Holistic human asset practices
Organizations exist to accomplish things that individuals acting alone cannot. I still remember this truism from the first management textbook with which I taught. In exchange for money and other things of value, individuals agree to give some of their time and energy to the organization. People organize for reasons of expected synergy, just as people engage in market exchanges for individual utility-maximizing reasons. Bill Ouchi, professor,… Continue
Added by Joe Harder on January 2, 2010 at 11:41am —
Here is a recent article
from FastCompany.com about typical types of people in meetings. Do you recognize yourself or your colleagues in any of these descriptions? Which ones are positive? Which ones that are negative do you think you do too much of? Do you want to change?
Personally, I want to be more of a Maestro!
Added by Joe Harder on November 28, 2009 at 3:59pm —
A couple of weeks ago there was a nice interview with Bartz
. I particularly liked her answer to the following:
Q. What should business schools teach more of, or less of?
A. I think there ought to be some classes for people to get more philosophical about who they are and what motivates them, and therefore why they act like they… Continue
Added by Joe Harder on October 27, 2009 at 10:25am —
You could do a lot more yoga at work than what these few exercises suggest, but you may have to close your door or put up with co-workers' stares...
came to me from the LinkedIn group Corporate Yogis at WORK.
Added by Joe Harder on October 12, 2009 at 12:00pm —
about how daydreaming actually activates portions of our brains that help problem-solving and some examples of workplaces (like Facebook's) that encourage that.
Added by Joe Harder on October 12, 2009 at 10:30am —
Two interesting articles I just ran across and wanted to share. The first is a Fortune magazine article about meditation leading to success at work
, and the second is from FastCompany about the… Continue
Added by Joe Harder on September 28, 2009 at 10:42am —
One of my colleagues at Darden, Martin Davidson, has started a blog and I thought his first entry
was really nice.
In particular, he suggests three things to do: 1) think about your own identity differently than you currently do, 2) connect about differences instead of similarities, and 3) embrace the weird, especially if… Continue
Added by It's Babohl on September 11, 2009 at 12:45pm —
That is the title of my dissertation adviser Jeffrey Pfeffer's latest research paper, and I'm excited by the direction his work is going, as it dovetails nicely with SNW themes.
The paper is available here
For an interview with Jeff about the article, see here
Key questions - what will it take to… Continue
Added by Joe Harder on June 5, 2009 at 8:20am —
This Sunday's New York Times business section contained an article arguing that to fix our large systemic problems it will have to be larger companies (e.g., General Electric, Microsoft) who provide the solutions, in addition to the smaller innovations by entrepreneurs that help things along.
This is where freeing up people from bureaucracy and thinking of your organization as a living system comes in handy. See our… Continue
Added by Joe Harder on May 26, 2009 at 11:26am —
Simple, really, just read the colors
, not the words...
Added by Joe Harder on May 22, 2009 at 2:16pm —
"What would you do if you didn't have to think about money?"
Probably a good question, which then begs the (perhaps prior) question: How will you get to a point where you don't have to think about money?
suggests developing Income Autopilot schemes, using information products over the web, which I'm turning my attention to as soon as this one alumnus calls...
Added by Joe Harder on May 22, 2009 at 11:37am —
about the role mothers play in cultivating leaders. As a single dad (and Little League coach :-), I found some value in the article as well.
Added by Joe Harder on May 14, 2009 at 9:31am —
Here's a cute quiz a high school classmate just emailed around...who knows? Maybe it will lead to more self-awareness (or could be a good start to an otherwise boring meeting).
"If all of the eight desserts listed below were sitting in front of you, which would you choose (sorry, you can only pick one!). Trust me... this is very accurate.
Pick your dessert, then look to see what many psychiatrists think about you. REMEMBER - No Cheating. Make your choice before you check… Continue
Added by Joe Harder on May 14, 2009 at 9:00am —
I just delivered the end of course letters that we collect from participants back to their Darden mailboxes before graduation, which is causing me to wonder whether a) there are substantive lessons, and b) whether they stick, in the short or long-term.
So, if anybody, new or old, wants to share the ways in which their letters were helpful to them, we'd greatly appreciate the feedback!
Plus, it would be another good chance to share insights.
Added by Joe Harder on May 13, 2009 at 9:06am —
Just ran across a "best places to live well
" article, which mentions Cupertino. I suspect the broader Silicon Valley (other than housing prices and traffic) has many of the features that put Cupertino so high on the list.
Also, the Washington Post had a recent article on coping and… Continue
Added by Joe Harder on May 11, 2009 at 11:15am —
My boss sucks a lot of the time. Problem? I'm self-employed!
No, I've got it good, mostly.
But if you're dealing with a bad boss, here are some tips
, helping you find more of the spirit of the new workplace even in a sub-optimal situation!
Let us know how it works!
Added by Joe Harder on May 10, 2009 at 12:53pm —
Sadly, I have been guilty of many of these Seven Career Killers
I continue to find value in David Allen's work (Getting Things Done
) for my own tendencies to procrastinate.
Added by Joe Harder on May 10, 2009 at 12:50pm —
from the same person featured in the CNBC clip, Tevis Gail Trower, again found on LinkedIn's "Corporate Yogis at WORK!"
Added by It's Babohl on May 1, 2009 at 12:41pm —
Here's a CNBC clip
I just found on yoga and meditation in the workplace, referenced on the LinkedIn group "Corporate Yogis at WORK!"
And yet a book publisher I'm talking with keeps telling me to get rid of the "soft stuff"...sigh.
Added by Joe Harder on May 1, 2009 at 10:00am —
Just found these recently, so thought I'd post them:
The first is a nice overview from MedicineNet.com
that includes a section on exercise, meditation/relaxation, time management and organization skills, and getting support.
The next is a longer overview article from Yahoo
, that I found really… Continue
Added by It's Babohl on February 24, 2009 at 1:08pm —