a look at each. On Gail’s first day at her new job, she is greeted by Ken from HR.